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.

Me Made May 2016 – Week 1

Long time, no hear from. I know, I know. But, I just finished out my last semester for my Master’s program and I wanted to end on top. Not much has been happening on the craft scene. However, I did decide to participate in Me Made May. While I have added some new knits to my wardrobe, I have not sewn a thing in the past year. Not a skirt, dress, shirt…Nada. Yet, I still need to challenge myself to wear my handmade items more. So, this is my third year participating. I did not wear anything Me-Made on the first day because I spent most of that Sunday indoors putting the final touches on my papers. So, I’ll begin with Day 2…

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Day 2 (Monday) – I’m wearing my Hetty cardigan, which is still in frequent rotation.

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Day 3 (Tuesday) – I’m wearing my second Penelope cardigan (which I never blogged about). I really like wearing this because it is in my school colors.

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Day 4 (Wednesday) – I’m wearing my self-drafted yellow skirt with my red Hetty cardigan.

Photo Collage Maker_bvYWUnDay 5 (Thursday) – It was freezing cold and raining like crazy on this day! I should’ve worn tights. But, I felt really cozy up top in my Elsa jacket, which I wore zipped up most of the day. IMG_20160506_133645

Day 6 (Friday) – This skirt was the first thing I ever sewed. It is just an elastic skirt. I’m wearing it with my Henriette cardigan, which gets frequent rotation.

IMG_20160507_172714Day 7 (Saturday) – I wore this to work yesterday and received quite a few compliments on my outfit. To date, this is the knit that I am most pleased with. It took me 2 years to finish and I am so happy that I finished it. It is my Vivien sweater.

 

Work In Progress: Penelope Part Deux

I am currently working on my second Penelope cardigan. I wanted to make a maroon cardigan and figured this was the perfect pattern. Initially, I was going to go with an oatmeal color for the contrast. However, I figured why not make it with a grey contrast? Those are my school’s colors.

This project has been flying off the needles. My motivation to finish this is because I have yarn coming in the post to make a green Agatha cardigan, which I am super excited about.

The body is finished and I am now working on the sleeves. Let’s see if I can get this done over the next week…

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Finished Object: Penelope

I just realized that I never blogged about my finished Penelope cardigan from the KAL. The pattern is Penelope by Andi Satterlund. This project was super clear and quick. I enjoyed making and I’m actually working on a second version in my school colors.

From the beginning, I knew I wanted to use two colors that were in the same color family. My inspiration for colors was the Paris Cafe cardigan by Modcloth. Initially, I was thinking about going with the yellow color scheme. However, I don’t own a true blue cardigan. So, I went with Cascade 220 Superwash in hyacinth and baby denim. I really like the results.

The buttons came from Joann’s and I am surprised that I found such a perfect match. I didn’t want contrasting buttons because I wanted it to streamline with the button band.

Overall, this was one of those great and simple patterns for netflixing and relaxing.

Details:

Needle – 6 (4.0 mm) –sized down to get gauge with heavier weight yarn

Level – Easy

Yarn – Cascade 220 Superwash

Colors – hyacinth and baby denim

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Finished: Vivien Sweater

After almost 2 years, this sweater is finally complete! Originally, I started this as part of the Knit a Christmas Sweater in 2014 challenge hosted by Andi of Untangling Knots. Well, I didn’t finish it in 2014. But, it is ready for 2015.

What can I say about this sweater? What is my favorite part? First off, I really like the neckline with the button band. It gives the sweater an authentic vintage vibe. I am so very happy with my color choices. I pretty much stayed in the same color family as the modeled sweater. The yarn is so perfect, squishy and warm with the fair isle. The fit is really nice because it conforms to my shape and still has a relaxed fit.

Initially, I planned blocking then seaming the garment. This was suggested in the book. However, I just had to try on the garment first. So, I seamed using crochet slip stitch. I love how sturdy and super fast this seaming technique is. Then, I blocked the garment. Also, I finished the neckline with a single crochet row because it looked untidy to me. There is not much to say about this pattern. I did note a few errors in this pattern and made the following adjustments:

  • I think the increase row should say (Rib 5, m1) 20 times, rib 3. This will give me the 123 sts. that is required. Also, the chart is a repeat of 24 sts. yet, I have 123 sts. So, I am going to do the following:
    Row 1: Sl1 k-wise, follow chart, k2
    Row 2: Sl-1 k-wise, P1, follow chart, P1
    I will then repeat these 2 rows.
  • The directions said to “shape armholes same as front”. Well, I did this up until the part where it says “continue working for 7.5 inches”. I think this was a mistake because the schematics says the armhole depth should be 6 inches. So, I moved on to the part that decrease 2 stitches for the next 5 rows. I continued working the armhole then after the final 3 rows of shaping, I worked 4 rows straight. I tested out the shaping of the armhole with the front and back. I also used the photo as a guide. My armhole depth is 6 inches, which is what it should be.

Further details:

Yarn – Knit Picks Comfy in Fingering

Colors – Natural/Undyed, Holly Berry, Peapod, Celestial

Needles – US 3 (3.25mm), US 5 (3.75mm), US 7 (4.5mm)

Level – Intermediate to Advanced

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Vivien Sweater (The Unfinished Christmas KAL)

Well, since we’re discussing KALs. Let’s talk about the only KAL I didn’t finish. Do you remember I joined Andi’s Christmas Sweater KAL, which was a challenge to finish a Christmas sweater in a year? Christmas 2014 came and went and I didn’t even have a finished front. I failed. So, I tucked the cardigan away. Picked it back up in the Spring. Then, tucked it away again. Chart work takes concentration and most of the time I just want a mindless knit. However, the unfinished project just kept staring at me on my Ravelry page. So, a few weeks back I decided that I was going to finish this sweater if it was the last thing I do.

I mean, it is a simply stunning fair isle. I am really pleased with the color choices (I pretty much stayed in the same color family as the modeled sweater). So, why not finish this? Also, I know it will be a wardrobe staple that I will probably wear for years to come.

With that determination, I finished all parts to this sweater this past weekend! I have started weaving in the ends, which is no fun. I hope to at least start the blocking this weekend. Then, I’ll do the seaming.

I can’t wait to show you all the finished product.

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Penelope KAL

As you know, I just finished participating in the Nosegay KAL. I am now joining Andi’s Penelope KAL, which marks my third year participating in Andi’s Fall KAL. The first year we made the Hetty cardigan and the second year we made the Marion cardigan.

I was debating between using shades of yellow or shades of blue for this cardigan. In the end, I decided on the blue because I don’t own a proper true blue cardigan. On the Untangling Knots thread for this KAL, Andi suggested that Cascade 220 Superwash could be used as a substitute because it is a lighter worsted weight. Therefore, I went with the Cascade 220 Superwash (my Hortencia and AtoZ cardigans are made with this yarn). My colors are hyacinth and baby denim. The hyacinth wasn’t as deep of a blue as I would have liked. However, I still really like the blue. Also, I had to go down to a size 6 needle to get gauge.

The past couple of nights, I have worked on the cardigan. I am now currently working on the upper right front. It works up super fast! It looks like ocean waves 🙂

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Finished Object: Nosegay Vest by Andi Satterlund

Andi hosted a little KAL for about a month. It came to an end September 10. I finished the vest five days before the KAL ended! Yay, me. The pattern can be found HERE or at the Knit Picks website.

Unfortunately, I was not able to participate in the OAL2015. I just had entirely too much on my plate this past summer and it just wasn’t possible. Therefore when this KAL was announced, I knew it was feasible. It’s simple, worsted weight, cropped, and no sleeves. I knew I could whip it up quickly.

Now, it didn’t go as smoothly as planned. I made an error in the pattern because I was supposed to work 2 rows after increasing. I didn’t do this. Also, I started doing stranded colorwork and it was a mess. It was bunched and lumpy. I hated it. So, I ripped back the flower and used intarsia (what I should have done, but I was being a lazy oaf).

Despite the drawbacks, everything worked out beautifully. And I now have a vest that is so lovely.

Details:

Yarn – Knit Picks Wool of the Andes

Colors – Marble Heather, Jalapeno, Firecracker Heather, Blossom Heather, Golden Heather

Level – Beginner to Intermediate

Needle – 8 (5.0 mm)

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