Me Made May ’15 – Week One

Initially, I was unsure about participating in Me Made May this year. My reasoning for this is that I didn’t have as many sewn items as I wanted to. For example, I wanted to make a dress. But, my last dress was Simplicity 2444. Even though I did not meet my craft goals, I still decided to challenge myself to wear my handmade items the entire month. On the bright side of things, I definitely have more sewn items than last year. So after much debate with myself, I decided to give it a go. I am glad that I did.

Day 1 (Friday) – I kept things pretty simple and just wore my Beulah cardigan over a black dress and black leggings. This was my first knit cardigan and it is still a favorite.

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Day 2 (Saturday) – This was one of the most relaxing days. My final exams and final papers were complete. I had no other obligations. So, I just relaxed, Netflixed (not a real word), and knitted. Of course, I went out to eat. Zinnia is my go-to cozy and relaxed cardigan. This was the first skirt I ever made. It has no lining, so it is for hot weather alone. It is self-drafted and I used this tutorial.

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Day 3 (Sunday) – I went to church and wore my favorite cardigan, which is Hetty.

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Day 4 (Monday) – I had to go to work on this day. I am wearing my Chevron  crochet cardigan with my self-drafted owl skirt.

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Day 5 (Tuesday) – This was another work day. After work, I attended the opening of a new exhibit at the Museum of Durham History. So, this outfit worked for both places. The skirt is Simplicity 2512.

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Day 6 (Wednesday) – This was my first time wearing my Henriette cardigan, which I was pretty excited about. I am wearing my favorite handmade dress, which is Simplicity 2444. I really, really, really want to make another. I just can’t seem to find the time.

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Day 7 (Thursday) – This is what I am wearing today. This is another work day and I went for super bright colors to perk me up. The cardigan is Miette and the skirt is self-drafted.

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That’s it for week one. I’ll see you next week…

Finished Object: Henriette

This past Sunday, I completed my Henriette cardigan. I am pretty pleased with the end result. This is a pattern by Andi Satterlund that was released in Fall of 2014. When I saw her swatches and her WIP pics, I knew this cardigan had to be a part of my wardrobe. I do like the color, but I feel like I have to be extra careful not to stain it. Today was my first day wearing it. I must admit that I only brought it along for chilly buildings. I definitely shed it when outside. This cardigan is made with bulky weight alpaca and it is not conducive to the 80 degree weather we are having in North Carolina. And considering I walk everywhere, it’s just not a good idea to wear it outdoors.

This is not a mindless knit. It does take some concentration (and careful note taking). There were a couple of times that I had to rip back some rows due to mistakes. But, they were easily fixed. Also, I wasn’t sure how the cardigan was going to turn out. Everything was bunched when knitting it up. It was worked from the bottom up, so I couldn’t try it on until the very end. Also, the button band looked wonky because it stood up weirdly. Once I blocked it all out, everything came together beautifully.

I made the XS size because Andi suggests 1-3 inches of negative ease for this cardigan.

Also, I did not use 3/4” buttons as recommended. My buttons are 1”. They were in my button stash and they worked out perfectly. I like them.

Details:

Yarn – Berocco Ultra Alpaca Chunky

Color – Winter White

Needle – Size 9 (5.5 mm)

Level – Intermediate

Size – XS (29)

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OAN: Me Made May 2015 is underway. Expect a post tomorrow documenting my first week.

Inspiration: Spring Garments

It’s that time of year again. The colors are budding and the sun is shining. I have been eyeing some Spring designs. They inspire me and make me want to ditch all my current WIPs. But, I must have discipline. Check out the beautiful garments and details below.

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This pattern is from Knitty Spring-Summer 2015. I like that it is a mix of knit and crochet–my two loves. I plan on starting this project in May. It’s simple stunning. Also, I think I will use the suggested linen yarn. I have never worked with linen, so I am excited. I plan on using Quince & Co. Kestral in Rosehip. The pattern can be found HERE.D117051111_medium

I just adore this pattern. I don’t know if I plan on making it in the near future, but I think it is just inspiring. This is a pattern by Yoko Hatta and can be found HERE.image_medium2

You can’t imagine how long I have been eyeing this crochet cardigan. I bought the entire digital issue of Pom Pom Quarterly, Issue 7 for this pattern alone (there are some other great designs in this issue). Technically this is from the winter issue, but I think this cardigan is the perfect layering piece for Spring. I plan on completing this cardigan in the summer. I am having a hard time thinking of the right color combination. I adore the colors in the sample, but I don’t want to copycat. This is a design by one of the best crochet designers, Simone Francis. The pattern can be found HERE.green-3_medium2

This pattern is from the current Pom Pom Quarterly, Issue 13. I adore it. Typically, I don’t like working with fingering weight yarn, but I am willing to make an exception for this top. OAN: The styling and photography in this photo are spot on. The pattern can be found HEREIMG_4434_medium2

As a reward for the hard work I put in this year, I plan on making a trip to the beach for utter relaxation. (I am also traveling to Copenhagen and San Francisco, but those are school/profession related.) This cardigan is the perfect beach cardigan. Should I have time to make it, I will use the exact color in the photo. That sand shade is the perfect color for beach knits. The pattern is by Alicia Plum (a great designer with stunning designs) and can be found HERE.

Extra Thoughts: I have UFOs on my mind. I am making headway with my Henriette cardigan and I hope to complete it this weekend. So, expect a post on that. Also, do you remember my Vivian pullover that I started last year that I planned on finishing by Christmas 2014? Well, I may have missed the deadline, but I plan on picking it up and completing that soon. Also, do you remember my Piperita finger less gloves? I plan on finishing that soon also. I refuse to cast on anything until those 3 items are complete. Now, let’s hope I can adhere to that rule.

WIP: Henriette by Andi Satterlund

I recently started the Henriette cardigan pattern. Honestly, I don’t know why I am making a bulky weight cardigan in the Spring. But I know if I were to put this project on the back burner then, it would be a year or two before I got to it. I’ll just have a great cardigan for when it does get colder.

Yes. This is another Andi Satterlund pattern. What can I say? I can’t help it that she makes wonderful garments, that knit up quickly, and are on par with my style.

This pattern is one of her more complex designs but, I really like it. It is a bottom up design that features cables and lace. The weight of the yarn and length of the cardigan will most likely speed up things.

I am using Berocco Ultra Alpaca Chunky in winter white for this pattern. Lately, I have been attracted to neutrals. My next project will have to be a vivid color.

I worked on this pattern a little last week. That was a miracle considering my intense week. I had a midterm exam, paper due, Resume Workshop, class readings/assignments, volunteer shift, and work. Now that I have a bit of a breather, I really want to work on this more.

Oh yeah. On Saturday night, I realized I missed two rows. So I had to rip back my work to the bottom ribbing. I fixed the mistake and all is well.

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Finished: Zinnia

I wanted a cozy cardigan that would go with everything. This cardigan answered that call. The pattern is another Andi Satterlund design called Zinnia. I had planned on making this pattern in the future but, after I saw Rue Des Renard’s gorgeous version I put this at the top of my queue. The initial plan was to make this cardigan in a vivid color but, I went with a neutral color to make it very versatile.

This pattern was very fun to knit. I did not think I would finish this in 2.5 weeks but, I did. I thought it would be a pattern that I picked up when I had free time. But, snow days and spring break helped me to finish this. The textured pattern keeps things interesting and works up very fast. The textured pattern also gives the cardigan a nice cushy feel. Also, the diamonds added another fun factor to the project. I took Rue Des Renard’s advice and placed stitch markers between each diamond pattern repeat to ensure accuracy. It worked like a charm. Andi suggests about 0-3 inches of positive ease. I went with 0 inches of positive ease and I am very happy with the fit.

My final verdict: This cardigan is perfect. It’s cozy. It’s versatile. I know that I will get much use out of it. I will most likely cart it everywhere with me considering my cold nature.

Details:

Level – Intermediate

Yarn – Lion Brand Heartland

Color – Grand Canyon

Size – XS

Needle – Size  7 (4.5mm)

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OAN: Many thanks to my wonderful nieces for being my photographers. That’s one of the perks of coming home.

Finished: Kayla

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I wanted a quick and mindless project and I got it. Maybe it was a little too quick. Lol. However, I am pleased with this finished sweater.

The pattern was very clear and simple as pie. I shortened the body by 7 rounds and I did the suggested 35 rounds for full length sleeves. Obviously, I should have completed more rounds for completely full length sleeves. If I should make this again, I would definitely go for longer sleeves. But, I do like 3/4 length sleeves so, I like this sweater.

I don’t have much to say about this pattern. It can be found HERE.

Since I have had my crochet fix, I am thinking about making Zinnia or Henriette next. Though I wonder if it is time to start thinking about spring knits. I don’t think there will be many days of winter left.

Details:

Yarn – Lion Brand Hearland

Color – Redwood

Hook – I/9 – 5.50mm

Level – Easy

WIP: Kayla Sweater

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I have never made a crochet sweater. I do have 2 summer tops but, not an actual sweater. It has been my goal to make a crochet sweater for awhile now but, I kept putting it off. Let me just say, that there aren’t many good crochet sweater patterns out there. I do like Doris Chan’s sweaters in her book Everyday Crochet. However, I left that book at my parent’s house and didn’t bring it to school with me.

While browsing Ravelry, I happened upon this sweater pattern. (The designer actually has additional sweater patterns but, I first want to test out this pattern.) So, I bought the pattern and got to work.

First off, I could not believe the low amount of yarn that is needed to make the pattern. I mean this is a crochet pattern. LOL. I most likely will shorten this sweater so, I may not even need that amount of yarn.

I am making the XS. The bust is 29” for this size and my bust is 32”. However, the next size had a bust of 34”. Considering I want a snug fit, I decided to go with the XS. Also, I did not get gauge with the J-hook so, went down to the I-hook. So far, everything is looking great and I don’t believe I will have any fit issues. We shall see…

Let me just say that I am loving this extended single crochet stitch, which is used for this pattern. It is dense but, not bulky or stiff.

I am using Lion Brand Heartland in Redwood. I saw this acrylic yarn in Walmart and I thought the colors were so pretty. Actually, the entire line is pretty amazing. The colors are inspired by national monuments. Now, I don’t know how it is going to hold up. So, this yarn is also a test too. Haha. This sweater is on trial 😉

I am so anxious to see the finished results of this sweater.

Finished: Simplicity 2512

I actually finished this a couple weeks ago but, I am just now posting the finished garment. This is Simplicity 2512 and I bought the pattern for 50 cent from the thrift store. I started this skirt in September 2014 but, I did not consistently work on it. I finished it just because I was sick of seeing it on my sewing table.

This fabric was bought over the summer from Hobby Lobby. I think it was on sale for like 1.50 per yard. I also inserted a black satin underlining.

This pattern was fairly simple to follow. It was my first time inserting an invisible zipper. As you will see it is not so invisible. Hopefully, I will improve with time.

My favorite part of this skirt is the sweetheart waistline. It actually has a short sash at the waist but, it blends in with the print.

I am pleased with this outcome. The next skirt I want to make is Miette.

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Finished: Purple Haze

I know, I know. Long time, no see. So, let’s get started.

I have been working on Andi’s Cropped Sweater for Winter since October of last year. This is actually a very quick knit but, I did not work on it consistently. It was a project I picked up when I need a mind break from school.

For the most part, I followed the pattern exactly as printed. I followed the advice of Tassadit and shortened the body, which I am very pleased with. I compared the sweater to the length of my Chuck (my favorite pullover) to get the same length. Therefore, I did only 12 rounds of the 1×1 ribbing.

Yesterday, I wore the cropped sweater and received a few compliments. While in the library last night, a girl asked me “Where did you find your cropped sweater?” I told her I made it and she asked how. I replied “I knitted it.” She was so amazed. LOL

This yarn was actually purchased last year and I am not sure why I chose purple hues but, I like it. It works with quite a few items in my closet so, it should get much wear.

Since this sweater didn’t have a name (like Andi’s other sweaters), I have named it after Jimi Hendrix’s song Purple Haze. It’s perfect because the main color is called “haze heather”.

Details:

Level – Easy

Needles – 8 (5.0 mm)

Yarn – Knit Picks Wool of the Andes

Color – Haze Heather and Indigo Heather

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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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