Carol Feller’s 150th knitting pattern, Dark Pearl, is a very quick knit. I have never knit the body of a cardigan in two weeks! The yarn is Sea Pearl by Briar Rose Fibers and is wool and tencel. I am loving this yarn and pattern together. The tencel makes the yarn shimmer. It is hard to tell in the photographs, but it is a silvery gray color with shots of light blue and brown. The next clue will either be the sleeves or the lace panel. I think I can finish either one in two weeks. Happy knitting!
I wish that there was a Ravelry equivalent for sewing. I would like to have a visual cue for my sewing patterns, other than a Pinterest page. I have been trying to organized my sewing wish list so that I am creating a usable wardrobe of things that I will wear and not just have fun making. So, here are my next few sewing projects in a visual format. I am currently working on the Pavot Jacket by Deer and Doe in a gray lace. My version will be short.
Next up, already cut is Maria Denmark’s Day to Night Drape Top in a black and blue Slinky fabric from Gorgeous Fabrics. I have made this top two other times and wear them a lot under cardigans or just by themselves.
Then, my son needs some new pajama shorts as he is growing so quickly! I have a Simplicity pattern for these, they are pretty simple.
My most challenging summer project will be the Thurlow Trousers from Sewaholic. I have made a pair of shorts from this pattern to test it, but I need to lengthen the crotch seam before I cut the pants fabric, also from Gorgeous Fabrics.
I have also already cut out Simplicity 1607, a Cynthia Rowley pattern. I am making the scoopneck version in a lightweight rayon fabric.
Lastly, I made an unblogged pair of Sara Leggings by Named but the metal zipper broke and I never fixed it because the fabric was a wool blend and was not really appropriate for the pattern. I am going to make them again with regular zippers in a stretch twill fabric. I don’t have the fabric yet, but I do have the pattern tested and ready to go.
This should keep me busy until the fall, when I plan on sewing some casual/ fitness pieces. I have fallen in love with Papercut patterns and the Pneuma Tank and the Anima Pant are both on my wishlist!
Something unprecedented has happened. I have no sock yarn left to knit! Since picking up needles in November of 2012, I have pretty much had a sock on the go at all times. I did start some worsted weight Lego Man Mitts for my son, but once those are done, I am going to have to buy some sock yarn. Hardship, I know. I had been hanging on to this skein of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight in the colorway Firebird since November 2013, but it finally turned into a nice pair of Jaywalker Socks by Grumperina. Not that I have any real highways around here on which to jaywalk, but they are still awfully cheerful socks. Happy knitting.
Well, my computer has been in the shop for a few days, which gave me time to photograph the clouds dress. Since made it has been worn twice already and will continue to be an easy summer favorite. The fabric, from Girl Charlee, is a cotton-spandex blend and is SUPER soft. I think if I make it again I will lower the waist a few inches and try it without the drape in front. There are also several other versions in the pattern (Simplicity 1804) so I could have a new dress every summer for several years with this pattern. Win! Happy sewing.
Carol Feller’s Dark Pearl Knit Along is based on four clues. The first clue was the yoke of the cardigan. The second clue will be released in the next few days. I don’t think I will be able to keep up with the pace of the clues as they are released because I am knitting other things, too. But, it will be a beautiful cardigan when it is complete.
My cloud dress is finished, but ironically it has been raining here too much to photograph. My next sewing project is a short version of Deer and Doe’s Pavot Jacket. I found this grey, stretchy lace fabric at a big box fabric store and decided to try a lace jacket. I am using French seams for neatness, but am not sure how the collar piece will work look. It may be a collarless jacket when all is said and done. Happy sewing.
Louise, the lovely host of the Caithness Craft Collective podcast, is hosting a knit along of any pattern in 100 grams of any fingering weight yarn. This beautiful Cascade handpaints yarn was in my swap package from Cibola. The yarn was a perfect match for the pattern. I can assure you that it holds up to frogging and reknitting, as this pattern and I did not get along. I kept having trouble with the lace portion, despite using stitch markers, and having lots of lace knitting experience. I prefer to read a chart when knitting lace, but the chart in the pattern was too small to see, so I used the written directions instead. That may have been where I went wrong, but it is finished now and will look good with my winter clothes. By then I will have forgotten my troubles with the pattern and will just enjoy wearing my cozy shawl.
So, I have discovered that the magic words when looking for high quality knits are “designer overstock”. I accidentally got some of this magic fabric when I was making my (still unfinished) anniversary dress. I started using these words as my search term on the Girl Charlee website, and this beautiful sky print found its way into my shopping cart. It screamed easy, summer dress to me. Enter Simplicity 1804. I went ahead and cut the back one size smaller than the front, as I needed to do this on my last Simplicity pattern for a better fit. Muslin, we don’t need no stinking muslin. I know, famous last words, but this is just a hangin’ out by the pool type of dress. A little extra ease will be okay this time. Happy sewing.
I know better than to troll Raverly when I already have enough projects on the needles to get me through 2015, but I can’t seem to help myself. That is how I became involved in the Dark Pearl KAL to celebrate Carol Feller’s 150th knitting pattern. She has partnered with Briar Rose Fibers to create a beautiful sweater using their Sea Pearl yarn (merino and tencel). I was so taken with the sample in the pattern photos, that I ordered some Sea Pearl for myself. I emailed to ask if they could dye me some ‘stormy sea’ Sea Pearl and the answer was yes! I felt like a celebrity having yarn dyed at my whim. To keep the stormy sea theme going, I found these fantastic buttons from Confanetto on Etsy. This is going to be a show stopping sweater, folks. The Dark Pearl pattern is being released a bit at time, with prizes along the way for those who finish each part as it is released. There is still time to get your Dark Pearl fix is you so desire, or just stay tuned to see how mine turns out. Can I keep up with the KAL, or will I join 5 others before the summer is over? Happy knitting.