Monthly Archives: May 2015

Knitting Sewing WIP Wednesday

Out of hibernation

This weekend, I felt the inexplicable urge to work on a sewing project, something I haven’t done in a while. So I pulled the beginnings of a quilt out of a (possibly more than) year-long hibernation.

The pattern is French Roses, which looks kinda dowdy in the sample picture because of the color choice, but I bought the pattern after seeing more colorful versions that turned out well, like the ones on this Pinterest board.

Mine is a riot of color, using two sets of fat quarter bundles that I bought years ago from JoAnn’s, with some scraps of green fat eighths to make the leaves.

It's a lot of work making such pretty flowers.

It’s a lot of work making such pretty flowers.

After pinning all the flowers together, I faced the challenge of deciding on an acceptable layout with the limitations of a small apartment and two cats.

French Roses Progress 2


But a layout decision has been reached! I just have to applique all the flowers and sew the squares together. Maybe next week.

I also finished the first wedge on my Lopes cardi-skirt/skirt-igan (cardi-skirt-igan?).


I keep worrying that I’ve miswrapped a stitch or miscounted, but so far, so good. I like how the elongated stitch wedges are coming together. This is going to require some serious blocking when it’s done, and I wonder if my apartment is up to the challenge.


Getting back in the swing of things, or an interlude about how a project is born

It’s been a busy few months, and my last attempt at blogging hasn’t worked out like I would have liked. But better late than never, right?

I just finished and blocked a new design last night (and wore it to knit group today slightly damp out of impatience). It still needs to be sized and tested, but I’m hoping to figure that out soon. In the meantime, here’s a little closeup.

Pretty color and pretty fabric...

Pretty color and pretty fabric…

It’s madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in Curiosity, and took about 2.5 skeins. This yarn sat in my stash for more than four years before I could figure out what it wanted to be. I tried making the Sakura Top from an old issue of Interweave Knits out of it, but it wasn’t working.

However, I still wanted to try to make that top, so I bought some Classic Elite Soft Linen in a vibrant gold, because it reminded me of marigolds. (Yay for sales at the LYS!) But then, I saw something amazing from designer Lee Meredith of leethalknits: Lopes. It’s a cardigan AND a skirt! How genius is that?

The pattern is written so that you can use any yarn you want, but alter the stitch counts and needle sizes accordingly. There’s a lot of math involved, and I’m impressed as to how she figured all that out, especially after seeing her post about the frogging and sweater surgery she did to make it work.

Do ALL the math!

Do ALL the math!

So, I’ve opted to use the Soft Linen to make my Lopes instead, and cast on today. My first mod was using a size 7 needle instead of an 8, since the linen is going to have some drape. And I already made my first mistake after miscalculating a number, which involved dropping stitches and picking them up in seed stitch. Such a pain. But I think this is going to be AWESOME when it’s done. See my project page for more photos.

Had to drop two stitches and pick them up in seed stitch because I miscounted. Can you tell? :)

Had to drop two stitches and pick them up in seed stitch because I miscounted. Can you tell? 🙂