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1  Briar Rose Bolero in Knitting: Completed Projects by ysolda on: July 03, 2007 11:40:17 AM
It seems like ages since I've posted anything new here, but now that uni is finally over I've had a chance to work on some new designs. Here's my latest, Briar Rose.


I named this design Briar Rose after the grimm brothers' name for Sleeping Beauty. The shape was inspired both by vintage bedjackets and 40s and 50s silhouettes. A bedjacket inspired design seemed like the perfect thing for Sleeping Beauty to wear and while it certainly isn't a bedjacket I am wearing it right now sitting on my bed  while typing this.

This started off as an experiment in seamless construction. One of the reasons that I made two was that I wasn't entirely happy with the shaping of the first (pink one). It looks ok in these pictures but the armholes are really way too deep and this has the annoying effect of making it slip off of my shoulders. I wasn't so unhappy with it that I wanted to take it off and rip it out, so I bought some yarn on sale and made a second one (the green). This was also a great opportunity to see how changing the yarn can make a big difference to the final look of something. The pink is Noro Cash Iroha - a silk, wool, cashmere blend worsted weight single - as you can see this resulted in a really drapey bolero. The green is Lana Grossa Royal Tweed which is a slightly heavier weight quite sturdy but very soft and fuzzy merino, it produced a much more structured effect so I also changed the border pattern to go with it. I'm probably kidding myself but I like to think that these changes mean people won't think my wardrobe is full of variations on the same item! Especially as I've been wearing one of these most of the time recently.

The construction is actually quite simple, but not very easy to explain. Basically I started at the bottom and made a curved hem shaped with short rows. The sleeves were started at the cuffs (with lots of increasing to make them nice and puffy). I joined the sleeves and body at the underarm and knit from there up to the shoulders in one piece - sort of decreasing the body onto the sleeve stitches (that would be the tricky to explain part). At the top of the sleeves I worked lots of decreases over the sleeve stitches to gather in the puffiness and then each shoulder was worked separately, decreasing the shoulder stitches onto the sleeve stitches and then joining the front and back shoulders with a 3 needle bind off. I picked up stitches for the border all the way around the outside edge and to finish it I closed up the holes at the underarms with a 3 needle bind off. Figuring out what to do would have been a lot simpler if I had knit it in pieces, but it wouldn't have been nearly as fun or satisfying.

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2  Re: Short n' Sweet along! in Crochetalongs by ysolda on: June 13, 2007 04:53:02 PM
Ooh I started making this yesterday. It's the very first time I've used a crochet pattern, but it seems to be working out ok. (I'm pretty familiar with knitting patterns, which probably helps). The yarn I'm using is South West Trading Company Bamboo in  a pink so bright my camera can't really capture it.

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3  amaryllis camisole in Knitting: Completed Projects by ysolda on: March 27, 2007 10:27:32 AM
I finished this last week.


Yarn: Laceweight 50% silk, 50% cashmere from PoshYarn.

Pattern: My own, it will be available one day. Probably in a few months time when I graduate, realise that I need a way to pay the bills and get through the backlog of patterns I have to write up.

Lots more pictures on the blog.
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4  the tiniest ysolda in the world in CHALLENGE 9 ENTRIES by ysolda on: February 05, 2006 12:58:09 PM
I've been thinking about doing this challenge since  it was announced and I had all these grand plans. But I only had a wee bit of time to do it in and consequently my doll is kind of crudely finished (she doesnt even have fingers). My style varies so much that if Id had time I would havemade her lots of outfits, but this is definitely one of my styles. I made the tiny kittyville hat first and then of once I'd done that I had to make the doll to wear it.
She's made from Milliput, felt, aluminium wire, old t shirts and real hair. I hope you like the tiny me.

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5  lace up opera length fingerless gloves in Knitting: Completed Projects by ysolda on: January 22, 2006 09:16:04 AM

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6  hopeful in Knitting: Completed Projects by ysolda on: September 08, 2005 01:38:52 PM
my modified version (i added the beads and leaves) of Jenna Adorno's wonderful Hopeful pattern

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7  Re: "Hopeful" Knit-a-Long/Pattern Supports Breast Cancer Research in Knitalongs by ysolda on: August 29, 2005 03:43:56 PM
good luck, sounds like you're busy, the only reason I've gotten so far is that I've been knitting this while reading and watching films
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8  meet irkle - needle felted doll in Felting: Completed Projects by ysolda on: August 25, 2005 05:28:42 AM
meet irkle, my first attempt at needle felting:

he has a crazy fuzzy aura, do any of you know how to reduce this - or is this normal? Maybe its the kind of wool I used, I seriously know nothing about felting

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9  Re: Please do me a little favor. :) in Discussion and Questions by ysolda on: August 16, 2005 01:35:05 PM
very intrigued by what your secret project is
but here you go...

let me know if you want more of my bin or something (my flat is badly in need of cleaning - a few disgusting photos shouldn't be too much of a problem) -
eeep that's probably given everyone the impression i live in a pigsty or something - tis not that bad, honest
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10  Re: interweave's corset pullover? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by ysolda on: August 05, 2005 09:18:51 AM
here you go:

cunningly pretending that the back's done too  Wink
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