Tuesday, December 09, 2014

New Socks!

So, in the recent cold snap I was pretty excited to wear my collection of wool knit socks again.  I washed them and then had to squish them a lot to be able to close the drawer.  First world knitter problems, I know.  So, the socks I've been making have been getting longer and longer.  Other than not liking drafty ankles, I'm not sure why that is.

The yarn is Cascade Heritage Yarns Quatro.  Aside from the yarn being kind of high maintenance from a splitting perspective, the socks feel super soft when knit up.
The pattern is Sunday Swing Socks by Kristel Nyberg.


Sunday Swing Socks

Saturday, December 06, 2014

I am ready for another cold snap.

I finished my sweater!  Well, OK, it still needs 2 buttons, but it's so close to being done!

The book report:
The pattern is Yoked Cardigan by Hannah Fettig.
The yarn is Cascade 220 (not superwash).  The sleeves are a different dye lot than the body, but don't tell.

Look!  It's a sweater!

It is short sleeve and comes not much past my natural waist.  I live in Florida.  I was thinking this could be a good layer over a long sleeve t-shirt when it is cold out, and be a reasonable temperature in the office too.

My New Sweater!

I was inspired to finish it up when we had a cold snap in November.  Now we are back to short sleeve weather.  Go figure.  

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

The start of another mitten tear

The last time I made mittens for El, I ended up making three more pairs of the same pattern.  She outgrew her mittens, I made her these:

Mitts for El

They are the Maize pattern from TinCanKnits' simple collection.  They are simple, with clear instructions.  Sometimes I have trouble reading and following directions - so any issues are with me and not the pattern.  I knit the child size in Cascade Pacific (size 6 needle, maybe?  not precise is the rule here.)  I will knit more of these and hang on to them for a great donation opportunity.  

Sunday, November 02, 2014

enhancements with the potential for feature creep

El has been wearing a series of hand me down dresses that she loves.  They are cotton (t-shirt material), long enough to wear shorts under them, somewhat twirly and not overly pink.  We are thankful to our neighbors for their delightful hand-me-downs.  Recently I did some online shopping to supplement her set of pretty dresses and found a one that fit all of the criteria (plus it was pretty cheap).  It was good, except it was plain.  So, I hit the big box fabric and craft store for some appliques and found some ribbon in the stash.  Today I unearthed the sewing machine and this happened:

first the ribbon -
embellishing a plain dress.

Then the applique flowers -  (the whole package, natch.)
pretty flowers

Here's the whole bodice.  The original plan had dragonfly appliques too.  That's where the potential feature creep comes in.  I felt like we needed to edit.
post-embellished.

And here's the whole thing all together.  Yay - she still likes it.  That is the moment of triumph.
embellished dress - the whole thing