Monday, April 28, 2008

Itean Sock Pattern Now Available!!


Thanks to the generous help of Ravelry knitters who test knit this and gave great feedback, the pattern is now vetted and available!

There are loads of options in this toe-up pattern:

- main directions are written for 5 double pointed needles, but brief Magic Loop and 2-circular directions are given in brackets
- three stitch counts, to be able to fit a range of foot widths as well as changing up the yarn weights if you like
- instructions for how to find the right length based on foot size
- both chart and written instructions for the lace pattern

And check out the technique links on my sidebar for detailed explanations of a few cast-on and loose bind-off methods!


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Other Reason for Not Posting

The always exciting, and often scary Startitus:

A crochet jacket made from a 1960's pattern (drastically altered). All the pieces are finished, the front/back blocked. Sleeves and collar needs blocking, needs sewing together, buttons need to be added. So it lives on the back of my couch!

Brea bag. Body done. Base/start of strap almost done - except I don't want a purchased handle for this one, so I'm trying to figure out the best way to make one. Crochet, I think. But that's as far as I've thought! Also needs blocking and sewing. And a liner. And a zipper.

This is the swatch for a quite-a-bit altered Hepburn Sweater from Lace Style. First of all, it's in worsted weight instead of sport.

The story goes like this. There used to be a craft store chain around here called Lewiscraft. They folded, and had a going-out-of-business sale soon after we moved here. DH asked for blue yarn - and all they had that wasn't glittery or fake-fur was this Mary Maxim Starlette worsted (medium blue, acrylic - which is good because DH is allergic to wool!). Well, when I get home, he's kinda shocked. First off he meant green, even though he said blue. And second, my idea of "medium blue" is not on his manly radar. So mine it is! Turns out it's a good thing he didn't want it, because as I started swatching, it looked/felt slightly chenille. It's really hard to capture, because it's not full-on one way or another, but it's definitely not just smooth yarn. In any case, since my skin doesn't deal well with low-air-flow, I knew I had to go with something lacy. And since I had 6 balls, I was going for a sweater - it's not too often I have enough yarn for a sweater! After weeding through what patterns I had, it came down to the Lace Cardigan from Vintage Knits, and the Hepburn Sweater from Lace Style. And the swatch said Hepburn! I've finished one sleeve and am almost halfway up the second now - usually I do them at the same time, but I wasn't certain this was going to work out. So far I'm loving it! Intense and faintly shimmery. They are 3/4 length sleeves, and I think I'm going to do the body un-lacy up to an empire line. I think it'll be a nice spring sweater!

The sewing front is warming up again - DH needs dress shirts. I've used a RTW one that he likes to redraft the McCalls pattern I've been using - only to find out I'm missing half the pieces. I redrafted the collar, cuffs, and pocket using the shirt, cut everything out, went to start sewing yesterday, only to find out there was a separate buttonhole placket that I have no pattern for! I'm thinking of using the extra extension on the left front, the same as the fold-back facing on the right front - a cut-on placket if you will. Will take some more thinking...

And I'm progressing slowly on the cardigan for my father-in-law. Sleeves are fixed, body is knit up to the armholes, and the fronts are now past the armhole shaping. Why did I marry into a family with such tall men?

Monday, April 14, 2008

Lása Shawl Headband - Pattern Update

With the sad news about the demise of Magknits, my pattern (published in the October 2007 issue) became no longer available. I used the opportunity to update the pattern along with reformatting it from Magknits' style, so it's now got clearer charts, some clearer directions, and an additional (longer) size.

The link to the .pdf download (about 1MB) is in the sidebar, and is still free. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Apparently I CAN Look Good in Hats

Not bad, eh?

Nubby Brim Cloche

(the colour is more accurate in the posed shots)

I needed to use up some recycled sweater yarn (from a second hand "Made in Ecuador" type sweater), and my guestimates were showing that a scarf was too ambitious for the amount of purple I had. This yarn is loosely spun, and varies in thickness - but I think it's about Aran weight on average. The colour is gorgeous...

Then again... it's only beautiful if it stays put! I think I'm going to have to line the hat, or I'll be walking around with a purple forehead!

I think it's going to be just the thing for "spring" in the Maritimes:

Next time: why I haven't blogged recently (aka, why startitus is hard to blog!)