WIP Wednesday

First of all, thank you all so much for your warm comments and virtual hugs. Thank you to each and every one of you that emailed me and shared personal stories with me much like my own. In a sad way, it was nice to know that I’m not alone in having had such a weird life. I hope that all of you can find peace and a good side to your sadness as I will now try to find in this unfortunate event in my life. I hope to finally be able to meet my half-brothers and sisters and maybe form a relationship with them. I want my children to see what a NORMAL family is like. My father’s side of the family seems to be a good example of normal, loving people. I’ve gotten to speak to my aunt and uncle (father’s siblings). I will be meeting up with them soon.

As usual, the needles have not stopped around here. The same way that I cast on for a BUNCH of socks not too long ago, I’ve now been 100% into knitting sweaters. Right now I have FIVE sweaters OTN: four fully active and one that has been asleep for quite some time in the WIP basket.

Let’s start with the Somewhat Cowl (Yarn: Marshmallow from Decadent Fibers). I am progressing rapidly on this one as it’s mostly stockinette and am now halfway down the body. I don’t plan to make this as long as what the pattern calls for (24″ finished length in my size). With my gut I can’t make sweaters that extend too far below my waist or they get a crease line. HA! Here’s an upside-down shot of it:

Somewhat Cowl

Next up is the Central Park Hoodie (Yarn: Araucania Nature Wool). I’m knitting this sweater seamlessly except for the sleeves so it went way faster than usual. I also don’t like how the cable is stopped abruptly at the start of the hood in the pattern so I’ve continued the cable. I’ll make notes of my changes in case anyone is interested. I’m more than halfway through the hood and then on to the sleeves.

Central Park Hoodie

Number 3 is the Fairly Easy Fair Isle (Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky). There’s not much going on here. Stockinette until I get to the top part.

Fairly Easy Fair Isle

The fourth has been on the needles for quite some time and hasn’t been touched in ages. So not much to talk about there. It’s the Bog Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmerman (Yarn: Makalu Yarns Lambgora).

Bog Jacket _1__001

Lastly, but DEFINITELY not least is my current train knitting: Cable-Down Raglan (Yarn: Shelridge Farm W4). Jeanine mentioned NaKniSweMo so I joined up – as IF I needed an excuse to cast on yet another project. HA! Cast on right on the 1st of Nov. I’m loving the knitting. I DID have to rip yesterday tho because I was NOT liking the raglan increases as instructed in the pattern (kf&b on either side of raglan marker). So after I ripped back I decided to use my new favorite increases: LaLinc and LaRinc, as described by Cat Bordhi in her New Pathways for Sock Knitters book (that link brings you to a video of it. I love these new increases so much that it’s the same ones I’m using for the Somewhat Cowl above.

Here are pictures of the old raglan increases.  See how different they are on either side?

CDR with Ugly increases

CDR - Right Side Increases

CDR - Left Side Increases (1)

Now check out these MUCH NEATER increases.  These match up way better.

CDR with nice increases

CDR - Left Side Increases

CDR - Right Side Increases (2)

I’m not COMPLETELY happy with these either but it’s because half the increases are done on reverse stockinette so they’re forming tiny little holes. Do you see them in that last picture? Anyone got any suggestions for me on that?

Well, that’s all for now folks. I also knit on all those second socks sometimes and sooner or later will have a few finished pairs.


11 thoughts on “WIP Wednesday”

  1. Glad you are trying to keep positive and that you will soon meet your other siblings!

    I am enjoying you go on your sweater binge!! 🙂
    I aspire to knit up 4 sweaters at a time like you! LOL Haha!
    You must tell me…how did you learn all of your knitting tricks along the way? Do you knit with others? OOh to grow up and knit like you! 😀 …no really!

  2. Wow you’re making the CPH in the round? Good on ya. I’ve actually gotten to a point where I’d like to make sweaters FLAT because it seems to much faster. I started my CPH 10/27 and accounting for life and slipping in another project and some new spinning, I’m almost done with the 2nd front! But I like the way this sweater looks, and might do it again, so I’ll be looking forward to your info on the changes you made. Though I’m actually not to sure I’d want the cableing on the hood, so I’d leave that out anyway…

    NaKniSweMo? hmmm gonna check that out 😀

    Thanx for the heads-up!

  3. Holy guacas that’s a lot of WIPs woman!! But they’re looking good!

    I missed the whole entry last time. What a bunch of fun stuff to be given to deal with, yeah, not so much. I can only identify with Mr. Soapy as a spouse of someone with some interesting father issues himself. Stuff like this makes ripples and effects not just the kids, but the people around the kids.

    But you’ve got a good head on your shoulders.

  4. I don’t like kfb increases at all. The only time I use them is if the bar is truly a design element, otherwise I always do left or right leaning ones. Seeing all of those sweaters in action makes me want to say screw it to the Christmas knitting and dive in myself! Especially the Cable Down Raglan. I love that one.

  5. Ok, so now you make me want to give my half-brother a call, so we can catch up. It has been a while. I hope you definately get to meet the other side of your family and can establish a “normal” relationship with them. Just remember, they could be missing you too.

    On to the knitting talk, cuz I could go on for hours. The CPH looks absolutely marvelous. I do agree with continuing the cable up the hood. Another modification I would suggest is to make the hood a little longer than what the pattern calls for, if you are actually going to wear it on your head. Mine seemed a little small on the first sweater. Keep it up. Which sweater will you finish first???

  6. Whew, that’s some sweaterage!! I’m totally interested in the CPH notes you have, I plan to knit mine seamlessly as well, and want that cable to go up the hood! Keep us posted!

  7. 5!!! Gee, you know I never realized or noticed it was that many since that’s pretty much the norm for you and you get stuff done. That Top Down Raglan is gonna be HOT. I’m liking what I see so far.

  8. How do you like the CPH? I’ve been wanting to knit it for a long time, but am afraid of investing the time in a big project like that if it’s not going to come out well… Your pictures of it make it look great!!

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