WIP Wednesday (6)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Thanks to Tami's Amis for hosting WIP Wednesdays
This week it's just me (Caro), since Susi is being held hostage by her family ;)

I'm still working on my Little Birds cardigan. I finished knitting to the underarm and it went pretty fast. But now I have to knit the sleeves before I can join them to the body and keep on knitting.
Did I mention that I HATE knitting sleeves. If it was only me I'd only wear sleeveless garments! This time it's even worse than usual because I find it hard to knit fair-isle in the round on DPNs. It's difficult to keep the floats/tension uniform between 2 DPNs.
It's taken me longer to knit 1 sleeve than for the entire body! Now I'm starting sleeve #2 and it's a slow progress.
I love the tubular Cast-on, (even if it takes longer to knit). The cuffs are very elastic.
The original pattern sports  3/4 sleeves. Mom wants full length sleeves so I'm making a few mods.

Mods for the sleeves:

  • Knitted 4" (instead of 3) of beaded ribbing (20 repeats instead of 15)
  • Added an additional repeat of bird/leaves to the top of the sleeve (in the straight part, to keep the same # of stitches). 

I love the Koigu yarn the colors are very flashy (more in real than on my pics). The Spud& Chloe yarn is also super soft and it has a shiny sheen (prolly the bit of silk in it)
I'm hoping to finish the 2nd sleeve by Friday.

In the meantime I also knitted Clue #4 of my Mystery Shawl by Stephen West but it wasn't working out. So I ripped it and I just need to start back. <== I'm waiting for the burn of ripping to pass ;)


I needed something mindless I could knit when I got too bored of the sleeves. So I started a Snug As A Bug Sleep Sack. It'll be a Baby gift for my neighbor who's expecting a girl for the end of September.  I wanted to tame my stash (a little), but now I'm not sure I'll have enough to finish it. =P
I like the idea of knitting a cute sleep sack to keep the baby warm but I'm unsure if the mother will like it. After all...it's a sack! lol
I'm using bulky yarn so I had to cast on less stitches. It might not be large enough though. I think I should have taken into account that fair-isle make it tighter.
We'll see.

That's all for now.  Don't forget to visit Tami's Amis to see what everyone else is knitting

7 comments:

fishgirl182 said...

ooh rainbow little birds. how adorable. this one has been on my to knit list for a long time. can't wait to see how it comes out!

pattepoilue said...

@Fishgirl182 Oh it's been on mine for a long time too. I'm not sure what decided me =P It's really a challenge. I really hoped to finish it before my parents came back from vacation next week. I'll have to knit faster if I want to make it =P

Pretty Mades said...

I love this! I'm a sucker for rainbowns.

Amaryllis Musings said...

Such adorable color. Looks like your managing the floats even though its difficult in the round for the sleeves. I have been itching for a project with fair isle lately.

pattepoilue said...

@Pretty Mades Thank you. I am starting to love rainbow yarns too. Such a great effect!

@Amaryllis Musings: =) Thanks. Fair Isle is so addictive! I think I'll keep knitting more fair isle this yarn! =)

Contessa said...

The colorwork on that cardigan looks overwhelming!! I don't blame you for needing the break.

The sleep sack is so cute, too--I hope the mom-to-be likes it. :)

pattepoilue said...

@Contessa I hope so too!It's always the risk with knitting baby gifts...you can always find a mom with difficult tastes. I had a friend who just made fun of knitted baby hat, cardis... only 'store bought' clothes for hes baby *eyeroll*

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