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June 26

Guess Who’s Knitting Again

Yeah…. that would be me.  :)

It’s been a super-long time since I’ve posted an official WIP or a completed knitting project which means that I haven’t been actively knitting.  My last knitting post was from back in February, and I’m pretty certain I haven’t been knitting since around the same time.  *Gasp*

With the early spring Chicago had this year, I’ve been all about sewing for the spring/summer seasons and haven’t even thought about knitting.  Only recently had I been wanting to get back to knitting but didn’t know what to work on.  I have several WIP’s that are laying about but they’re all primarily winter items.  Additionally I didn’t want to start a new project since I do have so many that are unfinished.

As I was cleaning my bedroom, I found (and was reminded of) my aqua waves jumper that was hiding on the bottom shelf of my night stand.  Seeing as how I was going on a family vacation to Michigan for 3 days and also taking a 4 hr drive to Iowa later that weekend for another family event, it was the perfect opportunity to get back to working with my knitting needles.

I have to always be doing something you know…. everyone who’s come to know me personally, knows that I rarely *waste* time by lounging about.  If I have a spare moment, it’s always getting filled by some project or activity.  During the a short car ride (20 mins or so) I was getting teased by my mom since I’d pulled out my knitting project again to work on.  I think it’s particularly funny since she also rarely dawdles around and has an unspoken rule about not turning on the tv or reading a book during the day when she can get some gardening in.  :)

Before starting this project once again, I’ve been feeling very nervous about knitting since it’s been such a long time that I’d knit anything.  But once I read through the pattern instructions & my project notes to get my bearings, it was quite easy to fall back into knitting this piece.

I’d already completed the main body sections by last fall and during my various car rides to Michigan and Iowa I’d started on the lacey neckline wave portion.

This aqua waves jumper is actually the first knitting project that I’d ever started using one of the pdf patterns that I’ve posted up on the blog.  I’m going to be quite thrilled when I complete this guy to have the pattern image vs. my own project image.  :)

Yoke Wave Detail (strings and all):

Once I get the second wave panel section completed, which should be either today or tomorrow, I need to pick up stitches on the armscye to complete the small cap sleeves with ribbing.  And then I’ll be all done…. after it gets blocked of course  :)

It’s so terribly scrunched up and the yoke is quite wavy, it needs a good solid blocking to relax it and help the stitches & eyelet pattern stand out.

Here’s what it should look like on the main body with the eyelet pattern:

Sorry the color got a bit strange… my hands aren’t that red and the aqua doesn’t look neon.

Seeing as how I have yet another long car ride this weekend to go camping in Wisconsin with some friends, I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll have a completed jumper upon my arrival home.

An Aside/Complaining:

Have I mentioned how frazzled I am from the various trips I’ve taken?!  They’ve been fun but I’m completely beat!

On short notice we went on a Jung-family trip Monday-Wednesday to Michigan (Felix’s immediate family, my in-laws).  Felix’s recap of the trip if you’re interested: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3.

I went to work Thursday, worked out, then came home to pack.  On Friday morning I repacked the car, drove to work and left at 3pm to pick up my parents to head to Iowa.  We arrived at our hotel around 10pm.  On Saturday, I went to my great-uncle’s 80th b-day surprise party.  Felix doesn’t have a recap up yet…  I suspect he’s been home all day napping and playing games since he (smartly) took the day off.

We left Iowa on Sunday around 11am, dropped my parents back home, then headed directly to my Aunt’s house on the north side of Chicago since my Aunt #2 was in town from Texas.  I didn’t get home until 9:30pm Sunday evening.  *Phew*

I work 9-5 Monday thru Friday this week, and will then be on-the-go once again to Wisconsin for a camping trip with friends.

It’s all been good times, but I have no idea how I got so busy in so little time.

  1. Marie / Jun 26 2012

    Eeep, this jumper is looking so sweet! I love it. And can I say once again a big ‘thank you’ for sharing such lovely pdfs with us, I’ve bookmarked quite a few…shame I’m such a slow knitter!

    As for your busy, but fun times, I know how it feels. One moment my life’s pretty chilled and the next we’ve got back-to-back committments that are lawys fun but so tiring! Hope you get to catch up with yourself soon!

  2. Elise / Jun 26 2012

    That sounds like the same time I last properly knitted anything, oops! Loving this top so far, looking forward to the finished product! :)

  3. Michelle / Jun 26 2012

    I empathize with the exhaustion you’re experiencing from all the time you’ve been spending in the car. I love summer, but I find myself anticipating winter because I know I’m not nearly as active during that season!

    Hooray for your return to knitting. It’s like riding a bike, so I’m sure you’re already comfortably back in the swing, and just in time to start thinking about Stitches MDW and Vogue Knitting Live. :-D

  4. Tasha / Jun 26 2012

    Have fun camping! I’m bummed we haven’t been able to fit in a camping trip yet this summer.

    The pullover looks great! Can’t wait to see it all finished and blocked. It’s always so fun to see lacey stuff open up.

  5. Sherry / Jun 26 2012

    Your knitting looks lovely, and you are so close to finishing.
    I’m like you, and can’t sit still without something in my hands to do! Travelling is the perfect opportunity for knitting, sometimes I look forward to a road trip for the knitting as much as the destination – as long as you don’t forget something vital and have to sit there doing nothing!

  6. Jo / Jun 26 2012

    Ooh I will be excited to see the comparison shot. I have dreams of making some of the patterns you have posted. It will be great to hear about your experiences knitting from a vintage pattern. They look pretty intimidating to me! Love that colour btw :)

  7. Donna / Jun 26 2012

    It looks great and I love the color!

  8. Annabelle / Jun 26 2012

    Your knitting looks fantastic! I have been browsing your free knitting patterns lately, because I’ve been wanting to pick up my knitting again as well. The aqua waves pattern really is catching my eye – I can’t wait to see it finished.

    I am like you and cannot stand the thought of wasting time – whether it be at the dentist’s office, or on a long car ride – I have to be doing something :)

  9. Liz / Jun 26 2012

    This is a gorgeous jumper – I will have to add it to my to-do-list. I am in the middle of two jumpers at the moment, one from A Stitch in Time, so nearly finished it is painful , but it is winter here and it is a summer jumper so no inspriration to finish and the other is a winter jumper, but getting time to do it is tricky to juggle with my other hobbies. Why do I have to have a job that eats into my hobby time?! Good on you for getting so many things done.

  10. Sophie / Jun 30 2012

    It looks very cute! You might be interested (if you don’t already know about it) in the downloadable vintage patterns from the V&A. If the link doesn’t work, you can find it on google without a problem: “http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/0-9/1940s-knitting-patterns/”.
    Hope you’ll enjoy them!

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