Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Wearables

I can cross a few things off my list.
I managed to finish the socks I was working on a couple weeks ago while watching hockey.  Knit using  Purl Soho's Perfect Fit Socks. I used the Anzula Cloud yarn they suggested but while the socks were easy and feel much softer than any socks I've knit before, I didn't particularly enjoy knitting them.  The yarn split. A lot. It was difficult to keep a good tension with it, as you can see below, and I never have tensions problems. I don't think I'd be inclined to use that yarn again.
And at long last, here are pictures of that sweater I finished what seems like forever ago.
I'll be completely honest, the pattern wasn't all the easy to follow in places so it had its completely tricky moments.  But I figured it out (or made something up - who can tell.)  If you'd like to try your own, it appeared in the Holiday 2011 issue of Vogue Knitting - it had Martha on the cover.
While I am not a person predisposed towards glitter, I used the exact yarn they did which has a metallic filament in it.  Berocco Flicker, it's called.  It had a braided ply so it knit beautifully (no splitting!).  
How it looks open - one of the not-so-good shots from before...
Despite the glitter, it satisfies my sensibility: feminine, but not girly.  And there is something so Gatsby about it...

I took a brief time-out from my works-in-progress spree to whip up an apron for Haiti by Hand. I've been meaning to do more goodwill sewing and the timing on this was perfect. Maureen McCracknell put up a tutorial for quick aprons and a link to the organization's info. The deadline is May 31st, if you'd like to add one to the bunch. Is it bad that I asked my mum to model an apron on Mother's Day?
The rest of my works-in-progress, Scrappy Afghan and my spiderweb quilt, are coming along, though now in the home-stretches Scrappy Afghan no longer wants to be that.  I'll tell you more about that later, but for now, we're well past the felting point.  The spiderweb is quilted and will get binding today...
Figured out a trick to make small pieces of tape stick to the quilt top - pins. :-)  Double-reinforced quilting barriers.
Further on the list of things I've been meaning to do, I have decided to enter the Blogger's Quilt Festival tomorrow so I'll be posting (again) about the Teacher Identity Project quilt.  If you're sick of it, feel free to skip tomorrow's post. :-) And because I'm feeling fun and crazy, on Monday, I'm going to be giving away some fabric for Sew, Mama, Sew's Giveaway Day.

Have a wonderful Thursday and long weekend (if it's a long weekend for you!)


  1. Woah. GIRL! And I thought I was knitting a sweater on a small gauge! Those socks are awesome! That is one domain I haven't entered yet.
    The sweater is gorgeous too. I've been knitting a long time and I can't imagine how you get it to curl at the edges like that! It's really flattering too, especially when you leave it open.

  2. Your socks and sweater are gorgeous! That sweater fits you to a T. Good job and am excited to see your spider web quilt

  3. I've always wanted to get that sock pattern. It looks like the perfect basic sock! The sweater is GORGEOUS - great work :)

  4. Love everything! I am almost done my socks, and I keep telling myself I am going to make a sweater! Had a great long weekend! Hope you did too!

  5. Thank you for trying out my tutorial and for sending me the link! It looks great!!

    :) Maureen


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