Mustard

For some time now I have really wanted some garment in the color mustard but I have been kind of afraid of it.  Yellow is not a color I usually wear but I finally gave in after admiring so many people wearing it.IMGP4535_modified
Of course I could not go to H&M or a similar store and simply buy a cheap t shirt or a hat.  THAT would feel like I was wasting money. Instead I decided to waste the money on yarn and then waste my time to knit something I might not even wear….IMGP4541_modified

I found this stitch in a magazine I have and then after making a swap to determine the gauge I improvised this hat and mittens.IMGP4539_modified

I like both, although the hat is just a little bit to tight. It just means I can not wear it when I have a ponytail but that’s OK. I really like having matching accessories and they also go well with my new coat.  The color is just a little to yellow for my taste, I guess I wont be making (or buying) anything mustard in the future.  I know that now but I plan to wear these until I decide to make myself a new set of hat and mittens.  You can never have enough, right?IMGP4538_modified

 

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Autumn Mittens

So its that time of year again: time for mitten knitting for the little ones.

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREI decided to make mittens for the yarn stash challenge this month.  My mom gave me this sock yarn a few years ago. It was leftover after she knitted my son a sweater and cleverly she let me have the rest of the yarn.Exif_JPEG_PICTURE

Since then I have used bits of it, always trying to finish it up and not had success.  There really is a lot on each skein.  I still have some left so I guess I can knit some more mittens next fall.

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My older son got two pairs and the younger one got one.  I improvised the pattern.  I have knitted enough of mittens through the years to kind of know how it goes.  At least these fit and will probably be used.

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My older son is really happy with his finger mittens, makes him feel like a grown up.

My first knitting pattern

A few weeks ago I talked about hooded sweaters I knitted for my sons. 1

I made them from Lama wool which is so soft and warm.  My younger son wears his almost every day and it is still in good shape.  When it is chilly in the mornings I feel better knowing my kids are not cold and these sweaters are exactly what they needed. I was so happy with the sweaters that I wanted to spread the joy.  I wrote the pattern down and now it is available for sale here and here.  There are also links in the sidebar. 

I will probably add a page to this blog that features my designs. I thought I could maybe do a tutorial on how to sew in a zipper. I think that might be helpful.

 

Sweatshirt dress

IMGP4435_modifiedA couple of days ago we had one of those autumn days where it is sunny, bright and oh so beautiful but with crisp air and cold wind.  When I was walking to the library to study trying to keep warm since the sun had tricked me to think it was warmer outside I got the idea for this dress.  I wanted a dress that was warm, comfy and stylish.  I decided to use sweatshirt fabric since it is thick and made of cotton and also it is a stable knit fabric which I thought would make a comfy dress.

I decided to use black so I could wear it with colorful tights which conveniently are available in thick cotton and wool blends.

The pattern is a mixture.  The bodice is from an Ottobre Woman t-shirt pattern but I changed the neckline. I lowered it and added a neckline band.  The sleeves are from another Ottobre Woman pattern, since the ones for the bodice were short.

IMGP4436_modifiedThe skirt however is my own make.  I’m not gonna go as far as calling it my own design since it is only two rectangles sewn together at the sides and then pleated to fit the bodice.  I am really happy with the front of the skirt.  The back of the skirt is another story.  I guess I learned that you should not place a pleat like that in a thick fabric like this at center back. It really stretches out and if you look at it from the side it really stands out, making my behind look huge and simply strange.  Maybe it’s also because I accidentally cut the skirt to short so the weight isn’t pulling it down or something, but I think this is not the most flattering look:

IMGP4445_modifiedIt was relatively quick to make since I used my serger for almost every seam. I hemmed the sleeves and skirt using the zig-zag stitch since I haven’t been happy with the twin needle result.  The seams never turn out stretchy enough and the threads always break.  I also read this post on Sewaholic about seaming in knit clothing.  I really agree with her on what see says about the zig-zag stitch and I’m going to use it more from now on.

IMGP4439_modifiedApart from the skirt issues I am really happy with this dress and I know I will wear it a lot even though it has those flaws.  An those flaws only give me an excuse to make another one of those dresses which is never a bad thing, right?

Knitted Hoodies

1   In the summer I started knitting sweaters for my sons. I think it’s really good for them to have warm sweaters to wear under their jackets or simply alone on crisp fall mornings.  They also have to be practical. My older son is not the most patient person in the world so the sweaters had to be easy to take of and put on so I decided to have a zip front.  The sweaters have hoods, since it ads to the warmth, they get fuller around the neck and the hood can serve as a hat if you forget it  and I also find it looks good.  I also wanted the finishing to be easy.  I loath knitting pattern were in the end you have to sew everything together and avoid them by all means.  So on these sweaters I decided to do raglan sleeves which I also find practical for kids. 2

When I was in Iceland this summer i picked up some great yarn for the sweaters in my favorite shop: Litla Prjónabúðin.  The yarn is a blend of llama wool and lambs wool and I really love it.  It is so soft and I know it is super warm. It is called Lamauld from strikkebogen,dk and I highly recommend it.

So, having bought the wool I started knitting, and a few weeks later the sweaters where finished.  I could not be happier because they turned out exactly the way I wanted them to. I really love them and so do my sons.

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