Monday, October 19, 2015

Knitting Into New Territory

Over the weekend, I managed to get some knitting done. Here is where I am on Knitter#2's sweater:

It has a different kind of construction. The pattern calls it a shrug. She came home one day from school telling me about this cool sweater some girl at school was wearing. Her favorite thing was that it had no buttons. We went through pictures on Pinterest for days until she picked this pattern.

This is where I am with Hansel:

So close to done.  This is the beginning of the edging. Just edging to go now. I've never done an edging before, so I am in new knitting territory.  I am not sure where I will block it. Maybe I will break down a bunch of cardboard boxes to do it. When I blocked a small shoulder shawl once, that was what I did. I could also go crazy and buy blocking boards, just to be silly. They say people use them all the time...

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Autumn Knitting Anyone?

Autumn is here and there has been lots of knitting going on here at 3 Grrrls Knit.  Way last spring, I started knitting a Hap shawl for the Knit British Hapalong. I'd wanted to knit one for a long time, so when I found out about  the Hapalong, I went pattern hunting. I decided on the Hansel pattern by Gudrun Johnston. Currently, I'm knitting the second to last row before starting the edging. I am excited to see it flat. Right now, this is what it looks like :

I have a bunch of projects either on the needles or waiting to be cast on and they all have something in common. Stash reduction. I did not even purposely do it. Both of the girls wanted sweaters this fall, and they both chose patterns that just happened to call for yarns that I had in the stash. I purposely planned my Hansel with yarn from my stash,  some of which I dyed. Sometimes things just come together perfectly. I am hoping to do a few more projects this year that use up stash yarn. It has been really fun so far.