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Pop Fizzle KAL

Learning brioche turned out to be one of the hardest things I’ve done with knitting in years. Just learning German Twisted Cast-On (which I ended up not using) was a struggle, then I cast on at least 3 times before giving up and trying a plain 2-color brioche scarf to figure out the basics.

Turns out doing brioche in the round with magic loop is really hard! So I switched from the really long old #6 needles to the interchangeable normal #6, short enough to just do in the round. That was much simpler.

The increases and decreases are tricky, but it helped to remember that each wrapped-together stitch, though consisting of two strands, is described as a single stitch.

Overall, I ended up enjoying it! I’m thinking about making more, oddly enough.

Arrowhead Lace Cardigan

ZOMG these increases are hard to follow. I mean, I’m getting what it’s supposed to do, but my brain hurts.

March 10, 2016

I may have done some cock-eyed increases in the shoulders over the last few days, especially since I did a bunch of knitting at an all-day mandatory training. Might keep going anyway.

March 23, 2016

I agonized for days (while sick no less) whether to go with the increases as written, try for another set, or even rip back and reknit with my “old style” (ie, 4.25mm) #6 needles. The pattern says it’s approximately a “L or European 42”, which research says _might_ be too small?

But during a bout of insomnia on Monday morning, and after looking at it again, measuring everything again, etc, I decided to just go with pattern as written.

April 6, 2016

Yesterday cast off the body, today started on a sleeve.

April 11, 2016

Overall, I’m pleasantly surprised at how fast this was to make. I finished off the sleeves with garter instead of ribbing, because I wanted them to bell instead of contracting. Wondering if I ought to have done with the same with the bottom? Had just enough yarn for this pattern; either the sleeves or the body could’ve been just a smidge longer but I like leaving myself extra if I can. Really looking forward to wearing this once it’s finished drying!

One Row Handspun Cowl

This was my spare project to knit in meetings for a month or so. I finished it off on the first day of being sick for a week.

The pattern looks really great with the thick&thin handspun yarn and the variegated coloring.

It’s sort of a cowl; there wasn’t enough yarn for a real scarf, but as I was finishing I remembered owning a brooch/shawl pin with a stone in a coordinating color! So I didn’t sew the ends together but left it loose to use the pin.

Oh, Helen!

It only looks like it took a month because I had it on pause for a couple of weeks while working on another project. Originally started as a gift for an aunt, but these are the Wrong Colors. Instead, gave to EAN.

Slipped stitches on the ends looked a little odd to me, maybe shouldn’t have? (It was my idea, not in the pattern.)

Orange mittys

Made shorter than pattern (more like 7.5-8” vs 8.5”) to make sure I had enough yarn for seaming up. (And for giving to EA for possible future sock darning.)

Lady Jessica

The top of the collar goes really fast, and then of course the ruffles/increases slow it down. Still, a fast knit that ended up with a cute piece.

Would still like to at least wash if not fully block, also I need to find the right ribbon.

The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief

Surprisingly quick for a shawl-type project, and easy enough to follow to be able to knit in meetings. Absolutely positively needs some blocking (see comparison between the two photos!); I soaked then dried on a towel with just a bit of shaping. After that it lies quiet nicely. I don’t know if I’m going to keep it though, which is mostly about the yarn: somewhat on the scratchy side, and not the most flattering color for me personally.