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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. )
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.