work in progress


I’ve been tagged twice (by CanarySanctuary and fiberfiend6891) in a little “7 random facts” quiz. I don’t usually do these things, but I’ve taken their encouragement as a kick in the butt to actually use my blog.

1. I was born August 25th, 1987 in Toronto, and I’ve lived here all my life. 21 in a few months! I’ll be able to call myself a twenty-something.

2. I really love shoes. That’s probably not too uncommon for a young female, and I’m sure some of you can agree that you can just never have too many. Two new additions:
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3. My clock radio is set to a classic rock station and all day long, each day, I have the song that I woke up to stuck in my head. Today it was “The Boys in the Bright White Sports Car”:video link. Hi-larious.

3. I love knitting for the summer: skirts, tanks. Wooly winter sweaters just don’t appeal to me, despite living in Canada.

hair cut4. I got a haircut recently! With bangs! I haven’t worn this type of bang since i was a little kid, so i was naturally apprehensive. And although I don’t look too thrilled in that photo, I am actually happy with them. I think they look like Chuck’s from Pushing Daisies while wavy and like Ana Karina’s while straight.

5. I generally bake when I’m avoiding something (ie. SCHOOL WORK UGH). Today I baked a bread loaf. :(

6. I listen to bands with female singers almost exclusively. Like Broadcast, Blonde Redhead, Amy Winehouse, Komeda, Nouvelle Vague. I just find the sound sweeter, I suppose.

7. I can’t drive. I think I bought the driver’s manual when I was 15 in anticipation of taking the test, but I’ve never gone for it. The thought of controlling a giant machine is a bit terrifying, and I’m happy taking the bus.

And speaking of summer knitting, I’ve finished something for this season:
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It’s the Lacy Skirt with Bows from Greetings from the Knit Cafe. It’s finishing blocking now, and I’ll get some modeled photos later this week and post some details about the project.

img 071Recently I’ve been working exclusively on a pair of socks for my father’s birthday. I didn’t finish them on time (and I’m not finished yet!) but I did let him try on the one sock I had done. No pictures of the finished sock yet, I’ll save that for when they’re both done. I’m using the pattern for Eunny Jang’s Bayerische socks (which I love) and Dalegarn’s Baby Ull (which I also love -soso soft superwash merino). I’m using a larger needle size because they’re knit for a man, but it looks like they’re going to be a little loose around the leg, so I’ll sew in some elastic. They don’t look loose here with me modeling them, but they slouch when walking around.

Another angle here

I’ve been so busy with these socks, I haven’t had any extra time to dedicate to my blogging. I have been watching my blog stats though, and thanks to Knitting Pattern Central for featuring my pattern for the Ribbed Lace Bolero last week, my blog visits have skyrocketed to over 25,000! Holy crap! Thank you Knitting Pattern Central! Also thank you to my subscribers. I love reading your comments and following your blogs too.

I promise lots more knitting and blogging soon (as soon as the socks are done). I have a million new project ideas that I can’t wait to start.

Later!

Kelly

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I’ve been working on this shrug. It started out its life as one of those shrugs knit from sleeve to sleeve, but once I had seamed up the sleeves and tried it on, I remembered how completely unflattering they are…

I decided to go with the classic shape of a bolero, instead. The construction is based on the circular shrug on craftster, which is just a big rectangle sewn so you can stick your arms and head through. The biggest difference is that my ribbing is MUCH less…. dramatic. I’m not really that big myself, and didn’t want to be overwhelmed with ribs.

It’s basically done, but I’m not quite sure how to finish it. Should I had two inches of ribbing on the bottom of the sleeves? I’ve already got two leave-it-alones, and that’s the way I’m leaning too…

Anyway, advice? What do you think?

PS. I also just started with Ravelry! If you have it too, add me as a friend! I think I need a little guidance there, cause I’m still kind of confused by it :P My name there is tragicheroine.

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Hint: It’s not a bowling pin in a tuxedo.

Something I’m working on for an online knitting challenge. This is my first time making any kind of knit toy. I’m using Knitty’s Kate as a guide for the shape, because I’ve seen it adapted in to many different characters, and it seems very versatile. Those little buttons are bobbled knitted in contrast yarn, and around the narrow part i picked up stitches around and gave it a picot bind off (a little hard to see in this photo).

That’s all for now, more details coming soon…

-Kelly

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I’ve just finished my first turned hem, with the pattern Lelah. Not really the most fun experience, but I’m really happy with the result. I used a whip stitch to seam the live stitches with a row of purl bumps. Because it’s sewn through the back of the stitches, the hem is nearly invisible on the right side (looks pretty nifty on the wrong side too). The seam is also very stretchy, which is a very good thing since it turned out a little small! :(

The top is finished now, so I’ll have more details and photos for you within a couple days.

Kelly

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This is the beginning of what I hope (fingers crossed) will be my first successful sweater. It’s a raglan V neck so it’s so simple to knit, and I’ve practically been making it up as I knit along. The waist in it is a little big, because I haven’t been doing any shaping, in order to maintain the lace pattern. Hopefully I can stretch it in length with blocking, so that’ll make the body a little more narrow. I’m going to leave the sleeves short, probably add a few rows of k1p1 ribbing. I’ve only knit to around my waist in the body, so I still have several inches to go, and I’ll probably make it tunic length, because most of my camisoles are long.

More updates soon!

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