Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Challenging Myself to be a "real" knitter...

So now that I'm officially knitting...  ( surprisingly after deciding to just forget about it  2 years ago... )  I decided to be a "proper" knitter this time.. than just someone who knows how to co, knit, purl and bo..

Here are projects which I hope to finish, and only that time, will I call myself a knitter....( talk about being too hard on yourself ehheeh )

1.  Dahlia Cardigan by Heather Zopetti

Photo by Heather Zopetti

2.  Boxelder Cardigan

Photo Credits from Knitscene

3.  Gail Shawl

4.  Lattice Top  by Purl Bee


Photo Credits from purlbee.com
5. Yapraklı Baktus

6. Haruni

7.  Lace Dresse by Shirley Paden

 
vogue knitting cover

Of course, I am giving myself a long time frame to finish these items.. I want to take my time to learn,  which is one thing that I didn't do before..

Monday, October 27, 2014

Cher Cher needs a sweater :) and some dry cleaning...

 
Cher Cher the Bear

I'm not a cat person, but I am a teddy bear  person lol... His name is Cher-cher.. because I lack the imagination and creativity when giving out names.. 

My ex-boyfriend ( now husband ), gave this to me as a surprise gift , when I turned 24. That crocheted item he's wearing is not a scarf, it is a shawl.

I was really surprised when he gave this to me. He connived with my room mates and smuggled it to our room.  I was really thrilled, however, after 3 months with this bear, I decided that it's really just so big. It was so huge, that my then land lady wanted to charge me for the space that it uses!

I brought this home to Bataan and it stayed in a box for 6 long years. I brought it to our new apartment lately and Dylan baptised it as "baby bear".

For some reason, I always think that bear should wear something knitted, not crocheted. I attempted to knit him a scarf  before ( see this post : blogging updates ), but halfway through the project, knitted ribbing just don't  work for me.. so I frogged that project..

my first attempt for a knitted scarf

I consider making clothes for this teddy bear as one of my unfinished business.. so I will try to finish that knitted scarf ( with a better design, maybe brioche? ) , and maybe a knitted stripped sweater?

I will definitely bring this to the laundry shop for dry cleaning.. because Dylan likes to hug this bear so much...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

71 days before end of the year: Oct 21

I'm doing my own count down towards end of the year. There are only 71 more days left before end of this year..   I have a lot of goals which I want to finish.

So, aside from household chores, I also made sure that I added some rows on my 3 projects. Here are my progress for Oct 21.

1. Red Sienna Top in Canon crochet thread.

I finished Rows 1 -5 of my project. I'm making a top for my friend Ems. She wanted her top in deep dark red color. Good thing I have this color in my stash.

I really missed crocheting in thread so this is a welcome diversion. I have been knitting and crocheting worsted weight acrylic yarn and I'm really getting bored.




2. Peach Capelet from recycled yarns..


First try on the capelet

I frogged the first try and settled for 164 CO stitch.  The extra 74 stitches will be distributed around the work.


Today I started on the reverse stockinette stitch for the body.. I like the raglan sleeve construction.. I just hope that the entire cake will be enough for the project...

3. Finished both legs of my knitted GAMS...


I don't think I like this manner of construction.. but I want to learn it...

For Oct 22, my goal is to complete the remaining small details of these projects..


I really need to finish them...

AJA!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Only 71 days left...

Time really flies ... and even though I sulked lesser this year and is generally in a better mood than in 2012 and in 2013.. I still feel that I haven't done my best this year...

I wanted to make sure that the next 71 days until end of this year will be used wisely... talk about being too hard on myself again ahahhahah
 
 
 
 
No, I'm not cramming, really lol..

For this day , I made a list of simple crafty tasks that I want to finish... I will check later in the evening if I am able to finish those,and will blog about it the next day....

Acrylic Yarn Stash busting : Knitted GAMS in progress

I found this free knitting pattern on this website.  GAMS / Knitty.com

I chose to use this pattern because:
1. I want to improve my knitting.
2. A knitted pair of shorts is a practical project to make out of acrylic. This is a project that I will definitely use..
3. I like acrylic yarn when knitted in stockinette stitch.

Now, knitting will take some time I know, but I'd rather spend time on a project that I will actually use, than frog again later. I chose to knit my Carmencita Yarns instead of crochet , because knitting uses lesser yarn than crochet and I only have limited skeins of Carmencita left.

Here are the work-in-progress pictures:

A few rows when I started it.. this colorway has given an interesting effect on the project..

Carmencita Yarns

I made a mistake because I thought it will start on the waist  , so I had to frog it.. but that's actually the point in each project... you learn from your mistake...


Right and Left leg..the other one set aside and the stitches placed on stitch holders.

I am still waiting for ADDI 4.0mm circular needle to be restocked in Dreams Yarnshoppe. I really wanted to use 4.0mm circulars, so I travelled to Divisoria to buy China made circular knitting needles, which  proved to be good buys!

And you know what, 4.00mm and worsted weight acrylic yarn go so well together in stockinette stitch... I should probably never use any other size for acrylic lol 

It took a while to really stick with this project.. you know.. knitting wearables is like uncharted waters for me... but then.. i'm 30.. I have to learn this before I turn 40...

Project updates: Bag made from ODD colored yarn

I found these cakes of yarn in my stash: At first I don't remember how I ended up having these, then I recalled that these are freebies from the Yarn Source Manila yarn shop. I got these as birthday gift from the owner, along with other interesting yarns,  in 2012.



Multicolored yarns from Baguio

I actually struggled to find suitable, usable patterns out of these yarns. I am not inclined to do small items recently, and wanted to make sure that whatever yarn I will use, will be used up to the last skein and to the last yarn, all in one project.

I ended up knitting a bag. Here are progress pics of my knitted bag:



front of the bag
This yarn here, with yellow, orange, and blue strands also came from Baguio. I bought this one from Hangar Market. I had to double the strand so it will become thicker. But that is a miscalculation that I didn't try to correct.. the front is now softer than the back because of that...


multicolor yarn from baguio. worked in double strands..
back of the bag, it gives an interesting blending of colors when knitted too bad I don't have more
Now this is the bag with the back in shown..


This is actually a prototype of 2 designs that I have in mind. It seems forever to finish the rows of stockinette stitch. The bag looks flat,design-wise, but it does have a very nice shape when filled up with items. That is one thing that I'm looking for in a bag, the way it holds it shape when filled up , because most of the time, bags are nice to look at until you start to fill them up with items.

I combined the yarns in one project, even if they don't have the same colours and don't really complement each other , because I can't think of any project to make from these cakes of yarn. ( Call that knitter prejudice, but I just want them all off my stash eheheheh  )

I also wanted to explore shaping on knitting. I will add appliques,  zippers and lining in the future...

If procrastinating to add  bag linings is a crime...I would have been in jail already... I will definitely finish the bag linings before this year ends...

AJA!

TIP:

When using loose multi stranded yarn or plied yarn like these, you can twist it a bit to the opposite side so it will not be caught on the hook or knitting needle...

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