Monday, May 15, 2017

Keswick Sweater

omg! My little guy, plus working full time, has kept me so busy! I've had very little time to work on much. But, working slowly and steadily after his bedtime every night, I've managed to finish my sweater. Finally!

I used the Keswick Sweater pattern. Before making the final sweater, I had made a test sweater for my little guy. It was a great way to test gauge and practice the cable.

The yarn is Cascade Pacific - a blend of 60% Acrylic and 40% Superwash merino wool. I love it as it doesn't itch.

There is a simple moss stitch on the sleeves and back. It's a little less boring than stockinette stitch and also easier to count stitches and rows. This made it much easier to end up with sleeves that were the same length - ha!

I changed one thing about the pattern. The original pattern is a bit of a bomber style, starting out with less stitches on the bottom band and then adding stiches to expand out. I didn't want this, so I started with the same number of stitches that are needed for the body and did no increases.

The cable pattern is classy and wasn't too hard to do. The fronts were definitely fun to do. Oh, and I like that the sweater is done in pieces, because the finished sweater is a bit heavy and would have tired out my already tired-from-baby-carrying hands further.

Overall, I love the sweater and I'm a bit sad that I only finished it as the weather is finally warming up. Oh well!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Keswick + Spiffy Stitches Sweater Calculator

I used designs from the Keswick Sweater with my own Spiffy Stitches Sweater Calculator to create a bay sized cable cardigan.

I was able to figure out my gauge and test to see if I like the yarn, which is Cascade Pacific worsted. And I also got to see if I could manage the intricate cable design of the Keswick sweater, which I hope to make for myself.

My little guy likes the sweater, but can't sit still long enough for better pictures. haha

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Barley Hat

A few months ago, I made my SHB a hat.

I used the TinCanKnits Barley pattern. The only change I made was doing a moss stitch instead of the plain garter stitch.

For yarn, I used Cascade Pacific worsted. Overall, the hat looks cute and was an easy project.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

The Politics of Pockets

I always knew that women's pockets were inadequate, but now I know more of the history around why. This article on Racked talks about the politics of pockets and is a fascinating read.

Turns out pockets in female dress are quite feminist. One of the main reasons why I sew is to improve the functionality of my clothes - and that includes pockets.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

DIY Personalized Fabric Baby Book

Thanks to Spoonflower, I was able to create a personalized fabric book for my little guy. He really loves the few fabric books that he has, since they are fun to touch and make crinkly noises. But, I realized that a lot of his book deal with representations of things he won't see in real life for a while (I love sea creatures, but what baby comes across an octopus or starfish everyday? haha). So, I decided to make one for him with images that are more personal.

The book started out as a very large image meant to fit a cotton fat quarter. Spoonflower recommends 150px per square inch and a fat quarter is 18" x 22". This meant my image was 2700px by 3300px.

I took of 1/2" worth of pixels around the edge and divided the remaining space into my pages. There are 12 rectangles for 10 pages and the cover. I added different background images and did collages of everyday things on top. I used The Gimp to make my large image.

My fat quarter
I ended up ordering my fat quarter in satin. I'm glad I did, because it has such a nice soft feel to it. However, I wish I knew sooner that a satin fat quarter is bigger than a cotton fat quarter, since I could have made my book a little bigger.

I cut the pages out (leaving 2 pages each attached) and sewed them inside out with some thin batting. I then layered the pages together and sewed down the center to make a book.

My favourite page was one with our dogs, since he loves them already. I also put 2 layers of grocery bag plastic in the center pages for making noise.

I wanted to make some pages with interesting textures, so I included some of mommy's and daddy's hobbies: knitting, sewing, and woodworking.

I used piping on the cover edge, which turned out to be challenging because the satin is so slippery. Overall, I think it looks pretty good.