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!



VKL: What You Can Make With String and Needles

Here’s all the other fashions that caught my eye.  As I had said before, my fingers have not been itching yet to make any type of clothing such as these.  Perhaps some time in the future when I know I’ll have uninterrupted time to sit and learn how to make a sweater.

VKL: The Fashion Shows

I’m so behind on these posts about the Vogue Knitting Live event.  Our internet is out at home, so I’ve been trying to post from the office during my lunch hour, but you know how that goes … Anyway, here’s more of the Vogue Knitting Live adventure.


There were three fashion shows that day, but I only saw the first show in its entirety. That’s because I was looking for a place to sit down so that I could fix and sort my bags, and it happened to be the seats for the Knit Swirl Fashion show, so I just stayed there.  These were beautiful pieces, knit from the inside out, and with the variegated yarn brings out the colours.

Then I started walking around, and missed out on the second fashion show – Noro Knits – because I was on the wrong floor.  I didn’t get any good photos from that – I was at the back, and couldn’t get any good shots.

For the third one, the Vogue Knitting Fashion Show, I was on the wrong floor again, and got there halfway through the show.  At least I managed to get a good spot on the floor, and got some good shots in.

My fingers still do not itch to try to knit or crochet a sweater or dress.  Perhaps in time, there might be a sweater, cardigan or dress out there that will inspire me to actually make one. But in the meantime, I’m content to just sit on the sidelines and admire these.

Vogue Knitting Live, NYC

So … I’ve ‘graduated’ to the next phase of being a certified yarn-o-holic/crochet-n-knit fanatic.  This is what I was up to over the weekend:  the Vogue Knitting Live event !!


After two years, I finally got a free weekend that coincided with the event – okay, it was half a weekend only, but it was better than nothing!  Plus, half-price ticket for the event.  So, need I ask myself twice if I was going to attend this?  Of course not!  So off I went to the last day of the show (Sunday).  

I had read somewhere, and heard on the floor as I walked around, that Saturday’s session was jam-packed; nobody could move.    Sunday’s session was still crowded, but I think there was considerably less people, because I was able to move around pretty good, with only minimal bumping and squeezing through people to get to the yarn. I didn’t sign up for any of the classes this year.  I just wanted to go there, walk around, look at everything, absorb everything, play with the yarn …. 

And there was so much to see and do …

Fashion shows …


… celebrity signings …


… yarn galore …


… books and magazines …


… gorgeous sweaters and accessories …


… did I mention yarn yet?


*sigh*  I’m still sorting through my pictures, but just wanted to give you all a preview.  I’ll post more photos of all that gorgeous yarn and the happenings …


Too bad I couldn’t take one of each yarn home with me!

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.




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




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




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.