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img 085I saw this pattern yesterday on a crochet board. I haaaave been needing one of these, and I had some left over kitchen cotton I’d planned for another market bag, but I have enough of those already. So I cast on (chained? hooked? I don’t know my crochet terminology) and finished it within a day. It probably should have taken less time, but my crochet skills are a little rusty.

I haven’t tested it out yet. I’ll probably bleach it like crazy it first to soften it up.

If it doesn’t work out as a bath puff, I can use it as an accessory for a zombie costume, because I can’t help thinking of brains when I look at it.

I’ve also made some swatches (not official swatches- just figuring out stitch patterns) for those two Phildar sweaters, and I think I’ve got them down! You can see them here. I think I’ll start the ones with the V’s first, because it’s more fun to do.

-kelly

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

img 024It’s not really so beaded now. Maybe if I come across some beautiful ones, I’ll add them.

Pattern: Beaded Cami by Black Dog Designs

Yarn: Patons Grace

Needes: Size 6 circulars; F crochet hook for straps

My cami has finally finished blocking. About a day and a half, which felt like ages because I was so excited to try it on and take photos. Now that it is finished, I can say that I’m completely and utterly in looooveeee.

I knit most of this while watching the film Leon (which is great by the way), downloaded episodes of Big Brother 8 UK, and while suntanning in my garden. I feel so sexy in it, but I’m not sure if that’s the top, or the tan I developed while knitting it.

I made a few alterations to the pattern to suit me better. First of all, I knit it in the round. It seemed like the easiest choice with all that stockinette, and also the lace pattern is worked on every row, so I though it would be easier to work it intuitavely if I were always working with the right side. The measurements of the original seemed a little too drape-y for me, so I narrowed the fit by casting on less and adjusting the lace pattern to have less stitches. The original pattern started with 8 stitches between the leaves, I started with 7. I decreased more than written in the pattern, so my top is also smaller. I adjusted the lace pattern to have 6 stitches between the leaves. Because I had more decrease rows, my top is also a bit longer than the original. Another significant mod I made was to place the bodice seam under the bust instead of over it. I think it makes the fit more flattering and gives it some structure. I added double straps because I thought they were cute (though that isn’t much of a modification). The last adjustment I made was to add some short rows so that the back would hang lower than the front, so I wouldn’t have to tug it up like a lot of low necked camis.

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I really loved working on this, but it wasn’t without it’s problems. The pattern calls for the bodice part to be knit separately, then seamed upside down. Well I didn’t notice this point, so when I reached the cast off for the front body, I decided to pick up my bodice stitches and keep knitting seamlessly. I was blissfully unaware of my mistake till I reached the lace at the very top, when I realized that there wasn’t another lace pattern to replicate the first one upside down. I wasn’t about to give up, so I frogged down to just above my short rows, placed the front stitches on a holder, and knit the back of the tank flat. Then I cast on for the top, knit the same number of rows i had for the back, and grafted the 78 tiny stitches on the top to the 78 tiny stitches on the bottom. The result is almost seamless, because I untwist the yarn a bit while I knit with it, but I don’t while I graft, so that row has a different sheen in some light. Then I seamed up the two flat sides and I was done.

Well I think I’ve written enough by now..

If you think you may knit this and are curious about my mods, just comment and I’ll be happy to explain anything further. And don’t be intimidated by my mistake, it can definitely be avoided.

Thanks for reading!

Happy knitting, friends,

Kelly

lelahToday is the hottest we’ve seen this year in Toronto. If I were brave, I’d take the train down to the beach to show off my latest finished knit, but I think i got enough sun(burn) yesterday during a long hike(also, I’m pretty content with my air conditioning).

The pattern for this is Lelah, by super awesome Craftster user HelenaJane. Knitters have posted many lovely finished tops in the comments of the thread. The one that really inspired my to try this pattern was a beauty by blogger Prettyknit.

I used Lion Brand Cotton-Ease, which it a worsted weight, cotton-acyrlic blend. I made a few adjustments to the pattern to suit my tastes and size. The pattern calls for size 10.5 and 8 needles for the lace and bust, respectively. I used size 8s for the lace so it wouldnt be too open, and size 6s for the bust so it would be dense enough to to be see though, eep! I also made up my own size small by comparing the other sizes avaiable. Soo….. it turned out pretty small.. but I think it has stretched out a little to a more comfortable fit, hopefully the elastic in the top band wont snap back again. I sewed the hem using a whip stitch (as described in this post) I kept the elastic in the hem as I went so i wouldnt have to thread it through the whole thing once finished (sounds even more annoying that the hemming itself).

I’m going to call Lelah a success, and I will probably knit one in another colour, but next up is the Beaded Cami by Black Dog designs. So pretty! I hope to go to the yarn shop this week and start it soon.

Until then,

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

IMG_2530I recently loaded up on cotton yarn in anticipation of the warm weather coming. I’ve already finished one project and have a few more planned. The first is the Saturday Market Bag from Magknits. I used some great alterations from disdressed for a two strap bag instead of one, because it seemed sturdier to me (I just realized I’m wearing almost the same shirt as in her picture, whoops!). I stuffed it with beach supplies (small towel, bathing suit, sun screen, lotsa knitting, book, snacks) because it seems to me like the perfect beach bag (if only it were warm enough now to actually go to the beach…). You can fit a TON in this bag, and I didn’t even try stuffing it too much for its photoshoot.
Unstretched it’s a lot smaller, so it can easily fit in to another bag if I ever need to, like if I knit a bunch more (which I plan to) and actually use them as market bags.

The next project I’m working on is a shrug based on this gorgeous one from Anthropologie. The base of it is knit, and I’m using a top down raglan similar to the One Skein Wonder for that. The edging is crochet, and I plan on making a bunch of crochet yoyos in various sizes and attaching them like in the original. I’ll post more details of the shrug soon, but as of now I’m only about half finished knitting the raglan part.

Back to something a little more weather appropriate…
I’ve finished my fuzzy lace sweater and it’s pretty cute. I’ll try to get a photo of it tomorrow. I’ve gotten really caught up on warm weather knits, that I’ve almost forgotten about it.

Please comment and tell me about your summer knitting projects!

Danica

This is the scarf that started the Danica revolution on Craftster. It’s the finished knit I’m most proud of. It’s made of the beautiful Paton’s SWS in Natural Earth. I used around three balls, and it reaches around my hips, which I’d say is a pretty good scarf length.

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The second Danica I knit was a gift for Yale. I actually started it before my other one XD. I just finished it, and it’s probably warming his neck as I type this.
yale's scarf

This one was based on a scarf from the Anthropologie catologue, (I’d link to it, but I think their page is defunct by now). It was knit sideways, which made i go by so fast. I love this scarf, it’s so soft, and probably the one I wear the most often.
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