Showing posts with label Knitting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Knitting. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Ooh, number 12!

Well whaddaya know?



My Lily of the Valley hat pattern is in the top 20 free knitting patterns on Craftsy.com. *teehee

I was wondering why there was a sudden surge in downloads... :)

May this inspire me to knit more these days!

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 :)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

WIP: undefined project

The desire to make an open lace cardigan is back:



I've been swatching a stitch pattern from Barbara Walker's second treasury and modifying it to my preference.

Starlight lace (original ver)

Modified starlight lace

Instead of having different stitch counts for two rows, I modified it so that the stitch count is the same all throughout. The modification actually open it all up a bit. Though I am not sure if it's noticeable in the photos.

Here's to hoping I get my shit together and manage to make something out of this!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Colder weather

It's not like we get weather here as cold as in countries with winter, but it's been colder the past few days.

It doesn't make getting up early any easier, but I like how I get to wear my knit top without thinking twice. Small joys. lol



In other news, I got too see a couple of friends last weekend who I haven't seen since they left the country to pursue their masters degrees. Jenny from Spain, Red from China.

Red brought back a wedding gift for Marc and I:


One of the traditional wedding gifts in China is a pair of chopsticks for the couple. The man uses the pair with the dragon print and the woman uses the one with the phoenix. Can't wait to start using these in our future flat!

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Colder weather means extra lazy bones, so I haven't decided what to do next. I'm thinking of knitting another top, maybe of my own design. I just have to choose a yarn from the stash, get gauge, and swatch. And on the sewing front, my sewing machine isn't cooperating; my presser foot seems to have somehow gotten misaligned and no matter how many times I tinker with it, nothing seems to fix it. Is it time for a new machine? Hint, hint, Universe!

Contrary to my usual impulsive self, I won't be jumping into a big buy for the next couple of months. We've been monitoring our expenses lately, and I don't wanna splurge on a new machine just yet. Getting another secondhand machine isn't as appealing as it used to be: For my next purchase, I want to invest in a brand new one, complete with accessories and a warranty.

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Here's to hoping things fall into place in the next couple of weeks! And here's to hoping I somehow get back into the groove of updating this with more relevant stuff.

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 :)


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

WIP: Gemini top

Currently knitting the Gemini pullover. It's a free pattern by Jane Richmond for Knitty last year.

I love how it's a top down knit, with simple lace details at the yoke. But starting with the lace and ending with endless stockinette is a little tedious.

My progress so far


I'm further down the middle of the body now, just about to increase for the waist. And I can't wait to finish this and try it on! :) If I make it in time, I'll wear this for New Year's Eve.

Thanks to the KALs that my friend Maia got me on, I feel like I've gotten out of my knitting rut! Inspiration is back, and I feel like trying out new stitches and putting together a few simple designs.

In other news, I went to Dreams last weekend and managed to not buy any yarn! :) Yay me! I did buy some knick knacks though...



The loot:
- Addi Lace Circular needles: I love these! I knit so much faster with them than with my other needles.
- Actual stitch markers: this is my first time to ever use actual stitch markers. Thus far, I'd been using scrap yarn and safety pins.
- Swift: Err, I don't know how to use this yet, but it came with the--
-Ball winder!: I finally got my own ball winder and I'm excited. I haven't used it yet 'cause I haven't had the time to, but I have lots of yarn that need winding.

So much change has been happening this year and I don't think I was able to blog about a lot of things. But I don't feel any regret for not writing more. I can probably just catch up here and there as I manage. :)

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

Thursday, August 8, 2013

WIP: Fishnet cardi

Finally, some photos of my WIP:


That's all I have right now, but at least there's progress, even after 3 froggings. I'm no longer thinking about a separate collar + button band, so I didn't use a provisional cast on for this time around. I used the Chinese Waitress Cast-on! Remember this?

I think it's the perfect cast-on for this, since I wanted a somewhat stable cast on that would also show me that actual length of the piece as I go along. It was easier to measure the gauge this way too.


The yoke is looking promising, but I still have some teeny-tiny doubts about the proportions.




I don't have a name for this pattern yet, but for now, I'm calling it the Fishnet Cardi. The yarn is thick, so it doesn't look like much when the work is relaxed.

Here's a photo of how it should look when worn:

Thanks to Kai for the helping hands!


Messing around with my knitting...


These two had to hang out upstairs in our room last night because the older one is grounded: no TV and no computer access until the weekend!

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.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Starting a lace cardigan...

Well, whaddaya know, I think I'm actually getting somewhere with that lacy cardigan I want to make:


I'm basing the stitch pattern on the half herringbone fagot lace stitch. The modification may have an actual name, but I can't find it.

I was initially going to use the half herringbone fagot stitch, but found it too bulky for the yarn I was using:




Since I'm using really thick yarn (on size 10 1/2 needles!), I wanted the stitches to be as airy as possible.

To compare the original stitch pattern (lower) and the pattern I modified (upper):


The modified version is more open :) Hard to define the gauge though, so luckily, I'm knitting this top-down, and can adjust as I go along.

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In unrelated news, it has been called to my attention just an hour ago that the actor who played Randall Floyd (Dazed and Confused) is not, in fact, the guy who played T.S. Quint (Mallrats)! They're twins! Jason and Jeremy London!

Whot! I did not know this!
(click to see source)

They may not be as well-loved now as they were in the 90s, but I still think they are good actors. Also, their movies, those I mentioned above, are some of my favorites to watch.

I don't know why this is a big deal for me haha. Anyway, I just wanted to share it. Marc told me about it this morning and I almost went crazy in my quiet office cubicle.

It's Thursday! Somehow, today feels more like a humpday than Wednesday did. It's like the weekend is so near, yet so far.

What's up for this weekend? On Saturday morning, Marc and I both have to wake up really early. He has an extremely early TOEIC exam in Makati, while my sister and I have to pick our cousin up from the airport at 6am. He's visiting the Philippines for a week, so hopefully, there's gonna be a beach trip sometime in the next coupla weeks. :)

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Our most demanding, alpha-cat has gone crazy for my nephews. She loves staying wherever they are, and follows them from room to room. She also loves grooming them too! Crazy, right??

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.

Monday, June 24, 2013

What's on my needles

Starting a new project from someone else's lovely pattern is really a breath of fresh air. There is no self-inflicted stress to turn me into an ogre. haha

Why do I even stress myself out trying to realize my own design ideas anyway? Well, the thing is, I don't really have any other outlet to "express my creativity", except for with my knitting. And always, at the beginning of each new project, I definitely start out happy and excited. But if there is any tiny detail that makes me rethink and decide to adjust anything, I tend to get all OC about it and more often than not, stress out.

But that's how I am and I'm content with being this way. I know I can't get things right all the time, and designing is a process, so all the mistakes or misjudgments I make are always something to learn from. Also, I think I half like getting stressed sometimes. lol

But for now, I felt like I needed to knit something not by me.

On my needles right now is the Yaprakli Baktus. And it's a nice and easy knit that is teaching me a lot of things. This is my first time constructing a shawl this way and each step is new and exciting. Again, thanks to Cory for the recommendation!


Of course, before blocking, lace usually looks like a mushed up piece of fabric. And that's another exciting thing about this... Imagine seeing this after blocking! :)

So far, I've done 14 repeats of the leaf-like shapes. And I have 29 more to go. Sounds like a lot? It goes by fast, trust me.


Finally, this yarn is getting used up!

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Also on my needles is a slightly more slouchy version of my Undulate pattern.

There's a swap-a-stash thing going on between me and Imeng (though it's also open to those who are interested in our Rav group), and what it involves is her sending over some yarn for me to knit her an FO to send back (with extra yarn for me to use as I wish! Awesome!!!). We've also agreed that I would send her some small-gauge knitting needles since she is also learning how to knit, in return for her making me an FO too (as of our last exchange, she's thinking of crocheting me a purse. Exciting!).


She sent me yarn that has a similar color to the one I used for my sample in the pattern. The yarn she sent is a bit too thin too get gauge though, so I'm knitting this project with the yarn held double-- It's now given me almost the exact same gauge as my actual pattern, so this means I didn't need to alter the pattern too much.

To make sure it's slouchier than the original, I redesigned a few rows to make sure I increased the stitches by 20% after knitting up the ribbing. :)


Let's hope it turns out well!

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I can't remember if I mentioned this before (too lazy to check me archives haha), but my nephew knit a hat for the blue bear I made for him!


Look at that! I hadn't taught him yet how to knit in the round, so he somehow managed to tweak the little back-and-forth knitting he made into a cute little beanie, with holes for the bear's ears!


I am one proud auntie! :)

Thursday, June 13, 2013

FO: Blue bear

Guys,

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!