My current work in progress:

Ottar Hap Shawl, designed by Kate Davies, knit from Buachaille in the Squall, Ptarmigan, and Islay colorways, using a U.S. size 9 (5.5mm) needle.

Lila

I actually finished my Lila Cardigan last Sunday night.

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The Lila Cardigan is a design by Sarah Hatton, the the pattern is free from Rowan. I used Blue Sky Fibers Worsted Cotton in the Mediterranean colorway. This was my August Camp Loopy project.

After my last blog post on this project there were some comments on how neatly I picked up the stitches for the front bands. Thank you for all your nice comments!

In order to pick up stitches neatly, I carefully steamed all the knitted pieces. I then divided up the area where I was picking up stitches into shorter segments of equal length, separated by locking stitch markers, That way I could be sure to pick up the same number of stitches in each segment so the results would look even.

At this point, my best tip is to use the number of stitches to be picked up directed by the pattern as a guideline only. I made my cardigan longer than the pattern directed, and my gauge was not identical to that of the pattern, so my pick-up number was different from the start.

How many stitches to pick up? Whatever looks good. Kind of a vague lame answer, but you just have to follow your gut on this. I’ve been knitting forever, so I have a pretty good feel for this. But even now, I’ll pick up stitches, look at it, and see that I’m off: ether too many, too few, or gaps. Don’t feel bad about pulling out what you have done and starting over. That’s the secret to getting a perfect pick-up — re-doing it until it looks perfect.

The other secret to a perfect pick-up is to make sure you are picking up the stitches in the same spot on each row. I usually move in one or one and a half stitches from the edge to ensure I get a perfect line of stitches. In my experience, if you only move in a half a stitch from the edge, you are going to have a hard time picking up the stitches and it’s not going to look as neat as it would if you moved in a half or a whole stitch. The last stitch on each side of a piece is going to look a little wonky no matter what, so you don’t want half of that wonky stitch showing on your finished piece and ruining the look of your finished piece!

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I’m working on a secret project where the picking up of stitches is quite a challenge due to . . . well, that’s another story for another time and place.

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Lots of Ribbing

I finished the body of my Lila cardigan Friday night, and started the process of putting it together and picking up stitches for the ribbing.

First job, sew the shoulder seams. This is worsted weight cotton, and I know from experience that backstitching the shoulders together will make for a very thick unsightly seam. Mattress stitching is a possibility, but I don’t like doing that on the shoulders, which I consider “weight-bearing seams.”

What I decided to do was the pick up stitches along each shoulder line and attach via a three-needle bind-off. If I had thought about this when I was casting off in “stair steps” for the shoulder (to give it the desired slant), I would have done the shoulder shaping in short rows and kept the stitches live for the three-needle bind-off. But I didn’t, so instead I picked up stitches along the shoulder line of each piece and bound off purlwise with right sides together. The resulting seam:

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Not perfect, but I think it looks better that a backstitched seam would.

I picked up stitches and knit a cuff.

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I picked up stitches on the other sleeve, but have not yet worked the cuff. I decided to do the front bands/neck band next. So I spent a good part of Saturday picking up the 350+ stitches and got to work on the band.

This is the band with 10 of the needed 16 rows done. So far so good!

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My plan for today is to finish the front band, and then get to work on the second sleeve cuff. I ought to be able to finish this tomorrow or Tuesday.

Loki sez:

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“I am taking a selfie with Momma!

August Camp Loopy Project

A couple of blog posts age I showed you a photo of my yarn for my August Camp Loopy project: Blue Sky Fibers Worsted Cotton in the Mediterranean colorway. Here is what it is growing up to become:

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This is Lila, a short sleeve cardigan designed by Sarah Hatton. It was the free pattern in Rowan’s June newsletter, and you can download a free copy of the pattern via Ravelry, here.

TheBlue Sky Fibers Worsted Cotton is lovely to work with and the color is gorgeous. This photo is a pretty accurate depiction of the color.

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Loki says:

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“All hail King Loki!”

Four Years Ago Today

Four years ago today, my BFF L-B and I took a road trip to Martinsburg, WV to pick up this little guy:

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Today is our 4-year Loki-versary! It’s hard to believe it’s been 4 years since this ball o’ floof came to live with me. He was two years old when I adopted him — he had his 6th birthday this past April.

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He is the personification of Ragdoll traits, happy to flop down anywhere and fall asleep.

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He also loves to nap in my Hinza Tote.

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I purchased it from The Loopy Ewe to use as, well, a tote bag. But Loki has commandeered it for himself.

At night he sleeps on top of the dresser by my bed so he can keep tabs on me during the night.

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Tonight he’ll get a new toy, and lots of kisses and snuggles!