Outfit Along 2017

Today marks the first day of the OAL2017. I’m pretty excited about this outfit along and look forward to having a completed dress and cardigan at the end of it all. The idea of the Outfit Along is to knit a garment and sew a garment. Patterns are suggested for the Outfit Along; however, you don’t have to adhere to those patterns. In fact, I will be knitting the suggested cardigan of Anaheim; however, I will not be knitting the suggested dress pattern of Kim by By Hand By London. Instead, I will be knitting Simplicity 1803 again.

I actually went to my stash for everything needed for the Outfit Along. I did not want to purchase new yarn, new fabric, or a new pattern. My stash may not be large, but I did bring a few things to Columbia with me. So, for the yarn I will be using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport in the color Avocado. (I was actually eating an avocado while knitting my gauge and it actually matched the avocado perfectly. 🙂 ) The pattern actually calls for a DK weight yarn, but I was able to get gauge with a sport weight yarn by blocking it heavily. I also went down to a size 5 needle because I did not want the fabric to be too open by using a larger needle. To avoid having to block the finished garment quite so heavily, I will knit up a size to size Small instead of my usual Extra Small. Hopefully, this will all work out.

As for the dress, I will be using this fabric that was a gift to me from a previous co-worker. She is from West Africa and this is fabric from her home. I really like the bright cheery colors and I think it will make a beautiful dress. Also, I want to add underlining to the dress to give it a bit more depth. I plan on making the version of the dress that has the simple neckline. I think that little dip will look lovely with the V-neck portion of the cardigan.

To prepare for the Outfit Along, I completed my gauge swatches two nights ago. I created one in the stockinette stitch pattern and the other in the lace pattern. Also, I pre-washed and ironed my fabric yesterday. Hopefully, I will start cutting either today or tomorrow. Cutting is the part of sewing that I dread the most…

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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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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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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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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.

WIP: Shades of Purple Pullover

Even though my previous project wasn’t hard, I decided to go for a super simple pullover. Initially, I had planned on making the Henriette cardigan next but, I decided to save the more challenging knit for Thanksgiving break. This pattern is yet another Andi Satterlund pattern. It is her free pattern, which can be found HERE.

I planned on making this cardigan when it came out last year, however; it was getting very warm in Alabama at the time. So, I decided to save it for the Fall season. I had already ordered the yarn and brought it to school with me.

The yarn is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes. The colors are Indigo Heather and Haze Heather. The Haze Heather color is a very light lavender, which has a tendency to look grey in certain lightings.

It is working up very fast. Last night, I checked my gauge. It was perfect. I then started the back and finished the back section today.

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WIP: Vivien Pullover (Christmas Sweater Update)

I have really put this project on the back burner. It was not picked up the entire month of June or most of July. I caught the sewing bug and was really enjoying the OAL2014. So, now that the sewing machine is packed away and the OAL is over I am back at it.

I am still working on the front. Sad, right? But, whatev. I may be off my schedule but, if I continue to work on it I can definitely finish this before December.  I am determined to finish this pullover.

I adore how the colors are coming together and hopefully, this will be a sweater that I love.

Right now, I am about to start the armhole shaping. I plan on working on this over the next couple of weeks before I start school. (I plan on working on it while at school, too.)

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Extra Thoughts: Today is officially my last day at work. I have been a Secretary for the past 5 1/2 years (I never expected to be here that long) and I am really going to miss it. I’ve enjoyed the memories and the wonderful friendships formed. However, I am looking forward to school and having a career in the field of Library Science and/or Archiving. I’m also looking forward to sushi tonight with my sister, Alison. She’s treating me so, that’s always a plus 😉

WIP: Piperita by Andi Satterlund

While Andi was working this pattern up, I was anxiously waiting for it’s release. As soon as she released it, I queued it. I already had the yarn in my stash so, I didn’t have to wait long to start it.

Piperita is a pattern for the most elegant pair of fingerless gloves I have ever seen. I tried to choose a favorite aspect of this pattern but, I just love every part. I really like the i-cord, the button detail, the lace pattern, and the shell finishing. It has a vintage and ladylike flair to it that I simply adore.

I am using Knit Picks Shadow Tonal (discontinued) and the color is Deep Waters. The skein has 440 yards and this pattern requires only 90 yards.  Therefore, I will be making a matching belt using Andi’s free pattern here. (I’ll do a blog post on that later.)

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Last night, I checked my gauge with the Size 2 needles and it came out perfect.

I am currently working on the glove for the left hand. I am still on the i-cord portion.

I am looking forward to the finished product.

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Extra Thoughts: I haven’t had three WIPs in a long time. On top of that I plan on adding one more to the mix. The pace will be slow on these because I have 10 days to move out of my apartment.

My Love/Hate Relationship with Sewing

Just when I think I kinda have the hang of this sewing thing then, I realize that I don’t. Let’s talk about Simplicity 2444. I really debated between making a Size 4 or a Size 6. Well, I went with the 4. HUGE MISTAKE. The thing runs really small. I went with the size 4 because I wanted a fitted bust with no gaping. My bust is a 32” and the size 4 is 32.5” when finished. Now the dress itself is beautiful and I adore the darts and how it brings everything in at the waist. But, in the end, it just doesn’t fit :/

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Sorry about the crappy photo but, I just wanted to show you a pic of the dress so far. It looks fine in the picture but, I am actually attempting to hold it closed in the back. 

After I finished my side seams, I tried on the dress and it is too small. I will play with letting out the seams and maybe some of the darts. I have also been debating adding a fabric panel to the back. I just don’t know. Of course, I stayed up until 2:00 am fiddling with it. And I knew I needed to go to bed but, the mistake just kept niggling at my mind.

I really enjoy how sewing allows for you to have a wonderful finished object suited to your likes but, I get super annoyed with the fit issues. Maybe it’ll come in time.

Also, how annoying is it to work on something for hours on end and then have to rip back all that work?!?! Argh!!!! Ok, I’m finished with my gripe.

Oh yeah, I don’t know if I want to toss this crap of a dress, buy another 2444, and try again in a different size. Or just work with what I have because I loathe giving up on projects. Another thing is, I love this plaid fabric and I found it at the thrift store so, I will need to search for a similar print if I were to attempt it again.

Was this project a waste of time and materials? Right now, I’m not sure and will have to find out.

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.