WIP Wednesday – Lempster Progress

What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger right?  Or at least it gives you numb fingertips.

Progress on the Lempster is slow but seeing the pattern reveal itself is rewarding.  Less rewarding is that every time I pick it up I manage to make yet another mistake.  However I did convince myself that I’ll wear this jumper with all its mistakes with pride.

Unfortunately I now have to contend with the following:

1. Yarn shortage

Negative – despite knitting a swatch, doing the maths up front, I am running out of yarn.  I might be OK to wear a jumper with mistakes, but would I be OK to wear a jumper with a noticeable difference in the colour lots? It’s also $12 per ball, buying enough to finish may bankrupt me.

Positive – there is yarn left and available to purchase.  I’m preying to the knitting gods that there isn’t too much difference in the colours.  If there was no yarn left to purchase the situation would be much more dire!

2. Sizing

Negative – did I mention that I did a swatch? Right up front I knew that this would be a mammoth effort so I did the necessary boring pre-work.  The resulting sizing should have been a jumper with 2 inches of negative ease.  I’m now concerned this will end up tight fitting; usually not a problem except that there has been some fud on Ravelry that the cable design looks like a vagina.  Now that it’s out there, it’s all I can see.  Will I be happy wearing a big, stretched vagina on my chest? Feminist in me says “Yes! You go girl!”.  Introvert in me is a little more… well… introverted.

Positive – the swatch did get bigger when I blocked it so there’s a possibility it’ll fit OK.  The feminist in me wants to list the cable design looking like a vagina as a positive too.  Vaginas are awesome after all.

photo (4)I guess the fact that I’m already thinking about knitting another with no mistakes in a brighter colour means I’m enjoying this right?

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WIP Wednesday – Lempster for me!

Wow what an end to the year.  Since my last post I completed Kaitlin’s Elephant and another Unicorn for Theo.  Unfortunately in the Christmas rush I had everything wrapped up and ready to go before I realised I hadn’t taken any photos for the blog.  I was so keen to get the last of the amigurumi completed and start on some massive knit project that the motivation to post about them was just not there.

Maybe I’ll go back and post about them later.  Meanwhile I’m more interested in what’s on my needles right now.  The pattern is from the latest Knitty and seemed to come at exactly the right time.  It has the perfect amount of cabling and I fell in love with the fit.  I think Lempster is possibly the most perfect sweater I’ve found so far!

Being Christmas I didn’t feel I should be going and spending money on a bunch of new yarn so I pulled out some Jo Sharp Silk Road Ultra that I bought way back for a different sweater that I’ve fallen out of love with.  It’s completely the wrong weight but I went with 5″ needles to try to make up for it.  Even did a swatch to check! Not exact but close enough.

It’s a testament to how much I love this pattern that I ripped out the shoulders no less than five times before finally getting it right.  I even managed to twist it when I joined in the round.  It certainly prompted a few comments from my husband such as “I don’t know why you do something that makes you so angry”, or “I thought knitting was supposed to be a relaxing hobby?”.  I don’t think he’s heard me swear so much while knitting since I took up the hobby again a few years ago.

It never occurred to me to give up though (have you seen this pattern? go take a look and you’ll understand why!). Thank goodness for the Ravelry community and the fantastic comments and pictures from other knitters. They kept me on the right path and are the only reason I have gotten as far as I have.

Which is that I’ve just separated the arms and about to continue down the body!

photo (3)Please don’t look too closely.  There are too many mistakes to count; but this jumper is for me and when I wear it I’ll remember all the blood sweat and tears that went into it.

I’ll also remember that this was the Christmas we spent two weeks with my in-laws and we all came down with the worst gastro ever.  The same Christmas that saw a trip to hospital for my poor step-son who was vomiting for so long that he needed a drip to re-hydrate.  The Christmas my step-daughter got an ear infection on top of the gastro that saw her having to take antibiotics, which were worse than the infection itself.

But also the Christmas that brought me closer to my in-laws than ever before; and the Christmas that saw the end of renovations that took three years to plan, seven months of living in a construction site covered in dust and three months of no kitchen.

What’s a few mistakes in my first top-down, cable-knit jumper against all of that?

Bring on 2014!

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WIP Wednesday – Kaitlin’s Elephant

This week’s amigurumi is brought to you again by Adriana Aguirre and it’s Emilia the Elephant.  Using the rest of the yarn from Nicko’s Wolf, which is Cosy Wool from Lincraft.  It’s quite rough and I think I’m developing a callous where I tension the yarn on my finger.  But crafting can be a dangerous hobby as well all know.

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Head, legs done and started the body.  Won’t be done for this Friday but maybe the next!

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WIP Wednesday – Tanesha’s Unicorn

It’s birthday season! To be honest I’m kind of over these little toys, I’m having dreams about starting a beautiful cable knit sweater.  But the little people in my life keep having birthdays and it’s only fair that they all get their own amigurumi!

Next cab off the rank is Flavia the Unicorn for my niece Tanesha.  She’s the eldest of the kids at 13 but hopefully she’s still young enough to enjoy her.

With any luck this will be a FOF this week – but given the first thing I reached for when I got home was a glass of wine I don’t like my chances!

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WIP Wednesday – Nick’s Wolf and My Noro Socks

My step son’s birthday is coming up mid-November and he picked out the Grey Wolf pattern for his amigurumi this year.  I bought this pattern a while back but didn’t have a reason to make it until now.

Sunday saw me walking up to my local Lincraft to buy yarn.  I needed the walk after a 45 hour journey traveling back from Toronto.  Pressure stockings helped with the swelling but getting the blood flowing was the best cure for jetlag despite the heat and smokey air from the fires around Sydney right now – bush fires in Octobers! Crazy times 😦

Monday night I kicked off the project and it’s making good, if not slow, progress.  I’ve finished the head and now starting on the body.IMG-20131023-00086My trip to Toronto for work was a whirlwind one.  Going to the other side of the world for one week really does take a toll, but it was totally worth it.  Never been to Canada before and meeting my colleagues over there was incredible.

The project for the trip was my Edwardian Boat sock which I have been slowly working on since partially recovering from the first one.  Despite the 15 hour flights and 10 hour stop over in LAX I think I knitted about 10 rows on the heel.  Still on track for it to be done before it gets cold again I guess!

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WIP Wednesday – Evie’s Lion

Something weird has been happening for the past few weeks.  I have completely lost the motivation to craft.  Since I seriously started crafting again a few years ago I never expected this to happen.  My fingers practically itch to pick up a project whenever I can.  I’ve even got my travel crafting down pat to make sure I’m making the best use of all of my time.

Last Friday though I sat watching TV with a glass of wine and realised I hadn’t picked up any project in over a week.

It was a Twilight Zone moment.

I decided I needed to take action before it lasted too long.  There are two birthdays coming up for some very important little people in my life.  They’re young enough to still love toys and old enough to help me pick out the pattern and yarn.  And Fresh Stitches patterns are always fun.  So on Saturday we picked out, Kepler the Lion, and bought the yarn.  By Saturday night I had completed the below.

IMG-20130925-00082Unfortunately I haven’t touched it since.  I’m wondering if my lack of craft motivation might by symptomatic of something more lingering?

Have any of you ever lost your craft mojo before?

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WIP Wednesday – Progress on Bec’s Hat

I have to admit feeling very unmotivated about this project.  I really just want to get it over and done with.  My first excuse for putting it on hold was that I didn’t know how big Bec’s head was. Now I know and there are no excuses for not working on it other than admitting that it’s just not giving me the usual crafting spark.

This project doesn’t distract me at work thinking about it.  Nor do I find myself picking it up as soon as I’m ensconced on the couch at home.  Even on my daily commute I find myself staring out the window rather than picking up the hook.

Bec’s actual birthday came and went last Saturday.  However I used the fact that I won’t see her until mid-September as yet another excuse to leave it alone.

I really don’t know what it is about this project.

Anyway here’s the progress.  Band has been completed as is three rows of the slouchy bit at the back.  Buttons are placed there where I’ll eventually sew them on.

IMG-20130904-00060Here’s hoping it’s a Finished Object before next weekend!

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