Thursday, May 29, 2014

Week 122 : Floral Raglan Top

I can't remember what this fabric is, even though I bought it quite recently from Tessuti.
Its lightweight, with stretch and possibly in wool. The design is a very blurred floral in blues and teals.

Last weekend I cut a long sleeved raglan t-shirt for it to wear with jeans. I traced and cut the pattern from a top I liked the fit of. I hope to finish it in the coming weekend.

I used my new Swedish pattern tracing paper. Its half way between a very light interfacing (in that i is able to be sewn) but with the surface that can be written on. I used regular felt tip pens and the ink took well and clearly.

Otherwise I knit on the green Compassion silk from last week and I knit a small wool jumper in school colours for my kids school mascot.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Week 121 : Green Silk Compassion

I have finished the back of the Sundara Sport Silk sweater in the colour Compassion. Its held at the point of the bottom of the yoke and I will join it up for that stage when Ive done the front (next) and the two sleeves.

Its not a great photograph. the rich emerald silk is very hard to photograph even with a sophisticated camera. Even worse on my iPhone today. I tried to fiddle with the colour in photoshop (with marginal improvement)

It's been an extraordinarily busy week. Mostly with not crafty commitments, although I have finished the pink Windmill cardigan from last week (save for seaming and buttons).
I have been making sewing plans for the forthcoming winter. Fabric is folded and I plan a focussed cutting session for several garments both for myself and for the kids.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Week 120 : Windmill Cardigan

Several new knitting projects started this week.

Firstly a small cardigan, sized age 1-2 as a gift. I am knitting Spud + Chloe Sweater yarn a wool/cotton blend (which will be machine washable). I bought this yarn last year on our family holiday in Savannah.

The pattern is Windmill Cardigan by Louisa Harding from Miss Bea's Colours. The repeated heart motif is done in purl stitches on the knit background. I'm done with the back, both sleeves and one front. I have to complete the second front (with the buttonholes) but I can't confirm that until I've selected buttons.

I cast on a wrap cardigan for my daughter. She is very keen on ballet but the last couple of weeks has been chilly waiting on her class to start. She has a purchased wrap cardigan but i thought this would be nice for something pretty. I am using the pattern Theresa by Debbie Bliss, but substantially modifying it   to match the purchased cardigan we already have. My daughter can wear it before ballet and it will also look pretty over a summer dress.

I have two precious skeins of this sport weight silk cashmere. The skeins arrived as part of the Sundara subscription. Two skeins ruled out adult sized cardigans or sweaters (unless I created a scarf, or did something sleeveless).

I have another bright saffron yellow which I'm planning to cast on for myself in a long-sleeved cardigan. So I decided not to try to acquire more from other knitters' destashes.

I cast on a silk sweater for myself. I have knit this Lace Yoke Sweater myself twice now. the first version was in Anny Blatt Kanpur silk and was gorgeous until it met tragedy with a mistaken trip to the  washing machine. I knit it again in Fibre Co. Road to China Light and now I want to replace my original in silk.

This pretty green Sportweight silk is a special edition from Sundara Yarns. Its called Compassion.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Week 119 : Pink Scarf

I finished this gift scarf. I was worried it wouldn't be long enough, I knit on through misgivings.
It could definitely be a bit longer but after blocking I think its acceptable.

Its a gift for the eight year old daughter of a friend. I was told pink was her favourite colour.

Here it is gift boxed.

And here it is just before finishing modelled by my nine year old daughter.