Completed: Nurmilintu Scarf

My knitting output has really slowed, mostly due to the fact that I don’t knit it as often I as I used to.  So I’m kind of excited to have a finished knitting project to share.
Scarf

This is the Nurmilintu scarf.  It’s a free pattern, available on Ravelry.
Scarf

This is a pretty easy lace pattern.  It’s knit entirely in garter stitch, so there’s no purling.  The nice thing about this is that the scarf ends up reversible.

Scarf
Scarf

The pattern calls for sock weight yarn.  But I used lace weight held double. It’s Knit Picks shadow lace yarn in the Opal Heather colorway.  I’ve had this yarn in my stash for maybe 3 years, or more.

Scarf

In my pre-sewing days, I used to knit lace all the time.  So it was nice to go back and do a little lace knitting again.

Scarf

Completed: OAL Dress and Cardigan!

I’ve knitted a lot of things and sewn a lot of things, but it wasn’t until the AOL (Outfit Along) that I did both at the same time with the intention of making a coordinating outfit. Why I’ve never done this before, I don’t know. Probably because knitting takes me so much longer than sewing.  But I’m so glad Lauren and Andi had this idea, it’s been a fun project.

OAL 2014

First, let’s talk about the dress.  I used the “official” OAL pattern, which is Simplicity 1803.  I sewed view B.  I had a little trouble with the fit on the bodice of this dress.  I made a muslin, but when I tried on the dress in my fashion fabric it turned out too big.  Unfortunately I had already finished the armholes at that point, so I had to do a bit of unpicking before I could take in the side seams.  It all worked out, but it was frustrating.

OAL 2014

If I’m being honest, I don’t really like the bodice of this dress.  I don’t like the seam that runs down the center front, and I’m not a huge fan of the shape of the neckline on me.  But I do like the skirt.  It’s gathered, without being too gathered.

OAL 2014

The fabric is rayon challis (I know, I sew with this a lot – it’s my favorite summer fabric).  I underlined the bodice with cotton lawn, but didn’t line the skirt.  Because the fabric is a little sheer, I made a white half slip out of Bemberg rayon (not pictured).

OAL 2014

Here’s few flat shots.  You can’t see the front seam because the fabric is so busy, but it’s there.

OAL Dress

The invisible zipper blends into this print really well too.
OAL Dress

Inside front:
OAL Dress

Inside back.
OAL Dress
OAL Dress

I finished the armholes with bias tape made from a scrap of Bemberg.
OAL Dress

Next, there’s the cardigan.  This is the Myrna pattern by Andi Satterlund.  I enjoyed knitting this, and found the pattern was easy to follow.  I knitted the size small, without any modifications.

OAL 2014

The sleeves turned out a smidge too tight around my biceps, I’ll just blame that on the pull-up bar we built in the garage.   😉
OAL 2014

If I knit this pattern again, I think I’d leave out the keyhole.  It’s cute, but close up mine looks sloppier than I’d like.
OAL 2014

The yarn I used is Malabrigo worsted, and the color is Ravelry Red.  This was my first time using this yarn, and it was a delight to knit with.
OAL 2014
OAL 2014

I’m a little bummed about the buttonband.  There was a portion of the yarn that was much lighter than the rest, and it ended up right along the edge of the top buttonband.  I may go back and reknit it.  It won’t take that long, but buttonbands are the least enjoyable part of knitting for me.  That, and weaving in ends.

Myrna
Myrna

Anyway, despite my pointing out a couple of insignificant flaws, I really do like this outfit!  It was fun to make both pieces, and I think I will try to coordinate my knitting with my sewing more often in the future.
OAL 2014

My First Quilt

I made a baby quilt!  It’s a gift for my first niece or nephew – not sure which yet, it’s going to be a surprise!  So I had to keep this project a secret until I got it mailed off to the parents-to-be.

Baby Gifts

I’ve never had a lot of interest in quilting, and this project confirmed that quilting and I aren’t going to be friends.  I’m glad I made this, but I’m fairly confident that it will be my last one. To be honest, I found the whole process to be a bit boring and tedious at the same time.  I couldn’t wait to be done with it, and that usually isn’t how I feel when I sew.

Baby Gifts

Anyway, it turned out to be a cute quilt, and I hope it will be useful for the new baby.  I went with gender neutral colors, and I really like the “forest friends” fabric. Although the orange squares are a bit brighter than I’d intended. (But bright colors are good for babies, right?)

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Baby Gifts

The backing is a green striped fabric. I bound the quilt by machine so that it will hold up well in the wash.

Baby Gifts

And I signed and dated it, which is how my great grandmother finished her quilts.

Baby Gifts

I also knitted a couple of baby hats.

Baby Gifts

The first one turned out kind of tall (or cone head shaped).
Baby Gifts

Since I was worried it wouldn’t fit, I made a second one that is shorter and rounder.
Baby Gifts

Hopefully one of them will work.

Baby Gifts

So that’s it for baby projects.  Now it’s time to go back to garment construction!

Completed: Susanne Vest

I finished this vest a while ago, but didn’t bother to photograph it because I was feeling disappointed with how it turned out.

Vest

The pattern is the Susanne Vest.  The yarn is Cascade 220 Sport, which I enjoyed knitting with.  I love the cables down the front and back, and the color of the yarn.

Sweater Vest

Sweater Vest

Sweater Vest

Sweater Vest

What I’m less thrilled with is how it fits.  It’s too short and the armholes are tad tight.  The back could also use some shaping.  I blocked it pretty aggressively, hoping I could fix it.   Although it helped, it’s still not quite right.   So sadly, I’m not sure how much use I will get out of this little vest.

Vest

Knitting failures are so much more disappointing to me than sewing failures.  I think it’s because of the time invested in knitting a garment.  In theory I could re-knit this to fit better.  But I have absolutely no motivation to do that.  I’d rather just start a new project.

Here’s hoping I’ll have better luck with my knitted garments in 2014!

Completed: Audrey Sweater

I’m embarrassed to admit that I started knitting this sweater in May 2012, and only finished it last month. And I’m just now getting around to posting some pictures. Oh well, nothing about this project has been speedy. 🙂

Audrey Sweater

Please excuse the head chopped off photos.

Audrey Sweater
Audrey Sweater

The pattern is Audrey in Unst, which is available through Ravelry.  I really like it, it’s well written and not too difficult.  It took me a long time to finish the sweater mostly because I kept getting distracted and set it aside to work on other things.
Audrey Sweater
Audrey Sweater
Audrey Sweater

I also hit a point where I thought it wasn’t going to fit, so that kind of killed my motivation for a while.  In the end, it turned out fitting fine.

Audrey Sweater

The yarn I used is Knit Picks Gloss, which is a wool/silk blend.  I’ve used this yarn for several shawls and love it.  I hope it will hold up as a sweater.
Audrey Sweater
Audrey Sweater
Audrey Sweater
Audrey Sweater

Since finishing this sweater, I’ve found myself picking up my needles more often.  I started a cabled sweater vest and some socks.  Last week, I was out of town visiting family and made good progress on both.
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Sock knitting while riding along during golf.  My kind of golf outing!

I also picked up some new yarn.
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I’m thinking this should become an Agatha Sweater, what do you think?