general adventures in craftiness

Friday, May 25, 2007

Dressed Up

I must admit that I was surprised at how well this knitted dress turned out, especially with the yarn substitution. The only change I made to the pattern was to add some length, about three inches. I didn't knit with a double strand of yarn and I think that definitely improves the drape of the fabric. I can't wait to wear it!

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Sneak Preview

Aside from having a couple of ends to weave in, I finished the seaming of the minidress late last night. I have to sew the four diamond-shaped buttons to the placket and then the smaller round buttons on the sleeves, where they hold down pleats. I haven't actually tried the dress on yet, so I'm not sure if that pleat is necessary. The neck gets a row of single crochet edging and that will be quick and easy. I love how the skirt falls and drapes. Photos of me wearing the dress to be posted soon!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Do Over

So, I've decided to buy more fabric to match the fronts and backs of the retro dress. I want to take the time to make this dress look good! Plus, with my other mishap in matching patterned fabric, I don't think I could stand to have this project turn out that way too. My local fabric store was out of the Prints Charming Raindrop print, but luckily I found it online at eQuilter. Hopefully, it should arrive by the end of this week. I also knit the button placket on the minidress last night. Now it's time for seaming, which I really like. Maybe because it's a signal that I almost have a new garment ready to wear. Today's lunch break will be spent searching for the perfect buttons.

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Monday, May 21, 2007

Wear More Dresses

I finished the minidress sleeves this weekend. Once those were done, I proceeded to steam block and press all my pieces even though the directions said not to block anything. I usually pin down all my knitted pieces to a blocking board, but was inspired by Bonne Marie to try this other method. Before I start seaming, I have to knit the center button placket. I'll start that tonight.

I also started my retro dress project. As you can see, the front skirt is two pieces. I cut out the fabric not even thinking about matching the rows of the pattern. I could buy another yard to match one of the sides, but I don't know if it looks that bad. And the entire back of the dress is also in the printed fabric and I'm not matching that. Any thoughts?

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Up Front

I finished the front of the minidress last night. It's knit in two sections and the button placket in the center is added later. I shall cast on for the sleeves tonight. So far, I like the parts of the dress that I've knit up and I 'm anxious to see what it will actually look like on.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Weekend Update

I finished the back of the minidress just before the weekend started. I cast on for the front and am just at the waist. I also wanted to start a new sewing project and cut out the pattern pieces for the Simplicity 3833 retro dress.

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Making Progress

I just started the back above the ribbed waist last night, which is all stockinette stitch. I'm hoping the rest of the knitting will go by fairly quickly. I love that this pattern has raglan sleeves too.

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Monday, May 07, 2007

Minidress Back

I got home Friday and, to my surprise, the yarn I ordered from Elann was waiting for me! I swatched Friday night with size five and six needles. My stitch gauge was right on with the fives, but my row gauge was slightly off. I didn't think that would be too hard to correct, so I went with the fives. This project calls for a double strand of yarn to create the tweed effect, but I'm only using a single strand. I worked on the project a lot during the remainder of the weekend and am almost to the waist.

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

It's a Minidress!

I am eagerly awaiting the yarn for my next project, the Vogue minidress. I had searched for suitable yarns a while back, but nothing really caught my eye. Then I got a May newsletter from Elann that featured one of their yarns, called Callista. It's a combination of rayon, cotton, and linen, which will be perfect for a knitted dress, I think. I'm excited to get this project started and on the needles!

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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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