Monthly Archives: April 2012

Wurm Hat…and some aprons!

There’s been tons of sewing and knitting around these parts (and some spinning, too!) lately. I’ve been branching out with my sewing, which has been really fun! I made my very first skirt, which I’ll post pictures of as soon as I get some and made some really fun aprons. I’m hoping to make a dress at some point and even have fabric and a pattern all picked out. Which brings me to the knitting portion of the blog post….our friend Judy offered to help me with the dress in exchange for knitting her a hat! A friend of hers who is a knitter was wearing a hat she liked and she found out the pattern name, picked out some yarn and I knit it up for her.

Pattern: Wurm by Katharina Nopp

Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Sport in Clematis

Modifications: I cut out one repeat because the hat was getting quite long and I was running out of yarn!

What a fun pattern! I love that the brim of the hat is doubled and doesn’t require a provisional cast-on in order to achieve this feature. The pattern was easily memorized and didn’t require much attention besides counting rows every so often. The yarn, of course, was glorious to work with. I’ve knit with several of the Madelinetosh bases before, but the Tosh Sport was new to me. It has a nice tight twist and has fantastic stitch definition.

Onto the aprons!

Not too long ago Sonia and I were chatting about what we could do to stand out at the shop so that customers could immediately identify who worked there. We tossed some ideas around and not too long afterwards a ravelry friend posted an adorable utility apron she made. She made it for a fiber festival that she was attending as a vendor and I immediately messaged her to find out where she got the pattern! She pointed me towards this tutorial and I immediately sent the link to Sonia. After a lot of fabric browsing, we finally settled on some Michael Miller fabrics (from the Red & Aqua line…they just happen to be the shop colors!).

We decided to go with 2 different designs for the 4 aprons.

I made the ties longer than the pattern calls for so that we could tie them in front.

Little tab for hanging things.

And because other crafters out there will totally relate to this….

Multitasking at it’s finest. Keeping warm with Dancette and trying to get pictures of the aprons and Wurm hat before the sun went down.

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Dancette

Our most recent Knit-a-long at Stash was a choice between the Dancette Shawl and the Ishbel Shawl. I knit an Ishbel a couple of years ago, and while I love it I really wanted to do something with stripes…Dancette was just the thing! I got a bit of a late start to the KAL and then had a couple of false starts, but made up for lost time by finishing the shawl in 6 days!

Pattern: Dancette by Irish Girlie Knits

Yarn: Three Irish Girls Adorn in Devin (green) and Swans Island Fingering in Natural

Modifications: Instead of a p2tog bind-off like the pattern calls for, I did a sewn bind-off. I initially bound-off per the pattern instructions, but found that when I went to block the shawl, it was too tight. I wasn’t able to pull the top of the shawl straight across without getting rid of the points at the edge. After it dried, I ripped out the bind-off  (ugh, I know) and then did a sewn bind-off instead. I won’t lie….the sewn bind-off took me 2 hours, but it was well worth it in the end.

Both yarns were incredible to knit with, and even more incredible after blocking. My stitches weren’t as even as I would have liked and a good soak evened everything out and both yarns bloomed beautifully. I have a TON of the Swans Island left (their skeins are a generous 525 yards each!) and am already plotting what I can do with the leftovers.

The pattern was easy to follow and had very clear directions. The stripes keep it an addictive and interesting knit, but there isn’t a single part of the pattern that can’t be done while watching a movie or listening to an audiobook.

Irish Girlie Knits has another chevron-inspired pattern out called Fiar, that I think I might need to knit in the near future! Let the plotting begin….

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Back from hiatus

It’s sure been a while, hasn’t it?! Yikes…I never meant for it to be so long since my last post! There’s certainly been a TON of crafting going on since the last time I was in this space. Part of my lack of blogging has been the lack of decent photographs of my knitting! Well, let’s just jump back in, shall we?

I’ve been working steadily for a few weeks on a new sweater that I’m really excited about!

The pattern is Before Dark and the yarn is Pigeonroof Cassiopeia DK (a merino/cashmere/silk blend) in Espresso. I know it looks a little small in the picture, but I’m confident that my swatch didn’t lie to me and it will grow when I block it!

I also finished a shawl sample for Stash out of some really fun yarn made from recycled blue jeans:

Pattern: Bonnie Jean by Jen Lucas

Yarn: Kollage Yarns Riveting in Night Denim

Mods: None! I had plenty of yarn left over (enough to make a sizable swatch and still have a little yarn nugget left over) and followed the pattern exactly as written.

You can read more about the Bonnie Jean shawl and Riveting Sport yarn over on the Stash blog

There’s been quite a bit of sewing going on around here, but of course I don’t have pictures of any of it! I do, however, have some pictures of some of my recent spinning!

The Ghost Who Walks on MCN, dyed by Two if by Hand

9=WTF on Mixed BFL/Silk, also dyed by Two if by Hand. This was for part of a handspun swap I participated in and the picture was taken by my swap partner!

I also whipped up a little handknit goodie for my swap partner, which she also took a picture of for me:

Roller Rink on MCN, dyed by Two if by Hand…pattern is Camp Out Fingerless Mitts

I have another pair of fingerless mitts and a shawl waiting in the wings to be photographed, so I promise I’ll be back soon with those! Ah…feels good to be back to the blog!

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