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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

Ta-da!

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?).

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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.

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Works in progress: February 12, 2014

For once, I’m sharing my WIPs on Wednesday. Quite an accomplishment. I’m still working on the Bridgette Skirt (project page) and I’m onto the fourth and final panel. All those intarsia polka dots are fun, but I don’t fancy having to weave in all those ends. But with this all this cold weather we’ve been having, at least my fears of it being too warm to wear the finished product are unfounded.

Bridgette WIP

Closeup on one of the chevron panels.

Bridgette WIP 2

Polka dots!

I’ve also cast on for Bonny, another project from Tin Can Knits’ Handmade in the UK. After being so happy with my Windswept, I had to knit another project from the Collection. So far, just a few inches of Stockinette down, and about 8 to go. I’m working in Misti Alpaca Lace in the delicious Mojito colorway. It’s mostly greens with splashes of lavender and yellow. This yarn is going to knit up so soft and drapey, and this project is perfect for knitting group. I can talk all I want and not mess up. 🙂 I’m also going to attempt to do beading on the top lace portion, inspired by another project I saw.  Here’s my project page, in its not-so-exciting glory.

Bonny WIP

Hard to photograph a curling Stockinette tube…

Knitting WIP Wednesday

WIP Wednesday: October 2, 2013

Yes, I know it’s been a while. Work and traveling have kept me busy. But today, I’ll share a little tidbit of what’s next. I have a new design in the works in a new spring yarn, so I’ll just give you a peek. The rest will be a surprise… 🙂 Don’t you love the pearly color?
yarn-closeup

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WIP Wednesday: September 11, 2013

Just keep ribbing, just keep ribbing… That’s what I keep telling myself as I work my way through the beginning of my newest project: the Creature Park Cardigan. This is what happens when two sweaters become one. It’s a hybrid between the ubiquitous Central Park Hoodie and the slightly less ubiquitous Creature Comforts Cardi. But one thing these two sweaters have in common is a whole lot of 2×2 ribbing. And I hate ribbing. It’s that perfect cross between mindless knitting and having to think, yet it never reaches either one. However, it’s a necessary evil, for it is very useful.

I have less than an inch to go on this ribbing section, and then it’s on to the fun part. The beautiful oak leaf cable pattern pulled from Creature Comforts.

I almost forgot to mention that sweater isn’t for me. It is for a wonderful friend who has been transplanted to Michigan, where it is far colder than the South. At least she can wear the cozy sweaters that I cannot. My goal is to finish this by Christmas.

This is the first time I’ve knit a sweater that isn’t for me or a baby/toddler. So this will be interesting. Follow my project page for more.

Just keep ribbing!

Just keep ribbing!

Knitting WIP Wednesday

WIP Wednesday: August 7, 2013

I only have 3 major projects on the needles at the moment, 2 of which I’ll share today. First is the Windswept from Tin Can Knits’ Handmade in the UK. I absolutely fell in love with the patterns in this book, and downloaded it the day it came out. I’m knitting it in Malabrigo Arroyo in a lovely purple-grey colorway. But, as with all things Malabrigo, dye lot is a big fat lie. So throughout the body, I’ve been alternating 3 separate skeins. And why yes, they do get tangled. However, I’m on to the sleeves, which is perfect knitting for rewatching Breaking Bad in time for the final season.

Windswept progress shot

Windswept in Progress

Speaking of tangling, this brings me to my other project (which is a bit of a mouthful) Boa Me Na Me Mmoa Wo. It’s a African-inspired square, and the name translates to “Help Me, and Let me Help You.” I’m making it for my friend Amy’s ambitious display of knitted pieces for her job. She’s knitting a display for a college library with things that pertain to some of the school’s majors. My piece is for the Africana Studies major, but some other pieces she’s made are a brain hat (Psychology), some Democrat and Republican gloves (Political Science) and the Hwaet! socks (English), which feature stranded colorwork of the Old English text of the first page of Beowulf.

Anyway, my piece has four colors of yarn, and a couple extra bobbins for the intarsia, hence all the tangling. I’m halfway done, and it’s going to require some serious blocking.

African Square

Halfway there! Note the yarn going outside the shot. Not looking forward to weaving in all those ends…

The third project will warrant its own post later. It’ll be worth the wait, I promise.