I'm normally not one to knit Christmas gifts, but this year, I decided I could take on 2 little ones. They ended up being finished in time, so I'm pretty pleased, and the recipients liked them (and even let me take pictures!)
This is the hat. It's basically just a long ribbed tube descreased at the end, with a pom-pom. My brothers specifications had been "I want it to be really long," so I just knit until I was almost out of yarn, and then we were set.
The only problem was that it sort of ended up looking like a giant red penis (and it sort of stood up without anything to weigh it down on top... EEP!). Thankfully I had enough yarn to make a pom-pom for the top, and fix that problem.
For my sister, I made Knitty's Corazon, but with a few modifications.
I kept the back more or less the same, but I made a new chart for the front... with SKULLS.
This was my first colourwork project, and I'm pretty happy with it (she is, too). I still have some ways to go, though, before I start on the Argyle Vest (but practice makes perfect, right?)
There are more pics and information on my blog, if you're especially interested.
Hi everyone! I need a little bit of help identifying a stitch pattern for a friend. A while back, her roommate's mom made her these mittens, but she's since had a falling out with her, and can't ask her how she did them. We've figured out that they're made with two different yarns (durr), and as far as I can tell, there's no cabling, just some popping out sections in garter stitch (orange), and little craters in stockinette stitch (rainbow!) Has anyone seen a similar pattern before, and if so, do you know where we can find it?
You guys are usually pretty on the ball, so any advice you can give would really help!
Well, it happens. One of my favourite knitting-based artists is Janet Morton and there are a large chunk of others. Anyway, I decided to try my hand at doing some knitting for a drawing project, and this is what I came up with:
Balloons! Unfortunately, I don't have a shot of them installed (I hung them from the ceiling and curled some extra wool at the bottom to look like ribbons). I designed some lace patterns, and those are what I used to cover them. The idea is that the lace determines the form of the balloon on the inside, rather than the other way around. And of course, when the balloons deflate, the knitting (thanks to sugar water!) stays in the same shape. Creepy?
Of course, taking a look inside the balloon is pretty interesting, too.
I set them up with a series of drawings mounted on the walls. Here's a progress shot of one of the drawings.
I've just recently (well, okay, it's been a while...) finished not one, but two lace projects. The first is the circular lace bolero, after tragicheroine's, here. I modified the back to add a new lace pattern (picked out and plugged in from my stitchtionary), but otherwise followed her instructions right to the letter.
It's proven to be the perfect thing to wear over a strappy dress to keep it work-appropriate. I imagine I'll make another (with a different lace pattern, of course) again. It was definitely a really quick knit.
The second lace object was by no means quick. It kind of took ages (I believe I started it in December). Nevertheless, I'm extremely happy with it, and not at all adverse to having something complex and lacey in my wardrobe.
It's Ene's Scarf from Scarf Style, knit with some mystery brand of locally-produced Alpaca (I can't seem to figure out why, but it always seems that my LYS carries none of the usual brands/names).
I think this will be the way I'll end up wearing it... lovely as the shawl is, it's difficult to find an everyday kind of way to wear it. But I do love the scarf look.
A little more info and some bonus pictures on the blog.
I think I'll be doing a lot more sewing this summer (even though I am not a very skilled seamstress!) because I've discovered the joy of being able to picture EXACTLY what you want in your head, then making it to your own specifications. I never feel like I'm getting quite what I want from a store.
I needed a new bag: something smaller than the messenger bag I usually lug around and larger than a regular purse. I'm also kind of in love with bags that look like they're make of someone's old carpet and/or drapes... so I hopped over to fabricland and found some sale fabric I ADORED, then came home and puzzled over it for a while, before finding this great tutorial (incredibly detailed!)
And here is the finished product:
(The fabric is reversible so the yoke and strap are the "bad side", and so is the lining.)
A closeup of the fabric:
I'm pretty pleased and planning to maybe move on to making myself some shirts!
in regards to the natural denim colorway for SWS, i've heard and seen for myself that the color changes are very long and not too noticable compared to the other colorways. i made a hat with the natural denim, and it a dark blue stripe and the rest was just light blue and gray wide stripes, but you could barely tell that they were different colors.. that may be the look you're going for. but if you want the color changes to be more noticable, you might want to go with another color of the SWS.
I double-checked the colour, and it's actually Natural NAVY, not natural denim. I might still have the same problem, but I don't think it will be to the same extent. Thanks for the tip, though!
I am still, however, a little disappointed at how much the colour on the inside of the skein varies from the colour on the outside... What looked like a brilliant blue is significantly darker now that I'm partway through the skein. Here's a pic of what I mean:
What looks like almost black seems to have replaced that bright blue colour you can see in the scarf. Has anyone else using SWS noticed this in their colorways?
I finished mine about a week ago, and finally wore it for real (aka out of the house) today. I love it! It's warm enough for the weather, but awesome-looking enough that I wore it to classes all day, too.
Here's the action shot (ignore the creepy shadows):
I think next time I make one I'll buy a size smaller needle for the ribbing. It doesn't feel quite as snug as I'd like it-- but then again, I think I have a smaller head size than most.
These are more or less the first books I bound successfully... I'm still looking for new techniques, because I can see myself getting bored with coptic binding quicky!
I made this one from a box that had tea in it. I bought the tea from a Dollar Store because I liked the box (I have a thing for lemons), and it was 1$. I drilled holes, coptic'd it up, and voila!
Here's the spine.
A Japanese Stab-bound book made from some handmade paper (alas, not handmade by me!)
The paper on the inside is just computer paper, because I'm cheap.
The most recent one I made, I put a little more effort into. I got some FIMO at Michael's when it was really cheap a while ago, and made myself some covers. Here's the front:
And the back:
Anyone else have trouble with really floppy coptic bindings? After I was all done on the FIMO/clown one, I went back and pulled all the stitches extra tight, but it's still quite loose. Is this just the way coptic binding is?
Thanks for looking, and I'd love any comments/help you have to offer!