All Fingering Weight, All The Time

I finished another thing!

This pattern is 'Equinox' by me.  It was the March 2015 sock pattern for the Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Rockin' sock club.  Please note that this pair is not knit in the Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock colourway for that month.   That colourway and this pattern are available only to subscribers for one year.  But I can tell you that the March 2015 yarn is beautiful, scrumptious and absolutely luxurious.  I loved working with it.  I can't show it to you but several subscribers have posted photos on Ravelry.  I will make this pattern available after the rights to it revert back to me.

I cast on my next pair.  I am trying some cotton sock yarn to shake things up a bit.
This pair is for the Husbeast.  He hinted that he would like some cotton socks to wear to work in the warm months.  He likes to wear funky, loud socks under his conservative, investment banker uniform.  The yarn is Patons Stretch Socks in 'Fruit Slices'; colourful yet muted at the same time.  I like them.  I am doing a simple 3X2 ribbing down the leg, a heel flap, then will continue the ribbing on the top of the foot and finish with a rounded Kitchener stitched toe.  Hopefully they will be a quick knit and he will actually get to wear them soon.

Also, this week this happened:
Cute little squares for my scrap sock yarn blanket.  These seem to be very popular right now and apparently I am easily influenced.  I get the attraction to this project though: each square takes about 20 minutes so it totally indulges my desire for instant gratification.  Also each one is different so there is a low boredom factor.  They are straight garter stitch so they make for awesome mindless knitting.  My squares are just under 2 inches long on each side.  I know that there is this super-adorable mini-skein trend going on right now, but I have boxes of scrap sock yarn from all the socks that I have knit so this will likely be a true scrap blanket.  Except for the border.  I have decided to not join my squares as I go, instead I think I will order a few skeins of bare (un-dyed) sock yarn and crochet the squares together with about a 1/2 inch border in between squares and then crochet a border around the perimeter.  That's my plan right now.  It may change.  It will probably change.  We'll have to see how it plays out.

I am still plugging away slowly on my Cecily Twinset.  Fingering weight sweaters are slow moving projects.  I am almost ready to separate the sleeves - about 4 more rows I think.  Each row is over 300 stitches now so four rows is a time commitment.  I will post pics after I have separated for the sleeves.  

I just realized all the projects that I have on the needles right now use fingering weight yarn. This is why I have so much time between finished projects.  I would finish more projects if I gravitated toward bulky weight yarns, or even worsted...

Sweater Surgery

Recently, I finished a sweater, and I love it.  It is awesome and I have worn it at least 3 times since it has been off the needles thanks to the long, never-ending winter we are having in my part of the world.  (I love to wear my hand-knits as much as the next knitter, but enough already - Spring would be a nice change of pace).  

As I wore it, I noticed the neck seemed to be growing wider and wider.  It got to the point that it was slipping off both my shoulders.  It was not working for me.  The yarn I used, City Tweed HW, by KnitPicks is soft and warm and heavy.  I think the weight of the bottom part of the sweater was stretching the crewneck into a misshapen boat neck.

Here is a picture of it before it was stretched out too badly:
It already exposed both my shoulders and this is before it really stretched out.  One of the reasons I made this sweater is to keep my shoulders warm, so I endeavoured to fix it. 

First I set up a lifeline on the first row below the neck ribbing.  I say "I", but my awesome Husbeast was a big help here.  He is very useful knitting-wise for a non-knitter,  

Once the lifeline was set up, we (mostly Husbeast) found the cast-on edge and ripped out the neck ribbing down to the lifeline.  Then I put the live stitches on needles one size smaller than the ones I used the first time.

Then I reduced the stitch count evenly over one row.  I made the 'M2' size,  I reduced the neck stitches to the stitch count in the 'XS' size.  Then I re-knit the ribbing for the number of rows called for in the pattern and cast-off loosely. 

 Ta-Da!  A smaller, better fitting neck!

Here is a post-surgical pic of me wearing the sweater:

I am wearing a black tank top under the sweater in this pic.  Notice how you cannot see the straps? Success!  There is no point in knitting my own garments if they do not fit exactly the way I want them to.  

On a completely unrelated note, I can now tell people that I am the sock designer for the March 2015 Blue Moon Fiber Arts, Socks that Rock, Rockin' Sock Club!  Yay! The pattern is called Equinox Socks.   I cannot share photos of the design, because the publisher has exclusive rights for now, but I look forward to seeing the sock club's subscribers' project photos.  

Off the Needles

I finally finished and blocked my "Tea with Jam & Bread" by Heidi Kirrmaier. 
I love how it turned out.  I knit it one size too big on purpose.  I wanted a boyfriend-type-sweater. I also left the sleeves a little long.  The neck line is a bit wider than I would like.  I noticed from other knitter's comments that I am not the first to complain about the wide neck.  If I were to re-knit it I would cast on on for the neckline in the size small.  I cast on the m2 size. I am considering frogging the neck and tightening it up a bit

The yarn is super soft and cozy.  
I used KniPicks City Tweed in 'kitten' and 'toad'.  The purple accent is a lone skein Cascade 220 Tweed from my stash.  I would link to them, but I am blogging in the fly today from my phone and the Blogger app doesn't seem to have a feature to add hyperlinks :/. 

I think I will either cast on "En Pointe Pullover" or "Wink" as my next sweater.