Yay internet!, Yay FO !

The free internet that I had been tapping into has mysteriously stopped working. Internet withdrawl is a scaaary thing my friends, I knew I was dependent but to what extent-I did not even fathom. Ya’ll know it how it is . Of course, this is the time when I had a zillion and one blog ideas, fascinating stories of the cottage and falling asleep under the stars… not so facinating now huh? yep. thought so.

However, I have been holding back on you dear readers but with good reason, I can assure. Remember the beaded cami turned halter? The cottage seemed a perfect place to showcase her, so without blabbing further (yaaay im on t3h 1n7@rw3b!) Allow me to introduce you to my modified beaded halter.


Beaded Halter

Inspiration: Beaded Cami by Black Dog Designs and Kelly-10 Feet Tall

Yarn: Debbie 6 Debbie Bliss 100% Cotton DK in teal (50g)

Needles: 3.5 Knitpicks circular

Beaded Halter

Notes: The pattern itself was more of an outline to me, because I had planned on modifying it so much. It was a great start, because of it’s concise and direct instructions it was easily adaptable. One of the advantages to following in the footsteps of (craftster)friends is learning from their troubles and triumphs.


Beaded Halter

Modifications:First thing I did to change the still then cami was to cast on for 4 instead of 5 scallops on each side and only 3 selvage sts on the side as I was knitting it in the round. Once I finished the lace repeats I knew I would have to shape it by doing decrease rounds every other row until on me it reached my waistband. After that I climbed the intervals, with every 3 then every 4, every 5, every 6 being a dec. round.


Stitch Detail

When I reached my bustline I emphasized the empire waist, I casting off the front side sts using Zimmermans sewn BO. I continued to knit the back until the flap reached past my bra strap. I cast off again using Zimmerman’s stretchy sewn BO. For the front I cast on for three scallops, each scallop having 5st leaves and 2 selvage for each side. I knit the pattern once and then added short rows using the wrap method. I did about 8 or 9 rows which should have been substansial but perhaps I underestimated myself. Ha! It’s not me honey, it’s Victoria Secret! Anyhoo….


Beaded Bodice

I grafted the sides together and then thought about straps. I had beads, but no crochet hook. Right. Packed those away ages ago. I tried two thin straps but the proportion wasn’t right for the structure I had created. I needed something solid.


Beaded Halter

An inspiration came to me in my bead box, where I had a few skeins embroidery floss my mind suddenly screamed – “friendship braclets!” So I used the dk to make a four stranded cord of about 3.5 arm lengths. Added beads at the attaching points in the scallops and boom. You’ve got my halter.


Beaded Halter

VK Fall 2007 Review

The Vogue Knitting Fall 2007- 25th Anniversary Issue! Here’s a wee sampling:
They obviously took the idea of a retrospective very seriously:I don’t really see the point in putting some of the patterns from the 80′s. Who on earth is going to knit this? The yardage alone is enough to make my head hurt.

But I think that these two are on my Must Knit list: A wine coloured lace hoodie? I’m sold! I love this so much. I whis you could see a bigger picture of the back- it’s gorgeous.

I haven’t quite figured out one thing- there is a section of the magazine that has photos and website links to several patterns that are offered by various yarn companies, that are supposedly ‘in honour’ of the 25th anniversary. But when I went to follow up on one some of the links, it seems that not all the patterns are free, which is disappointing to say the least.

There are some really great articles, notably the two interviews with Knitting’s ‘old guard’ (Kaffe Fassett, Alice Starmore, Mari Lynn Patrick, and Meg Swansen) and knitting’s ‘new guard’ (Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, Clara Parkes, Debibe stoller, Vickie Howell, Shannon Oakey). Their discussion of how the internet has impacted the knitting world is particularly relevant. Go read it!!

Edit:Jen I’m interested in that article since well, the internet has sensationalized almost every aspect of our lives anyways.

Silver Streak by Veronik Avery is what jumped out at me first and foremost. I saw it first on raverly and didn’t realize it was actually a long sweater coat till I printed off the -FREE pdf- I’ll shorten it somehow, later to be determined. There are some great flickr photo’s of the details that are lacking in the vogue issue due to styling. Hell they could style a garbage bag and I’d be like, ‘hey jules, think it’s too flashy?’

A few Good WIPs

I tend to switch around in projects and Thermal is my affair du jour.
I’m so pleased to be finished the body of Thermal, and I love it. It fits perfectly, and I can’t wait to finish the sleeves!
Every now and then, I also do a little ‘starfish; portion of the Capecho:

I’m trying to work on this more often now, since I’d really like to wear this in the fall. Presuming it doesn’t look like an afghan gone horribly awry. And last up, I’ve decided that Lady Eleanor requires more attention….

Ah, she’s so lovely.

Decisions, Decisions

I’m trying to hold off on casting on for Forecast until I get at least one other project off the needles, but who knows if i’ll manage that kind of self restraint. I’ve been stalking some truly inspiriing FOs on Ravelry, and they really up the temptation factor.

I’ve been really impressed by all the modifications people have done to their Forecasts- elimanting bobbles, changing the cables, lengthing the body and the ribbing on the arms. Here is a gorgeous example from Octopus Knits:
I hope mine would turn out like that- gorgeous, all the figure-flattering mods (longer ribbing on the body and the sleeve, small-to-non-existent bobbles), and a colour to die for. I see this, and I know I need this in my wardrobe, no question.

But then I saw this on sulala.wordpress.com: Amazing. This is the only one I’ve seen where someone decided to join it and turn it into a pullover with a plunging V neckline. I love it. LOVE it. But now I’m torn- the amazing cardigan, or the amazing V neck? Sure, I could knit both, but one will have to come first. Decisions, decisions.

Stash-Guilt-Be-Gone!

Since, in a few days I will be moving, last week I decided it was high time to pull out and organize the stash, needles and notions. I should have tried to stab myself in the brain instead, I wouldn’t have noticed the difference.

6 simply soft – for the now Moderne Mini Lap-ghan & projects undetermined
4 db cotton dk – perhaps a ribbed bolero?
1 db cathay – fetching
2 alpaca silk – karo’s argyle in hibernation
1 kid silk mohair – ??? Ideas ???
2 rowanspun tweed dk – Le’Slouch
5 burgundy x-press – Skating Sweater
5 cream x-press – Shopping Tunic #2
1 navy x-press – (aviator hat?)
1 candy floss – ??? Ideas ???
1 green super bulky – ??? Ideas ???
1 green tape yarn- ??? Ideas ???
2 lace brown – ascot
6 dishcloth cotton – mom’s dishcloths
2 baby alpaca misti wstd – various hats for christmas
2 purple merino superwash – fetching + Trifecta

That, is a whole nights worth of untangling. 7 whole hours trying to undo what my lovley marley did in a matter of minutes. In the end, I could not save it all, having rather to choose what to save. I lost much of the brown laceweight and green tape yarn since they were ensnaring the more expensive yarns; I had to cut them free. The rest I painstakingly wound and wove back into managable balls.

Proper organization helps preparing for future projects. In my case, I realize now I have enough yarn for about 6 or 7 projects- if the cat doesn’t get to it first. I need good storage options to “Marley proof”.

Here are two good articles to start with:
Knitty: What’s In Store
Knitpicks Stash Managment

Right now I’m torn between some ikea boxes and an old chest that I hope to renovate.
I have no hope in hell hiding anything in the new apartment, so I’m opting for a piece I can display or get double use from.

Ikea

Vacker: $17.99

Nostalgisk: $12.99

Agen: $49.99

Dimpa: $6.99

Kaskett: $12.99

(lol, yarn kaskett: when old stash yarn is sent to pasture)