Montag, Juni 09, 2014

more things that keep me from knitting

So, in my last post I told you,  that I had lost my knitting mojo.
I managed to finish the bodice without any problems and started knitting in the sleeves. I made progress and had to get more yarn.  Then I just found one more ball.
And I stalled out.
I never would be able to finish both sleeves with one ball of yarn.
I just could not knit on the sleeve.
So I started on a Leftie by Martina Behm
(Sorry, my tablet dislikes posting pictures)

Then I cleaned a knitting bag and what did I find?
Another ball of yarn! And I was on a roll! I finished the first sleeve yesterday and started yhe second tonight. Now the first of the two balls of yarn is nearly gone and I start to get paralysed again.  Waaaaaah.

To be continued

Freitag, Mai 23, 2014

loosing mojo

So, another blog post from my tablet pc since I hafe a sick kid at home again. Luckiky we get 10 days per kid and parent off work per year with the insurance paying as ling as you are a member of the public insurance companies.

Yesterday it has been quiet warm here and instead of knitting I just thought about it.

As you know, I really don't like having more than 2 projects on the needles at a time. And I'm still working on my epic sweater project. I have separated the front and the back abd fir some reason I was at a different place than the pattern said I should be at. I modified the pattern but just by adding 2 complete repeats.

Somehow this stalled me out and I lost my sweater mojo. I made 2 cowls and nearly 1 pair of socks instead.  But I'm determined to pick it up again. But see, instead of knitting I even blogged about it....

and I took a picture before M. woke up. She is really ill, we went to see the doc again and her fever is up again as well. Now that she is sleeping, I will knit some more. Maybe knitting on it will help me get my mojo back.

Samstag, Mai 03, 2014

Using up sockyarn scraps

I'm still working on my "It cannot fail to please" pullover and have finished the body up to the armholes and I'm working on the back for now. The decreases are done, I have to knit a repeat and then knit some more plus the shoulder shaping.

But somehow I lost steam on that. Mostly I knit 2-3 rows per day but that is less stitches than one round of the body...

I think, I got sidetracked, since I made a cowl (zuzu's petals. Looks like a shawlette but is a cowl) out of handspun yarn. Great pattern since it showcases the handspun really well and doesn't take much meterage!

(the pictures are crappy tablet pictures, sorry!)

And now I'm working on a pattern that uses up odds and ends of sockyarn. It's more a recipe than a pattern but I really enjoy blending in the different colours!
The pattern is Blender and here's mine
See, I have the attention span of a cookie....

Sonntag, April 13, 2014

Vintage Jeans

So, after finishing the second dress for the rockstars

I decided it was time to sew the Jeans pattern I had fitted in Aarhus in Febuary this year.

The pattern is Kwik Sew 407 and it was printed in 1973. It was gifted to me in 2008 or so by my dear friend Annika from the US. The pattern is printed on heavy paper and in pristine condition, just lacking the instructions, so I have to guess the way the pattern wants to be assembled. But it's no hard work.

Since I had tweaked the pattern so much, I had to re-draw the front pockets. I think, I did something wrong there, since they are coming out huuuuge. Maybe it's to counterbalance the tiny back pockets.

The fabric is a twill fabric, that I have no recollection of buying whatsoever. It feels, like it has been in my stash since the pattern was printed, but since I started sewing just 20 years ago, I guess not. I don't even like the colour brown. It's a cool shade of brown though, so I hope it will go with the rest of my wardrobe For the topstitiching I simply threaded two strands of sewing thread thru the needle. So much easier than buying topstitichingthread. I even have plenty of brown thread in my threadstash (letting my head hang in shame since I really do have a threadstash as well), so it's good to use at least a bit of that (plus the weird plushy nylon that I certainly bought in the early days of ebay).

So far I have assembled the fronts (making the pockets), sewed the saddlepart to the back and topstitched it. Added the pockets to the bag and inserted the fly front zipper. As always slow progress, but I'm happy to sew a seam here and there and I hope to finish the Jeans before May.

Sonntag, April 06, 2014

slow and steady wins the race

Hi there,

I thought I'd give you an update on my knitting.
I'm working pretty monogamously on my vintage sweater, so I'm making good progress despite the fact, that the whole sweater is knitted on 2.5 mm needles and sportweight yarn (I guess, it's mystery yarn without a label, so I don't get to deduct from my stashnumbers every time I finish a skein).

The pattern is "it cannot fail to please" from Susan Crawford and Jane Waller from "A stitch in time vol.1" but actually it's a vintage pattern.

As you can see I'm knitting it in the round instead of working it in pieces. I don't think, that sideseams are necessary for any kind of internal stability (I learned, that shoulderseams are a good idea though, when you have set in sleeves)

I'm at the fourth repeat, so if I would stick to the pattern I would divide for the armholes soon, but since I have a long, long torso I will add two more pattern repeats. Slow but steady! It helps, that I have time off at the moment!

Sonntag, März 23, 2014

Patternreview: Ottobre 02/2005 girls "safari" pinafore dress

Pattern Description: Girls pinafore dress with adjustable shoulder straps and front pockets, that feature a pocket flap.

Pattern Sizing: 92-140cm. I made a size 98, since a friend had traced it for her daughter and said it was generous. Normally the twins are wearing a size 98/104, lengthwise they need a size 110 though

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Pretty much, I forgot to add the strips to the pocket, since my friend still has my magazine and I wanted to start right away

Were the instructions easy to follow? I have no idea, since I did not use the pattern. I don't think, that they were more than sparse. European magazines think, that you know how to sew, when you start using the patterns, I guess. I don't think, that they feature techniques like understitching though.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Depsite using a smaller size, it's waaaaaay to wide on my skinny girls. I think, that the older ottobres are too generous in general. Maybe the Finnish kids are not as skinny as my daughters.

I think, it's a very cute style though and I already got the order from the second twin to make her one too!

Fabric Used:
Mystery cotton blend from stash. It's a bit stretchy

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I added a cm to the hem. I should have taken in the sideseams and added more length though. I guess it's o.k. though for a 3.5 year old to wear with leggings

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and yes, just be careful to measure the child though and the pattern....

Conclusion: Cute dress, I will make another one soon.

Sonntag, März 16, 2014

From stash to FO

So, I really try to work my stash (I just bought more fabric though) and I thought, you might like to see, what I have been finishing lately.

Since the great british sewing bee is back on tv, I'm thinking about sewing a lot (not that I sew more but at least I'm back into sewing mode mentally :) )

I finally finished the Maria Denmark Day to Night Drape top (3 incarnation)

I did modify the pattern a tiny little bit, by slashing it open from the hem to a bit below the bust and spreading it open a tiny bit to give me more room over the tummy since my fabric was a very clingy rayon-jersey.

The sleeves are from the Birgitte Basic tee again. Both fabrics are ancient stash (see two posts below) and I'm happy to have it out of my stash and into my closet!

Then there has be tons of knitting:

I made a beret for my sisters birthday
The pattern is Rustling leaves beret and it just uses 50gr of yarn, so perfect for usisng up odds and ends. I should have blocked it more though. I did cast on less stitches than the pattern says and increased after the ribbing, since the comments on ravelry mentioned, that the ribbing is somewhat big.

Then I made another pair of Pomatomus socks. I think I made two pairs in 2009 or 2008. I got a skein of hand dyed sock yarn in a white elephant swap at christmas last year and I thought that pattern might be a good match. I think, maybe plain vanilla would have been better as the pattern is a bit lost in the variation of the sock yarn.

A knitting friend of mine just had twins, so obviously I had to make something.  I made a jacket (and gave her other things as well). The pattern is a free pattern found on ravelry called Linnie and the yarn is deep deep stash, a discountinued yarn called MerinoSeta and as the name suggests it's Merino and Silk. I had two skeins in stash, not enough for anything for me since the green really is not a good colour on me.