Category: 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

week 252

(Hello from the same blog with a slightly changed url. I officially own the blog now and there could be slight changes coming to it, but it’ll mostly stay the same.)

Another slow week. It’s hard to do anything when it’s over 26C and humidity is past 65%. I go into nap and wake up covered in sweat and disgusted with myself for sleeping all the time mode.

I’m slowly knitting the third piece of the pullover. It seems each piece is taking longer than the panel before it. First took four days, the second took a bit longer and this has taken even longer.

I’ve only reached the eighth stripe out of twenty-one. Still think there should have been less grey stripes but eh. Too late now and it still looks nice.

progress on third piece of knit pullover

 

For the quilt, I was shuffling things around and realised the leftover squares should make up the middle of the back, rather than add them to the sides. After the middle is done, add squares of the fabric originally meant to make up the back as planned.

middle of quilt back

This is the quilt top in all its glory without the edges altered.

I measured the top and it’s roughly 54″ by 47″, or 137cm by 119cm. Not sure how much I will lose when I attach all three layers together. It’s puckery, because there is material of all sorts, and because my sewing sometimes went in non-straight lines, but once the top and batting are together, I’m hand stitching over the top, so it’s a bit smoother.

It’s kind of nice to finally getting around to projects that were just sitting in my to do pile. And, I will be very happy once this thing is done as it’s taking an unnecessarily long time to go from cut pieces to a usable quilt. I don’t know how many pieces were cut before Dylan was even conceived. It’s been that long.

quilt top

week 251

For the longest time I had this project in a pile of WIPs. I finally just wanted to finish it.

It’s almost finished as I want to add random pom-poms all over.

This is the frogged yarn from the cardigan I knit and somehow made one side way too wide to be comfortable to wear. The yarn is doubled up, and when I was at the last yarn cake, I crocheted with both ends.

For some reason I didn’t feel like continuing the actual pattern planned out so made it on one side. especially since I wasn’t exactly paying attention to the holes made.

The more I look at it, I want to sew armholes and turn it back into a cardigan.

crochet shawl or something

It’s a bit blurry, but the quilt top is coming along.

After sewing the side pieces, noticed the middle part was too long, so needed to make it wider, rather than longer. Removed several rows from the bottom, and will attach them to the sides.

When everything is finally sewn together, going to sew over the rows, on the outside, firmly attaching the batting under the top, before making something for the back and attaching that.

And I roughly measured length and it’s 4 feet, or about 122cm. I figure it’s just as wide as it is long. If not, I can sew two pieces of batting together.

quilt squares

Started the third section of the pullover.

My straights are no15, Japanese needles, bought a long time ago. For the inside pieces, when I will pick up the stitches and attach them to each other, I wanted to use a circular needle.

Unfortunately I guesstimated and bought 6.0mm needles. I need 6.5mm. It’s a tiny little difference, but half mm does matter because the stitches could be a wee smaller.

start of the third knitted piece

Yarnbox is selling off skeins of yarn before they completely close up shop. I bought two and they are both so much prettier in person than in this photo. They’ll probably be forever in the stash but that’s normal.

two yarn skeins

week 250

I wasn’t project scattered over the past week. But, even with focus, things are not exact. I am not worried about running out of yarn for the rest of the main body, but not sure about the sleeves. It really depends on the sleeve length. Deep down, I feel it’s just the right amount.

This is what I have leftover after finishing two sections, after rewinding most of the cakes.

yarn after two finished sections

I wasn’t paying attention but managed to knit two rows less than I had planned. It oddly enough isn’t that huge of a difference between the sides. I’m going to make it so the two rows less are the front panels, and the normal amount are the back.

up close of middle stripes

I wanted to finish this yesterday, but Saturday prevented me from doing anything as a migraine snuck up and made it impossible to do any bit of crafting. I only get migraines once every other month and for a while, they didn’t happen.

These are the two panels. Should have put more stitches on the holders but going to make the neck wider so when making a collar, I won’t have to worry about it being too small to work with.

I also need to get more stitch holders.

two finished sections

There will be vertical striped between all four panels, and under the sleeves. That part hasn’t been planned out.

week 249

I already showed this to the person I plan on sending to, and she approves, so can show it off here. Even though it’s not perfect, it looks quite nice. Working with floral tape on a humid day made it stick even more.

It took four items: thick ribbon (with wire), thread, wire (used 20 gauge jewelry wire), and green floral tape. Non-wired ribbon makes more circular flowers, so it depends on what you like.

Basically, you thread a piece of ribbon at the bottom then tie the loose thread together together, so it’s closed, and sew the ends together and thread through the same side as before and cinch it up then knot it off.

You turn the flower over and sorta make sure everything is underneath. After you make the number you want–I made an odd number, but it doesn’t matter the number– you wrap wire around the threaded bottoms. I wrapped them about three or four times then pinched the wire.

Most of the flowers were wrapped with opposite ends of the same piece of wire. I didn’t measure anything, so can’t tell exact measurements. After everything had wire attached, gather it all into a bunch, adjust so they’re all level and wrap the floral tape around it, starting under the flowers, then cut the wire peeking out with a jewelry wire cutter.

blurry photo of ribbon floral bouquet

It looks better on the loom but this is the weaving finished and hanging. I should cut the pole, but will just make a second weaving and hang that on the same bit of wood.

multicolour weaving

Last week, I started knitting this with Tahki Stacey Charles’ Lena yarn. Four days later made a first bit for a pullover. I started the second piece yesterday. I should have added less grey stripes and just added them before every odd stripe, but I’m happy with this and need to make three more. I don’t know if I have enough of some of the yarns for the sleeves, but am tempted to just make all grey sleeves.

Also, I realise my default knitting mode is stripes and stockinette.

striped pullover in pieces

These are all the yarns used.

The grey varigated one is Yarn Collective’s BloomsburyDK in soot. The purple under it is the Tahki Stacey Charles Lena yarn in colourway 003. Yarn Stories’s Fine Merino DK in Mulberry, Fuchsia, and Duck Egg. Yarn Stories’s Fine Merino and Baby Alpaca in Thistle. KnitPicks” Aloft in Cosmopolitan. The one in the middle is Phydeaux Yarn’s Blackberry Bramble. For a short period, I had a Yarnbox subscription and feel like I’m one of the reasons why it’s shutting down this month. I use the Aloft and Fuchsia together.

yarns used

week 248

When I know I’ll be sitting in a car, or just waiting in general, I bring a bit of yarn and either needles or a hook. Oftentimes, it’s just to keep my hands busy and a bunch of the things started end up getting frogged.

I tend to gravitate towards stripes and want to make a simple top using various yarns in my stash. It will be various purple yarns, one reddish purple one and a blue yarn on top. Part of me wants to put rows of grey between overlap and solo bits. Right now, it will be broken up into four parts then in the middle, which attaches pieces, will be crochet. I haven’t made anything than a basic layout, but it’s going to be whenever.

another striped knitting project with purple yarn

 

Progress on the weaving project.

I prefer it upside down, as it looks better this direction. I think it should end on green and white as it begins that way, instead of just blue, as planned.

progress on weaving project

 

These squares have been sitting there for a while, because I’ve been constantly putting it off. When I cut them out, I had them set up a certain way but didn’t even bother paying attention to that arrangement, while sewing them together. They’re all random and it’s slightly wonky. I need to sew the rectangles onto the sides then smooth it all out with an iron and sewing over the cover.

folded up middle of simple quilt top

 

This green yarn was originally used so I can practice making cables, but after messing up my count then trying to redo it and having yarn slide off the cable needle, I gave up and will attempt cables on a different yarn.

In case you’re curious, this and the purple yarn are Tahki Yarn’s Stacey Charles Lena. WEBS took over the line and the yarn is almost gone.

another crochet project

week 246

I’ve gotten a new comforter, which means for now, the background will clash with whatever item I’m taking a picture. I really do need to set up a little area to take decent pictures.

 

This will be the background for something, but unsure what at the moment. I used all the smaller pieces that were going to be used for the hat, and just glued them to this canvas board as the first layer. I did it sideways, but this direction looks better. Should have painted the canvas board before doing it but too late to remove the ribbon, as it’s been a few days.

(I haven’t taken any pictures of the hat, but it’s coming along. It’s not exactly clear-cut what I’m doing going by illustrations and written directions. It might be done by next week, but, even if it’s not, I’ll post a picture in next week’s blog.)

strips of blue velvet ribbon glued onto board

 

Still haven’t decided what to add to the pillow, so it’s still a blank slate.

In front of it, the blocks being added to each other. It’s turning out awful but I’m sure the end will be decent enough.

squares being put together for a blanket

 

Should have been more aware of the light, but this is the progress on the other square blanket. The best thing about chunky weight yarn is you don’t have to wait too long.

I’ve spent the majority of last week making squares and started attaching them on Sunday. I have a few left but will attach them on the side, but feel it’s a few squares short.

squares mostly put together for another blanket

Complete with off-center square so it doesn’t line up.

upper corner of second blanket, square isn't flush with the other squares

 

Was feeling a bit antsy and had time on my hands so started knitting. Have no idea what this will be in the end. Also, this is the yarn I bought at the thrift store so have no idea the actual contents but feels like 100% wool.

start of another knit project using thrift store yarn