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September, 2012

Curtains! Part 1

Last week I told you I’m taking a break from knitting to rest my poor sad sore arms after a very strenuous 2012 knitting schedule. I declared it a CRAFTCATION!

Sunshiny Curtains!

First up was to make curtains for our new apartment! These are hanging out in the craft room right now, and created completely out of material I had laying around the house already. That yellow fabric is muslin I had dyed yellow to use as a Sweatshop of Love branded table cloth for my craft fair booths.

9″ Curtain Hem – Fruit Printed Red Fabric

That red fabric I bought for a dress I never made. As you can see, I didn’t quite have enough yellow fabric to make it to the bottom of my 70″ windows, so I needed a hem fabric to add weight and length to the curtains, and this print jumped out at me. Cute right?

3″ Curtain Rod Space

The most challenging part of this project was ironing the yellow muslin. It has been sitting in a pile of junk I don’t need anymore because I’m not doing craft fairs, and wrinkly as hell. You can still see it’s a little wrinkly! Ah well.

Curtain LOVE!

I never made curtains for our last apartment and I always regretted it. They add so much to a room! Especially if you don’t plan on painting. And these are great! I love muslin for curtains because they are light enough to let a ton of light into a room, the fabric is crazy cheap, and it’s easy to dye.

One room down, one to go!

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Henri Modifications

One of the last knitting projects on my list before I took some knitting time off was to modify the neckline of my Henri sweater from the Holla Knits Fall Collection.

Lily in my Henri!

I knit up this green version, in Springtree Road Praline DK in Idyl, of Henri to test Ann Leachman’s amazing pattern for Holla Knits. I LOVED knitting it! Side to side construction, all those textures and cables! Man. This pattern is to die for.

It’s designed to have a ton of positive ease. Designer Ann Leachman knit up her sample in a size 34, which is the size I would have chosen. But I also wanted to show the pattern without all that positive ease, so I knit up the 38″ size, which is being modeled by 42″ busted model Lily above. She looks fantastic in it, so if you aren’t into all that positive ease, pick a size 4-6″ smaller than your bust size and you’ll be right on.


So here I am in my Henri. I obviously had to knit the pattern as is for the Holla Knits photo shoot, but as soon as I finished it I knew that I’d have to go back and redo that neckline to make this sweater fit me better. I’m a 36″ bust, and this sweater is a 38″ with 4-6″ of positive ease! It’s oversized to the point of swallowing me whole.

New Neckline!

BUT! I ripped out that neckline, picked up fewer stitches, and knit the neckline again, this time 1/2″ longer as well. It looks like a totally different sweater!

The first time I picked up the stitches as directed and got 156 total – 70 across the back and 86 across the front. The second time I only picked up 114 – 53 across the back and 61 across the front. It’s amazing, right? Pulls up the top of the sweater so the shoulders look better and makes the sleeves and the bottom of the sweater a better length. Now I’m ready to wear this sweater every day till summer 2013!

Knitting Break (Nearly) Commence!

I’ve knit a lot this year. More than I’ve ever knit before! For Holla Knits, for me, for a collection coming out next year. Something like 22 garments, and nearly that many accessories, and we’re only 9 months into the year. Am I burned out? Not at all. My ravelry queue is teaming, and with all this design work I’ve been doing I’m so excited to start knitting someone else’s pattern!

Robin Wrist Warmers

But my poor arms are tired. I’m working through a few accessories for the Holla Knits Accessories Collection that comes out in a couple weeks, and I’ve been spreading them out. When I use to be able to knit for 12-16 hours a day, I’ve been keeping it to half that, with frequent breaks. I’ve been stretching more, been wearing my support gloves, been using pain cream. My wrists are just tired!

So I’m going to give them a break. I’ve got one more project to finish for Holla Knits, and I’ll have to do a little knitting while I film my how to videos for this collection, and after that I’m not knitting again until November. It will be the longest time I’ve ever gone without knitting since I first learned in 2001!

DIY Pinterest Board!

But that does not mean I’ll be taking a break from you, dear blog! I’ve got a boat load of projects saved up in my DIY pinterest board, and in my heart, that I’ve been forsaking for all of my working. I’ve also ok’ed crocheting! So I’m planning on dusting off my sewing machine, pulling out my hot glue gun, organizing my fabric stash and my DMC embroidery floss collection! Also, I might pick up a book and READ! I might, like, nap, at some point. I’m going to cook a lot and my house is going to be clean! The sky is the limit!

Mr Darcy Counted Cross Stitch

I’ve got two projects going already! First up is my Mr Darcy Counted Cross Stitch pattern kit I got for Christmas! I’m also working on some curtains for our new apartment. Fun right?! It’s like a craft-cation!

So get ready for some crafting fun. Fingers crossed that after this 6 week break from knitting my wrists will feel better, and then I can get back to being an insanely focused ridiculous knitting worker.

New Pattern! Thermal Pullover

I’m so excited to be a part of knit.wear fall 2012 magazine, due out soon!

Thermal Pullover

I’ve been in love with this stitch pattern for years, but have had a hard time working it into a sweater pattern until now. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started knitting this sweater, or a cardigan or pullover with this stitch pattern but different construction, and just totally failed. It’s one of those things that has been haunting me, until now! I finally did it, and it worked beautifully, if I do say so myself.

Fun, Relaxed Pullover

knit.wear magazine, from Interweave, is dedicated to clean, classic knitting. Their magazines are always full of timeless pieces, classic sweater shapes and textures, and I’m so excited to be a part of it. Snag the issue here. Queue it on ravelry!

Twisted Rib, Dimple Stitch

Thermal Pullover is a classically shaped pullover with all-over dimple stitch and a deep shawl collar. Piece is worked in the round from the bottom up.

FINISHED SIZE 27 3⁄4 (32, 34 3⁄4, 39, 41 3⁄4)” bust circumference. Pullover shown measures 27 3⁄4″.

YARN Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted (100% Peruvian highland wool; 110 yd [101 m]/13⁄4 oz [50 g]): #24075 camel heather, 10 (11, 13, 14, 16) balls.

NEEDLES Size 9 (5.5 mm): 24″ circular (cir), 16″ cir, and set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle.

GAUGE 23 sts and 21 rnds = 4″ in Ovals in the Rnd patt.

HOTT From the Back, too!

A note about sizing: I had this sweater pictured measured as a size 32″. knit.wear’s tech editor clocked it as a 27 3/4″. I think that clearly demonstrates that this stitch pattern is pretty hard to measure, and also that it has a lot of stretch. I’m a size 36″ bust and I could weasel my way into this sucker. It wasn’t exactly pretty, but it still worked, so don’t be turned off by the small sizing of the sweater. I think it should have at least 2 if not 4″ of negative ease, which would make sense based on my original measurement.

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Holla Knits Blog Tour WINNERS!

A huge thank you to everyone who commented and shared not only my New Girl pattern, but the entire Holla Knits Fall Collection. And thanks for entering my giveaway! We’ve got winners!

The grand prize of the entire Fall 2012 Collection went to comment #26! Congrats Elsha! And the slightly less grand prize of a copy of my New Girl skirt pattern went to comment #16! Congrats Sarah!

I’ll be emailing both of you soon with your prizes. Thanks again for all the skirt love, and I can’t wait to see the FOs start rolling in!