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November 3, 2008

I have been away for a 10 day vacation in Yosemite. Dreamy place. See some of Marius’ photos here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mariusp/sets/72157608485901000/

A long trip from Florida, by plane and driving, so I had time to crochet a warm wool beanie for Marius and start one for myself.
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool: http://www.yarndex.com/yarn.cfm?yarn_id=1731, 1 sheen of light gray, gray and orange but I still have a lot of yarn leftover.
Hook: 4.25mm
Pattern: from garn studio…
Next time I’ll use two yarns together so it will be even warmer.
I still have to go through my photos and select a few of the park, but these are the beanies.
Crochet Beanie

Shhh! He didn’t want his picture published…but I love it, so here he is waering a matching beanie 🙂

Crochet Beanie

The 360 view from 8,122 ft (2,476 m) at Sentinel Dome was breathtaking!!!

Reading BurdaStyle’s blog posts I have stumbled upon this little video about patterns and sewing: http://www.archive.org/details/Patternf1948. Here’s more: http://www.burdastyle.com/blog/show/693

I know I haven’t sewn much lately and I do miss it, but I have crochet a lot in the meanwhile.
I have finished a blue top with shell buttons over a knit bodice and weaved ribbons on crochet cups.
I’ve made two black crochet cups that I’d like to finish with leftover fabric from the Malissa dress.
I have two white crochet cups either for a top or bathing suit…
Some weird crochet jewelry, chokers and earrings.
Many little free forms that I’m trying to connect together and finish with sewn fabric, some flowers and leaves in silver and ivory for a top. I hope I’ll have enough fabric leftovers to finish it. Another holidays project will be out of crochet snowflakes and an iridescent red taffeta. I have also crochet two bibs for tops, for leftovers of the angels silk and a white embroidered cotton. I’m curious to see the outcome, as I’m creating these with no pattern. pictures pending.

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Silk Slip

September 9, 2008

Silk Slip, originally uploaded by fmirela.

Remember…https://mirelap.wordpress.com/2008/04/04/silk-slip-knitting-lingerie-style/?

It is the silk slip from Knitting Lingerie Style! I finished it a long time ago and finally got the pictures too. actually made two since.

Silk Slip

It’s a great way to use your last shin of leftover yarn! The cleavage is kind of revealing and I didn’t follow through all the instructions in the pattern, really had to make the cups larger (maybe because of the yarn), also one should be careful with the lace placement, those holes in the knit might end up where you don’t want them. So instead of knitting 4 repeats of the lace pattern, I’ve only made 3 but after knitting some more simple lines. I also used a how to from BurdaStyle for sewing the darts: http://www.burdastyle.com/howtos/show/867
I’ve made a narrow rolled hem at the bottom and it has hooks and eyes in the back slit for closure.

Knit

September 6, 2008
Earrings and Bracelet, originally uploaded by fmirela.

Bored while watching TV? uuuh…doesn’t that sound lame and awful, bored and TV in the same sentence…Well I do wish I wasn’t 3 nights in a row…I guess I still got a good thing out of it, I like to be productive while killing time, so I knitted these silver wire bracelets with freshwater pearls and wooden beads. They are tied with silk and organza ribbons so they are adjustable. I’ve found the pearls at a local bead shop, in downtown Hollywood (FL).
Green

Natural

They are presents for dear friends of mine. I really wish I could have made one more for my best friend from childhood, even got some blue pearls for it but I run out of wire. I promise I will soon!
I am thinking of making these for my Etsy shop I’ve been ignoring for so long now, I really enjoy wearing them and I always got such nice compliments for these. They are quite easy to make, it is really just 10 stitches in simple stockinette stitch, the beads are pre-threaded. The hard part is to keep the wire from rolling and bending, casting on has to be done rather loose and your finger will hurt the next day…I got used to it after the third 🙂

P.S. Here is the first one I’ve made a while back.

Bored on the plane?

August 1, 2008

Crochet Beanie, originally uploaded by fmirela.

Yarn: Cotton Ease
Pattern: based on Garn Studio http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=104&d_id=25&lang=us
Needles: 3.5mm Crochet Hook

From this little corner of the world, surrounded by swamp and the ocean, one needs to get on a plane for a change of scenery. A 5 hour flight from Fort Lauderdale took us to Salt Lake City and another 5 hours drive away we were in the Grand Tetons and on our way to Yellowstone. Add those hours together and one gets a lot of crochet or knitting time!

Yes I was able to take the crochet hooks with me, even the aluminum kind, no questions asked by the airport security personnel. There are of course plastic versions if you have any worries…

Crocheting helped me quit smoking, I wish my husband would like to give it a try..it also helps you keep your cool on a plane, especially when you got your cheap tickets in the last row next to the lavatory, where everyone seems to form a huge line after drinking about 50ml of water.

You can also choose to work on a smaller project that you can even finish by the time the plane lands and you can have a useful item to wear during your stay.

My crochet beanie has seriously been used as a sun hat during the day, with the ear-flaps lifted and it also holds some warmth during colder nights in a tent.

Bacteria and my crochet beanie

From the top

Book Fair

April 14, 2008
Book Fair, originally uploaded by fmirela.

This picture was taken in November at a book fair in Miami, where I have found this 500 Crochet Stitch Designs book, which is really a treasure, complete with photos of samples, diagrams and explanations.

The top I was wearing is crochet in size 10 crochet cotton, my own pattern, which I’m not so thrilled about, and I’m actually considering unraveling it and changing the neckline. It turned out to be too wide. The back is very low ‘cut’ and I’ll like to try and keep it that way. I’ll have to keep this one in the closet until I’ll find the appropriate patience and inspiration for the makeover. A little update on my other projects: I have finished that jeans and organza embroidery jacket a long time ago, took it to Romania and back on my last trip there in March. I have also finished a jersey cami with built in bra and a cowl neck blouse out of the same fabric. I have sewn the Mina dress from Burda Style, it’s still on my dress form. Did not have a special occasion to wear it to yet. I have finished the knit silk slip from Knitting Lingerie Style, knitting and sewing. I really like the outcome of that although the cups are rather small and it is sort of revealing, not work appropriate. I knit a little thong too, but that turned out to be too large. I have finished the knit part of my second silk slip, using leftover yarn (50g ball) and the leftover fabric from the Mina dress.

The Yarn is Endless Summer Luna from Elann, I love it, but it seams it is not available anymore…

EndlessSummerLuna

Now all I need to do is get my dear husband take the pictures so I can really brag about everything.

I will be traveling again for training in Tel Aviv and then I will be in Romania again for a whole week of ‘vacation’ at the end of May! I’ll need to make a visit to that little Italian fabric store i my home town, see if I ‘need’ anything. Of course I don’t! but I’m sure they will have something I want in the store. There is also a little Chinese shop with gems and pearls that are to die for, maybe I’ll get some for more jewelry projects. Last time I had the change to get them I did not and felt sorry I didn’t afterwards, so this time hopefully I will.

I plan on sewing BurdaStyle’s JJ blouse in a silk polka dot purple fabric, a purple jacket lined in purple silk. I could not resist myself and bought some more fabrics from my favorite online fabric store: http://www.fashionfabricsclub.com

Dark Brown Angel Prints on Ivory Stretch Silk Chiffon Fabric stretch silk angels

This may be for BurdaStyle’s Jane PJs and some lingerie…

Mini Purple Dots on Black Sheer Silk Chiffon Fabric dot silk

BurdaStyle’s JJ blouse again maybe? I’m not sure, or the Elinor?

Solid Deep Purple Fine Line Silk Twill Fabric to use as lining for the cotton purple jacket. purple silk twill

This I think will be lining for the jacket. The Jacket pattern may be BurdaStyle’s Stella?

I have bought Hemp cord from JoAnns and was pleasantly surprise to see that it is made in Romania! I have made a little owl based on an online tutorial and want to make a grocery bag on big wood handles.

That’s it so far!

Silk Slip – Knitting Lingerie Style

April 4, 2008

This is what the lace section from the Silk Slip looks like, after all that studying on combo knitting and slanting decreases.

Yarn: Patrons Grace
Needles: 3.5

I guess it is pretty close to the pictures in the book, I wish I did not knit all 4 repeats of the pattern, but I’m quite ok with it as a first hand knit lace work.

Both my cups are finished and waiting to dry on the ironing board.

Silk Slip - Knitting Lingerie Style

I have found the right interfacing for it, although I’m still wondering how that is going to feel directly on the skin, especially in that sensitive area…I have found it at JoAnns.
It is a sheer jersey Pellon interfacing that can be applied by steaming only without pressing, and it is transparent enough so that it does not show through the knit work.

I’m casting on the midriff!

Combined / Combination Knitting

April 2, 2008

I just realized yesterday, to my despair, that I knit the combined way.

There is a continental way and an English way, but nooo….I have to do it the combined way…

Why to my despair!? you might ask…After all, this way is faster, yes. Too bad all instructions out there are for the other techniques as are all patterns I have…

So, I need to translate every pattern for machine knitting and switch stitches for hand knitting. When knitting is supposed to be something relaxing and simple, it is anything but, at least during the learning process.

I’m trying to figure out how I’m supposed to do a k2tog and a ssk the combined way.

YO seams to be so easy for everyone, that nobody really explains it.

I’m a beginner at hand knitting, I have only made simple stockinette stitches and always under my mom’s supervision during my school years. It seams that with machine knitting I do not bother that much with right slant or left slant decreases, as I find it easier to just move one stitch over the other, and I never twist the stitches, but I’m a beginner at machine knitting too…

For me, the biggest issue with the combined method is decreasing – to the right or left. Here’s some info I find useful:

  1. http://www.thedietdiary.com/blog/lucia/378
  2. http://www.grumperina.com/table.pdf
  3. a quote from a forum:
  4. “here’s a memory trick–a number 2 has a /in it..
    and a k2tog results in a decrease that leans to right / just like the number 2

    and a SSK or S1, k1, psso –has an S and inside the S is a \ left leaning slant.

    so.. if you the pattern calls for a K2tog the pattern is calling for a / Right leaning decrease

    and if the pattern calls for a SSK or S1,K1, psso, the pattern is calling for a \ left leaning decrease.”

    So it is clearly that I need to reverse k2tog with ssk and the other way around, since all patterns are written for European and Western way…

  5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Combined_knitting
  6. http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/knit-stitch?searched=combined&highlight=ajaxSearch_highlight+ajaxSearch_highlight1

From the video above, to do a right slanting decrease (a k2tog standard) with the combined knitting method,

  • you slip the two stitches to the right needle one by one,
  • then place them back onto the left needle turning them so that their leading edge is to the front (by inserting the left needle point around the front loop into the loop from right to left – twisting the loop).
  • After reorienting the stitches you do a standard knit two together (by inserting the right needle, around the front loops, through the second stitch and then the first stitch and draw the yarn through, placing it on the right needle).

So in other words, to my understanding:A K2TOG in combined knitting becomes a slip, slip, twist, twist and then knit through front loops together, inserting needle into the second loop first.

A ssk is just a knit the combined way, through both stitches.

Next, I will have to figure out how to do the eyelets. I have tried yesterday and if I purl the combined knitting way the loop that was produced by a YO in the previous row, I do not end up having a hole…

Anyone knows any other/better/right way of interpreting the patterns for combined knitting, please let me know.

P.S. I’m trying to make the Silk Slip from Knitting Lingerie Style…

Overtop in Broomstick Lace

March 28, 2008

Ribbon Bow, originally uploaded by fmirela.

Yarn: DMC Senso Metallics black
Needle: 19 knitting
Hook: 3.50mm crochet
Motif: Broomstick Lace
Pattern: own

Overtop

Shirt: La Mia Boutique
Fabric: lightweight cotton

Pants: La Mia Boutique
Fabric: Stretch Corduroy

I’m thinking of learning Adobe Illustrator and try to create my own line of patterns for knitting and/or crochet. I need to try experimenting with drawing quality schema’s to represent the patterns as sometimes they are easier to follow then the written descriptions. I’ve searched online forever and ever to find a cool modern software especially for this but all pattern oriented softs out there seem so out of fashion and poorly made. I guess Illustrator would be a more flexible tool, only I have to start watching all those Youtube tutorials first 🙂

This was a very quick crochet indeed, one could finish it in a day or a weekend.
I really enjoyed crocheting this, especially because of the speed, you get to see the airy fabric forming in no time.

While making this everyone laughed at my huge orange knitting needle and asked what is the purpose of such a lacy transparent item.

My aim was to create a sexier version of a vest, something that suggests a corset style, with a baby doll bottom, close fitted waist. A narrow ribbon passes through a row of double crochet stitches, under the bust to emphasize the empire waist.

The shirt and pants I sewed a long long time ago from La Mia Boutique magazine and I plan on reusing those patterns someday.

Broomstick Lace Crochet

March 19, 2008

My samples of the Broomstick Lace Crochet.

Yarn: DMC Senso Metallics)
Crochet Hook: 3.25mm
Knitting Needles: 19 and 10

Broomstick Lace Crochet

Yarn: Elann Pegasus Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi)
Crochet Hook: 3.25mm
Knitting Needles: 19 and 10
Broomstick Lace Crochet

This really is a quick crochet with pretty results. I’ll probably start another one of those over-the-top crochet tops 🙂

Beautiful Broomstick Lace!

March 17, 2008

If you don’t have an email with this subject “New Pattern: Hourglass Jacket = Beautiful Broomstick Lace” in the inbox already, you might want to check out the Stitch Diva Studios‘ website and have a look at their VIDEO tutorial:

http://www.stitchdiva.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=SDS-044

They offer this lovely jacket pattern to apply you new learned skill.

Be creative “Samantha”! you can even use your broomstick to design your own fabrics!

I can’t wait to find the perfect yarn for this and start crocheting!

On my wish list:

http://www.stitchdiva.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=SDS-008

http://www.stitchdiva.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=EDJE06

http://www.stitchdiva.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=SDS-022