Wearing a Blanket

Quite some time ago I bought fabric at Weldraad in Amsterdam.  They sell wool fabrics as well as wool and natural fiber yarn.  This fabric sat in my stash for well over a year before I found a pattern I really liked and then found the time to sew it up.

The pattern is Vogue #8863.  It calls for “decorative ribbon” to be sewn on next to the zipper on both sides, but I decided to knit that part and sew it on.  I knit the pieces in eye of partridge stitch (knit on the right side, slip every other purl on the wrong side, alternating the slip stitches each 2 rows) using Madelinetosh sock yarn in color Mourning Dove.  I sewed them onto the zipper with my sewing machine.  One side came out looking great, but one side looked really wonky so I hand stitched (with the yarn) a daisy chain stitch down the side.  It neatened it up really well.

Ginni and I decided to both make this jacket and cut out the fabric at her school, with all the big work tables, just before Christmas.  That in itself took about 5 hours once we figured out what we wanted to do and how to do it (not following the pattern exactly of course).  We have similar figures and kind of thought that this jacket would make us look big and boxy but didn’t care because we liked the design so much.  Actually, the end result doesn’t look as much like wearing a blanket as I thought it would.  I guess the diagonal cut of the thing makes it look less short and wide.

That day at Ginni’s I took my serger with me and serged (overlocked) the main seams in both the jacket pieces and the lining.  It is lined in knitted merino wool and the lining is what you see coming down into the long sleeves.  I LOVE the lining fabric more than the outside fabric. It’s so soft and cuddly!

And here’s the back, which is pretty plain.

I’m very happy with it and this gives me some enthusiasm for doing more sewing.  I should look through that stash bag and see what other gems are sitting in there……

(Looking at these photos I notice that my hair really is getting long! I’ve been growing it out…. six month to go and I can stop having bad hair MONTHS.)

((And I also notice how much I look like my mom.))

Baby Baby

One of my colleagues and his girlfriend are having their first baby in two weeks.  He’s a really nice guy – so shy and quiet and hard working.  He’s also so excited about this coming baby.  They have everything ready in their house to welcome the baby into their lives.  But they needed some hand knits of course!  So I made these.

The yarn is Malabrigo sock yarn.  The booties are “Stay on Booties” and the hat is “Easy Peasy newborn hat”.  I bought the ribbon at a local sewing shop.  They are just so cute! I can’t wait to see photos of the new baby wearing these pinks.

What Knitting!

Yes, there has been knitting even though there’s been no blogging.  The knitting only stopped for a short time after Christmas when my shoulder and elbow just couldn’t take it anymore.  I had to sit on the couch with ice on my elbow and heat on my shoulder and couldn’t knit a thing.  It was at that point I decided to switch to continental (aka picking) style of knitting.  I should have done it years ago.

Above is a little sweater, in 1 year old size, for lovely little Nea.  I don’t have photos of her wearing it because it’s still a little too big.  Better too big than too small!  The yarn is Madelinetosh DK in color Sequoia.  The pattern is Ziggy.  It was really fun to knit, but I was totally stressed about getting it done before Christmas Eve and was still knitting English (aka throwing) style and this was the final straw.  This little sweater broke me.

Before that, I finished a few other presents.  DB’s little hat, which looks too small, but it’s what he wanted.  I think it looks like a Popeye hat, but he likes.  Yarn was again Madelinetosh DK, in color Midnight in Manhattan.  Pattern is Mezwolam.

I also made John a hat.  I hope it’s not too big for him.  It was too big for DB.  We’ll see.  I think they only just got it in the mail the other day so I haven’t received a report back yet about fit.  The yarn is Evergreen Aran and the pattern is Turn a Square.

I also made Mandy a vest, but since it’s my own pattern and I haven’t written it up yet, I’m not going to share the photo of me wearing it.  That will have to wait.  I made both Mandy and I the size Small.  I also knit Nancy the size Large it was HUMUNGOUS.  Crazy big.  What was I thinking?  So I’ve frogged the whole thing and will have to knit it all again.  Now that I’m working a full time job, these design projects just don’t happen very fast.  Oh well.  There’s always another Fall Season, right?

So, after knitting the above things, and killing my shoulder and elbow, I took and break.  But not for long.  I decided I needed a new warm hat for winter.  Actually, given the crazy warm weather we’re having, I didn’t really need it at all.  I just wanted it.  I wanted something bright and cheerful and fun.  And I wanted to practice my new continental knitting style on something simple.  AND I wanted to make something for the Yarniacs Self Indulgent KAL that started 1 January.  All those things together produced the perfect storm of this hat.

Pretty cool selfie, right?  The yarn is, yet again, Madelinetosh Chunky in color Citrus.  The pattern is Close Cables Hat. Here’s a close up.  Nice wallpaper photo too.

So, that almost brings us up to date on the knitting.  I won’t go into the yarn buying and selling.  I’m making an effort to destash (you can see my Ravelry destash if you are interested) but every time I sell yarn I end up spending that money on more yarn.  What an addiction!

Oh yes, I’ve started a couple of other things.  I’m making something I can’t talk about because it’s a gift and I don’t want to spoil the surprise.  I also started the MKAL (Mystery Knit Along) that Ysolda has just started.  I’m using some yarn that I dyed quite a while back. It’s about time I start knitting with the yarn I’ve dyed, right!  Here’s the yarn (from August 2012):

And here’s my progress so far.  All continental of course!

This photo looks a little on the blue side, but it was taken with my phone in really terrible light.  More photos are sure to come.

And I will TRY to be more consistent about the ol’ blog.  If nothing else, it’s a nice record for me of what I’ve managed to get done!