Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Sewing the Seams of My First Knitted Sweater

Hello Friends,

I hope you are all doing well. I have been away for a little while because I have exams this week for my office administration program. I just had my accounting exam yesterday which I had been studying non-stop for a few days and I think it went pretty well. Tomorrow I have the project management exam, wish me luck!

I got a little bit of work done on my sweater on Saturday and was sewing in the seams on the shoulders, and one of the sleeves. I looked up the order of how to seam and this seems to be the best way to do shoulders, then sleeves, then the sides afterwards which makes sense because you can go up the side then right up to the end of the sleeve to close the sleeve afterwards.

I started with the shoulders and did a mattress stitch to sew up the seams, this was a little bit tricky because the stitches were going in the other direction so I just put the needle horizontally across the stitches.I then moved onto the sleeve and spread out the sweater to see how the top of the sleeve would fit into the piece once the shoulders were sewed together. I then began doing the mattress stitch to sew the seams together and this worked well as well. I will finish up sewing the sweater, then talk about how sewing the sides went and post some photos of the sweater next week! I am so excited to be done and have my first knitted sweater. Looking at the photo, I think I will take some of the seam apart of the sleeve and try to have the lines in the sleeve going down the middle, I can see it is a little off center. The sleeve at the top of the photo is not sewed in yet.

The sock is coming a long too, it is getting a bit longer and I am enjoying knitting the simple sock pattern by Patons called Spiral Socks.

I am still reading Into the Water by Paula Hawkins and I am so interested in what will happen next. It really keeps you on the edge of your seat just like Girl on the Train did, and you start to feel like you are understanding the characters and that they all have some secret motives and you are trying to figure out what they are.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Knitting Socks,and Reading On

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well.  I am having a good week so far. On the weekend I went to Ripley's Aquarium with my family and my boyfriend and it was fun! My boyfriend and I had been there before one other time and it was nice to go back. I enjoyed petting the stingrays at the end of the aquarium, they were so smooth.  I also had a good time at a friend's barbecue, and saw my family again on Monday for another barbecue and going to an art exhibit. This week I will be busy studying for final exams which are next week. I am looking forward to being done these courses and having a little break in between courses at the end of August. I will be getting a lot of knitting in that week!

I made more progress on the sock which I am knitting for my mom for Christmas. I am following the Patons Spiral socks pattern, It is a nice, relaxing pattern to knit because it is a five row repeat all the way down to the toe shaping. I can remember the repeat now so it is a good project to bring with me to watch television or on vacation.

I will be starting the sweater seaming this week too because the back piece is blocked now. I will be seaming the sides and the top of the pieces to attach the front and back pieces together. I just want to look up how to properly seam pieces of garments together before I do that. The sleeves are also ready to be sewn on as well as I did not block them.

Pieces done and blocked, ready for seaming

I have not really picked up the stocking and scarf since last week, so I will share those maybe next week when I have made some progress on those projects.

I have finished reading Bridget Jones: Mad about the Boy by Helen Fielding. I enjoyed reading about Bridget's difficulties and gains, and while I was reading the book I felt like her character was so easy to relate to and understand. I have difficulty reading a book if I cannot relate to the protagonist but she is like every woman trying to find their way through difficult times and also to understand sometimes complicated relationships.  Now I am going to focus on reading Into the Water by Paula Hawkins more intensely. I was so excited to read this book so I started reading it at the same time, but honestly, I have not picked it up much this past week as I have been working on finishing reading Bridget Jones. I will be reading one book at a time after this because it is hard to juggle two books as you all  probably know.

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Stitchy Saturday: How to Knit the Chickadee Bubbles Stitch

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. This week I decided to knit the Chickadee Bubbles Stitch. I found a lovely photo of the stitch on Pinterest by @woolvan knits and I wanted to give it a try. I love the look of this stitch and it was a lot of fun to knit up!

Chickadee Bubbles Stitch 
For my swatch, I cast on 20 + 3 stitches and knitted the 12 row repeat three times

Knit 4 below: Insert needle in stitch in the 5th row down, drop stitch off needle and unravel 4 rows down, and knit, catching the 4 loose strands behind stitch. (Directions with photos below)
With color A, cast on a multiple of 4 stitches + 3.
Row 1 - wrong side: purl.
Row 2 - right side: knit.
Row 3:  purl.
Row 4: knit.
Row 5: purl.
Row 6:  knit 3, * knit 4 below, knit 3; rep from * to end
Row 7: purl.
Row 8: knit.
Row 9: purl.
Row 10: knit.
Row 11: purl.
Row 12:  knit 1, * knit 4 below, knit 3; rep from * to last 2 stitches, knit 4 below, knit 1.
Repeat Rows 1 - 12

Knitting pattern from Knitting Stitch Patterns. 

Instructions on how to do *knit 4 below: 

1. After knitting the three (row 6) or one required stitches (row 11), on the next stitch, count five holes down below the stitch

2. Then put needle through the fifth hole below the stitch

3.  Drop the first stitch on the left needle, then pull the stitch down until there are four rows of dropped stitch visible

 4. Then wrap your yarn around the right needle to make a knit stitch and pull through

 5. Once you have knit the stitch, it will look like the photo below, then continue on to knit three stitches

 It will look like the photo below once the three stitches are knitted, then repeat steps 1 through 5 to complete the knit four below step in the chickadee bubble stitch pattern.

What I thought of the stitch pattern:
I loved this pattern, it is so fun to knit up and does not take a lot of time. I really love the finishing texture and I think it would be so fun for a hat and give it such a fun unique look.

Knitting level:
I think that this could be done by a beginner knitter because it looks hard, but it requires mostly knit and purls and then if you follow the photos above to knit the "knit 4 below" technique, it is not that difficult to do.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A Visit to Wishing Well Sanctuary, Knitting, and More Blocking

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. I am sorry for my lack of posting in the past few days, I have been working on finishing up some courses for my certificate. I did a quiz yesterday and was studying up until that point. I only have one more chapter to get through for Accounting, then I am done. I am not working towards an Accounting certificate, I am working towards office administration but it is one of the courses you must take towards getting the certificate.
I had a great weekend, on Saturday I went to the Wishing Well Sanctuary in Bradford, Ontario. At the sanctuary, they keep animals, cows, pigs, sheep, lamas, goats, ducks, and horses who were abused by past owners, had nowhere else to go, or would have been euthanized. The sanctuary was nestled in a rural area with beautiful fields, and greenery. We were part of a large group of people for the tour and while on the tour, the volunteers told us about the animal's stories from before they arrived at the sanctuary. The tours only go on the first Sunday of the month and the last Saturday of the month so it draws in large crowds by not running every weekend. First we went to feed the steer and bulls grass that we collected along the way. There was one cow but she wasn't coming to eat the grass from us.  It was fun they came right up to us and ate the grass from our hands, they were very sweet and let us pet them as well.

Then we visited all the other animals and were lead into their sections by a volunteer. I enjoyed petting the sheep, their coats were so soft, and they had just been sheered. I also enjoyed being in with the potbelly pigs and goats, they were so cute.

The rooster's Harry Potter cage

Visiting the sheep and lamas

I would go back there again, it was a wonderful experience and the staff who work there have big hearts and love the animals. I look forward to visiting again.

I finished knitting the Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief again. I had taken it apart because it was not large enough and did not match the measurements required in the pattern. I knitted another section of the stockinette/garter section and then the final section. I noticed one side has a line at the bottom, which is where I connected another skein of yarn that matched at first then switched colors. It bothered me at first, because as knitters we are picky about how our final projects turn out! But now I am accepting that it has a flaw but it gives it character. I love how it turned out and I will block it soon after I block the sweater pieces. It now wraps right around my neck to the front so I am more pleased with how it fits and it will be even bigger once I block it.

For my other smaller projects, I have been working on the stocking and the chevron lace scarf. I haven't picked up the scarf in a while so it is not much longer. For the scarf I am using the pattern for the chevron lace stitch which I shared in a Stitchy Saturday post. The stocking is coming along and I have added a few more rows. I am using a pattern I found on Ravelry called Christmas Stocking in a Jiffy- Striped by Jennifer Jackson. I have been enjoying knitting it and thinking of Christmas as I knit it. I hope you all enjoyed my Christmas in July posts, I had a lot of fun making them and thinking about Christmas at this time of year and preparing for the holiday season earlier than I usual do.

I recently started knitting the socks that I will be working on this summer with the Patons Kroy FX yarn. I found a pattern on Ravelry called Spiral socks by Patons. The pattern required the Patons Kroy FX cameo yarn and had required the 3.25 mm needles so I decided on the pattern. When I looked it over again, I realized they are long tube socks, and have no heel so I was wondering if that would be something I would want to work on but I realized they look cool the way you can twist them up and they look comfortable. They will be a gift for my mom for Christmas, so I checked in with her to make sure she would want tube socks and she said she would. Here is how much I have knitted so far:

Products I am using for the socks:


I blocked the back piece of the sweater today. I will be blocking the sleeves in a couple of days, then I will be started to seam the pieces together.  I am looking forward to sewing the front and back pieces together and seeing how the body of the sweater fits.

I am still reading Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy (Bridget Jones series Book 3) and Into the Water. They are so good in different ways and I have enjoyed reading them, they are so well done. I will be finishing them soon, I have been busy with school work and also knitting, but will spend more time reading this week. I would like to start reading something fun and light for summer soon, so I will be looking for ideas on Goodreads.

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