I got a great book last Christmas filled with simple sewed outfits. Ways to mix and match patterns to crest stuff you like. This was my first project. From start to finish it took only 2 hours. A lot of that was pattern tracing. Overall I like the 60's gel of the dress and the pattern is fun. I wish that I had made the top a bit smaller and the dress a bit longer. Next time! Hard to tell in the photo but it does have a nice little split neck and the straps are funky and overlapped.
Seems like I'm only updating once a month or so. Sorry about that. Life is pretty crazy around here.
Started on September 15th and finished on October 26th. I used Cascade wool singles (we will have to see how the yarn does). Size 8 needles so it did go quickly. Can't wait to put Zooey in it.
Project Details: Started on July 13th and finished on September 14th. Took me too long, but with a toddler and kittens I'm amazed I finished. Size 7 needles and delicious Hedgehog single fiber. Colorway is Hunter and took 4 skeins (1004 yards). This need a nice bath and blocking, but I think it will be a great holiday sweater!
Project Details: Super fast knit. Took one skein of Classic Elite Yarns Toboggan. Which feels great and I hope wears well. I always wanted an elf hat. One day to knit. Size 10.5 needles and just what the doctor ordered.
In the past 2 weeks I have started 2 sweaters and have frogged both. Either because I hated the yarn and pattern together or because the pattern was written so poorly there was no way for me to make forward progress. I have another one lined up to start tomorrow. Let's see how it goes! Wish me luck.
Project Details: Started on March 23rd 2013 and finished on June 26th 2014. Yes a long time, but it was sitting untouched for a while. I do love how it drapes and fits now that it is finished and blocked, but fingering weight yarn just takes forever! Took 3 skeins of sock yarn on size 7 needles. I made the sleeves 3/4 length instead of long or short. I like the end product but I would never do this again. Painful!
It is June first and you might be wondering where I've been. Well I've been here. Knitting and crafting away. The fingering sock sweater is going so slowly that progress is really at a glacial pace. I've cranked out a couple pairs of socks and scarfs. But, otherwise I really want to get this dang sweater done. Anyone want to finish it for me???
Project Details: Started on February 3rd and finished on April 4th. It really didn't take me that long, since I was mixing in cross stitch at the time. I had three balls of delicious sock yarn from Elann (baby silk). The pattern is called Eileen Dress (although this is more like a long shirt more than a dress). It is really soft and I think will be good for spring and into summer. I followed the 18 month size for the top and 24 month for the width at the bottom. I'll try to post a photo of her in it.
9 skeins of Rowan Felted Tweed Chunky - 495 yards. Size 10.5 needles. I made the size 40" chest (small). But it is not 40" at all! Fits okay on a medium frame. Started on December 12 and finished on January 22nd. Fun to knit!
I had a great skein of handspun 100% angora yarn. It was around sport weight and I did these on size 3 needles. Only took ~150 yards or so and I invented the pattern as I went. I think my swap buddy will like them.
Simple Beanie Hat. Started on January 24 and finished January 26. Fast knit with hand dyed yarn. Size 5 and 6 needles. This is a bit on the tight side - I measured her head to be 17.5" and that is what I knit - but tight nonetheless. Next time a bit bigger.
I've never made a dog sweater before - and this was pretty fun. A friend requested it for her aging dog.
Wurstwarmer Dog Sweater. Started on December 14th and finished on January 7th. Not a super long knit. I didn't like the wrapped stitch pickups that you can see around the chest of the sweater. If I ever make this again I will use a different technique. It took 2 whole skeins of Knit Picks Galilelo (262 yards) on size 6 needles.
I liked how this pattern had a section that you measured your dog for. I hope it fits my friends dog. I'll post photos if I get any!
On the other blog I was going through and putting a review of the year in order. This is the same as you will see there - but I'm pretty darn proud of it!
I spun 2466 yards of roving into yarn
I knit 17,991 yards worth of yarn
1 skirt for me
2 sweaters for me
1 baby quilt
1 dress for me
1 dress for Zooey
3 knit stuffed animals
1 King quilt
1 chair for stuffed animals
1 t-shirt for Zooey
1 sweater for Zooey
1 hat for Zooey
1 rug for Zooey
2 scarfs and 1 pair of mittens
I'm a knitter and a lover of all fiber arts. Could there be enough time in the day to design and knit everything you want?? I keep busy by being outside, getting into trouble, and being a general good pain in the ass!