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Thursday, August 27, 2015

New Socks

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A couple of weeks ago I showed you the beginnings of a new pair of socks.  That has been frogged.  I just wasn’t loving the yarn and stitch pattern combination.  I love the colors in the yarn, but it isn’t really knitting up well in the patterns I’ve tried with it (I’ve tried three).  It’s in a time out for now.

In the meantime, I started another pair of socks, this time in a more subdued color way.  The yarn is Malabrigo Sock in Lotus and the pattern is Hermione’s Everyday Socks.  I’ve done this pattern before and enjoyed it and I knew it would work on this much more subdued color way.  This is the first time I’ve used this yarn and I’m enjoying it.  It knits quickly with no snagging or splitting and feels good in my hands.  I’ve been using more Malabrigo in the last year and I’ve liked everything I’ve done with it.  I’ve also loved the colors.  The Lotus is pretty and it’s interesting, but it hasn’t grabbed me by the throat the way Aguas and English Rose have.  That’s probably a good thing because I don’t need three or four garments in each of their colors!

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Spinning!

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I’ve finally finished my third bobbin of Rook-y (that’s the color way)!  This is eight ounces of singles of BFL/Tussah silk fiber.  I’ve got to let the twist in this last bobbing set so that it’s easier to ply them.  When a singles is freshly spun, the twist is active.  This means if it pull some of it off the bobbin, it will twist back on itself quickly.  If I let the singles sit for a bit, the twist becomes less active and when I pull it off the bobbin, it will either not do much of anything, or it will twist back on itself much more slowly.  If I had spun all three bobbins quickly, the twist would be similar and I wouldn’t have to let them set a bit.  Since I took my time spinning these bobbins, the first two bobbins have inactive twist, while the last bobbin is still active.  If I try to ply them right now, it won’t be easy because of the one active twist bobbin.  I’ll let the twist set for a week or so before I start plying and then it will all be much easier.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

More Pajama Pants!

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I made another pair of Margot pajama pants over the weekend!  This was another piece of fabric I had in my stash that I loved, but it had no real purpose.  The print is river rocks, but they’re kind of a taupe color with blue and purple accents.  (Maybe they’re river rocks on another planet?)  This time around I skipped the drawstring entirely and just did an elastic waist.  I did add a tiny bow to the front so I can tell the difference between the front and the back when I’m putting them on.  (Unfortunately, this is more of a problem for me than I care to admit.  Getting dressed is tough sometimes.)  Tiny bows are not distracting to Max and he didn’t wake me up last night by attacking my pajamas.
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I think I’m out of pajama fabrics in the stash right now, but I definitely want to make some of these in flannel for this fall and winter.  The pattern is super easy and they fit really nicely.  Honestly, I’m thinking about making a pair in linen as real pants, not pajamas!  The pattern comes from this book if you’re curious.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Just Knitting Away

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I did get the body of my pullover finished over the weekend!  I haven’t woven in a single yarn end, but I’ll do that at the end.  (This isn’t blocked yet either , I got it off the needles and tossed it onto Fifi.  It will hang straighter after blocking.)  Now I’m on to sleeves.  Stripy, stripy sleeves!

I’m hoping to get this sweater done quickly because I’m already planning the sweater I’ll knit next.  Do you do that?  Start planning your next project before you’re quite finished with your current project?

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Stripes!

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I’ve gotten a lot done on my Seashore pullover since you last saw it!  I’m past the striping section on the body and working on the lower body in the English Rose color.  Since this is hand dyed yarn, I’m alternating skeins, switching every round.  I didn’t alternate skeins within the stripes, but I alternated them from stripe to stripe.

I’m to the point where I need measure my work because there is a split hem on this sweater, almost a shirt tail hem.  I’m hoping to get the body all knitted this weekend.  I might not get all the ends woven in, but I’m hoping to get the knitting done for this section at least.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A Fun, Fast Project

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Last Saturday, I got the book Love at First Stitch from Amazon.  Sunday, I traced the pattern for the Margot Pajama pants, and by Monday, I had a finished pair of pajama pants!  I had bought this fabric years ago, before Caleb was born and it had just sat in my stash.  I thought it was pretty and I loved the 3-D realism look to it, but to be honest, it’s just too busy for me to wear and I use red in small doses in the house, so it was too much for a quilt.  It sat in the stash, moved from house to house with us, but finally, when I saw these pajama pants, I knew this fabric had a purpose!
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I slept in them Monday night and they’re cute and comfortable, but I will be making an adjustment later today.  You see, Maximus sleeps under the covers, usually beside my legs, but sometimes as low as my feet.  Sometime in the night between Monday and Tuesday, I was woken up when my pants got attacked.  I was asleep, so I’ll take Max’s word for it that the pants started it, but there was mayhem and craziness under the covers and I finally ended up stuffing the drawstring ribbons down the front of the pants.  I didn’t have time to deal with them yesterday, so I slept in some pajamas Max is more comfortable with (that he doesn’t attack in the middle of the night).  Today, I will be removing the drawstring ribbons, replacing them with elastic, and tacking a tiny bow over the buttonholes I made for the ribbons.  I’m also going to be checking my fabric stash for anything else that might need to be pajama bottoms!
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As to the book, it’s geared for beginners, and while I’m more of an intermediate sewist (I hate the word sewer, that’s where toilets go, not a person who sews), at least when it comes to garments, there are still things that I need to work on.  The book is wonderful, walking you through one (super cute) project at a time, building your skills as you go with great tutorials and lots of photos.  Here is a link to all the patterns in the book.  You’ll definitely be seeing more projects from this book!


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Monday, August 17, 2015

Camp Loopy 2015, Project 3, Finished!

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I’ve finished my quilt!  Saturday morning I sat down and finished sewing the binding down on the back side.  As soon as I’d finished, I started getting pictures for Camp Loopy.  Once I get everything uploaded into The Loopy Ewe, I’ll be finished with Camp Loopy for this year!  This was the first year I’ve done the sewing version of Camp Loopy and it was very different from the knitting version.  Sewing is overall faster than knitting, but I found myself being pushed creatively more with sewing camp than I am with knitting camp.  With knitting camp, the primary challenge is to just keep knitting so you don’t fall behind!  I definitely enjoyed it, and unlike knitting camp, I was able to sew on non-camp things as well this summer. (Wiksten tank, anyone?)

Anyway, back to the quilt!  The challenge was to use colors or fabrics you don’t usually use.  I almost never use yellow and I have never used this many floral fabrics in one project.  There was a decent chance that my quilt would look like a flower shop threw up on it, but I love the finished project.  I used a darker red floral for the binding because there are no borders on this quilt, and I felt like a darker color would act a bit like a frame.  The backing is a large scale floral.  Here’s the label and a peek at the backing:
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Here’s what the quilt looks like from the back:
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A detail of the binding at the front edge of the quilt.
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Once I got these pictures, I put the quilt down and Max saw it for the first time.  (He slept through construction and didn’t get a chance to do quality control.)  After sniffing it, he plopped down right in the middle of it and took a bath.  A very thorough bath.  He’s taken several naps under it when it’s spread out, but when I fold it up, he curls up on top of it too.  I think he’s claimed it as his own! The photo below may be the last time the quilt and kitten were apart. 
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