October 17, 2017

knitting || the perfect crop top

The Perfect Crop Top/TPCT pattern has been on my wishlist for a long time. Originally, I have envisioned using one of my precious Rohrspatz & Wollmeise skeins as the main color, with something else striped in or perhaps a contrast yoke (since even though fingering weight Twin or Pure are generous 150g skeins, it's still not nearly enough for a sweater!). But I was rummaging through my stash and pulled two skeins of Herbstblatt Regina--and German indie dyer. I collected many of her skeins last year, and was glad I could combine two into a garment!

After doing a bit of swatching, I decided I didn't like how the light pink ("Old Rosé") and deep red ("Glüwhein") looked right next to each other. So I added a round of a dark grey (Into the Whirled "Quoth the Raven" leftover from another project) between the pink/red stripes, which helped set them off nicely. Visually, you don't really notice the grey at first, but it really helps the other stripes pop!

I really love how versatile this pattern is; there are a lot of options for adding your own touch! I opted for longer sleeves on this version (I want to knit one with short sleeves--possibly in a cotton or bamboo yarn for summer!), and also added extra length to the body. This works perfectly with high waist slacks and skirts--though I think if I were to knit one to wear with modern style jeans, I'd add a bit more length.

More details on my Ravelry project page, for those interested.

October 3, 2017

podcast || ep. 16 shownotes

Hooray--a new episode is up!!! This past month have been INSANE as far as the busy-ness of my schedule goes--and it looks like it's not going to slow down any time soon! Because of this, I've decided to record short episodes (20-25 minutes), but release more frequently--hopefully every 7-10 days. This also means that I'll be narrowing the focus of episodes as I see the need; rather than packing in everything, I'll only be talking about a select few projects, a specific handcraft, a technique that interests me, or even devoting an entire episode to going in depth answering a question. I'm excited to do this--and honestly it made recording and editing this episode a breeze! Yay! Hope y'all enjoy...

Be sure to check out the new, monthly handmades thread! Each month I'll be starting a new thread for members to discuss their current creative endeavors, and at the end of the month there will be a random drawing for a small prize.

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Of Note

  •  Yarngasm Podcast
  •  Squirrel Pie Productions

August 15, 2017

knitting || tongue tied sweater

Apologies about the lighting--it was gloomy the week I took these!
I've completed yet another test knit for the lovely Amy of Poison Grrls! This time it was the Tongue Tied blouse--a super fitted, short sleeve sweater with a unique mesh yoke.

How do I feel about this finished sweater? Let me just say I wish I could have a whole closet full of these instantly! The finished sweater is such a bombshell style when on--it makes me think of Lana Turner or Ava Gardner and the "sweater girl" look of the 1940s. I love this so much. It's a fingering weight sweater, but it went together very quickly! I think in part because it's designed to be worn with negative ease (I knit the 32" bust to fit my 34"/35" measurement) and it's a fairly simple style that it cropped to the waist.

Ava Gardner.
Lana Turner, 1940s.
I used a stash yarn--Knit Picks Hawthorne Speckle in "Jupiter"--for this test knit. I would not normally choose a speckled yarn for a garment, but I surprisingly adore it knit up! Unfortunately, the speckling means the garter stitch triangles on the shoulder and front neckline (it's there, trust me, you just can't see it!) get lost. Boo. But this sweater goes really well with many of my skirts in my closet. Yay!

I think as soon as I get my other sweater off the needles, I will cast on another Tongue Tied! I've already set aside two skeins from my stash for this project--a lovely blue-green tonal. Can't wait to knit it up!