I made these using two strands of wool-ease held together, from the book "just socks" from Lion brand. they are the first pattern in the book, so i figured they'd be a nice project to ease me into sock knitting. I love how they came out, the oatmeal-ish color makes them look sort of organic and functional.
I made these from the spa sock pattern from the sports issue of Knit 1. Oddly enough, while on a trip, i bought ONE skein of blue sky alpaca cotton without knowing what I'd do with it. I got home, noticed the socks in the magazine, and set off to make them!
they were fairly easy, my first pair of socks. i used to be against sock knitting, because i didn't like the idea of spending so much time on something that goes on your foot at the end. They aren't so good with the shoes i'm wearing because they're more of a slipper sock, but i like purple and red together.
*P.S.* On a completely unrelated note, i just started a knitting blog, and I'd appreciate it if you stopped by and gave me some tips. I'm fairly new to all of this.
well, after i get to the width i want the shoulders, i divided it into fourths. the arms, a back and a front. say it was 40 stitches, 5 stitches on one side of the shoulder, and 5 from the other side make the arm. i work one arm at a time, and then rejoin to make the body. i made the fin the same way, only i divided the stitches in half. i'm sorry if i'm not explaining this right.
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I crocheted it all in one piece, from the head down. for the nose, i made a bobble, and used craft eyes. for the fin, i hdc'ed one, and then sc'd one to create a better texture.
the hair was the most fun. i went up a hook size, and made a red cap to fit over the head. then, i cut lengths of yarn and hooked them onto the cap, and sewed the cap on. she has a lot of hair.
the skin, hair and middle section of the fin are made from bernat satin. I find it's a good yarn for crochet dolls. the bottom fin yarn is some joann sensations yarn, that has a few shades of green as well as a sparkled ply. The purple shell top is caron simply soft.
Twinkle's Big City Knits is amazing! a lot of the designs are hard to follow, but this one seemed easy enough. It's called the evening shell, which comes as a short or long version. I chose the dress.
I used the recommended needle size, 17's and 19's. I made a medium, to accommodate a 27.5 inch bust. I have a 36, but my gauge was a bit off so it worked out. A lot of the designs in this book are catered towards twelve year old girl sizes.
I used a few skeins (i forgot how many) of Plymouth Encore Mega.
It wasn't very complicated, it just took a few days.
I made this sweater based on the pattern in "Vouge Knitting, Chunky Knits". It's one of those "on the go books." Since i wont make a sweater if i have to seam it, i figured i could pop this one out in a second. Its a top down raglan, meant to be knit in a chunky cotton for summer. I didn't want to buy more yarn, so i used one strand of simply soft in the deep purple, blue micro spun, and some shwag bernat stuff i have this giant ball of. i used #15's as the pattern called for, and made the small/medium size. i did however, make the thing longer than called for, adding a few rows after each inc/dec row. it turned out pretty well for a stashbuster. too bad its almost summer...
i might make a few more and use up all of my little scraps of simply soft by caron.
this sweater is loosely based on the one in not your mamas knitting. i used bigger needles, and i'm not sure what size it ended up being. all i hope is that it fits the wearer, my friend Hannah's grandmother.
oh and the stripe sequence of the body is based on Fibonacci's number sequnce.
i crocheted the neckline, and added a scalloped edge. the sweaters that i'd previously made from this pattern, the neck was always a little tight.
i started out the sleeves on size 5's, switched to 7's and then knit the rest with the sweater in 8's. i like when sleeves poof out slightly.
i decided to experiment with using a random number of ribs instead of 2x2 or something. the only downside, you have to look at it while you knit so you know whether to knit or purl a stitch.
A few weekends ago, i decided to try dying cotton yarn. I used lion cotton in the natural shade, and 3 skeins of sugar and cream in white. I bought a few packets of dye that were on sale, but i don't remember what brand. they came from Joann though, in little colorful pouches.
first, i wound the yarn into a long, oblong skein, and tied it in four places to keep it neat. i used the legs of a card table.
Then, i soaked the yarn in water, and added vintager. I let them soak for about 30 minutes each.
To hold the yarn while i was dying them, i used those cookout tray type things that you cook turkey in. I set up my dyes, and *tried* to keep my mess contained.
After that, i just pored the dye in different ares and kneaded in in the my hands.
I let them dry a little outside all day, and hung them up with hangers from the ceiling pipes, and let them drip into the pans.
in the morning, i rung them out until the water ran as clear as it was going to, and then hung them up from the plant holders.
so i made this in one day, using hand dyed lion cotton for the top, and regular blue lion cotton for the bottom. i used the mesh stitch, increasing the number of chains to make it flare, and also increasing the hook size as i went down. i don't know what else to say about it.
I made this using the "Roxi" pattern from not your mamas knitting. i used the recommended yarn, which was my downfall. it knits up lovely, the yarn wasn't the problem... the Joann around me did not have enough for the sweater! i needed 8 balls, and I'd only bought 5. So i had to find another Joann, and ended up getting lost on the way back home. i ended up in downtown Cleveland, and very confused. i then overcompensated and landed in collonwood, a semi-horrible area. but in the end, I got the yarn, and that was all that mattered.
I never realized how much dye-lots mattered until this. the 2 skeins from the other Joann were significantly different. As you can see, the left sleeve is rather muted.
us size 15's, lion brand landscapes. I made a size medium.
I highly recommend this pattern, and the book. It was written rather clearly, and was a fairly quick knit (3ish days?) I plan on making another in a less garish color. And not so expensive.
my floor wearing it
a closeup of the yarn and buttons.
partially buttoned. My expression was pretty heinous, hence the checkers. Really, craftsters.