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.
Dilemma is either finish one thing or start a lot, so either there’s nothing or trying to balance several projects at the same time.
I should have kept the yarn bought at the thrift store, on the cone. Just randomly thought the yarns would make a nice scarf. Originally was crocheting but frogged it when the stitches didn’t look right. It looks nice and the colours are much more clear.
Did a few more rows of the second sleeve, of the purple and grey pullover, but this part will be taking forever to finish. Haven’t decided on the middle panels on the front and back.
It’s not clear but will be using these yarns for a pullover. Two pieces that will be from cuff to center, which half of the center will be seamed together. The bottom of the cuff have bobbles, which will be also in the center. (Not sure why this is blurry, though)
This has been sitting in the closet and the decision and desire to make a hat, that would be actually be worn, with the pieces already there, but redesigned and not the mess it had been. Probably won’t use all the wire bits. And, maybe, more blue ribbon flowers.
Starting with the main part. This is the circle to make the top. Purposely covering up the picture I’m semi-following, the brim will be slightly narrow than the picture.
I’m using Eugenia Kim’s book about hatmaking. Half the book is buy a hat then add an embellishment but it still has easy enough directions to make a simple hat that an idiot like myself can follow, that it’s worth the money. Then again, I have not been able to make a cloche the right size for my head, because I’m not making the pattern piece the exact size needed. Also, since I don’t own a hat block, I’m trying to make do with pattern pieces and bowls. And stubbornness.
So..about Gertrude. Not sure if she/it had a name last post. But…
If anybody questions what sort of humour I have, this is the video to be used as an example.
(Forgot to take pictures for this bit.)
The pulp was scrapped after popping it into the oven and roasting for about 45 minutes. It’s all in bags, in the freezer.
For the past few days, since Sunday, I’ve spent trying to extract dye from the rest of it. Couple days I would boil all the contents with extra water for an hour or so then let it sit outside. Yesterday, filled a bucket with hot tap water and added vinegar and alum powder and a bit of salt and had various fabrics and lace and let it sit for around an hour then added everything together, having to dump out some of the water onto spaces between plants in the backyard, and picking out the pumpkin bits and putting that in the material to be recycled for compost. I boiled the fabric and the dyes and such for an hour then have been letting the dye and such soak into the material, since yesterday. From time to time, have been taking a peek and most of it has been taking on a pale buttery yellow. The lace isn’t changing colour, only because my dumb ass forgot it’s not cotton. Polyester and acrylic material doesn’t soak up the colour.
The plan is to use the material to make a scarf or shawl. I also plan on texting one of my friends a lot of pictures of the material after taking it out and properly laundering it.