Wednesday, October 23, 2013

WIP Wednesday: KAL progress, a new project & the Sweater Knitting Show!

When you're participating in two KALs, the thing to do is start a new project, right? That's what I thought! Over the weekend, I was had the uncontrollable urge to start an entrelac cowl with some of my handspun yarn from Spinzilla. It's been a while since I've made an entrelac project, so I re-watched several lessons from Gwen Bortner's Entrelac Craftsy class to refresh my memory for each step. I decided to use the Cloudlover Polwarth (which is two dyed colorways inspired by The Nightmare Before Christmas), though I might not have enough to finish the cowl - I might end up knitting the next tier in the alpaca/silk handspun before finishing off with more of the Cloudlover handspun.
Despite this distraction, I made some great progress on my Baah KAL sock - the first sock is finished and I'm already working on sock #2! I had to take the cats to the vet yesterday and managed to work through two repeats of the leg; my goal is to be completely finished by the end of this weekend, which may or may not be a reasonable goal.
I did get a little behind on my 30 Day Sweater, unfortunately - on Monday night, I finished the body and picked up stitches around the armhole for the first sleeve, but I should have already been working on the sleeve by then. In fact, today I should be finishing up the this first sleeve, but that is going to be a tall order since I have to work, sleep, and eat. It's times like this that I wish I were a knitting robot.
You might not be able to tell from the photo, but everything about knitting this sweater design (Uma by Bonne Marie Burns) is interesting, construction-wise. For example, the sleeve caps use short-row shaping before joining in the round to work the arm. It's something I always wondered if it would work, and now I know that it does!

As I mentioned on Monday, I was a live guest on the Sweater Knitting Show yesterday, and talked about my sweater progress, my favorite Knitter's Pride needles, and knitting in general. If you missed the live show, you can watch the archived episode below (you can also click here to watch all of the past episodes, all of which have great guests and lots of useful information). 

Thanks for joining me this week! For more WIP Wednesday inspiration, visit the Tami's Amis Blog!


  1. The entrelac cowl is a really cool way to showcase your handspun. I will have to bookmark this idea for when I am eventually able to spin yarn that can be knitted up into something wearable. The sweater looks like a fun knit. I am curious about that set-in sleeve construction. How do you find the fit? It looks great so far.

    1. I haven't tried on my sweater since starting the first set-in sleeve, so I'm hoping they fit nicely - eee! Hoping to finish sleeve 1 by the weekend so I can give a full report!