Finished: Crochet Cowl

I have been working on this project throughout the semester. I knew I wanted to make a grey cowl but, I didn’t feel like searching or following a pattern. Therefore, I did my own thing with this cowl. Initially, I wasn’t sure if it was going to be a cowl or scarf but, I settled on a cowl because they are just so fabulous.

The pattern is a type of cluster stitch. It was worked back and forth, then I slip stitched the shorter edges together, and trimmed the rounds in single crochet. I did not weave in the ends but, tied them in a permanent bow to give the cowl that cinched look. I really like the outcome. I would have done more rows for a fuller effect but, I only had 2 skeins of yarn.

Keep in mind, this can be a quick project but, I picked it up every blue moon when I just happened to remember it.

I may make this pattern available as a free pattern. I just have to remember what I did. LOL

Details:

Hook – G (4.0 mm)

Yarn – Vanna’s Choice

Color – Charcoal Grey

Level – Easy to Intermediate

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Finished: Kente-Inspired Skirt and Sash

I bought this fabric this past summer while browsing Joann’s Fabrics. I wasn’t set on what I was going to make with it but, I knew I liked it. My nieces hated it. Lol

Well, Global Education Day was coming up and they asked us to dress for the occasion. I then remembered this print! I wanted to make Simplicity 2444 with it but, unfortunately I did not have enough time. (I was on the planning committee for the event). So, after our final exam and final presentation on Saturday, I immediately came home and got to work.

I can’t say this is a specific pattern. It was definitely a variation of the One-Hour Skirt. I added a sash, lining, pockets, and length. So, I definitely did my own thing with it. But, I was really pleased with the end result. Everyone loved the outfit.

Today, I was asked twice if I was from Ghana. This is probably because Kente cloth originates from the Akan group of South Ghana. A guy in the airport said he just came from Ghana and that they definitely dress exactly the way I was dressed.

Unfortunately, my cloth is not genuine kente cloth but, I do like the end result.

Also, the head sash was made using this free tutorial. It worked up super quick so, I can see myself using it in the future.

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WIP: Shades of Purple Pullover

Even though my previous project wasn’t hard, I decided to go for a super simple pullover. Initially, I had planned on making the Henriette cardigan next but, I decided to save the more challenging knit for Thanksgiving break. This pattern is yet another Andi Satterlund pattern. It is her free pattern, which can be found HERE.

I had planned on making this cardigan when it came out last year, however; it was getting very warm in Alabama at the time. So, I decided to save it for the Fall season. I had already ordered the yarn and brought it to school with me.

The yarn is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes. The colors are Indigo Heather and Haze Heather. The Haze Heather color is a very light lavender, which has a tendency to look grey in certain lightings.

It is working up very fast. Last night, I checked my gauge. It was perfect. I then started the back and finished the back section today.

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Finished Object: Marion.2

The MarionKAL ends today and I finished in record time. As the deadline pushed closer, I realized how far behind I was. So, on Thursday, I drank coffee and worked to finish my sleeves. The next morning, I finished my neckband. One thing I do not like about rushing is I make careless mistakes.

  • First off, I picked up too many stitches for my set-in sleeve because I forgot I was making the XS this time around and not the S like last time. I noticed this error when I was about to begin the sleeve shaping. I had to rip out that sleeve and start over.
  • Second, for some reason I decreased when I wasn’t supposed to during the sleeve shaping. So, I was short a stitch. I noticed this mistake about five rows later. I was not about to rip back my work. So, I just dropped down to that stitch and corrected the mistake using my handy crochet hook.
  • Finally, when I was binding off I dropped a few stitches in the end but, this was easily corrected.

Despite the errors, I enjoyed knitting this cardigan. The biggest challenge was finding the time to knit. I work, attend classes at night and every other weekend, and have various sessions/seminars/tours that I attend. So, I usually have to pull all-nighters to get some knitting done.

I find time to knit because it really calms me and I enjoy it. I have realized that I need a break from being around my fellow graduate students and instructors so, I have found a knitting group. This will give my mind a break from the academic aspect of my life–which feels consuming–and give me a chance to focus on recreational things. They meet on Thursday night and I can’t wait!

Ok, that’s enough rambling. Check out the details below:

Yarn – Cascade 220

Color – Silver Grey

Needle – Size 8 (5.00 mm)

Level – Easy to Intermediate

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Favorite Fall Sweater

Well, my next post was supposed to be an update on my Marion for the MarionKAL but, this is much more fun! So, Andi asked us to name our favorite Fall sweater, which was not an easy task for me. But, after much debate with myself I will reveal my favorite Fall sweater at the end of this post.

Some did not make the cut. They are Marion (crappy yarn) and Shapely Boyfriend (gives me hip wings).

I just want to say that I used to dread Fall season. It meant going back to school and cold weather coming in. However, when I started knitting this all changed. I feel like now my entire year is prepping for my Fall/Winter knits. Then, I get so excited when the season changes so, I can finally wear my favorite pullovers. So, let’s get started.

Oh yeah, I had fun trying on different outfit combinations as you will see ;)

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Aiken – Definitely one of my favorite pullovers. I plan on making another one soon in a better yarn.
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Beulah – This cardigan will always have a special place in my heart. It was my first knit garment and it is still one of my most worn cardigans. I don’t see myself ever making another one because the seaming was the biggest pain! But, it looks like it was made for this dress I recently ordered from Modcloth (on sale at a great price).
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Chuck – This was my first challenging knit. My Daddy was wary of my ability to create this so, I set out to prove him wrong. This pullover features 2 of my favorites–cables and hot pink.
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Hetty – I absolutely adore this cardigan! The dusty pink is very elegant to me and goes perfectly with the lace pattern. To date, this is my most cardigan. I wear it year round and it goes with almost every dress in my closet.
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A to Z – I consider this my varsity sweater. I like that it is personalized for me because of the ‘C’. I don’t wear it much in the hotter seasons so, I am looking forward to wearing it soon. The color combination is just perfect to me.
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Miette – This cardigan sat in my queue for the longest. I am happy that I finally got around to making it. The fit is perfect. However, I must admit that I prefer it buttoned because it just looks better that way. (I’m covering my mouth because I felt like my lipstick clashed with the orange.)
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Geraldine – This sweater had to make the cut. It’s named after my aunt. LOL. JK. But seriously, this sweater lets the world know that I am a knitter and I love it. How adorable are those knitting needles and yarn motifs. Perfect. I can’t wait to wear this with the matching hat during the colder months.
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Hetty.2 – I loved my first Hetty so much that I had to make another. Initially, my second was supposed to be in a forest green but, I went with a loud red. I love it.
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Hortencia – Yes, it’s black and simple but, I love it. I wear it sooooo much. There is nothing like a neutral sweater to add to your wardrobe. And to this day I love my 2 buttons and giggle every time I think about the story behind those buttons.
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Elsa – I couldn’t leave my beloved crochet out of the mix. Most of my crochet garments are open and lacy so, I adore that this is not. I just love the Jackie O feel to this jacket. The details are also a major perk i.e. the buttons and zipper. I have actually been planning to make another but, I haven’t gotten around to it yet. Soon…

Well, after much debate I did decide on my favorite Fall sweater. I took into account how often the item is worn, the color, and the design features. It was a close call between Hetty.1 and Chuck. But in the end, Hetty in pink won. It’s in my favorite color, it’s worn once a week, and the lace design is the most beautiful thing.

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This was fun! I can’t wait to see everyone’s #favoritefallsweater.

Finished Object: Hetty(Red) by Andi Satterlund

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I finished my second Hetty in red this past Sunday and wore it this past Wednesday. Of course, I adore it and the color is perfect. I find that red is one of the most versatile colors and can really accent an outfit.

I don’t have much to say about this because it is a pattern that I have created before. See my first Hetty post for other details. I will say that this is my favorite knit pattern to date. It does require a bit more commitment than a simple stockinette stitch cardigan but, the end result is so worth it. The yarn is also a yarn that I’ve used before and that I like so, nothing has changed there.

Details:

Needle: Size 8 (5mm)

Level: Intermediate

Yarn – Knit Picks Wool of the Andes

Color: Red

Extra Thoughts: The MarionKAL is currently underway and I have not done a gauge swatch or cast on. I’m such a slacker. I need to handle that tonight…

Marion KAL

Now, that I finally got Hetty off the needles, I can think about my Marion cardigan for the MarionKAL. In the previous post, I mentioned that I wanted to participate in the MarionKAL. And yes, I have already knit Marion in purple but, it was with a yarn that I loathed. So, I am excited about knitting another in a yarn I like.

Initially, I was going to go with another bright color. Then, I decided to go with grey. Simply because it is so versatile and nice to look at. (I also had encouragement from my fellow Instagrammers to go with this color.) I will be using Cascade220 in silver grey.

My yarn arrived this past Friday. I really like the look of it and can just imagine the finished cardigan.

I haven’t really checked out the craft stores here in Durham, yet. So, my buttons came from Wal-Mart. However, I really like them and I thinks its going to compliment the cardigan really well.

I’ll keep you posted on the progress…

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Extra Thoughts: Hopefully, I will be able to get some pretty decent pictures of my finished Hetty.2 cardigan. I no longer have my vast array of photographers so, I’m on my own. I may need to invest in a tripod/timer thingy.

WIP: Hetty in Red

It’s been a long time since my last post. Well, I have been getting settled in Durham, North Carolina for graduate school and everything has been great. We had our Orientation this past Friday, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I also just finished my first assignments and I plan on doing some required reading tonight. 

I have been able to pick my knitting back up and I worked on Hetty a bit over the weekend. I am now on the bottom band for the body. I actually am gonna try to finish this cardigan by the end of the month because Andi has a Fall KAL coming up in September and I do want to participate in that. We voted on which pattern to knit.I personally hope we will be knitting her new cropped cardigan but, last time I checked it looked like Marion would take the win. It doesn’t matter because I really like her designs so, I will just go with what is decided even though I already have a Marion. However, this time around I plan on making it with a better yarn–maybe Cascade 220 in green or blue.

Well, I will keep you all posted on my projects and life. hetty

WIP: Vivien Pullover (Christmas Sweater Update)

I have really put this project on the back burner. It was not picked up the entire month of June or most of July. I caught the sewing bug and was really enjoying the OAL2014. So, now that the sewing machine is packed away and the OAL is over I am back at it.

I am still working on the front. Sad, right? But, whatev. I may be off my schedule but, if I continue to work on it I can definitely finish this before December.  I am determined to finish this pullover.

I adore how the colors are coming together and hopefully, this will be a sweater that I love.

Right now, I am about to start the armhole shaping. I plan on working on this over the next couple of weeks before I start school. (I plan on working on it while at school, too.)

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Extra Thoughts: Today is officially my last day at work. I have been a Secretary for the past 5 1/2 years (I never expected to be here that long) and I am really going to miss it. I’ve enjoyed the memories and the wonderful friendships formed. However, I am looking forward to school and having a career in the field of Library Science and/or Archiving. I’m also looking forward to sushi tonight with my sister, Alison. She’s treating me so, that’s always a plus ;)