Category: crafting

weeks 300-301

The main body of the cardigan, minus the sleeves and button placket is finished. And, hoo boy, the cables are wonky and messy, but I like that. Once I begin the sleeves, the cables will join up and it will be more cohesive. Or not.

I have 15 live stitches set aside for the shoulder seams, which will be done after the sleeves are made. Bit indecisive about what actually to do with the sleeves, so haven’t started them, while this whole bit was done last week.

front view of the block-colour knit cable cardigan
upper half back view of of the block-colour knit cable cardigan

The two grey panels still have no home, and the second one is solid. Solid one will be on the back, while the mesh will be in the front.

Another project that is slowly taking form is I’m going to turn the blue crochet thread, on the right, into a scarf.

the two grey crochet panels and blue yarn

I completely gave up on turning all this yarn into a open sweater from a certain Vogue Knitting issue and will turn this into a pullover. Originally the bottom was supposed to be ribbed but I messed up on my count and threw it off, so it’s moss stitch. It will be five inches of moss then cables. Go figure. On an even number, you get ribbed. On an uneven number, you end up with moss.

more blue yarn on needles. originally was going to become a sweater from a Vogue knitting magazine pattern, but not anymore

Since then, I frogged the red cardigan that was wore once, at one of Dylan’s IEPs. I removed all the solid red yarn and kept the other two. Originally was going to keep a huge chunk of it in crochet. After knitting a few rows, which I liked, it looked a mess. At that point, it was better if I started from scratch and undid everything.

After attempting to start over on larger sized needles, it looked too loose for my taste so frogged the bit done.

I’ve since done a few rows on needles smaller than the one originally on the first attempt. I went from 6.5mm to 8mm to 4.5mm.

Basically cast on 80 stitches, although on the first attempts I did 88. So… Co80. K all. *P2, P2tog. *K1, inc 1, K2. And repeat rows 2 and 3 until you’re satisfied with the length. It’s on a multiple of four stitches, so as long as you’ve calculated that number, you ought to be fine.

It will be in stripes, obviously. And the edges will be in crochet. (Also, this is a picture of most of the yarn, minus three balls. )

starting another knitting project with the frogged yarn from the cardigan

Oh. I almost forgot. I bought these on a spur. If you buy three, you get one free for each one you bought. I was surprised when they arrived, because was totally expecting just four. So, totally have to buy resin now. It’s been something I’ve been wanting to do for the longest time so had to push myself a little.

six small resin molds

week 299

Since Dylan started summer vacation, I’ve become quite lax with time constraints and such. Personal projects lose focus when more immediate matters take up your attention. I’ve only really got chunks of time for a bit of knitting and whatever else catches my fancy.

The striped cardigan is slowly coming along. I’m only going to use the variegated yarn then bind off on a purl row. Except for the end, it will be in blocks of six, instead of the four, (except for the last block which goes k, p, k, then bind off), so it’s cable row, p, k, p, k, p. Also, never get overly ambitious when you think you’ve mastered something, when clearly I have not, and try to make shapes with cables. I’m not undoing it but letting the cables be wonky.

An upside down picture of the progress on the back.

upside down view of progress of cables on back of cardigan

I’ve decided to use up Yarn Collective’s BloomsburyDK in soot to make a front and back yoke, although I’m unsure what the main body will look like.

The back piece is done and has four rows of eight open mesh then a border and one long edge has a row of shell stitches. The front will be a various amount of open mesh and will narrow down to one, but the main body will still be rectangle like the back piece.

front part in progress, and back piece complete. crochet yokes in soot by Yarn Collective

week 298

And even more knitting. It’s going to look all wonky, even with a bit of blocking.

not very good cable knitting

My cables are not even and a complete mess but I’m just rolling with it. Middle will be that teardrop shape and then cables upward. The two on the side are going to flow onto the sleeves, and the fronts will flow onto the sleeves, so have to knit the whole main body before getting to decide what to do with the sleeves. After that business, knit a collar and button placket. I’m unsure how what sort of border around it all.

One another note, I’m making something for one of Dylan’s therapists, before she starts in her new position next month. I’m going to knit a simple cable cowl for her. Hopefully she likes it. Should also bake her a cake.

beginning of white cable cowl

Started this yesterday. Originally it was a wiggly line, but decided it would be better in a different way.

Basically. CO30. K30, P30. K30; P30; K10, 5/5LC, K10. P30; K30. P30. Then, on repeat: K10, 5/5RC, K10; P30, K30, P30, until finished, ending on a purl row, and will sew the ends together.

week 297

All I’ve been doing is knitting, for the past week, because knitting takes forever. Have no want to learn to speed knit.

I finished the panel with the cables and decided to make a cardigan with it, using up the yarn bought off yarnbox and the one from at a thrift store bin.

It’s a bit floppy right now but it’ll be nice once it’s finished. It’s wide enough that I’m knitting up until the part where it will be separated for the fronts and back. Haven’t decided for the sleeves, yet, but haven’t gotten to that point yet.

week 279

Didn’t accomplish much this past week, but this is a couple clues to what is in the planning stages.

stretcher bars, folded canvas and a peacock feather laying on my bed

I made use of the Michaels’ gift-card that one of my sister-in-laws bought me for Christmas. Bought a couple pairs of 48″/122cm stretcher bars and a bit of canvas. The feather isn’t part of it but will be part of a future project.

Everything arrived yesterday, where one pair of bars arrived then five hours later, the rest arrived. The second box of stretchers was taller than me, and before I disassembled the box and put it in the recycling bin, I was taking selfies with the empty box.

I know I need to put on a cross brace, because of the size of the bars, and am probably going to have to build one.

prelim drawing

I finally put the two studies in a frame (used a cheap 20×28, so the white space all around is obvious and I can focus on them) and currently examining how to mesh them together. This was the first drawing I made and it’s a total mess and will probably either become more complicated or much more simplier. The cool colours will be shades of orange and/or red and the warms are blue and/or greens, and will soften into each other.

week 278

The two studies are finished.

cool and warm studies, greens and blues on the cool side and orange red and yellow on the warm side

The original intention was what can I make with three materials. I ended up using five. Both are first layered with Crayola watercolours. On the left was just one colour, which was a bluish-green and the left was two mixed together. I wasn’t paying attention and the red-orange and orange-red look interchangeable.

After they dried, I taped up the canvas boards in random order and it just turned out the cool side was squares and the warm side was triangular and circles. Some of the circles didn’t stick on and popped off when I was applying the colours with oil pastels. Smoothing them out with my finger didn’t make them completely flat, but neither did applying poppy oil either. They dried for about a week, taking longer because I left the tape on for an extra day, I had let them sit with thumbtacks so I could lean one against the other.

Before poking holes, I sprayed them with fixative spray and let them sit for half an hour. By the way, if you’re indoors, make sure you have the windows fully open and the fan on full blast, I might have gotten a headache for about ten minutes because the smell was gnarly. Left the room after a couple minutes, but that was enough.

Thumbtacks don’t produce big enough holes but luckily, I made use of a bookbinding awl and poked big enough holes to thread an embroidery needle through and attached the embroidery thread through. I like the openness of cool side, and wish I made the warm side more even.

Now I want to analyse both and take elements from both and incorporate them into a larger scale. I finally used the Michaels giftcard and bought a 70″x72″ (178cm by 183cm) canvas fold and a couple sets of 48″ (122cm) stretcher bars. Still need to get the cross brace for the back and some gesso, then go to town on that painting. I’m going to layer a thin wash of acrylic paint, then oil paint, then use laceweight yarn on the canvas. I wonder if I could attach crocheted chains but we’ll see.

Currently looking to frame the studies together but 16’x24″ (41cm by 61cm) frames is an unusual size. Want the middles to touch but not precious about the other sides.

The weaving is finished and it’s uneven on the right side, because when I tied off the ends, I did it a bit tightly.

finished weaving

A couple of the fringe bits are not even and it just needs a trim but it looks like this. This is what the weaving looks like if you keep turning it around but this looks much better than anything else I’ve done.

Most of my time has been spent doing this has been otherwise taken up with this.

wound yarn bits

I don’t remember the blue but the green one is from Knitpicks.

yarn still to untangle

This has been sitting in the closet and am finally sucking it up and unwinding it all. It’s not going to be in one piece, obviously, but it will be usable at some point. Wish I didn’t get it in this condition in the first place but laceweight yarn is such a pain in the arse with a mind of its own.

week 277

Lately, I seem to only focus on two projects per week, or mainly one and another to do while waiting on the other.

Been mainly focused on one project. Have been wanting to see what the end result if I use three specific things, has turned into four. Got two blank canvas board, then covered them in (Crayola) watercolour. Then, after that layer dried, covering them in painter’s tape (made the mistake of using packing tape which I’m not sure why I assumed it wouldn’t ruin the back), then on the exposed areas use oil pastels. Originally was going to just put fixative over it, but my genius brain thought to put linseed oil over it all, in hopes to smooth down the oil pastel as much as possible. Smoothing it out with my fingers still left spots where it wasn’t completely smooth. I didn’t use linseed oil, instead used drying poppy oil. Also, never leave the tape on the panel or such while it’s drying. Still. I have quite a bit of time on my hands while it finally reaches the stage where I can handle it without oil smothering my fingertips.

blue-green squarish and red-orange-yellow circular examples

This is how they look, after the tape has been removed. The tape slightly outlines the pastels on the right, which you can’t tell from this photo. To make the smaller circles, I used those circle label stickers. More than one popped off when I was rubbing the oil pastel over it. For the big one, I taped on one of the ends of the cardboard from a ribbon spool. Using yellow stickers under that colour was mildly comical as I had to remember where they were attached, so they could be removed. It’s also kind of annoying that my intention was that, positioned this way, it would be left leaning, but the size gets more attention than the intensity of colour. The cool colours were supposed to lean right, and the warm colours lean left. The official thing will be changed so it reflects that, and it’s obvious they will soften into each other, and not be hard like these examples. Right now, the materials is more important than anything else.

I’ve stuck thumbtacks in the boards for two reasons. I can safely lean them against each other without their accidentally touching, so they don’t smear onto each other. Also, that’s to give me a rough idea of the path where I’m applying the embroidery thread when it is finally safe to handle.

After everything is finished, I want to do a comparison and take the best elements from both and incorporate them into something more cohesive.

While they’re drying, a bit of playing with yarn.

red weaving

This is an experiment with different textures, as in changing the yarn so it’s crocheted or knit a bit before weaving it in, but staying with monochrome red yarns. It looks nice with the blue peeking out. My problem with weaving, thought, is I never get it tight enough so it doesn’t hang weird. Perhaps because I don’t have that bar underneath it.