I have been carrying Allegheny around and not working on it but I got back to it in the last couple of days. We have now reached a length where it is clearly not a sweater, and it is clearly not a dress.
I know what you are thinking, looks normal right? Not quite, I am in a dress that is pretty much as short as I am willing to go before the it becomes a long shirt. This knitter has a booty and any shorter means that there is a draft behind me. The next picture is much more accurate with handy dress for reference.
I likely have another foot to knit of the skirt before I’m done, and then we have sleeves, I can still make the 28th. If I stop putting the sweater down for a week at a time. Buckling down time. Or something. I may actually do more knitting then beer drinking at beer and knitting tonight.
We will get to a dress eventually. Progress, it looks like a sweater at the very least. And not even a cropped one.
Even with a tiny bit of rolling it is at the top of my jeans so yay. There is a chance I will finish this by 4/28. There is even a chance I will be able to wear it once before next winter with the way the weather is going. But that chance is vanishing and should be gone by the end of April. Or so one hopes.
This was the last time I took an in progress photo. Progress Yay! Now I just have to decide how long to make the skirt. Actual Sweater Dress length for me, or the odd tunic/dress length most of mine currently are which leads to pants. I have a third ball of the Eco Wool waiting, and know I need less than half of one to make cabled sleeves. so maybe to my knees?
This sweater dress will be for winter at its worst, so I might wear pants anyway, but it’s a thought to have.
Well Allegheny is slowly growing. You can’t really confuse it for anything but a sweater at this point. The cable is going along well and it fits the way I would want.
There is just one small problem. This photo is from Thursday, and it barring any progress I made further on during knit night the exact length that the sweater is hasn’t changed since Thursday. Sigh.
I need to get to work. That April 28 deadline is a looming. Looming like a Looming thing, that looms.
It’s good that I wasn’t on the fiber wagon, because if I had been I would have fallen off it hard in the last couple weeks. I got a batt from Woodland Hills Alpacas and two braids from Spun Right Round . The photos from their Etsy shops are below, since only the Medusa batt is actually in my apartment. The vamp and zombie braids are on their way.
To deal with this influx of fiber I started another spinning project. That makes it better right? Right? Just nod along. Well I started to continue an old spinning project. The 90 yards of Clown Prince.
I pulled the completed yarn, the Poison Ivy from Gnome Acres and the Loop cloud I picked up at Rhinebeck. I spun during my usual Tuesday night of cooking shows.
I started with green and did quite a lot of pre-drafting. Then because sometimes I like to bounce around I switched to the purple, and worked on a small bit of the cloud.
This went surprisingly fast, and I quickly got back into the hang of spinning up some laceish weight, to ply into a light fingering. Now I need to stop believing I could use another spindle or three.
I’ve worked on the Allegheny Sweater some. I’ve divided for the sleeves and worked farther enough down that I was able to try it on a bit to make sure nothing was terribly wrong at this stage.
Ignore the abnormally long finger in the corner, I have another inch to go before I add ribbing for the waist shaping. None too shabby, though I’m already getting ideas about starting my next sweater. I’m draw to the Bergen Street Cardigan I have the yarn ready even from VKLive, Newton’s Yarn Country. You may recall them as the yarn by the pound folks. My Dark and Stormy is made by yarn from them as well.
Other than that my WIPs are for etsy. There will be a lot of DC in the next update. Include these dynamic duo stitch markers.
I’ve been a busy knitter. I have made progress on the sweater dress, and am nearing the separation for the sleeves, though it has been put down as I started another pair of gloves. It is the Podster Glove pattern the Fingering/Sock weight version of the high speed weekend gloves aka Chilly Podster. It’s made on my Gnome Acres yarn in the Joker colorway
I’m at the separation for the fingers, and you can already see the thumb stitches being held with some red yarn. I’m torn on of I should make them another pair of flip top gloves or a pair of gloves with flip top fingers. I don’t plan on working on them until the weekend so I have some time to decide.
There is a bit of a cable finally happening on the sweater, and the Aquaman stitch markers are a bit of bright fun.
And the Hero Honey Cowl continues to grow. New plan is to finish it by the 28th. We’ll see if I can do that. So lots of things are in progress. Fingers crossed. Not to shabby. Also I’m still spinning the blue fiber. Just a couple things.
Nerd Wars has begun. Which meant the second the first rolled around I started casting on. It also helped that Friday was a bit of a Knitters, night in, at my apartment and everyone was working on a project and 3/4 of the knitters were fellow Nerd Warriors.
So I cast on Koolhaas on Friday. And have made quite a bit of progress. 16 more rows until the crown decrease. Very straight forward pattern, and while I don’t have it memorized, I tend to just need to know what the first iteration of the pattern is and I’m fine.
I’m using my hand spun Alpaca, and its coming along quite well. It is also one of my 12 in 2013 patterns. The yarn originally set aside for it has already instead been used on my chilly podsters.
I also cast on my T7 Dissertation Allegheny during the Superbowl. Not nearly as much progress as the hat. But it too grows.
Part of the reason I haven’t continued is that, I hate turtle necks, and am trying to decide if I need to cast on more stitches to make more of a draped neck, or if this will be fine. I’m leaning towards more stitches.
Also, I shall be blogging at the Nerd Wars blog every Monday on various topics in Mythology. You can read the posts here and today I will be posting my introduction along with my fellow team blogger.
I have worked on the Gin & Tonic Hat, I am decreasing even. Sadly I got to the point where I really should switch to DPN’s but I didn’t bring them today so I will power out for a few more rounds and hope.
Granted I only have two rounds left before the crown decreases so there is not much more I will be able to do before switching. I suppose I can work on my Honey Cowl, because that has not changed since last week. I’m sure I will run out books shortly, I mean there is only one more Iron Druid book left and I’m 47% thorough book 4, book six alas is not out. And I have Ever After on my Kindle, ready to go. With Nerd Wars starting Friday I will need the knitting time. I have a sweater dress to make in three months after all.
It is currently 18F (-7c) in New York City. And I could not find a single pair of gloves with fingers. The ones I made last winter are “somewhere safe” and haven’t been seen in a few months; the silk gloves though I worked on them last night are still just a glove that needs ends weaved in and a cuff. So an impromptu add to my list of goals is to knit myself three pairs of gloves with fingers (I can get a hold of at least that many fingerless gloves at any given moment) by the reappearance of winter. Maybe it’s time to make myself a pair of flip top mittens or six.
Now my knitting has grown but not by as much as it should have in a week as I spent most of my commute finishing all five books in the Parasol Protectorate so while both the cowl and hat have increased slightly had I been knitting I think the hat at least would be done.
It is a straight forward pattern and I have I think one more repeat before I begin decreasing. The Honey Cowl on the other hand…I think I worked a row. Or two. Maybe. Not much different from last week.
It might grow, but I did just read the sample of The Iron Druid that has me buying the first book, and there are six of those so far. So more knitting may or may not happen faster. Items are in progress, they just might still be in the same state of progress next week.
I’m not working on much right now. Or let’s be honest, I’m not counting anything that’s on the needles I haven’t touched in a few weeks. *Cough* Hitchhiker *cough* or put aside in mistake purgatory, Lothlorien, so with those asides. I’m actually only working on
one two projects right now.
Not that you can tell as scrunched as it is on the needles but that right there is my Honey Cowl in the now discontinued Nerd Girl Yarns – For the Win Superwash in Weasley Wizard Wheezes. I’m having fun with it and it will be a splash of Comic Book bright when I wear it.
The other project in progress. The silk hankie gloves. I have started on the second hand, and it continues to live on the coffee table though, I have been distracted by Monday’s spinning lately so this hasn’t grown in a week or two.
Also not helping the glove grow is the fact that the hand I’m making now is much smaller than the other one, by about 8 stitches, still a good fit for me but looks a bit odd. The idea of frogging silk hankies fills me with dread so I may just live with oddly sized gloves. As they will be going under fingerless mitts, I don’t think it is too much of a worry. Something to keep in mind for next time I guess. That pesky writing things down thing…