Posts Tagged ‘comfort knitting and crochet’

12
Feb

WIP: Afghan undersides

Written by Sarah. Posted in afghan, knits

Last week I was talking a lot about those ends. Each square on the afghan has anywhere from two to ten ends. And they all need to be woven in. It’s driving me a little nutty. Weaving in ends is the WORST part of knitting. I’m pretty sure that statistics show that every knitter dreads this process (leave me a comment if you disagree! I’d love to meet you).

This week, I just wanted to show you how the wrong side of the afghan looks. It’s the part of the knitting people rarely display on the internet. I’m always curious to see what the wrong side looks like. I want to know how neat other knitters keep theirs. Sometimes I look at my wrong sides and think, “The right side is nice but this back side is a disaster!” I imagine that knitters with more skill, patience, and experience than myself have fantastic wrong sides with clean seams and perfectly reversed faire isle.

Anyway, my wrong side is not so awful here. I’m not trying to scare you. But I’m definitely pleased with the intarsia between the colors. I was confused when I started because, honestly, I can’t remember the last time I knit anything in garter stitch let alone with multiple colors. I looked for some examples of garter stitch intarsia and I found one but I’ll share my own wrong side in case you’re curious too.

I haven’t been able to knit that much this week with my new job. It’s been so busy and exhausting getting into the new routine but I’m very happy there and it’s a lot of fun. That being said, I’m going to go drink coffee and knit!

Check out my other posts about the afghan, in case you missed it here!

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04
Feb

WIP: Afghan Halfway Point!

Written by Sarah. Posted in afghan, knits

Wow! So it’s really all happening. I thought this process would be a lot more frustrating and arduous but it has been really pleasant and beautiful. It’s coming together so quickly, I can’t believe it!

Last week I knit the bigger squares that you saw in my last post. Once I had a good stack of them, I decided to start putting the pieces together. I was reading about this pattern on Ravelry and after hearing how other knitters were spending an eternity weaving ends in, I thought that I should get started.

Putting the pattern together has been pretty simple. It’s required a lot of seaming research on my part. It’s not just about sewing garter stitched pieces together but most of the time rows face different directions and I have to put them together differently than just doing an invisible seam. (I’m definitely going to have to post about that because I felt like I was a little in the dark about it all.)

I’m really glad I started putting this together early on. It’s really exciting to watch the whole thing grow and doing it a little at a time is so much easier to swallow.

This is where I was last week.

Doesn’t look like much.

This is after another week of non-stop stitching.

But, oh my goodness, so many ends! Each color has two ends that I’m weaving in, not to mention when I’ve changed to a new skein of yarn! I’m a weaving-in machine! I’ll have to show you a picture of the wrong side so you can see how crazy everything looks. It’s a bit of organized chaos.

Have I mentioned how obsessed I am with these colors in Berroco Vintage?!

I’m also having a blast keeping track of this as a WIP. I’m usually really bad at taking the photos and making notes but it is great to have a place to update. Here we are at the halfway mark! It’s really come together well. I’m so excited by the progress! I’ve probably spent about 3 hours seaming but look at how lovely it is!

Alright, darlings. I start my new job next week and I am very excited! In the mean time, I’m going to get things all set up here to stay ahead of the curve and keep blogging! Wish me luck! And have a happy weekend!

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16
Jan

WIP: Afghan

Written by Sarah. Posted in afghan, knits

In case you were unaware after my last post about this project, I am head over heels for this afghan pattern. And I’m a little addicted to it. I have been churning out squares for it day and night and I can’t seem to put it down. I don’t want to do anything but knit…but what else is new? The cold weather outside is really keeping me in bed, in front of some Law and Order on Netflix instant watch (proof that there is a higher power, I think) and giving me plenty of time to stitch.

But I’m quite content. I’m not intimidated by the scale of this project. I’m loving every second of it.

These big squares are pretty simple and formulaic. I did have to rip the last one I made out but I cannot be shaken.

I love the colors. Seeing it laid out together makes me think of a cold summer evening on the beach in New England. Sitting on the porch to a big white house in a rocking chair wrapped in this drinking a glass of wine or eating some clam chowder. I’m totally imagining all of this but the colors are class Americana to me.

Big thanks to Jonathan for taking these beautiful pictures. He’s a great photographer!

More updates on this WIP to come! Now I need to get back to knitting…

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11
Jan

Yarn Porn

Written by Sarah. Posted in books, knits

I finally found it. It’s the perfect yarn for my afghan! I’m so excited to get started on my afghan. I’ve been searching for this for a month!

I got this beautiful book from my mom. I’ve never tackled an afghan before because they take some commitment and plenty of yarn. It took me a few days to pick out which one to start with and I’m doing the bright star pattern. It really caught my eye because of this gorgeous picture in the book.

Wow.

So my plan was to make it in a more monochromatic, masculine color scheme. I’m really partial to blues so that’s what it will be. My guidelines for the yarn were like this: I wanted a nice quality yarn. I’m definitely a snob but, in reality, I have to make this giant thing and if the yarn doesn’t feel nice between my fingers, I’ll hate the process. It’s a big project so it’s worth spending a few dollars on something nice. It had to be soft (it’s a blanket). And I really wanted something that had some natural fibers. 100% would be best. This book is written for Berroco Comfort yarn which is worsted 50/50 nylon/acrylic. I don’t like the way that feels even though it’s easy to care for.

This is what happened!


I scoured the stores in the city. I hate to say it, but they’re expensive! And despite all of the beautiful luxury yarns they carry, I couldn’t find a navy blue that I really loved.

I had to take a day trip to my parents and I decided to stop by my favorite LYS (or local yarn store) that I used to visit in high school. Of course they had just what I was looking for and for a great price. They are such amazing ladies there! Always really helpful and happy. Even though I only go there once a year now, they still remember where I live and what I’ve been up to.

I bought 18 skeins of Berroco Vintage in dark denim, cream, chambray, sunny, and cracked pepper. I carried my bundle of yarn up to the counter and they knew exactly what I was making. This Vintage yarn is 40% wool so it’s got a nice, soft feel but it’s also machine washable.

I’ve already started the first square. I’ll keep it updated! I’m so excited to be tackling something I’ve never tried before.

I also bought these beautiful buttons. Jon picked them out for something I made him. I’ll tell you about that soon.

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