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another mini project

  • Posted on September 11, 2018 at 10:04 am

so here is the scenario
i am knitting merrily along, when the tiny jump ring i am using as a stitch markers goes flying. it hits the floor and disappears into the netherworld, never to be seen again. growling i declare there has to be a better way….
a week or so later i am happily wandering around michaels trying to remember what i came in for when i spy jump rings on sale. ooh, i need those, i’m always losing mine. then i spy a string of tiny beads already on little loops, no idea what other people would use them for, but i immediately think they could be added to the jump rings to make stitch markers that are easier to find when i drop them, so into my basket both items go. i arrive home and deposit them on my sewing desk to finish…later.
weeks go by, i wander into my craft room, spy these strange beads on my desk, have no clue what they are for and prepare to put them in my give away pile. suddenly i see the jump rings beside them, and say “oh yeah, the are for stitch markers”, put both back on my desk and wander out….
weeks go by, i wander into my craft room, spy these strange beads on my desk, have no clue what they are for and prepare to put them in my give away pile. suddenly i see the jump rings beside them, nd say “oh yeah, the are for stitch markers”, put both back on my desk and wander out….
weeks go by, i wander into my craft room, spy these strange beads on my desk, have no clue what they are for and prepare to put them in my give away pile. suddenly i see the jump rings beside them, nd say “oh yeah, the are for stitch markers”, put both back on my desk and wander out…
weeks go by, i’m cleaning out my craft room for real this time, spy these strange beads on my desk, have no clue what they are for and prepare to put them in my give away pile. suddenly i see the jump rings beside them, and say “oh yeah, the are for stitch markers”, grab my needle-nose pliers, whip up a couple of dozen stitch-markers, but them in a neatly labelled box and stick them with my knitting supplies. (then give the spare beads away πŸ˜‰ )
stitch markers
case closed πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

hue shift done

  • Posted on September 4, 2018 at 8:26 pm

it’s been a long time since i’ve had time to write here on the blog. life, and particularly my kids, seem constantly conspiring to keep me away. i’m hoping to have more time to blog and work with my dolls this fall, but we will see how it all plays out.

in the meantime i realized i never posted a picture of my finished blanket
hue shift done
it actually is square, the picture is just cockeyed…

the red and black one has all the squares done, but i haven’t quite decided what to do with the border, so it is on hold for now.

eatsleepknit yarnathon

  • Posted on February 7, 2018 at 5:25 pm

every year i say i’m not going to do it, and every year i do anyway….. join in the eatsleepknit yarnathon that is. erin and her team of knitting kitties keep coming up with such fun new challenges that i can’t resist. though true to my quest to keep as much as my crafting as possible bjd related, i try to adapt the challenges to doll sized whenever possible.

this years year long challenge (or kal if you prefer) is to knit a hue shift blanket. my girls really don’t need any more blankets, but i couldn’t resist this pattern – with all its possibilities. done in laceweight on 1.5mm

i played with the color picker and came up with two different blankets to try. one is a 3 color shift, and each block of 9 squares will rotate to give it a more abstract feel.
red shift 2 9x9
i’ve done about 2/3rds of the squares but because i am doing all of the same squares at once, only one block is completely finished
red shift block 1

the second is more like the original and reminds me of a tropical sunset with the bright pink/orange/yellow hues fading into the green/blue/purples of the water
carribean sunrise
carribean sunrise progress

the pink row isn’t attached since i am adding an orange row in between the yellow and pink to make it flow better. it was really hard to find the right orange as the laceweight yarns weren’t quite the right hue and the one that was perfect only came in heavier weight. unfortunately it turned out to be a yarn that was impossible to separate into single plies, without the yarn calling apart :sigh so i am doing it with an orange yarn that is just ok (especially since i’m not a fan of orange to begin with) but i think it works well enough, and the progression really needed an orange to smooth out the gradation between yellow and the peachy pink

it’s a very addicting knit, since the squares go fairly quickly and it’s it keeps changing so there is always something new to see.

sweater progress

  • Posted on May 2, 2017 at 12:16 pm

sweater progress
i got the yoke done and am ready to split off the sleeves. i had 480!! stitches on the needle on the last rows. i’m still not sure how i want to finish the bottom edges. repeating the flower would be pretty, but that stitch pulls in the circumference and i think i want this one to fall straighter, especially the sleeves. i’m leaning towards a picot sewn hem, but am open to other suggestions.

of course i have about 150 rows of stockinette to knit first O_o

a sweater for me this time?

  • Posted on April 28, 2017 at 10:40 am

first i need to start by saying that i haven’t knit a sweater for myself in over 30 years, and it’s probably been over 20 since i last knit one for a real person. that one was an purple acrylic sweater with a neon dinosaur on the front, for my then 4 year old son. he loved it, wore it constantly and it later was passed on to a nephew, who wore it till he couldn’t squeeze into either!

but i’m going to a wedding this summer and while i found the perfect skirt to wear – a gorgeous navy lace pencil skirt – i’m not having much luck so far finding a top that fits and coordinates. i’m picky. it has to be a knit, because woven’s just never fit right on me. it has to be dressy enough for a semi formal wedding, and yet look neither like something a teenager would wear, nor something my 70+year old mother would. i haven’t given up looking, but i have some gorgeous purpley/blue, silk/linen yarn from eatsleepknit and thought i would make an attempt, at least, to knit something myself. i have spent the last several weeks poring over patterns, but they were never quite right, so out of desperation i decided to just make my own. that is my standard mo anyway, so i’m surprised it took me this long to just go for it!

first i needed to know how many stitches i have to work with. so i need to swatch and figure out my stitch and row count. i have lots of circular needles in my stash, most from a chinese supplier. i love working with them, but the numbering is odd and i always have to use a needle sizer to figure out what they really are. ive seen this yarn stitched up on 3.5mm needles and quite liked the look of the fabric, but i only have 3.75mm and 3.25’s. i want a loose, drapey fabric so tried the larger ones first… no good… the fabric is too loose and gauze like. so i switched to the smaller ones, and that is much better.

now to pick the fancy stitches for the neckline and sleeves. i pored over my japanese stitch pattern books, looking at them upside down since i’m planning a top down sweater and finally found two i thought would work well. bonus they have the same stitch repeat, though they would need to be done offset so that may be tricky. i ripped out my original swatch and made a larger one to test the new stitches. i love how they turned out. finished off with some stockinette so i can get a stitch count for the body, then a rib for the bottom to control the curl. the rib looks bad, i’ll have to figure out another way to finish the edges, but the rest looks great so now i just have to wash and dry the swatch to get the finished gauge.

winning swatch unblocked

grape fizzies cont

  • Posted on March 3, 2017 at 4:11 pm

i finished up my fingerless gloves. it took a lot of frogging and re-kintting to get them right, but in the end i got a perfect fit and used all but 5 inches of the yarn! (see longest end on lefthand glove) it doesn’t get much closer than that πŸ˜‰ they are super soft and will be perfect for wearing over my thin technical gloves when i’m out in the cold doing doll shoots. but i’m glad to be back working with laceweight again.
grape fizz gloves

grape fizz

  • Posted on March 2, 2017 at 12:07 pm

started another hat in malabrigo mecha, this time in a lovely grape purple called borrajas. this is the last of the bulky yarn i have in my stash. based on my red hat i though i would get a hat and cowl out of the two skeins, but this hat is quite a bit slouchier and i only got this far before the end of the first. i’m using this hat pattern
grape vanilla hat progress
i modified the pattern to make the band tighter. even using smaller needles, this seems to be coming out big, so i did only 106 stitches in the band. i also made it 1×1 rib instead of 2×2 and only increased up to the 115 stitches needed for the charts on the last rib row. i also ended up starting the increases on the 7th cable row instead of the 8th and just reversed the decrease chart in my head. this made the double seed stitch sections always start and end on a purl instead of a knit throughout the decreases, which i think worked out better. i did two extra decrease rows of 15 stitches each to get the stitch count down to 15 instead of 35 before tying off. i like the tighter center that created.
here is a view of the top with the lovely star pattern, my whole reason for picking this pattern
grape fizz hat top
and a side view
grape fizz hat side

as expected from my progress pic i don’t have near enough yarn to make a cowl, so i used my scale and divided the ball into 2 equal ones (wish i had a ball winder to get a center pull instead, but it wouldn’t work for my laceweight yarn, and isn’t worth buying for the few balls of bulkier yarn i get.) i will cast on both fingerless gloves at once, and knit till i run out of yarn
grape fizz fingerless gloves
i’m planning to order an extra ball of the mecha to get the cowl i wanted. and one of arroyo (the only other base with this color) to get a finer pair of gloves. hopefully the dyelot will be close enough to get at least a coordinating set. that’s always a gamble with hand dyed yarn

christmas in march?

  • Posted on March 1, 2017 at 4:37 pm

i started my christmas projects early this year with a cozy hat for the lovely lady who looks after my middle son. my camera colors are a bit off today. this is more of a true red with a black haze, rather than the plum it looks like. i wanted to use the whole skeing up, so when i got to the end and still had a bunch left i ripped it back to before the increases and added another set. this time i was left with a mere couple of yards left over. success!
esthers hat
esthers hat
the yarn is wonderfully soft and thick. i’m going to make a coordinating cowl in rios ravelry red later.

follow the dotted line

  • Posted on February 22, 2017 at 11:23 am

i finally got round to uploading the pictures of my 5th shawl. this one was very loosely inspired by melanie bergs shawl drachenfels. i like the color combination and the juxtaposition of dots and lines
follow the dotted line
follow the dotted line

i dream of summer

  • Posted on February 10, 2017 at 11:44 pm

while writing up my tale of two cities scarf, i realized that some minor changes in the number of rows between the stripes would make them work out better. meg picked two colors for the new scarf and i knit it up again. it came out a smidge bigger, but we both liked it that way – and it was easier to knit. you’d only notice the size change if you lay them out side by side anyway.
i dream of summer
i like her choice of colors. it makes me think of summer, even though the ground is covered with snow.
i dream of summer