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Cloud 9 with a silver lining

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Pattern: Midsummer Nightโ€™s Dream by Papercut Patterns
Fabric: 100% organic cotton – Cloud9 Palos Verdes Voile in Abalone Cove
Size: XXS
Modifications: Same as my first version, plus I lowered the back by 1″ and sewed down the ties to make double thin straps

This pattern is back again already! I’ve been wearing my first version a lot for Me-Made-May, so I decided to make a second one right away. Plus, it’s part of my Wardrobe Architect plans, so it’s practical ๐Ÿ˜‰

I love the watercolour effect of this print. Pale orange and peach are not my best colours, but it’s just so pretty that I had to make a summer dress! It reminds me of my favourite dress that I had when I was three, my “bubble dress”, that had rainbow coloured bubbles all over it. This dress just makes me happy when I put it on!

I did french seams throughout because I love the clean finish, but I didn’t bother with print matching at all – I just don’t enjoy that like some people do!

Papercut patterns Midsummer Night's Dream dress

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Silver Lining shrug:

Yarn: 50% wool/50% silk Handmaiden Fine Yarn Lady Godiva in Smoke
Pattern: my own
Ravelry notes here

This yarn is so soft and has a gorgeous silvery sheen with warm golden tones to it when it catches the light. The pattern turned out more-or-less how I envisioned it: a bit slouchy and casual, but still a bit dressy too. It goes with pretty much everything, so it’s the perfect topper for spring and summer dresses on cooler mornings and evenings.

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Alpaca Hugs

Alpaca Sweater

Yarn: 100% Alpaca
Pattern: my own
Ravelry notes here

I think this is my favourite sweater ever. It’s so warm and cozy. I’m always cold, and this sweater makes winter almost bearable. I’ve worn it every day since I finished it last week, and I’m dreading the day when it needs to be washed!

The construction is seamless from the top down with cables running along the raglan sleeves, and joining up at the side seams.

Not much else to say about this one except that I want to make another!

Alpaca Sweater

Alpaca Sweater

Alpaca Sweater

Alpaca Sweater

Alpaca Sweater

Alpaca Sweater

Strata Socks

Sheepish Grin Knit Company

Yarn: Sheepish Grin Knit Company Sheepish Feet Deluxe in Asarum Canadense
Pattern: my own
Ravelry notes here.

I made these in October while I was at Knit City, it just took me this long to get around to photographing them. I really need to work on that…

For the pattern, I did stripes of various textures using basic knit and purl stitches (ribbing, seed stitch, stocking stitch, and garter) plus cables. The look kind of reminds me of rock strata, so that’s what I named them!

The first sock was super easy because I was just making it up as I went along, but on the second sock, I kept forgetting to switch to the next stripe, so there was a lot of frogging. Maybe I should have done random mismatching striped socks. I like my knitting to be mindless with minimal counting ๐Ÿ™‚

The yarn is from Sheepish Grin Knit Company and it’s super soft and squishy – perfect for socks!

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I’ve been a busy little elf!

It’s been a while! I spent most of December making Christmas presents, and then the holidays were so busy I didn’t even have time to keep up on reading blogs, let alone posting. I have a bit of a backlog of year-end posts to read – it’s so fun to see all the outfits everyone’s made over the last year! I guess it’s a bit late to do one myself, plus I don’t think I have enough finished garments to pick 5 hits and 5 misses.

Anyway, here are the products of my labour for December:

Softies Only a Mother Could Love

Creatures made of various cotton scraps and organic cotton waffle knit. Pattern from More Softies Only a Mother Could Love. These were for my two one-year-old nieces. They enjoy chewing on the ears.

Softies Only a Mother Could Love

Alien giraffes made out of more scraps and some wool felt. Pattern from Softies Only a Mother Could Love. These were for my two four-year-old nieces.

I love how cute these toys turned out, but they were so fiddly to make. Turning the bodies right side out was a bit of a nightmare. If I ever make toys again, they will have to be giant!

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A camera strap cover with pocket for the lens cap. The wave texture on top is from this tutorial.

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A hat and some fingerless gloves. The hat pattern is a variation of Jared Flood’s Turn a Square.

Softies Only a Mother Could Love

Time for some selfish sewing! And, yes, that’s a Minoru in the background ๐Ÿ™‚ Post coming soon! Along with several other FOs I need to take pictures of. Happy New Year!

Knit City 2013!

Knit City 2013

I just got back from Knit City in Vancouver, and it was so incredible! Amazing local yarn and fibre everywhere! And everyone was wearing gorgeous hand knit sweaters and shawls. So much eye candy. We were all just ogling each other, ha ha! I was there to help my friend, Sylvia, with her booth, Sheepish Grin Knit Company (she dyes all of the yarns herself in delicious colours), and it was so much fun! The only picture I have of the event is this blurry one that I took with my phone:

Sheepish Grin Knit Company at Knit City 2013

Sheepish Grin Knit Company at Knit City 2013

We went to see Stephanie Pearl-McPhee on the first night and she was hilarious. By the end of the show we had actual tears streaming down our faces from laughing so hard. Seriously, I must buy all of her books now.

And I met Tasia! I was a bit star-struck, and I’m pretty sure I sounded like a complete gushing idiot. And she was wearing an awesome new hand knit sweater! No pictures ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

So here are the latest additions to my stash. From the looks of it, you would think I’m an avid spinner, but I’ve only taken a beginner spinning course with a drop spindle. I guess there will be more spinning in my future!

Knit City 2013

Spinning fibre: top right The Wacky Windmill, right Sweet Georgia, bottom two Muse
Skeins, from left to right: three grin deluxe by Sheepish Grin, organic Cotton dyed with indigo by Vegan Yarn, merino silk aran Sweet Georgia
Buttons and shawl pins from Pollika
Hand-spun by Spincycle (they weren’t even at the show, but we couldn’t resist stopping at a local yarn shop on our way out – yarn is more addictive than crack!)

Knit City 2013

And gourmet doughnuts to top it all off! Yum!Knit City 2013

Cream cardigan with seamless set-in sleeves

Everything I “invent” already exists. Does that ever happen to you? First my seamless cast-on for toe-up socks that turned out to be almost identical to the Turkish cast-on (which has existed for a very, very long time), and now my seamless, top-down cardigan with no picked-up stitches at the set-in sleeves apparently already exists. My method is slightly different, but not enough to call it original. Anyway, here is the finished product:

seamless top-down sweater with set-in sleeves

The basic idea is to start at the shoulders where there would normally be a seam and do a seamless (Turkish) cast-on, then knit the back, sleeve, and front at the same time, increasing for the sleeve. Each shoulder is started separately, then joined together to continue down the rest of the sweater. Here’s a diagram that hopefully will make more sense:

how to start a seamless top-down sweater with set-in sleeves

seamless top-down sweater with set-in sleeves

This was my first attempt, so there are a few things I would change for next time. First, the sleeve tops were not actually supposed to be gathered, but I was so worried the increases wouldn’t be enough that I did a lot of them. Next time I’ll distribute the increases more evenly around the sleeve. The other major thing is shoulder slope. I avoided this on purpose because it added an extra layer of complication and I wasn’t sure I could handle it on my first attempt (plus I have straight/broad shoulders, so I don’t need much shaping there anyway). Next time I’ll add in some shoulder sloping which will hopefully draw less attention to the broad shoulders. Also, I probably should have started the sleeve decreases a little earlier, just after the elbow.

seamless top-down sweater with set-in sleeves

A simple eyelet detail

I did a simple eyelet detail along each side of the button band because the construction was complicated enough to figure out! This was my first time doing twisted rib, and although I love how it looks, it took forever – I’m not sure if it’s worth the effort. My button spacing looks a bit wonky, too!

seamless top-down sweater with set-in sleeves

seamless top-down sweater with set-in sleeves

seamless top-down sweater with set-in sleeves

The yarn is organic undyed merino and the buttons are tagua nut. Ravelry notes here. Anyway, at least this sweater will go with everything – it’s a basic that fills a gaping hole in my wardrobe!

Carnival Socks

Carnival Socks

Carnival Socks

Carnival Socks

Carnival Socks

Carnival Socks

yarn

Yarn: Malabrigo Silky Merino in Arco Iris (51% Silk, 49% Merino)
Needles: 3.5 mm
Pattern: my own, Ravelry notes here

A simple design for crazy yarn! The colour is a muted rainbow that reminds me of an old-fashioned carnival. Two parallel lines of lace spiral up each sock (mirrored). I did my own seamless cast on at the toe and a short-row heel.

This yarn is so soft! The silk makes the socks slouch a bit, but I think itโ€™s a fair trade-off for soft luxury ๐Ÿ™‚