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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Briar Rose Bolero 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.

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / amaryllis camisole 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.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / The New Editor of Interweave Knits on: March 12, 2007 06:46:25 AM
have you seen this

I'm definitely renewing my interweave subscription now  Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / heavy wool circle skirt on: December 31, 2006 07:47:52 AM
So I don't sew very much anymore, but I'm hoping to get back into it. For some reason I really feel like making something today. Unfortunately most of my fabric is at my parents house. I do have some thick herringbone wool fabric and I'd love to make a skirt from it. The fabric is sort of the weight you might use for a coat, it's pretty heavy. I'm thinking that a circle skirt would be a good way to minimize bulk around the waist. It's a large enough piece to cut it out without needing any seams. The main problem I can see with using such a heavy fabric is that it might not hang right. My plan is to put it on my dressform and steam it with the iron.

Before I start cutting into things does anyone have any advice? Would I be better making a different style? Are there issues I'm not foreseeing. (I know my machine can handle this fabric I made some pouches from it).
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Snow White on: December 29, 2006 10:26:38 AM
This jumper went through two incarnations, and a lot of re-knitting, but I'm delighted with the finished result. The first version was red, and the name fits it a bit better but oh well.


6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / oven fixing paint on: December 01, 2006 09:40:33 AM
I've been stamping fabric using acrylic paint (liquitex) mixed with screen printing fabric medium. According to the bottle it needs to be ironed for 5 minutes which would be fine except that ironing 2 metres of fabric for 5 minutes would take ages. I've been thinking about putting the fabric in the oven, which is electric so no flames. Is this completely insane, or do you think it is logical and unlikely to set my house on fire if I'm careful. Any ideas what temperature would be equivalent to a hot iron?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / a quick question for parents on: November 13, 2006 08:54:15 AM
I'm designing a baby sweater as a gift and I don't really have any experience with dressing babies.

I'm trying to decide whether to make it a cardigan or not, I don't think I want to. I think I'm going to make a sweater with  buttons along one shoulder (or would both be more practical) so that it's easy to get over baby's head. Do you think dressing a wriggly baby in that style of sweater is annoyingly fiddly? Would a cardigan be better or are buttons on a cardigan just as fiddly to do up? Or shoulders that sort of lap over (like a onesie) without buttons?

I'm planning on making this to fit a standard 6 month size. The baby is a newborn now and I don't think it will take me long to finish but I figure this way it will get the most wear. In that vein do you think cuffs that look good folded up or down would also help prolong wearing time?

Sorry if that's all a bit scrambled but I'm totally sleep deprived and brain dead from writing essays all night. But I'd really appreciate it if you could give me the benefit of your experience for this. Anything else I should consider? I'm already planning on taking the Yarn Harlot's advice to make the sleeves a bit shorter than standard measurement charts suggest and I'm using superwash wool because I'm not crazy enough to expect the parents of a newborn to want to handwash.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / stitch dictionary with charts? on: October 11, 2006 04:25:44 AM
can anyone recommend a comprehensive stitch dictionary with charts?
I don't care about the quality of the photos, or when it was published as long as there are charts.
I'm thinking of ordering a Japanese one, any recommendations?

*edit - oops I obviously meant to post this in discussions and questions - sorry
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Stripy on: October 08, 2006 10:29:06 AM

A basic top down raglan with buttons, stripes and some shaping.

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Rosa on: June 07, 2006 02:57:00 PM
I finally finished Rosa from Rowan 35:
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