Friday, June 23, 2006

I used to read about knitters having "knitting ADD", and I couldn't understand it. When I crocheted I'd start one project, work until it was done, and then I could chose another one. Of course, I was only ever making a baby blanket here or a hat there. Even the first year I was knitting I would make one pair of longies or a soaker (pants to go over her cloth diapers) at a time. I had no desire to do anything else. But these past few months have been crazy. Once I started knitting stuff for myself I became like a knitting freak. I wanted to start every project I saw. I'm trying hard to get this under control. So I thought the first step in that process would be to show what I'm working on, and then pay attention to one at a time until it's finished. And I CANNOT START A NEW PROJECT until I'm down to one (or maybe two).

#1. This is the start of a tank top. I began by using the lace pattern from http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=26874.0 . I plan on making the top into more of a tank (as opposed to the tube of 'Lelah'). I think I'm going to use the instructions for 'citrus moon', just not sure how that'll work out. I'm using SWTC bamboo for this (leftovers from MILs clapotis).

#2. This is another summer shirt. http://www.knitpicks.com/Projects/Projects_Display_Yarn.aspx?itemid=50364220&yarnid=5420112 . It's in KnitPicks shimmer, which is lace weight, so it's taking forever! I'm sure I'll be finished by next summer, hopefully.

#3. Just a boring hat I'm making to use of some of my old acrylic yarn. I was hoping to have a bag full before it gets cold to donate them to a church or shelter.

#4. Yes, another Clapotis. http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall04/PATTclapotis.html In this pic it actually looks like I'm further along than I really am. Also in lace weight. I don't know if I'll ever finish this one. Although it does look much prettier in the pic than in person. That gives me a little incentive.

Ok, so you think that's it. Four WIPs, not too bad. Well,....... I'm actually working on two others as well. #5. That Saturday Market Bag from Magknits. http://magknits.com/June06/patterns/market.htm and #6. A baby sweater for a friend. http://www.knittingpureandsimple.com/baby_sweater_for_site_2.pdf I'm mainly working on the baby sweater, with plans to immediately start another one when it's finished. Lots more projects to knit and sew. But for now, that is a catelogue of my WIPs. :)

It wasn't letting me upload my knitting pictures, so I thought I'd take a break from that and try some others. Here is a wraparound skirt I made for Evy. It's made from a bedsheet that I bought at walmart. I found the pattern here http://www.fitzpatterns.com/Pages/DANA/0501_DANA_PatternPage.htm

It's an adult pattern, which I made two for myself (and plans for more), and then scaled down to make a childsize. She loves the pocket on the front. If I make more for her I'll make the openings to the kangaroo pocket a little wider, it's a tight fit for her hands.

I'll post pics of mine later. I made a mid calf length one and one that comes just around the knees. I'm not a shorts person, so this is a good summer substitute. And besides, it fits my weight fluctuations better than shorts. :)

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Plaid pink halter

I figure I might as well post my cute recon halter too. I started with a plain button down shirt. It was so soft and I loved the plaid, but I wasn't that into the cowgirl look. So I cut it under the bust, used the sleeves as the "halter" part, added a strip across the back (to bring it up in a more modest look), sewed elastic (lastin) to cinch it in the back, and finally I added some more fabric in the chest area to give a slight layered look. It's still a little "showy", but I love it. I think there's a way to take it in a bit more in the front. Now my only problem is that I didn't finishe the seams, so I'm afraid it's going to fray when I put it through the wash. Oh well, it was a learning experience, and I'm sure I'll make another one.
I have a ton of fabric I got at walmart a few months ago that I plan on making something like this with. I'm just not into wearing tshirts this summer. I want lots of cute shirts to make me not look 33 (like I'll be in 3 weeks!). :)

Tube Toporini

Yarn: Kim #435
Needles: Size 7 24" circs
Modifications: I couldn't get gauge, so I knit one size up, and it still came out a little tight, but not bad. I used a stretchy bindoff because I couldn't get the bindoff loose enough. Stretchy bindoff I used: Knit 2, pass 1st stitch over 2nd, move remaining stitch back to left needle and repeat until finished. Instead of a crochet chain for the ties I did a 3 (or 4) stitch i-cord. I think everything else was the same.
Very simple project for my first time doing cables. And it's such a cute top. I had run out of yarn right at the end, so when I ordered more I just got some extra in another color to make one for me. :) Yes, this is a gift and it's already left my hands. I hope she enjoys. :)

Saturday, May 27, 2006


Since this is my first post, and I'm not exactly sure what to write, I thought I'd show off the Clapotis I made. I used South West Trading Company Bamboo in Plum. I think I used size 8 needles (it's been a month or so since I finished). It came about because I wanted to make something for my MIL for her birthday (in June). I've been eyeing the Clapotis for about a year now thinking it was way above my skill level. But once I found this yarn I knew they would be perfect together. Once I started the scarf I realized it was one of the easiest patterns, and I couldn't believe I was scared of trying it for so long. Anyway, this is Evy modeling it for me. I'm about to pack it up. MIL lives on a farm, so I don't think she'll find too many opportunities to wear this (maybe to church). But she loves pretty things, and she totally appreciates handmade things, knowing the love that goes into them. So I know she'll love it.