Category: Knitting

Silver Bell Sweater – Completed!

It took a REALLY long time, and multiple time-outs, but I FINALLY completed my Silver Bell Sweater. I started this project back in December of 2020 but was constantly fighting with the needles as I knit it, making it a bundle of not-fun. I ended up having to frog most of the body due to some awkward dropped stitches along the neck line, then frogging most of the body a second time due to some dropped stitches in the back. I ordered a set of ChiaoGoo needles (best needles I’ve ever owned, incase you’re wondering) and got back to it this year. Then I messed up a sleeve, and had to frog that and start over. Finally, we were evacuated when I had just 10 stitches left and I didn’t bring any spare needles with me since I wasn’t expecting to be gone that long, and I couldn’t finish it until we arrived back home yesterday.

This sweater is so incredibly comfortable, and I’m very happy with it. It’s huge and oversized, perfect for wearing over a tank top. I expect I’ll get a lot of use from it in the fall and winter months. PLUS I knocked a large project off of the to-do list, and I’m glad for that.

Next? Finishing off the second heel on my socks so that I can hopefully fly through the legs.


Scarf

Since I didn’t bring much knitting with me, I decided to buy a little yarn while we were in the city and I’ve started a scarf to keep me sane while we’re evacuated. It’s an acrylic / wool blend, but knits up quickly enough and seems soft. Pattern is from Ravelry, I’ll link it in another post. I normally dislike knitting scarves because they take FOREVER, but this one isn’t so bad so far.


Knitting Goals – July 2021

Completed in June:

  • June was a pretty unproductive month as far as knitting went. My hands were sore a lot of the time which always puts a damper on my crafts. I did manage to complete 1 wash cloth, which was a goal.

Current WIPS:

  • Scrap blanket
  • For the Horde mitten liners
  • TAAT January sock club socks
  • Silver Bell Sweater

July Goals:

  • Finish my Silver Bell sweater – this one SHOULD be simple enough. I just have one sleeve left.
  • Finish TAAT January sock club socks – another one that SHOULD be alright to complete, I need to do one heel and two legs / cuffs.

I don’t want to add too many goals to July as my multiple sclerosis has been pretty bad and it just makes me sad if I don’t manage to make my goals. I know I have to be gentle with myself, so if I get my smaller goals completed, I’ll be happy. I’d also like to start tracking my yarn use. I know I haven’t bought much this year, and I want to try to make sure I use up more than I purchase. Inspiration taken from another fellow knitter, as always.


One Down, One to go

I finally finished one of the sleeves on my sweater, and now I need to knit the second one. Then I’ll take care of the ends, block it, and it will be ready for snuggling up in and reading. I’m looking forward to finally completing this project so I can move on to something new.


Wash cloth 3/9

I’ve now finished 3/9 of the wash cloths that I had decided to knit, and I’ve finished off the colour I was working with. I have two more colours and 6 more to go before the set for the family is done, and I’m really excited about it. It was time we replaced the ones we had (I think we were using baby face cloths that we got when the kids were born) and I might even knit up some tea towels for the kitchen eventually, we’ll see.


Silver Bell Sweater Progress (3)

Now that I’ve FINALLY received my new ChiaoGoo needles, it was time to take a look at that Silver Bell Sweater that I put in time out back in December. You might remember that I had just finished the 3 needle bind off on the shoulders when I discovered a whole mess of dropped stitches along the collar and along the back of the piece. I have no idea what happened, but it was not something I could recover from, and so into time out it went. I don’t know that my old needles were the issue, but I was constantly fighting with the cord, and it was a lot of NOT FUN.

Now that it’s back on my knitting rotation, I’m glad. I frogged all of the way back to before the neckline started. I re-knit the two front pieces, and the back. I re-did the 3 needle bind off on the shoulders, added the collar, and I’ve started knitting the sleeves. Once those are done, the piece is completed! It’s a relatively quick knit (thanks to using DK yarn and size 11 needles) but because I had so many problems with dropped stitches it has felt a lot longer.

I’m pleased with it, the piece fits, and it’s very comfortable and soft. This yarn is 50% alpaca, 30% silk, 20% tencel, so it’s got a lot of shine and it drapes wonderfully. Hopefully it becomes a nice oversized sweater that I can wear on cold days.


I’ve GOT to Knit This

Isn’t this just the cutest tank top and cardigan combo?! Of course I had to purchase them – Drunkknitter is an amazing designer, look at those cables!


Washcloth 2/9

I bought 3 skeins of 100% cotton ‘Dishie’ yarn from Knitpicks during a sale not too long ago, and now I’m making washcloths for the family with it. I can get around 3 washcloths per skein, giving me around 9 and some change to knit. I just started the third one, the first two are not perfect but that’s the joy of creating something hand knit. I’m using a pattern called ‘Pips’ which is also from knitpicks. It’s a simple two line repeat that leaves a fairly detailed and scrubby texture – perfect for cotton cloths.


TAAT Sock Progress (2)

A few more rows, and then we’re onto the heels. These socks have been taking me forever to knit, but I haven’t been working on them that often, so I’m OK with the slow progress.


Wash Cloth (1)

I have a few skeins of 100% cotton that I bought specifically to make wash cloths out of, so I decided on a pattern (it’s a 2 row repeat, very easy to memorize) and have gotten started. Hopefully they don’t take me that long to complete. I’m aiming for 2 wash cloths per skein, but we’ll see how that goes. I absolutely love hand knit wash cloths, they are good for a number of things and are pretty great for in the shower due to the texture of the cotton. Every few years I like to add to the collection as they do get worn with time, the family uses them that much.


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