Me Made May 2017

Today marks the end of Me Made May 2017 and I am happy that I stuck it through. Last year, I didn’t make it to the end. If you would like details about the knit patterns they can be found at my Ravelry page HERE. I also blogged about some of the knitted garments. Also, all of my sewn garments were also blogged.

My goal–which is going to be very hard–is to sew more dresses. To take the steps to achieve this goal I am joining the OAL2017. I am going to try to sew 2 dresses this year. One dress will be more for Spring (though to be honest, I’m sure I’ll rock it in the fall/winter) and the other dress will be more Autumn. I’ll go into further details about my plans for the Outfit Along in a later post.

Well, that concludes my Me Made May 2017 and it really inspired me to pull out the sewing machine. IMG_20170531_144208_622

Finished Object: Sycamore Vest

Over a year ago, I saw an Instagrammer wearing the Sycamore Vest by Hannah Fettig and I immediately wanted to make myself a version. Therefore, I purchased the book and the yarn that was used for the pattern. I would’ve never thought that the yarn would sit in my stash for over a year before I cast on. So, this past March I decided it was now time for me to start my Sycamore Vest.

The shape of this vest is a departure from my typical knit clothing. I definitely prefer fitted and cropped clothing that has a vintage feel to it. However, I decided I wanted to try something new. I am pretty pleased with the effortless easy flow to the vest and I do think it will get regular rotation of wear. The color is one of my favorite aspects of the cardigan. I didn’t realize I flock to yellow tones so much until I added this vest to my knitwear stash. Yet, yellow works so well as a neutral which makes it match almost everything in my closet. Also, this is a great layering piece that can work year round.

I must admit that I did not enjoy working this vest up very much. I did like that it was an easy knit. So, I loved working on it while watching Netflix and reading. But, since it was worked from the bottom up, I couldn’t get a feel for how it was going to look. I just felt like I was knitting this block of fabric. It was very unexciting. Then, I made up in my mind that I was going to get this project off my needles. Especially, before the Outfit Along 2017. So, I did just that over the weekend. I’m pretty pleased with the finished object and I just love the feel and drape of Quince and Company’s yarn. I can’t wait to knit more things with this yarn. Will I make it again? As of now, I don’t think so simply because I did not enjoy knitting the garment that much. Also, while I like the fit and shape of the vest, it is still not my favorite shape of clothing items. Life’s too short to knit items that don’t fit into the favorite category.

I did shorten the collar portion by 5 rows because I was running out of yarn. I got gauge and the pattern stated that I would need 4 skeins, but I still was short. I had just enough yarn for the armholes, so shortening the collar was a good call. Playing yarn chicken stresses me out. Lol.

Details:

Yarn – Quince and Company Chickadee in Carrie’s Yellow

Needle – 3.75mm (US 5)

Level – Easy

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Small Projects for the Takeover

I can’t believe it’s been over a year since my last post. I participated in Me Made May last year and I am participating again this year. Instead of doing weekly Me Made May posts, I’ll do a recap at the end of the month. I’m happy to say that I have worn something Me-Made everyday this month. Some days I did not feel like posting, but I stuck it through.

While my blogging activity has been low, I have steadily been crafting away. However, I think the year 2016 was my least productive year. I did not sew a thing, I did not finish a crochet item, and I only finished a hat and a cardigan. Very disappointing. I can say that I was focused on finishing out my last year of my Master of Library Science program, while also applying to a Ph.D. program in Library and Information Science. It was quite the task. I am happy to say that I was accepted to the University of South Carolina in Columbia’s doctoral program and I just finished out my second semester quite successfully. Summer 2016 consisted of relocating to Columbia. In the process of moving from North Carolina to Alabama to South Carolina, I did misplace my handmade scarves, cowls, and hats. Therefore, there is a need for me to make more scarves, cowls, and hats.

Now, on to the knitting and crocheting. For this post, I will focus on my smaller projects. I will detail my cardigans and sweaters in another post.

One of my church members, had a baby girl this past winter. I knew that I wanted to make her something because she was very excited about having her first girl (she has five boys). I always admired the Cloud Layette set in the Big Book of Crochet and I was excited about the project. I think baby’s look so adorable in white. It’s something about it that is so fresh. I made the cardigan, booties, and bonnet and chose not to create the blanket. Initially, I planned to use white ribbon, but decided pink ribbon would be a nice accent. Below I’ve listed a few project details and an image of the set. (OAN: My sister is expecting and the baby is due in November, so it looks like more baby knits are in my future.)

Yarn – Bernat Softee Baby Solids & Marls

Hook – 5.5 mm (I)

Level – Easy

Size – 3 months

I really wanted to get back to knitting everyday, so I decided to start carrying small projects with me in my backpack. Therefore, I could knit in between classes. So, I made a few cardigans for my American Girl dolls, which are 18 inch dolls. (BTW, I have been a big AG fan since 1994 when my mom surprised me with my Addy doll for Christmas 1994.) So, I knitted the Rylie Nautical cardigan for my dolls. Project details are below:

Yarn – Knit Picks Palette in Limeade Heather

Needle – 2.25 mm (US 1)

Level – Easy

Modifications – I made it in a solid color and did not include the stripes. I shortened the length by omitting 9 rows.

With the leftover yarn, I decided to make a crochet cardigan/shrug for the American Girl Wellie Wisher doll, which is a 14 inch doll. Details below:

Hook – 3.25 mm (D)

Pattern – Heavy modification of a dress pattern

Level – Easy

Then, I decided to make another 18 inch doll cardigan using the same Rylie Nautical pattern. Details are below:

Yarn – Knit Picks Palette in Candied Yam

Needle – 2.25 mm (US 1)

Level – Easy

Modifications – No stripes. I shortened the body by 9 rows. Switched the button band to the correct/female side. Added buttonholes every 10th row and not every 8th row as stated in the pattern.

On Instagram, I posted about being busy and wanting to focus on smaller projects. Well, one of my followers suggested I take up sock knitting. I figured “Why not?” Man, did I go down the rabbit hole. I love creating socks! I’ve made 4 pairs already and look forward to making many more.

The first pair I made was the Picot Socks from Pom Pom Quarterly website. In the description, it stated that this would be a good project for first-time sock knitters. So, I cast on. I was new to Judy’s Magic Cast On and reffered to the video HERE for a tutorial. I also refered to this the video HERE for help in sewing down the picot hem. I was quite pleased with my first pair of socks. Also, these were worked toe-up. Further details below:

Yarn – Deborah Norville Serenity Sock Weight in Soft White

Needle – 2.75 mm (US 2)

Level – Easy to Intermediate

Following that sock project, I wanted something a bit more complex. I had admired the Interchange Socks from Stranded Magazine’s first issue for the longest. I figured now would be the time to cast on the socks. I bought this yarn during my Study Abroad trip to Denmark. There was this beautiful yarn shop in Copenhagen called Somerflugen. It was so charming. I also bought a sweaters quantity of this citrus green yarn that I have plans for making a vintage pullover in the future… So, these socks are quite special to me. And I will always remember Copenhagen when wearing them. Also, these were worked cuff down–my favorite method. Details below:

Yarn – Mayflower 1 class in 2029 (blue)

Needle – 2.25 mm (US 1)

Level – Intermediate

Following that pair of complex socks, I wanted to try a basic vanilla sock. I used Yarngasms basic vanilla sock pattern of Favorite Socks with modifications. I was watching Order of the Phoenix when knitting these, so that’s the name of them. I like the flashes of orange. It definitely reminds me of Dumbledore’s phoenix. Details below:

Yarn – Knit Picks Stroll Handpainted in Koi Pond

Needle – 2.5 mm (US 1.5)

Level – Beginner to Easy

Modifications – did a 1 inch cuff; did a 5 inch leg (wasn’t paying attention on sock 2 and it has 5.5” leg); on heel flap stitch section I ended on WS row (row 1); in gusset section, I first knit across then proceeded to step 1. I did not make the last stitch picked up the last stitch in the round. I made my last stitch the center of the heel, which I prefer.; for instep decrease, my row 2 was adjusted because I changed my last stitch to the center of the heel, which was: k to 3 sts before instep. k2tog k1, k28, k1 ssk, k to end; for the knit the foot section, my last round was: remove marker A, knit to marker B. This is now the beginning of the round.

 

So, after that simple pattern I wanted something a bit more complex. Notice a pattern here (simple to complex to simple to complex). LOL. This is the Eyelet Rib Socks from the Knit Picks book Socktacular. Details below:

Yarn – Knit Picks Stroll Glimmer in Runway

Needle – 2.5 mm (US 1.5)

Level – Easy

Notes – 2×2 cuff, eye of partridge heel, grafted toes

Whew! That post turned out to be much longer that I anticipated. That’s what a I get for taking such a long hiatus. Future posts will be about my new Andi Satterlund cardigans and a test knit I did for the new knitwear designer Amy Appel. It’s good to be back.