After working on it for a couple days during breaks from studying organic chemistry, I’m a little over 6 inches done with the front portion of my sweater. I pulled out all of the pieces today and I was kind of surprised at how far I am- never mind the fact that I bought the yarn for this sweater last Christmas… I’ve taken on a lot of projects in between knitting the pieces of the sweater so I don’t feel too bad that it’s taken me so long. I’m kind of a slow knitter anyways.
Well, here are the pictures of the back, front, and sleeve of the Inishturk sweater (pattern can be found on the Lion brand yarn website). I’m hoping to finish it before October- or at least before Thanksgiving…
Hey all! I hope you had a good week! I just got back from spring break down in Key Largo with my boyfriend and his family so I’m all rested up- although I did pick up a cold and a sinus infection along the way.
All that traveling gave me a chance to get started on my sweater. As I said earlier, I decided to use the Lion Brand fisherman’s wool yarn since it was about 1/3 the price and I’ve spent a lot of money lately. I was surprised when I got the yarn home that the color that I bought is really close to the color of the Elsa wool hat I made.
The pattern is pretty complex so I was really slow at the start but now that I’ve figured it out, it’s moving along pretty quickly. I started with the front panel. It has 3 complex cable sections, 2 simple cables, and 4 braided cables like the hat. There’s also seed stitch on the sides with a knit stitch selvidge on both edges. The picture above was taken yesterday- I’ve gotten about another inch and a half done today.
In other news, after a few comments I’ve gotten on the blog, I decided to try my hand at some spinning. I bought a cheap drop spindle and some wool roving and I’ve been playing around with it. I’ll post more on that later
Sorry that its been so long since I posted anything. It’s now finally spring break so I’ll have a chance to update you guys on how things have been going.
I finished the inishturk hat late last week. It looks great! The pattern was fun and after blocking, the cables stand out really well. Although the pattern calls for a Pom Pom on top, I don’t know how to make one and I didn’t really think its needed
Although I absolutely love the Elsa Wool yarn, I decided that I can’t really justify paying that much right now when I still am relatively new at this- also, because I spent the same amount of money on tickets for a Muse concert (which was incredible by the way). Maybe after a few more big projects like this, I’ll feel a little more ready to spend more on the yarn for a sweater.
Until then, I bought the fisherman’s yarn that the pattern called for and I’ll be using that. Michael’s didn’t have grey so I bought the darker solid brown. I’ll probably start on it this afternoon
After I posted yesterday about my new Elsa wool yarn, I couldn’t help but dive right into working with it. I rolled it into a nice ball and cast on for the hat that matches this sweater.
The pattern is actually really fun. It’s challenging but easy enough that I can memorize/intuit it without looking at the instructions. I especially like the braided cable. Here’s how far I’ve gotten:
As you can see, the yarn gives really nice stitch definition. I like the natural grey/brown color too. It’s really soft and super easy to work with. I’ll post a longer review of it later, but in short, I’m loving it so far!
Also, on a related note, I bought a set of interchangeable circular needles today. They were normally $70 at Michael’s but with my 50% off coupon, they were a really great deal. The nylon string/chord/whatever its called was a little stiff at first but after using it on the hat, its started to get easier to work with.