I have finally finished TJ’s sweater, and it is perfect timing. Today is our 6 year anniversary, which is hard to believe (this fall will be 10 years since our first date!!).
Pattern: Beagle by Norah Gaughan
Yarn: Berroco Vintage in Cracked Pepper
Needles: US 7 and 5
I am not going to lie, this thing was a nightmare. The knitting was fine (albeit time consuming with all the double seed stitch), but I love knitting with Vintage so that was ok. It was what happened after it was blocked. This thing was ENORMOUS. I was so disappointed. It was too long all over, and way too wide. It looked like a dress on poor T. So I had the bright idea to stick the whole thing in the dryer on it’s own. It’s superwash, what’s the worst that could happen? Yeah. It shrunk down to the right length just fine, but of course it didn’t help the width. Which would have been fine, but it was absolutely covered in pills. It looked like it was 25 years old. Seriously. I cried and cried. I swore. I called myself an idiot. I vowed to give up knitting. It was messy.
What happened next was nothing short of a miracle. Many hours later with my sweater stone, it looked better, but still really fuzzy. I decided that I would sew up the sides anyway, to see what that would do. I had never sewn (and then cut!) a sweater, but I didn’t have much to loose. And wouldn’t you know, it worked! But unfortunately it still looked super fuzzy. Sort of like a Muppet.
So in a last ditch effort I took my electric sweater shaver to it last night, for over an hour. I shaved off about the equivalent of a cat, in addition to the huge pile I had after I used the sweater stone. This sweater is probably about 1/2 a pound lighter then when I started. But I think it turned out ok!
It is still a little fuzzy, but I am choosing to call it “distressed”. I could sell it and charge extra for that, right? It is so unbelievably soft, that I think it will be a good one for cold evenings on the couch in the winter.
TJ loves the yarn, although he has asked me to make it into a turtle neck. I think that will have to wait a few weeks until I am over the trauma, but how could you say no to a face like this?
Happy Anniversary sweetie, here’s to many more! (In better constructed sweaters!)
in the GTA! If you have been wanting to see KSC Designs rolls in person and you live in the GTA, you can now check them out at Unwind Yarn House in Newmarket! I used to teach the odd class at Unwind when I lived in Toronto, and Wendy has an awesome shop. Here are just a few examples of what you can find!
Go check them out for yourself!
We were lucky enough this weekend to pretty much miss all of Irene, but could you all send along some love to the coast? While thankfully it was not nearly as bad as they had suggested it might be (could you imagine a cat 4 that size??) there is still a ton of damage, lots of flooding, people without power and some families mourning the loss of their loved ones. So all good vibes are welcome!
Lest you think I never knit anymore, I have been plugging away on several different projects. If you remember back in the new year I joined our guild’s 12 in 12 challenge for the year. So far I have kept up not too badly:
I am knitting a Beagle sweater for TJ, and it is sooo close to being done. In fact if I spend a couple of hours on it tonight it should be all laid out blocking before I head to bed. (As an aside – Vintage? Still my very favourite yarn ever.).
I am sure you are thinking….um, isn’t it August? But I am not as far behind as it sounds. For July I knit my MIL a short sleeved cardigan. Unfortunately it is too big, so when I go home in October I am going to have to find a way to shrink it down. I am hoping to do that without frogging the whole thing.
For August, well, I haven’t started August yet. I am going to make this wrap sweater, which it shouldn’t take me too long since it is in bulky yarn. I might also try to squeeze in Bryn Mawr, which TCS is doing as a knit-along, but it is the 24th so the chances of that are slim. I also have a comissioned project that I need to get in gear on, so that will be one of the upcoming months.
What is everyone out there working on? Any languishing projects that you are finishing up?
Della is the lucky winner of last week’s Facebook contest! Her name was picked at random from all of the KSC Designs fans as the winner of her own box bag. She picked a medium sized bag, and received it last week.
Would you like a chance to win a KSC Designs tote bag? Help me get to 100 fans on Facebook! The tote bags are so new I haven’t even released them in the etsy shop yet – be the first of your friends to be sporting one. Congratulations Della!
One of my customers gave me a pile of quilts to make or finish up for her about a month ago, which explains why I have been spending so much time standing behind the longarm at Laura’s. All 4 are baby quilts, and I think all of them came out pretty cute!
This one I did the whole quilt. It is a panel with two borders on the sides, and the backing is folded over for a machine stitched binding. It’s flannel, so it is super soft and cozy. I had fun with the quilting on this one, it’s little puzzle pieces.
The next one, my customer did all of the applique (by hand! Patient woman) and I did all the borders, quilting and binding.
Isn’t that just the sweetest pattern? As you can see some of the applique overlaps the borders, so there was some back and forth between us. I love the stripey binding.
This one was for her brand new first grandbaby, I’m so excited for them. He arrived on Wednesday, safe and sound.
This one is an eye spy activity quilt – I made the whole quilt on this one again, which was just putting on borders, quilting and binding.
And the last one my customer made the whole quilt top, and I just did the finishing.
Isn’t that fun? I did some “Gone Bananas” quilting on this one. Monkeys!
I had a great time working on these, but I am definitely ready for a break from hand binding!