Category: knitting

weeks 318-319

So, I’ve been having issues keeping up with weekly posts because there are so many things that need to be done that don’t involve staring at a white screen. I’m sorry about that but lately, I’ve not been okay and distracting myself.

The big canvas is waiting, after four layers of gesso applied, but I’m unsure where to start. It’s hanging on the wall on thumbtacks waiting to be painted, because there is no other space to keep it. Areas are taped off but haven’t gone further than that.

blank canvas primed with four layers of gesso and taped up

In the meantime, I’m experimenting with paint and just doing awful small scale work and nothing’s really working. Even though if you really like colours and try to mash them together, there is no guarantee the end product will be good.

These two for example.

I love the green one, when it was just green, but the yellow brown on it makes it look horrible. Maybe if I stick gold glitter all over the poop yellow it might be better but the more I look at it, the more it’s horrible.

two canvasboard: left has yellow in the top half, the second one has green and yellow shapes, the yellow is over gold marker which came out brownish
yellow, pink, blue shapes that make no sense together

The one that started off promising is just as bad. I keep adding on to it in hopes it would look better, but gets worse. The blue lines are tape and have been removed but it’s just poo. How does one destroy canvasboard?

The black bit in the yarnbowl has grown a few more rows, but still looks the same.

That’s what’s mostly been done these past two(ish) weeks.

Started again on the orange vest or cardigan. If there is leftover yarn, I’m going to knit a hat for Dylan.

finished orange front panel and back for vest or cardigan

weeks 315-317

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.

black crochet shawl, beginning

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.

one shoulder knit seam

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.

gesso canvas

Finally put the small weavings in a frame. The white background was glaring, so washed a layer of pale grey on the white.

small weavings framed

weeks 309-311

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.

orange knit vest back, with one of the front panels

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.

starting of another knittng project

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.

dress hanging on a hanger with the inside lining on the outside

weeks 307-308

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.

stockinette stitch orange vest back

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.

start of a front panel of orange vest

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.

two projects, frogged ball of yarn and beginning of crochet shawl

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.

week 306

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.

buttoned stripey crochet cape

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.

start of another crochet project, using same stitch as the crochet cape

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.)

upside down back of orange vest

week 305

When you’re taking some inches off clothes, pay attention to what you’re doing to the sleeves. On the plaid shirt, I’ve been attaching the sleeves then taking them off, adding something, then reattaching them. Both times they’ve felt super tight in the upper arm area. That’s why I started sewing because off the rack clothes oftentimes needs a bit of fixing but can’t be arsed to even bother when it’s already finished. Irony that I’m altering two tops found in stores.

Right now, the yellow and black plaid shirt is currently sleeveless and I’m attaching triangles to the sleeves, before reattaching them. I’ve taken in about three-four inches on both sides and it fits way better.

The floral kimono is still wide in the back, but not what it was. I’ve sewn up the sides, but one sleeve and side is wider when trying it on. So, need to sew the wider side so it is tighter in the armpit area. Then, I can fix the uneven bottom and the fronts don’t match either. Still want to put buttons but I’ll figure that out once the rest is even.

I’ve gotten a bit farther with knitting the back of the orange vest and 2/3rds finished with the first skein. Can start binding off and making the armholes. At this point, I have another skein of yarn that can used for sleeves, when it comes to that point, if I change my mind and want them, which is likely.

By the way, the picture doesn’t give the yarn a proper representation of its colour. This is one of those darkish orange shades that always looks lighter in pictures.

week 304

I’m heavily procrastinating doing important paperwork and had a couple questions, and the person I needed to ask isn’t in today, so a few more hours then buckle down and try to do as much of the questionaires and stuff. Having an Autistic child requires so much but he’s completely worth everything. Sometimes I feel neglectful but, within reason, if he’s happy, then so be it.

I’ve spent most of my time this past week taking bits of clothing apart to either refashion them into something actually wearable or to become pattern pieces.

My favourite top was a top I bought from H&M. I want to do a mishmash that somewhat combines two tops, once I am able to finally separate all the pieces for both. Snaps are a pain to remove, but thankfully, they don’t leave huge holes in the pieces, using jewelry pliers to take them apart. I still have to remove the front snaps from the white top, while the dark grey is all buttons. By the way, the back of both shirts are almost identical, although the white top was longer but it had a tear in the back and I shortened it and wore it a lot until one sleeve developed a couple small holes.

two H&M tops (white and grey) to become pattern pieces

One of the sleeves after I separated it. I want to reuse all the lace in the top resulting from drafting a pattern from the two.

one sleeve from one H&M top

The two shirts I am changing to make them more wearable is the the yellow and black top from Anthropologie that fit no one, and the kimono I wore once.

yellow and black plaid shirt, and a floral kimono

I’m just taking in the sides of the plaid top so it’s not a tent. The kimono I wore once, after shortening it and making sleeves out of the detached part. I’m turning it into a blouse. The back was wider than I thought. After I detached everything, I measured the back and it’s 40 inches, or 101.6cm. I could have just cut the back and made it all from just that piece, but I’m doing quite a bit of trimming. And after I’m done, putting crochet edging all around.

Haven’t gotten far in my knitting, as I just did an inch more of the orange vest.

orange knitting