Jack-o-Lantern Sweater

This little Jack-o-Lantern sweater has been in my queue for a while and Saturday, I said to myself . . I want to make this NOW so I stopped what I was working on and started it.  I’m not the most experienced knitter and most of the sweaters I’ve made very detailed and I was able to follow step by step. This one is really simple but the instructions were a little vague for me. This is the first time I’ve done a bottom up piece by piece sweater. Everything else I’ve done has been top down and in the round.

I got the back done pretty easily and then I had to do the front!

Jack-o-Lantern Sweater

Jack-o-Lantern Sweater

The color work stuff is not so much fun for me . . yet but I’m going to master it! After blocking, I’m sure it will look better. The pattern came in size 2 and 4 and I added a few stitches to the size 2 so I’m hoping it will be about a size 3. Addie is wearing a size 2 but it would be nice if she could wear it this year and next year since she won’t get much wear out of a jack-o-lantern sweater.

I showed it to her on our video chat yesterday and she seemed to have liked it . . but she likes everything!

The back is done, the front is now done  . . on to the sleeves, the seams and the neck ribbing and it will be finished and hopefully . . hand delivered in time for her to wear it!

Yarn Report – Week 36, 2014

I did use some yarn from the stash. Great job, huh? Four skeins of Madelinetosh Pashmina  were used for my Robie Street. Unfortunately (though I feel quite fortunate!) quite a bit of yarn came in this week.

Yarn In

Yarn In

45 skeins, all except the pink at the very top were purchased on sale at Eat, Sleep, Knit‘s Labor Day sale. Everything has a purpose . . all bought with a specific pattern in mind so I feel like it was an investment instead of willy nilly spending. Maybe that’s just my way of justifying but . . anyway, there’s enough yarn there for 6 projects. All the projects are outlined in this blog post.

Used this week: 4 skeins
Used since 1/1/2014: 55 skeins
Added this week: 45 skeins
Added since 1/1/21014: 279 skeins
Net Used since 1/1/2014: 224 skeins (red means I’ve added more than I’ve used)

 

On the Needles – September 5, 2014

My current project is Exit-0 which is a test knit for Laura Aylor. Helpful info about Exit-0:

  • Laura is hosting a KAL beginning September 24 and you can find info here.
  • The pattern is 40% off til the beginning of the KAL. You can buy the pattern now but it won’t be available to download until the start date of the KAL (September 24).

It’s a fun and quite simple pattern. It takes 3 skeins of fingering weight yarn. I’m using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light. I think this pattern would be great for Christmas gifts since most of us have too many single skeins of fingering weight yarn, and it’s quick enough to get several done between now and Christmas. Another good thing – it’s fairly small and lightweight so even if you live where there’s not much winter, this is great for a cold restaurant or movie theater. It’s also something nice that can be done in team colors for those Friday night football games! 

Exit-0

Exit-0