Whispering Amira

Hello Beautiful Readers! Welcome back to my WIP Madness Corner! This time, I want to talk about the project I called “Whispering Amira.”

I started this project in 2019, and it was meant to be a top I wore in the Summer, as it is a light garment. The pattern I’m working on for this one, is the “Amira” by Ranee Mueller. I’m using Knit Picks, CotLin yarn in the “Whisper” colorway. For this Summer garment, I’ve been using size US 3, 3.25mm and US 5, 3.75mm Zing needles.

The project is being housed in my “New Doctor Who” bag by WhimzeeStitches. His shop can be found here. I REALLY love this bag!

I also have a Tardis progress keeper from AdoreKnit that I’m using as a zipper pull. You can find AdoreKnit’s shop here.

This project has been restarted at least once. The First time I started this project, I thought about knitting it in pieces. But then I realized that I stink at seaming garments (well, anything in general). Once I made that decision, it was easier working in the round. There is this part now, where I’ve had to split the front and backs to allow for the sleeves. The front is on holders and the back is being worked (or is it the other way round? I can never remember… Either way, I need to work them separately). At first, I had both pieces on separate needles, and they would clank together, which drove me nuts. Then I realized I had interchangeable needles (even if I never really use them), that I could use the cable on to stop the clanking. Since I made the change-over, I really haven’t worked on it. Mostly because the Cotton and Linen blend hurts my hands after a few rows. Well, that, and the fact that each row requires you do something different, and there are times my brain DOES NOT want a pattern. Still. I’ve been thinking I should probably start working on it again soon.  What do you think?

 

Update 9/7:

Since the last time we’ve talked, I’ve decided that I want to wear this to my sister’s wedding. Which means I have to finish this top before the end of September. Wish me luck! I have done a whole pattern rotation (about 4 inches) on the back of the garment since the last time I’ve updated.

 

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!
-Silver-

 

 

All Squared Up

Hello Beautiful Readers! Welcome back to my WIP Madness Corner! The last project I’m going to talk about this week, is what I called All Squared Up.

I cast on this blanket on 11/24 of 2019. This blanket is a bunch of 5 round Granny squares that I’m currently in the process of joining together using the Join As You Go Method. I’ve been using an I (eye) 5.5mm crochet hook. I’ve also been using a few scraps of yarn for most of the squares. Specifically Caron Simply Soft Stripes “Grape Purple” and “Rosewood,” Bernat Baby Sport “Baby Ombre,” Lion Brand Pound of Love “Creamsicle” and “Bluebell.” For the border, I’m using Red Heart Comfort Sport in the “Amethyst” colorway. As the blanket is so large, 

This project was housed in my Holiday Music Bag from Stitching The High Notes when I was working on the squares. It’s currently sitting in a box on the floor by my couch. The Stitching The High Notes shop can be found here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve been collecting pictures as I go, as I totally expected this project to take a bit, so… Here are the pictures I have of the squares.

A picture I took once I had each square placed, so I didn’t forget which order everything.

And honestly, I only have 1 row connected completely right now, so not much to show… I hope to finish this once the weather gets cooler. It’s ALOT of acrylic wool in my lap. Too  much for the heat… Hopefully, I can get this re-started soon. Wish me luck… lol.

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!
-Silver-

The Blustery Day

Hello Beautiful Readers! Welcome back to my WIP Madness Corner! The next project I’m going to talk about is what I called The Blustery Day.

The pattern I am using for this  “Windswept” Cardigan by TinCanKnits. I’ve been using West Yorkshire Spinners in the Illustrious base (which is 70% wool, 30% Alpaca) and size US 6, 4.0mm Knitter’s Pride Smart Sticks 32 inch cables.

This project is being housed in my Blue Flower bag by The Fat Squirrel. Her shop can be found here.

I cast on this project on 11/1 of 2019, as the start of NANESWEMO (National Knit A Sweater In A Month) Knit along. Obviously, I never finished it. I’m honestly on Sleeve island with this project. Honestly, the yarn wasn’t too cooperative with the needles I was using, so I just put it down in defeat. As it was NANESWEMO that I was trying to participate in, I happen to have daily pictures of the sweater’s progress. I’ll include them below.

I think I’m going to try to make it my goal to put the sleeves on before it gets cool enough to work on it. Maybe during NANESWEMO this year? We’ll see…

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!
-Silver-

Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Silver Style

Hello Beautiful Readers! Welcome back to my WIP Madness Corner! This time, I’ll be talking about a project I called Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Silver Style.

This was another project I cast on during the weekend when my Sister-In-Wool and her hubby were visiting us. Specifically, I noted that I cast these gloves on  on 07/14 of 2019. I’m using the 1 Shot, 2 Shots, 3 Shots Fingerless Mitts pattern by C.C. Almon and Hayfield Baby Blossom DK, “350.” I’ve also been using size US 3, 3.25 mm 9 inch HiyaHiya Sharp circs to knit these gloves.

This project is being housed in my Coffee Bag by Molly Klein Designs. I love her bags SOOO much! Her shop can be found here

These gloves have been a bit slow-going. I think it has something to do with the fact that the pattern is a cabled pattern with a background of purls. Purling in the round isn’t one of my favorite things, but they DO make the cables pop on the gloves. But, honestly, it could also be the yarn I chose for the gloves. It’s super fluffy and can be splitty at times… Then, there’s part of me that worries that I’ll never use the gloves, no matter how pretty they come out. It’s honestly a lot of what’s got me stalled…

I had finished this first glove and tried it on. It all fits so well, and I REALLY do love the way they look.

Then, it was months until I started the second glove. And now, I’m stalled again and have been for the past few months. I REALLY have no idea WHY, though…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!
-Silver-

Flower Power Spiral – Silver Style

Hello Beautiful Readers! Welcome back to my WIP Madness Corner! I’m now going to talk about a project I called Flower Power Spiral – Silver Style.

For this project, I’m using the “Mystick Spiral Socks” pattern by Josh Ryks-Robinsky. I love how this pattern plays well with the stripes in the yarn I chose. I’m using West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4-Ply in the “Wild Flower” colorway. I’ve also been using US 1, 2.25mm Knitter’s Pride 9 inch circs when I’ve been working on it, as well as a US 1 DPN needle to help the bias work better. This is being housed in my Exploding Tardis Bag. I’m not too sure who designed the bag, as there isn’t a tag on the bag. I’m sorry… This is what it looks like. If you recognize the work, please let me know. I’d love to credit them… 

I started this project on 07/12 of 2019 when my Sister-In-Wool Mercury and her hubby were visiting us. That weekend I got as far as the middle of the foot.

 

I finished the first sock pretty fast after that. Then I never cast on the second sock… I guess I know what Second Sock Syndrom is, don’t I? Lol. I’m hoping to at least cast on the toe of the second sock soon-ish. We’ll see when that is…

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!
-Silver-

Fiery Viajante

Hello Beautiful Readers! Welcome back to my WIP Madness Corner! This time, I’m going to be talking about the project I called “Fiery Viajante.”

The pattern I’ve been using for this project is called the “Viajante” shawl by Martina Behm. I’ve actually had this pattern in my Queue since I first heard about it on TheKnitGirllls Podcast back a few years ago. Possibly since 2017 or earlier. I can’t remember exactly when, as I’ve been watching them for 6 or so years now.

Anyway, I’ve been using Apple Tree Knits in their Plush Fingering yarn in three colorways. “Firefly,” ”Tangled Gradient” & “Hamilton Gradient.” Honestly, the yarn is a light fingering or laceweight, which is perfect for this pattern as it calls for laceweight yarn (for the Muggles, Laceweight is one of the smallest strands of yarn, The smallest is cobweb. Larger than laceweight is Fingering, Dk/Sport, Worsted, Bulky, and sometimes Super Bulky). I really do love the way these three colorways play together. I had originally got these three colors as part of a yarn club a few years ago. I was honestly saving them for something special, which this knit most certainly is! 🙂 Apple Tree Knits’ shop can be found here.

This project is being housed in the bag I bought from The Fat Squirrel at SSK2018. It’s the bag she made specifically for SSK attendees for that year.. Her shop can be found here. I REALLY love her bags and podcast. She’s planning on an update the first week of September! Can’t wait to see what she’s been cooking up! 🙂

 

 

 

I started this project on 6/30 of 2019. For this project, I’ve been using size US 2, 2.75mm and size US 3, 3.0mm Karbonz 40 inch circs. The 2s were for the starting triangle.

Then I began the long process of knitting in the round, making the shawl increase as I went. With laceweight yarn, this has taken me a bit, as you can see. These pictures were taken every time I went to record my Podcast. I’m sure there were more, but these are the best of the bunch, as I was trying to show off the gradient that happens as I was knitting the shawl.

Now, I’m currently working on the mesh paneling at the end of the shawl. It goes pretty slow, as each row is pretty long, but I really DO love the way the mesh looks. It will be worth it in the end. It’s what I have to keep telling myself. I think I’m going to try to get at least a full pattern rotation of the mesh done every month, if not more. This way, there will be SOME forward motion on it. What do you think? Think I can do it? 

I think I can do it. But then, with all the other WIPS I have going on, you can probably see most of why this shawl gets put aside… lol…

 

 

 

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!
-Silver-

Hufflepride

Hello Beautiful Readers! Welcome back to my WIP Madness Corner! I’m going to be talking about a project I’ve called “Hufflepride.”

I’m using the “Hogwarts A History” pattern by Megan Regan. This was a pattern I saw the designer has been posting update posts on Instagram as they were designing and knitting up their samples. I followed this sweater’s progress with envy. I believe I bought and read through the pattern the date that the pattern released. I cast on this project on 4/11 of 2019. So, it will have been on the needles for a year TODAY…

I believe I also went down to my LYS and bought the yarn for it before it even released if I’m being honest. I really don’t remember… But it would be SOOO like me to do so… I’m using two colors from SweetGeorgia Yarns, in the Tough Love Sock base. Both “Slate” and “Lemon Curd.”If you have a chance, please check out their yarn! It’s SUPER beautiful! Their shop can be found here.

I’ve been using size US 3, 3.25mm, and size US 6, 4.0mm Karbonz needles for the body of the sweater. This sweater has been housed in my Harry Potter themed Witch & Wizard hat bag by Bags By Awesome Granny. Her shop can be found here

I’ve also been using stitch markers from WeeOnes. I absolutely love these little markers! Their shop can be found here.

It a fully customizable colorwork sweater, with multiple charts for each of the 4 sections. There are options for colorwork all the way down the sweater, or just on the Yoke. The designer also added directions for how to get a swing hem or straight on without any shaping at all. They also included directions for a raised neck. I decided to do colorwork on the yoke and a raised neck.

 

 

When I was to the split for the sleeves, I had to do a bit of re-jigging of the side markers to make sure that the raised neck was in the middle of the neck, not the armpit, which is how the pattern was written until I pointed it out to the Designer. They are SUPER responsive and open to suggestions for making their patterns better. This is another reason why I LOVE this  Designer and their patterns.

 

 

 

The Body of the sweater took me over 3 months. I kept putting it down. Not sure why… 

I decided I wanted to to the swing Hem and add a band of colorwork right before the bottom ribbing. 

 

Now, I’m on sleeve island. Let’s see if I can motivate myself to get this done before the weather turns cool enough for me to wear it…

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!
-Silver-