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My first official FO of 2008: The Cozy V-Neck Sweater. After waiting for a couple of days, it was finally dry and ready for modeling this weekend! WooHoo!

Back of Cozy V-neck Sweater

Pattern: Cozy V-neck from the Fitted Knits book by Stephanie Japel. On Ravelry.
Size: 36 1/” (93 cm)
Yarn: Cascade Pastaza – 6 balls
Needles: KP Options size 9 for the body and size 7 for the ribbing
Modifications: None really, just increased the body ribbing to hit me mid-hip instead of at my waist. The pattern is really straight-forward and well written. I actually want to make another one in a different color!

Cozy V-neck Sweater

My second official FO of 2008: The Republic Hat by Nicole Reeves. On Ravelry. I really needed a hat this winter. I was leaning towards the Le’ Slouch by Wendy Bernard. But after showing the two patterns to Caveman, he helped me decide on this one instead. I will make Le’ Slouch soon though.

Republic Hat

Pattern: The Republic Hat by Nicole Reeves
Yarn: Cascade 128 – 3/4 of 1 skein
Needles: KP Options Size 10
Modifications: None – well I knit mine using the magic loop method, ’cause I didn’t own any size 10 dpns. This is a great pattern! Nicole designed this hat based on one she’d seen in the Banana Republic that was really pricey and cheaply made. This is a super quick-knit hat and really warm too. Mine still needs a button, but I haven’t gotten to the store yet. So to make mine wearable now, without the button, I just stitched down the flap. This way it still looks like a flap but it doesn’t move around – see?

Republic Hat - closeup

Republic Hat - closeup

I wore this out yesterday afternoon and I was getting lots of looks. Hum? Anyway that’s all for now, I’m off to do some real work! LOL ;)

My soon-to-be 1st FO of ’08!

Cozy V-neck Sweater

Here’s my progress on the Cozy V-neck sweater yesterday afternoon – (sorry for the horrible bathroom mirror shot). Here’s another shot, you know for giggles and stuff. Do you see how out of proportion the top section is to the ribbing? It doesn’t even remotely look like the one on the model.

Cozy V-neck Sweater I know you can tell I am super happy about this sweater from the look on my face, but this sweater looks like a crop top on me. It was hitting me exactly at my waist, so when Caveman seconded those thoughts, I ripped out the bottom bind off and knit 3 more inches onto it. I just happened to have about 3/4 left on my last ball of yarn. Now I just need to try it on again to be sure I like the length before binding off.

Once I get the ends woven in and the neck sewn together, I’ll put all the great details on here with some properly modeled shots. Hopefully in the next day or so. This is such a warm sweater and I can’t wait to wear it!

Weekend, what weekend?!

This week has been super busy both at work and with the knitting. I’m working on a deadline at work (big shocker there) and my computer doesn’t want to cooperate. So on Thursday during the short time the computer was working, I turned the heel on my class sock! See?

1st Turned Heel

Then on Thursday night I got to this point on the class sock…

End point of the Class Sock

and decided that I had the basics down. So I put this one down and jumped right into the Garter-Rib Socks for Caveman. Here’s a progress shot:

Beginning of Garter-Rib Socks

I knit for 11 rows in basic K2, P2 ribbing on size 1 needles at gauge, then switched over to the size 3 needles in the Garter-Rib pattern. These are really stretchy so I hope that they will be a perfect fit for Caveman once I am done. The main color is gray, but the heel and toes will have a different color. I am working these with one pair of Knit Picks size 3 and an all metal size 3 circular needle. I can’t wait to get another size 3 Knit Picks needle. The cord is very flexible and I can knit so much faster, but the metal one is super slow and really pulls at the joins. I have considered using two dpns with the one KnitPicks needle until I can get another one. Any thoughts or suggestions, past experiences?

Enough sock knitting for now though I’m going to knit on my Cozy V-neck. I’ve only got a couple more inches on the first sleeve before I can start on the second one. Happy Knitting!

2007 – a year in review

While 2006 was the year I learned to knit, 2007 was the year I learned to make sweaters. Let’s recap, shall we?

Red Sweater

January 2007 – After only knitting for six months, with little knowledge of yarns, gauge, fit, etc, I decide to make myself a sweater. I learn of the Sexy Knitters Club and I am determined to make one of the sweaters the are knitting. I start with Eiffel. That was probably my first mistake, looking back starting out on a top-down sweater would have been the way to go. Second mistake was substituting a yarn when I knew nothing about gauge, fiber content or yardage calculation, but by February I had a beautiful new sweater with modified 3/4 length sleeves. I wore it throughout the Spring but I was never crazy about the fit so off to the frog pond it went. :(

Eiffel

February 2007 – I start Wicked, but I don’t have the correct size needles. So I wait….

March 2007 – I’m not too discouraged by the flop of Eiffel and I’m excited about Wicked, so I start another top-down construction: Stephanie Japel’s – Bad Penny. I finish this one in record time and love it!

Bad Penny

April 2007 – I’ve finally got my needles, yarn, pattern, and knitting mojo so I finish Wicked. But wait just a minute, after all that waiting I realize that I continued using a size 6 needle until I separate for the sleeves. So instead of frogging like any sane person would do, I continue on but add bust darts to compensate. I look at a few other sweaters with bust darts and I wing it – amazingly it turned out pretty good. ;)

Wicked

May 2007 – Stephanie Japel’s book, Fitted Knits is here and I start making the Periwinkle Turtleneck Tube Vest. This one is completed in a couple of weeks. I really like the design only again I am substituting yarn and in the end I don’t like my yarn choice. Much pilling and fuzzing commence and the sweater is worn less and less in the coming months.

TTV

Before the month is over I’ve completed a second sweater. Again I like the design, but my yarn choice sucks!

Tank Top

June 2007 – slips by with no FOs (this will become the trend of the latter half of 2007).

July 2007 – I complete the Two Tone Shrug. I love this shrug! It is so soft, made with Lion Brand Cashmere blend I got on sale. It is so warm and comforting – love it!

Two-Tone Shrug

August 2007 – I have started a number of projects but none see completion this month.

Rusted Root undergoes major surgery on the lace section, only to determine that I really don’t like the fit at all. This one goes into time out.

Puff Sleeve Cardigan gets picked up and progress is made on this one.

Cable Collar Tank is started but the seaming really slows me down.

September 2007 – Cable Collar Tank is complete and I’m happy with the results, but the finishing is kicking my butt! I still need to get a photo of it on me, but that’ll have to wait until warmer weather.

Cable Collar Tank

October 2007 – Despite my job pulling me in every direction I am able to finish the Puff Sleeve Cardigan. It undergoes major surgery on the edges to include the button band instead of picking up stitched and knitting the button band separately. This sweater still needs a proper modeled photo too.

Puff Sleeve Cardigan

November – December 2007 – focused on Christmas gifts and lace stoles.

Christmas Gifts
1. 2ndPirates-just finished, 2. Side Yellow Garcia, 3. Rusted_Root, 4. Side-1stPirates

You will see that Rusted Root was brought back to life and gifted to my Mother-in-law. I’m really glad she likes it and it fits her perfectly.

Secret of the Stole

I’ve learned a lot about what yarns will work best for an item, blocking, fit and construction, but I still have a long way to go. I want to learn and understand more about gauge, re-designing/designing my knits, as well as perfect my seaming techniques. There are a few WIPs left over from 2007, but I hope to have at least one more sweater completed before 2007 is over. LOL

Up next a KnitLit’s Best of 2007 Meme – stay tuned!

Happy Halloween & WIP Wednesday!!

Happy Halloween everyone!

Happy Halloween

I’m sure most of you know by now how WIP Wednesday works, so lets flash some WIPs!

First up – the Cozy V-Neck Pullover

Cozy V-neck

& a side view
Side Cozy V-neck

I cast-on for this beauty on Friday night and separated the sleeves Monday night. I’m a little bit further than this now – almost ready for the ribbing, but I didn’t want to retake the pictures. Now this is going really quickly and would go quicker if I weren’t sick with seasonal sinus infection. My wonderful SP10 Pal, Robin* got this yarn for me because she knew how much I wanted to make this sweater! Thank you again so much for this wonderful yarn Robin!

**NOTE to SP Spoilers Everywhere: Get your pal enough yarn to make their favorite sweater if you want to make a big impression!**

Next Up – We Call ‘Em Pirates Hat for Caveman

We Call 'Em Pirates
Now so far I’ve been able to keep this from Caveman, but you never know when he will decide to throw open the doors of my stash hutch and start rummaging. Actually he’s never done that, but I’m still paranoid about it. ;) I work on this for about an hour each evening before he gets home, so it’s going quickly for the amount of time I actually get to spend with it. I am not fond of the provisional cast-on, but KnittingHelp really is a life saver!

Next – Trellis

Trellis - left front
I really haven’t touched this one that much, so not much new here. I am almost done with this left front and still have the right front and two sleeves to go yet. I better get cracking!

Next – Jane Crossover Sweater

Jane Crossover
I’m still on the back of this one, but I’m very close to starting on the sleeves. I really only work on this one in the evenings or when we go somewhere in the car. It’s a nice mindless knitting project and fairly portable.

And Finally – Secret of the Stole

Secret of the Stole
I am a couple of rows away from starting on Clue #2, I really haven’t worked on this one much over the past week though. Clue #5 comes out Friday so I am definitely behind, but that’s ok. I am trying to get the Christmas knitting off the needles right now, so there will be more me knitting later. I have a couple of swap packages to send out this week too, but I hope I can recover from my sinus infection soon so I can think. I also finally got everything straightened out with PayPal, so I was able to purchase the Tree Jacket pattern. Now I have the pattern and yarn, but I believe I will finish up a Christmas knit or two before casting on for it. ;)

Hope you guys are having a great week! Happy Knitting!