general adventures in craftiness

Monday, April 30, 2007

Finished Cardigan

I sewed the buttons on the cardigan yesterday afternoon, so it is officially done!

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Blocked Up

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Monday, April 23, 2007

Corrective Action

I finally finished the reworked fronts last night. I would have been done sooner had I not forgotten to bind off for the armholes. At least the fronts are now done! I started the sleeves after the fronts were finished and those will be done in a flash. I hope I can block all the pieces later this week.

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Must Pay Attention

As you can see, I made a bit of a mistake here on the two fronts of the cardi. I didn't knit enough rows on the eyelet sections before the peplum waist. So, it looks like I will have to do some frogging. Luckily, these sections knit up pretty quickly. I think I'll go ahead and knit up my sleeves first and then revisit the fronts.

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Here's the Back

I finished the back of the cardi on Saturday while sitting and knitting on my new sectional that came in a month early! I started both fronts and am at the beginning of the peplums. This is knitting up pretty fast. The cardi is a lot shorter than I originally thought it was. Since the fronts have no stockinette stitch, I'm expecting that the rest of my knitting will go by rather quickly.

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Friday, April 13, 2007

I Love Peplums

As I started this project, I realized that I really love to knit lacy patterns. The patterns usually require me to pay attention, stay focused and are interesting enough not to be boring. I'm just past the peplum. I was a little disappointed that the top half of the back was all stockinette stitch, but it should still knit up pretty fast. I suppose I could just kept knitting the eyelet stitch pattern, but I think the smooth fabric will be a nice contrast to the lacy bottom.

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Getting Started

I headed out to Lint yesterday after work to scope out yarns for the short-sleeved cardigan project. I was leaning toward the Blue Sky Organic Cotton, but I didn't like the color selection. Then my eye caught the new stock of Cotton Fleece on the shelves. I had thought about knitting up the cardigan in a light gray yarn and when I saw this slate charcoal color, I knew this was my yarn. I haven't used Cotton Fleece since I knit Gigi and as I was swatching and the knitting up the eyelet rib last night, I was wondering why. This yarn feels great in my fingers. It's a little splitty, but it creates a wonderful fabric.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

What's Next?

These two patterns are from the spring/summer issue of Vogue Knitting. The cardigan looks like a fun and easy lacy spring number. I'm really drawn to the dress for some reason too. I think it's because of the buttons. I'll probably start with the cardi first. The pattern calls for Lion Brand Organic Cotton, but I couldn't find that, so I may have to substitute something else.

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Monday, April 09, 2007

Berry Cute

I felted the strawberry clutch yesterday afternoon. It turned out really cute! I only ran it through the hot wash once. I suppose I could run it through again, but I like the size of it now. Big enough to actually hold stuff.

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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Sneak Peek

As some of you know, I have been in the process of remodeling my basement, kitchen, and bathroom. It has almost been six months since the work started and now it is slowly coming to a close. I am really excited because I now have a studio space in the basement where there formerly was a large round dining table. I just finished unpacking and organizing the area last night and it turned out better than I could have imagined. I am psyched to start using this new space!

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Monday, April 02, 2007

Strawberry Clutch

This cute felted strawberry clutch is a Kate Gilbert project from the spring 2007 issue of Knitscene. I'm using double strands of the recommended yarn–Cascade 220. Once the two sides are done, I'll use duplicate stitch for the seeds.

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