Wednesday, May 25, 2011

FO: Asian Asymmetry Tee

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Asian Asymmetry is a top from Knit Kimono Too. I can't see myself wearing any of the kimono in the book, but there are several very cute tees and tanks! The book comes with a DVD, and I still have no idea what's on it.

This top has fake overlapping fronts. It's really just a v neck with a narrow band of trim sewn on. Bryan thinks it looks very Starfleet. :P
It is absolutely imperative that the top be on a mannequin or human when the neck trim is being pinned into place. It really won't sit right otherwise.

Asian Asymmetry Edging

I did some modifications on the body. I worked the first and last stitch in regular rib instead of twisted to make seaming easier. The body was written as an a-line shape, but I changed it to an hourglass shape. I made the body a little bit longer than called for. Some of this was due to a row gauge issue.
The sleeves came out pretty wide, but it isn't really noticeable unless I point it out. I'd rather have them too big than too tight for something to wear to work.

The yarn I used was Crystal Palace Panda Silk DK. It can be a little splitty, but overall I really like it. I bought a full bag of it quite some time ago when it showed up at the shop by mistake (wrong color). I was concerned I might run out of yarn, but it looks like I have a full ball left over.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Watch me Shop: Bagless Edition

Here are my handmade finds from the last month or so. No more bags this time!
(I do have to confess that I bought one of the new Lantern Moon parachute bags from Yarndogs. I held out for a few days, but it's just so soft and squishable! And so many pockets! I always justify buying new knitting bags when I have a trip coming up.)

Pattern Saver
Here's my miPattern Saver and magnetic Pattern Keepers from Slipped Stitch Studios. We recently started carrying her line at Yarndogs as well (lots of cute owls, sock monkeys, and sheep prints). This one was a custom request after I saw another product in her Etsy shop made up in this fabric, which is one of my all-time favorites! I got some of it at Natural Expressions bead/quilt shop in Los Gatos last fall. I haven't sewed anything out of it, but I've been using it as a tablecloth at fiber shows.
I love the swift covers in the Slipped Stitch Studios shop. The only reason I haven't bought one is my swift is in almost constant use. They are super cute, though! Maybe Bryan will read this and buy me this classic monster print one.

These are my bad kitty stitch markers from Scarrymerry on Etsy. Her stitch markers are sooo cute! Be prepared to be patient (I think her items may be made to order), but the detail is amazing!
I also love these bat stitch markers, Halloween stitch markers, witch and cat knitting needles, and these otters from her sold items!

I don't use stitch markers all that much, so I went for this ladybug orifice hook when I saw fellow Phat Fiber contributor Yarndemon Designs' ladybug collection. I just personally love ladybugs, but how perfect would this be for someone with a Ladybug spinning wheel?
Here's her ladybug stitch markers, and her alpaca and sheep orifice hooks and WPI tools are so adorable too! Hers is an Artfire shop, no account required for purchasers.

In other news, I found the perfect use for my small Sock Diva ladybug bag- carrying around extra camera batteries, memory cards, and my neoprene lens hood cover!
We went to Hakone gardens in Saratoga, which is small but pretty nice, but I have super high standards after visiting the Fort Worth Botanic Garden years ago.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

FO Roundup: Crochet and Spinning Edition

Here's the absolutely 100% finished photo of my Coquena the Llama!
It took me a while to do all the little finishing touches. The hat I made following the pattern was too big, but it was easy enough to remake it smaller trying it on the llama as I went. The little floppy pom poms/tassles are actually tiny crocheted balls with loop stitch on the outside that you cut afterwards. It's a lot faster than making traditional pom pons, at least the ones you can make with a non-hinged maker.
I've updated my Ravelry project page with estimates of the yardage I actually used since the pattern doesn't give yardages. For many of the colors, I used just a couple of grams or less.

Ella Crochet Scarf
And here is my finished Ella Crochet Scarf. It's a Knitwits pattern or kit. I love her stuff! We carry the kits at Yarndogs, but I wanted to try picking out my own colors to get just reds, pinks, and purples. I got the Tahki Cotton Classic (same yarn as the kits) at Purlescence. It takes so little yarn of each ball in each color (hence the kits) that I will probably make at least one more. I just need to get more green yarn.
Making these little flowers is addictive and the pattern is really easy to memorize after making a few of them! I made the scarf 10 flowers long instead of 8. For some reason, I had to go down 2 hook sizes when making the green part to have it not come out too floppy. My flowers were fine with the recommended size, though.

Here's the 3-ply I made from the Yarn Wench Merino/silk fiber I got at the spinners' swap a couple of Christmases ago. I'm thinking toe-up socks.
Handspun Merino/Silk