yarn crafts


Had reasons for not knitting any of my ongoing knits. (Really good reasons, like “I don’t feel like thinking that hard”.) So I dug out some camo-girl wool (it’s Malabrigo Worsted in Dusty Olive, if you really care about yarn) and hooked up this hood. Sadly I have a great big enormous head, so on me it fits like a beanie and not like a hood. Which is not good, since I look like a pudgy zombie in a beanie. But anyway, it’s pretty cute and only took about 3 1/2 hours to make.

The pattern is a freebie on ravelry.com and is called Audrea’s Hood.

 

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A while back, I hit Savers in Footscray for some warm jumpers to help me through the cold Melbourne winter. Specifically, I was looking for one I could refashion into a ‘sweater skirt’, as I had seen so many on various refashioning blogs that I was just itching to give it a try.

So here’s jumper number one – an 80’s-style men’s wool jumper that set me back $8:

 

It was so fugly I just couldn’t leave it behind! I thought it would be perfect for my sweater skirt. However, when I got home I realised that the weave was too loose – I don’t have an overlocker and I had a feeling Ms. Janome’s zig-zag would not be sufficient to prevent the eventual unraveling of the knit. So back into the refashion basket it went, for later consideration.

More recently, I came across Resweater’s gorgeous blog entry about a felted wool bike seat cover. Whilst I didn’t really feel the urge to make a bike seat cover, it did get me thinking about my 80’s jumper. It was certainly big enough to handle some felting. The label said it was wool. Felting would solve my unraveling issue. What did I have to lose?

So I did a bit more research on felting wool jumpers, and finally chucked it in the washing machine on hot and hoped for the best. After the first cycle, there was so much green fluff in the laundry I worried for my washing machine’s drain hose (I did, after all, accidentally felt a jumper whilst trying to dye it in the washing machine – it came out a lovely hot pink but would only have fitted a 10-year-old – plus I clogged up my washing machine in the bargain!) Anyway, it hadn’t really felted as much as I’d have liked. After a bit more time on the good ole’ internet, I put it in a large wash bag, added a tiny bit of wool wash detergent, and put it through again. My laundry smelt like warm damp sheep, but the end result this time was much more felted, and still big enough to make into a skirt. Yay!

Of course I forgot to take a picture of the felted sweater, but here’s one of the sleeves being cut off during the process of refashioning:

You can see that the pattern is more compact but the colours are still really vibrant.

Somewhere along the line, the jumper developed some holes so I had to practice my darning skills – and do you think I could find any black yarn in the house? Nooooo. So I did have to nip down to the op shop to see if I could find any (no black, but a purple that perfectly matched for 50c) where OF COURSE the $2 rack was out…. so I did spend a bit more than 50c that day!

Anyway, back to the refashion. I cut off the sleeves, then cut across the top of the jumper just below the neckline. I realised at this point that the shape would sit better if I turned the hem into the waistband, so upside-down it went. Out of my stash came a piece of greeny-blue stretch satin (also an op-shop score from some time ago!), out of which a rectangle got sewn into a tube to make a lining for the skirt.

Then it was time to ask Ms. Janome to sew through some thick felted wool. She didn’t like it. Not at all. I think I have RSI in my hand from coaxing the balance wheel around every five stitches or so. But eventually we made it through. I didn’t have the energy to finish the hem edge, but with the felting I don’t think it’s going anywhere.

 

What a perfect outfit for opshopping on a cold day!

 

 

 

Here’s a couple of knits I did for the Work For Yarn forum at Ravelry.

This is a Drifted Pearls short scarf (not my photo, I wish I was that clever, it was taken by the person I knit it for).

 

And this is the yarn I received in payment for that knit, Fleece Artist Somoko

I also did two knits for another deal. One was a triangular shawl on large needles, and the other was this Gretel beret using very fuzzy nohair yarn.

I received a skein of Wollmeise for each of these two knits, and here are the colours I chose:

Wollmeise 100% in Heavy Metal and Kubris.

 

No more working for yarn… at least until next year LOL.

Laura reminded me that I haven’t blogged for a while. So here I am with a summary of my knitting UFOs… minus any I suspect might actually be Christmas presents. You think that won’t leave many? Hah!

First of all, to prove that I actually can finish things, here is a crochet shawl made from nearly 12oom of 5ply wool. It’s huge but somewhat grannified. It’s also lighter in colour than the picture suggests. It’s called Denim Blue.

Garden Path ShawlJump the break if you are bored enough to look at my UFOs.

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It’s supposed to be a shawl. The pattern says so. Reminiscence Shawl by Lily Go, to be precise. But I’m tellin’ you it’s a skirt.

Look, judge for yourself.

Mmm, shawl. Pretty.

 

Skirt! Ooh la la! Who is that stylish woman?

 

I knit it from Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 4 ply (purple) and Dream In Colour Starry in a colour called Dusky Aurora, which is a just devine mix of blues and purples and even an almost khaki shade, with a silver thread for bling. Project details here, you might need to be a member of Ravelry to see it.

I hope it is so impressive you forgive me for not blogging in forever. I actually thought no-one was blogging here as the posts weren’t showing up somewhere that I had the blog linked to. But it must only show my own posts. Sorry about that, I didn’t mean to ignore your recent (more recent than mine, for sure!) posts.

This blog is called makebakesisters. All of my (scant) posts have been about the baking. But I do make, I do!

And finally, I have not only made something, but finished it and remembered to take a picture of it. It has taken over a year, but finally, I have finished my moebius shrug/scarf/cowl/thingywhatsit.

I saw the pattern a magazine I subscribe to called Yarn, a great Australian craft publication, with equally cool sister mags devoted to felting and embellishment (they sell a pdf download of the pattern from their website, too) and loved it. It is a moebius – one of those mind-bending shapes that has no end. Think of a long thin rectangle of paper; if you joined the ends, you’d have a ring, with one circular edge at the top and one at the bottom. But if you twisted one end then joined them together, there are no longer two edges, but rather one continuous edge. To knit that, you could knit a rectangle, twist and attach. Or you can cast on in a way that you create the one long edge at the start and then knit round and round and round. Which is exactly what this pattern does.

Of course, I couldn’t use any of the yarns in my stash, nothing felt right (I’m beginning to think it never does, that stashes aren’t actually related to knitting or crocheting in any practical sense. They exist solely to grow…)

The pattern is really very easy, aside from one thing. Figuring out how to cast on a moebius was really rather challenging. I consulted a then-colleague who has written books on knitting. I asked the lovely folk at Yarn. The former hadn’t tried a mobius. The latter tried enthusiastically to explain in other ways, but it’s really one of those things you have to see to “get”. Or in my case, just keep trying until you realise that it requires what feels like an upside down cast-on. See, I told you it was hard to explain! But once I had that little bit done, it was a joy to knit. No tension squares, a fairly simple pattern and lots of lovely wool. The main body is knitted on circular needles, using a feather-and-fan pattern repeat. The ruffled edge is crocheted.

Aside from the curious cast-on, the only problem was nothing to do with the pattern, just the degree to which I occasionally got caught up in things on TV.  When doing the pattern rows, you need to do repeats of six and it is easy to do five, or seven… I had to unpull a few rows here and there. But only a few, and it really wasn’t a big issue.

One year and four months later (my enthusiasm for knitting comes in bursts!), it was done! The last of the ends was woven in last night, and I am looking forward to getting at least a few wears out of it before the cooler weather completely disappears.

The fun bit will be to decide HOW to wear it. A hippy-shrug on the hips? A shoulder shrug? Under one arm and over the other shoulder? It’s one of the things I love about the pattern, so many ways to wear it. That and how lovely it feels. I am very pleased with how my choice of yarns has worked out for this one. Now if I could just find an equally fun project to use up some of the really big stash box…

Entrelac. Entralec. Who can remember?

Can’t spell it, can’t enunciate it, can knit it.

Made this wrap for Mum. It reaches from wrist to wrist on her and she says it’s very warm. I used a Spotlight yarn called Moda Vera Beauty, it’s a wool/soy/acrylic blend that totally will felt so no machine washing for this baby. Quite a good visual effect from a relatively inexpensive yarn, I think.

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