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Yarn Along Wednesday– Sleeves

Sunday SweaterYes, I skipped another two weeks of Yarn Along Wednesday and it is with great trepidation that I post my work-in-progress this time. Thus far, every time I have posted about the progress that I have made while working on the Sunday Sweater for Dora, I have subsequently messed up the sweater in such a way as for me to have to start all over again. At this point, I am done with the body and working on the sleeves and fear for my mental state if I have to start all over again!

In working on the sleeves, I have had to learn to “work in the round”. On the one hand, working in the round is nice as I can easily stop and start knitting very quickly, since there aren’t very many stitches on each needle. Also, since all I have to do is knit, knit, knit, I can talk with people while I knit. On the other hand, I find it to be a bit tedious and will be very happy to be done with the sleeves. After that, I need to finish the collar, weave in my loose ends, block the sweater (I’ll have to learn how to block to do that, of course), and add the buttons.

Speaking of weaving in loose ends, I did learn one very important lesson when I had to restart this sweater three weeks ago. One should not weave in the loose ends of one’s yarn until the project is done. I thought I was far enough along that I could weave in some of the loose ends, which were annoying me a bit. Unfortunately, I then noticed a mistake I had made and when I went to unravel the yarn to my error, it got all tangled up on the ends that I had woven in. I have gotten a lot better at knitting backwards/unraveling while doing this sweater (not that the sweater pattern isn’t great, I just bit off a bit too much, given that I was a beginner).

In regards to reading, I’ve been finishing the Jane Austen mystery series. Jane and the Canterbury Tale is the the most current book in the series. I really enjoy reading books that take place in this time period. I’m sure, had I lived during these times, I would not have enjoyed things so much, as I probably would have been much poorer, but it does provide for a nice mental retreat.

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Maureen

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Yarn Along Wednesday–It Actually Looks Like a Sweater

Sunday Sweater in ProgressI missed the last two Yarn Along Wednesdays again. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, both Dora and I caught colds, which set me back a bit. Also, I had to start over yet again on Dora’s Sunday Sweater! My thwarted efforts have not had anything to do with the pattern, which is very easy to follow, but have been a direct result of my lack of knitting skills. I finally seem to have hit my stride though. I’m 3/4 of the way done with the body and then just need to do the sleeves, neck, and add the buttons. Dora is super excited and keeps trying to convince me that the sweater is finished enough and that she should be able to wear it now.With us being sick and staying home so much the last week, I have been getting in more reading time than usual. I finally just gave up on Becoming Jane Eyre. It has some really good reviews and at another time, I’d probably enjoy it. Right now, however, I found it to be far too depressing. Instead, I started reading about another Jane – Jane Austen! I’ve been reading Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron: Being A Jane Austen Mystery. This is the tenth book in this series, which I have been reading since day one. It is a historical-mystery series about Jane Austen. This book also stars Lord Byron, who I did not know much about. He has been such an intriguing character in this book, that I’ve done some extra research to learn more about him. He was such a cad, that after learning more about him, I had a nightmare that he had seduced Tertia! He definitely was the type of man that you didn’t want sniffing around your daughter!On a more serious note, I’ve also been working my way through American Horticultural Society Plant Propagation: The Fully Illustrated Plant-by-Plant Manual of Practical Techniques. I checked this out from the library, but it has been so helpful, I intend to purchase it. I am hoping that I can start collecting seeds or using other propagation methods to grow new plants from the plants that I am already growing. Not only will this save me money, but I will harvest seeds only from the hardiest plants, which did the best in my garden. My hope is that by using this method over the years, I will be able to grow continually hardier plants with a higher yield. In regards to this year’s vegetable garden, I actually do not intend to collect any of the seeds as I have been very unhappy with the seeds I purchased. They are producing an adequate amount now, but it took three times more seeds than it should have to get a good number of plants and the plants that have grown have not been very hardy. So I will begin harvesting my vegetable garden seeds next year, hopefully. This year, I may start to propagate some of my flowers, as more flowers means more pollinators to pollinate my fruit trees and flowering “vegetables”. Not to mention, Dora and I just adore flowers.

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Maureen

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Yarn Along Wednesday–May 8

Yarn Along 5-8I missed the last two weeks of Yarn Along Wednesday, because I was very busy finishing photo albums, which I made for Mother’s Day presents. Also, I hadn’t made a lot of progress on Dora’s Sunday Sweater, since I realized I had made a mistake early on and had a perfectly curved line of purl stitches on my stockinette side of the sweater. I have no idea what I did, the curve was so perfect that at first, I thought it was supposed to be there. At this point, I’m 35 rows into the sweater. I do have a few messed up stitches, because I didn’t know that there was a right and a wrong to switch from knit to purl and vice-versa. So when I was incorrectly switching between the two, I was ending up creating extra stitches. I corrected this as well as I could and caught it early, so hopefully it will be okay. I am very nervous now as I am going to be doing the sleeves soon and I’m worried that if I mess up, I’ll lose everything I’ve already done. I did buy a new Bolga Basket for carrying my knitting supplies, which was a relief, as the sweater was getting to be too big for my old basket.

Reading-wise, I’m reading this month’s Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, as always. I also just started reading Becoming Jane Eyre: A Novel, which I’m not far enough into to give an opinion on yet. Finally, I’m reading The Art of Feltmaking, because, even though I can needle felt very elaborate projects, I’m a complete failure at wet felting. I really don’t like working with wet wool anyway, but Dora wants to learn how to felt, so I need to figure out what I’m doing wrong with my wet felting so that I can teach her how to do it.

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Maureen

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Yarn Along–Sunday Sweater

I’ve been totally bitten by the knitting bug! I’ve been learning lots from fellow knitters and various knitting blogs. As I’ve integrated more into the knitting community (as a stalker, not as a contributor of knowledge,  mind you), I’ve decided to start joining the weekly Yarn Along link up with Ginny at Small Things. The link up’s description is:

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr.

After my success with the knitted horse, I had thought that I might move on to something a little more complicated, like, oh I don’t know, a hat or a scarf! Dora, however, had other ideas. She happened to see me reading Nicole’s post about the Sunday Sweaters that she made for her daughters and Dora begged me to make the same sweater as Nicole’s older daughter is wearing. Dora wanted the same EXACT yarn and everything. Yarn Along 4-17-8So I am now knitting my 2nd real project ever, a sweater. So far it is going fairly well, though I’m not very far into it. I had to restart once already, because my “center pull” ball of yarn that I wound “jammed” and no more yarn would come out. In the process of trying to “unjam” it, I ended up tangling it and making a big ‘ol mess of everything. I then wound the yarn without a center pull, for fear of repeating this incident, but it is driving me crazy having the yarn roll all over the place. So I need to bite the bullet and learn how to roll a center pull ball of yarn. I’m also new to the whole Ravelry thing, but I am attempting to post notes for this project, which include the yarn color and sweater pattern link.I’m currently working my way through two books, plus the latest edition of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. I’m slowly, but surely, trying to absorb a portion of the information from Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book. I personally think this a book that would benefit every knitter (or at least every beginning knitter). It is a very large book that covers types of yarns, various ways to cast on and bind off, increasing, decreasing, types of stitches, reading patterns, etc. It also has a few patterns at the back of the book. In all honesty, when I am first learning a stitch, I usually turn to The Knit Witch over at YouTube, but this book is easier to reference when I just need to jog my memory.I also just started reading Painting in Waldorf Education. The book looks promising, but I’ve not gotten far enough into it to say more than that. I hope it is helpful, as we are really struggling with watercolor painting here and thus far, I’ve yet to find a book that is much help.

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Maureen

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