On the Needles – April 4, 2014

Two projects are going on at the same time and I am loving both of them. I could kick myself though . .  yesterday I thought about taking pictures of both projects during the day when the lighting was better but then decided I could get more done on them.

On the first, one, Nicole’s Blue Sand, at 1:00 a.m., I realized there was no hope of getting the ribbing all done and therefore, I have a big jumbled up glob of yarn that, due to so many stitches on the circular needles, I couldn’t straighten out enough to show you. I’m so proud of my progress and I wanted to share!  :(

What I can share are pictures of the pockets. I was worried about them but they were a piece of cake. The lining is striped.

Nicole's Blue Sand

Nicole’s Blue Sand

When the sweater is being worn, this is how it will look.

Nicole's Blue Sand

Nicole’s Blue Sand

But if the pocket flares open a little, this is what you will see:

Nicole's Blue Sand

Nicole’s Blue Sand

This is going to be the cutest sweater! There’s a whole lot of knitting in this one but it’s fun and I can’t wait to start on one for myself.

And, put on the sunglasses!  Here’s my Kynance Cove. Again . . I could kick myself. Vince wanted to run to town so I grabbed my knitting and stopped in the middle of a row and didn’t realize it til after 1 a.m. when it was time to take a picture and then I was too tired to finish the row so . . once again, you see a jumbled up mess of yarn.

I think  you can tell that this is one bright sweater. Folks will see me coming . . that’s for sure! Hey, the name of our little ranch is Yellow Jacket Ranch so I can be the mascot!  :)

Kynance Cove

Kynance Cove

I absolutely love it. The lime green is really more lime than it looks in the picture and it just makes me smile. How often is it that you get to knit two projects at about the same time and you absolutely love both of them?

Swatching Done for Next Project

The swatching has been done for the Kynance Cove sweater. The Knit Along (KAL) begins on 4/1 so now I am ready.

Kynance Cove Swatch

Kynance Cove Swatch

The yarn is Madelinetosh DK and every time I use any Madelinetosh yarn, I say to myself “This is the only yarn I’m ever going to buy!” I love it!

In the swatch photo, it looks like the red faded on the green but it didn’t. The green (Maple Leaf) has just a tad of orange in it every now and then and it happens to be right there by the red. The only thing that faded was the green!

Faded Maple Leaf

Faded Maple Leaf

It won’t matter since it won’t show up on the Faded Parka (which is either dark gray or dark green . . I think it’s dark greenish gray) or the Ember.

I would love to get everything done on Nicole’s sweater, except the sleeves, before starting  Kynance Cove but . . I doubt that happens since I have less than 24 hours before the KAL begins.

 

Yarn Report – Week 13, 2014

I was tempted to write this post before the mail lady arrived but I guess it all evens out in the end. What didn’t get reported this week will get reported next week.

Yarn Added

Yarn Added

Here’s what arrived:

  • 2 skeins of Rowan DK in Ochre to finish Nicole’s Blue Sand.
  • 1 skein of Rowan DK in Cut Grass to finish Nicole’s Blue Sand.
  • 1 skein of Rowan DK in Clementine to finish Nicole’s Blue Sand.

That yarn has been discontinued and I was getting scared I was going to run out so I got it while I could find it. If I don’t use it all, maybe I’ll have enough to make a sweater for Addie and they can match.

More arrivals:

  • 1 skein Madelinetosh DK in Ember
  • 2 skeins Madelinetosh DK in Stovepipe
  • 3 skeins Madelinetosh DK in Night Bloom
  • 2 skeins Madelinetosh DK in Maple Leaf

I already told you what all that was for .. it was due to a yarn shift and making 2 different sweaters from the yarn for one.

More arrivals:

  • 7 skeins Dream in Color Classy in Chameleon

You know there’s a reason I bought this too!  I love the old Dream in Color Classy and they’ve changed it to a new “softer” yarn. After my bad pilling experience with a soft yarn and discussion with the dyer, I try to stay away from “soft”. I love this cardigan. It’s Persistence is the Key and that pretty much sums up life around here.  I wanted to make it and I think DIC Classy (old) is the perfect yarn and what color would be more perfect than this green?  So .. I bought it while I could!

Here’s how it all got paired up.

For my Blue Sand:

MadTosh for Blue Sand

MadTosh for Blue Sand

For Kynance Cove:

MadTosh for Kynance Cove

MadTosh for Kynance Cove

I could be losing any hope of using more than I buy this year but . . I’ve used a lot of yarn in Nicole’s sweater so when I finish that, it’s going to help a lot!

Used this Week: 0 skeins
Used since 1/1/2014: 22 skeins
Added this week: 19 skeins
Added since 1/1/21014: 95 skeins
Net Used since 1/1/2014: 75 skeins (red means I’ve added more than I’ve used)

On the Needles – March 28, 2014

Nicole’s Blue Sand is still on my needles.  The band at the bottom is taking forever! It isn’t hard . . it’s just that I haven’t spent a lot of time knitting this week. The pocket is started too. Did I have that done last week?  Can’t remember  ..

Nicole's Blue Sand

Nicole’s Blue Sand