general adventures in craftiness

Thursday, August 31, 2006

In the Beginning

I started in on the lattice pattern of Bridie last night and flubbed it up, so I had to frog about 10 rows. I really like the wide twisted stitch ribbing.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Fall Knitting

I'd been meaning to swatch for Bridie some time ago, but was sidetracked by other projects that had specific timelines. Finally, I was able to start my swatch last night. I hope to cast on for the sweater today.

The main project I was sidetracked with was embroidering some tea towels for a friend's bridal shower, which was yesterday. I'd been working for the last week to embroider eight patterns that I bought from Sublime Stitching: Krazy Kitchen, Veggies, Monkey Love, and Tiki Freak. I took photos, but only this one came out clearly.

Along with the tea towels, I also knit up some dishcloths from Mason-Dixon Knitting. You can see those here, here, and here.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Rebecca 32

I finally got my Rebecca 32 yesterday. Like Silvia said, it's a fantastic issue. It doesn't seem to have as many recycled patterns as the previous one did. I really love these two winter white sweaters. They are made using a new GGH yarn called Bel Air, which is a blend of mohair and polyamide. It's really soft and comes in a great color palette. It's slightly expensive, but I think it would be worth using for these patterns.

Monday, August 21, 2006

New Yarn

I got my Merino Style from KnitPicks this weekend. I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the package because I thought I had ordered it in brown and instead it was this moss green. I'll try to knit up a swatch tonight as I continue to work on another baby kimono sweater.

Thursday, August 17, 2006


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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Baby Kimono

I just started on the front of the baby kimono sweater. It's looks pretty cute and I think I will make a couple of different sizes in other colors too. I will also have different ribbon ties for each one. I'm just in the beginning phases of some house renovations, so posting will be a little sporadic.

Friday, August 11, 2006


As I knit up dishcloths and baby sweaters, I finally decided on my next project: Bridie from My Fashionable Life. I purchased this pattern a while back, but forgot about it as it sat in my knitting bag mixed in with other papers and patterns. I just bought 10 skeins of KnitPicks Merino Style in moss for this project. It's time for some fall knitting!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

New Knits

After finishing the Amy Butler halter, I tried to find a new knitting project. I searched through magazines and books and found nothing that satisfied my interest. So, I decided to use up some cotton in my stash and make some of the small projects in the Mason-Dixon Knitting Book. I'm currently making some ball-band dishcloths, but also plan on knitting up the baby bibs and the baby kimono sweater. That should keep me busy for a little while!

Friday, August 04, 2006

It Fits

I finished the Cabo halter yesterday. It was a quick and easy sewing project that was really fun to make. I'm already thinking of making another one in sateen stretch cotton. The most challenging thing about this halter was sewing in an invisible zipper. I had never done one before, but I bought the invisible zipper foot and hoped I didn't have to rip out the zipper too many times. I got it in on the first try. My new best friend is that invisible zipper foot!

P.S. The knit halter is in the process of being ripped out again. The fit was better the second time around, but all the stitches were slanting to the left due to being knit in the round. It looked weird.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Halters Everywhere

With need for a new project, I headed over to Bolt to buy this Amy Butler halter pattern and some fabric. This fabric is also from Amy Butler. It's the Belle series designed for Rowan. This particular fabric is called coriander. I love the silhouette graphic! I cut out the pattern pieces last night and will start sewing this afternoon.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Halter Redux

Here is the halter top again. I tried it on prior to taking this photo and this time it fits quite nicely!. It still needs some major blocking, but then it will be wearable. I ended up taking in two inches from the original pattern. I also added a garter stitch hem at the bottom and the top of the back to stop the curling edges. I am not going to add the crochet picot edging to the neck and am debating whether or not to add any edging at all. The V-neck is a bit lower cut than I normally wear, but as I mentioned before, I really like the shape of this top. I hope it doesn't go into the pile of Things I Make But Never Wear.