These past three weeks have been extremely unproductive. Especially last week, for personal reasons.
I’ve started another crochet shawl, and have started and frogged twice. Erratic crafting leads to questioning your decision making.
It looks okay now so will continue with this.
I picked up the oddly cabled colourful cardigan again, and knitting the shoulders before binding them off. I still have sleeves to knit, then the bit for the buttons and not buttons. Used a small needle, because those needles are being used for something else. I’ve decided the rest of the year will be spent finishing up as many projects as possible. There’s too many, and really need to stop starting too many to handle.
Finally applied the last layer of gesso, using a brush. I applied three layers of gesso with a roller and it didn’t full cover it, as patches of the canvas peeked through.
It took longer to open the container, than apply the fourth layer. The hairdryer trick worked except it happened after watching the episode of SNL with Chance the Rapper and alternating between the hairdryer and an X-acto knife. The episode was over for two minutes before I was able to open it successfully. And after using it, I closed the container without wiping off the excess on the lid, so will have to do it again, when I next need to apply gesso.
Finally put the small weavings in a frame. The white background was glaring, so washed a layer of pale grey on the white.
I purposely didn’t post anything for the past two weeks. First, I was focused on making sure every bit of paperwork was turned in for Dylan’s triannual IEP last Friday. That, and have been working on a dress and wanted to finish it before posting anything about it, but it’s not finished and I’m still going to post about it since I’m nearing the finish line.
Various projects have weaved in and out of my hands.
The knitted vest, I’ve reached the point where I start binding off various stitches for one front panel, and keep calculating how much to bind off on each side.
While waiting for something to happen, wanted to keep my hands busy. It was circular but the stitches were twisted. Ended up frogging that, only to start this. I’m going to use this yarn and experiment, so unsure what the end result will be.
Yet another thing to use up yarn, I started crocheting a shawl, but have since picked up stitches and want to either make cables or lace. This picture was (obviously) taken before transferring it onto knitting needles.
So..the dress. I’m a very avid Instagram user and post regularly. Sometimes every day, sometimes much less. Peppermint Magazine had a long-running stint with a company called In The Folds and I had one of their free patterns, #peppermintpeplumtop, as something I was following. Of course, myself likes to make things more complicated.
First of all, I prefer sleeves to sleeveless. I wanted to try my hand in making the top. I was using the top as an excuse to relax, and instead stressed out more and just kept adding steps to the whole process, which please don’t do that. I made the top into a dress and made a lining for the dress, which is way more than a simple sleeveless top with a ruffled bottom. I didn’t properly measure how long for the ruffle, and at first it was way more fabric than I can handle, so ended up taking off about three inches on each side, which made it much more manageable. Also, added a really long belt and some belt loops, although one got partially mangled while sewing the skirt to the top. I didn’t add any interfacing so it probably won’t last as long as it possibly can, but it still looks amazing.
This is what it looks like, as it is now. I have to sew the necklines together then the sleeve hems, hang it for a day or two, then hem the skirts separately. There is a picture of the dress, before sewing any of the lining together on my Instagram feed, along with a lot of pictures of the process, and I’m pretty chuffed about it. This is a horribly blurry photo but there isn’t much space between where it hung and where I stood. I’m not a selfie blaster that takes hundreds of pictures at a time, and will take up to five and usually the first one is the good one. In this case, also. It does look like it needs a bit of the lining trimmed but that’ll be after everything is sewn up.
By the way, I have about enough material to make one more top. And maybe that scene from Garden State, which has yet to be done.
I was not in the mental place to do much of anything, and was quite scatterbrained and exhausted, but before then and after, when it started wearing off at the tail end of the week.
Just a bit more knitting.
Was able to finish the back of the vest. From side to side it’s, if I remember right, is 25 inches/63.5cm. Vertically, it’s 18 inches/45.72cm.
Haven’t gotten far with one of the front panels. Not sure if I’ll get fancy with the fronts or not, but expect to have button packets added after they’re both nearly done.
The top project, I have no memory if I said anything about working on this sleeve but after dropping a stitch and count being off, it was frogged. First sleeve is finished, but it’s messed up in the ribbed rows. The bottom crochet bit hasn’t changed because I’m unsure how to add the second yarn.
Need to stop starting new projects before finishing up older ones.
Before going into that, finally attached buttons to the elbow length candy-coloured cape. Was planning to make resin buttons after teaching myself how to use resin, but got impatient and bought buttons. They’re not exactly lined up, and didn’t realise it curves until looking at it after finishing. It generally looks asymmetrical all over, so it’s not an eyesore. I forget what this stitch is called but resembles starbursts.
Never realised I default to this stitch, if I’m not doing a hdc/htc. Was going through yarn stashes under the bed, when coming across one of the knitting projects and going through notes and not being able to remember which one it was.
I forgot the direction the knitting was going by, so frogged the yarn and started over. Except, going on autopilot makes it slightly off.
The orange bit being knit is finally at the length where I bound off a bit for the armholes and will finish up the back, binding off a bit more for the back neckline.
It’s not clear that I bound off ten stitches on each stitch, that my nerdbutt subconsciously ended up with 69 stitches. (Go ahead and say it.)
Last week was a case of not really buckling down and getting as many things squared away, before Munchkin started school back up this week. Plus, he had a hearing test on Friday, so didn’t get anything done that day. (His hearing is perfectly fine, by the way. It just further cemented that he’s just as stubborn and hardheaded as I am. Nothing is funnier and/or scarier than looking at a reflection of yourself in a smaller form.)
One of Dylan’s therapists had to be let go, because the case manager was looking at the results of his therapies and whenever she was with him, it widely skewed the results. As a parting gift, I made her something and named it Squishy. It started off a duck, but it looked odd, then separated it and was trying to sew the head back on, to make a fish, and it came out looking like a deformed seal. From this angle, it looks like a bunny.
That pillow turned out to be a mess, also, but somehow Dylan has accepted it and it’s his now. I don’t think he’s ever turned down a pillow, as he has nine pillows on his bed. He originally had two, and some from the couch downstairs and my room ended up on his bed. Nubs formed instead of cables because that’s what turned out when you garter stitch everything.
The only thing I’ve been doing in bits and pieces is knitting yet another pullover. I’ve only got 740 yards of yarn of Redheart With Love in Tigerlily which doesn’t seem to be a very popular colour. Once I decide I like a certain colour, it suddenly becomes harder to get in store. I’m indecisive over whether to just make a vest or get another ball or two of the yarn I’m using to make sleeves and such. The back will be plain but haven’t decided the front, although it will be v neck and have a collar.
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.
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.
It’s been a slow week as I’m trying to catch up on the piles of reading material and going through my closet, weeding things out, so it slightly cuts into doing other things with my hands. I tend to do that after a semi-huge project, where one thing is complete then sort of putter around then start another project.
I’ve only done a couple things.
One. These red beads have been in a container with other beads and they’re so pretty. I turned most of them into a necklace.
The clasp isn’t neat but it looks fine to me.
And two. The other thing is just making a scrap thing, after finding a whole bunch of yarn bits in a container in my closet.
I’m not going in any colourway, just literally going “Okay. That one’s next.” The end product will be poo, but the process is always more important the result.
Currently, I’m trying to figure out a way to make holes in a canvas board, because the want to experiment with Dylan’s watercolours, some oil pastels (which I’ve had forever but never really use) and some embroidery thread.
Bit of a slow week as I’m reorganising personal items and it’s taking up space and time. Have only been able to focus on a few things. Well, two and another one, just wanted it done.
Yesterday, I undid the yarn on the neckline on the striped sweater and made the shoulder seams longer. Have yet to make a sweater closer to personal size, but oversized roomy jumpers are so nice to put on. This was sitting there and just wanted it finished, but need to put on some edging all around.
Okay. Remember how I got indecisive about the knitting of those two Yarnbox yarns?
It started off crochet, then was knitted. It’s crochet.
I love the way it looks as it does now, and not sure why I didn’t originally go with this. Started with the green then the purple with pink and white bits. It’s not clear in this picture because the light is washing out the shawl.
Also, didn’t realise but this may have taken a couple days to make.
So, the top using the sloper. My stitches are messy but it’s almost done.
I’m somewhat proud of this top although using white lace on a dark fabric shows the stitches and is a bit annoying but unavoidable. Originally the hem was going to be just lace but it made it so the top felt like a sweatshirt which wasn’t fun. I mirrored the hem with the top although the puffy side of the lace is reverse of the top front. Need to topstitch the hem and fix the cuffs then it will be finished. The lace was from an open jacket sitting in my closet, bought at Kmart, and the heavy silk floral fabric was bought at Joanns. Both purchased on a whim.
This is the first post of the year. Between the weekend before Christmas and New Year’s Day is this period of time that somehow becomes longer than it really is, where your focus isn’t really on any one thing, except just existing. It’s like the week before your birthday.
I was able to do a couple things, starting a few days back.
One is making a top. Drafting a top sloper seems fairly easy, if you have basic math skills and an extra long ruler. And if you take your time and actually measure yourself.
I was somewhat successful, after making a second sloper because the first time I didn’t measure the space between the bust and my waist. Four inches was the difference between the first sloper and the second one. Also forgot to measure between my waist and hips but added that to the second sloper. There’s something to be said for the quote “measure twice, cut once”.
Didn’t measure right but I’m making a top. Originally wanted something with a pleated angled bib in front but after making a mockup bib, and being indecisive about the number of pleats, decided to save that for something else.
Using lace for a bib, then for cuffs. It looks nice and not sure why I put inch seams all around, but get the feeling more will be cut away on the sides. Especially on the oddly cut sleeves.
(Also, not sure why the picture turned out blurry. )
This began crocheted of don’t remember the stitch count, then knit a few rows of 110 stitches, then this is crochet of 120 stitches again. Have done a bit more rows than this, and the markers are solely for counting, so haven’t moved them because the number of stitches haven’t changed. When I change the colour and the number count changes, they’ll move.
The two yarns bought off of yarnbox are becoming a shawl. It probably won’t be as long as I hope, but it’s going to look nice when done. I tend to usually avoid mixing green and purple, because it’s not the greatest colour combo, but only one them is a solid colour while the other is varigated.
I do have one more project in the works, as there is a dress waiting to be made. It’s this beautiful golden lace fabric overlaid mint.
The pumpkin dye made for a very pale yellow which is nice. I took fabrics out at different times and the fabric I took out a few days later, look somewhat stained, which I don’t mind.
Not sure why but using my camera makes them look paler than they do. The fabrics I threw in the washer and put it in the spin cycle then air dried everything.
The yarn I took out yesterday after it’s been soaking up the dark buttery yellow. It came out last because everytime I looked, it didn’t look uniform enough. If I had another dye, this is the point it would get painted or slapped on in some way.
It’s all going to be turned into a shawl.
This is slowly coming together. These are pieces for the hat, and I feel like I should have made the outside with felt, so it would be stiffer but applied interfacing to the lining pieces so hopefully, that’ll stiffen it a bit. Haven’t cut out the brim part of the hat and don’t have anything to interface it with.
The doll body is coming along but have no idea how to attach the head without it slumping over like someone full of shame. Suppose it’s a matter of shifting the stuffing around.
Keep adding blocks of colour to this and a bit indecisive over what colour to add next.
And some blurry pom-poms for good measure.
A few more rows on the second sleeve. Not sure why it’s taking so long.