FO: tiered skirt

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Well, look at that! My rebounder is coming in useful for hanging clothes on. Maybe that is the fate of many pieces of exercise equipment that were bought with good intentions! Even though this mini trampoline has been plunked in a high traffic area of my living room for a while now, it’s not seeing much action. However it turns out it’s a good place to display the skirt that I just finished.

This is a Burda pattern #6666. It’s basically made from rectangles, so quite easy, but LOTS of sewing. That bottom layer? Miles of fabric, straight stitching and zigzagging!

It’s assembled from the hem up, but being somewhat of a shortass I had to hem it up another inch after the rest was put together. It might still brush the floor. But I do love maxi skirts! Cover a multitude of sins (or rather cellulite)!

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The fabric is a woven rayon with a tie-dyed look, with a pattern in white embossed on the surface. It’s a little slippery when cutting and sewing, but I felt that a 100% cotton would be too heavy. I would rather like to make another in a different fabric/colour.

I have one yarny WIP right now. Yup, only one! That’s surprising for me, I know, but with my crochet poncho being finished the other day, and this sewing project taking a chunk of time out of my week, a baby cardigan is all I have had time for.

It’s another Baby Surprise Jacket (Elizabeth Zimmermann design) like the turquoise one I showed you a few days ago, but a totally different look with denim blue, meadow green, pale rose and raspberry in the Stylecraft Special DK.

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Even though it means more ends to weave in, I am adding more stripes. The blue is being carried up the sides but the other three colours are being cut after every garter ridge.

Having a home day today, which isn’t all fun as I still have to do laundry and cook dinner! ­čśŤ

But I am making time for crafting, another German lesson and other relaxing pursuits.

FO: Baby Surprise Jacket #1

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The photo of my latest FO looked a lot sharper on my iPad screen than it does on this laptop. Anyhoo, this Baby Surprise Jacket is all done, buttons ‘n all. I tested out a few options at the store today, from turquoise tortoises to red apples, and these shiny red shank-style buttons seemed to fit best. They echo the red stripe and pop nicely on the turquoise background.

I think these colours would actually work for a boy or a girl, so if for any reason the ultrasound turns out to be wrong, then I’m prepared!

I cast on for the BSJ#2 last night and will show you that when a bit more progress has been made.

TTFN!

 

FO: Big Gypsy Flower Poncho

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The poncho (Ravelry project  notes here) is d.o.n.e. Yay! Yesterday when I was bemoaning the fact that I had so many ends to weave in, I had no idea that all I needed to do was plonk myself on the couch, put on Netflix, and just get on with the finishing off and it would be done in an evening. (Big Gypsy Flower pattern Rav link here.)

Unfortunately I didn’t have enough of the peacock colour to edge the whole thing, seam it AND finish off the neckline. The ball was looking rather skinny, so the neck ended up with a couple of other colours around it, along with some serious decreasing to make it less gapey.

It needs a wash and dry cycle to (hopefully) relax and smooth it a bit. It’s pretty snug around the upper arms, and because the yarn is double-stranded I think it will be very warm.

This afternoon I spent a pleasant few hours cutting out and starting the sewing of the tiered skirt. It has a lot of long seams so I think I will be picking up another spool of thread at work tomorrow.

Tonight – another Baby Surprise Jacket to be cast on.

 

What’s new?

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Hi, crafty people! What’s new?

I have been knitting up a Baby Surprise Jacket this week. It’s an Elizabeth Zimmermann pattern, and if you have been a knitter for a while you will surely know that she is (was) one of the geniuses of the knitting world. I have five of her books. I’ve been using the book, The Opinionated Knitter, to ┬ámake it, but I think it might be in Knitting without Tears too.

The yarn is Stylecraft Special DK and I had every intention of making it the smallest size possible by using 4mm/US6 needles. However I pulled out my supplies at a coffee shop while waiting for a friend last week, and for some reason my brain led my hands to screw the US8 tips on to the interchangeable cables. So instead of a potential gauge close to 6st/in, my gauge is more like 5st/in, so rather than fitting a teeny baby this year it will be more likely to fit next year. Which is a bit of a shame as the colours match the kitty fabric in the sewn outfit I showed you last time. Hopefully the dress and sweater will be wearable together.

So of course now that it’s almost done (you may have noticed there are no buttons yet) I just have to cast on for another. (The poor poncho is languishing yet again – ah, the thought of all those ends to weave in!) I will definitely remember to use the US6 tips this time and have picked out denim blue, along with meadow green, raspberry and one of the other pinks that has lost its ball band. It will be more girly at least.

One thing about a new baby in the family – lots of motivation to create!

I have bought fabric for a skirt for myself too. I have a Burda pattern (#6666) for a tiered skirt and found a lovely turquoise-y blue mottled rayon at work to make it with. I wanted to start sewing today but thought I’d better wash the fabric first, so it’s having a very short wash in the machine right now. It looks like an easy pattern, just a bunch of rectangles with lots of gathering along each top edge, and as my favourite maxi tiered skirt that I’ve been wearing for the last five years has started to disintegrate I’m hoping that this will be my new favourite. If it works out, I might want to make more!

Netflix watching, now that (sniff) Outlander has been suitably binge-watched, is Suits, recommended by a friend. Light entertainment while I get my knitting and crocheting done.

Piano practice has taken a back seat (less motivation to practice when there are no more lessons for a few months – ahem) and now I am excited about my Duolingo German lessons. It’s free (duolingo.com) and a friend is doing it too, plus I have three Facebook friends who are native German speakers (one is a co-worker). My hope is that one day Tai Chi Man and I will get to return to Switzerland to visit his cousins and I will not be hopelessly lost. We both learned German at school (and passed the exams to graduate) but heck, that was over 30 years ago.

Hopefully you are enjoying a wonderful Easter weekend where you are (and perhaps some chocolate). Tsch├╝ss!

FO: baby dress and bloomers

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A sewing FO! It’s amazing how a pregnancy in the family can get one’s creativity boosted, isn’t it. The baby is due this month and I will be crossing the Atlantic to visit her, my mum and my sister in May.

This is a McCall’s pattern M6912. It comes in multiple sizes and I made size Small, which is just one up from newborn. Because of the loose nature of the crossover-back dress, and the roomy bloomers, I think this could fit for a long time.

The blue is a lightweight denim and the print is a quilting cotton from the store where I work. The dress could easily be reversed and worn with just the print showing. I had no idea what length to cut the elastic for the waist and leg openings, so I did a quick search. The Craft Yarn Council of America gives a list of sizes for babies including waist measurements, so I followed their advice on that (it still looks huge, but this baby will be cloth-diapered so it’s probably fine) and then guessed on the legs. Better too loose than too tight on those.

For such a small project this took longer than I expected – about 10.5 hours over three evenings.

The pattern includes a shorter version of the dress for a top, and a pair of little pants/trousers, so I may just have to make those too.

Have a lovely weekend. Hope you have some pleasant Spring weather where you are.

 

No crochet today

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While I didn’t actually crochet, I did get a photo of the poncho progress…

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Look at all those ends! They will probably take a week to darn in.

So, this is 55.5″ long and when I folded it the way I plan to seam it, the neck opening was 34″ which is the maximum I’d want and have it stay on my shoulders. So I’m stopping with the length, and the next step is to use the Stylecraft Special DK in Peacock to go all around the edge, then crochet the seam, and then probably go around the neckline again so it’s not too gapey.

My day was full of vacuuming, laundry, and cleaning and I was out for the evening, but I have a sewing project that I must make this week. I have prewashed the fabrics and will show you what I’m making as soon as I can. I think it’s gonna be cute!

FO: Maypole baby sweater

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This pattern is Nash’s Garter-Stitch Baby Sweater which is a pattern in a book, One More Skein. The first time I made it I followed the pattern. This time I did a quickie gauge estimate and cast on fewer stitches because of the bulkier yarn, and made it as a vest. The yarn is Euro Baby Maypole, and I had two skeins from my holiday in the UK last year. I made a random off-the-cuff knitted hat and only then decided to make the vest, so I wasn’t sure whether I’d have enough yarn.

I was careful to keep my tails short and even cast off a stitch each side of the back section after knitting the two fronts. With self-striping yarn, you sometimes have to wind off part of the skein to get the colours to flow correctly. I managed to do that, though the two fronts don’t match!

Well, I won the game of Yarn Chicken with this one. See that tiny ball in the photo below? That’s how much I had left from two skeins after finishing the hat and sweater. Eeek!

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I love the neat fastening – one tab pulls through the other and they button down. And the buttons are from my stash.

Last night, I also made progress on the poncho, joining the two sections together. I shall have to get photos tomorrow in the daylight.

I made the most delightful discovery yesterday, looking through what was available on Netflix. Outlander! Woo hoo! Diana Gabaldon fans will know what I’m talking about. We don’t have TV/cable/satellite and I thought I’d never get to see it. Well, I burned through the first three (hour long) episodes last night. I was a member of an Outlander group on Ravelry for a while and finally I can see what they were all talking about. And all the knits that they were talking about too!

Enjoy your weekend!