The Knitterly Hooker

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4.5 days of knitting

In knitting on November 5, 2014 at 10:20 pm

Picture courtesy of my email

Is 4 1/2 days truly all it takes to knit this sweater? I can do that!

I’m so torn! I need a sweater (more than one actually), I need to knit again (I started a hat and it’s almost done), but do I need the $195 cost? Really?

I have a 10% discount code good until 11/10/2014, which is what, like $20 off, so $175 cost? (If my math is bad don’t judge me, not my strong point.)

Then of course the next issue is the color I want! (sigh)

Somebody save me!

I’ve literally been dreaming of Wool and the Gang and the fancy kits making life so simple!

Wool and the Gang seems so cool and the short knit is so appealing to me!

I want a sweater knit kit! Waaaaaaa (my I love Lucy cry) lol

If I get this, it literally would be the only gift I would give myself for Christmas… (but wait, there’s the Black Friday sale at Eat, Sleep, Knit)

Has anyone knit this before or similar sweater kit from Wool and the Gang?

Should I just find a similar pattern on Ravelry and buy yarn from LYS?

Talk to me.


Captain Hook

In finished projects, knitting, sewing, stash busting on April 13, 2014 at 10:56 am

Aye, aye dearies!

You see, I’m not much of a sewer and especially not by hand.  But if there is one thing I know, it’s to pay attention to detail.  The smallest detail makes the biggest difference.  When it comes to my handmade items, no matter the frustration and the time consumption, I do it.  Ribbons, buttons and hook and eye closures are amongst the features that make my handmade pieces that much more special.  They serve a functional purpose but also add aesthetic.  I love coordinating colors and not necessarily matching, just for that extra pop.

Today, I am that much closure to finishing my Fall project (well, now Spring sweater). I’ve had some set backs, but I’ve bounced back. It took me 2 days to put in the ribbon trim; 2 hours to tack down the hem and about 1 hour to sew on a pair of hook and eye closures.  I’m not sure that I felt defeated that I would have to hand sew so much of this project, but I was definitely up for the challenge.  Sewing hook and eye closure was a bit tricky (and a first) for me, but I found a great video to help me and I made my own adjustments according to my needs.

My hand sewing skillset undoubtedly and admittedly requires more finessing, but I am more than willing to work on it.  I am well pleased with myself and these results.  I was just beside myself when I saw how beautifully the fit of the sweater was; the perfect placement of the hook and eye and crispness of the ribbon were astounding!

The last leg on this project, it putting on the buttons, weaving in some ends and sewing the corners of the hem. I am done!

Toot, toot!

Finishing up

In knitting, portfolio, stash busting on March 2, 2014 at 9:38 am

Yesterday, for the first time in many weeks, I picked my needles up. I accomplished nothing major, but it felt good. I felt happy. I felt safe. I worked on my Fall project’s hem. Hem? Yes, I had to create a hem because it curled like crazy.  I had some advice on how to accomplish this and I purled 1 row on the RS and began stockinette stitch, beginning with a purl row on the WS. I continued in this way just about 1 inch and then binded off.

Did I ever mention that the whole sweater is already seamed together? I cannot wait to wear it! Anyway, I am going to buy some ribbon for reinforcement and aesthetic on the edges and major seams of the sweater; most likely the fronts, the shoulders, neck/collar and the pick up row for the skirt.

I have a few short weeks before a friends baby shower and I never started the gift I intended, so I’m going to go with a toy by Susan Anderson instead from her book Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys. I’m pausing on my sweater and work on the toy.

Mindless knit complete

In finished projects, knitting on October 5, 2013 at 7:00 am


I finished this sweater the end of last month. Finished as in buttons selected and sewed on; ribbons selected and sewn in and the sweater seamed and ends weaved in. The actual knitting was only a few days. My only issue was the bind off on the last sleeve. I have a solution for next time though. I bought a book on sale on various cast on’s and bind off’s. More on the book later!

Fall project

In knitting on September 7, 2013 at 12:33 am


In speaking with my cousin’s fiance,a non-yarny person, the light bulb clicked on and my fall sweater was identified… And it couldn’t be simpler; it’s Directional Rib from Knit and Crochet Now! show (on PBS, it’s back!).

As I spoke with her about yarn and different weights, my stash flashed across my eyes and … BOOM… Patons Soy Wool! It’s in my stash (in abundant quantities -1100yds). It’s aran weight and the gauge on 9’s are 17s x 21r. I actually forgot about this yarn! Take a look (just a note, this yarn is discontinued).

Clockwise from top left: 1100 yds, 770 yds, 300 yds, and 880 yds.

So, I thought to myself, I can use this! It’s a little heavier than required by the pattern, but I think I can use it.

However, when I checked the yardage I was really short…by a lot (660 yds). And I was also really disappointed. So, although I want this to be my project, it can’t be. If I could buy more yarn it probably could be, but that’s not an option. Unless I make the smallest size or a couple sizes down from the one I was planning on making? The gauge this sweater requires is 22s x 26r in 2×2 unstretched rib on a size 7.

My next choice is Tilted Duster but again, I was short in yardage, but not really a lot (118 yds). I figured for this I could just maybe shorten the skirt and maybe the sleeves or modifying one or the other? That way I wouldn’t have to purchase more yarn. The gauge on this is 17s x 21r on 10’s. What do think about this logic?

I also absolutely love Turkana that I’ll probably treat myself to for Christmas or thereabouts. I was thinking if I didn’t wait until then and use the Soy Wool, I could make it is the smallest size,no? The weight yarn required for Turkana is fingering…Alot of fingering (2450 yds). This piece is supposed to be drapey. Will my aran weight yarn take that away i.e. yardage needed? Will my yardage be enough?

I was even contemplating the Granny Hoodie, but because my yardage is so limited, I think it would be best suited to knitting with. It is in my queue though.

My final choice? I don’t know. I think the best place to start will be a gauge swatch. Or check Ravelry some more; my library, my queue and free patterns. I think if anything, I will go with The Tilted Duster. The gauge is already there and the modifications are (should be) simple enough.

Yes, I think that Tilted Duster is it.

Do you have any suggestions that wouldn’t require all this drama? Something with stripes?

NEVER posted before by me or any blogger (as far as I know)…I have braved posting my measurements so you see what I’m working with.
imageNote:Hips not that’s 41.”

A mindless knit

In knitting on September 6, 2013 at 8:36 pm

Usually when I am stressed or need to unplug I knit.  That’s what I do.  I need to knit but when I started knitting it wasn’t working. Too many errors…too much ripping back…Too much of everything!

I was trying to knit a fair-isle rectangle for my cousins blanket. I don’t know what made me think that when I’m stressed I should be making fair-isle stuff any ole how! Other than this fair-isle rectangle, it hadn’t occurred to me for past week or so I’ve been struggling with it, that perhaps I need not pursue this course any further.

So last night, into this morning I decided that I would knit Baby Kimono.  I usually stay away from patterns with M1’s and yfwd’s but I’m a little more seasoned and I got over myself.  I first learned of this sweater on Sara’s blog someone’s post I recently read (forgive me whoever this is and shout yourself out and I’ll link you).  I thought such a beautiful job was done on it and I knew I would definitely make it.

I’m using my stash for this….Paton’s Decor in Pale Periwinkle. I did not gauge. I’m making the largest size available. I figure it will fit some baby gauge or no gauge, so I’m good with that!

I could have casted on the blanket you all voted for (oatmeal won btw) but I don’t remember where I put the yarn and plus, that’s just too many stitches to count. I’d rather cast on 29 than 40+ stitches right now.

During lunch today, I had time enough only to cast on. After work and I got home, in 2 hours the left front was complete. For me that’s pretty quick! So I’m forging ahead with this! (Yes, those are Signature needles and I love them!)



The Finisher Gets Paid The Most…

In crochet, knitting on August 21, 2013 at 9:27 pm

… And with good reason too. It’s a very time consuming, detailed oriented type of work. I mean, really! What’s the point of knitting these fabulous pieces and the finishing is a wreck? It defeats the whole purpose of making whatever you’re making because now you can’t wear it due to poor finishing. Whew! That was a lot! I’m pretty sure though that this is a historically true fact… Beginning with the fashion industry; the finishing makes it breaks a piece. It can cost you money or make you money. Being a finisher is a labor of love… It really is…

My finishing skill happens as pleasant surprises on occasion, but I think I have gotten better over the years and YouTube serves as a great refresher course … I’ve definitely had my seaming horrors. It’s nice to know though, that your friends think of you highly enough to finish their projects for them.


Above is the beginning of the seaming process for a friends raglan sweater. About 2 weeks ago (+) she requested me to finish the sweater. She has already started with the pieces pinned together but didn’t want the hassle. I can (and I’m sure you can also) relate. And besides, I’m sure she didn’t want this to be another UFO… She had a deadline to meet. Once the body is seamed, she will take over with the neck ribbing and embellishment. I have to say, she did a beautiful job making this sweater and sweater edges were pretty neat/smooth, and making my job a lot easier.

When she presented me with this task I was shocked but also honored. The cutest thing was when she handed me this pattern booklet from like 1970 and it was in pieces! The pages holding on for dear life! Lol We had a good laugh together and I taped it up for her.

I got to work on it starting 8/7/13 or thereabouts and at that point I’d done only one seam on one 1/2 of the body. I finished this up on 8/19/13. I swear to you, I seamed one of the shoulders like 10 times because it would not cooperate. It turned out really well, if I say so myself. She was in utter disbelief and amazement, all at the same time when I presented her with it. That made me feel good.

I didn’t get to take many pics, but she obliged my request and sent some fantastic ones!



My reward was this beautiful card (and also a sweet treat inside, part of which, I was not expecting) … So fitting for an occasion such as this! Lol I absolutely love this card! I asked where to get it so I can stock up… It’s from Walgreens but from a little while ago. I’m still going to check… Keeping hope alive! Do you know all have ideas of where to get cute knitting related note cards such as this? Do tell.


Let me know if I’m a decent enough finisher or if I need more work on my skills. How do you all do with finishing?