Christmas sweaters for my niece and nephew, I bought three balls of worsted weight yarn for each of them, and each sweater used two full balls plus just a bit of the third. When I finished, I had a good brainstorm about what would be a good use for about 200 yards of superwash worsted weight yarn in each of pink and yellow, and I hit on newborn sweaters! I picked out a free pattern on Ravelry that would be good for any gender - Olive You Too.
This project was very successful! It used almost all of the leftover yarn (and the buttons were from my button jar), and my friend's daughter looks adorable in her sweater. I'm excited for my baby to wear his!
Pattern: Olive You Too by Taiga Hilliard Designs
Size: 0-3 months
Yarn: Yalley Yarns Superwash Worsted, about 200 yards per sweater
Started/Completed: January 2018/February 2018
Modifications: None for the pink sweater. For the yellow sweater, I crossed all of the cables the other way and made five buttonholes evenly spaced along the button band instead of four buttons all near the top.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
I, Katherine of willknitformath.blogspot.com, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '18. I endeavour to work on sewing garments for myself every day until my baby is born.
Last year, I wore lots of me-made clothing for Me-Made-May. This year, I have a grand total of four non-underwear me-made (or altered) items that fit my current shape, so wearing me-mades every day or even most days isn't an option. Instead, I want to focus on sewing some nice summer dresses that will work for nursing. I'm planning a Washi dress with a button placket (made of lovely soft double gauze) and this knit dress, which is designed for maternity but I think will work well for nursing this summer. I also bought supplies to make myself a nursing cover, and I'm going to count that as sewing for myself rather than for the baby.
I have a lot of sewing goals between now and when the baby is born: not only the dresses and nursing cover for myself, but also three baby quilts - one is for a college friend's baby (born at the end of February), and it's getting close to done. I just need to finish the second half of the machine quilting and then bind and label it. The next one is for our baby, and the third one is for some friends who are expecting. Their baby is due in August, but it is unfortunately looking like he may be quite premature, so I'd like to have his quilt ready for him before my baby is born. Those two quilts are still in the planning stages. I'd also like to make my baby an Oliver + S bucket hat for the summer and some bibs and burp cloths, and I have fabric sitting in my sewing room to make two new tablecloths for our kitchen table. I'm sure not all of this is going to get done, so it will be nice to have time set aside for high-priority projects! When I have a lot I want to sew and not a ton of time to do it, I tend to get paralyzed by indecision and not sew at all, so hopefully my Me-Made-May challenge will help with that!
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
The sweater is knit in 2x2 rib, and it's super stretchy. It's really warm and comfortable!
Pattern: Mommy Snug by Kate Gilbert
Size: 20.5" bust circumference, to fit 39.5" bust
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers, color 8011 (an oatmeal grey), 6.5 skeins
Started/Completed: October 2017/April 2018
Modifications: I added a 5th button to each of the side plackets, which made the plackets taller (but I kept the number of rows in the sweater below the short-row belly shaping the same as called for in the pattern). I worked a second set of belly short rows - in hindsight, this really wasn't necessary and the short rows are a little high on my anyway, but the sweater fits fine and is comfortable. I knitted the sleeves in the round (from the end of the button plackets) and lengthened them significantly. Instead of working a hemmed neck edging, I followed a project I saw on Ravelry and worked an i-cord neck edging.
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Earlier in the Fall, I knit a pair of socks for Robert for Christmas. He loves them, but has dubbed them "the betrayal socks," because I knit them right in front of him without telling him they were for him. He assumed they were for me, and was surprised that I was knitting myself socks in a blue tweedy yarn. He tells me that he resisted the urge to ask if he could have them - he did it so well that I hesitated a bit to wrap them up for Christmas, because I wasn't sure if he liked them!
Sunday, December 31, 2017
This enormous skein is spun from Hello Yarn roving that I brought home from Yarn School in October 2012. It took me over a year to spin! I don't remember what my final yardage was, but I'm pretty sure it's over 800 yards, and it's laceweight. My plan is to knit it into a large square shawl, maybe something like this, or this, or this. I'll use it to wrap around my head in winter instead of wearing a hat.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
This Fall, I decided I needed a scarf/neckwarmer to go with my purple down jacket. I wanted something relatively small, and I decided to use some of my handspun. I decided to use this yarn, which I spun from a batt I made at Yarn School back in October 2012 and apparently never blogged about.Red Rasta Cowl, which I found browsing Ravelry for neckwear designed for minimal quantities of super-bulky yarn. I wanted it to be snug and not mess up my hair, so I knitted it flat. I used all but about six inches of the yarn. It closes with three non-matching silver-colored buttons out of my button jar. The yarn is thick enough that I didn't need buttonholes - I just push the buttons through the knitted fabric wherever seems right.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
With this new knowledge, this Fall I fixed some of the socks in my drawer, to make them more wearable:
my Deflect socks, were just too long in the foot. I had knit them long because the cable pattern has a very long repeat, and I convinced myself that it would be okay, but once I started wearing them often they were not okay. I had at least an inch of extra length beyond my big toe. So I ripped out the toe half of the feet and re-knit them significantly shorter. Now I enjoy wearing them!
this tutorial. I was somewhat surprised to see how much these socks have faded from wear - the color difference is pretty clear in the photo! I was mildly concerned that I would be able to feel the patch when I wore the repaired sock, but it hasn't bothered me at all. I'm glad that I can wear one of my favorite pairs of socks again.
my Skew socks, which I knitted while I was on the job market in Winter and Spring 2016. They were too big, especially in terms of length in the foot. Unfortunately, because of the unusual toe-up way these socks are constructed, I couldn't just re-knit the toes, like I did on the red pair. Instead, I frogged the whole pair and re-knit them with the same yarn, but on smaller needles. It was a little bit time-consuming, but totally worth it. I love the way these socks fit! They have a right and left foot, so they fit snugly in the toes across both feet, and the way the heels are constructed, they don't shift around in my boots at all. They are a little firm to get on and off, but once on they're really comfortable. This is the only construction I've used so far that I actually prefer to top-down heel-flaps. I will definitely be making more of these - maybe I'll try to embellish them with some cables of lace, since the pattern is pretty plain.