November 04, 2014

Knitting and Wearing

To me . . . the absolutely hardest part of knitting, is trying the finished object on. I always finish up a sweater, put it on my (body-double) dressform, take pictures of it, and spend a few weeks gathering the courage to try it on. Even though my dressform it the same general size I am, she does have better hourglass preportions. If the sweater fits her, I know it will fit me . . . BUT . . . it doesn't always look the same.
I've finished my 2014 F2F Sweater #7. It is "Leaving", by Anne Hanson, knit in Lisa Souza Baby Alpaca Silk (Cranalicious).  I'm currently in this very stage (finish, put on dressform, photograph, try to get courage to try on).
The sweater came out just as beautiful as I had hoped, and I'm always afraid it won't look as beautiful on me.  I'm trying so hard this year, to be more accepting of my body, but it doesn't seem to be getting any easier.  I've dedicated an entire year to knitting just for me, in the hopes that I could overcome this problem.  I've using Custom Fit Patterns from Amy Herzog to get the perfect fit, and her advise is to be accepting of yourself, regardless of how many extra pounds you may have.  Since you have knit the sweater to accommodate your exact measurements, you should be proud to wear it and photograph yourself in it. It usually takes me about 2 weeks, so I should have pictures of me wearing this sweater in my next post. 
  Remember this sweater?  My "Lady Kina" 2014 Sweater #7.  This is my Knit Night Group KAL this Fall, and mine was finished back in September.  Well . . . since this sweater was bumped from my dressform, to accommodate my latest FO, I finally decided it was time for pictures on ME. 
Here it is.  The next great stuggle is always getting pictures that I can stand to show here.  My husband is always so patient, but my frustration always leads to a big fight.   
I tell him to take lots of pictures, as we can always delete the bad ones, but it always takes him so long to push the button, that I am usually pulling a disgusted face and all of the pictures are a disaster.   
Neither of us has much experience with photography, so we are learning together.  Always discussing what works best, as far as lighting and location.  And then, there is always to issue of my most flattering angles. 
 Often, others simply cut their head out of the picture, if they don't like their expression, but my body isn't good enough to stand on it's own.

And then there is always the issue of the background.  This picture might have worked, if that garden stake bird didn't appear to have landed on my shoulder.
 And here is one of those "take it already, would you" faces. 
And it is always nice when half of the plant you are standing by is caught on your backside.  I guess you can't win them all!  I'm hoping that showing these, less than perfect, pictures will help me to stop being so concerned about looking just perfect.   
Anyway . . . I have started my 2014 F2F Sweater #8.  It is "Bloomsbury".  The pattern is by Svetlana Volkova, and I'm knitting it of KnitPicks Diadem (Amethyst).  It is a fine gauge yarn.  I've changed the gauge and the needle size, from what is recommended by the pattern.  Swatching and using a Custom Fit Pattern, have helped me to do this.  However, This pattern is written from the top-down, with raglan sleeves.  All Custom Fit Pattern are written in pieces, bottom up, with set-in sleeves, so I've had to do a little math and re-writing of the pattern to get this to work out.  The Custom Fit Pattern will provide all of the shaping to assure it fits me the best possible.

This is Aidasofie's project on Ravelry.  I fell in love with her version, and it was my inspiration in selecting a yarn and a gauge for this sweater.  I hope mine will look half as good as her's.

This is the swatch I used to generate my Custom Fit Pattern.  I just love the color variation in this yarn, and you can't believe how soft and drapey it is.  I believe #8 will be the final sweater for the year, and I hope to have it finished by December 31.  Since it is knit on size US 2 needles, it will likely take me that long.

However, I love this yarn so much, that I have purchased another sweaters quantity to knit "Miette" by Andi Satterland.  I've chosen the color Ruby.  I'm hoping to have this on the needles before Christmas, but we'll see. 

Our "Lady Kina" Knit Night KAL continues, and I'm hoping to have some finished pictures to share soon.  Everyone has chosen such varied colors and types of yarn.  I can't wait to see all their FOs.  Happy Knitting!

October 20, 2014

Pumpkins & Halloween

This post, I'm going to start with my Fall knitting progress. For the Fall Festival Knitting KAL, sponsored by Custom Fit, I have decided to knit "Leaving",  designed by Anne Hanson.  I'm knitting it with Lisa Souza Baby Alpaca Silk, in the colorway "Cranalicious.

It is hard to tell from the photos, but the color includes gray, wine and just a dash of coral.  I've been working on it for about 4 weeks, and it is coming along.  I have the back, sleeves and 3/4 of the front pieces knit.  If I could just focus on one project at a time, it would be long finished.  But . . . you know me, I have to be working on at least 3 things at a time.  "Focus . . . Lori . . . focus".  The KAL wraps up on November 15, so I hope to be finished and wearing this cardigan by then.
This is one of my distractions.  The The Salt Lake Knitting Guild has started a KAL of their own.  Everyone is knitting one of 3 difference shawl patterns together.  I have chosen The Flowering Weeds Shawl, designed by Karalee Harding.  I'm knitting it in black, which totally makes me blind, with lace weight yarn and small needles.  I'm knitting it of Valley Yarns 2/14 Alpaca Silk.  

In addition, we started a fun yarn switch at the Guild, where everyone brought 100 yards of yarn in a plain brown paper bag, and we switched them around.  Everyone is to knit something to return to the yarn's original owner.  I selected 2 skeins of a superwash wool.  I'll be digging through my patterns, to find the perfect thing to knit of this yarn.

We have made several trips to the local pumpkin patch over the past several weeks.  It was fun to look through hundreds of pumpkins for just that perfect one for carving.
We've decored the house for my favorite holiday, and we set up an evening for carving.
I whipped up a batch of caramel apples, and we gathered up all the tools for pumpkin carving last night.  I even purchased a beater attachment for our electric drill, for cleaning out the innards of the pumpkins.  It was so slick, it cleaned those pumpkins out lickety, split!

You can see that we had a great time, even though there was a lot of photo-bombing going on. It is a great season, even for knitting. Happy Knitting!

October 03, 2014

The Witch Knit 2014

It is that time of year again! Time for the 3rd Annual "Witch Knit". Our yearly coven gathered again last night. Such a fun time. Great costumes, great food, lots of laughs, and even some knitting. Check out the fun:

First Place Costume Winner -- Jeri
Second Place Costume Winner -- Judy 
Third Place Costume Winner -- Emery
I wish I had remembered to take a picture of the prizes.  They were darling!  Carolyn made 3 witch hat Halloween advent calendars.  Each cardboard witch hat was painted, and 13 candy treats were tied to the brim in brightly printed ribbons.  A treat for each days - for the 13 days leading up to Halloween.  Such fun prizes to win.  It made it totally worth the effort of dressing up in your best witch attire. 
We had a few more attendees, but I had to save my best news for last.

My daughter has her Halloween costume all ready too.  Look  . . .  we are expecting granchild #7 and #8!  Sooooooo exciting!!
Everyone was working on their "Lady Kina" sweaters.  Such beautiful colors!  One was even nearing completion.  The KAL is clipping along.  We'll soon have pictures of everyone wearing them.  Such good knitters!
You would think I lived in Seattle, instead of the desert of Salt Lake City.  We had torrential downpours all during the months of August and September.  There was a lot of flooding, and this most beautiful rainbow.  The picture doesn't do it justice.  I've never seen such a bright, full rainbow!  Each color was completely defined.  Even purple.

Our grandsons were even able to go kayaking in the makeshift lake at the water retension park near our house.  I love the rain, and with the exception of the hale storm that I was afraid would dent my car, it has been very enjoyable.

My "Leaving" cardigan is coming along nicely.  I'm at week 3, and I've just completed the sleeves.  The back is done, and I'm about to start on the front pieces.  Knit from Lisa Souza's Alpaca Silk, it has been a dream to knit.  I should easily have it finished by the end of the Custom Fit Fall Festival Sweater KAL on November 15.  I hope you are all enjoying your Fall knitting.  Happy Knitting!