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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Relax Two - Finished!

Relax two 
I've finished my second Relax pullover!  I've been wearing my first one quite a bit, so it's good to have a second one for the last few weeks of winter.  This one is knit in Hue Loco's Vintage Sock in Dodecahedron which was the exclusive anniversary color for The Loopy Ewe this past year.  This was the first time I've used Hue Loco and I was very impressed - the speckles and dye colors knit up surprisingly consistently.  Even when the stitch count changed, the pattern of the yarn colors stayed the same.

I have one more set of skeins in my stash that are specifically for another Relax, but I don't plan to start it immediately.  I'm going to get my Sipila finished and then I need to start my Q1 KAL for ESK!


Monday, January 07, 2019

First Finished Project of 2019!

Luna Loungewear pajamas 
I made pajamas!  This is the cami with the optional shelf bra and the shorts from Love Notions' Luna Loungewear pattern.  I made them in some Art Gallery knit I had left over from a dress I made a couple years ago.  I've got fabric for a couple more sets, but I'm going to sleep in this one for a few nights just to make sure I don't want to change anything.  I tried them on when I finished them and I think they're just about perfect.  This is my first time using this pattern brand and I found them to be easy to use and the directions were well written.  (Full disclosure: I love print at home patterns and actually like putting them together.  I think it's easier for me psychologically to make alterations, knowing that if things go wrong I can reprint the original pattern and start over.)

There wasn't anything particularly difficult with these.  I was a bit concerned about the knit binding/straps, but I pressed some folds into the binding before attaching it and my coverstitch machine finished them off beautifully.  I didn't do the fly front on the shorts and I also didn't add the drawstrings.  Since Max sleeps under the covers, I've found drawstrings on pajamas to be "distracting" to him (which is a nice way of saying he tends to lose his mind in the middle of the night and attack my pajamas).

I actually really like knit cami's with shelf bras to use as layering pieces, not just pajama tops.  I love them under cardigans and even under an oversized pullover like the Relax sweater they're great for keeping the drafts out!  Unfortunately, it's difficult to find a good color selection of cami's in stores right now.  For the cami portion alone, I'm pretty sure I'm going to get my money's worth out of this pattern.