Friday, October 29, 2010
It's the same pattern as the eyelet linen blend jacket I made, but I made the coat longer, and used the recommended fleece for it.
One nice thing about fleece - it self finishes the edges, so again, it's a pretty quick sew.
The jacket is meant to hang loose and open, but after trying it on, I added something else.
I'm wearing it today - I have a lunch date with some former co-workers.
Robin Hood went of to school today in a bag - they change after lunch for the party. I think I may head over to the school later to see some of the costumes.
And yes, he's already picked next year's costume - a severed head in a jar. I had to show him the picture, didn't I...
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
I knit one mitten with one style of top decrease, and thought I'd try a different style for the other mitten. I wasn't thrilled with style one, which is why I tried a different style.
There's the swirled version, and there's the rounded version.
Which one would you keep? And a better question, which one do you think I kept? By the time you're reading this, one has been ripped out and reknit to match the other.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
I needed a new cell phone for work - a smart phone with email capabilities. Since this is often a work-at-home situation, being in contact is important. They are paying for the phone, but it's mine, so I had choices. I was leaning to the iPhone - I love my iPod Touch, so the touch screen capability was a big thing for me. However, my husband uses a Blackberry, and everyone at my new job uses a Blackberry, so it was STRONGLY recommended that I get a Blackberry. Since I dearly love my touch screens, I compromised, and got me a Blackberry Torch!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
All the edgings and finishes are garter stitch - this was planned, as the yarn has a rustic feel, and I didn't want anything too fancy or fussy. I knitted in the button holes as I went along, and had the perfect buttons in my button stash - I didn't have to go far to find them!
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
The Brown University mittens are coming along. Of course, I can't seem to do anything the easy way, like maybe just knitting BROWN mittens, no, I have to come up with an intarsia pattern for the Brown mascot. And not just intarsia, but intarsia in the round. Good thing I love my niece.
This intarsia in the round is interesting - it's back and forth knitting, so there is colourwork on both the knit and purl sides, and an interesting yarn over and k2tog or p2tog combo at the end of the rows. It works, and other than a small ridge (which blocking should take care of), there's no indication that these were not just knitted in the round. (the ridge is above, and while it looks pretty prominent here, that's more a trick of lighting and cream coloured wool - it's not that noticeable.
The second mitten was started, but I didin't want to knit this in the car on the way home (the patern was only onscreen on my laptop (no printer at the cottage), so the green Rowan sweater saw a little action - I have about 6 inches of sleeve left, some bottom edging then the front bands left.
But I'm having fun with the mittens. Once these are done, there's some Team Canada ones to make, then, just to use up the excess brown wool, I will actually make some plain brown mittens, using the dark brown and heathered brown in combination (maybe with some red thrown in). She should be well stocked and warm by the time she goes to Providence...
Friday, October 08, 2010
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Brenda wanted to know if I cut up my favourite sweaters to make the patterns for the sewn cardigans - no I didn't. Luckily, the shapes were all pretty simple and easy to trace out, so I still have my favourites intact. While on the topic of the cardigans, I've been tweaking the draped front one - the first copy I made (the while with the green and blue floral pattern), fit fine, but it was very stretchy, very lightweight fabric, so very forgiving. I then cut out and tried it in a grey heavier cotton/Lycra blend, and well, not so good. Still wearable, but better for someone with less broad shoulders than I have. Plus, I have a wide back, so the sleeves are pulling a bit to the back. I readjusted the pattern pieces, and tried it again in a green cotton knit fabric I found in the depths of the stash. MUCH better. The downside is that I sacrificed the beautiful grey that I REALLY wanted. Crap. Now, I'm going to have to find some more of it... And find someone who will fit into this grey sweater - maybe my niece...
The upside to this tweaking is that now I feel much more comfortable cutting into my pumpkin coloured ponte - that's the one I'm really looking forward to...
Brenda also had a question about my Red Green Sweater - did I make the original or modified sleeves. (the original is a much deeper armscye - almost a dolman-ish sleeve). I had wanted to make the modified (a more fitted style), but I think I screwed up on the armscye of the sweater body, and the actual sleeve depth is somewhere in between. The nice thing a bout the pattern is it gives you estimates of stitch counts and such, so it's easier to fudge things. Whatever, it worked out and I love the sweater. I think I'm keeping it. Sue wants a blue one, so she'll get the same sweater, only in blue.
Barbie O mentioned that I matched the embroidery detail on the sewn jacket sleeves to the body. I'm glad you noticed! I was always taught that it's the little things that make the difference between homemade and hand crafted.
CatBookMom mentioned that I could make her pajama pants anytime I wanted - here's the deal CBM - you come to Toronto to visit, and I'll make you a pair with cats all over!
Tracy wanted to know the Pattern number of the jacket - Simplicity 4025. It's really for a heavier fabric, and will be seen in the next incarnation of the jacket - a Kashmere (fabric name, not fibre content!) wool blend fabric - a stunning camel colour for a fall coat. I may sew down the lapels on this and add leather frogs as closures - we'll see...
I'm hoping to get some pictures of the yarn and charts for a new project I'm planning. It's small, but oh so important to me...
Saturday, October 02, 2010
And the Rowan sweater? I'm still in love with it - sleeves are started, body will use up the remaining yarn, except enough for some reverse stockinette stitch borders. (I think. I may still do garter stitch borders, so I lies nice and flat...)
Friday, October 01, 2010
Nuclear Jihadist [electronic resource]:
the true story of the man who sold the world's most dangerous secrets ... and how we could have stopped him
by Frantz, Douglas.
Okay, I have nothing against non-fiction books I read a fair number of them. Bu I'm trying to figure out how this book got in the list using the keyword "KNITTING"...