Category: Knitting


Downside of Stash

You know, apart from the monthly dash for more boxes.  Or the buying the same thing over and over again.  Or suffocating when it falls on you.  Or the horrible, slow shuffle towards hoarding.

Today, it was losing the stash, namely seven balls of Karabella Vintage Cotton.  They’re a grey-green color, which means they should stick out like a sore thumb around here (I have an exuberant color palette).  I’ve gone through the boxes in the basement, all double digits of them, all with labels (!).  I searched the corner cupboard, my shelves in the sewing room, the drawers in the sewing room.  I don’t think I have any other hidey holes and I’m flummoxed.  And, frustrated.

Teva Durham’s Bell Sleeve Blouse, one bell sleeve:

Lace Sleeve

On Ravelry

Isn’t that pretty?  Her Loop-d-loop Lace is one of the best knitting books I’ve seen.  Clever and different and fun, and I love my knitting to be fun.  So, the idea was to hand knit two fun lace sleeves and machine knit the body.  It’d be quick, satisfying and, oh, fun.  Except for the danged yarn.

The blouse will co-ordinate with a piece of printed Indian linen from Purl Soho.  It’s a very heavy and rustic fabric, reminding me of sew-in canvas interfacing for tailoring, and it’s printed with silver leaves.  A little hard to photograph, but I think they’ll look great together:

printed linen from purl soho

I’m guess I’m going to have open up boxes tomorrow.  I’m actually sick of my stash and want it gone.  (Well, mostly gone.)  I’ll have to unload some of it soon, somehow.

And, now, a segue from:      Insane Stash ……….> Insane Bunnies!

Psycho Easter Bunnies

It doesn’t show up too well, but the bunnies look, erm, altered.  This was an Easter basket for my son and he loved it.  All he asked for was something with bunnies and this is what my copious stash threw up.  It’s by Jay McCarroll of Project Runway, season one winner.  Kid has a kooky eye.

Connor had the coolest basket at the egg hunt, so a win all around.

Ooh, and on an ever better note, ladies, coffee is good for you.  I’m not at risk of either diabetes or stroke, but hey, I’ll take all the health benefits I can take.

Petersburg, Rowan 42


My commitments are showing.  I’ve finally finished a KAL project.  

This is Petersburg, originally done in Cocoon, from Rowan 42.  It looked really pretty over fitted, long sleeve tops, and the cables are really delicious.  They’re predictable, but not boring.  
I cheaped out by using Knitpicks Swish Bulky, only 4 hank
s, for the 38″ bust.  It’s actually a pretty resilient yarn – I frogged, tinked, cut, mangled and treated it pretty badly and it held up really well.  But, it’s just not in the same league as Rowan’s Cocoon.  
The KAL is this quarter’s project for the The Sexy Knitters’ Club on Ravelry.  I think it’s the first time there has been a technique topic rather than a pattern, which made it a lot easier for me to commit.  I’m excited to see what comes up next.
Next, I’m working on a top from Burda 12/08, in this knit:
Yes, glittery giraffes.  Oh, the subtlety.

Estes Wool Market

There were the mountains. There were furry, sofffft, goofy looking critters,


lots of them, in different sizes;


fun things to try: now my son knows how to weave, (I don’t);


and a modest numbers of yarn stalls. This was my loot for about $140. Worsted wool/mohair/silk in black, kid mohair in red and alpaca in darkest walnut:


They’re all soft and luscious and going straight into stash until I can figure out what to knit.

Grrr!


What can I say? I have a 4 year old.

Grrr face cloth from the latest knitty. I made mine with less than half a ball of Lily’s Sugar’n Cream. I think it took all of an hour.

I did do mine quite differently. I used an easier loop stitch from knittinghelp.com. (Find the video here under decorative stitches.) Also I just purled on the WS rows. I knit Eastern/Combination style and stocking stitch comes easier. It gave a nice nobbly texture on the back.

It’s being test driven in a bubble bath right now.

Onto Sewing:

I’ve cut out Burda 6/07, bias top 120 and am half way through it. This is my fabric, a very drapey, squirrelly tencel rayon blend. Pretty stuff.

Because it’s a little heavy, however, it’s dragging down on the bias and has brought the center front V neck towards the bottom of my bra band. So I have take up the shoulder seams and re-sew the neckband seams. All of this is easy, but I’m finding knitted lions just a touch easier.

I wish I was more driven!

VK Cabled Tank

Vogue Knitting Spr/Sum ’07 – Cabled Tank

The front is stocking stitch with two cables running vertically – I made these mirror images, unlike in the pattern.

The back is a 4×4 rib. No, I don’t have back chub at my waist. And sorry, about the dress sleeves poking out.

I used about 4 balls of Rowan Summer Tweed in Berry. It’s the oddest yarn I’ve handled so far – it feels mostly like paper ribbon to knit, but the fabric itself is very comfortable and cool in our 80 degree weather. It’s not as fitted as it’s supposed to be – the instructions have you knit a size with considerable negative ease. My bust is 43″ and the top has a finished measurement of 38″, but it doesn’t feel at all tight.

This is my first knitted item of clothing for myself in a very long time. So, I’m ridiculously proud. I’ve now got the Eyelet Cardigan on the needles, and Sahara in gold yarn. Both should fit in with my SWAP.