I've made some progress on my cowl/capelette in the past few days despite fighting a cold, working on new yarns for my Etsy shop, and performing the normal daily grind of activities that we all have to face. I love the colors in this yarn but I'm still worried that it obscures the stitch pattern… Continue reading Cowl/Capelette Progress
Next Up – A Lacy Capelette/Cowl
After a lot of swatching and thinking, I've settled on my next project. It's going to be a lace-weight capelette that uses a couple of my favorite new stitches: the bee stitch and the fir stitch. I'm hoping that the capelette will double as a long cowl when draped around the neck and then become… Continue reading Next Up – A Lacy Capelette/Cowl
Lace Weight Design Ideas
With a lace-weight swatch in hand, it's back to the drawing board. The warmer weather and a new yarn line have me inspired to knit something light and airy to throw over a camisole or tank. Cotton yarns are hard on my fingers so I've been avoiding their use even though I have a sweater-quantity… Continue reading Lace Weight Design Ideas
I Heart My Dragons! Favorite Finished Object EVER. And, a Review of DROPS Air.
When you take the "softest and fluffiest yarn EVER" and combine it with the measurements from your favorite sweater and then throw in a couple of dragons... it's REALLY hard to to wait for the finished project to manifest. It feels like I've been working on the sweater forever, but looking back over my posts,… Continue reading I Heart My Dragons! Favorite Finished Object EVER. And, a Review of DROPS Air.
Back Neck Shaping- A Stab In the Dark
The back piece of my dragon sweater is off the needles and blocked. I couldn't seem to follow my own directions and had to rip out the entire thing back to the underarm bind off. Apparently I cannot watch TV and knit at the same time. I've noticed lately that many of my favorite shirts… Continue reading Back Neck Shaping- A Stab In the Dark
Dragons, Dyes, and an Awesome Hank Winder
One dragon is completed and the other one has been cast on! I've been busy with other projects (like yarn dyeing) which has slowed down my knitting progress. But I'm still super excited about the Drops Air yarn and my new dragon friend who I think I'll call Steve. To follow the shape of my… Continue reading Dragons, Dyes, and an Awesome Hank Winder
My Dragon Wings Are Being Eaten by the Underarm!
There's always some kind of snag when it comes to knitting. For my latest sweater, I neglected to take the underarm curve into consideration when planning the placement of the dragon. I didn't realize this until the wing stitches were being consumed alive by the underarm decreases. I'm going to have to rip back about… Continue reading My Dragon Wings Are Being Eaten by the Underarm!
Bad Ass Dragon Sweater- The Beginnings
After taking measurements from a favorite store-bought sweater and ordering "the softest and fluffiest yarn ever," I've finally settled on a motif – dragons! I wanted something to wander up the front of the sweater but didn't really want anything floral or too sweet. This is where Pinterest comes in really handy! I've been collecting… Continue reading Bad Ass Dragon Sweater- The Beginnings
Plotting a Succesful Sleeve Cap- What a Learning Curve!
After four separate attempts, I've finally produced a wearable sleeve cap! It's a little embarrassing that I totally overlooked taking the around-the-arm shoulder-to-shoulder measurement and kept producing silly narrow sleeve caps, but at least I figured it out! In case you missed it, you can catch up from my previous post, the sleeve cap nightmare.… Continue reading Plotting a Succesful Sleeve Cap- What a Learning Curve!
The Sleeve Cap Nightmare
The sleeve cap curve is a bit of a mystery to me. It's why I've stuck to raglan construction for most of my knitting life. It's not that I haven't designed and knitted set-in sleeve sweaters but it's always with a deep breath and my fingers crossed that the sleeve cap will fit correctly. I… Continue reading The Sleeve Cap Nightmare