Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Waist Decreasing

I'm still knitting it shows in this photo I've started the waist decreasing.

You can also see the first modification I've done. Yes, I'm daring enough to modify the pattern on my very first sweater! It was just adding 3 more rows before the decreasing for the waist, but it is still a modification!

I have another 2 rounds of decreasing to go. I hope to get through that this week, leaving the increases for this weekend.

I realized that I will need DPN's to do the sleeves. So, off to Webs I will need to go.

In the meantime, I've developed a food addiction. Thank you Pinterest! It is, as I call it, Cinnamon Pull-A-Part Bread. Again, I modified the recipe....and it is highly addictive!

Don't say I didn't warn you!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sleeve Caps

Well this weekend didn't turn out the way it was planned. DH came home from work on Friday really sick. So, in staying home all weekend to make sure he was okay - it provided more knitting time.

So, here is what my sweater looks like as of 2 hours ago:

Here is a close up of the sleeve caps:

I did just put in a life line (you can barely see it on the sleeve a row back) and tried it on.

Shocking fits well! I know the knitting on it will be a bit slower this week, dang day job, but I'm thrilled at the progress!

I also took some time to make pizza for lunch today, while it wasn't as good as my nephews, it was edible...considering the real chef in the household was/is still in bed sick. The dough was from my bread book, Peter Reinhardt's Artisan Bread Every Day.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Neck done

I've finished the shaping of the neck with the short rows with the smaller needles.

You can see the section that will become the sleeves, flanked by YO's. I also have one button hole done.

I wonder how much I'll be able to get done this weekend.

I've also been sidetracked by making Cinnamon Pull-A-Part bread....can you smell how delicious this is?

Sunday, April 8, 2012

A what?!

A sweater. I'm finally knitting myself a sweater. My first.

In reading a Ravelry forum in where someone else posted they wanted to start their first sweater but realized something was holding them back. The group was stating basically go for it. There are no knitting 'police', take the time you need, and just do it. So, I took their advise and voila:

Pattern: Greenfield Cardigan
Source: New England Knits; Timeless Knitwear with a Modern Twist
Yarn: Cascade Ultra Pima
Colorway: Juniper
Needles: Knit Picks Circulars US 6 & US 8
Ravelry Page

I actually swatched for this! I know, amazing! I tried on the US 6 that the pattern suggests, however I wasn't making gauge. Tried US 7, still I ended up going up to US 8. I realize I'm a tight knitter, but 2 needle sizes...this better fit when I'm done knitting it! :-)

I've already made my first modification. Go ahead, ask me if I'm crazy to deviate from the written pattern on my FIRST sweater?! Well, in reading the reviews many people wished they had make the neck a bit smaller, so I started on the US 6 for the short rows, then changed to the US 8's.

I'm also participating in the Loopy Groupies Second Quarter Challenge. So, that means this sweater needs to be done by June 30. Notice I use the word 'needs to be', that is MY goal. Feel free to join us here.