Knitting WIP for August
August 19, 2014
I have a few knitting projects that I have been working on this month. These projects were actually started back in July. Two of the projects are part of a KAL – knit along – from a couple of Ravelry groups I am in.
The first one that I started is for a KAL in a Ravelry group for Artyarns. This is my second time doing an Artyarns KAL and my first time using the Artyarns Regal Silk yarn. This yarn is a joy to knit with and very soft. I plan to knit more project with it in the future.
This is my first time knitting a sweater of this complexity. The project is called Lace Tonal Tee. I have knit sweaters before just not one that is this advanced. I am really enjoying knitting it and learning more about knitting lace and how to read charts as I go. This sweater is short sleeve and knit on circular knitting needles all in one piece. The sleeves in my photo are currently on “waste” yarn and I will be going back to knit them at the end using double point needles. I am about 3/4 of the way done with the sweater now. The KAL started on July 15th. I am hoping to finish it by the end of this week – that is my goal. This sweater is suppose to be knit using 4 various shades of yarn that go together to create a tonal effect but I already had the Regal Silk yarn in this color called parrot so I decided to just use that. Also, I figure I will have less yarn to weave in at the end if I am not changing colors often.
The other KAL I decided to join is a new group I recently found on Ravelry for Mountain Colors yarn. This project is for the Circular Perspectives Cowl. The pattern can be found and purchased on Ravelry – you can click on the highlighted pattern name to take you to the link. The pattern is designed by HeartStrings Fiber Arts.
So far this one is slow going for me. I am determined to get that lace sweater done so I have been focused more on that. Also, this one has 300 stitches in the round – that is a lot of stitches to knit. The cowl is knit with a fun lace pattern that isn’t too complicated so far. You use five different coordinating colors of yarn – it was a kit that I ordered from Paradise Fibers. I just switched to the second color. This is the pale sage to moss blue kit.
When I ordered my kit I could not decide on colors so I decided to get 2 kits. I am going to knit one of them for a gift. I also ordered some new bamboo circular needles – interchangeables – called ChiaoGoo. I learned about these from another knitter in a facebook knitting group I am in. I really like these needles. They are very pointed and so far work well for knitting this lace pattern. I have the KnitPicks nickel interchangeables and these seem just as good as those. They also came with a pretty little fabric case to store them. I prefer the bamboo needles for knitting lace over the nickel or aluminum needles.
The kit on the left in the above photo is the one I am currently knitting with.
My other WIP (work in progress) is actually almost done. This is knit with Knit Picks Chroma Fingering weight yarn in the color Guppy. I really love this yarn! It is super soft and knits well. They have so many awesome colors, too. This is my almost finished knitted piece. I am not going to tell you what it is going to be – as I will be doing a future post on the finished item once it is totally complete. You will have to come back for a visit in a month or so to see it completed.
I hope everyone is having a great month – it is hard to believe that August is half over. Enjoy the rest of the month!