Category: crafting

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

weeks 302-303

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.

amigurumi seal that looks like a bunny in a yellow basket

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.

front of knit striped yellow and pink pillow

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.

progress on orange knitting

weeks 300-301

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.

front view of the block-colour knit cable cardigan
upper half back view of of the block-colour knit cable cardigan

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.

the two grey crochet panels and blue yarn

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.

more blue yarn on needles. originally was going to become a sweater from a Vogue knitting magazine pattern, but not anymore

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. )

starting another knitting project with the frogged yarn from the cardigan

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.

six small resin molds

week 299

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.

upside down view of progress of cables on back of cardigan

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.

front part in progress, and back piece complete. crochet yokes in soot by Yarn Collective

week 298

And even more knitting. It’s going to look all wonky, even with a bit of blocking.

not very good cable knitting

My cables are not even and a complete mess but I’m just rolling with it. Middle will be that teardrop shape and then cables upward. The two on the side are going to flow onto the sleeves, and the fronts will flow onto the sleeves, so have to knit the whole main body before getting to decide what to do with the sleeves. After that business, knit a collar and button placket. I’m unsure how what sort of border around it all.

One another note, I’m making something for one of Dylan’s therapists, before she starts in her new position next month. I’m going to knit a simple cable cowl for her. Hopefully she likes it. Should also bake her a cake.

beginning of white cable cowl

Started this yesterday. Originally it was a wiggly line, but decided it would be better in a different way.

Basically. CO30. K30, P30. K30; P30; K10, 5/5LC, K10. P30; K30. P30. Then, on repeat: K10, 5/5RC, K10; P30, K30, P30, until finished, ending on a purl row, and will sew the ends together.

week 297

All I’ve been doing is knitting, for the past week, because knitting takes forever. Have no want to learn to speed knit.

I finished the panel with the cables and decided to make a cardigan with it, using up the yarn bought off yarnbox and the one from at a thrift store bin.

It’s a bit floppy right now but it’ll be nice once it’s finished. It’s wide enough that I’m knitting up until the part where it will be separated for the fronts and back. Haven’t decided for the sleeves, yet, but haven’t gotten to that point yet.