Friday, August 08, 2014

On the Needles Friday Aug 8, 2014

Holy crap it's August! Well things got a little crazy this summer, but there really is no excuse.

I just finished my Celaeno shawl, which I started nearly 2 summers ago.  The yarn was bought in Princeton NJ when we took our son there for a football camp. The yarn is Isager Strik Alpaca 2.  It is really soft, and has a bit of a fuzzy haze to it.  I added silver lined purple beads and I really love it.

 This month I started new socks for the OpArt sock knitalong, Alhambra.  I am using 2 colors of knitpicks stroll.  These socks will match a sweater I am planning in similar colors.

Linking up with Patchwork Times for on the needles Friday!

Thursday, May 22, 2014


I am trying to knit my way through the book Op Art Socks by Stephanie van der Linden.  This is the second book I am knitting through- I have almost knit all of the socks in by CookieA.  (That one is evidently a collector's item based on the Amazon pricing!)

I am knitting Op Art Socks with a group, and the April/May sock is Albers.  Albers is knit in a very unique way- you start by knitting squares, then join them together with stair step modules.  At some point my sock looked like this:

...and to be honest I could not imagine how on earth this was a sock!

Then I sewed up the leg seam and knit the heel and sole, and it did turn into a sock, but one that was already longer than my foot before I even knit the toes!

To fix this issue, I sewed a double row of stitching on my sewing machine around the sock where you see the orange marker on my foot.  I cut the end off the sock (eek!), and then picked up stitches on the edge and knit the toes.  This gave me a wearable sock.  Now I just need to finish the other one!

Linking up with Patchwork Times, on the needles!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Wardrobe Project: Coat

I looked back and realized it has been forever since I updated the wardrobe project!  The main reason for this is lack of photography.  Between crappy weather, camera issues and major mental issue around body image, I have not gotten photos of my finished items.  I have made 3 pairs of pants, 6 tops and a coat, so I will work on taking some photos so I can share them here.

First up, I made a coat!

Last Fall I attended the funeral of an old family friend, and as I froze standing in the parking lot to talk to the family, I realized I needed a coat suitable to wear for such occasions.  The fleece I had been wearing was not appropriate for every setting!

I used Vogue pattern 8754, with adjustments for fit.  The fabric is a wool blend, and may be a little lightweight or too drapey for this style.  This can be seen by how many wrinkles it gets when I put my hand in the pocket:

The front is self lined, the back and sleeves are lined with black cotton broadcloth.

I love the buttons, which were purchased at G Street Fabrics, in Rockville, MD.

Back view:

Overall, I am pretty happy with it.  I finished it at the end of February, pretty much when I didn't need a winter coat anymore, but I will be ready when the weather next turns cold!

Friday, May 02, 2014

On the Needles May 2, 2014

Well life happens and gets me to forget I need to blog.  I have kept knitting, so here are a few finished projects:




My current socks in progress are simple Afterthought Heel socks with a self striping yarn called Sassy Stripes by Cascade.

I also finished my Dusk into Twilight shawl, a pattern by Romi Hill:

This one took 11 months to complete, but as you can probably tell from this post, I am not a monogamous knitter by any stretch of the imagination!

Linking up with Patchwork Times for on the needles!

Friday, March 07, 2014

On The Needles Friday March 7, 2014

I seem to be in a sock knitting frenzy! I am part of a group on Ravelry with plans to knit our way through Stephanie van der Linden's new book Op Art Socks. To accomplish this, we will be starting a new pair each month, and we have 2 months to complete each pair.  That leaves a bit of overlap, and leads to multiple socks on the needles even if one isn't a magpie who must cast on all the shiny socks!

So the Feb/March sock from the book is Necker which I am knitting in a fabulous blue/grey colorway called Atlantic from Tanis Fiber Arts.  I got this yarn as a prize in a previous knitalong, but it was so nice to work with that once I cast on these socks, I pretty much immediately ordered the same yarn in two additional colors.

Then I got an email from The Loopy Ewe with a new challenge.  I just had to jump on that bandwagon.  The challenge was to knit with a multicolored yarn.  I ordered some Colinette Jitterbug in the Sweet Dreams colorway, and cast on Gaudete, which is another pattern by Stephanie van der Linden (not in the Op Art book though.)  The construction on these socks is not like any other I have ever knit...

I am actually much further along on both of these socks, but don't have newer photos.

A couple of days ago, I received my Celtic Swan dpns that I got in a swap- I knit socks, Molly sent me needles.  I got the US size 1 bronze dpns.  They are truly beautiful needles, but I was worried that they might be too heavy.  I am a loose knitter, and metal needles often fall out of my work. These are made with some lovely texturing towards the center of each needle, and that works wonders for helping the needles grip the stitches. They still slide smoothly along when you need them to, but the needles do not fall out of the work.  Even in those first few rows that are always touch and go with socks on dpns!  I am loving working with these needles, but I think they will be my at home project, because I don't want to chance losing one!

Anyway, I cast on the Op Art sock for March/April to try out my needles- Herrmann.  This is a cool colorwork sock, with a braid on the cuff.  I am really enjoying it so far, in fact it was hard to put it down for other things with pending deadlines, but I will.

I am happy to report that I did finish my coat for Fearless February- I just need to get a photo shoot done.  It is so hard to get a good weather day and a good hair day to happen on the same day!  Anyway, Fearless February has been extended through March, so I might get brave and tackle trousers.

Linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times for On the Needles...

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Fearless February Sewalong

First, I wanted to show off the Acorn Trail cardigan I finished this week for my good friend Ruth:

And here's the back:

Ok, on to my intended topic.  I decided some time back to join in on the Fearless February Sewalong  over at the Ten Thousand Hours of Sewing blog.  The point of the sewalong is to take on a project/process that you have been avoiding because of fear.  The guidelines really hit home for me, because I have been planning to make a coat, yet doing everything I could think of to avoid working on it.

So I made a practice version out of muslin fabric to test the multitude of changes I need to make to the pattern.  The sleeves took 3 tries.

  Finally I was ready to cut the real coat fabric! But I was scared again.  I got the kick in the butt I needed when Ruth and I went to buy sweater buttons, and I found the perfect buttons to use on my coat.  They were not cheap buttons, so now I really feel like I cannot let this project languish.

Today I spent my snowy afternoon cutting out my coat and transferring the markings using tailor tacks.

Tomorrow, the sewing begins!

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Friday, January 31, 2014

On the Needles Friday January 31, 2014

I made progress on my Acorn Trail Cardigan for Ruth.  I am on the last piece- the left front.
Then I have a ton of ends to weave in and I will wash all the pieces and sew them together and then add the button bands.  The pieces shrink in length only when they are washed, so I think this plan will work.

I knit a hat for Hats for Sailors.  We are doing monthly knitalongs this year, and all knitting the same pattern that month.  January's hat was Graham.

Also lots of progress on my Fibonacci socks.  I feel like my colorwork improves with each row, and I actually can knit it two handed now.

Linking up with Patchwork Times for on the needles.