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Shetland on the Potomac

I just finished a second Shetland Triangle Lace shawl.

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I wound the yarn as soon as my new ChiaoGoo swift arrived after my birthday in January (winding 400+ metres of laceweight without a swift: recipe for disaster), and cast on in mid-January. It’s been my go-to project since, but it took a little while to complete. I thought a weekeend in a car driving to and from New York would do it, but I managed to forget the edging chart at home(!) Now, at least, it’s done and blocked. I thought the second prettiest thing in the DC metro area deserved to be photographed with the absolutely prettiest thing around here right now: the cherry blossoms.

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Laceweight shawls are so wispy. The yarn is Manos del Uruguay Lace in a (with hindsight slightly too busy) variegated brown.

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The shawl is more brown than it appears in these pictures. More like this:

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I intended to keep this shawl myself, but we’ll see. As soon as my mother saw the yarn, she laid claim to the resulting project. The only question is: hasn’t she got enough shawls already?

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New York souvenirs and a dress unveil

We spent this weekend in New York. I had only one real wish for the trip, I wanted to visit Purl SoHo. However, our schedule was tight and the kids wanted to see all the sights, so I decided to wait until Sunday and see if we could find the time. On Saturday evening, we decided on a whim to go to SoHo for dinner, and by pure coincidence, our taxi stopped right across the street from Purl. So I popped in quickly while the rest of the family went restaurant-hunting. I didn’t have a lot of time, but I found some nice mementos of our weekend:
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While strolling around Central Park earlier in the day, I got some members of my family to shoot some pictures of a dress I finished about a month ago. I copied the pattern off of my favourite boat-neck t-shirts from Zara, and sewed it up in a rich, deep red double-knit wool that was bought during the Exquisite Fabrics moving sale.

Here’s the shot I took when I finished it – I trust you see why I had to do a supplemental photo shoot:
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This one was taken by the four-year-old – easily the best shot:
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I’m very, very happy with this dress. In fact, I think I have enough fabric left over to make an exact copy, and I may just do that. Love it!

Coffee date dress

I recently tried my hand at the lovely Coffee Date Dress pattern (free download on the Burda website). I used a duvet cover I bought on sale recently, as I intended it as a muslin. In the end, however, I decided to line it and install a zipper after all. It was a good learning experience, and I’ve worn the dress a couple of times. There are, however, a couple of adjustments I need to make if I ever make this dress again.

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Based on the measurements on the pattern, I cut the pattern and the fabric to a size 40 in the shoulder and bust, but a size 42 waist and hip. That, however, turned out to be ridiculously loose in the waist. So next time, I’ll go down to a 40 throughout.

I also should have adjusted for my long torso (a lesson I should have learnt already). So next time, I will drop the top points of the bust darts and the waist line (bottom of the bodice) by two centimetres.

It does work, however, especially if I wear it with the elastic belt I made to go with it after discovering the waist fit issues:

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Quickie

I have so much bloggable material right now, but its blogging has been postponed for lack of proper blogging time. When my sister started SMSing me, asking when I would blog my new dress, I knew it was time to lower my ambitions and just blog the damn things, already.

These t-shirts, bought for 173 kroner at Dressmann(!), and some ribbed cotton from the Stoff & Stil discount pile

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…inspired by this tutorial became this:

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(not pregnant, just unfit with bad posture).

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After the Acer Cardigan, I needed a quick and simple knit. I took some leftover silk and the Lacy Baktus pattern, and three days later, I had this:

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I sewed up a small yoyo pin to go with it:

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…using a leftover piece of Kaffe Fassett Roman Glass fabric from this – made using this tutorial:

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And I also made this little thing for my  sewing:

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Amateur hour

Two things I did this weekend that are making it very hard to knit:

  1. Idly moved my finger about while using my rotary cutter and managed to cut a deep gash in my left index finger – my yarn control finger.
  2. For some reason decided to try waxing my legs and got sticky wax all over my hands, which is impervious to all the soaps and nail polish removers in my bathroom cabinets.

Sending lots of love and a little, blue hat

So, recently I learnt that an old friend that I don’t have enough contact with, had recently had a second child. I figured that I’d send some love in the form of a handknit baby hat, at least.

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Pattern: Djevellue/Sweet baby cap from Gro

Yarn: Sandnes Garn Sisu Fantasy. I did worry a little that it would be too scratchy for a baby’s head, but after washing it seemed fine.

Needles: 2.5 mm Addis, magic loop-style.

Mods/notes: I changed nothing about this pattern, it is really wonderful and the cap seems to fit on the head much longer than other baby caps do. I did something different this time, I sewed in a piece of cotton ribbon with washing instructions on. I think I’ll do that every time I gift something from now on.

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Please excuse the crappy image quality, it was taken with my webcam as my camera is not with me at the moment. This is the Shetland triangle at ten and a half repeats of the main pattern, using (so far) 86 grams of Dale Baby Ull. When I’m done with this repeat I might take it off the needles to dry block and see how far I’ve come, but maybe I should wait until I’ve finished this ball. I have another ball as well. The shawl should be big enough to reach down to the elbows (per my mother’s instructions), and I don’t really think I’m there yet. It’s a fun, easy project to knit, and even my knitting friends are a little confused when they see it, by the odd dimples in the fabric. It’ll be fun to see it transformed during blocking.


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