Thursday, April 30, 2009

Spring Top Week

Rae from Made by Rae is hosting Spring Top Week. She has a wonderful ruffle top tutorial on the Sew, Mama, Sew website. It inspired me to make an Anthropologie inspired top that I saw on Grosgrain.

I followed Rae's tutorial leaving off the ruffles, and then added some lace that I had in my stash. I tea dyed some of the lace and then also dyed some pieces gray, and left some natural.

This is the detail up close.

I think I might make another one out of swiss dot material.

In the knitting department, I am working on a dress with this as the top part, and fabric for the skirt, but more on that soon.

Finally, there are some great DIY fashion blogs out there that I've really been enjoying lately. They all have wonderful tutorials on DIY fashion.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Weekend Update

There isn't a whole lot of knitting going on around here this week. Frankly, I'm too tired to even knit a row at night. I started Cherry Fizz, but I'm calling it Pink Lemonade. This is as far as I got before I "fizzled" out. Maybe next week I can get back to it.

I've been making Easter favors. I used this tutorial from Indie Fixx.

It's time for my son and I to hide the eggs for his little cousins. I hope you have a wonderful weekend with family enjoying the traditions of your holiday!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Tangled Yoke Cardigan

Tangled Yoke Cardigan
Eunny Jang
Interweave Knits, Fall 07
String Theory Hand Painted 100% merino sport wool, 4 skeins, Squash
US size 5, 4, and 0 needles

Things I learned:
1. Bobble - I have never done a bobble before.
2. 5-into-1 decrease and 1-into-5 increase.
3. Short row shaping for a yoke
4. Kitchener stitch to graft underarm stitches.
5. 3-stitch 1-row buttonhole - it makes a really nice buttonhole.

What I love about this sweater:
1. It's a classic sweater, but with a little updating.
2. I loved all the finishing details that Eunny Jang added to the pattern.
3. It is knit seamless, but made to look like there are seams.
4. The horizontal cable and Celtic design of the yoke.
5. Pretty much everything about this sweater.

The one thing that I didn't like: When I got to the end of the seventh row on the yoke chart. The one with 404 stitches and 84 cables. I had 4 extra stitches at the end of the row. I hate when that happens. And no, it couldn't have been in the last repeat that I did. After counting stitches and recounting, and then counting again, my mistake was at the beginning of the row. I had to rip back 400 stitches of 84 (count 'em) twisted cables. That was not fun. Nope. But alas, pain has no memory, and it is all behind me now. This is quite possibly my favorite sweater - ever!