Showing posts with label FO's. Show all posts
Showing posts with label FO's. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

FO: Brioche scarf

My friend Kathy is going to NYC at the end of the month and it’s going to be cold over there. She asked if I could make her a scarf that’s nice and thick to keep her warm. :)

modeled by Marc despite the heat

I used thick, milk cotton yarn and 6.5mm needles for a quick and cushy knit. I decided to use brioche stitches for this so it could be reversible.

I used the Chinese Waitress cast on, which I think is a good complement to the reversible aesthetic of the brioche stitch. I didn’t know what bind off method to use that would look like the CWCO, so I modified the JSSBO in order to achieve a similar look.

I knit it til it spanned 5 feet 3 inches (around my height).

I'll be posting a how-to soon for the modified JSSBO that I used for the bind off. I need better photos first :)

Thursday, January 9, 2014

FO: Gemini top

After more than a month, I have finally finished the Gemini top!

It's done top-down so the endless stockinette rows came after the lace yoke. This made for much complaining about the tediousness and all, but I think the meditative stockinette helped keep me sane during the holiday season :)

Monday, November 25, 2013

FO: Lattice Top

My friend Maia proposed a KAL for us last October and she chose this pattern from The Purl Bee: Cap Sleeve Lattice top.

The deadline was supposed to be last 31st of October, but I didn't get to finish it on time, due to both expected and unforeseen circumstances. So thankful that my KAL partner is so patient with me and let me finish a LOT later than we decided.

And here is my Lattice Top, finally, 23 days late. hahaha.

So proud of it! I didn't think it would be possible to knit a nice, airy top suitable to our climate, yet here we are!

Some deviations from the pattern:
- Used thinner yarn than called for, to produce a lighter, airy fabric.
- Knit in the round instead of knitting the front and back flat and separately. For the shoulder seams, I ended the rounds at the Wrong Side and used the kitchener stitch to sew them together.
- Cast on less stitches than called for, to make up for the different gauge.

Now, it's my turn to choose the next top for another KAL :D

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Happy FO's: a crescent shawl and a kid's hat

The shawl I was working on was finished last July 8, but I wasn't able to block it and take photos til a week after. I also wasn't able to post it here and on Ravelry 'til today.

But without further ado, here it is:

(excuse the blurry photos. I took these on the day I first got my fever and joint pains)

It's pretty long and it nearly took up my whole bed, so it was a bit difficult to pin it down :)
I had to wait for a hot day before I could wash and block it because I wanted to be able to use my bed at night.

The yarn blocked really well, considering it's 100% acrylic! The lace part relaxed a little when I removed the pins, but it still looks good overall.

I haven't tried using it though, but I wore it for a few minutes, trying to decide whether to have some modeled pics. It was warm.

Yay, an FO!

My eldest nephew asked me to teach him how to make a hat. We went through making a gauge swatch first and measuring the stitches per two inches, and then we measured his head. He was very impatient about it though, taking after his aunt ;-). But gauge swatch we did, and we came up with 90 sts for cast on.

He ran out of the light blue variegated yarn, but he was able to improvise by using white yarn for the upper half of the hat, with a light blue strip nearing the top. Such a creative boy! And very resourceful too! Like his aunt. HAHA.

He did everything on DPNs and finished in about 3 days off and on!

Happy kid!

He's so proud of it and kept wearing it yesterday, despite the heat.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

FO: A slouchy Undulate and a regular but awesome hat

I finished the slouchy Undulate for Imeng! :)

And of course, I don't know how to style a hat even if I like making them! I'm sure Imeng would make this work better :)
I'll be sending this to her this coming weekend, along with the needles for her knitting explorations.

Also, I made another hat for Marc. And this one seems to be the best-fitting, best-suited to him yet!

Wish I took photos in the sunshine though!

It's just a simple gray hat made of wool. It was a quick knit -- I cast on for it last Sunday morning and finished it by 11pm that night. He loves it! Yay!

The other hats I had made him were a bit on the short or small side. But now it seems I've perfected the knit hat for Marc :)

Wala lang, just wanted to add this funny photo here of Silvio. This is exactly how I felt Monday morning.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

FO: Blue bear


I have an FO! Hurrah! Party time!

At last, after nearly two months of accomplishing nothing, I have an FO. Can you tell how happy I am? This has made me feel like there's a huge load off my back, and I can knit happily again.

I really don't understand what has gotten into me in the past couple of months. I think I pressured and stressed myself out unnecessarily back there and now I can breathe.

Et le voilĂ  the Blue Bear as requested by my older nephew:

And here he is, bothering Silvio the tiger-cat:

And here he is with his new owner:

And here are the two boys with their blue bear and green dragon:

Dolls aren't just for girls!

It took me almost a month to finisht his softy, but I hardly had time to knit. Things got busy at work, my commute became uber-tiresome, and home is not as quiet and calm as it used to be.

But here is the Blue bear... A sure sign that I have learned to adjust to my new living situation. I'm still adjusting, but at least now I know I'm getting there!

This bear was knit up with 3 balls of Red Heart acrylic yarn in blue and 2.5mm circular needles. I used the magic loop method and modified the pattern so much, I stopped using it midway through the project.

The pattern is the Diamond Jubilee Bear by Christine Grant, but really, I only followed her directions to a point. What I modified:

1. The pattern is written to be knit back and forth, but I knit this ALL in the round.
2. I made my own ears.
3. I picked up and knit the body, the arms, and the legs so I wouldn't seam anything at the end.
4. I knit my own legs because I had a hard time transposing the back and forth pattern to be picked up and knit from the body and knit in the round.

I'm actually quite proud of the legs I came up with:

Hee, so cute!

Also, I just embroidered the eyes and the nose, and did not knit up any paw pads.

Though this was knit at a snail's pace, I did enjoy the process. It's inspired me to knit my own softies in the future. :) Gotta do that now, while my nephews are still young!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

FO and Pattern for sale! Undulate

I finished knitting a second sample using my Undulate pattern:

Having successfully knitted that second sample, I felt confident about offering my pattern on Ravelry and Craftsy!

You can buy it here too:

It's a fairly simple pattern. I think it's great for adventurous beginners 'cause it only uses a few basic stitches like the knit and purl.

What's going to push beginners to advance their skills a little more are the increases and decreases, as well as the knit-through-the-back-loop stitch.

This week, in the next few days, I'll be posting photo tutorials on how to do the modified k2tog and ssk that I used in this pattern.

Happy knitting!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

FO: Undulate

Surprise! We have a previously-undocumented FO!

Yes, that is me taking a sneaky photo of my hat while in the office.
Also, I don't really wear hats.

When last I blogged about what was on my needles, I only mentioned two projects: my second shawl design attempt, and my Space Invaders double-knit reversible pouch (what a mouthful!).

That was 9 days ago, and in between then and now, I actually cast on for a reprise of my wavy hat, and even managed to complete another hat.

Monday, April 8, 2013

This Monday isn't so bad... plus I have a FO! Mouselephant

Because it's a holiday tomorrow! :D

I had an easy time coming to work today, thanks to Marc. It was just as well, since I'm having some *ehem* tummy problems this morning (TMI? lol).

This blog has been sadly neglected for the past two weeks, mostly because I really have nothing concrete to show. I've been busy swatching and frogging and trying to settle on a couple of new designs. I'm trying to be more professional about streamlining my patterns so I won't feel too embarrassed about sharing them on Ravelry and Craftsy. If I'm confident enough, maybe I can even offer some of the more complicated ones for sale? We'll see.

So, what knitting have I been doing lately?

I frogged my seafoam stitch shawl attempt, and swatched a new lace-y pattern. Oh, the number of times I swatched and re-swatched and re-plotted the stitches in my charts...

Monday, March 11, 2013

Updated photos: Wavy Hat

Yesterday, I asked Marc to help my take better photos of the Wavy Hat whose old posts looked lame coz you couldn't see the details.

At last, you can also see its actual color! :) I still haven't written up the pattern for this though, I wanna finish some other things first.

Taking advantage of a willing photographer, I also had photos taken of a few old FO's:

FO: Brown and Pink striped hat

I finished a striped hat yesterday while waiting on the set of a music video shoot.

I started with this:

And ended with this:

I mentioned this project in my last post. It's the replacement project of the second wavy hat that I wanted to knit.

It all looks orange-y in this photo, but trust me, it's brown and pink :)

I used 5mm circular needles, and about a skein and a half of Lion Brand Cotton-Ease. Gauge is about 4.5 stitches per inch.

A quick and easy knit for this hat-making phase I'm in.

Now, what's left on my needles? The tiny-stitches hat:

I'm calling it that only because I have no name for it yet :p As you can see in the photo, I've already transferred the project from my lovely 2.0mm Aero DPNs to my Addi Turbo 2.0mm circulars. As of this writing, the hat measures 5 inches in diameter... With 180 stitches all around! Wow. Wish me luck?

In between knitting this, I've been trying to think of what else to cast on... Another hat perhaps? Another shawl? Or should I focus first on finishing my two new Craftsy classes (mastering cable design, and double knitting) for inspiration?

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

FO: Wavy hat

Am I the only one who has a hard time naming FOs? haha

I just finished a hat with a new pattern I came up with:

Sorry for the blurry photo, it was dark and I just used my phone to take it. Better photos when I post the pattern! :)

For this Wavy hat, I used 5.0mm needles and about 150m of Lion Brand Cotton-Ease.

These photos really don't show the details much, but yeah, I'll be posting better photos with the pattern sometime next week :)

Thicker yarn = fast FO. It's really fun seeing your work come to life, so I'm glad this project was quick; I felt like I needed something fast and easy.

Yesterday wasn't the best day ever for me, but I'm gonna spare the interwebz my rant. Luckily, I saw something this morning that made me smile a bit. See here a photo for other cat-lovers out there:

Our white cat, Donatella, is starting to hang out more at the house again! When the younger cats came into our lives, she went into psycho mode and started hissing at everyone and leaving the house everyday. She used to be the darling of the house, so I guess the arrival of the two young uns made her feel unwanted and displaced. :( But yay, there she is, hanging out in the backyard. I know she has her back to everyone (LOL) but it's still a major improvement from her staying 70% of the time over at the neighbor's house.

Let's hope this week gets better everyday.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

FO: Lucky Cat

An FO! That's one thing off my goals list!

The Crochet in the Philippines group on Ravelry had a crochet-along just in time for Chinese New Year. The CAL was actually introduced for the January 31 NY, but most of us couldn't make it to that deadline, so the decision was to have it done in time for CNY.

Our moderator Bheng sent us copies of a few different patterns to choose from, together with photos for the FOs. I never could follow crochet patterns using the symbols though, so I had to make my own out of scratch.

Yes, the forelegs are longer and thinner than the hind legs, but it's still cute! haha. Also, I hate embroidering on crochet FOs, but the finished look was worth it.

I haven't seriously crocheted in more than a year, and this project really abused my left wrist (I'm left-handed). It still feels sore, even after 3 days, and I'm having a hard time gripping things with my left hand :( I guess knitting really is better for me. :(

I'm glad I got to finish it just in time for Chinese New Year this year. Mom and I like following traditions like this (even if we're not Chinese hehe), and this made our CNY preparations complete.

Here's to more blessings this year!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Easy Peasy: My first shawl design attempt

As I mentioned in an older post, I'm learning how to design top-down triangular lace shawls. And though I had a few set backs, the most difficult of which being the yarn shortage, I finally finished the prototype of my first design!

LOL. This isn't the actual color now.

Ugh. Because I ran out of the original old rose-colored yarn, I had to make do with continuing it in bright pink. It's embarrassing, I know, but I really wanted to finish a shawl. Luckily, the change happened at the beginning of the border. Doesn't it look like Nicki Minaj's lipstick though? :p

This is the actual color T_T
Thanks, Marc, for your photoshop prowess!

I used 4.0 mm needles, and the Hariri yarn I bought a few months ago.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

FO: Lace Drawstring Bag

I'm part of a Project-A-Month KAL group on Ravelry and it's quite new. It started in September, but so far, I've only been able to join two KALs -- the October one and this December one: the Lace Drawstring Bag.

Needles: 4mm
Yarn: Bernat Super Value Solids in black

Weird, the color's washed out here.

This was a very quick knit. A nice, simple pattern to practice yarnovers and decreases. The pattern was really easy to follow (and memorize), yet it wasn’t boring at all.

I modified one thing though -- I added an extra stitch on each side so that I could seam it up more easily using the mattress stitch.

Nice and snug seaming!

Sorry for the somber color. This was the only yarn in my stash that I felt was sturdy enough to be used in a bag. It’s actually black, by the way, not gray.

Here's the project on Ravelry.

And here it is, wrapping my small, stainless steel mug at the office:

I was hoping to show you the lace pattern better with this photo but... obviously, I failed haha. It's cute though! You should try it! It's a free Ravelry download.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Hodge podge update

Wow, it's been a week since my last post. I know I'm not the most interesting blogger around, but I like posting every other day to help me document and process what's been happening.

And because I sometimes find it hard to note down details, I'm gonna use some photos as a guide for this post.

Last week, the day I finished my daisy stitch headband, my friend Mansy asked me to teach her how to knit. She already has a dream project in mind -- a hat/bonnet. But of course, I had to teach her the basics first, like casting on, the knit stitch, and the purl stitch.

Excuse the dark photo, this was taken at the office XD

She already has enough yarn and a circular needle :)

The next day, Selena, Marc and Russ had a quick practice/run-through in our bedroom (Selena's and mine) in preparation for recording.

View from my bed, where I was all blanketed up and ready to sleep.
This was kind of a spontaneous practice for them, so I wasn't prepared.

The weekend was a lazy one, where Marc and I stayed at home mostly. We only really went out just to visit our friend Ricca's booth at the St. James Bazaar and attend this month's Attraction! Reaction! gig.

It was a VERY beautiful afternoon at the bazaar.

Silvio was just as lazy as we were this weekend.
It's so funny how cats love to squeeze themselves into tiny spaces.

Oh, and I finished that dress!

Weird photo c/o my mom.

But it deserves its own post.

Marc and I had dinner with friends last Monday night. But we ended the night here ^^ because we noticed our friend Pen had rashes all over her body. Marc and I brought her to East Ave Med Center after dinner, where she was diagnosed with German measles.

It can't be denied that everyone at the dinner was worried about contracting it too. We appreciate having spent the evening in each other's company, but none of us wanted to get German measles. To be fair to Pen, she thought she just had allergies. LOL. German measles take about a week for the incubation period... So let's check back with me again in a week? HAHA.

And Cat Art c/o Boxer:

Poor tissue roll! Also, what a waste of paper!

And I finished another headband! It's a cable-braid headband:

This will get its own post too, like the dress, cos I want to post the pattern with photos of it being worn.

The week went by pretty quickly, but I didn't get much done. Well, by my self-imposed standards anyway. Dress and headband posts tomorrow!