Monthly Archives: September 2008

Drops Design Asymmetrical Jacket

close up garnstudio asymmetrical sweater Not a jacket really, more like a sweater. This is the third sweater I ever started. I was neglecting seaming it up until Kelly nudged me to finish it already (she knows I need the prodding), and so I did, and subsequently had it confirmed to me that I indeed have a problem I have never faced before. Hold on.

It’s a known fact that many many women blossom at 40. A year ago this past June I found that to be true. I felt empowered. I felt liberated. I felt more like a woman. I was WOMAN!!

What I didn’t know is that some women blossom at 40….physically!! “The boys” must have had a committee meeting and decided to jump up a cup size. Ya I could probably stand to lose 5lbs, but the weight’s never benefited me there, ever! I don’t mind, and my hubby certainly doesn’t mind, but I DO mind when I make a size small sweater and it won’t close properly.

I remember many years ago I saw Loni Anderson (remember her?) being interviewed and she said that when the women in her family turned 40, they inevitably had to have a breast reduction. I don’t know why, but her words seared themselves into my brain. And here we are.

After fiddling around with the positioning of the buttons, which exaggerated the A-line and made me come close to reseaming and CUTTING the inside seams, I found a solution that worked. I placed the buttons a little further from the edge of where the double moss stitch and stockinette meet, put a very tight t-shirt on as a minimizer, and it helped, at least enough to satisfy me.

garnstudio asymmetrical sweater

garnstudio asymmetrical sweater

garnstudio asymmetrical sweater

Pattern: DROPS Asymmetrical Jacket (worsted weight version)
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers, colour #2452
Needles: US 8 / 5.0 mm
Minor Modifications: Buttonholes spaced 6cm apart instead of 7cm, and used the one row reinforced method (3 stitches)

the huntress hat or “please don’t shoot me!”

my "don't shoot me!" hat

Jon, my hubby, loves to go hunting in the fall. His prey: partridge, or “forest chickens” as I like to call them. This year he wants me to tag along with him. He’s got a little shotgun for me to carry, should I find myself inclined to shoot one them thar critters. I’m not sure how I’d feel about doing that, but I’d like to try it once. I may like it. I may not. I’m just glad he’s not a deer hunter. Most of all, he’s content just to be walking in the woods on a crisp fall day.

So, according to regulations, I must be wearing a neon orange hat. Great. I look like a dork in hats. A little search on Ravelry and I found something that I could try, something that might make me look as dorkyless as possible.

my "don't shoot me!" hat

The Huntress Hat
Pattern: Star Crossed Slouchy Beret
Yarn: Briggs & Little Heritage in Hunter Orange
Needles: Size US 10 1/2 / 6.5mm

What a great pattern! It’s very easy and the cable design is very cool. I did it all in one evening, and blocked it the next morning. I love it. I think I could actually wear one of these out in public, but not in this colour of course. I will most definitely be making more of these babies.

my "don't shoot me!" hat

no knitting allowed

my cappuccino, his puzzle

I’m not allowing myself to knit until perhaps after supper. I’ve been knitting too much. My eyes are telling me so. They need to start looking at something that is more than 12″ away. I’m a “picker” and I have to watch what I’m doing.

So now I have no excuse to procrastinate on housework. I loathe housework.

Here’s some progress pics on my currents WIPs. Below is my Minisweater by Glampyre. I can’t call it the Boobholder as it’s fondly named, because I’m extending mine. I was going to make it into a cropped cardigan, but it didn’t look like it would be as versatile as a full length one would be. After the increases on the fronts, I started doing an open twisted rib stitch. I chose it because it would work with how many stitches were between the button bands. In hindsight I wish I had thought to add some side shaping but it’s pretty close fitting any ways.

Red Minisweater ~ the extended version

Next is my Cat’s Eye V done in sport weight on 10mm needles. I had no idea how awkward that would be!

the cat's eye V-neck

I suppose I should go do some stupid dishes….

duct tape dress form

custom knits by wendy bernard

Yesterday was a special day as I received in the mail my pre-ordered copy of “Custom Knits” by Wendy Bernard of Knit and Tonic. It just came out recently here in Canada.

I haven’t gotten very far into it (I’m afraid of getting swept away!), but in Chapter 1: Understanding Your Style, Size, and Fit So You Can Make Sweaters You Love to Wear (what a mouthful!), she includes a tutorial on making your very own custom made duct tape dress form!

A quick little google and I found that this is not a new idea. How did I miss this? Any way, here’s a photo tutorial, and here’s a video intro to this neat idea via YouTube:

A little mosaic fun

knitting mosaic

I’ve discovered that I finally have hope in posting pics of myself wearing what I make. Even though my wonderful hubby tends towards taking blurry photos, my 11-year-old daughter does not. Wheee! We’ve been having fun with our little photo shoots on the back deck.

I’ve noticed how prevalent fantastic photographers are among those that knit. It must be a natural outcome for those of us who are stimulated and inspired by the beautiful things we see, be it stitches, buttons, or flowers.

showing off my one-year-old first scarf

Noro Kureyon Scarf 2

This scarf was my first lace project. It was also my first scarf. Why start with a garter stitch one! It needs to be reblocked, but doesn’t it go nice with the jammies I’m wearing?! Ya, I thought so too.

Noro Kureyon Scarf 3

Pattern: Dainty Chevron stitch from “The Knitter’s Bible”
Needle: ummmmm? can’t remember. maybe 5mm
Yarn: Noro Kureyon, Colorway 188 (2 skeins)

Noro Kureyon Scarf 1

a little cropped asymmetrical cardi

ravelry sassy closeup (less washed out version)

This is my second FO as far as garments go. It’s Gay Schiff’s Sassymetrical. I’m really pleased!!! The pattern is for one size only and it’s pretty small. I’ll definitely make one again some time, with longer sleeves and wider front panels so I can close up it in different ways with a pin.

Gaysknits Sassymetrical

You can see my Ravelry page on it here.

Gaysknits Sassymetrical

Pattern: Sassymetrical
Needle: US 8 / 5.0 mm
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers (2 skeins)
Modifications: I did the same number of decreases on the sleeve but did it as follows (it made more sense to me):

row 5 – k3, ssk, k3, k2tog, k3, k2tog, k2.
row 6 – k3, ssk, k2, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k2.

*photos taken by my lovely eleven year-old daughter

breakin’ out the ol’ crochet hook for a minute or two

I recently finished knitting up Sassymetrical, a very cute cropped asymmetrical cardigan. I have yet to take final photos of me in it, but here is when it was in the WIP stage:

Asymmetrical Cropped Cardi

Asymmetrical Cropped Cardi

As you can see there’s no closure. Lovely shawl closures you see in a LYS are $25, but I can’t justify the expense. Okay, so I’d rather spend that money on increasing my stash anyways.

I decided to dust off my crochet hook and do a little digging on Ravelry to find a flower I could whip up. I went with this pattern here. You can find it here on Ravelry.

crocheted flower

crocheted flower

Now I just need to figure out how I’m going to attach it without resorting to a safety pin.

I’ll post pics of me modeling it soon!

My first official finished cardi

Even though I started my very first sweater over a year ago, a cable knit cardigan of all things, I only just finished my first one last week.  It’s a Scandinavian design from Drops Design.  I’m partial to their designs, it might have something to do with the fact that they’re free!

I have an embarrassingly large stash of New Zealand wool on cones for making my bags.  One contains one of my favourite colours: violet, lavender, or whatever you want to call it. I HAD to see if I could make myself something out of it to wear.

Please excuse the narcissistic-like photos below, but they were taken for the purpose of posting on Ravelry where it’s the standard to be fun and creative with your photos.  I appreciate it when knitters put personality into showing off their creations.

If I was to do this pattern again, I’d use a softer wool, and make the section before the gathered bottom edge a little longer, so it goes under my boobs!!

PATTERN: 106-30 Short DROPS jacket in stocking stitch

YARN: New Zealand wool, light sport weight doubled, purchased on Ebay

NEEDLES: 4.5mm

MODIFICATIONS: Hardly a modification, but I did a 3-needle bind off on the shoulders.

Glazed pottery buttons with a touch of violet in the middle…poifect!