WIP Wednesday: Something Silver

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It’s time to begin the Veera Valimaki KAL over at 2012: A sweater odyssey. I chose to do something silver as i think it will be a good challenge (lace! easy lace!) and I think the light weight of the yarn and the silk content will make it good for summer, which is good as the deadline is july 1!

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The yarn is elsebeth lavold Silky Wool. It is a very sticky yarn! But I like it. I decided to be totally un original and choose the exact same color veera used for her cardigan in the exact same yarn. I’m glad I did, I think it works well with the pattern so far. Which I am actually a few rows further into at this point as I have been knitting since taking these photos this morning.

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So far I am really liking it. The pattern makes sense, but holy there are a lot of stitch markers! I’m using a very random assortment, I need to color code them like the pattern actually says. So this is my most important and loved wip at the moment ❤

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muahahaha.

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Joining in for WIP wednesdays with Tami once again this week! She’s making some pretty socks this week 🙂

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Matching my Knitting & a KAL

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I match my knitting! Between the dress, the yarn, the stitch marker and my nails I had to take a photo. This photo is secretly a couple days old though, and this project is MUCH further along.

& I just want to let everyone know, we are doing a VEERA KAL at the 2012: a sweater odyssey group on ravelry. The idea is to knit 1 adult sized garment in 2 months. Last time we did Amy Christoffers which is why I now have a lovely larch. If anyone wants to join in come find us! Cast on date is may 1.

I’m still trying to decide between:
White Light
Before Dark
Something Silver

I’m starting to lean towards something silver because it is more summery and it’s an easy yarn choice (I’ll just use the elsebeth lavold silky wool used in the pattern). What do you guys think?

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heheh. This honestly wasn’t on purpose which is why I think it’s awesome.

Have a great monday!

Wips of glory

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This is one of my WIPs this week! YEAH! Today my goal is to work on weaving in ends and hopefully finish that by this evening. At six I am going with my mom to buy needles I need for the lapis so I want to have this done so I can start Lapis right away with no guilt necessary! The KAL’s goal was to finish by the 31st of march so I am golden, and really happy with that. I started this on February 8th. Not too shabby.

I am so happy that it looks okay. It definitely differs from the original pattern but in the end it worked. The extra collar stitches I worked made it form a more circular neckline, which is fine with me. I’m so happy, I keep jumping up and down (not kidding). This is my first cardigan and wow, it fits BEAUTIFULLY! If i do say so myself.

I have two other things I’ve been working on today though. 1 is another  pair of Camp Out Mitts. Yes, I’ve already finished the first and not even shown them to you yet!

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I knit my first pair up in 2 days but the colors are NUTS! I love them for at home but not for at work, where i dress more…professionally than rainbow. So I cast these on so that I can have them as my travel knitting (Lapis is worked off a huge cone,  not practical) and in about 30 minutes I’ve almost finished the top band. Love it. I’m going to do a post with both pairs though so here’s just a sneak peak of the other pair:

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Crazy right?

My other WIP is of course the Lapis. I finally found that size 5 needles get me gauge and I decided to go with the red yarn I bought, which is elann Soie Bambou. I am slightly paranoid about yardage (it only came in giant cones) so I keep checking the stock on the website 😛 there was 19 left when I ordered and still 17 now so I think I will be okay IF I need to order more.

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I did a circular swatch so my gauge for in the round would be accurate, although honestly my flat / round stockinette hardly differs at all in tension. The silver yarn is very flashy but I think the red has it’s own sort of luminescence as well. I like the slightly tighter fabric of the red and I think it is a bit more similar to Kessa’s original yarn choice so I’ve decided that’s the one I will be using. I’m naming my project Ruby or Garnet, to go with the theme of Kessa’s Lapis title.

WHEW! Okay, so that’s what I’m working on. I think I’ve got to start posting about things in their own posts and more frequently, instead of a couple of times a week I just dump project on you. Whoops!

Go check out everyone else’s too, of course, at Tami’s Amis.

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Larch Lundi

Today I am feeling rather sick so I’ve spent the morning on the couch, watching the downton abbey season 2 finale (omg yaaaay!! 🙂 ) sipping ice water and eating this:

French toast with raspberries and peachy deliciousness.

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I’ve also been plugging away on larch. I am doing a test knit for Kessa (see it here, isn’t it beautiful? Can’t wait to get the pattern and the yarn, and get started!) soon, so I’m trying to focus EVERYTHING on this Larch before I am able to start Lapis. I really want to finish Larch within the march 31st goal but also want to totally dedicate to the Lapis once I get started. Luckily the sleeves are great travel knitting, so that’s really helping! I still guess I have about a week before I start the test knit so I’m going to try and do this. The first sleeve took about 3 – 4 days so you never know, I might make it! Do you think I could start on the front ribbing before I finish the second sleeve?

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[Back & front. I love the conveniently placed marker i haven’t bother to cut off yet haha. I haven’t blocked anything yet so it’s rolling a lot but you get the idea.]

So, progress since last week:

  • finished back, did shoulder shaping, and did the 3 needle bind off (my first time – holy crap, its magic!)
  • Started and completed 1st sleeve
  • Finished ribbing of 2nd sleeve

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I think I did pretty well. Finishing my socks of love really helped get me back in the mindset to work on the larch. Now with everything being so close to finishing, and Threadpanda being DONE her larch, i feel like I really should catch up! With that in mind, maybe I should get back to knitting! 😉

My project page: Larch.

owlmazing makes…a KAL update!

WARNING!! I WILL BE POSTING PHOTOS OF THE WEEK #1 CLUE OF THE TTL MYSTERY SOCK KAL COMPLETED BELOW.

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Watch Out!

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Originally I wound the skein up into 1 ball. After I finished knitting the first cuff I realized I wanted to start on the second cuff right away. It’s going to be way more fun to have a complete pair of socks at the end of the KAL rather than just 1.

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oooooh….prettttty.

I rolled half of it into a centre pull ball and got on with it!

I love the pattern already. The cuff is really unique and I keep wondering what it will be! To me it looks like a peace sign. Some people say tulip or leafy. I cannot wait until next clue!

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I’m seriously in love with the yarn I am using too. It is soooo soft and such a lovely color. these photos are pretty accurate. The Yarn in Oceanwind Knits 100% merino sock in Tickled. It is smooshy and strong and beautiful and I love it! end of story.

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guuuh. So pretty.