How to make Lettered Jerseys (pt 2)
Now that you have a bunch of small letters all over the place it’s time to start assembling them. If you have double sided interfacing on the top, patterned fabric you can just place the top letter where it’s supposed to go and iron it. Yay! Simple. However, I didn’t have a lot of that interfacing left so a lot of my letters don’t have interfacing. Instead I used...
I do not like mice
Day 17: Have you ever had a project that you love become ruined: What’s the story behind it? This has never happened to something I really cherished but I did lose a hat I made for my mom. I had already finished the scarf and was determined to complete the matching hat before this winter so I took the yarn to summer camp. I finished her hat and left it in a box with a lot of my other craft stuff...
Happy Birthday to me
Yesterday was my birthday and so I took the afternoon off from doing things I should’ve been doing (cleaning my room, exercising, writing essays, etc) and finished a creative project I’ve had in process for a while. I was originally inspired by something I saw on pintrest and wanted to try: an open back shirt connected with bows. I changed the connection point but I like the result and...
I'm an American
Do you knit English or Continental? Continental. Mostly because I taught myself and this was the kind I understood.
How to make Lettered Jerseys (pt 1)
The first thing to do when making any kind of applique is is to have a pattern. I model my letters off of the official jerseys I have from Kappa and the measurements I took from them. Those original letters occupy a 4 1/2 x 5 inch space. I grabbed some graph paper, a pencil, and a ruler and began drawing the letters out. Once I had the larger backing letter drawn, I minimized it by a 1/4...
Day 16: Have you ever had a knitting related injury? No, but I have had a cut on my thumb (kitchen related) that seriously impaired my knitting abilities for a few days. My sister has a fear of knitting in the car because she is terrified of getting skewered by a needle in the event of a wreck. She’s weird like that.
It just kept going around and around
Day 15: What was your least favorite pattern and why? I tried a circle scarf and it didn’t turn out too well. It was just a waste of my yarn and I’m not happy with it. I actually unraveled it just the other day. I’m going to try another circle scarf at some point and do something other than straight stockinette. I’ll probably use a chunkier yarn too.
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Day 14: What’s the worst yarn/fiber you’ve worked with and why? Red Heart color changing yarn. It’s itchy, stiff, doesn’t wash well, and the fading blues should’ve looked pretty but they faded too quickly to have a real pattern or effect once knit.
Day 13: Do you have a yarn you love but can’t find a project for? I have a really cool rainbow accent yarn that I would love to use and I’ve tried to. Unfortunately it has to be knit in with something else and it sheds the multicolored fibers. I really like it but I haven’t found something that works with it yet. Any ideas for me?
Lost and Found
I’m making headway on the leaves beanie but I lost my DPN a week ago so I’ve been using random things to carry stitches. For example, I am currently holding stitches on a hoop earring that someone found in the computer lab at my job. I realize this might be a low point but it’s getting done. All I really want is to locate that DPN though…
Hoarding for beginners
Day 12: Where do you keep your stash? Post pictures! I keep the majority of my yarn, books, and not in use needles in a giant plastic box, under my bed at school. I also store fabric for sewing projects in that box. At some point I may post pictures. I need to inventory it actually.
On this topic...
Day 11’s question is oddly relevant to something I’ve been thinking about lately. It asks if I have a “knitter hero” or someone that is just way too awesome for their own good to look up to. I don’t really have a knitting or crafting hero, mostly because I’ve always loved that crafting is about creation and simply by doing something you add a bit of yourself to it. I also think that when you are...
This is starting to get inTENse
Day 10: Do you have a favorite pattern or designer? Nope. I do a lot of my own patterning. It’s generally not too complicated and nothing special. When I do want a pattern I tend to alter it in some way. Having said that, I really like the current pattern I’m working on because it’s just so pretty!!!!
AKA crafting on a college budget
Day 9: What fiber or yarn do you love working with? I really like Lion Brand and Vanna’s Choice. However, as I have increased my knitting projects and need more colors I’ve turned to I love this Yarn in solids. It’s softer than Red Heart and you get a good deal of regular weight. I also knit a fair amount in Lion Brand’s Homespun collection.
Knit one, purl two
Day 8: What’s your most challenging project? A self designed and knit Fair Isle print. It ended up being rather large and bucket like (a hat) but it looked mostly the way I intended it. I’d never done that style before and it was a lot of trial by error. OR The self designed Clemson Tiger hat I made for my sister. It took a while (and three attempts) for me to get it the way I wanted. I...
Hat of leaves
I just switched out my projects on my size 6 needles. I really love the Packers but the koozie glove wasn’t holding my attention. I’m really interested in the color and the design of this hat so it just took priority for me. I enjoy picking patterns that challenge me to learn new things because it motivates me more than investigating new techniques on my own. Specifically I’ve...
It's hard to pick one
Day 7: Your least favorite? A blue scarf I made out of color changing Red Heart yarn. It curled weird, it’s not soft, and it’s tacky looking. I unraveled it a few weeks ago so I can use the yarn for something else.
Day 6: What is your favorite piece that you’ve knit? The hat I finished for Chelsea. It’s the most professional looking thing I’ve ever knit.