Category: knitting

week 267

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. pile of dyed material

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.

dyed yarn

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.

pieces for a hat

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.

semi-stuffed doll body

Keep adding blocks of colour to this and a bit indecisive over what colour to add next.

crochet colourblocked blanket

And some blurry pom-poms for good measure.

blurry pom-poms

A few more rows on the second sleeve. Not sure why it’s taking so long.

progress on second purple and grey pullover

week 266

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.

knitted grey and multi-colour scarf

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.

second sleeve of purple striped pullover

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)

beginning of another crochet pullover

 

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.

hat in pieces, to be reworked

 

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.

circular pattern piece

 

So..about Gertrude. Not sure if she/it had a name last post. But…

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I’m about to cut into Gertrude #goodbyepumpkin

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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.

 

week 261-262

I found it impossible to post anything last week as my energy level dropped and patience was almost non-existent.

This part was finished some time last week. I originally connected the sleeve where the seam was on top, but fixed it so both the side and sleeve seams are in (almost) one line. Still have to knit the other sleeve then the middle bits, connect everything and then block it all.

half the pullover

I frogged a project and will reuse the yarn for something else, that I have no idea the end result. There have been sketches done that shows a starting point, but things rarely finish as it looks in the preliminary sketch. Starting with the green then use the blue. Can’t remember the yarn name except it’s not been made in a really long time, and that the website it was bought on, doesn’t exist anymore.

start of another project

Finally getting around to sewing the final pattern pieces for the dress. Most of them were drafted from measurements and constant trying it on, but the skirt was traced from a Simplicity skirt pattern piece. Depending on the result, might make the skirt more a-line. The sleeves might change, and will probably be longer.

dress pattern pieces

This bracelet has been in pieces, sitting in the desk for the longest time, so finally just put it all together. Took two tries as the first one was too wide, and would have easily flown off my wrist during sudden hand movements.

bracelet and earrings

week 257

Life gets in the way of getting things done sometimes.

Spent a good chunk of time shredding paper and had a few days where I had my little work area filled with clear bags filled with shredded paper. There were fifteen piled on the table, and more on the floor. Unfortunately, I transferred them into garbage bags but feel like I have to transfer them back into the clear ones.

Also, San Diego isn’t clear what you’re allowed to do with shredded paper. I called and they said it has to be in a paper bag, but someone else called and they said it’s okay to be put in plastic bags.

This is what my desk looks like now. It’s still messy as I have that red bin left full of stuff.

desk area as it now

So, this is all I’ve been able to do over the past week. A few rows on the first sleeve. I’ve written down the amount, and most of them are half of the main body rows.

starting first sleeve of striped pullover

week 255

So much closer to the finish line for this project.

I’m going to do the middle part with circular needles.

All this yarn for finishing the pullover. I have a bit less yarn to work with, although there was exchanging of the Yarn Collective bit with a bigger ball that was for another project, that’s temporarily stalled.

yarn for sleeves and middle sections

The four knit panels are finished and have been attached to each other but need a bit of steaming to make it pretty.

I tried on one side and the shoulder seam hits my shoulder in the right places, but that’s before adding the narrow middle and everything is altogether, so it’ll probably be closer to cap sleeve. Not sure what I want to do about the neckline, but we’ll see how much yarn is leftover at that point.

four finished knit striped panels

 

Friday, I finally frogged the Mandala yarn I was knitting with, as it just sat there for the longest time. I had two balls, so crocheted them together and let the colour changes happen naturally. The end isn’t as flat as the beginning, but it’s not that big a deal. As long as they mirrored slightly, which they do. I wish the colour changes were more staggered, though.

crocheted wrap using two Mandala balls

I used the next size up, on the recommended hook size on the label. By the way, this colourway is Pegasus.

side of Mandala yarn wrap

week 254

Restlessness is a strong distracter. I didn’t get much done at all last week. Most of it was spent on reading material and I’m in the midst of reorganising. Books and other things tends to migrate to other places, and trying to figure the best configuration to solve that problem. A shelving area, plus a desk, so I can spread everything out, instead of on the floor.

The crochet thing I was making kept curling, so after four tries, I gave up. It gave me an idea for a mixed media painting, so when I give that the attention it deserves, I’ll post about it then.

The only progress I made on anything was the fourth panel of the knit pullover.

I’ve got five rows of stripes left, then have twenty live stitches before making the shoulder seam. Seam the side, then it’s the front and back panels to be knit.

progress on knit fourth panel

After making the last five rows, I will have roughly this amount of yarn left to use to make the two panels and two sleeves. I have more Yarn Collective Bloomsbury DK in Soot so the panels are not an issue. Haven’t decided if they’ll be wide or narrow.

yarn bits while knitting

 

week 253

I’ve been knitting for about three years or so, after so many stops and starts.

When I first learned to crochet, I did the scarf route and gradually learned more complex things. I don’t think I’ve ever knit a scarf, and started with shawls or wraps although my first project was a pullover that I did both knit and crochet in, but it’s sitting in my closet for reasons. I’ve only made three pullovers or cardigans that I have worn, two of them on a regular basis. I’ve made way more, obviously.

The funny thing is I realise it’s easier to go top down when I crochet, but it has to be from the bottom when knitting.

That said I am starting another top down pullover, not sure about the sleeve length at the moment. The crochet thread mixed with one of the bits of yarn not successfully dyed that one time and so far, so good. Just going to use these until I run out then use the one bought at the thrift store, to finish the top.

I originally knit the beginning, but it didn’t feel right, so frogged the yarn and started off with a 3.75mm hook.

crochet thread and fingering thread used to start yet another top down pullover

The pullover I’m most focused on at the moment, is on piece four.

I messed up on binding off the third piece by binding off at the end of a row, and not at the beginning. So, this totally happened.

when you bind off on the wrong side

This is the current progress on the fourth panel.

In the meantime, I did bind off the shoulder seam, then sew up the sides of the first two, leaving a space for an armhole. For armholes, I always leave eight inches, or about 20 cm, of space, because it leaves ample room.

After finishing up this panel, I will bind off the shoulder then sew up the side, then it will be time for the two middle panels.

Didn’t get so far.

beginning piece four of the striped pullover