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FO: Cosette Wrap

Let see how long I can keep this blogging thing-y going. I have a few weeks left before I have to bring home the bacon. Till then, I plan to squeeze in as many crafty projects as possible in the midst of caring for the bub and crazy pumping schedule, did I mention that I pump exclusively coz baby boy just won’t latch on?

Anyway, I finished this wrap (my first ever, yay) a few weeks before he arrived.

cosette wrap

Pattern: Cosette wrap by Alana Dakos

Yarn: Sanguine Gryphon Free Range, sadly this yarn is discontinued and I forget the colorway, let’s just call it honey, shall we?

Manos del Uruguay Rittenhouse for the picot edge

Needle: size 9

I am not a wrap person and often time can’t find a proper moment to wear it being in California and such. I mostly spend my time at the comfort of my suburb in San Jose, which is hardly freezing cold and this winter is especially warm. So, the jury is still out whether It’ll get a decent flying time or it is just a one hit wonder and I shouldn’t be spending my precious dollar and time in wrap/shawl project. Having said that, it does help perks up my otherwise plain jane wardrobe

The pattern is very simple and shaped by short row. The only thing is to make sure to track the short rows with a bunch of stitch markers. The short row compensates for the tedious stockinette stitch throughout. I love that it is finished with a picot edge, totally elegant.

The Sanguine Gryphon yarn has a lovely color but a bit itchy, not as buttery as merino wool that I am now accustomed to. I like that it pops out when I wear it with a plain old black or white t-shirt.

You see that bump right there in the picture, I finally come to terms with the fact that it’ll take time for it to go back to its former glory. I was distraught when I ran into a co-worker who thought that the bun was still in the oven three weeks after I gave birth. I am still breast-pumping, so dieting is not an option. I try to exercise regularly to burn it off as much as I can, mostly doing zumba and cardio kickboxing, i do see my weight goes down by the week. This bump is another reason why I hesitate on sewing projects at the moment. I now fit right back into my pre-pregnancy low rider jeans but have a few more pounds to shed before I can fit into my dresses and skirts.

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FO: Rufus Textured Cardigan

I just finished Rufus Textured Cardi for my baby boy.

Pattern: Rufus Textured Cardigan from Vintage Baby Knits by Kristen Rengren

Yarn: Berroco Vintage DK  in Chana Dal bought at Bobbins Nest Studio, less than 2 hanks. 50% acrylic, 40% wool and 10% nylon

Needle: US size 5 and 6

Size: 12 months

I knitted most of it while traveling in France, so it is certainly very memorable. The pattern is well-written (or should I say well-adapted from the old vintage pattern) and consists of five pieces (back, front left, front right and two sleeves). I would rather knit in one piece though.  The stitch pattern is easy to memorize and definitely makes the cardigan looks very stylish, my baby boy will look hip in an old man kind of way 🙂

The yarn is squishy and soft, I don’t normally knit with acrylic or acrylic blend but I am trying to be practical since I need to throw it into a machine when my baby soils it. The color is so yummy, jewel tone and perfect for next fall when he’s about 9 – 12 months old.

The cardigan is not completely finished, i still need to put on buttons.

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Baby Sweater Galore

Well, looks like the blog posts will be baby overload for the next few months, excuse moi if that’s not why you are here. I plan to knit a few more baby sweaters and these are the likely candidates

Henry’s Sweater Free on Ravely

Eyelet Yoke Cardigan also free on Ravelry

Baby Jacket Turtles, not free though

Cute Sailor Sweater from this pattern with mod, free on Ravelry

Sheepish by the talented Alana Dankos

Liam pullover

Sheep yoke cardigan free on Ravelry, I guess I do like sheep embellished sweaters

Fair Isle Cardigan by Debbie Bliss

 

 

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Anybody home?

OMG, it is been a while since I pay a visit to my blog? Life really gets in the way. I have a lot to share and show but I simply don’t have the time and energy because Mr. Su and I are expecting a baby in January. That’s right, I am finally pregnant (we’ve been trying for almost a year now). As of today, I am about 17 weeks along and I feel great. My apology to those moms out there who have terrible morning sickness because I have none of that, thank God. I don’t feel particularly more fatigue than usual either. My only concern is I have not gained much weight, I hope that will change soon.

With that news, I really have not sewn or knit anything for myself. The focus has shifted to making stuffs for the baby. First up are these tiny cardigan and beanie. I don’t know whether I am having a boy or a girl but I am just practical and would like to use up my stash. Hence, these blue cardi and beanie.

Pattern: Jacket with Moss Stitch Bands from Debbie Bliss’ Baby Knit for Beginners

Simple Beanie from Erika Knights’ Natural Knit Nursery

Size: smallest for newborn

Yarn: 2 Ball of Cotton Sesia. This is a special yarn coz I bought it on our last trip to Rome two years ago

Knitting for baby is very quick, even before I have chance to become bored I am already done knitting it. It came out so tiny but the dimensions match what describe in the pattern. Some friends told me to knit 3 – 6 months as some babies just grow so much the first few months. I might do that with the next sweater.

Another stash buster project that I did is a baby rattle. If my baby is a boy, please forgive your mama for giving you a pink rattle

Pattern: Rabbit Rattle from the Natural Nursery Knits

 

Yarn: Less than half a ball of Rowan Purelife Organic Cotton DK

I was a bit apprehensive about knitting toys, my last venture did not come out cute. This rattle is ok, it could be better but hey, stash buster is always good right? I don’t quite like how the face turns out, hope the baby likes it though

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FO: Emelie Cardigan

I love summer because the day is longer and I can snap photos of my FO after work. I wore this to work today and got so many compliments from my co-workers. And…this is the first time I am able to pair my sewing FO (Chantilly) and knitting FO.

Pattern: Emelie by Elin Berglund

Yarn: A little over 2 hanks of Colinette Jitterbug in Vatican Pie (notoriously hard to photograph)

Needle: Size 5 and 4

Size: 34

I really love how this sweater turns out, the length and the fit are awesome. The color is also very versatile and I can pair it with so many dresses in my wardrobe (black, white, blue you name it). I don’t make any modifications but I skip the fake seam (being lazy). The pattern is knit in one piece bottom-up. Though simple, I still prefer to knit top down coz I love trying it out as I go. I am not too crazy about the yarn though. So many people are raving about it and the pattern does call for jitterbug but it’s a bit rough on my skin. I guess this slight ruggedness gives it a good structure. My gauge is a bit off, which is why I am knitting size 34 to compensate for it.

Boy oh boy, it took me almost three months to knit this baby up. This is probably going to be my last long sleeves sweater until August, I need to concentrate on summer projects.

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FO: Beatnik

Here is my Beatnik.

I am in love with Audrey Hepburn’s style and was happy to achieve this Audrey-esque look (top, capri plus flats) through my newly purchased pants from Banana Republic

Pattern: Beatnik by Norah Gaughan (free on Knitty)

Needle: size 8 and size 7

Size: smallest

Yarn: 8 skeins Berroco Inca Gold, which I recycled from the Diminishing Rib Cardigan project. I hardly wear this cardigan (too room-y and I don’t like that it doesn’t have a closure). This yarn is a joy to knit and wear. It feels so buttery and totally comfortable

Modifications: I knit the front and back in round instead of in pieces. Converting pattern to knit in round is not as hard as I thought. Just cast on for both front and back and join to knit in round. Because I run out of yarn, I knit the sleeve length 1″ shorter (from hem to underarm). I also don’t knit the collar in full (4″ and fold), I just knit 1.5″ which is why my version looks a little crew neck-y. No matter, I am happy with the result and glad that I don’t have to spend another $11 for another skein of yarn

I really love this pullover design, it has enough cable but it’s not overwhelming. I love its modern interpretation of aran sweater. It fits well and looks flattering on almost every knitter who knits it. It is overwhelming to keep track of the chart. I follow tips from the Sweatshop of Love to color code each chart set, it works like a charm. After a while, I get a hang of all patterns in the chart. The sleeves are a little tight but I love the moss stitch details. I plan to knit two sleeves at once, but I forget about it by the time I get to the sleeves. Oh well…

All in all, I love this sweater a lot. Too bad that winter is almost over. It is time to wind down my knitting and put more time into sewing

And one last picture

 

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After a long sewing hiatus, I happily returned to it this past week. It was quite pathetic not to spend my weekend outdoor when the weather was so so gorgeous, blue sky, balmy weather and all. Luckily, Mr. Su dragged me out for a quick hike at the Rancho San Antonio on saturday morning. I was pumped up to return to Lady Grey after seeing this version by Mo

She looks about my size, albeit taller and the coat is so lovely on her. the right proportion all around, no? That mustard yellow is just so adorable.

So anyway, here is my Lady Grey on sunday afternoon

Every step went quite smoothly. I love padstitching, it was so relaxing and I got better as a I go along. A neat seamstress I am not, I kept telling myself to slow down and not to rush. The scariest step was setting in sleeves but even that went so smoothly thanks to Gertie’s tutorial. I absolutely detest sewing two rows loosely and gather the sleeve cap to ease it, her method of using a bias interface is totally easy and mess-free. After I set in sleeves, the pieces started to look a lot like coat as shown in the photo above.

After taking that picture, I continued with tailoring the collar and assembling lining. If I sew as diligently as I was this coming week, I should have a coat to wear by the end of the week, hooray…

I am also quite productive with my knitting. Beatnik is moving along as planned, I now have about 5″ from cast on. The cable pattern is so fun, not a single boring moment.

Not too crazy about the color though. The camel looks quite dirty and so not radiant. I am thinking about dyeing it to purple once i am done. But what if dyeing shrinks this sweater too much? gasp and fingers crossed.

Phew, that’s a lot of crafting at the expense of a neglected husband, two loads of dirty laundry and a house that look a lot like a capsized boat. Let me close by sharing a few things that caught my eyes recently

– Sarai from Colette Pattern is hosting a Spring Challenge, a 10-week challenge for creating a mini wardrobe based on your favorite spring color. I am tempted to join but oh what a commitment because let’s not kid around here, Lady Grey is still a WIP after 3 months.

– Jessica has an awesome tutorial on creating storyboards, a perfect tool to help plan the Spring Challenge

– Make a pretty bow belt with this tutorial

– Simple pot-holder tutorial from Whip Up

– Replacing coat lining tutorial from Lindsay Sews

– Knitting two-sleeves at once tutorial from the Sweatshop of love

– Awesome re-purposing on Pomatomus sock design into a shrug

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