Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Oh and the bias knit stitch was very easy and gives a nice finished end...I was very happy with it.
Right now I'm working on a sweaterdress for my daughter...I'm hoping to have enough yarn leftover for something to match. I'm using Knit One Crochet Too's TyDy sock yarn, and I have 200 grams to play with. I don't know what I'll have leftover - enough for a hat, socks, or maybe a matching dress for dolly? That would be super cute!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Here's a Christmas dress, size 8.
The finished wooly warm shawl
Thursday, November 20, 2008
A penguin for Toby for Christmas! I'm totally psyched about this considering I didn't think I'd have time to finish him up :)
Booties for a friend of mine expecting any day now. Aren't they cuuuuuuuute? Things that make you go awwwwwwwwwww.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Here she is before hair (I was really nervous about the hair, so I made sure to take pics before in case I messed everything up!) And the after, with loads of hair and a hat to boot. I ended up sewing the hat on so it doesn't become lost in the alternate universe that exists under the couch.
Next up I have a pair of socks and a stuffed penguin for Toby, and a slew of other projects just getting started!
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Today I tried my hand at multicolored yarn! This is another skein of the KnitPicks Bare sock yarn. I used Jacquard Acid Dyes in Chartruese and Sapphire and cooked this puppy in....a crock pot!
I suppose I should have taken the step by step photos but I didn't have time today so let me see if I can explain for future reference.
First I put my yarn to soak with a drop of vinegar. I have an old crockpot that I don't ever use so it is now my designated dyeing pot. I mixed my dye up (1/4 tsp dye powder with 1" of water and 2 Tbsp vinegar) in plastic bottles, thenplaced about half the yarn in the bottom of the crockpot. I poured half the blue dye on one side of the pot and the green on the other, then layered on the rest of the yarn and poured the rest of the dye on top, keeping the sides seperate.
I know it sounds like it should all mix and muddy up, but I had two distinct sides - green and blue. I covered it and turned it on low and let it sit for a few hours. The blue exhausted rather fast, the green never did totally exhaust. I turned it off and let the yarn cool off until it was room temperature. Then I rinsed it and hung it to dry.
Notes - I need to get a different type of bottle...a small squirt bottle or a few eyedroppers would work well to get the dye on the yarn. Also, to avoid the white patches I need to overlap my colors some. The white patches don't bother me on these colors at all, but if I don't want them I need to push my colors together more.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Today I tried dyeing for the first time! I started with KnitPicks Bare sock yarn (merino nylon mix).
Here it is soaking before immersion in the dye
My pot of yarn! I boiled it for almost an hour and still not all the dye was exhausted, so I went ahead and pulled it. I hope it didn't hurt anything to do so, but that's why this was my first run!
Finally, drying outside. It started threatening rain soon after so I pulled it in the house to finish. I love the shade of blue!It's still pretty wet - I have no idea how long yarn takes to dry! I will update more when I have more to update (ummmm.....stating the obvious?)
Friday, September 12, 2008
This is a ME project (yay!) and while I don't see it being super warm, we don't get super cold so I think it will even out.
Last night I blocked and thought I'd share the process...
First a soak with a drop of baby shampoo to wash the wool. This is NOT superwash wool, so it must be gently handwashed. After the initial soak I rinsed two times, then squeezed out the water with a towel.
Luckily this fit on my ironing board, so I pinned and pinned and pinned and finally had it all stretched out on the ironing board- it just barely fit!
On the needles now....socks! I have some sock yarn and am working on a pair for DD now, have skeins marked for myself, and this weekend I hope to try my hand at dyeing yarn in manly colors for my husband.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
These are my two newest creations -
The first are a small pair for a friend, made with Berroco alpaca - a DREAM to work with! The second pair are size mediums for my daughter, made with Ella Rae wool - affordable and cute! Ah, I am in longies mode now!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
I used Lion Brand Jiffy yarn and perused the Lion Brand site to find an appropriate pattern...found this one for Jiffy yarn! It is snug on him, so I hope it fits all winter, but the yarn seems to have a lot of give. Oh the pattern is for the Helmet Hat on Lion Brand's site, and I used size 11 straight needles for it. It only took about an hour, start to finish.
Ok, we're ready for snow now! LOL!
I'm working on a commissioned pair of longies right now...well, sort of. I'm doing a practice pair first for Luci so I can see what I'm doing before I try one for someone else! But I think it's going to be super cute!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Next up on the needles - I am working on a lace scarf with my Purewool lace...I have started it and am working in little bits. I bought the yarn this week for my DS's winter hat and mitts - LionBrand Jiffy in blue and green (he got to pick out the colors - I was so excited that he's finally old enough to pick his own colors!), and I'd also like to work out either a pair of soft shoes or socks with the Paton's Grace.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
The pattern is Mabel Dress, from Simple Knits for Cherished Babies. I used Patons Grace, and loved the yarn so much I bought 5 more skeins for...something! I'm thinking a bonnet and working on pulling some patterns together tonight. Anyway, it was knit on size 2 needles, and used size 1's for the ribbing on the sleeves. Apparently it's very hard to find straight needles in size 1, so I bought my first pair of Addi Turbos. OH MY GOSH are they fantastic! They are circular needles and the joints are so smooth...definitely new fav's!
Monday, August 4, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
I'm slmost halfway done now!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
But in good news, I need size 1'a for the sleeves, so I am now the proud owner of a pair of Addi Turbos! I have heard such great things about them for ages, and couldn't find my trusty Boyles that small; in fact even my LYS didn't have straights that small! I can't wait to try them out, they have such rave reviews.
I will take an in progress pic later, although it is a rather boring straight piece right now...it will get interesting later!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Front view on the model
And back view on the model
I am just so relieved to be done with it...it was a huge weight on my shoulders that this needed to be done this weekend. And now it is finished and I still have the rest of the day today to start other things.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
THIS is what I've been hard at work on lately though
This was by far the most complicated dress I've sewn. It is taffeta, and fully lined (bodice and skirt) with a petticoat of tulle to give the skirt some lift. ADORABLE but a real PITA, especially when it came to the zipper, which is still not the way I really want it but it is at least functional now. I love the trim around the front (it's tiny but if you click on the pic to view larger you will see it) and the giant bow...love it! This one is for Luci to wear to a wedding we have coming up in a week.
The real fun comes in that I'm making another for our Chicago trip this summer....except that one will be white with red accents.
I also need to hem Toby's dress pants as they fit in the waist but hang three inches too long...I hate how companies have such different sizing!
I am knitting a beanie hat right now...cute! The a/c has been out of whack the last few days so it's been too hot to do any knitting or sewing but now that it's cooled off in here I'm hoping to get back in the swing of things!
Sunday, June 1, 2008
These were from a partially used skein of sock yarn, so I'm seeing if I can get a newborn hat out of the rest of it. I'm trying to destash a little...ROTFLMAO, yeah, because that happens. More yarn! More yarn!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
These are all the diapers I have sewn - there are 2 more cut and snapped, waiting to be sewn. The bottom open one is actually chocolate and hot pink, but the flash made it look more maroon.
I also finished these cargo pants tonight - they are a baby gift, knitted with cotton yarn - I love them! I used the Knitty Cargo pattern, which I've used before and really enjoy.