Monday, November 9, 2009

Mr. Mxyzptlk

A week of not-so-frantic knitting, and I now have my FIRST! handspun handknit sweater. It's so satisfying! I present....Mr. Mxyzptlk!

Mr. Mxyzptlk Sweater (In Flight)

I wanted a raglan sweater with buttons along the left front raglan edge, that flowed right up into a loose-fitting turtleneck collar. The collar could be worn open or folded over.

Button Detail

Bandito Style.

I'm quite satisfied! There was a little bit of worry about how I would account for the extra stitches needed for the buttonhole band and buttonband, and making sure that they NOT interfere with the raglan shaping. I thought them through while knitting the body and sleeves, and I'm happy with how things turned out!

I basically followed EZ's Raglan pattern. I knit this on US8s, over the course of ONE WEEK. I'm not entirely sure of how much yarn it took - I have some left over, along with a ton of unspun fiber (can you say pantsuit?). The buttons are from Joann's, and there are nine of them. I'm pleased as punch with how it turned out!

Turtleneck Option

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Fiber on the Brain, In the House, On the Loom

The cooler weather has kicked the knitting and spinning into high gear. I realize I'm knitting on my first real "garments" for myself this year. I'm not counting shawls and socks here, kids.

1 out of 5 Plum Pie

I scavenged a bit to get a sweater's worth of this Hello Yarn Club offering from May 2009 - this is "5 Plum Pie" in lovely Falklands wool. I've spun up enough for a sweater, and I still have about 1.5 pounds left. I accidentally cornered the market on this.

And I was anxious to get it on the needles:

Mr. Mxyzptlk?

Body done, sleeve number one is almost done! hopefully I will have a new sweater by the end of the week!

Also, the spinning:
HelloYarn Extravaganza!

(Hello Yarn - "Spring Loaded", "Fresh Start", and "Kale")

Hedgehog Merino/Silk

(Hedgehog Fibers - gift from weetsie! - Merino/Silk blend, "Glow")

Fantom Farm Fibers Fluffiness

(Fantom Farm Fibers)

....and I finally got the loom warped:

Because I Can't Just Set Up The Loom And Weave Something Simple Like A Normal Person

That's some 8/2 Tencel, set to be (hoepfully) a holiday-gift scarf. But as my first attempt on the floor loom, we'll see how it ends up.

Alright! promises, promises....I'll post more frequently :)