Make It Monday

And it’s finished!

My Julissa Sweater. Just in time to wear to the Needler’s Retreat. Photo is just off the needles and not blocked. It’s here for the objective evidence 😉

Julissa Sweater - Finished

I need a helper to take a photo of it on. The “Selfie” is something I’ve yet to learn how to do without making myself look utterly ridiculous. This is truly one that looks better on. The fit is close but not tight and colour is closer to a mauve, in the cool range so goes well with this dark hair of mine.

The other FO – why yes, there are two, smiles; is the second of my Noro Bias Lace Scarves.

Silk Garden Aran version

Silk Garden Aran version

This one just flew off the needles. I’m still working on the Kureyon Sock version and it is progressing well. It feels great to be getting things finished. I joke about being a process knitter and that it doesn’t matter to me once the knitting is done but… it’s nice to have something to show for the work.

Five more sleeps to the retreat!

Make It Monday

Here’s the progress – yay!

Got sleeves!

Got sleeves!

And for those of you wondering what I’m on about:

The Ting Tings “That’s Not My Name” : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1c2OfAzDTI

I meant to have the neck picked up too but I got snared by some gorgeous Zephyr 80/20 merino silk laceweight and a shawl pattern – yummy!

Photos of that to come soon.

Make It Monday

I know I’ve seen that phrase somewhere else, can’t think where though. I like it and I think it may be my Monday theme for a while. I like to believe it’ll motivate me to truly BE making.

In that vein, here is my Julissa progress. Ready to pick up the sleeves. Super happy with this one, other than that little stitch marker mishap :).

Ready for sleeves.

Ready for sleeves.

Front cable panel.

I think I will wait until my 12″ circulars get here to do those sleeves. The 16″ is pulling just enough, even before any decreases that I think it’ll be a hassle. I’m not a fan of dpn’s for sleeves unless I have to use them. While I wait for those, it’ll be back to the chameleon blanket for crochet and I think I’ll cast on my Jose by Jane Ellison.

ETA: I didn’t want to put it down! I used the “four sticks” method and finished sleeve one last night. I love dpn’s for socks but not for sleeves. Nonetheless, it came out nicely and I’m that much ahead, yay!

I’ve finally taken the time to make time for my Etsy shop. In truth, I’d been procrastinating because I remembered the listing process as rather arduous and that from a high tech person. A lot has changed, so I’ve updated the about, changed the name (I’m glad they offered that option but sure wish it wasn’t character space limited – I couldn’t use PSPRP, sadly) and even have a few items listed.

I’m happy to be back at it there, although being on Etsy, the temptation to browse and buy is nearly overwhelming.  So many talented and creative people there!

Hello Julissa

I love a productive weekend almost as much as the lazy ones.

Here is a photo of Julissa. I’ll be starting waist increases this evening.

Julissa BodiceI love this for many reasons, not the least of which is that its using up stash. The top-down construction is one of my favourites and there is a lot going on with the shaping, cables and lace all happening at the same time. I need to stay engaged to see progress and I like that!

I fell off the yarn diet wagon big time because I’m crushing on the Manos Fino and so added these to my collection. I do have a gradient shawl in mind, perhaps two. The mileage is great for this yarn.

Why can I never leave Yarn Forward without something?

Why can I never leave Yarn Forward without something?

Amy Herzog’s book has been on my radar since I first heard about it. There have been lots of really positive reviews and I’m thinking this will be a great addition to my designing tool kit.

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Anaea, now blocked and ready to go.

Finished for real :)

Finished for real 🙂

And here is a closer look at the stitch pattern. This wouldn’t have been my first choice for a shawl. It was kitted up as one and I had begun the knitted version, included with the kit just over a year ago. I do love both yarn and pattern though.

Anaea Shawl Detail

A request from a fellow Raveller to buy some of my stash, led to a lengthy stash dive over the weekend and I came across some Elann Superwash Bamboo. Purchased years ago and with a note about the specific project it was for, it just grabbed me when I was really anxious to start something new. Couldn’t find the intended pattern but did find this, the Julissa pullover. Now these two… Yarn and pattern look to be a very harmonious fit and as I am just wrapping up neckline increases, it looks pretty good.

Elann Superwash Bamboo and cables.

Elann Superwash Bamboo and cables.

If anyone is interested in helping me get unburied from all this fibre goodness, here’s a link to my destash page on Ravelry, until I can set something up here for convenience.