Update: OAL2017

I have been working diligently on my outfit for the Outfit Along. Last week I underlined my dress and begin sewing on Friday. The dress was completed on Saturday. And I actually wore it to church on Sunday. I actually received a few compliments on the dress.

I forgot how long the bodice takes to work up on Simplicity 1803 (especially compared to Simplicity 2444); however, I really like the shaping that the princess seams provides with this bodice.

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Once the dress was finished, then I decided it was time to give my Anaheim cardigan more attention. That has been my sole knitting project this week. I did have a mishap at the underarm CO and waist shaping section. In this part, the instructions tells me to include the stitch pattern as it fits. Well, I didn’t include it where it fit on one side and there was more stockinette than lace. I thought that it wouldn’t bother me and kept working. However, the more I looked at it, the more I hated it. So, I had to rip back 6 rows in the body. That was a pain. Ripping back lacework is no fun. But, I did it and it all worked out beautifully. I am so happy that I decided to fix that mistake.

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I look forward to wearing this cardigan with my finished dress and will be sure to share the final images with you all.

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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

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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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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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.

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.