Wednesday, August 24, 2011

New Knitting Projects

Knitting has been a hobby of mine for a few years now.  I love how relaxing twisting and manipulating yarn can be and the beautiful creations it can produce with patience and perseverance.  As you may have seen on my other blog, Costume Crazy, I have had the privilege of making nearly two and two one-half sweaters in the past five to seven months. 

My first sweater was the Aquitaine Pullover from the Winter 2009 issue of Interweave Knits (my favorite knitting magazine ever).  I finished the sweater in a whopping 18 days.  It was super easy to knit and helped keep me focused in class for those 2.5 weeks.  It turned out quite well and is a total joy to wear and show off.  I love my sweater.  It’s so comfy and warm yet cool enough to wear on warm days.  ^_^


My second sweater wasn’t as successful as the first.  I asked my mom to pick a sweater for me to make for her for Christmas.  She chose the Braided Riding Jacket from the same Interweave Knits issue as above.  The body of the sweater was easy enough to make, but the sleeves turned out to be a total killer.  You would knit three stitches, move those stitches to a cable needle, wrap them three times, place them back onto the right needle, then knit three more stitch, and repeat the whole process over and over and over again.  Let’s just say I abhor this sweater with every fiber of my being.  I highly doubt this sweater will be finished anytime soon.  It took my almost two weeks to finish 6 to 7 inches of the darn sleeve pattern.  Ugh!  Nevertheless, I plan to rework the sleeves and find a better, less irritating pattern to use that would fit the design of the sweater well. 

Body forBraided Riding Jacket Body for Braided Riding Jacket

My third sweater is still in progress.  I started the Nora Sweater (renamed Japanese Lace Sweater by myself) from the same Interweave Knits issue about midway through last semester, but was unable to finish it due to homework overload.  Currently, it’s about 3/4ths of the way done with only the front panels and neck edging to finish.  I really can’t wait to finish it once I get a bit more yarn.  Hopefully, I’ll have it done by this fall. 

Nora's Sweater Progress Older progress picture before I finished both sleeves.

The final sweater I’m working on at the moment is the Gooseberry Cardigan from Interweave Knits, Weekend 2009 (renamed Spring Cardigan for progress purposes).  I love the cute, simple design of the sweater and am working toward adding a two-tone effect to it.  I can’t wait to see how it turns out.  So far it’s about 5-10% complete. 


Yarn for Project with Minor Progress

Thus concludes my progress so far.  I’ll update when I have more which hopefully will be soon with classes starting and all.  But that also means posts will be more sporadic since homework can get in the way of regular posting.  Nevertheless, I’ll keep you guys updated with progress and pictures when possible.  Signing off.  Thank you for reading. 

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