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. :)