Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Process Project

 Whenever I hook up with my friend VA, we 'shop-hop'. Not just ordinary shops, but specifically YARN shops!  We try to do it every year no matter what we are doing and this year in spite of everything bad that was going on, we hit Nashville, TN!  We were pretty limited on our time, but shop we did! *   I'm sort of glad that our time was limited... it could have been very bad if there were no limits! *  It's amazing how we can dump everything that's going on in our lives for a little yarn! Okay... a lot of yarn.
It was exactly what we both needed!  So much has been going on with VA and myself that a major de-stressing was in order.  Yarn is one of the common bonds that we have and together we can do some serious damage!!  Plus.. VA seems to de-stress when she just looks at yarn, me... I'm a toucher! Gotta touch me some yarn! A little yarn and a lot of de-stressing occurs for both of us!
 I really didn't buy that much (really!) I got a few things and a couple of projects to work on while I was flying back home.
My favorite thing that I bought was this little sweater pattern.  (I even got the yarn for it!) 
I saw this knit up at a shop outside of Nashville *Second time to that store for me! Should I get a frequent shopper card?*  and me being me, I touched it.  Aww darn. That's where I went wrong. Had I stayed away from the Rowan Cotton and the lovely striped sweater I would have been safe. SAFE!  But no... had to touch it. Which then meant......I HAD TO HAVE IT! HAD TO MAKE IT!
I didn't even let it rest in the stash I bought this stuff the end of April and started knitting it up on Saturday! Less than a month in the stash is an amazing thing! 
 I  wasn't overly happy with the way the increases (raglan shoulders) were looking, there was too much of a gap so I frogged it and started over Sunday afternoon.  This is where I ended up last night (Monday in case you were having trouble following!)
 Now all I have left is the itty bitty sleeves!
How adorable is that?!
It's knit in the one piece starting at the top! No seaming! You just increase at 4 different points (each side of a sleeve) to get the raglan sleeves.  I'm almost done! I just need to put the sleeve stitches (you can't seem them, but they are sitting on stitch holders)on needles & pick up a few in the underarm area!  I think it's only going to take a couple of hours to get this completely finished!
See?? PROJECT knitting at it's finest! I bought the yarn & pattern specifically to make a project and am working on it exclusively (just ignore the other things in my basket okay!) and am almost done after just a few hours! 
Honestly..... it's a process project for me! I did something new - knit in one piece from the top down, did some new increases and knitted a ruffle! Go me! I still can't figure out which category I fit into!

The sleeves? Couple of hours? Ha! More like 15 minutes for 2 sleeves. It was only placing the stitches (on holders) back onto needles and then k2,p2 x1 row, k1,p1 rib x1 row and then bind off in rib!  I had to add a row of the green just to make sure I was in pattern, but.... wow. Super fast and super cute!  AND I lied. Remember when I said NO seams... um... yeah.. there is only one little itty bitty seam to sew the sides of the sleeves. I hate seaming, but this was a breeze.  

All that's left is finish seaming it up and adding the loops & buttons! Definitely a weekend project!

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