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

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.