Transformation Tuesday: ‘Holy Vest Batman!’ or A Break From the Birthday Yarn… 8/25/2015

I took last week off of blogging to do some family stuff, including buying a new(ish) car, and spending some quality time with my husband.  I did manage to find quite a bit of time to crochet, though I took some time away from the birthday yarn.  I am really close to done with the sweater but I needed to step back for a blink to break up the monotony.

I have been working feverishly on my fair getting my fair entries together.  I (of course) may have over committed with what I could get done in the month between the entry form due date and the entry due date, but so far I have been making good time on getting all the projects done.

My entries include, a stocking cap Christmas ornament (HERE) (done), a turkey child’s hat (HERE) (done), a braided scarf (HERE) (done-ish),  two hot pads (almost done with the first one), the green v-neck sweater (HERE) (close to almost done), and a multi. colored vest (see below).

As far as my as my yarn transformations go, I want to share a multi. colored vest I have been working on. The best news?  I am almost done!  This is a free pattern from Lion Brand Yarn.  The pattern can be found HERE.  It calls for Vanna’s Choice, which was what I ended up using.  I really enjoy using Vanna’s Choice  it is easy to work with, fairly in-expensive, and fairly durable.  I am looking forward to seeing how well this yarn wears in the long run.

I am using toffee as the main color, with silver blue, silver grey, dusty blue, and wheat, for accent colors.

I have to say that after the flower motif is finished, this is one of the easiest patterns I have done.  It is also easy to customize the size to fit different body types.  All you have to do is alter the row the arm holes are added onto (add or subtract stitches to account for this), and you can add more or less rows depending on the size you want the garment.

I have a few rows left, and I will be adding a button onto it to make the garment more fitted.  Without the button the vest is really loose and not terribly flattering.  I can’t wait to show you all the finished product!

The down side? All the color changes are going to make weaving ends a full time job…

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In the mean time… here it is!

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Hopefully in the next week I will make a bigger dent in the laundry list of fair items, and have more done!

What are all the rest of you Naughty-Knit-Chet-ers working on?  Let me know or leave a pic in the comments, I love seeing what everyone is doing out there!

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Happy Hooking and (K)Nifty Knitting!

Megan

Transformation Tuesday: Brithday Yarn Part 4 or Taking Shape 8/11/2015

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I have spent the last week continuing to work on the V-neck sweater from Caron patterns.  It still seems to be sizing up more closely to what it should be.

Here it is!

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I have finished the right shoulder and have the first few rows done on the left shoulder.

Hopefully I will be almost done next Tuesday 🙂

If you are interested in the pattern you can find the link on the first post of this series HERE!

What are you transforming your yarn into?

Happy Hooking and (k)Nifty Knitting!
Megan

Transformation Thursday: Brithday Yarn Part 3 or The Twice Crocheted Sweater

Happy Transformation Tuesday Thursday!

imageI missed out on Transformation Tuesday because I was having a lady date with my lovely and lively grandmother.  We had lunch at Olive Garden, did some shopping at Target, and of course had to pick up some yarn at Michael’s (they had cotton on sale)!

I thought I would still take the opportunity to update everyone on Sweater-gate.  I am about a third of the way done now with the pattern.  It is working up bigger now that I have relaxed on my tension.  I will say though if the pattern needed the tension that loose they could have adjusted the hook size or even added more stitches.

Even with the relaxed tension it is still not measuring where it should.  I don’t know if that is to give it room to relax and stretch, or if the stitches are still too tight (even though the yarn is slack on the hook).  Either way I am going to work it through the end of the neck and if it is too small I will frog it back out to before the neck and add in a few rows, that way I will not loose too much time and patience.

Behold: A quarter of a sweater!

imageThe link to the pattern can be found here:  Birthday Yarn Part One

In other news I am preparing for the local interstate fair.  I have to have my entry for postmarked by next Tuesday, even though the entries are not due until September 8th.  It makes me wonder how productive I can be in the next month.  I am thinking I can be pretty productive (most likely this means I will over commit and be up all hours of the night on the 7th).  Woo, yarn adventure!

What’s everyone else working on?  Is anyone else going to enter a fair?

Happy Hooking and (k)Nifty Knitting!
Megan

Transformation Tuesday: Birthday Yarn Part Two or The Shame Spiral 7/28/2015

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For the last week I have continued to work on the V-neck sweater from last Transformation Tuesday (link here).  On Sunday I had finished the sleeves and neck and was about two thirds done.  I flopped that sweater over my head to see how it was going to fit, and wah wah wah… *Shame Spiral*

One look in the mirror confirmed that it was painfully mis-sized.  It was so small it looked like it was made for a 13 year old.  This was made even more disappointing because I made a gauged swatch before I started (that sounded more inappropriate than I had intended).

I spent the next hour trying to figure out how to fix it so I didn’t have to throw away a weeks worth of work.  The only thing i could come up with in order to make it work I was going to have to add a panel on each side.

So I slept on it, and the next thing I knew I was frogging out 700 yards of beautiful, dark green yarn.  I have never appreciated my yarn winder so much.  My yarn winder is a Stanwood, you can find it on Amazon for around $40 for a 4 oz baller.

Anyhow I balled up all the yarn and jumped back in again, and this time I will be measuring as I go!

I hope all your projects are turning out as planned!

Happy Hooking and (k)Nifty Knitting,

Megan

An Afternoon Cowl

An Afternoon Cowl

I saw this beautiful cowl on Moogly a couple days ago and I could not resist. It uses bulky weight yarn, I used Lion Brand Yarn Tweed Stripes in Woodlands. When I did mine skipped the foundation single crochets, and did a basic chain stitch followed by a row of single crochets. I also added 16 stitches to the foundation chain so it would be longer. This pattern was really easy to work and I was able to do it in about 2 hours. Next time I would like to try making it into an infinity scarf.

This was also the first time I worked with Lion Brand Tweed Stripes. This yarn was super easy to work with and I was really happy with the way it worked up with this pattern.  The Woodlands color is really pretty for fall, mostly browns, tans, coppers, and blues.

If you happen to work up this pattern comment with the type of yarn you used. I would like to make it again and would love any recommendations.

Thanks and Happy Hooking,
~Megan

Here is the link to this beautiful FREE pattern or click on the picture:
http://www.mooglyblog.com/luscious-one-skein-cowl/