The last few weeks have been really busy with work, so sadly I haven’t been making much. But, I did manage to finish Miette. I just need to block her this weekend and I can finally have a win!
I have a lot more to share with you about what’s been happening in DinWorld. I was going to put it in this post, but I need to untangle my thoughts. Until then, go do something creative and I’ll see you next week!
It usually takes forever for me to finish knitting projects because I usually just knit whenever I feel like it. However, with this project I’m trying something new: I committed to knitting ten rows a day until it’s finished.
When I made my commitment, the rows had fewer stitches so I finished them quickly. But I didn’t take into account that Miette is knit from the top down so the number of stitches actually increased significantly as I moved into the body. Now it’s taking much more time, but I’m sticking to it until the bitter end.
So here’s Miette at row 75 (I have to do 5 more rows later). The red yarn is waste yarn holding the sleeve stitches.
The beginning of the raglan sleeves
Some eyelet detail
Most of the sweater is stockinette stitch so it doesn’t require a lot of concentration until you get to the eyelet parts. I’ve been watching Justified while I knit. It’s like Breaking Bad set in Appalachia and, in true Elmore Leonard fashion, there’s no shortage of delightfully quirky characters and truly awful people double- and triple-crossing each other. You have to pay close attention because alliances change so quickly that it’s easy to get lost.
Now back to Miette. Once the body is done, I just have the sleeves, button bands and edging. At this rate, I should be finished knitting by the end of next week. Then its on to blocking. And I have to find some buttons.
I think I’m going to use this x-rows/day commitment on all my future knitting projects because it’s just enough to make progress, but not so much that I feel fatigued. Also seeing a project come together quickly is really motivating. I’m seriously considering making another Miette before spring, but I’m not sure which color to make. Any suggestions?
Okay, this isn’t exactly Miette, but the beginning rows of Miette, the uber-popular cropped sweater pattern from Andi Satterlund at Untangling Knots. I adore all Andi’s sweater designs, so this is just the first of many future projects.
I first saw Miette on Autumn Yarn and I immediately knew I wanted to make one. Then just as quickly, I forgot about it. Recently I came across my “things to knit” list, looked up the pattern on Ravelry (btw, it’s FREE!) and decided once again that I need one in my life. Only this time, I actually pulled out the yarn and needles and got to work.
I’m using Cascade 220 yarn in Tutu (#9477) and making it a bit smaller than the smallest size (34) because I like my cardigans very snug. To get a smaller gauge, I’m using size 7 (4.5mm) and 6 (4.0mm) needles.
It has a very pretty eyelet pattern which you can see a little here:
It’s not a very practical color (in retrospect, I probably should’ve gotten the superwash), but it’s really lovely. Even though it’s 44 degrees as I’m writing this in NY, my mind is already in spring. What I really love about Miette is it’s a pretty versatile cardigan. It can be sweet (over a summer dress) or hot (with a pencil skirt and sky high heels.)
So yes, I just started another project. But that’s what I do. As you know (or will soon find out), I rarely work on one project from beginning to end. I like to switch gears frequently because it keeps me from getting bored. It also gives me something to do when I’m stuck or frustrated with another project.
Do you work on more than one project at a time? Or are you a beginning-to-end type of person?
Practically overnight, the weather went from pleasantly cool to just plain cold. And as always I was unprepared. Sure I have my nice new coat, but I had nothing to cover my head. Enter Ravelry. (If you knit or crochet, do yourself a favor and head over there to sign up and get access to some of the most innovative and beautiful designs ever.)
Anyhow, Ravelry has this fantastic search function that allows you to find projects by how much yardage you have on hand. How genius is that? Since my coat is grey, I wanted a black hat and found one skein of Top of the Lamb wool worsted yarn in my stash.According to the label, it’s 190 yards so after doing my search and looking through all the eligible patterns, I decided on the Boho beret. I started it last night while watching television and waiting for one of my projects to render (did I ever mention that I’m a film editor? ) and in just a few hours – including ribbing which always goes super slow for me – I made this: It’s really hard to photograph black items so, but if you look really closely, you can see the eyelet pattern. I hope it’ll be more visible once I finish the rest of the stockinette.
The rest is pretty much all stockinette in the round so I should be finished by this evening. Yay for quick knits!