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WIP Wednesday…a day late

Hey Everyone!!

It has been a crazy week and lots of updates. I am knitting very slowly but knitting. As mentioned in previous post I have finished a couple projects. Currently, I started the Fade to Flax sweater for my travel project for Edinburgh. It is my first fingering weight sweater, that is design to eat up the copious amount of fino in my stash. I have 6 skeins of fino (2 skeins of different colors) that I picked up during Rosie’s Yarn Cellar closing. ūüė¶ still sad…miss you Rosie’s. Currently I am using four skeins now for this sweater; however, might add more if needed. Below are some current pictures of the Fade to Flax ( I love this pun…it is so metal. Lol )

There are a couple mistakes but that what makes it home made and unique to me. The pattern is clear and is inspiring me to think about designing as it is a basic sweater pattern. Definitely recommend for beginners to sweaters.

The second WIP which has slightly stalled only because I need to whine up balls to start the sleeves, which is the Liz Sweater. The lace motifs came together and looks great it is a highlight of the cardigan. I learned a new technique which is short row shaping. It was interesting and see why it is cool. I hope I did it correctly because I am not frogging back. The yarn is difficult. I am so happy to be rid of this yarn! I know it is going to be nice once blocked but it is a pain to work with. Also, I notice that one side short rows look great and the other side looks obvious…again I hope it blocks out. Today I plan to start the sleeves. I am going to do two at a time and use one of my new project bag for it. Excited!!!! I am trying to get out of the woes of sleeves quicker via two at a time. Wish me luck!

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WIP Wednesday!!!

Hey Everyone,

It’s WIP Wednesday. I have been working on my two sweaters since the first week of January. I have stalled a bit on the Ginny Cardigan but I started to tackling the body today. With the cubes sweater, I am making tremendous progress. I have separated for the sleeves and finished the decrease for the arms. The sweater is design to be a crop but I am thinking of make it a little longer. What are your thoughts? Show off your WIPs in the comments!

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Big DAY!!! WIP Wednesday!

Hey Everyone its WIP Wednesday!!! But today is also very special, I started my first Ravelry¬†Knitting group to go along with this blog. So exciting… so scary!! But I wanted to connected with readers and Ravelry¬†friends where we can knit together and talk trash, lol. Here is the link to the Ravelry page: Confessions of Lefty knitter¬†

Please Join!!

As you know, I am on my sweater journey. I started my two gift projects, the Cubes Pullover and the Ginny Cardigan.

I have finished the ribbing for the Ginny Cardigan and put in my lifeline. I will be starting the body and the lace chart soon. The pattern is interesting and is worked back and forth. This will be the first time I have ever worked a chart back and forth. Before I start the body, I think I might swatch/practice knit the chart.

In the meantime, I have jumped right into colorwork! I have been watching colorwork videos, for about two months learning both the right-handed and left-handed techniques to prepare for sweaters, I want to knit. I swatched the sweater for gauge and practice the colorwork. I figured out my technique and realized that when reading the chart back and forth, I need to alternate sides of the chart i.e. Wrong Side (ws) left to right and Right Side (rs) right to left. But the true test will be with the Ginny Cardigan.

But I am obsessed with the colorwork sweater! I can’t seem to put it down. The yarn is¬†Schulana Accordion which is discontinued (sad so so sad) and a dream to work with! It is 80% Merino and 20% Mohair. The color work is so interesting and a lot¬†easier than I thought! However, because I am a lefty and a thrower it is hard to hold two yarns and throw at the same time. I will need to work on how to become faster and more efficient¬†with my yarn-holding,¬†but I enjoy the slow knit. On the contrary, because it is a bulky weight sweater and I can’t seem to stop working on this sweater is going by super fast. More than halfway through the chart.

I am also working on a hat for instant gratification, but I haven’t done much with it as I am working on these sweaters. Well…that is it for WIP Wednesday! I will post pictures next week but check out the links for picture and note progress. Enjoy!

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NEW YEAR, NEW ADVENTURES!!!!!!!!

Hi Everyone!

I know a long time!!! I took some time off because of many many reasons and really wanted to find my purpose for this blog. I started this journey because there weren’t a lot of resources for left-handed knitters. I have been shamed for being a left-handed knitter, despite being right-handed and felt that I needed to change. However, Thankfully,¬† I found Ravelry¬†groups for left-handed knitters and the great Bill Souza on YouTube! His videos still help; however, there has not been a new one for about 5 years. ūüė¶

So much has changed and Lefties needed resources! I am not an expert at all but I hope this blog is helpful and encouraging to left-handed knitters.  This year, I will take you along on my left-handed knitting adventures!

This year my goal is to complete 6 sweaters. I will be exploring top-down, bottom-up, piece working, colorwork, and lace. I am going full throttle with skills and sweaters. I also want to knit my first pair of socks! Thank you for staying with me and joining me on this journey!

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It has been WAYYYYYY TOOO LONG!!!

Hey All!!! Merry Christmas, Hanukkah, or what ever!! And Happy New Years!!!! I know I went on an unintentional hiatus. I have just been super busy and just going through a lot of school and work issues. Anyway, I have been knitting and still trying to finish my sweater I started during the KAL. Updates to come. Until then enjoy this article why knitting is good for the soul and your health! ūüôā¬†

http://www.treehugger.com/culture/dont-stop-knitting-its-keeping-you-healthy.html

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Day Late Tattoo Monday and Updates

Hey all,

I know I am a day late with Tattoo Monday. I was really busy yesterday. I also wanted to give an update of my latest projects and other knit-life things. With my shawl… it has been a long road. I have been procrastinating due to be so near the end. But I think I missed placed my pattern with all it’s notes. ¬†Luckily for Ravelry, I have some basic notes. My sweater… is coming along. I finish the body now working on the sleeves which I had to start over once and loss a lot of yarn (so sad). I was very very sad that I stop knitting for like two weeks and read a book! lol Anyhoo things are going well with the restart. Will have detailed notes for this sweater as well. In awesome news, my friends (inspired by me) decided to starting knitting again after a 10 year hiatus. We did a mini knitting tour and I enriched her of the world of awesome yarns and sales… oh the sales… and broke my yarn diet once again!!! ūüė¶ ūüôā It’s happy sad!!! But now I am on a strict yarn diet!!! Must avoid all yarn stores and new patterns. lol but SERIOUSLY!!!!

Hope you guys are having a good week!!! Here the tattoo of the week:

Yarn Cosmos

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Yarn Hauls

Hey all just wanted to give a glimpse into my stash since March 2013… a lot of sales and a lot of yarn. Starting with the most recent:

5/25/13

Shop: Yarnphoria located at 1016 Pine Street Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Brand: Lamb’s Pride

Weight: Bulky

Content: 85% wool and 15% mohair

Color: M-115 Oatmeal

Price: $3

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Cascade Yarns

Magnum

100% Peruvian Highland Wool

Lime Green

Price: $23.50

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Manos Cotton Stria (Manos del Uruguay)

Worsted (?)

Lilac

Price: $10

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I also got buttons for my Jacqueline Sweater and a metal gauge plate.  This shop is amazing!! It just opened 5 months ago..  the owner is super nice and down the earth (very hippy chic). The shop has so much yarn it is ridicules (OMG). It also has bulky yarn and so much sale yarn, it is out the ying-yang. I will never have to shop online because of this shop. She is just starting to get her foot off the ground, as far as marketing, and for now she only has Facebook and a knit map mention. Here are the pictures of the buttons and gauge plate.

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5/18/13

Rosie’s Yarn Cellar Sidewalk Yarn Sale

Location: 2017 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Rosie's Yarn Cellar10 Skeins of Schulana Accordion

80% Schurwolle Merino and 20% Kid Mohair

Bulky

Greyish Blue

Price: $8 x 10= $80

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2 skeins of Mirasol Hasa

50% F.S. Alpaca, 40% Merino, and 10% Bonretta Silk

Bulky(?)

Sky Blue and Grey

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2 Skeins of Manos Rittenhouse

100% extra fine Merino

worsted

Color way: 599 purple-ish mixed

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2 skeins of Louisa Harding Kimono Angora

70% Angora, 25%Wool, and 5% Nylon

pale pink/peach

lace (?)

Price: $4×2 = $8

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5/4/13

Loop Location 1914 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146

4 skeins of Sheep Shop Yarn Company

1Bulky and 3 worsted

Hand painted… colorway

Price: $6×4= $24

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I also got the cutest tape measure… eep!

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April 2013 Rosie’s Yarn Cellar

Manos Maxima

Worsted

Aqua

100% merino

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Knit Picks’ Wool of Andes

Dover and Heather Sage Bush

Kit

$24 (estimated)

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3 skeins of  Full Circle

Blue Moon

Worsted

$16 (estimated)

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March 2013 Rosie’s Yarn Cellar

Manos Wool Clasica

Worsted

100% Merino

Blue

$8

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 7 skeins of Manos Rittenhouse

Worsted

100% extra fine merino

Cinnamon

$8x 7= $56

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2 skeins of Manos Clasica

Rose

Worsted

$8×2=$16

1  Manos Maxima

silver

worsted

$14

1  Manos Silk Blend

30% silk and 70% Merino

DK

$8

All of this items were used in a hat and cowl here is a picture:

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Misc Yarn Haul

2 skeins Manos Clasica

Worsted

multi color (blues and golds)

$16 (estimated)

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As you can see it might be time for a yarn diet… time to starting knitting only from the stash got to get back down so I can rebuild…. muah hahahahahahahaahahahhahahahahaha (evil laugh)… what yarn hauls have you done lately? Have a great day!!!!

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Update on Shawl

Hey all,

I wanted to give an update on the shawl and what issues I have faced. So… Of course there were some issues. As you guys know, this shawl has been a pain in the ass. ¬†First, I brought two skeins of yarn (219 yards each) and through that was enough yarn, due to the pattern using 1.5 skeins of Caron Simply Soft (319 yards in one skein); however, what the patterns fails to mention is the gauge, it only states that the pattern took 250 stitches to complete. WTF does that mean? But I digress, I checked the yarn bible, Raverly for other suggestions and other results of the pattern. It seemed that every person has had some issues with this pattern (go figure). Another flaw in the pattern is the lack of dimension for the lace squares and the inches of the entire shawl. The author provides us with the knowledge that the main body is 55 inches (however, can be whatever length).

In the beginning, I was just mimicking the picture due to this oversight of the dimensions of the squares and made a mistake, which is easy to replicate when I get to the other end. After knitting for about 23.5 inches of the main body, I realized that this  shawl is going to be ridiculously long at 55 inches. This prompted me to re-think and re-structure the designed. I became a Knit Scientist!

I measured the distance of the lace border to the beginnings of the main body and determined that this was 9 inches. I determined that 15.5¬†stockinette stitches= 1 ball of yarn and 13-13.5 inches in lace pattern= 1 ball of yarn. I determined that the dimensions of the normal squares are 4.5 cm or 1 3/4 in x 5 cm or 2 in and my mistake¬†modified square is 7 cm or 3 in by 5.5 cm or 2 3/4 in. With all my¬†calculations¬†and the new measurements for the main body (47 in), it is going to take me five (estimated) balls to complete the entire shawl (1095 yards). Crazy right… I KNOW!!!!

This pattern was not meant for wool worsted weight yarn… it was probably for bulky… blah! But here are the pictures at 39 in¬†(estimated). Almost done! ūüėÄ

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4KCBWDAY2 A Mascot Project/Updates

Day 2 (back on track) is about picking projects that represent either the house itself (i.e. the monkey) or qualities that embody the house. I stumbled¬†across¬†another blogger doing the same blog-a-thon and they choose a wonderful as well as perfect ¬†mascot… the family guy monkey! ¬†It’s so awesome check it out here:¬†http://cursingandcrafting.wordpress.com/2013/04/23/4kcbwday2-house-mascot/. Due to a mascot being¬†chosen,¬†I am going to focus on option two, projects that embody the house. Luckily (cause I am awesome like that) the projects I am currently working on are good representations of my quest to increase my skills as a knitter.

A lot has happened since I started this blog. My shawl is 50% done, I started the dream sweater,¬†Jacqueline¬† and I started a basic sock. I know ridicules! But I just couldn’t wait to start these projects. I originally planed to just start the sock because I had progressed far in my shawl. But then the sock proved to be too boring and was killing me with how slow the productions was going. I realized that although DPs (double-pointed needles) are awesome (for some projects); however, the next time I do socks, I think I am going to try two at a time on a circular¬†needle. ¬†Anyhoo, this lead me to throw caution to the wind and start the sweater project. I figured that I want to learn to make a sweater and I need to just do it. I am visual learner and need to be able to see my triumphs as well as my mistakes. The house I choose and the reasons for participating in this week blog event is to increase my skills as a knitter. Below are pictures of my progress on all three projects:

Shawl:

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This is my latest results as of today 4/23/13 which is exactly one month since I started the project!! So happy with  my progress the results.

Sock:

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Slow and steady…

Sweater

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So far… so good.

As you can see, I have cast on many different projects to enhance my skills and to continue my knitting obsession. I will continue to keep ya posted on each project, included my left hand¬†substitutions¬†as well as lefty observations. I will also be doing some posts on my yarn hauls and future projects. Enjoy blog week! ūüôā

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Sorry for Being MIA

I am sorry for ¬†being MIA. Trying to find some, time and focus to document everything. So to get me inspired and provide much-needed updates I will be participating in ¬†knitting and crochet blog week 2013 copySo beginning 4/22/13, I will post something everyday!!! Until then have a good week everyone. ūüôā

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