Monday, August 31, 2015

Same or Different?

Saturday I showed you a picture of the sleeve that I had started.  Here is a picture of my knitting now.  Since it looks the same as the last picture I showed you,

there are two options:

A)  I spent the weekend relaxing without any knitting and I am continuing on from where I left off on sleeve number one.  Or

B)  I spent a lot of time knitting this weekend and finished the first sleeve and started the second one.

I'm sure you guessed correctly.  When have I ever gone a whole weekend without knitting!?  That would be just crazy.  It's the second sleeve!!

Now to see how much I can knit by Monday night.  The end is in sight.

Saturday, August 29, 2015


My goal was to have both sleeves finished by Monday night.  This is the first sleeve.  I'm behind.

Thursday, August 27, 2015


I started a new project and it isn't with the new yarn that I showed you in the last post.  I have plans for that yarn but right now I was needing something easy to knit so I went stash shopping and came up with this ball.  It's a blend of hemp and wool and I thought it would be perfect for this garter stitch scarf.

Today I visited with a couple of knitting friends and look what one of them was knitting, another Pennant scarf!

It's an easy knit as long as you remember to slip your end stitches.  If you forget,  your nice straight edge doesn't stay so straight and you end up ripping out a few rows to get rid of a bump on the side of your knitting.   If you remember though,  you are rewarded with a lovely straight edging. 

I know some Knitters find garter stitch to be uninteresting to knit but I find it relaxing and addictive. This scarf is distracting me from the sleeve I should be knitting for my sweater.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Two Dollars and Seventy Cents

The skein from yesterday has been wound and is set to go.

Yarn shopping is one of my favourite things to do and I regularly spend $20, $25 or $30 on a single skein of yarn without blinking an eye.  But, I also get really excited about finding amazing deals on yarn; it helps balance things out in the end :)

As you can see, I ended up with 3 balls that totalled 282 grams.  In the yarn shops they would sell between $7 and $8.50 per ball - $21 to $25.50.

This skein came out the of the seconds bin (note that there was not one knot in the entire skein and there is nothing wrong with this wool and it is wool not acrylic) for .27 cents an ounce.  Here's the math  282 grams = 10 oz x .27 = $2.70 for all 3 balls.

I love a great deal!

Thinking About A New Project

My sweater should be finished by the end of the week so we all know what that means, time to start thinking about the next new project.

This skein of wool was one of my finds at last week's tent sale.  I have the perfect hat and scarf pattern just waiting for it.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Like Magic We Have A Pocket

Knitting in a pocket is like turning the heel on a sock; it's super exciting.  It's like magic happening before your eyes.

You start with a bunch of cast off stitches, a separate square pocket and voila after one more row of knitting everything is joined, all your stitches are back on the needle and you are ready to knit happily away on the rest of the cardigan front.

Friday, August 21, 2015

A Back, Front and Two Pockets

Here is the progress so far.

The pieces of this cardigan are knitting up quickly.  I'm hoping to have the left front finished by the end of the weekend just leaving the sleeves for next week.  With reports of snow today out west I may be needing this sweater soon rather than later.  Winter is coming.  (Game of Thrones fans, I couldn't resist!)