week 258

After undoing most of this green open cardigan, I frogged it until it was at the bottom green block and will use the yarn to make another blanket.

Seem to have completely bypassed making scarves, which was a really short period of learning, and blankets are the easiest things to default to, in making items.

It will alternate between the dark and this melon colour.

green blanket

I’m starting another painting and realised having a completely white background is more distracting than anything, so painted it a pale peach acrylic, adding water to thin it out. It has slight streaks but not that important when the next layer is added.

painting, first layer

 

Finally sewn the doll parts together. I wasn’t able to sew over the seams of the arms and legs but it seems to add to it, plus it will be covered. I was going to add a separate bit for a head but it didn’t look right so just sewn it up at the top, and it seems to look fine as is. Need to add clothes and a face, then it’ll be done.

stuffed doll without clothes and a face

For the striped pullover, I didn’t take a picture but the first sleeve is on the third colour.

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 256

This will be a quicker than usual post as I completely lost track of time today.

Most of the past week, I’ve spent a good chunk of time semi-reorganising and frogging yarn.

This is the corner as it is now. I was aiming to buy a desk but realised buying a coffee table would suit me better. I prefer sitting on the floor, but have a place to set projects down now. The cart was somewhere else in the room and moved it to this corner.

I took apart the green jacket and decided just to make another small blanket with the yarn.

coffee table and that corner of the room

Speaking of small blankets, I finally sewn the numbers onto the bottom and a couple pom-poms on each side.

numbers and attached to bottom of blnket

I keep seeing as these rad dolls people make and decided to make a one off, using scraps after I shortened something of my mum’s that was too long.

Without the body, this is the head, arms and legs.

non-stuffed doll head, arms and legs

After they’ve been stuffed.

partially stuffed doll head, and stuffed arms and legs

And, about the sew the main body together. I originally sewn the front and back main body with stitches from the appendages on view and realised that was wrong, so undid the whole thing.

Hence. It looks like this until it’s attached and I stuff the body and attach the head. Then the fun part will happen and giving the doll a personality.

arms and legs included before attaching the front of the body

 

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

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