Handspun February Lady sweater

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This is my handspun february lady sweater.  I worked cap sleeves rather than the full sleeves.  I spun the wool from Lorna’s Laces wool top, 10.5 oz.  I ended up with about a yard of 2 ply left over, and had to block it out quite a bit to get length.  I am quite pleased with the end result though, and the wooden round vintage buttons work well with the overall look.

What is it? What is it for?

I sent some of my stash yarn off to Bunkybobo’s for overdyeing, as I was so done with that color.  We went for red (Big surprise, as both of us are really drawn to red tones).  What I love about this is that the red dye paired with yellow yarn left a salmony undertone rather than the pink that would have happened with  a white yarn.

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What is it for?  An Amelia cardigan.  This I will be starting toward the end of October.  I’ve been itching to knit this for about a year now, so it is about time!

Sock Repair (again)

Back in March I knit these little mystery socks for Bug. They had an adorable icord edging that really complimented the pattern. They fit Bug great last year.  This year the foot still fits fine, but the i cord edging makes them too hard to pull over her heel.

So rather than scrapping them, I decided I could fix them.  I pulled off the i cord edging, added the live stitches to some needles, and knit a very small 2×2 rib cuff.  And now we have socks that will last through the winter.

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Now if only I could fix her hot pink socks.  Not sure that is possible as they are pretty well felted at this point.

This year’s handspun sweater

I have a private little goal with myself to knit a handspun sweater each year.  So I present to you the second annual Shells handspun sweater.

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I don’t actually have a whole lot of this handspun, so I’ve chosen a february lady sweater with cap sleeves.  The fiber was lorna’s laces wool top, 10.5 oz.  This is a 2 ply yarn which I pulled into small strips in order that I’d have less striping and more barber poling and muddying of colors.  I can see that there are stripes, but nothing noro like, so I am pleased thus far.  I think I will do the cap sleeves next so that I can just use the rest of the yarn for the body of the sweater.

The Bug is a Monkey

Well, she has Monkey socks anyhow.  I finished her pair.  This is good since she is growing out of her current hand knit sock stash, and she really does like them.

The final picture is one she took herself, it really was the only way I could get her to let me have a photo.  She was far more interested in going to bed.

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Now that these are done, I can work on my yellow mystery socks.  They aren’t much of a mystery anymore since the clues have come out and I now know what they look like.  I guess now they are just a mystery to you!

What is it? What is it for? Episode 1

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Since I don’t have a lot of interesting knitting to post, and not much to say quite frankly, I thought I’d start a new line of posts.  When I post one of these, I am either uninspired to take pictures, or at a point where picture taking would be boring for you.

This is Berroco Lustra.  I believe it is a new line from Berroco.  Worsted weight with the addition of tencel to the wool which makes it shimmer and gives it depth.  I picked it up at stitches midwest from the Webs booth.  It comes 197 yards per hank.  I chose this because J often complains of the lack of depth of color in the wools I choose.  I just didn’t think he could complain about this yarn, though I haven’t shown it to him yet.

What is it for?  It is for a Spartan Pullover. I thought J would like this design. He wanted a gray sweater, but as is typical for me, I could not resist the addition of red.

No, I don’t really know when I’ll get started.  It has been a very busy week and I cannot manage much beyond sock knitting.  So it may be awhile.