Hi! Welcome to My Creative Obsessions. As this is my first blog post, it seems to be a long one to cover many of the projects I’m working on – not a small number. I like to keep busy with different projects. That way, I’m never bored!
This week I finally finished my Lush cardigan by TinCanKnits. It was a lovely knit and I used my own dyed Paragon yarn from KnitPicks. This yarn is made up of 50% merino, 25% baby alpaca and 25% mulberry silk. That gives it such a rich soft texture. It is a sport weight and the pattern called for DK. I did get gauge as it is a reasonable thickness but I learned that knitting in the round on magic loop actually makes my tension much tighter. I used magic loop on the sleeves and ensured a tight tension at each end to avoid a ladder. That’s a lesson learnt for future projects, and a particular current one too. I’ll have to get onto sewing those ends in – it’s not my favourite part of knitting! And some buttons…
Another finished project is a Petal Peplum Toddler Bolero in size 3. I need to find the right button. This is my second bolero, having finished a 6 month size previously for my granddaughter due in October. The size 3 is for my great niece and today I’ve cast on a size 5 for her sister. They are such a quick and easy knit, and a style that would be highly attractive to toddlers. I’m using some Debbie Bliss Donegal Tweed Aran (90% wool, 10% angora) for these two. The colour is a lovely heathered pink. The three are all in this photo, one in the very early stages.
Even though I have many projects on the go, I managed 2 new cast ons! I was unwell after having some nasty dental work done on Thursday so I thought a cast on would be helpful. I have had Like a Cloud by Joji Locatelli in my queue waiting patiently. Though the cast on did help momentarily, it really wasn’t as good as the Nurofen tablets at making me feel better. I’m using KnitPicks Gloss Lace in the Bordeau colour (70% merino, 30% silk – lace weight) held with Debbie Bliss Angel (76% mohair, 24% silk) in the same colour. It seems that Debbie Bliss doesn’t have colour names, just numbers.
So I know that one finished item doesn’t mean 2 cast ons necessarily but, in this case, it did. I have been looking for a perfect pattern for a blanket for when my granddaughter arrives and found the Twinkle Twinkle Baby Blanket by Helen Stewart (Curious Handmade). This calls for 7 balls of yarn and I only have 5 but I did manage to locate another 3 balls today. For this project, the yarn is the Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino (50% wool, 32% acrylic, 12% cashmere – sport weight). You may think I have a Debbie Bliss obsession but, of all the projects currently on my needles and waiting in the wings, I think they are the only ones. The pattern has a lovely star stitch covering the main section and an easy lace border. I think I’ll add a picot bind-off to make it a little bit girly.
A project that I’ve been working on for some time is my Wa Shawl by Linda Marveng. This has been quite a mammoth task with all the cables but it has been enjoyable. I jumped on the bandwagon and ordered the yarn used by the designer – Tinde Pelsullgarn in the petrol colourway. It’s DK and 100% wool from Norway. It’s a sticky yarn that I think will bloom a bit when washed but I will find that out when I’m finished. I’m not sure yet whether I will add the back section of the shawl as I’m short. I think that would suit a much taller person but I’ll make that call when I finish the next 3 repeats of the main cable pattern.
Another project that has had my attention this week is my Kettle Valley Poncho by Marsha Ibuki. For this one, I’m using lots of leftover fingering weight yarn. It’s a bigger project than I first thought as a good section of this is knitting 576 stitches which is quite a slog. I’m hoping to enter this as an FO (finished object) in the Yarnhoarder Podcast‘s The Unsung Heroes KAL (Amber Lindemann). This KAL finishes on 1st September so that will be touch and go. And anyway, I’d like to wear it. Maybe not so many cast-ons?
I have plenty more projects which are sitting patiently waiting for me to get back to them but that should be sufficient for now. 🙂
My sewing mojo seems to have returned in the last few months. I made a cute dinosaur dress for my granddaughter. It’s a cotton summer dress in a newborn size, as she’ll be born in October, heading into our warmer months. This was a Butterick B5624 pattern.
I recently cut out the Style Arc Claudia Stretch Woven Pant pattern in a stretch denim from Spotlight. The fabric was only $5.50 a metre so I thought that would be a good wearable muslin cost. I also bought some more expensive plaid fabric and, if this pattern works well, I’ll be able to make the pattern again. I’ve put the pants together up to the zipper and I’m hesitating at this point. I’ve done zippers but have not been entirely happy with them so I intend to YouTube how to insert zippers to see if I can hone my skills in that respect. Then I only need to add the band and do the hem. They are actually a quick sew.
In my zipper procrastination mode, I stumbled across a great pattern for some fabric that I got in Singapore when I was there in April. I loved the fabric but was not sure about what I would do with it as it is a very Singaporean style and a little on the bright side. Today I cut out the Peppermint Magazine Ruffle Sleeve top. This is a free pattern and an easy sew. It’s a simple pull on top with a three-quarter ruffle sleeve. It is a bit baggy around the waist so I think I may need to add under-bust darts so that it doesn’t give me that maternity look. I’ll see how it looks and will add them at the end, if I need them. I do need to be careful that I’m still able to pull it on but a small dart will make all the difference. I did that with a dress earlier this year and it really worked. The fabric has a fabulous gold border that I’ve placed at the bottom of the front and back and also the sleeve ruffle.
I must say, putting the patterns together, pinning and cutting the fabric may actually take more time than sewing. To this point, I’ve printed the patterns on A4 and sticky-taped them together. This is definitely not an exact replication as the joins tend to vary a little so I may consider having them printed on an A1 in future.
I’m in the middle of packing for our group’s annual retreat starting next Sunday. I’m really excited to have this break from my day job and get with my girlfriends for a week of crafting, catching up and chatting and some well deserved R&R. There will be 16 of us staying for 5 nights – Sunday to Friday, with a couple of others popping in for a day here and there. We’re staying at a Seminary at Gerroa on the south coast of NSW. It’s a fantastic place for a group like ours – there are 8 bedrooms each with 2 single beds, a very large dining room which becomes our “sweat shop” – tables with up to 4 sewing machines on each, a huge kitchen with two large ovens, several showers and toilets and a wonderful lounge room filled with comfortable lounges and overlooking the beach, ocean and creek heading upstream. I’ll have some photos for the next blog.
Bye for now! Hope to see you next time…