Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Featured on MadeIt

Today my fingerless mittens have been included in featured front page picks in MadeIt, Australian handmade online market. First time I've ever been on front page other than my blog :)

Friday, 22 July 2011

Knitted pug dog

This week I knitted small stuffed pug dog for a little girl. Pattern is from the book Knit Your Own Dog and I should say it involved a lot of sewing. Knitting was the easiest part :)

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Cinnamon cardigan

I have finished Cinnamon jacket, a test knit for Elena Nodel. I used the yarn I dyed and showed in this post. It was rather quick knit and I had two main distractions to post it here earlier. I couldn't find nice buttons (still hope to come over nicer ones and replace these temporary ones) and I couldn't make little girl to agree to do photos. Modelled shots are running as always.

I feel sorry that yarn was just enough to finish garment and I couldn't make pockets as pattern suggests.

Design is pretty and simple yet very eye catching and with beautiful clear lines. The pattern will be released some time in the next months. Check designer's website for updates :)

Here are the pictures:

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Evolution of the Butterfly Cardigan

I just realized I hadn't shared the history of butterfly cardigans here. As I have some kind of creative crisis right now I might as well put the pictures of butterflies way back then and now. Nevertheless I hope soon my mojo returns and I will have some new ideas to share.

2008. First cardigan with butterflies. Obviously I was not into taking good photo shots then.

2010. Butterfly cardigan #2 meant to replace #1. My daughter didn't like it for whatever reasons. It is made from really nice organic cotton in lovely blue colour with a touch of purple. I am looking for loving new owner or if noone claims it I shall keep it for couple of years until my youngest has grown up to the size.

2011. Another #2 which is really loved by my daughter. It is almost her uniform to preschool in these chilly days :)

 2011. #3 or #4 :) Tested how it looked with no hood and with short sleeves. More pictures and info in this post.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

My first attempt to dye yarn

This is definitely not a tutorial how to dye yarn. Rather notes about what not to do :)

Skein before dyeing. I actually had 4 skeins and I dyed them all at once. That is one thing you definitely should not do! My skeining skills are almost non-existant and I somehow failed to read and follow info on Google, how to do that properly. There is an excellent information about dyeing and also skeining.
This is yarn pot heating and first portion of yarn already taken out. I was aiming to make semi-solid browns, so idea was to take bit by bit gradually out of colouring and get one end of skein light and the other one much darker with all kinds of shades in middle.

Rinsing. No bleeding at all. Maybe I did not use enough colouring.

Today we had windy and cold day. Not good for outdoor activities but magical for skeins to dry. It took just about 1h and yarn was ready to be wounded into balls.

My 4yo arrived home this afternoon. My already far from neat skeins suffered even more.

Ball wounded. Surprising that skeins were not that tangled as one could think judging by looks and wounding was rather easy.
Sample knitted. Instead of semi solid I have got self striping yarn. Eh.

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Pink butterfly cardigan

This is another try to make a nice cardigan that my daughter would wear. One my girl doesn't wear socks, the other doesn't wear cardis - I guess I sound desperate to keep them warm :) Anyway, this is what I knitted in last couple of days. I am going to write up pattern for this cardigan with instructions for both short and long sleeved versions included. And hood. I hope writing this down will motivate me to finish draft pattern to make it ready for testing.