My First Taste of Noro

Entrelac is very time consuming. It seems that while it’s so very pretty to look at as you’re working in it, it sucks to feel like you’re getting no where for all the work. The starting of the entrelac was very deceiving as well. It looks like it will be less-wide than it turns out after you finish off a few rows of the squares. Once I got the knitting backwards down… excuse me purling backwards… and memorized how to deal with each row, I simply grew bored of the progression. I will likely frog the current progress I’ve made with the scarf, and either lessen the number of stitches for each section or remove a section entirely to make the entire project more reasonable.

So about a week ago I went to the LYS with a good friend. We were sitting around discussing how bored we were during the day (seeing as we’re both currently unemployed) and we decided to look around at what’s available in a brick and mortar shop. Mind you, I’ve always been an online yarn buyer, outside of the stuff you can pick up from Michaels for quick baby blanket projects. My snooty yarn lover life started with a couple of online yarn stores* and progressed from there. Some of the yarns available at the LYS were lovely, but the selection was fairly dismal. We had just missed the Sit & Knit, and I imagine those left were all regulars.

Noro Silk Garden 267 We both found our way over to the Noro. On the surface some Noro feels really rough to the touch. The different fibers used that make the yarn so lovely to look at is also what makes the yarn feel scratchy. I keep hearing all these great things about Noro but had never seen any up close and personal. I’ve been interested in making the Noro Striped Scarf with other yarn, but figured why not try tonmake the scarf with actual Noro. I picked up 4 balls of Noro, 2 each in two different colorways (Silk Garden 267 and 87). I went with the size 7 knitting needles like suggested on the yarn.

Noro Silk Garden 87

I looked up a video and some blog posts on how to start and what to do for the transition between the two different colored yarns. As well as how to do a 1×1 rib cast-on. almost at once I started to notice the lovely way the colors transitioned and how quickly it worked up. It was surprising how fast I was able to power through the scarf. On the second day of consistently working on only this scarf, I was casting on the second skeins of each color. I was also surprised to find that both colors worked up equally and finished at exactly the same moment. The balls looked liked one would end up having more leftover than the other, but that was not the case even up to the very end.

I did notice that I knit much more loosely with this 1×1 rib pattern but that the fabric it created was so lovely and thick. The scar,f after finishing off, was much softer on the skin than I thought it might be after man-handling the yarn strands. The color transition is amazing! I loved how the darks and lights of the one colorway (267, which appears to be a discontinued colorway**) were paired with the brights colors of the other colorway (87).

 

One of the other great things I enjoyed about this pattern was the brainlessness of it (and I don’t mean that in a bad way). While creating an amazing item, it is easy enough to knit up in public while continuing to have converations with people. I was even able to help a good friend work through the mistakes in her scarf. I finished off while sitting at Starbucks (Sbux for short) with some friends. I immediately threw the scarf around my neck and it was unbelievably warm. I think it has and will become my goto scarf for everyday wear. I’m stoked to get started on a similar scarf but done in Knitpick’s Chroma.

Noro Scarf Finished

* Particularly Woolgirl (back when she had a shop) and The Loppy Ewe. And after awhile Knitpicks for affordable and consistent availability in colors.
** This is actually a really lovely colorway because of the soft browns, medium browns and blacks. It would be a good secondary color for so many other colors in the Silk Garden line.

Edit: So I started pimping my Noro Striped Scarf not long after it was finished because we started getting some pretty horribly cold weather again. It was perfect and worked so well. I got a lot of compliments on it because of it’s awesome colors. I can’t wait to get a few more of these worked up for next winter. I also fixed the pictures that were broken for some strange reason.

Noro Scarf Worn


My Hand at Entrelac

I decided that I wanted to try something different with my the two balls of fingering weight Chroma from Knitpicks than what I’d done with the other colorways. I had made a scarf for my best friend, and a scarf for another good friend. But the scarf for me, I was drawing a blank. I didn’t want to copy one of the other two scaves, and I wanted something different. I tried a few different patterns but none of them looked right with the yarn. Because Chroma is similar to Noro in the way the colors change, I figured I’d chance trying my hand at entrelac.

The first time I had seen entrelac was a couple years ago when I first started reading crazyauntpurl. She had been working on her own scarf, if I remember correctly, though she was working with the real Noro stuff. Noro falls just a wee bit out of my price range right now, and Chroma is a lovely yarn.

The first time I started was earlier yesterday while sitting at Starbucks. I didn’t know what to expect, so it was truly an experiment. I knew that Since I wasn’t using bulky or even worsted I knew that the pattern I was using wasn’t going to work. It wasn’t wide enough. So I doubled the number of cast-on stitches as part of my experiment. Once I got through the original 24 cast-on stitches I knew that 48 was too many.

I made it all the way across the initial starting row of triangles, knitting back and forth, turning my work each time. By the time I finished that first row of triangles, before hitting the squares, I knew that I didn’t want to keep turning my work. I have this tendency to turn in the same direction every time I turn my work. Of course then I spend a little bit trying to spin my yarn to get the twist out of it.

This girl… hates twisted yarn.

So after my time in WoW (World of Warcraft for the non-gamers), I picked up my needles, frogged what little I had done, and started over again. This time learning how to purl backwards too. Because the fewer times I’ve got to go round and round the better off I’ll be. Part of this experiment will include knitting backwards too.

Hopefully this ends in success.


Love/hate Relationship with the Needles

Over the last few years I grew as a knitter. I loved challenging myself with different things, like a circular shawl (Girasole), or stoles (Anthemion shawl), and numerous sock patterns, particularly of the Wendy Johnson variety. What started off as a Boye aluminum straight needle obsession has quickly turned into a “make everything on circulars” obsession.

This is definitely true for knitting socks, since I’ve adjusted from using DPNs to the magic loop on long circs. In particular I again started off with Boye circs (though most of these didn’t come in a length greater than 29″ in the local stores), and also Susan Bates, which offered sizes smaller than US6. The problem became that there was simply not enough variety in lengths available in the stores. Thus my search went to online stores.

A test of patience meant that not only would I miss out on the new project love, but that I wouldn’t be able to see or touch anything I bought until after it arrive. I found myself on the Loopy Ewe website, purchasing some HiyaHiya needles first time round.

Now, for metal needles these were far superior to the aluminum ones I had grown accustomed to. They were light weight and flexible and worked really well. The only downside was the very rounded tips. I wanted to delve into lace, dammit, and I needed pointier tips!

So I went back to the Loopy Ewe website and picked up some Addi Turbos. I’m fairly certain I picked up some normal Addi’s instead of the lace. I wanted to see how they would fare with knitting some socks. I purchased some 47″ needles, because my experiment would not only include socks, but knitting 2 at a time, which required an extremely long circular. The socks turned out perfectly fine, and only a couple of snaffus, I never noticed the funny metallic smell coming from my hands.

It wasn’t until I picked up some Addi Turbo Lace circulars that I started to notice the difference in the way my hands were feeling as I was working. Not only were my hands smelling, but it seemed that the brass portions of the needles were getting coated in something sticky. I kept thinking it was just lotion, so I’d wash my hands and not use lotion at all*. Except that it still kept happening. I sighed, putting the project down rather than finishing it. I worried that the socks intended for my best friend were going to smell funny, in a weird metallic-y way. I thought maybe if I worked on something out, the weird chemical smell coming from my hands would suddenly disappear.

Except, a simple google search found that other people had similar problems with the brass and/or the coating on the Addi circulars. I’ve since picked up some KnitPicks Nickel Plated circulars. I have yet to use these, but they seem like they would be equivalent to the HiyaHiya needles only significantly less expensive. Especially compared to the Addi’s.

A part of me is afraid to transfer the sock in progress to new needles considering the nuances of needle manufacturers, and finding that my gauge is suddenly off by something noticeable. I just know that I can’t keep going on those Addi Turbo Lace needles. They’re causing me to gag when I knit.

Any ideas on how to remove the smell from the needles? Do I just keep going and they’ll get primed like bamboo does after you’ve used them for awhile? Does this sort of thing eventually go away?

* Which is kind of frustrating when I’m working with wool or wool-blend yarn. I find my hands drying out a lot.


Addictions

Some people are addicted to things like alcohol or cigarettes. I have an addiction with yarn. It’s not just your simple run of the mill addiction, though. Oh no, that might mean there’s an easy fix for the type of problem I suffer from. I have the version of yarn addiction that has me purchase yarn in ungodly quantities (of course with the intention of making something), and then having it sit in the closet. Unused. Untouched. Well, touched every time I wander in there to take a look at what I’ve got for whatever random project I’ve decided on next.

My issue goes even deeper than this. If I make myself socks out of some of this more luxurious yarn, then I feel bad. The socks go unused. It’s irrational, really, since I love knitting socks. But if I use the more expensive and softer yarns, then I will never wear the socks. So the plan is always to make gloves, or scarves, or 1-skein stoles/shawls out of the nicer yarn. Except I can never bring myself to start one of those projects. Oh no. Why on earth would I ever use the yarn I’ve got when there’s perfectly good yarn to be purchased!

While I was on my 2.5 month leave, I had planned to make all sorts of things for people. I wanted to finish a blanket I had started for my dad. I wanted to make socks for people, numerous people. I wanted to finish my sweater… the same sweater I’ve been working on for at least two winters. I had big plans to use all of that free time to get these things done… and I didn’t get much done at all. My sweater is still unfinished. I never picked up my dad’s unfinished blanket (though I did start a new one, but never finished it either). I started socks for my best friend, but didn’t finish them. I didn’t even suffer from one-sock-syndrome… I simply never finished the first one.

Chroma Ball

But I purchased more yarn. When I’m bored I browse Knitpicks and The Loopy Ewe fairly often. I can usually be really good and only be tempted by one or two go-to items that always catch my attention. However, on this day, while browsing Knitpicks, I stumbled across an advertisement for their new Chroma line. I immediately went and bought some.

I think it’s the subtle way in which the colors change. I love color changing yarn. I always have. But some patterns simply don’t look good with the sharp contrasts in color, and the abrupt lines. So some of my beautiful yarn that’s multi-colored will sit there until I find a use for it. I knew exactly what I was going to do with it, and the second my Knitpicks box arrived, I reached in and pulled one of the balls out and cast on.

I’m doing a simple scarf that has random panels of stockinette stitch in various heights with a 5 stitch wide border done in seed stitch. I’m hoping the recipient of the scarf loves it as much as I’ve grown to love it, because I’m going to have a very hard time parting with it.

I picked up two 100 gram balls in 3 different colorways to see how I’d like the way the different colors match up. They offer two solid colors so that you can work on doing cool stuff with multiple colors. Although I’m not yet ready to venture down that path just yet, I’ll stick with making pretty and soft scarves out of the yarn.

It’s a single ply, which is something new for me. I find that I occasionally try to knit into the ply missing the space to knit into entirely. But I don’t regret buying it at all. My only regret is getting fingering weight and not the worsted, because this scarf is taking forever. It’s a nice delicate and light scarf though, perfect for many different occasions (including no-freezing temps).

I can’t wait to gift this so I can share pictures of the final product.


Well, it’s functional

One of the biggest issues I have with sewing is what order I’m supposed to put things together. I have the hardest time understanding patterns, so make-shifting something together almost always means I’m going to fail. And fail miserably. And forget something.

Yesterday I wrote about wanting something even kinda sorta like the miPattern made by Slipped Stitch Studios on etsy. It looks like this:

miPattern Saver

So if I were not the super poor person that I am I would just buy one. I am all for supporting people on etsy. I have spent my fair share of money on patterns and stitch markers, and homemade marshmallows (omg these are so amazing!) I just don’t have $35 extra right now. So I set my sights on trying to fake one. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to figure out how to make the actual item, especially with little to no help.

I stopped at Joann’s on the way home yesterday to pick a couple of fat squares (they’re not technically square, but 18″ x 21″, but they’re called fats anyway). I also snagged a little bit of vinyl (which was the most expensive item I picked up). I managed to get out of Joann’s having spent just over $12. This did not include a snap/clasp, because I thought I’d use something else, but yeah, we’ll get to that.

Once I decided to start working on it, I ironed out the two sections of fabric and then set about trying to get my non-sewing brain to understand how exactly to make this. I have these weird divider things left over from something my step-mom gave me years ago. So I cut those up to be the “inserts”. From the pictures it doesn’t look like there is “cardboard” in there. It actually looks like of puffy (which would have been an amazing effect, honestly). Except I can’t for my life figure out how they did that. So I doubled up the fabric on the front and the middle section.

After I stupidly sewed all the parts together I realized I needed to have attached the clasp piece LONG before I put the pink and the black parts together. And so, mine’s like a book. No clasp. No pocket (I was sure as hell not going to try to figure that part out). No little tag/pen holder thing either.

cover of pretend miPattern saver

Look, after all was said and done, the fact that I could actually put 8.5″ x 11″ sheets of paper in there and fold it in half made me feel accomplished. The edging is atrocious and if it weren’t made for ONLY my use, I’d throw it in the trash. But, I have it made now. I am highly considering buying a real one next pay check. Just because it’s really that bad. Here are the iphone photos I took.

Here’s the outer part. It’s a damn shame that there wasn’t more of this fabric, because I really liked. it. Although, truthfully, it’s probably better for the world to not be bothered with my terrible sewing skills. No really. It is a tragedy that the fabric was made for this. Ah well.

middle of fake mipattern saver

As you can see from this photo that I can, in fact, fit real paper in there. It’s a little bit bigger so the pages aren’t snug. I don’t have issues getting them in there or back out again. The pages also don’t stick out off the edge (I just had them pulled out a little bit to show the plastic part). So all in all I’m kind of amazed that it actually works.

And so there we have it. My little sewing adventure worked this time. Next time it might actually end up being rather tragic.

** NOTE ** I did not write anything down, so please don’t ask what the measurements were for anything. I truly just set a piece of paper on the vinyl and made sure I had at least a half inch border all around. Then put the plastic on the fabric and cut. I’m not very smart when it comes to sewing, since I could have screwed this up BIG time and ended up with a bunch of wasted pieces of fabric. This particular experiment worked alright. I fully support you buying from Slipped Stitch Studios if you can.


Pattern Search

I am usually a master of finding things on the internet. I mean I generally can figure out what word combinations will yield me the results I’m looking for. Or at least I can keep trying, with quotes and adding – to a word to remove search terms, etc. Except this particular pattern search is turning into a bugger. I’ve asked my other web savvy friends to try to help me out, and they’ve also failed to find something close-ish. I don’t need an exact pattern. I can modify and change some. The one thing I’m absolutely terrible at doing when it comes to sewing is knowing what order to go in when putting the pieces together.

Slipped Stitch Studios over on Etsy sells the miPattern Pattern Saver. It’s lovely and amazing. And I want one. Except I’m poor. With all of the doctor visits, and prescriptions to fill, and therapy sessions a large portion of my disposable income keeps going towards these things instead of amazing things like the miPattern. I want one. Sure I could ask someone who loves me to buy it for me, but I’d like to try my hand at sewing one. It doesn’t have to be this exact one, but something similar.

I do currently have one of the metal magnetic pattern holder type things and it’s clumsy and awkward. It also means that because of the uncovered magnets that it came with I can’t keep it in my project bag with my nook or cell phone. At least realistically I shouldn’t keep them together if I value any of my information. Not to mention it has this separate piece that’s meant to sit on a table to prop it up, that doesn’t work if I’m working in bed. It’s very frustrating and annoying.

But the search has yielded no results. I don’t plan on stealing Slipped Stitch Studios idea and running with it to make money on my own, I just want one of my own. They make all sorts of other lovelies I’d love to spend my money on, but alas I am poor poor poor. Maybe I’ll break down and buy one. Or maybe I’ll just wing it.

If any of you guys have suggestions, I’d greatly appreciate it!


Lots of new projects!

Purple Moleskine VolantAnd lots of other things going on. When it comes to blogging I have this  tendency to have a clear idea in mind about what I’d like to talk about and then find myself on a million different tangents. So I’ve started carrying a purple Moleskine Volant in my purse specifically for jotting down possible  blog ideas.

And lots of other things going on. When it comes to blogging I have this  tendency to have a clear idea in mind about what I’d like to talk about and then find myself on a million different tangents. So I’ve started carrying a purple Moleskine Volant in my purse specifically for jotting down possible  blog ideas. I have always been a fan of Moleskine notebooks, but the traditional black ones, while great for paper quantity, made it impossible to just “jot stuff down.” Why?? Because it felt like a waste of a beautiful (and albeit expensive) journal. They were always seen, in my mind, as something where brilliance happened. So I picked up this one set of 2 books and we’ll see how it goes. I’m currently toting around the lavender colored ones. I even managed to pack some pens in my purse, just in case inspiration (of any kind) hits.

Including pattern ideas.

Back to blogging for a second. One of the problems I run into with the craft blog over my other blogs is that I have to take pictures of things I’m working on, or have finished, or what I’d like to make for it to be effective. I’m so terrible about that. I have a hard time writing about World of Warcraft related articles and I play WoW almost daily! I have a million ideas of things to write about, mostly about my own experiences, and so I might clog up my personal blog with some of my WoW-related nonsense when I don’t feel as though it’s really a generic WoW thing. I don’t know. I love playing WoW (most of the time) and I obsess over some things, where others might find it trivial and pointless. So I hate that I share the blog with a dear friend where I might want to complain about something or bitch and moan about another. But eh, WoW is an entirely different subject and beast.

I have issues writing. I have issues writing about craft stuff because I feel inferior and… well, let’s face it… pathetic in terms of creativity. I want to create amigurumi dolls. Of all kinds. I have a billion ideas that are constantly floating around in my brain dying to bet made, documented and turned into a semi-profitable pattern available for sale on etsy.com or otherwise. Yet, I don’t have the umph to push myself towards doing it.

Namaste Hip Holster - Peackock

I have become a bit of a Namaste snob, and picked up my 3rd bag. The bags never look quite as big in the photos as I expect, even when I bust out the ruler to check out in front of me roughly what it’s going to look like. I love all of them, but my tiny little hip holster bag I snagged the first day The Loopy Ewe had them up is by far my favorite. Especially for small outings and small projects.

I have almost no readers, but I’m hoping as time goes on that will change. When I find more time to design some patterns. Or actually finish items I’ve started… for once. And take pictures. And share progress on some items not meant to be gifts.

Stacey sent me a message over Ravelry a few weeks ago asking if I was interested in doing a knit swap. Where we both make an item for the other. I love this idea. Don’t get me wrong, I love making gifts for other people, but I have a really hard time finishing stuff for myself. So since so many knitters are like me (they want to make stuff for others, and that becomes the motivation to finish instead of shelving the project for starting another), I was excited. We exchanged a couple of emails, extended the parameters to crochet as well, nixed sweaters and shawls and decided that it should be about a skein of yarn. I gave her some of my favorite colors (or at least range of colors) and I think she’s got at least an idea of what yarn she’s going to use.

For me, I had an idea of what I wanted to make, but not a specific item. Just an idea. So yesterday while things were slow-ish at work, I took to Ravelry and went a-lookin’ for patterns. I stumbled across one that I absolutely fell in love with. Fell. in. love with! And then I browsed some of the other artists patterns and spend the better portion of an hour going “OH! I want to make that!” or “Oh! That’s so cute! I wonder who’d want that!” Needless to say, I picked up the pattern for Stacey’s swap item, and another pattern to work on for myself (or someone else, I haven’t decided yet).

The great thing is that I’m fairly certain I have a decent amount of stash yarn I can use for this project. After purchasing I’m stuck waiting for the illustrious email containing my PDFs.

Now comes the funny story. I was recently (yesterday to be exact) put on 2 new medications. One for my blood pressure and the other for anxiety/stress/panic attacks. Both of which I’m supposed to take before bed. So I took them about 10:30pm and headed to bed. My phone buzzed, and me, thinking it was a text message, noticed I had new emails. MY PATTERNS! My boyfriend could tell the meds had kicked in, but I was determined to get my butt up outta bed and go print those patterns out. When the first pattern printed, I took the handful of pages, ran back into the bedroom, and presented them to my boyfriend as though I had just won the most amazing prize in the world. He glanced at the pictures on my papers and said, “Oh. Nice.” But I was so damn excited I went back to grab the next batch. I came in exclaiming “Oh, Lookit this one! Isn’t it just so damn cute!” “Uh huh” was his response. I was so drugged it didn’t even matter to me that he had his normal, mostly-apathetic-to-my-yarn-follies reaction. I grabbed 2 sheet protectors (how I managed this I don’t know, at this point) and set them carefully on the top of my sewing table as a reminder to pick some yarn when I get home today.

Maybe less drugged, I will start on the first part of this project. I am truly excited.


Goodies!

I have been waiting for The Loopy Ewe to have the Namaste Oh, Snap! pouches available. They’ve been out of stock for quite some time, and I feverishly kept checking in hopes that they would magically appear in stock.

Instead I got an email notifying me that there was a special red Oh, Snap! pouch set would be available. Um, yes please! I’m not necessarily a huge fan of red, but these are lovely. I wanted to buy all sorts of other stuff but with the San Diego Comic Con coming up next week I figured it was better for me to be good with my spending, use my $25 credit (which only lends to the fact that I spend plenty of money with them anyway) to buy only the pouches.

Since this is a limited release, I’m glad I was able to get in on the fun and pick up a set. I always feel like carrying a separate bag is cumbersome and the small project bags I have take up a lot of space in my purse. They’re also not very good at keeping things like scissors, or a crochet hook (for picking up stitches), or a stitch holder. Those items always end up at the bottom of my purse or the project bag and I have to rummage.

The hope, of course, is that these will help me be a little bit better with organizing and make carrying a larger (or nearly finished) project around not nearly as cumbersome.

And they’re a lovely shade a red… not that my iphone took a very good photo.


WWKIP 2010

So it seems there’s a week coming up in which you pick one of the days and it’s Knit in Public day. There are plenty of them out there all over the place, but I’m unsure there are any near me. I don’t want to try to plan anything, but I figure next week will be a good way to knit in public every opportunity I get. I might even start on Saturday, who knows. I think this is a great way to get people to see each other and meet other knitters and crocheters. Yes, I realize it’s not Crochet in Public day, but since I’m truly a crocheter at heart, I’ll never exclude.

And as someone who’s taught many friends both, crochet is almost always easier to teach than knitting… but that’s only in my experience.

Onto other news. The Colusa County fair kicked off yesterday, but the fair entrant judging for the Arts and Crafts was something earlier in the week. I turned Mirella the Bunny and Girasole in last Friday.

Yesterday I was informed that Mirella the Bunny got 1st place. Mind you, she was the only doll entered into the fair, which makes it seem as though I’d be give the 1st place prize by default. From my fair contact person (a lady I work with) this is not the case. The judge this year had no qualms about giving out 3rd even if it was the only entrant in that category.

The bigger news is the Girasole I finished a little bit before Xmas won Best in Show!! This is BIG news for me. I would never expect a prize like that!! I’m so excited and can’t wait to enter all of my items into the Yuba-Sutter fair and see how I do.

Wow. Best in show. And to think, I only really started knitting a couple of years ago, with Girasole being my first circular knit item, and my first lace item. I have no pictures of Girasole, because I’m lame and not very smart. When I get everything back I will be sure to take some photos.


Mirella the Bunny

When I decided that I would make an amigurumi doll as a fair entrant, I browsed for colors and yarn on Knit Picks to see if I could find all of the colors I would want/need for the project. My experience with the human-like dolls were from Elizabeth D.‘s pattern and from her book as well as from Dawn Toussaint. I’ve made a total of four dolls down, with Mirella being the newest one.

When I looked at yarn colors I had Dawn’s sweaters and skirts in mind, but when I imagined what my doll would look like I had Elizabeth’s doll in mind. Except that I had things I knew I would want to do differently. So the basic pattern is similar in different ways to both of these amazing amigurumi pattern writers and creators, but in the ends, the majority of what I did for Mirella was off the top of my head.

I named the doll after a friend of mine from the days when I worked at Starbucks. She was one of the few people who was nice and kind no matter what. At the time she was very young, just out of high school. A baby compared to my nearly 30 self. Her innocence was endearing and her shock of what was actually out there in the world was cute. The idea in my head of the style and color of the dress was inspired by her, so who better to name the doll after. Not to mention she has one of the most unique names I’ve ever encountered.

Mirella the Rabbit 1 - With FlashThe flash on this photo is a bit harsh. I spent most of the day working on her, and when I got to this point I didn’t want to try to figure too much out with regard to lighting. That will come eventually. I also need to get one of those fancy doll-holder-thingies so that I can stand dolls up without leaning them up against walls. The intention was to make one of those fashionable (I think they’re ugly and would never wear one, but it’s what in fashion these days) half sweaters with short sleeves. Something you’d wear in the spring/summer because you don’t really want to be warm, but you want a little bit of covered. I was so tired by this point I gave up on making a sweater for her. Though I tried! A few times. *sigh*

Mirella the Bunny's Dress

I also had other ideas, but after making the dress my creativity was running on empty. And so, This is her.
Here is a shot of the dress. I under estimated the amount of fabric I would need to comfortably go around the doll, especially the bell. So I added the clasps afterward to keep her, uh, a little on the appropriate side. I need to spend some time in the near future learning the order in which you’re supposed to put things together, because I didn’t do the most amazing job putting this dress together. On the right side, it looks okay, but on the back… not so much.

So here it is. She went off to the fair for judging just like this. I can’t wait to find out how I did. This particular fair is next weekend, and I’m sure someone I work with will tell me how I placed.

Next on the needles are some rainbow arm warmers. It’s nearly summer, so truly I don’t need arm warmers, but I love the yarn so much I simply couldn’t wait to get started. I have forgotten how much I enjoy striping yarn and how easy socks and such are when you’re not doing a lace pattern. It goes so much faster to just go and go in knit stitches.