You lucky ducks.
Monday, May 20, 2013
I finished my Floating Cardigan for the luvinthemommyhood Tops Tanks and Tees KAL! Not only that, I also was done three whole days before the due date, and I already have it photographed! I might be sick or something - I've been weirdly productive this weekend.
Anyway, the knitting.
The yarn, Classic Elite Silky Alpaca Lace, made a gorgeously airy but still visually appealing fabric on 3.5mm needles. I can barely even feel it when I'm wearing it. I did have some bleeding issues when knitting and blocking, but with such a deep, saturated teal I'm neither surprised nor bothered. The sweater is soft and drapey with a slight halo. I think this would be a spectacular yarn for an heirloom shawl (you know, like the one I bought it for when I accidentally didn't buy enough yarn because I suck).
The pattern was sweet and easy. I did a few mods for fit, including doing the sleeves a size up and adding several inches to the body length. I added some waist shaping, although not enough it turns out. I had originally intended to put snaps up the button band, but there's no point as it doesn't close very gracefully at the bottom. It's no loss however as the fit is fantastic in the shoulder and bust, which keeps the whole thing nicely in place.
My only quibble with the design is that the little lace motif is proportionally very small on the bigger sizes. I made a modded 48" and felt the lace was too small, yet there were three bigger options beyond that. Kudos to Cecily Glowik MacDonald, though, for making a wide size range. It's rare that I get a chance to knit something in anything but the largest size.
All in all, I'm happy with the sweater and with all the work I put in to get it done in less than a month! Never let me make a laceweight sweater again, though. Please. It's lovely and all, but slooooooow.
Speaking of luvinthemommyhood, Shannon did a great review of my new yarn base, Solo Sock. I forgot to put the shop update on the blog on Friday, and what I put up is mostly sold now, but still, I think it's a great base and you'll love it! Watch for more next Friday!
Friday, May 10, 2013
I've got a pretty one for you today guys. Lots of serene blues and greens and greys on different yarn bases, and a cute little spinning wheel bag to hold your tools!
The grey sparkly laceweight is calling to me, so please somebody, help me! I lack willpower!
Sunday, April 28, 2013
I am sure you all know by now that I'm plus sized. Actually I hate that term. I'm fat. I'm also healthy and confident and body positive - three things that don't go hand-in-hand with weight nearly as often as you may expect. Sure, some days I hate my body - everyone has days. I have made peace with my curves, and that has been one of the most liberating changes of my life (another source of liberation? Did you know that nobody cares if you don't fold your T-shirts or pair your socks? You can just stick them in the drawer and nobody will be the wiser).
One of the drawbacks to being outside the "correct" size box is that great clothes are hard to find, particularly on a budget, and even more so if you don't live in an area that supports shops that cater to a larger size range. I love the idea of thrifted fashion finds, but it rarely happens here in Victoria, where I can count the number of shops with clothes that I a) want to wear, and b) fit into, on one chubby hand.
Long story short: I've taken things into my own hands. Knitting is my favourite method of making clothing, but it is neither practical nor desirable to knit an entire wardrobe. That's where sewing comes in. Most people will tell you that it isn't cheaper to sew for yourself. They haven't tried to buy a decently made dress in a size 22. This dress cost me approximately $24, including notions.
Friday, April 26, 2013
I did a little update today, and project bags are back in the shop! I don't often sew project bags for sale, but the fabric stash was getting silly so I had to whip a few up before Fibres West. There will be more in the shop in the coming weeks! They're fully lined, made from super cute quilting cotton, and feature inside pockets, drawstring closure, and a metal clip to hold you notions or hook to your belt or purse!