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Monday, May 22, 2017

A Sleeve is Born!

Eyre 
I've been working on the first sleeve of my Eyre pullover.  The pattern has long sleeves, but I've decided to make 3/4 sleeves for my own sweater.  I haven't measured yet, but I think I'm just about there.  I'll have to double check before I get too much farther.

These are knit from the top down after picking up stitches around the armscye, and while I like the way sleeves like this fit, I utterly despise working the short rows of the sleeve cap.  That, to me is the ultimate knitting torture.  Thankfully, it doesn't last too long and if I start them early enough, I can plow through the back and forth sleeve cap short row silliness in one day.  Then I switch to my 9-inch circulars and proceed with the round and round section of the sleeves.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

The Hat I Can Neither Spell Nor Pronounce

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I finished my hat!  It's a slouchy hat, so since the whole thing is held on only by the ribbed band, I had to be very careful blocking it.  I did get it blocked though and it does stay on properly, so now I have two hats.

The pattern is Pelagia Noctiluca from the Knitters Curiosity Cabinet, Volume 3.  Apparently the name is something from the octopus or squid families (I'm not looking at the book right now, but I seem to recall a picture of some sort of octopus looking character sitting by this pattern.)  Maybe using the Ink colorway was fitting?  The yarn is Madelinetosh Pashmina.  It was a well written pattern and the lace was easy to knit.  I worked four repeats of the main chart and I think I got just the right amount of slouch on my hat.

I hope you all have a great weekend! 

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

I Made Another Dress!

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Yesterday I cut out a simple knit dress and since I had some time before dinner, I started sewing it together.  By dinner time it was all sewn up and hemmed!  The pattern is McCall's 6886.  I used the shortest length, the scoop neckline, and the short sleeves.  (There are two longer lengths; a crew neck and a v-neck; and both 3/4 length and full length sleeves plus a sleeveless option that can all be mixed and matched.)  It's made in a cotton/spandex (95%/5%) knit from Art Gallery Fabrics.  I have a store bought dress that's very similar to this design so I chose my size based on those measurements. I sewed it completely on my serger and hemmed the neck, sleeves, and lower edge with the coverstitch machine.

I think this will be great for Summer with a cute pair of sandals.  I'll probably make another one or two because while it looks pulled together, this kind of dress feels like pajamas!

Tomorrow there will not be a dress.  There will be something else.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

I Made A Dress!

Moneta dress 
Over the weekend I cut out and made this dress!  The pattern is the Moneta Dress by Colette Patterns and I made it in a rayon jersey knit (super soft!).  I made the 3/4 sleeve version (which actually hits at the elbow, but the pattern calls it 3/4 sleeve) because the dark floral looked more fall and winter to me than summer.  I think the narrow sleeve will also work well if I throw a cardigan over the dress also.  I hate having bunchy sleeves inside my cardigans, but I don't think I'll have a problem with this dress.
Moneta dress
I love the way the dress came out!  I made the Small size with no adjustments or alterations and it fits perfectly.  I will definitely be making a few more of these.  Did I mention the dress has pockets?  It does!
Moneta dress
I was also able to use my new coverstitch machine to hem the dress (neck, sleeves, and lower hem).  It was my first time using it and it worked really well!  I love how professional it makes those hems look.  I hope to be sewing a lot more knits now that I have it, in fact I might be cutting some things out later today!

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Apparently I'm Knitting Hats This Year


I cast on for another hat over the weekend.  I have no explanation for this except that I had more leftover yarn and it was pretty.  The yarn is Madelinetosh Pashmina (mmmmmmm, I know) in Ink, probably leftover from my Dexter Cardigan.  The pattern is Pelagia Noctiluca Hat from The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet, Volume III.  (Just in case you were curious, I absolutely had to look up how to spell that name for the blog post.)

I started with an almost full skein and two partial bits of skeins.  I will still have yarn left when I finish this, but hopefully this will put a dent in it.  I'm probably about halfway through at this point and I should get this finished before too much longer.

Tomorrow you can see why I haven't finished it yet!

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Some Sewing

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I've got a few finished sewing projects to share today!  I made some tech doo-dads and a box bag for my brother-in-law who will be traveling again soon.  From top left to right, these are the Annex Double Zip Box Bag from Sew Sweetness (I made the Medium size), Cord Keepers, and a Circle Zip Earbud Pouch from Dog Under My Desk.  The box bag is a paid pattern, but the other two are free tutorials.  I loved the idea of a box bag with two compartments and while there's a lot going on when you're sewing it, the directions are clear and putting it together went smoothly.  The other two projects were definitely easy and just used tiny bits of the leftover fabrics I had after cutting the box bag.  (I started with a fat quarter of each of the three prints I used.  Each side of the box bag is lined in something different.)
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Here's an action shot of the Cord Keepers (you can see the lining fabric) and the Earbud Pouch.  Mickael has already asked for an Earbud Pouch of his own, and I will definitely be making more box bags.  Also, I can see the cord wraps being really useful for travel.

These were all fun to sew and I hope they'll be useful.  I'll definitely be making more of these, so if you're on my Christmas list and want any or all of these, feel free to let me know!

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Back and Forth and Back Again

Meandering shawl 
I've worked another section on my Meandering Shawl and it's getting bigger!  I'm also getting faster with the brioche stitches and things are making more sense to me.  There's still a lot to go, and until I get to the lower edging, it's just a lot of back and forth on the center spine (so I'm sorry if it makes for boring blogging, but I'm learning a new stitch).
Meandering shawl
Here's a shot of the other side, the light side.
Meandering shawl
Also, on an unrelated note, this is what it looks like when you sew with a big dog.  Particularly if the big dog thinks he's teacup sized.  Have a great weekend!  Hopefully I'll have some finished sewing projects to show next week!

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