Monday, January 19, 2015

End of Warp Hat

A while ago I warped my loom with enough length for 2 scarves “and then some”. When I had the two scarves woven and cut from the loom the “and then some” sat for a month or more not really inspiring me, but not wanting to be cut free and tossed in the scraps bin either. I finally got around to just weaving off that remaining bit. Before constructing my hat I forgot to measure the finished length of the weaving, but it was definitely too short for a third scarf.

Here’s what I came up with:

Woven SAORI hat with knitted brim and crown.


I think it probably has elements in common with the “No-Sew” Saori hat, but I've never seen the directions for those so I’m not sure. I pulled the selvedge threads on both sides of the finished weaving, to gather it, and then I tied the fringes from both ends together and twisted them. From there I think my project differs from the No Sew Saori Hat.

I went along the front edge with a circular knitting needle picking up a stitch in each weft loop (but behind the outermost warp thread in case the weft pulled loose) and then I knitted a ribbed band.

Woven SAORI hat with knitted brim and crown.

My weaving wasn't wide enough to fully close at the top and I had a gap, so I also picked up stitches around the hole and decreased like you would for the top of a knitted beanie.

Woven SAORI hat with knitted brim and crown.

Of course because this hat was made from the end of a scarf warp I do have a scarf that matches it.

Woven SAORI hat with knitted brim and crown.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

First in 2015

My first finished project of 2015.

Not Christmas

Well, two of them anyway. I have 6 toppers cut out altogether, two in each of three colours. They are to replace the worn, faded, stained, tattered, old ones.

Out with the old, in with the new.

Out with the old, in with the new.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Leaf Top, Miniaturized

My Feeple M60 girl, Holly, doesn't exactly fit in with the rest of the crew. She's a giant in comparison!

Bigger!

But that's okay, I bought her because the larger size is so much easier to work with when miniaturizing "human" sized patterns. Just by using ultra thin needles and much finer yarn, 

Off With Her Head!

I was able to take a pattern for a ladies XS top and miniaturize it.

Leaf Top detail

A few days of obsessive knitting later my big girl has a new, lacy, bamboo top.

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She loves the way it looks with her favourite, well worn jeans, 

Leaf Top

but I think it will look nice in warmer weather when paired with feminine summer skirts and cute shorts as well.

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Other than a little added waist shaping and a few decreases in the arm bands I used the pattern unaltered.

Handknit Leaf Top

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A Few Knitted Things

The "One Button Cardi" shown yesterday can also be worn backwards as a "pop-top".

pants - Amber

The simple pull-on pants are my own design.

pants - Kemi

It can also be paired with the knitted dress. The dresses were knit using the "Pukifee Dress" pattern, but using fingering weight yarn and larger needles.

knit dress & cardi - Amber


knit dress & cardi Kemi

For chillier days the dolls each have a long sleeved sweater too.

pullover - Amber

I knit the sweaters using my "Laceweight Pukifee Sweater" pattern, but using fingering weight yarn and larger needles and using less increases in the body section. 

pullover - Kemi

Monday, December 29, 2014

Sewn Dress and Accessories

Bloomers - Amber

Bloomers and sundress were sewn using "My Own Little World" pattern, "The Little Dress".

And a hat.

Hats were crocheted using AntiqueLilac's free pattern.

dress and cari - Amber

Slippers are knit using my own pattern, which you can download free.

bloomers - Kemi

A second hat.


dress and cardi - Kemi

The little "One Button Cardi" was knit using my Pukifee pattern, but using fingering weight yarn and larger needles. 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

The BIG Project

In the weeks leading up to Christmas I was very busy with a secret project that I couldn't blog about. Now that Christmas is over and the gifts have been given I can show you what I was up to.

I did a lot of miniature knitting.

Blocking tiny knitwear.

A bit of crocheting.

knit dress - Amber

knit dress - Kemi

And some sewing.

Bloomers

The Little Dress

Starting the second set.

Second one complete.

So that the dolls we bought our granddaughters for Christmas would not have to go naked.

wardrobe - Amber

wardrobe - Kemi

The dolls are lacking wigs though (the wigs worn in the first few pictures are borrowed) so the girls used some Christmas gift money from their great grandpa to order the wigs of their choice.

FantasyDoll Kemi

FDoll Amber

More photos tomorrow of the wardrobe pieces being modelled by the dolls.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Christmas 2014

Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas.