But yes, the hat and the booties are all done, but there is no picture to prove it, so you'll have to take my word for it. I'm tempted not to take my sewing maching home for Thanksgiving 'cause I'm thinking that it'd be a great de-stresser (plus I really need to get started on grandma's pillows). But maybe it's better, 'cause if I only have one knitting project in the works (oh, ribbed lace bolero, it's been at least 2 weeks since I've worked on you, I'm sorry), maybe I'll get it done before I come home to the massive knitting/sewing dilemma I've gotten myself into (I'll update my ravelry queue soon for "who gets what" and a detailed list here.
That's about it for now.
At this point, neither are pleasant. I have detailed gifts that don't cost a lot of $$, but will eat my time. All the things I want to do are either sewing or knit, so we'll see.
My "ribbed bolero shrug" on ravelry is coming along nicely--albeit slowly. You'd think that since it's lace-ish and not stockinette or garter that I'd be beasting through it, but it's not the case. Plus, there's one reallllly ugly spot that's not going to be hidden--oh well.
The graduate student that I do research with was supposed to be due on Friday, so I've been working all week (when I have free time) to make the little boy a set of Saartje booties and a matching cap. The hat is a combination of patterns I found. I wanted ribbing, I wanted two tone, and I wanted as much garter as possible to compliment the booties. Here is one bootie (I'll be working on the second after this post) without the buttonholes or the buttons. Last time I made these booties I wanted to use bobble closures instead, but I found buttons at the last minute. This time, however, I am sticking to the bobbles, and thanks to the help of another Raveler, I now know how. And here you can see the hat too.
One final note: my boyfriend took one look at these and declared them "Halo" booties from the Halo video game series for the XBox due to the color scheme. Oh well. I wanted something masculine, and these were the only colors I had. Personally, I think it blows baby blue out of the water, but that's just me. *shrug*
People want me to make them knitwear, but I'm unsure of their commitment. Nothing worse than buying yarn and investing time to make something that someone no longer wants and you don't like/can't wear.
Halloween costume is finished!
crap crap crap.
Went to ravelry for hopes of a miracle, didn't see much of one. However, if I want to fudge it, I did find this online...you can basically untwist and just knit over it. It may not be pretty, but I'm thinking if I pull out a few stitches to get back to row 1 where I joined (stitches, not rows), then I can twist with minimal nitce, re-knit it up, and go from there. I can pull the joining piece a little tighter to fix the gap that'll result, and I was planning on adding a row of crochet to the hem anyway (my cast ons are still a little too messy to not require finishing), so we'll see. I'll take pictures of this attempt when I get around to it. For now, though, I have to go study and hit up a bake sale table. Wish me luck!
1. My very own argyle piece.
- It started with me drooling over Eunny's argyle vest. Then I decided I didn't want to pay/set up paypal (oh, and I'm still TERRIFIED of steeks). So I was looking at taking Eunny's arglye pattern and applying it to a simpler vest (such as the Gilmore vest that I saw on Ravelry. But problems arose 'cause the numbers didn't mesh, and I decided I didn't want a vest. So it's all up to me. This will be my second design. So far all I've done is a little math and came up with my chart. Can I point out I'm amazed at how much math goes into knitting? I mean, I see Grumperina do it all the time, but still. I have a sketch im mind, but I'll scan it in once I put it down on paper. For now, all I have is a crappy version of the color chart. The colors are somewhat accurate, mainly just swap white for cream.
2. A set of bags for Nicole.
- I wanted to make Nicole something homemade for her birthday, so I was thinking of a set of bgas--one large tote, one tiny clutch, and a medium-sized bag. So far I have the large bag based off (if not entirely using) Kerri Made's Tote Bag Tutorial. The smaller bag will be my own entirely, and the medium one I'm thinking of basing off a hobo that I have in corduroy. However, my color scheme will be black and this great Asian silk I have. This is the color scheme (but not the print, and black where the white is)
3. Quilted "Cambrian Explosion" Hanging
- My Animal Diversity and Morphology professor is an enxtremely enthusiastic woman who alsways talks about how gorgeous the renditions of animals during the Cambrian Explosion are, so I want to try to make a modest quilt hanging (3'x4') depicting some of those images. My google search has turned up the following links:
My biggest concern with this project is the extensive amount of applique work that will have to be done. Luckily after my Sunbonnet Quilt (gosh, I wish I had pikkers of that!), I'll well experienced in applique.
So we'll see. I'll update when I can.
I made my own pattern! And since I'm so giddy about it, I'm posting it here for free. And I'm hoping (still have to figure out how to do it) to have it put on Ravelry as well!
I call this the gamer girl gauntlet due to the increases and decreases that give it a more fitted, feminine shape, but I'm sure that this pattern would work well for guys!
This was meant to be a scrap project, so I know it would have been better to make the triforce gold or use a finer gauge yarn, but feel free to use any combination of yarn and needles to get the same gauge! These "gauntlets" are great for playing video games in a cooold college student apartment, or just showing off your awesome knitting skills on a cool fall day.
SO here goes:
Yarn: ~ 140 yards of main yard ( I used Patons classic Merino wool, but you could probably get away with something much lighter and still be in gauge), and a scrap (~15 yards) or a contrasting color for the triforce insignia.
Needles: set of 5 US 3dpn
Gauge: 5.5 st/inch
Stitch explanations: due to the internet, you should be able to simply type in any of the stitch abbreviations give and find how-tos. I have found http://www.knittinghelp.com/ to be absolutely priceless in helping explain stitches.
Additional notes: at the sections where the color changing occurs, the color will be indictated in parentheses after the stitch. So k5(G) means to knit 5 st in grey.
CO 48 stitches; divide onto 4 needles (12 st per needle)
Rows 1-3: *k2 p2* around
Rows 4-16: k around
Row 17: * k2tog, k8, ssk* around (40 st)
Rows 18-37 (or for the next 25 rows): k around
Row 38: *k2tog, k6, ssk* around (32 st)
Rows 39-43: knit
Row 44: *kfb, k7* around (36 st)
Row 45: k around
Row 46: *kfb, k8* around (40 st)
Row 47: k around
Row 48: *kfb, k9* around (44)
Row 49-53: k around
thumb gusset and triforce
Row 54: Needle (NDL) 1--k3, kfb, k3, kfb, k3 (2 st inc)
***to make triforce pattern easier to "see", I moved 1st 3 st to NDL 4, pult last 3 on the working needle, then put stitch at each end of NDL3 tp 2 and 4 respectively
So BEFORE . . . . .
NDL 1 * * * * * * * * * * * * *
NDL 2 * * * * * * * * * * *
NDL 3 * * * * * * * * * * *
NDL 4 * * * * * * * * * * *
And AFTER. . . . .
NDL 1 * * * * * * *
NDL 2 THE CARRYING NEEDLE* * * AND THE STITCHES FOR NDL 2 * * * * * * * * * * * *
NDL 3 * * * * * * * * *
NDL 4 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
NDL 1 --7 st
NDL 2 --(3) 12 st = 15 st
NDL 3 --9 st
NDL 4 --15st
k to end of round
***from this point on, each Row will be divided by needles to make it more clear what's going on
- NDL 1: kfb, k5, kfb ( 9st)
- NDL 2, 3, 4: k
- NDL 1: kfb, k7, kfb ( 11 st)
- NDL 2: k2, join white, k5 (W), k1 (G), k5 (W), k2 (G) --white will ONLY be worked on NDL 2...all other stitches are done in grey
- NDL 3 & 4: k around
- NDL 1: continue to increase in same manner--kfb for 1st st, k until last st, kfb in last st (13)
- NDL 2: k2 (G), k5 (W), k1 (G), K5 (W), k2 (G)
- NDL 3 & 4: k around
Row 58 & 59:
- NDL 1: increase (15) , (17 for Row 59)
- NDL 2: k3 (G), k3 (W), k3 (G), k3(W), k3(G)
- NDL 3 & 4: k around
- NDL 1: inc (19), (21)
- NDL 2: k4 (G), k1 (W), k5(G), k1(W), k4(G)
- NDL 3 & 4: k around
***At this point, you should be halfway through the picture above.
Row 62: Take the st from NDL 1 and place them onto a stitch holder. CO 9 stitches for NDL 1.
- NDL 2: k5 (G), k5 (W), k5 (G)
- NDL 3 & 4: k around
- NDL 1: k
- NDL 2: k5 (G), k5 (W), k5 (G)
- NDL 3 & 4: k around
Row 64 & 65:
- NDL 1: k
- NDL 2: k6 (G), k3 (W), k6 (G)
- NDL 3 & 4: k around
Row 66 & 67:
- NDL 1: k
- NDL 2: k7 (G), k1 (W), k7 (G)
- NDL 3: k around
Rows 68-72: k
Rows 73-75: *k2, p2* around
Cast off all stitches.
You're going to want to transfer the stitches on the holder onto 3 needles as shown below. I'm not sure how to put it on words, so we'll go with a picture (I'm no good at drawing, sorry!)There should be 9 st on each needle Join yarn at the rightmost corner of the triangle (where the stitches WEREN'T picked up, k 18, then on the needle where you picked up the stitches, *k1, k2tog* 3 times (24 st over 3 needles)
Row 1: *k2tog, k1* 6 times, k6 (18)
Row 2: *k2tog, k4* 2 times, k6 (16)
Rows 3-5: *k2, p2* across
Cast off all stitches
At this point, you're done the left gauntlet! Weave in the ends and get ready to start the second!
For the right gauntlet, all you have to do is basically "switch" needles 2 and 4. All of the colorwork was done on needle 2 for the left gauntlet, so for the right one, just do the same stitches but on the 4th needle. Since I have yet to make the right one, I'll put any other changes up at that time.
Anyways, hope you like it!
I absolutely love this cardigan. My only complaints (few) would be the length, but if I wanted it longer then I would have altered it. Also, my buttonholes came out a little too large for the buttons I picked, but I'm sure I can come up with something (maybe just reinforcing them with some stiches...more crochet?) to make the buttons stay a little better.
This was a great first sweater to knit, in my opinion. You only need to know stockinette, garter, twisted rib (which is explained clearly in the pattern), and how to in/decrease. My only suggestion would be to explain (to mainly novice knitters like myself) which in/decrease would be recommended depending on the location. Such as to make things symmetrical, the left side should be decreased differently than the right. However, both the internet and knitting books can easily explain this, so it's a minor flaw at best.
I love the long sleeves. The cute ribbing at the waist. And most importantly, the "oohs" and "ahhs" I get when people see it...and then being able to brag that I knit it.
Ironic that there's a "good and bad examples of pooling" thread up, because I have a picture to submit. These were the Anny Purls wristwarmers based off of Hello Yarn's Cable twist socks. Right when I got to the thumb gusset on the first (left) one, I realized I was doing the left-twist slightly wrong, but I admired the uniqueness. I loved how the pattern twisted to the left, but the striping of the sock went to the right.
I cast it off, then started the second one. Unfortunately, I didn't have the first with me, so I had no way of comparing the pooling patterns, but I thought they may be a little different. When I put the two together, it's horribly obvious. I used Mountain Colors Yarn in Goldrush for these handwarmers 'cause I didn't like the way they were looking with Grumperina's Jaywalkers. Of course, now by doing some online searches, I found it's best to usew two balls or two ends of a skein and alternate the strands every two or so rows to prevent this. So...what does this mean? I'm going to finish them (for sake of saying I did), then probably put them away thinking I will wear them when in actuality, I won't, and when I don't have money to buy yarn but am in the mood to knit, I will frog them and start over with all of this advice in mind. So there it is.
Below is a better picture of the wings from that I made using the Threadbanger tutorial (see previous post for a link), but these stull need to be decorated. However, I'm not sure if I really want to go the "fairy" route right now or if I'd rather ditch the wings and go as a "nymph".
The costume is still in its' early stages, but so far I like how it looks. I think I need to buy some iridescent green sheer fabric, whether fancy like this, or simpler like this, especially to fill in the back.
I finally finished my bardigan, but I've yet to take pictures of it. I'll post them here and do a full review of the Mrs. Darcy pattern on Ravelry.
It's perfect. It's wonderful. And she loves it.
Glee aside, I'm going to be taking a break from quilts for several reasons.
1. I've worn myself out from them
2. I want to work on making clothes. Totally into this vintage-craze
3. I won't have my sewing machine down at school, so it's not much of an option anyway.
My newest project will now be my Halloween costume, which is going to be a fairy. It is somewhat less glamorous than costumes I've made in the past, but I'm a little pressed for time. Once I get to the store, I'm going to buy some stockings and make the wings first. I found this great tutorial for making wings that looks simple but promising.
The quilt top is finished! Well, as finished as it can get before my backing fabric comes and I decide if I want an extra border sash or not. My sister spied it today, declared it cute, and asked me who I was making it for. To which I (un)stealthily replied... "I dunno yet." Hopefully she doesn't think too much about it.
Got more done on the Mrs. Darcy sleeves, but I'm going crazy with the slow progression of it so I cast on the handwarmers just for a change of pace. It's not much, but the bright colors of the yarn were a far cray from the gray of the cardigan.
Neither item looks different enough to warrant pictures, so sorry.
I've been searching online and found this fabric that I think would be absolutely perfect for the back of the quilt. I'm hopefully going to order it by the end of the week.
As for other projects, the Mrs. Darcy cardigan is nearing completion! I currently have BOTH sleeves on the needle (which is both scary and awesome at the same time), so as soon as they're done I'll be blocking and seaming. It looks like i may have this finished by September, which was my goal. The yarn is more gray than purple/brown, but my camera was running low on batteries so I didn't want to fuss with color.
And once again I changed my mind about what to do with my "sock" yarn...since the whole sock thing isn't working out so well, I'm gonna try to make these amazing wristwarmers. But I won't be starting those until the cardigan is finished, but it's nice to know about new projects. =)
However, with altering the seam allowances, I did manage to fix my Shoofly quilt blocks.
I don't think the yarn I bought (or my gauge, or my dpn, or...something) was cut out for the Jaywalkers, so I unraveled them and started working on a much simpler sock pattern. It's funny--as much as I wanted to start knitting just so I could make socks, I don't think I like it as much as I would.
More importantly, I picked out a sweater pattern. It's the Mrs. Darcy cardigan on ravelry and it's absolutely g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s! I haven't gotten too far since I only started on Sunday, but I'll sure to have pictures up when I get further.
I probably won't be posting for a while because on Saturday I will be heading to New Jersey for a two week RA position for an environmental science program for high-school kids. I'm hoping this will help me prepare more for student teaching in January! EEP!
Knowing that I need 1/4" seam allowances, I cut all the squares at 3 1/2" x 3 1/2". Then I cut more of the same size and just cut them in half for the diagonals. This is the result:
The pieces with the triangles ended up being MUCH smaller than just the block pieces. Which bothers me, because when I was cutting the blocks I wondered if there would be a difference, so I checked in the Grandma's Best book (the one that had this pattern), and couldn't find anything on it. Now, doing research AFTER the fact, I found this in The Joy of Quilting:
"Cut a square once diagonally to yield two half-square trianges...To determine
the size square to be cut, add 7/8" to the finished short side of a
triangle. For example, to cut two triangles with a finished short side of 3",
cut a square 3 7/8""
So now I'm at a loss. I'm wondering if I can decrease their seams to 1/8" and up the ones on the squares to make it more "even". Also I'm looking at the Joy book and seeing that the side and corner triangles I cut to frame the "block" portion of the quilt may also be to small. . .
My personal Behemoth was a quilt that has been sitting in my attic, 80% finished, for four years. It was my graduation project that I was supposed to finish in 11th grade, but since I had no idea how to actually quilt the monstrosity, I *cringe* stapled it together and left pins in it so it was usuable as a prop for my presentation. Now I've completed my junior year of college, and I finally decided to take the poor thing out of the attic.
I have been tackling it on and off for the past month or so. Challenges: stinkbugs (I dunno what they're really called), both living and dead, were in and on the blanket. Ew. I appliqued stars all over the quilt before I actually knew how to applique, so I spent about 3 hours seamripping the darn suckers off. You know the old "measure twice, cut once?" Well I never measured the back piece (this was my first quilt), so it's a jagged edge that results in the quilt not having jagged edges of its own. And finally, the quilting process itself. My machine is not cut out for detailed quilting (especially without a quilting foot), so all attempts turned out shy of disasterous.
In the end, I put a wave design on the border and zigzag stitched the small squares between posts. The net result is a stellar quilt (pun intended) with not a whole lot of quilting. The final test for this quilt is a run through the washing machine to get rid of attic smell residue, quilt pencil markings, and an overall stress test for the sucker. I'll have pictures up tomorrow.
This was my first attempt at making a pattern from scratch. I started out by taking detailed notes about the pattern, with fabric pieces, trim options, etc. Then, since I didn't have tissues paper or other suitable material to cut out a pattern, I used newspaper. It had slightl less give than normal material, but it came out really well. Since the print that I chose for the apron was somewhat thin, I lined the apron in a contrasting blue to make it more sturdy. The pictures of the finished product are below.
My name is Meghan, and I'm a 20-year old working towards a science teacher certification in seconday educataion.
I love all things crafty. Currently I'm working on crochet and a little quilting. I even managed to set up a crochet/knitting group at school so maybe I'll have some more time to dedicate on projects.
I will use this space to post pictures of finished or WIPs and just share stuff that's going on in my life.
That's really it for now, we'll see what I have later.