general adventures in craftiness

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Cast On

Here's my completed swatch for Esprit. The fabric feels very soft and is slightly stretchy, though not overly so. It was hard to figure out my tension while using this yarn. To meet gauge I had to go up two needle sizes to number nines. In my version of the mini skirt I will only have three colors instead of the four as called for in the pattern. Instead of the two different colors for the yoke section and ribbing of the skirt, I am only going to use black. Because of the elasticity in the yarn, this skirt should hold its shape extremely well.

Monday, March 29, 2004


I received my yarn from Elann on Saturday. The Esprit is fabulous! I love it and the colors are exactly what I was hoping they would be. During the fun Woodland Woolworks outing on Friday, I found some Classic Elite Star, a cotton/lycra blend yarn that was at one of my LYS, but in limited colors. The variety at WW was better and I almost purchased some, not knowing what the Esprit would be like. I'm glad I waited. I just need to knit up a swatch now, so I can get started on the mini.

PS On Friday, we went to three different yarn stores, two of which had discounted yarns, and I bought nothing! What's wrong with me?!

Thursday, March 25, 2004

Field Trip

Yesterday I met Mariko for lunch at a spiffy new Portland restaurant called clarklewis. It was very yummy and the place was industrial cool. Friday we're heading for Woodland Woolworks! I hope I can find something fun to buy!

Thank You Crystal Palace!

Back in January, I received an email from the president of Crystal Palace Yarns. She said someone had called her to tell her about my Eve stole pattern in Knitty, which used Splash, a CP yarn. She wanted to say thanks and also wanted to send me a care package with some of their new fall yarns. They arrived yesterday! There is lots of fun stuff, including Fling, Trio, Whisper, Squiggle, and a few other skeins that aren't labeled. I can't wait to sit and experiment with some of these yarns.

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Sew Much To Do

I got these three fabrics in the mail yesterday from The Cotton Shop. The first one is called Soft Spot and I want to make a pillowcase with it. Actually, I liked this fabric so much that I went back online and ordered more, but in the pastel multi colors to make a strappy sundress. The second one is Disco Dot and I plan to stretch that into a wall hanging. The third fabric is called Whirlygig and I want to make a button-up shirt with that.

I've also included a picture of the mini skirt from Rebecca 27. I went to my LYS after work yesterday to check out the GGH Velour. The pattern calls for 275 grams of yarn. The Velour comes in 25 gram skeins, which means I would need 11 skeins and at $8.50 a skein that would come out to the unbelievable amount of $93.50! Not in my price range for an itty-bitty mini skirt. So I checked Elann and am thinking I can use the new Esprit sock yarn if I double strand it. That would only cost around $40.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Quick Capelet

I started this capelet on Saturday and finished it last night. The pattern is by Teva Durham and is from Interweave Knits. I used Lion Brand Chenille Thick & Quick, which feels very soft and velvety. However, it was a little difficult to work with since it didn't have much give or stretch. Since it didn't take too long to make, the anal side of me make re-crochet the whole thing to get it looking a bit neater. We'll see. In the next few days, I'm also going to go check out some yarn for the Rebecca miniskirt.

Sunday, March 21, 2004

I Like It

Here's the finished coat. I sewed in the zipper yesterday. I tried to machine sew it in, but the yarn was too bulky, so I did it by hand, which is what the directions state. The sleeves are a bit too long, but I think it will be okay if I wear a sweater underneath instead of a t-shirt. It's very warm and cozy though!

For future projects, I'm looking at a capelet by Teva Durham and the mini skirt from the latest Rebecca.

Friday, March 19, 2004


Last night I finished sewing up all the pieces of the coat. I had knit on the contrasting edging, but just realized I did it incorrectly, so I ripped it out and, hopefully, will get to it today at lunchtime. All that's left is weaving in the ends and adding the zipper. Because of all that loop stitch, the coat is extremely heavy. It must weigh at least five or six pounds!

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Zip It

The one part of Anticipation that I am really looking forward to is sewing in the zipper. I've never made a cardigan/jacket that had a zipper before and I think it will be fun to combine knitting with sewing. I've even printed out Bonne Marie's directions on how to insert a zipper in a sweater so I'm ready to go. I'm working on both sleeves right now and hope to be done with them tonight. Then I move on to the hood and edge trim. Hopefully, I 'll have a hip new jacket for the weekend!

Tote Tutorial

Mariko has a super tote bag tutorial with easy-to-follow directions and lots of pictures.

Monday, March 15, 2004

In the Loop

After getting the Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn on Friday, I cast on for Anticipation later that evening. I finished the back Saturday and finished the two fronts late last night. As you can see, I made my loops quite a bit longer than what they look like in the pattern. I have never used any Lion Brand yarn before and I really like the Wool-Ease. I also bought one skein of Cotton-Ease that I started a kerchief with and that has been fun to work with too. It creates a velvety fabric that is extremely soft. I can see that I will be heading out to JoAnn's much more frequently from now on.

PS I finally got my issue of Rebecca 27 in the mail on Saturday. I've only skimmed through it once, but will be poring over it again to check out what future projects I want to make!

Friday, March 12, 2004

Past Project

I finally found a substitute yarn for Rowan Big Wool to make Anticipation. I bought some Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick! I had remembered reading something about someone using this yarn instead of Big Wool for a project, but I had never seen it in any of the craft stores. I finally saw it at JoAnn's, but at a location I don't usually go to that's further out. The main color is charcoal and the contrasting color is fisherman. It's been extremely nice weather here lately, but I expect that I'll be able to wear the jacket a few times before spring and summer come.

Thursday, March 11, 2004

Pillow Talk

These fabulous pillowcases that Mariko sent me finally arrived yesterday afternoon. I love the mod fabric and red piping detail. They are sitting on my bed, which is finally in its appropriate place, the bedroom. Yesterday after work, I went to get my carpet, which was the last thing I needed before I could assemble my bed. It's so nice to finally have a real room! You can see more pictures here.

Monday, March 08, 2004

Mottled Turtleneck

I finally finished the turtleneck on Friday night. It turned out great! I wore it a few times over the weekend. Unfortunately, I didn't feel very photogenic, so here's a picture of it lying on top of my dresser. I didn't want a full-on turtleneck, so I shortened it to scrunch up under my chin. I also knit a couple more kerchiefs and crocheted several more flowers. I also finished painting my bedroom! There was lots going on this weekend.

Friday, March 05, 2004

Check It Out!

I received an email this afternoon from Kim, who has started up a crochet website, crochet me. If you crochet and you're interested, she's looking for article and pattern submissions.

Cute Tank

Here's a cute free tank pattern from Berroco. My mind is wandering to knitting spring and summer projects as I try to finish up the mottled turtleneck. I'm so close to being done! I'm on the last few inches of the neck. All ends have been woven in, so once that's done I can wear it.

I have been waiting patiently for my new issue of Rebecca. I called the new distribution center and found out that since I hadn't set up automatic withdrawal last time, I wasn't set up to automatically receive any new issues of Rebecca. I quickly corrected that error!

Thursday, March 04, 2004

A Good Read

I just finished reading through all the MagKnits features and looking through all the patterns. Congratulations to everyone who worked on this project and submitted designs or wrote articles. I think the first thing I would like to make is Sophie, the cute felted handbag. Nice work Kerrie!

Wednesday, March 03, 2004


This is what was waiting for me at home yesterday! It's the mannequin head I won off eBay last week. I was mentioning to Mariko that I wanted a head to display hats, kerchiefs, etc. and she said to do a search for "mannequin head" on eBay and I did. This particular auction was ending in 10 minutes and only had one bid, so I won! I quickly put a kerchief on her to make her look less weird. The bald head and extra long neck are sort of creepy, but I think it was a worthwhile purchase. She even has real eyelashes! Any ideas for a name?

The sleeves to the sweater are almost dry, so I think I will be able to start sewing it together tonight.

Monday, March 01, 2004

Almost Sewn Up

I finished the sleeves for the mottled sweater yesterday afternoon before the Oscars started. They are pinned and blocking as we speak. I hope to sew it all together in a couple of days. I was worried that I was going to run out of the Peruvian Collection Sierra too. I'm down to three skeins, but that should be enough for the neck. Lucky for me because Elann no longer carries it! I spent most of my time knitting while watching movies I rented: Blue Car (disappointing ending), American Splendor (thumbs up!), Dummy (so-so, but I'm an Adrien Brody fan), and Capturing the Friedmans (still need to watch).