OK, so I'm a bad Craftster bride. I didn't do even half of the crafty projects I planned for my wedding, and made just one post to the Craftalong! But to make up for it, I've made a bit of a photo-tutorial of the beaded bouquets we did make. Altogether we made 5 bouquets: 1 bride's, 3 bridesmaids' and 1 flower-girl's.
(Click on this pic to go to the Flickr tutorial)
We designed and printed our invitations ourselves, on recycled paper.
ETA: if any of you could read through the tutorial instructions and let me know if it makes sense, it'd be great. I'd love to have some Craftster opinions on how it's written, or if I've missed any crucial info. Thanks!
Ok, so I haven't posted in here for ages, and my wedding plans have changed drastically since I was here last! But here's a picture of the invitation we made (click on it to go to my Flickr account - eventually there'll be more wedding pics there):
We ordered recycled paper from www.ecopaperco.com.au (who were very helpful, located in Queensland, Australia) and designed and printed them ourselves.
NB: recycled paper does not always accept printer ink very well over large areas of the paper - some of ours were a bit patchy. However, our design with the pink background fading out to the top seemed to make it easier, as the colour was varying anyway. We didn't have any problems with printing the text.
I've also started on making beaded bouquets, which are turning out well so far. No pics yet, but next time we work on them I'm hoping to make a tutorial with photos.
This is the medium size - I used Austermann Marco Stretch, which is a wool/acrylic blend. I was originally going to knit the large size, but I didn't quite get gauge, it was too large, and I didn't want to shell out for more enormous circular needles, so I dropped a size and it worked out fine with a few small changes.
I added about 4 rows to the body on both sides just to get the armholes the way my guy likes them. A friend had warned me that the neck was quite small, so before joining the shoulders I pinned them to test - I ended up joining 4 fewer stitches on each shoulder.
The major problem is that one of the sleeves is upside down! On the first sleeve I made, I did the decreases along the top of the sleeve, not the bottom. It wasn't until I got to the other sleeve that I realised what I'd done. My guy said to just do the other sleeve the same way, so that at least they'd match, but I couldn't quite bring myself to *deliberately* do it wrong. So after I'd done the second sleeve, my guy tried it on in front of a friend who is very fashion-conscious and loves to examine everyone's clothes given the slightest encouragement. She didn't notice anything wrong with the sleeve, and my boy says he can't feel any difference when he's wearing it, so the stupid upside-down sleeve is going to stay
Finished gift-bag: medium size, using Pachuko organic cotton. Time taken: just over 10 hours altogether, over about a month.
The organic cotton was lovely to use, but I always enjoy knitting with cotton anyway. It was soft and only split once or twice. I deliberately kept track of how long I was taking, in order to compare, but then re-read the introduction where the author states that the times are based on experienced knitters making the smallest sizes.
This was really easy to make and I've had a lot of compliments on it. Now I just have to decide what I'm going to do with it.
Here's another elephant toy. He doesn't have a name yet. He's going to be a present for my best friend's newborn baby boy. I probably took closer to 10-12 hours to make him, rather than the 6-8 hours recommended by the book, but it was my first time knitting on 2 circulars (fun once you get the hang of it). Also my first provisional cast-on and my first Kitchener stitch grafting too. I didn't use two strands of yarn held together, so you can see the stuffing through the stitches. It doesn't matter too much for this one because he's a light grey colour, but if I was making one again in a dark colour I'd probably use the two strands.
Another Airy Scarf. You can see that the side nearest the wall is where I started and was a bit wobbly, but it looked pretty good by the end of it. I used Kidsilk Haze in Dewberry, and it's lovely and soft. It was made as a gift for my best friend as part of a baby shower basket - my other friend and I filled a basket with organic teas and chocolates for our friend, plus organic baby food and skin care for baby, this scarf and some homemade cookies.
So, after my last post about finding a substitute yarn, I spent most of the last week madly knitting away, blocking, and finishing. Today it was finally done!
The neckband is a picot edging, and was the first time I've ever used double-pointed needles without giving up in a huff. The yarn is cotton, so it's washable, which is great for my sister who is very busy with two babies.
I'm very proud! My little neice loved it, and only took it off so she wouldn't get cake on it. Please ignore my glazed look in the second photo, I was so tired from having been out late last night and then getting up early to keep knitting before my neices' birthday party, where this photo was taken.
If anyone is finding it difficult to stay motivated with their sweaters, please don't give up - seeing it finally being worn is such a good feeling! If I can manage to get this done, then anyone can...
I've finally finished the front of the little jumper I'm making for my neice. The next step was to make the sleeves, but having the front and back hanging off needles waiting to be cast off was bugging me so I just went ahead with joining them.
If you haven't tried a 3-needle bind-off before, I can recommend it: I hate sewing pieces together, and this meant that I got to cast off two pieces *and* join them together all at once.
The pics below are the jumper as it looks now, then a close-up of the seam. In the close-up I think you can see along the pink/white join where I messed up my wrap & turns, but there's no hole or anything so I decided to forge ahead.
I've finished the back of my little jumper, yay! Unfortunately, there are a few wrap and turns that I'm not sure went exactly to plan. There's no holes, so it can't be too bad, but the stitches do look kind of weird. Should you be able to tell where a wrap happened or should it just blend in? I've put a lifeline in just before I started the shaping so if I've stuffed it up then I won't lose too much work when I rip it out.
Anyway, here's a pic of what I've done so far (it's been pinned to my couch to stop the stockinette from rolling in):
Well, the yarn I ordered 3 weeks ago has finally arrived! Apparently there was a production delay or something. I'm forcing myself to knit a swatch up first, because my tension can often be out, but it's so hard to do the right thing when you've got lovely new yarn and a cute pattern.