Inspired by Yarn

It’s been a busy fall/autumn season … And there was lots of playing with yarn, but no major item finished … except for this.

The Bouvardia Hooded Jacket (available on Ravelry).  It’s a pattern I saved a couple of years ago, and each time I see it, I want to start making one but then I don’t … except this time, I did.

Maybe it was the yarn – Lion Brand Landscapes in Mountain Range – that inspired me. The yarn colours were the colours of fall, and it was soft and squishy.  Or maybe it’s just my brain saying that it was time to work on something else other than hats, scarves and shawls.  In any case … Something clicked in my brain, and said that it was Sewing 101 after all.  I suddenly pictured in my brain the different parts of the jacket and how they are assembled.  Just like following the sewing patterns …

This is the finished product, hanging on a door.  It’s looking longer than it should be – it reaches my ankles – and that’s because the yarn and pattern stretches.  I also had to fiddle with the pattern a bit – okay, a lot.  It’s a nice and easy pattern – granny stitches – but unfortunately, there were some mistakes and omissions in the pattern, and I had to figure out and fill in the blanks a few times.

See the wavy ends at the bottom?  In the pattern picture, this is showing as straight and rectangular.  I followed the instructions on the pattern, and it came out wavy.  I frogged and started over, and frogged again, making sure to follow the pattern step by step.  It still came out wavy, so I left it like that.  I think it adds a nice touch to it, anyway.

The pattern didn’t say anything about adding buttons, but I added them.  The front was a bit loose, so I added buttons so that I can close the front if I wanted to.

Oh, and the hood!  It’s turned out a bit bigger than it should,  because I miscounted stitches again *sigh*   But it doesn’t look bad, so no frogging needed.

All in all, I’m pretty happy with it.  This is my first attempt at ‘big’ clothing items.  And now that my brain has caught on to clothes construction, I’ll be coming out of my comfort zone to try making more jackets and tops.  One more skill to add to the collection!

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Cowls into Capelets

My first finished products of the year – capelets !

I have been wanting to make a hooded cape for the winter.  I looked everywhere for the right pattern, and found it in the Long Hooded Cape, from Maggie Weldon.  Then, it was to look for the right yarn.  I had yarn in the stash, which I thought would be enough for the cape, but upon pulling it out, I wasn’t too sure about the colours again.  It was variegated, and although with long colour changes, I wasn’t sure about how it would look when worked up.  Since I couldn’t picture the finished product in my mind, I put it aside for the time being.

Looking through a magazine – the Crochet! Magazine 70+ Gifts in 1-2-3 – I came across a pattern for a cowl that looked easy enough and quick to work up.  I had just bought Isaac Mizrahi’s yarn – the Carlyle in Astoria – a beautiful, soft black yarn, speckled with red and silver metallic thread.  I thought the cowl would look good with that yarn.  Of course, that was not the yarn called for in the pattern, but I kept the same stitch count – and came out with a cowl capelet instead.

And it did come out nice – after I had frogged it twice, because the first time, I kept increasing the stitches, and it was coming out lopsided, and the second time was because I ran out of yarn …

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Charisse kindly modeled – hmmm… we forgot to take a picture with the neck a little loosened, so that it would drape down, like a cowl neck.  Maybe next time.

I had wanted to make this a little wider too.  On hindsight, I should have made it shorter, so that it could be wider – I had frogged it once already, anyhow, and starting over for a second time.  But I didn’t think of that until almost the end, and I didn’t want to frog for a third time.  I went back to Michael’s, specially to purchase more of the yarn … and they didn’t have any more on the shelf.  They were just starting to restock, but I couldn’t wait there all day, and I couldn’t return again any time soon.  So I went wandering up and down the aisles to have a look, and found Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease Thick and Quick, in Starlight.

So I purchased that instead, and started another capelet.  Since this was super-bulky yarn, I started out with 15 less chains than the original pattern.  It came out really nice and thick, and warm.  I tested this by going out in below-freezing weather, wearing a thick sweater and this over the sweater.  I was out only for short periods at a time, but it kept me warm – and without the hassle of a thick jacket or coat.  Here’s Shree modeling the thick capelet.  The neck part didn’t fall and drape soft enough for a cowl, but it was still doable.  We folded it over instead, which gave it another look.

Both Shree and Charisse went home with the capelets – my belated Christmas gifts to them.

And I’m still left with making one for myself …

In Trouble Again …

It all started with this.


A sample of cadmium yellow to try out a luxury yarn that others have been gushing about. So I cast on stitches to make a cowl or scarf, since I figured that I only had enough yarn for that, and proceeded with a moss stitch pattern all around.

Well, I figured wrong – again.  After I had used up the sample skeins, the cowl wasn’t wide enough. I had misjudged, again, the number of stitches for the length – ok, so I lost count of the stitches – and forgot that chunky yarn would expand the pattern or project. So much to learn still about knitting….

And so I went surfing on the Internet to look for this cadmium yellow. All I wanted was one skein to add to make the cowl wider.  Really.  Only one, maybe two more skeins.  I surfed but all the stores had none of the cadmium yellow in stock.

But then I found this shop – Eat. Sleep. Knit.  They had cadmium yellow in stock … and they had variegated Malabrigo!!  Which was trouble.  Because then of course I had to get some.  I love variegated yarn.  Takes out half the work on changing colours and colour patterns and sequences.

I settled for these gorgeous colours – SM Gold and Loro Barranquero.  They look similar.  But those were the ones that were catching my eyes each time I looked at the thumbnail photos.  So, in they went to the shopping cart, with the cadmium yellow and revelry red (for my other project, which will probably need another skein to make it look complete, so I might as well get it now).

This is the SM Gold.  Love those combination of colours, almost like fall/autumn colours.

This is the Loro Barranquero.  I knew that ‘loro’ was ‘parrot’ in Spanish, so figured that these were the parrot colours.

After I finished winding up the hank into a ball, I had to try it out.  It was late at night, but I had to see how the colours would look like in a project.  This is how it came out.  I figured that a simple knit pattern would show the colours off better.

This is the reverse of the swatch.  It doesn’t look bad either.  What do you think?

I think I’ll continue with this pattern.  And I’m beginning to like chunky and bulky yarns.  They work up fast; I might even finish this cowl by the weekend.  The lace weights always have gorgeous colours, but I know it will take me forever to complete a project in lace yarn; I have enough trouble completing projects with DK and worsted weights!

And now that I’ve discovered variegated Malabrigo Chunky, I’m in big big trouble.  I’ll have to really really ration and budget my yarn spending … and Christmas sales are coming up!  *sigh*  what to do?

Crochet Sightings

Crochet sighting on the streets.

I’m seeing more crochet vests (waist and knee-length) out on the streets.  This one was interesting because of the big circle on the back.  Maybe I can make something like this for me for next summer.

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I noticed the hat on this woman right away, it was so colourful.  It was a warm day, and this looked like wool.

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This isn’t really crochet – it just looks like it.  It’s a printed blouse, but the design reminded me of crocheted motifs.

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Crochet’s finally catching on in the fashion world!

 

 

Knitting Scarves from Around the World » Knit Picks Blog

Knitting Scarves from Around the World » Knit Picks Blog.

Looks like an interesting book!

I’ve always liked scarves, and am just starting to explore all the different ways and patterns to make one.

This Min Ulla Norwegian scarf caught my eye right away; it looks similar to my doodles when I was in grade school; I didn’t know that you could use those same doodles as a pattern for a scarf!  wow!  

Now I have another project in mind … 

I need more hours in a day to work on all these projects and ideas running through my mind! 

P.S.  I read on the comments from the original post that there were lots of mistakes in the patterns in the book.  If you’re planning on making one of these, it might be better to wait for the second (or third?) edition printing of the book before buying it.