I took a knitting hiatus where I got more in touch with myself and my knitting... I achieved zen... now I'm back.
No seriously, just went travelling to Mexico and Guatemala for five months and was too hot to knit!
I want to make Waves by Saunshine and who's with me? Yay free pattern!! (Scroll down the page its listed on the right hand side) I don't want to spend moola on new yarn, and I received some beautiful Patons Brilliant from a friend, so I am going to use that instead.
Patons Brilliant is lightweight and the yarn the pattern calls for, Rowan Calmer is dk/aran weight, so I am going to have to do some math, I will let you know how it goes along the way.
Whatever yarn you decide to use, remember to go down a needle size from the one recommended on the label, so you don't end up with a holey tube top!
I changed it only a little- I used less than 1 skein of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in #207 Gray Blue, which is alot thinner than the yarn required, but I wanted to stash bust. Its also very, very soft- so comfortable to wear!! I used 3.5mm needles, and I made it a bit wider by knitting more rows on the buttonhole side, since my gauge was off. I used 2.5mm needles for the anenome flower (incl. in the pattern, and is removable by buttoning it on and off!), which I also made out of cashmerino.
This pattern is fun, challenging, but totally doable.
It is my first time using: Magic Loop, Magic Cast-On (which I used instead of the Turkish Cast on, which I found too gapey) using fingering weight yarn, and my first socks for me! I taught it all to myself in one night! You can do it!
You can buy the pattern here: Badcaul and it is totally worth it, because I am already dreaming about my next pair.
Here is a pic of my progress so far:
Lovely ain't she? Started June 4th. She is just buzzing along!
Edit: Just realized that the first pair of knit socks I ever saw were Badcaul, on Yahaira's blog! Here is the link that inspired me all that time ago! Even the colorway is similar!!!
Trust me, its worth it. I made the Isabeau purse (the small free one available on her site) and it turned out beautifully! I loved it so much I started a KAL for it here.
Sylvie writes really clear instructions, loves to help, and is just a phenomenal person all around. You can find her on here as SylvChezPlum.
I am knitting the tote handbag, because (a) I need one, (b) I love this pattern and (c) I am in a bit of a knitting funk right now when it comes to larger things (sweaters, etc.) and I needed more instant gratification!
I am knitting this in Gedifra Wellness in color 2169 (Olive) which has the same content (60% Cotton, 40% Acrylic, 18sts over 4") as the yarn suggested for the pattern, and it was on sale!
I made these for my stepmother in law for her birthday- she is awesome and just laid oak flooring in her house by herself and I know her feet will get cold with those new wood floors, so I made her these! Enjoy!
The pink yarn is leftover TLC Heathers in Lt. Mulberry that I had in my stash, and can act as a drawstring in case the slippers aren't tight enough- I made the small, because she is a size 6, but just to be sure.... I used two skeins of Daiso (2$ a skein) chunky grey wool from Japan, 4.5mm needles, and the Sweet Mary Janes pattern by Erin Vaughn
The yarn is all from my stash, since I am participating in use what you have month.
This is the Sweet Mary Janes pattern by Erin Vaughn and I am using a dark grey chunky weight superwash 100% wool from Japan, from my stash. I am making these for my stepmother in law for her bday.
Here is my second project:
Its a Clapotis for my sisters birthday out of Caron Simply Soft in "Bone", also from my stash of course, and US 8 (5mm) needles.
I would never have used this for the Clapotis if it wasn't for the fact that the whole point of UWYH is not to buy any craft supplies for the month, and it also coincided with losing half our monthly income (my husbands half) so it was the perfect time to try to finally use up that stash, and not spend anymore money until we are back on our feet again!
I must say I am loving the Simply Soft for this project. I will definitely be using it for another Clap in the future. I works so well and is so soft, haha!
My sisters bday is on April 6th, and I want to make her something. I was trying to make her a mini clapotis, but it is really not working out, due to many reasons. (I am not going to go into that for now, ugh)
I want to make her something really nice, only I don't have a lot of time, and no money, so the yarn has to come from my stash and the project has to be knitted this weekend to make it in time (she lives in Montreal and I live in BC)
The only thing is, I have no idea what to make. I don't want to make a hat or shrug/sweater, because I haven't seen her in years, and I have no idea what her size is. And she doesn't wear hats. I don't think I want to make a scarf, but I will if I run out of time. I really hate making scarves tho. She is turning 36 and is kinda conservative in her dressing so nothing too "hip" like armwamers or anything.
I don't have time for too much finishing, seaming or complicated stitches.
I also would like the pattern to be avail online if possible, for speediness sake.