general adventures in craftiness

Thursday, June 19, 2008

What Next?

I haven't had much time to think about my next knitting project because I've been working on some other projects that aren't really craft-related. I finally had some time tonight to search through some patterns and came up with these two possible projects. I love the nautical stripes and shaping of the Breton Girl pattern, which originally appeared in the fall 2007 issue of Knitscene. The vintage styling of the Farrow Rib Cardigan is appealing to me too. This pattern first appeared in the winter 2007 issue of Interweave Knits. I may have to line up both of these projects for some of my summer knitting! You can buy both patterns individually in the Knitting Daily online store.

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Crafty Weekend

After finishing the Avast sweater Friday night, I wasn't sure what my next project would be. I ended up working on lots of different things.

I spent an afternoon finally figuring out how to use the knitting machine a friend gave me almost two years ago! I practiced plain knitting and it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. In fact, it was really fun. Click here to see my swatch. I plan to try using some of the punch cards next and practice two-color knitting.

Yesterday I ended up going to LYS Close Knit and its neighbor Bolt to get knitting and sewing supplies. I got some yarn to knit up a stuffed toy for a friend's baby shower, as well as a skein of bulky red alpaca for the Not Too-Too Beret from Knit and Tonic. I also bought the latest issue of Interweave Knits, so much time will be spent on deciding what sweater I want to knit first. The fabric I purchased is for a spring dress that I want to drape. The two fabrics on the left are by Jason Yenter for In the Beginning Fabrics. One is from the Bohemian Brights collection and the other is from the Floragraphix I collection. The Mod Dot fabric is from Alexander Henry. I'm leaning towards the Bohemian Bright as the main body of the dress with one of the other patterned fabrics and the gray as contrasting pieces.

Another project I started last night was a ripple afghan. I'm hoping I use up lots of stash yarn. Looks like I'll be busy for a while!

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Monday, February 04, 2008

Spring 2008 Interweave Knits

The spring 2008 issue of Interweave Knits has some great projects. I have been shopping around for a perfect spring cardigan, but have put off buying anything because I'd rather knit something up. I particularly like these patterns: Mirabella Cardigan, Flutter Sleeve Cardigan, Dovetail Pullover, and the Auburn Camp Shirt. Thsi is an issue I will definitely purchase!


Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Time for a Hoodie

My next knitting project is going to be the Central Park Hoodie. This pattern first appeared in the fall 2006 issue of Knitscene, which has since sold out on the Interweave Knits site, but is still available at other online stores. You can now buy the CPH pattern individually from the new Knitting Daily Pattern Store. Knitting Daily is a newsletter from the folks at Interweave and their shop has lots of other individual patterns that have appeared in Interweave or other sister publications.

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007


I finished knitting on the neckband and weaving in all the ends of the Blouson last night. I made the size up from the smallest size and the sweater is still pretty roomy and blousey, though the waistband fits my hips just right. I made the sleeves just a little bit longer and they almost hit my wrists. The Mainline yarn makes for a nice soft fabric that feels good against the skin. I can see wearing this sweater quite a bit once fall hits to keep the chill off.

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