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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.

monet’s garden dress

  • Posted on June 23, 2017 at 9:01 am

you got a glimpse of megs new dress in my last post , but here it is in all it’s glory

monets garden dress

this is one of the dresses i made for the esk persian dreams kal. i took quick pics done just to verify i had finished the hexes dresses for my kal, but meg couldn’t resist trying this one on. this is one of those hate to love colors. it was pretty in the skein, muddled when wound and then started looking like clown barf when i started my “hex”. luckily i persevered because now it reminds me more of a monet garden painting.

now i really need to make her some proper leggings to wear under it before we go to the wedding next week

headphones!

  • Posted on June 22, 2017 at 3:23 pm

found these adorable headphones at the dollar store and couldn’t resist picking up a couple to see if they would fit. they are actually air fresheners, and although they are a smidge big, for $1.25 they aren’t bad at all. i think they would fit the larger minifee heads perfectly or should be good for my kid delf.
headphones!
the top is a hard plastic ring, the bottom is soft and rubbery so no change of dolly damage. i think i could take the bottoms off, shorten the “stem” just a smidge and glue them back on to get a perfect fit. i’ll try that later….
headphones!

persian dreams kal

  • Posted on March 4, 2017 at 5:46 pm

i’m in a esk kal and adapted it so i could make dresses for my girls instead of a blanket (i know it’s a stretch, but trust me it worked ;))
i still want to do a proper photoshoot when i am done, but meg tried on one of the dresses to day and i took an (embarassingly poor) cell phone picture of it.
persian dreams kal dress

i’m not sure whether to sew solid color underskirts for the dresses, or just make coordinating leggings. what do you think?

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

tale of two cities

  • Posted on January 31, 2017 at 11:12 am

both the shawl and it’s name are inspired by a melanie berg shawl called 5190 miles. her name celebrates the distance between the two cities of the collaborators on her shawl. mine of course is named after the dickens novel.
melanie’s shawl was lovely, but both the size and stitch used were out of scale for my doll, so i rewrote it completely with a different stitch that made a similar look, but in the correct scale.
tale of two cities
tale of two cities

sweet as candy

  • Posted on January 26, 2017 at 1:24 pm

i really like this one.
sweet as candy
the colors are so bright and cheerful. they were inspired by the theme of this years yarnathon “candyland”. but i can also see this shawl done in jewel tones on black, or shades of blue on cream or… well you get the picture. i plan to make up some more after i get a couple of other projects done.

it came out the perfect size for a nice thick shawl for an msd or ellowyne, but i’m pretty sure it would also work as a somewhat smaller size for american girl sized dolls or even an sd.

i’m hoping to get the pattern typed, proofed and up on ravelry in the next few weeks.

here are some more pictures just ’cause i love it so much
sweet as candy
sweet as candy

ready, set action

  • Posted on January 24, 2017 at 3:25 pm

meg and i went out today to take pictures of the new shawls. it was almost perfect weather. cold, but not bitterly so, mostly overcast, so a little dull, but no harsh shadows, and only a little breezy. although this first shawl was done with laceweight yarn, the stitch pattern made this one a little thick, so the style options are somewhat limited.
miss dottie

in spite of that, it is kind of fun and the colors are nice and bright

block party

  • Posted on January 23, 2017 at 9:38 am

it will be a day or two before i’m home long enough to take pictures, but in the meantime here is a quick look at the shawls being blocked.
block party

sweet as candy

  • Posted on January 21, 2017 at 1:18 am

in spite of the fact that i had to constantly frog this one back to get the vision in my head to match the work on my needles, this shawl was done fairly quickly. it is the biggest of the shawls so far and my current favorite. the colors on this one were inspired by this years yarnathon theme of “candyland” but i think it would look stunning with jewel tones on black, or a gradient of blues on cream. i’m pretty sure there will be more in the girls future….

candyland knit and ends woven in

like the last one, the size of my candy shawl would work equally well as a shawlette or scarf for bigger dolls like an sd or american girl. i’m in the process of turning my notes for the last two into actual patterns, that i hope to have available soon on etsy and ravelry