Wednesday, February 27, 2008

This is the way I do my strings...

I use any old phone books or yellow pages. Some of you recycle. I cut mine up. The pages are very thin and perfect for foundation. I cut mine into 6.5" squares. Use an old rotary cutter (not the one you use for fabrics).

I sew on the strips (any scraps)onto the paper diagonally, like this. The first strip in the middle is right side up. I do the flip and sew.

Press the irregular squares with the paper intact. I usually do 5-6 squares at a time.

Turn the squares over and cut. Use the paper as guide. You now have a 6.5" square of diagonal strings. You can remove the paper at this point. Be careful that you don't unravel the stitches.

Sew 4 smaller squares into a bigger 12.5" square, like this:

And this is my semi-finished quilt (without borders yet).

This is going to be a baby quilt. You can do it in all blue fabrics or fall colors (my fave) or any colors you want. Use your scraps, use your stash, use your Japanese fabrics, or batiks. Have fun!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Well, ya know, I haven't blogged but I finished 3 baby quilts! I also finished quilting my Dad's quilt. My mom pieced the top and I did the quilting on my Janome. The 3 baby quilts are orders from my sister in law. I'm also knitting some baby booties and hats for baby shower gifts.

Here are some pics of a top I did in one of the local classes I've attended, hosted by the Country Sewing Center, "Gracie's Night Out". These are some of the possible layouts.

Layout #1

Layout #2

Layout #3. This was the teacher's suggested layout.

Can you guess which one I picked?

Monday, February 04, 2008

Update 3/3/12:

I have re-knitted this pattern as written and did not see any errors. Here is the latest picture:

I've been racking my brains as to why others are not able to get the same fabric as pictured. The only thing I can think of is in row 2.

There is a K1 in the beginning of row. You don't repeat this K1. The repeat is from *YO, k2tog* to the end of row.

Another thing I'm thinking of is that I knit Continental, with the working yarn held in my left hand. I'm not a thrower. When you "throw" your yarn with the right hand, it is easy to drop or miss a Yarn Over.

Pattern Freebie, Big Net Lace Scarf pattern

All of a sudden, I've had requests for this pattern from my old, now defunct, website. so, I'm putting it up here:

I used a skein of Chunky weight Baby Alpaca, about 100 gms, 108 yards, and US size 15 ( 10 mm) needles.

Abbreviations: K – knit; tog-together; SSK-slip, slip, knit; YO-yarn over

Big Net Lace Scarf:

Cast on 17 stitches (must be an odd number of stitches)

Row 1 : Knit

Row 2: K1, * YO, k2tog * ; repeat from * to * to the end of row.

Row3: Knit

Row 4: * SSK, YO*; rep from * to * to the end of row, ending with K1

Row 5: Knit.

Repeat rows 2-5 until you have just enough yarn to bind off. Make sure you end with row 5 and bind off loosely.

I’m sure you can use any type of yarn, worsted, sport, lace weight. Adjust the number of stitches, make it narrower or wider. Play with it.

The pdf link is here on Ravelry.

© 2005-2008 Vicki Suan for Suanknits.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Oh, so, speedy spinner here has finished spinning her Merino/silk roving from yesterday and here is what the yarn looks like. About worsted weight, 147 yards of super soft yumminess!

I am also knitting the Ballerina Tank top using SWTC's Bamboo yarn.The picture is HERE. The blue tank top which really looked good on the model.

I bought the yarn from Babetta's a long long time ago (about a year or so) and got the freebie pattern. There are some errors in the pattern. I googled for erratas but found none, checked SWTC's website, and again, no errata. So, I emailed them and found out that they are aware of the errors and have since pulled the pattern from circulation because of that. Oh good, so I can play with the pattern as much as I want.

But what if I was a novice knitter? How do I get help? If I was the designer, knowing that the pattern has been distributed, at least post the corrections on the website! What the heck?!!!?

So, here I am, attempting to help, hoping that someone, under the same predicament I'm in, will somehow google this.

First: I know I'm right on gauge (of course I knitted a swatch and I have proof too, he, he) but I doubt I can fit into this:

Well, maybe I can, if I block the heck out of it. Or maybe, if I lost some weight? hmmm....

The purl side is supposed to be the Right side. But then, this is my top, and the purl side looks ugly, so I'm making the Knit side my right side.

Second: There is waist shaping and I'm supposed to do the decreases every 4th row 11 times with corresponding increases 11 times. My problem is I am short with a short torso. Not gonna work for me. I reduced it to 8 times. Worked out good!

Thirdly, and here is the blatant error:

Knit the back for 14" from the hem and knit the straps for 4". Oookay.

Now, knit the front for 16" and knit the straps for 6". What the ....?

What I did is I knitted the back for 16" and the straps for 6". I will knit the front for 18" and shorten the straps to 4" because I don't want to reveal too much cleavage or in my case, a bony chest.

Oh by the way, there is no armhole shaping either. What fun!

The lesson here is: Be fearless. Don't be afraid to make changes. You don't have to follow instructions to the letter specially if your gut feeling is telling you it's wrong. It's your garment. Knit it to suit you. And if it turns out butt ugly, rip it out or wear it at home and enjoy!