Wee Envelope from Wee Ones by Ysolda Teague made in Sandnes Alpkka with wood lookalike buttons from my stash. The entire wee ones collection is wonderful and I’ll probably knit all of them eventually. I love making sweaters and now that my time is limited these tiny sweaters are perfect, it has all the wonderful elements of imagining someone wearing it, but in a more manageable size now that there is a lot going on. Mittens or hats really aren’t as exciting as sweaters are.
I have been thinking about making something similar to this incredible cardigan made by Felicia Semple of The Craft Sessions. She made it in yarn bought at a small mill on a vacation and created this by knitting and ripping back if necessary. I think of using a yoked cardigan pattern as base and continue the patterning.
Colourwork Cardy – Felicia Semple
Any ideas on yarn for it, something soft that isn’t superwash in soft colours like these?
I recently made this set in Pickles Extra fin merino in the colourway Gresskar for an almost 2 year old relative and now that it’s arrived I can show it to you. I used Bon bon toque pattern for the hat and Heartwarmer for the cowl, both patterns are modified to fit the yarn since the patterns was intended for a larger gauge then preferable for this yarn and I think it tuned out all right. If I wear to make heartwarmer agin however I would change the seed-stitch for twisted ribbing which I think makes a neater edging.
As you might have noticed there has been a change of style in my creations lately, that’s to say I have been making other stuff than dresses and cardigans, even shorts which is something I haven’t worn for years until this summer. Early spring I got a craving for beautiful blouses and what do you wear with blouses? Skirts or trousers and that how it all came about. After struggling to fit my first pair of shorts and, being me, wanted to continue making shorts until I had mastered it completely, continued making more. As I went on I realized that I really like sewing trousers or shorts which is what I have been making lately and that trousers don’t have to be uncomfortable or slide down when you sit down and there are more blouses that look better with trousers then they do with a skirt with the exception for a pencil skirt but they aren’t really comfortably nor easy to move around in. So I think this parade of separates might continue for some time.
The latest in this is my knitted Waterlily top from the spring edition of Pompom this year, knitted in Sandnes Garn Alpakka/Silke. Here it is modeled with a wool panel skirt I made about 2 year ago, and I see now that it needs a bit of pressing but just ignore that please. I made a few modifications to the pattern in order to make it fit, firstly I added hip and waist shaping then I lengthened the body approximately 10cm. I also lengthened the yoke 3 cm below the braid and 2 cm in the lace section. The one thing I’m not perfectly pleased with it is the bind of in the back neck I made a few decreases to get it tight but it is still a bit floppy, I’m going to try and sew in a tiny thread of elastic to see it get better otherwise I will have to re do that part. This project made me realize that I don’t like to knit lace anymore, I think that a little bit of lace in a knitted garment makes it more professional and neater looking but I wish someone else would knit that part. That said I’m thinking of maybe making another one in turquoise or yellow, it so beautiful and comfortable and I think it will be great with a cardigan in the winter.
This outfit make me feel like I’d fit in the mini series The Bletchley circle taking part in London 1952.
Loki sweater in size 2 years, knitted in Filcolana peruvian highland wool in the colourways 281 (blue), 101 (white), 254 (apricot)
Loki sweater in size 6 years, knitted in Filcolana peruvian highland wool in the colourways 190 (green), 101 (white), 254 (apricot)
Loki doesn’t have any neck shaping so I added a couple of short rows below the yoke and one above the yoke for the green. It a fun and quick knit and the yarn is wonderful to work with. Filcolana peruvian highland wool is squishy and soft for normal wool but not super soft it still is a little scratchy but still soft enough for most children I think and it works really well for colourwork having just enough grip to keep the stitches in place. I’m thinking of making a yoked sweater for me to in this, I like the idea of sweaters but the ease of taking on and of cardigans without making to much of a fuss in classes or on a packed bus, so we’ll see what becomes of it. As of my blouse fever I’m knitting a blouse and have ordered yarn for another one, on the needles and almost finished is Amélieby Gudrun Johnston in the amazing yarn Canopy Fingering by The Fiber Co. as called for, it is super soft slightly drapey but not overly so and semi variated witch gives depth to the colour. and soon to be started is Waterlily from Pom pom issue 8 as long as the yarn I ordered works. So hopefully I will be wearing a lot of skirts, blouses and jumpers this winter.
I’m so glad to be knitting again and to have the inspiration back after 6 months.
Having a study free day and spending it sewing I finished the skirt in the morning and the Blouse a few hours later. These areBelcarra blouse by Sewaholic and the Pencil-skirt from Gertie’s new book for better sewing, more information on these tomorrow.
My sailor dress, Robe Reglisse by Deer and Doe and my Featherweight. I have been on a sewing workshop most of the day and wanted some that allowed me to easily try on trousers, since I would be fitting a pair. It was a nice workshop at Frilagret hosed by a talented local tailor, it is part of a workshop series which include the planning, execution, professional fashion photographing and an exhibition of one outfit/person. It has been wonderful to have expert help and especially when fitting trousers that is new on me and rather difficult to fit on your self. The best is that it is all for free, a cultural project for young adults (about 16-30) to get creative.
An update on my Bohus cardigan, This is my commuting knitting, so the progress is steady but slow. It is the blue one, but I haven’t really followed the pattern, truth be told I haven’t even reed it except for the colour work.
This is a hat and felted crown inspired by Where the wild things are sense I late at night bout the wrong pattern, so I improvised a bit instead and this is the result. The hat is knitted in Artesano Aran 50% alpaca and 50% highland wool, I used 82 grams = 108 meters. The crown is made in Hjertegarn Chunky 98%baby alpaca 2% nylon I used 67 grams = 87 meters.