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.

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: Hetty (red) and Simplicity 2444

I am officially done with the OAL2014. I have finished both dresses and both cardigans for the dresses. It was fun and it put a spark in me to sew more things. I really tried to resist sewing more projects because I have less than a month to move out of my apartment. Well, I lost that battle.

I have noticed a lack in my wardrobe of a red cardigan. I did recently make a red bolero but, boleros don’t fit as seamlessly into your wardrobe as cardigans do. Originally, I had planned to make Armande in red however, I scrapped this idea. (I want to make Armande in a vivid blue.) My pink Hetty is one of my most worn cardigans. I really like the lace work and the fit. My favorite cardigans are cropped (but, not too cropped) with a high neck. So, I decided to make another Hetty in the brightest red I could find. In comes Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Red. It’s perfect.

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Currently, I am still working on the back and I have been fitting in knit time whenever I can.

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Let’s talk about the dress. First off, I love plaid. And I found this plaid fabric at the thrift store about a year ago for about $2. I’m guessing that it is at least 3 yards, which I figure is enough for a dress. I haven’t actually measured the amount yet. I believe the fabric is polyester so, I do not plan on lining it. This will save me some time also. I chose this Simplicity 2444 pattern because it looks super simple especially compared to my Simplicity 1803. I do not plan on trying to match the lines. I am going to just cut the fabric and go with whatever it does.

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To this day, I do not understand Simplicity’s pattern sizing. So, I am going to continue to follow LLADYBIRD‘s advice about sizing. My bust is 32” and the finished bust size for Size 4 is 32.5”. So, I plan on making a Size 4. Hopefully, this will work out well enough.

This pattern gives you the option of adding little details and elements. It’s another Project Runway edition. However, I don’t know exactly how much fabric or time I have so, I am going with the most minimal version. I don’t plan on adding the fancy cape collar, sleeves, or tie belt. I just want a simple sleeveless dress with pockets of course.

I haven’t really started cutting the fabric yet because I’ve been at church the previous 2 nights (and tonight also) for Revival Service. I plan on squeezing in time wherever I find it because next week we have Vacation Bible School for 3 nights also.

It’s kinda funny that I am making these projects simultaneously. So, it is kinda like I’m adding a third outfit to the OAL2014. But, I don’t want to confine myself to that time period because who knows when this will be done. So, it’ll get done when it gets done.

Extra Thoughts: I know I haven’t shown the finished Marvel outfit yet but, I haven’t worn the dress with the cardigan yet. I did wear the dress this past Saturday and I wore the cardigan this past Monday. I planned on getting some pictures done this week but, there has been no time for a photo session. So, as soon as I can I’ll do a blog post about that dress and cardigan.

Me Made May ’14 – Week 2

Week 2 is complete. I find myself repeating items more so, I try to mix it up a bit. I’m still enjoying the challenge. So, check out the details below.

Day 1 (Thursday) – This was one of those days at work that I had to make sure I dressed up a bit more than usual but, I still stayed true to my style. I am wearing my Hetty cardigan, which is definitely one of my favorite and most worn items to date. The skirt is thrifted and I upcyled it a bit by hemming it up to the knee. Originally, it came to right above my ankles, which wasn’t a very flattering look.

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Day 2 (Friday) – I really enjoy the outfits that are almost completely me made. This is my white version of the Casual Summer Top and I paired it with my first skirt that I ever sewed. It made for an easy and breezy outfit. I paired it with my ankle boots, which I would wear every single day if I didn’t want them to get worn out.

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Day 3 (Saturday) – This would have to be my favorite outfit for the week. Considering how I had to rush to my sister’s house early that morning to watch my nieces and nephew, it came together very nicely.  I very rarely wear pants (I didn’t realize how true this was until MMM.) so, I like that this outfit changes up the pace a bit. I am also pleased with the mix of green, turquoise, and blue in this ensemble.  I am wearing my A to Z cardigan and the rest of the outfit was thrifted and gifted.

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Day 4 (Sunday) – This is the most boring and dull outfit out of all my MMM outfits. I was headed to church and I really couldn’t think of an outfit. So, I just paired a fancy dress with my Beulah cardigan. The colors are boring and the shoes are boring with the ensemble. In retrospect, I should have at least worn some red shoes with a red flower brooch. It is what it is.???????

Day 5 (Monday) – The goofy smile is because my sister was making me laugh. And because I was headed to work, I didn’t have enough time to retake the picture. On Mondays, I try to make sure to wear something really fun and bright to avoid “the case of the Mondays”. I am wearing my Marion cardigan with a thrifted upcyled skirt. This was another skirt that came at an unflattering length and I hemmed it up to the knee. I don’t know what made me pair this vivid blue with my purple cardigan but, I really like the colors together. Also, if you look closely I am wearing my Bouquet earrings, which is a pattern from Crochet Today. I never blogged or put these on Ravelry but, I do like them.???????

Day 2 (Tuesday) – My mother bought me some owl printed fabric last week and I knew I had to make a skirt with it immediately. This skirt is my version of the One-Hour Skirt. I added length, pockets, and lining to the skirt 😀 I will have to blog about this skirt at a later date that so, you can see the details up close and personal. I am wearing my Hortencia cardigan with it. Again, if it were up to me I would wear this cardigan every day.  So, I just make myself content and wear it every week. Notice, I am wearing my owl brooch and owl necklace (Also, gifts from my mother). There were owls everywhere on this day 🙂 Oh yeah, check out my new shoes. Love them!???????

Day 14 (Wednesday) – And the Chevron Lace cardigan is back. I don’t have anything major to say about this outfit. It’s definitely a lazy day outfit, which means I just put a favorite dress with a cardigan. What can I say? It works.???????

Finished Object: Hetty by Andi Satterlund

It seems that most of the things I have been knitting lately have been designs of Andi from Untangling Knots. But, I just adore the vintage flair of her garments so, I find myself drawn to them.

This cropped cardigan was part of a KAL, which I mentioned in a previous post. I have been pretty busy with traveling, studying for my graduate exam, and trying to enter into graduate school but, I found time to squeeze this project in.  Overall, it was a very enjoyable project. This was my first time knitting an all over lace project and it was a learning experience. I thought it would be a pain to fix mistakes but, I was able to do so when they occured. And it did take a bit of concentration to avoid careless mistakes but, it worked out. The lace pattern was not hard to memorize but, I made sure to check back periodically to avoid mistakes.

I am really, really happy with the end results and I just adore the fit. I am short-waisted so crop sweaters really flatter my figure. The salmon pink color is just beautiful to me also. For the buttons, I chose a simple cream color. I wanted the buttons to pick up the white flecks in the tweed and it did so beautifully.

Details:

Yarn – Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed

Color – Papaya Heather

Needles – US 8 (5.0 mm)

Level – Intermediate

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WIP: Hetty KAL

As I have told you all previously, I am participating in the KAL for Hetty by Andi Satterlund. You may click the badge to the right of the blog for more info.

I started doing my gauge swatch over the weekend because my yarn arrived on Friday. Yay!

However, I was making stupid and careless mistakes with the lace pattern. And it is not even a hard lace pattern. But, I was trying to do the swatch near the end of my full days and I think I was just tired and zoning out. Well, I finally got on track with the lace pattern. I first swatched on size 7 needles–even though the pattern calls for size 8. I had entirely too many stitches for the 4 inches. I moved on to the size 8 and I had 18 stitches per four inches. Then, I saw that Andi stressed the importance of doing a swatch and blocking it. So, I did this and I was able to get a perfect gauge of 15 sts X 24 rows = 4 inches. It was also good to swatch because then, the lace pattern really popped. At first it wasn’t that noticeable and a bit bunched.

The swatch also gave me a good idea of how the yarn will look with this lace pattern and how it will block. I really like it. I am using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed in Papaya Heather.

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