FO Friday: The Cascades Pullover

It’s done and it fits and I love it! 

This was a thoroughly fun pattern for me, I was able to memorize the chart patterns quickly which made this a good, portable project. I should have done the sleeves first because, I’ll be honest, working all that waffle stitch after doing the interesting body was a bit of a drag. 

The Shepherd’s Wool was, again, fantastic. I’ve used this yarn (in this exact color, even) before for my Molly hat and knew it’d make an excellent sweater. It’s warm without being bulky, the stitch definition is excellent and it’s so so so soft.

Mods: I added waist shaping to better fit my pear shape. To do this, I started with the stitch count for the second size and decreased in the waffle stitch sections to get the numbers for the first size for my chest. I made the sleeves according to the second size because I don’t like tight upper arms or underarms. I added in a few extra decreases in the raglan shaping to finish off the yoke as the first size.

(yea, those are alpaca behind me. and mountains. it’s ok to be jealous)

What have you been working on lately? Any FOs to share?

WIP Wednesday: So Close Yet So Far

The Cascades continues to grow but with 2 days until I leave for my girls’ weekend with my momma, time is shrinking.IMG_3198

Luckily the number of stitches on the needles is shrinking too. Not quite as fast as I’d prefer but it IS decreasing with every (other) round. At least the knitting is interesting, I do love the textures still and shaping is always a fun part of knitting for me.IMG_3203

I’ve had to mod the raglan decreases a tiny bit because of my need to make the arms a bit wider (I don’t like tight sleeves in the bicep area or tight underarms) but I think I’m on track to finish this up with the numbers for the smallest size. Fingers crossed I can bang it out before hitting the road and heading to Salida!

What are you working on this week?

WIP Wednesday: The Last WIP Post of 2015!

The only project I’m working on these days is the Cascades pullover by Michele Wang from the BT Fall 2015 collection. I’m still in love with the yarn and the pattern is knitting up beautifully!IMG_3116

Over the Christmas holiday I helped my momma get started on hers too and it sounds like she’s figured out the charts and things are moving along. The only modifications I’m planning to make so far is a little bit of waist shaping – I’ve already done one round and only need to decrease 4 more stitches to (hopefully) get an A-line shape that fits the way I’m envisioning.IMG_3117

What are you working on this week? Any big knitting plans for the New Year?

WIP Wednesday: Cascades Begins

I accidently started my Cascades sweater last week…..really! All I wanted to do was practice the Ribbed Cable Cast On it calls for and somehow the appropriate number of stitches ended up on my needles and then I just had to see how the ribbing grew out of it. Honest.

Isn’t it perfect? The cast on really is gorgeous – and not difficult to do! I’m glad to have another awesome cast on method in my toolbox, you never know when you’ll need it.IMG_3071

The yarn I’m using is Stonehedge Fiber Mill’s Shepherd’s Wool in the Autumn Gold colorway. I’ve actually used this yarn (in this color, even) before for my Molly hat and it’s held up really well and is still one of my favorite hats. I know this yarn is going to make an awesome, warm and so soft sweater.IMG_3067

The pattern itself is easy to follow and I’m not even referring to the charts anymore which makes this knitting much more portable and easy to pick up on a whim.

What are you working on this week?

FO Friday: Molly

I never said 2014 was going to be The Year of Monogamy and it certainly isn’t starting out that way.  After I had to put my lace lace-weight sweater on hold until I could find more needles, I cast on for a different project.  I wanted to have something that was quick, easy but not too easy, and used a yarn in my stash I’ve been wanting to use for some time.

I landed on making my mustard Shepherd’s Wool into a Molly hat and I swear to you people, this is the perfect knitting marriage.IMG_20140108_075054_702

This yarn has just the right body and elasticity to carry off the Molly texture and I think everything about it is perfect.  The yarn feels like butter (not the greasy kind, the really rich, velvety kind) and the stitch definition looks fan-fucking-tastic, dontcha think?IMG_20140108_075059_880

It’s been difficult to get good photos this winter, as I’m sure you’re all experiencing as well, please excuse the sub-par quality of these!

Linking up with Tami! Have you finished anything in 2014 yet?