Finished: Flax Sweater

Pattern: Flax by Tin Can Knits

Purchased from: free on Ravelry

Yarn used: Caron, worsted weight

Here are a few progress shots taken while I was working on the Flax Sweater for my 9 year old daughter, Hannah.

This was my first time knitting a sweater and I am so glad I started with a Flax. The directions are well written and easy to follow. Plus it’s on Ravelry. I joined a Tin Can Knits Ravelry group when I was stuck and asked a question and it didn’t take long before I had an answer. I thought that was great and I was so grateful.

Finished Flax Sweater

I did knit the sleeves a bit longer than the pattern said to, and I made the ribbing on the wrist longer than the pattern called for. I want to make sure Hannah can wear this for a while!! She is so happy with it and was so excited.

It took me just under a month to knit. I started on September 10 and finished on October 5. I might have finished it sooner if I didn’t work full time :/

Anyway, it was great to knit and I’ve already got a second one started, smaller, for my youngest daughter, Naomi. I’m going to drop the garter stitch on this one and add some stripes in the body, I think. We’ll see.

Yesterday I stopped by WEBS and picked up a yarn order for my own sweater. I intend to knit myself Light Rain by Joji Locatelli. I also bought a ball winder and swift! I can’t wait to use it. Weird? Maybe.

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Flax Progress.

I’m posting this from the WordPress app on my phone, so if things look a little wonky, I apologize.

If you follow me on Instagram then you already know I’ve knit the sweater to the desired length. Here is a very poorly lit cell phone picture:

Since I took that last night, I’ve finished the ribbing and bound off. I’ve also picked up and started knitting one of the sleeves.

The pattern calls for dpns, so I did that. Then I figured oh this might be faster and easier with magic loop, so I switched over to a long circular but after two rows found that it wasn’t as fast for me, so then I ended up switching back to dpns.

I feel as though these sleeves are going to take forever. Maybe not. I don’t know. 

In unrelated news, my vehicle had two recalls and one of them was with the horn wiring/air bag wiring, so for weeks I had to stop using my horn!! Well the recalls were fixed yesterday and I can use my horn again, which I do need here since nobody knows how to drive

Yes. It is true what they say, Massachusetts is full of bad drivers, present company excluded, of course.  I’m not sure I can be called a “Massachusetts driver”, since I got my first license in New Hampshire. And I can tell you, the vast majority of New Hampshire drivers are courteous drivers.

Not that I’m knocking Massachusetts, I’m not. I love it here, this is where I was born and raised and this will always be my home.

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Just a couple FOs

I finished a second pair of mittens! This pair which much more quickly. My daughter wanted the tops to be different, so I went with that.

Hannahs Mittens

I also finally managed to finish the Nurmilintu Shawl. It’s smaller than I expected but I do like it and since it’s a Christmas gift, I hope the recipient likes it as well.

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Currently on my needles is “Flax” by Tin Can Knits. It’s a free sweater pattern on Ravelry. This is my first sweater and I’ve already had to rip back and start over!! But now I am back on track. I’m making the 8-10 year old size for my daughter, Hannah. Figured I should probably start small with my first sweater.

flax start

I know it’s not much right now but I’m pretty excited about it. I also have another Snowflake Beanie on my needles, which I generally work on when it’s slow at work, because I am familiar with this pattern and it’s kind of hard to mess it up.

IMG_3514_small2┬áIt’s actually farther than that, but I haven’t taken a photo lately. The last two times I made this hat I finished in a day, so it’s goes pretty quickly if you sit and actually work on it!

I also currently have a pair of socks on the needles. Well one sock… Okay, one sock toe.

I think that’s about it for this week. I added some new project keepers to my Etsy shop. There are also a few project bags still available, I will be making more of those soon though, first chance I get.knitting project bags

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