It's been years since I posted a major sewing project because it's been years since I undertook one, but my only real dream for our tiny little courthouse wedding, aesthetically speaking, was to make myself a white, lacy dress. The final stages of putting it together turned into a little bit of a nightmare because I'm awful with deadlines (let's just say there was some blubbering at 5 a.m. the morning of the wedding and I ended up hemming the lining with a stapler), but it was good to sew again and I'm happy it ended up wearable. Just please don't look too closely.
I used Burda 7316 but ended the skirt around the point where it said "lengthen or shorten here." For my size (the smallest one offered), 2 yards of the main fabric was plenty (thank goodness I guessed correctly). I got a really pretty little 50-percent-off lace remnant at Fabric Depot here in Portland and then let myself splurge on silk charmeuse. I probably should have used a more opaque lining, but live and learn. The silk made me a little nervous, and many hours went into carefully cutting it, basting and sewing French seams. (I think I ended up with some puckering in the long seams for a combination of reasons, but I didn't let it bother me much.) My wisest decision was probably to make a rough draft out of an old bed sheet so I knew to take in the back seam of the top and waistband an inch and a half and make the back waist darts nearly twice as wide and long.
Now that the wedding is over, I'm considering seeing how the lace and silk would take dye, refining the hem and neckline, and turning it into a party dress.
Hi. I made this for a good friend who is giddy with excitement about it. I guess I must have been subconsciously inspired by the bmp socks on knitty, but I drew up my own 1 stitch/pixel chart. It's Karabella Aurora 4 on size 0 (2mm) needles. Considering that I made it up as I went along, I'm reasonably happy with it, but it's pretty lumpy. I guess I should probably try wet-blocking it...
I made this for a childhood friend who is writing her dissertation on desert tortoises. The turtle is from Barbara Walker's Charted Knitting Designs (thank you, interlibrary loan). The yarn, which I really enjoyed working with, is Plymouth Royal Bamboo. I think it turned out pretty cute.
I've been trying to talk myself out of this sweater since the first time I saw it, but I found myself in front of shelves and shelves of Spindrift yesterday, and I just couldn't resist. I had so much fun picking out colors, I wanted to share.
I'm calling it "Venezia: The Wild Rose Edition" because I'm that much of a knitting nerd. Unfortunately I ended up with one ball of DK. Hopefully I can get the right stuff tomorrow.
Oh, and I apologize if I just missed this discussion, but what are people using for needles?
Edit: You know, I just graphed it out and learned that, as much as I love complementary colors, they make the pattern more busy than I think I want. I think I'm going to try to exchange the gold and green for browns. That will be prettier, no?
So I've been working on this hat--the "herringbone cloche" in the little Vogue Knitting ("on the go!") Caps & Hats Two book--for the past few weeks. It's probably the trickiest thing I've knit...I'd managed to avoid seaming until this project, plus the pattern gets a little vague. At first I knit the brim as directed, but it turned out ridiculously wide and floppy, so in the end I only did three sets of increase rows instead of ten, I omitted the last two rows (20 & 21) and I did p1, [p2tog] twice all the way around as I bound off.
Anyway, I had almost given up hope that it would turn out wearable, but I pinned up the back seam last night and it looks okay, doesn't it?
I still want to put something around the pick-up line for the brim (I'm holding some black bias tape around it in the picture). The pattern would have me weave a leather cord through the knitting and tie it in a knot on the side. That's not quite the look I'm going for. Do you think grosgrain ribbon would work? Do you have any suggestions for attaching it? Should I make a little bow out of it? (On the side or in the back?) Or would you just wrap a short length of ribbon around the spot where the ends of the ribbon meet?
Inspired by burstandbloom, I started this hat from headhuggers a couple weeks ago. My yarn (Frog Tree alpaca) was thin, so I modified the pattern accordingly. After conquering the lace, I tried it on and decided it looked a little too...quaint on me.
I finally found the strength to rip apart tonight, but tried it on first and liked it better than I remembered.
What do you think? Should I keep going, or make mittens and a panta instead? This yarn is a little scratchy, but I adore the color, so I'd like to adore whatever it ends up as...