Yarn Along {October 2019}

Happy October, Readers! I have been looking forward to today’s post very much for the  past few weeks. It’s the first Wednesday of a new month, so it’s time for Yarn Along!

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Yarn Along is a monthly link up hosted at Small Things. The point is to share our yarn-type projects (such as knitting, crochet, or similar) as well as the books we are reading. I love watching others’ projects develop, and of course I love hearing about the books people are reading, too! You can see everyone’s linked posts and the guidelines at the host’s site, here.

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My Yarn Along contributions have been rather lacking the past few months. HOWEVER, if you remember my status in September’s Yarn Along, you’ll notice that the yarn in this month’s picture is not exactly the same color. (Okay, but take a moment to just soak in that vibrant green – I love this shade so much, and the yarn is wonderfully soft!). Previously, I explained that I was working on a baby-sized sweater in order to test out a pattern for a child-sized sweater. In September I finally cast on the child’s sweater!

It has been a journey getting here. No, I didn’t end up finishing the baby sweater, and yes, I switched patterns. As I’ve said, I’m new to knitting in the round, and while I believe I am up to the challenge, it is certainly still just that: a challenge. I kept mis-counting and getting lost with the original pattern (which was suspiciously labelled “the easiest sweater you’ll ever knit!”). I finally decided to search for an easier to read pattern. I hate to give up on something like this, but I truly believe it’s for the best. I’ve read through the new pattern a few times, and while there are still a few parts that I am not completely sure about, I am confident I will figure them out when I get to them. For the life of me, I cannot figure out who the original author of the pattern is. I found it through a link on Pinterest, and at this point I’m not even sure how many steps I went through between clicking on the link and getting to the pattern.

I’ve just finished knitting the collar, and I’m about to split the sleeves off onto their own holding needles. I’m concerned about losing stitches when I do this, and possibly in the time between when I do so and when I pick them back up after completing the body of the sweater. Does anyone have advice on this?

Aside from getting back into this project, which must be completed by Christmas, I read quite a bit in September! (For a complete list of everything I read in September, see Monday’s September Wrap-Up Post). I checked out The Firefly Dance from the library a few days ago. I love Sarah Addison Allen’s writing, so when I saw her name on the cover and realized I hadn’t read this story, I had to get it! I’m also reading a few ebooks on my Kindle, and, not pictured, I’m working through Augustine’s Confessions. I did not realize how big the book is, but I am working through it and enjoying the style very much. I’ve heard so much about what Augustine has to say, and I enjoy hearing it straight from him this time. This is also a library check out, so I hope I don’t run out of time before I have to return it. It might be one I purchase for my personal library either way.

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So, that’s how things stand at the moment! I am very happy to regain some of my momentum on knitting the sweater, even if it comes through starting a new pattern. If this sweater goes well, maybe I’ll have time to knit a baby one as well. The new pattern that I’ve picked doesn’t go down that small though, so I would have to either try the original one again or find another. I’m concerned enough as it is that the smallest size of this pattern will be small enough for the child I’m making it for. I guess if it isn’t, I can just say it’s next year’s Christmas present early, right? I really hope it turns out well, though. Hopefully my progress won’t be as slow this time around, and I will have more progress to share next month!

Do you enjoy any yarn crafts? What projects are you working on at the moment, and what books are you reading? I would love for you to share in the comments, then head over to Ginny’s blog and see what others are working on!

Until the next chapter,

Jana

8 thoughts on “Yarn Along {October 2019}

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  1. beautiful shade of green!! I love to knit and have been doing it for decades! I will bail on a pattern if it’s not working for me. I also start and rip out just to get the desired effect. I think it’s the process of a knitter.

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  2. I find it easier to put the sleeve stitches on waste yarn (thread the yarn on a tapestry needle and then run it through the stitches as you pull them off the needle. It’s much harder to drop stitches that way. The tricky part for me is when you cast on stitches in the underarm to make up the difference and bring the two sides together–there are always two stitches that get stretched out there and I’m always trying to make the tension as tight as I can! Good luck to you!!

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