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My North Carolina Sweater!!!

I have finally finished my sweater & have called it my North Carolina Sweater!!!  I had a few bumps along the way.  But I’m very happy with the end result & I can’t wait to use it!!!  It is super warm & big & cuddly!  LOL

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The sweater was a kit that I received for Christmas a couple of years ago.  It was from Mary Maxim.  The yarn is Mary Maxim Ragg which is an acrylic yarn.  And the pattern is also from Mary Maxim, called Ragg Jacket.  It actually knit up fairly quickly.  It was done in parts.  The back part was of course the longest to complete, but after that it went fairly quickly when I did work on it.

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Sweater Update #2

I am almost done with the left front!  YAY!  I only have a couple more inches left on the collar & then I will start the right front.

I do have to say that it is a bit difficult to knit a sweater in pieces like this!  The last sweater I made (which was a few years ago) was done all in one piece and then you sewed up the seams.  That to me seems easier than doing it in pieces.  I’m having trouble making sure that each piece measures the same!  The back is done so I need to make sure that the left & right front pieces line up with the back & that is just super annoying to me!  LOL  I measured the back piece and measured the front piece and I kept getting different measurements.  So, I have a question.  When making a sweater like this should I measure the pieces while they are laying flat on the table or floor or while I’m holding it up?   I’m not sure which is the right way. Continue reading

Sweater Update

I finished the back piece of my Ragg Jacket sweater!!  yay!

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Now the question is, this is 100% acrylic yarn.  I have heard that you can’t block acrylic.  And I have heard that you can.  So which is it?  The research that I’ve done says you can block it if you use steam.  I guess I will try to block it with a steamer.  I don’t have one so my experiment will have to wait until I go out and buy one.  LOL  I wonder if I can use my iron, it has a steam setting…. Anyways, I hope I can block it because it seems to me like it needs to be blocked.

Here is question number 2:  Do you block each piece as you finish or do you wait until the whole sweater is completed & finished and then block the whole thing?  I again have heard both on this.  To me it seems like it would be easier to put the pieces together if each one has been blocked.

For now I will just continue working on the left front since I don’t have a steamer just yet.

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1 Sock Done…Or Is It Half a Sock…

The Socks with Sarah KAL starts today!  This is going to be a fun KAL & the best part is I’m going to knit a bunch of socks this year because of it!  YAY!!  The official start date is today however, I started this pair of socks in December, did a few rows & then put it down until the beginning of January when I finally finished with holiday gifts & was able to sit & knit something that I wanted.  🙂  And when I saw this KAL being mentioned by some of the other blogs that I follow, I decided to join in.  I love-love-love to knit socks, so this now gives me an excuse to knit socks every day!

I just finished sock #1 last night.  I’m very happy with the way it came out.  I’m knitting the November Socks and it is a 12 row repeat.  I’m using Patons Kroy socks Jacquard.  I love the yarn & the combination of colors.  I don’t know if it is the yarn or the pattern but the sock seems like a nice thick sock!  Good & sturdy…LOL

The toe of the sock was done differently than I’ve done before.  I was decreasing at the end of each needle, where normally I decrease at the end of one needle & then at the beginning of the next one.  I wasn’t sure how this would look and for a minute I thought I was not understanding the pattern correctly.  I had to go back and look at pictures.  LOL  I was afraid that the decrease in the middle of the toe would be bothersome, but it isn’t.  And the way it ended up looking is pretty.

looking at the top of the finished toe

looking at the top of the finished toe

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New Projects…and a New KAL…

This week I have no FOs  but I have started 2 projects… well, really one project.  The other one I had done like 5 rows on & left it to work on Christmas gifts so, yes, we will say 2 projects.  LOL

First, I’ve been seeing several posts about a sock KAL and I’ve been intrigued.  I just LOVE knitting socks!!  So thanks to All Night Knits & Purls just wanna have fun I have joined the Socks with Sarah sock KAL!!!  YAY!!!  It’s so exciting especially because I love socks & this gives me a reason to knit socks all year long!  LOL!  I’ve only done one other KAL and I did it because I truly loved the pattern.  But I usually am very intimidated by KALs because I feel pressure to finish by a certain date & what if I don’t…  LOL  (I know nothing happens if I don’t but still…..)  This KAL is very laid back & easy!  You just have to knit socks.  It can be a few rows every day or a whole day spent knitting socks.  And you choose your own patterns.  So I got inspired & joined!!

My first pair of socks for 2014 & this KAL I’m working on the November Socks pattern by Brigette Zeuner.  I love the pattern, it’s different & easy to do.  I am using Patons Kroy Socks Jacquards in Country Jacquard.  I’m calling them my Sand Dune Socks.  LOL  I love the colors in this yarn!

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