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I know it’s hard to tell from my lack of posts, but I swear I’ve been knitting! I even have proof. Here, take a look at one of my newest FOs:

Pattern: Lizette by Anne Ginger
Yarn: Classic Elite Allegoro in color 5616
Needles: US3 / 3.25 Knitpicks Options metal circulars and Inox grey DPNs

I love this so, so much! Even if it did turn out a bit lower cut than I intended…

(I need to get a v-neck tank top that better matches my skin tone; I’m wearing a white one in these pictures.)

I made a few modifications because my gauge was a bit different from that of the pattern. Also, I’m too short to knit this as written, anyway. I really don’t need an almost knee-length dress with the waist shaping hitting just above my hip, thank you very much.

My changes weren’t too drastic, though. I made the top shorter and did more decreases between hip and waist. I also did more increases on the front than on the back to better fit my bust. (Although, I really wish I’d done the bust increases vertically, rather than at the edges like the pattern calls for…)

I reworked the sleeve caps for shorter armholes, with the help of French Roast Design’s armscye calculator. Finally, I added about an inch of length to the sleeves. I would have liked them even longer, but I didn’t want to unravel my swatches and use that yarn because I knew I’d split it quite a bit.

Speaking of which, I really love how the yarn worked up, but I didn’t enjoy knitting with it that much. I know, I know, every single yarn out there has been called “splitty” by one knitter or another. But Classic Elite Allegoro is fairly loosely plied, and that didn’t go well with my relatively sharp needles. (I don’t have duller metal circulars in the same size, and the bamboo ones I had were too grippy for the yarn.) So, splits ahoy. I might try this yarn again with different needles, though.

Oh well. Totally worth working with the yarn to get this top, though!

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Too many WIPs, not enough time

I currently have six projects in progress. (One of which you haven’t seen yet, but it’s really just a set of dishcloths/handtowels. Boring, I know.) I used to be totally comfortable with this number of WIPs, but now? Not so much. I’m itching to start something new – probably the blue sweater you’ve seen swatches for – but I’m going to make myself finish at least two things first.

Juno Regina has turned into my work project, and I’m kind of hating it, not gonna lie. I’m so tired of dealing with the Malabrigo lace that I’m only going to use the one skein I’ve wound. If I only get a scarf out of it instead of a stole, then so be it. My Lune Shawl’s hibernating, not because I’m bored with it, but because I want to finish Juno Regina (my older shawl/scarf project) first. And I’m really not feeling Gothic Spire right now, so it’s going incredibly slowly.

The only project I’m really enjoying, and therefore the one I’m likely to finish next, is Lizette.

The front is knit in two pieces, which will be joined by i-cord at the end. I finished the medallion chart yesterday, so I’ll probably finish the upper front some time this weekend. From there, it’s just the sleeves and finishing left.

I’ll probably finish either the Kindle sleeve or the dishcloth set over the next couple of weeks, and then it’s on to something new! So exciting!

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Slow and not-so-steady

I’m running out of FOs to post – I have just one more, and then you’re stuck with reading about my WIPs for an indeterminate amount of time. So, what is going on with the WIPs, anyway?

There’s really only two worth showing at the moment:

I finished the back for Lizette. You may notice that it’s biasing a bit, which I’m not a fan of, but I’m hoping the seams will stabilize everything. I’m pretty excited about this one. I can’t wait to have a cute summery top!

And, I actually started another project the same week I started Lizette:

It’s installment #2 of my self-imposed sock club! The pattern is Gothic Spire by Cookie A, and the yarn is Koigu, in a lovely dark purple (prettier in person). Believe it or not, I’ve had these two skeins of yarn earmarked for this specific pattern for a couple of years. So it’s about time I started working on it, right? I’m cutting out one of the leg repeats but will otherwise be knitting this sock to pattern.

As for the other projects, none of them look significantly different from the last time you saw them. Just slightly longer. Boring, I know.

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Swatching away

I used to be really lax about swatching. This is largely because I mostly knit shawls and socks for awhile, and gauge isn’t as critical for those. Okay, it kind of is for socks, sometimes. But shawls? Just find what you like and go with it.

You know what finally convinced me to start doing decent swatches? Realizing that no matter what, I will always have to either modify existing sweater patterns or make up my own altogether. And having a good idea of gauge is really important for the number crunching.

Why do I always have to modify things? My size, for one thing. The other is that I pretty much never use the yarn called for in the pattern, and don’t usually like my chosen yarn at the pattern’s gauge. Luckily, the required calculating doesn’t bother me at all. In fact, I rather enjoy it most of the time, but then, I’m a bit of a nerd.

The pictured swatches are for two things. The blue swatches are in Brown Sheep Serendipity Tweed (which you may recognize from my attempt at a second Tubey). I’m planning to turn this yarn into some sort of short-sleeved pullover.

The beige swatches are in Classic Elite Allegoro, and are for a project that I started last week:

This is the start of Lizette, from the most recent Twist Collective. Mine will be quite a bit shorter, for obvious reasons, and I’ve also rewritten some of the shaping to better fit me. So far, so good!

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