Saturday, February 27, 2010

Tiny vest for Project Yarnway

I found Project Yarnway from Ravelry and told J.R. about it, and we both decided to participate. It's like Project Runway but for knitters, and obviously you have to design your own stuff too. I tried to design a dog sweater first, but since I know nothing about dog sweaters, it didn't work out at all. The time started to run out, and on Tuesday I finally gave up with the dog sweater and decided to design a tiny vest instead. Success!

The first Project Yarnway challenge was to design something from your stash yarn... but we don't really have stash. Just some random left-over yarns or oddities that my mother have donated to us. But I did have one, almost untouched skein of gray 7-veljestä yarn. I bought it accidentally when I was making Papu's blanket. I needed gray yarn, but bought a wrong shade. Now I'm happy that I had the skein so I was able to complete this challenge.

Fits perfectly.

I'm really really really pleased with the way the vest turned out! It fits perfectly The cable works. The hook is amazing. The hook is actually a vintage piece that my mother saved from my grandpa's knitted cardigan. I like items with history.

I just love the hook.

I consider this as my first serious design and I think this has given me courage to design more. And of course, if I really want to participate in Project Yarnway, I have to create at least four designs more. I don't know why I was so intimidated by the whole designing thing. It's not even hard. You just have to know your skills... and have some one great to help you out, like J.R.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Project Yarnway: Manifold mittens

Amoena told me some time ago that Ravelry has started a design-competition in the spirit of Project Runway. I thought that the idea seemed great, and since we'd have deadlines, I might be able to finish something in a reasonable amount of time. So we decided to take part. Project Yarnway lasts for a year and has 11 design challenges, and here's my entry for the first one:

Project info
Name: Manifold mittens
Craft: Knitting
Made for: Amoena // Project Yarnway & Ravelympics

Needle size: US 4 / 3.5 mm
Novita Kotiväki
Colorway: Black
Schoeller+Stahl Grazie
Colorway: Turquoise

The mitten is knitted starting from fingers with Grazie, knitted down to cuff, turned, doubled the stitches and knitted back up with Kotiväki. And it worked like a charm! I had some doubts about it, but I only had some minor problems with the lace, and those were most likely because I was knitting tired. I'm very happy with the mittens and I hope you like them too. Remember to vote me ! And Amoena of course.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Long gone before daylight

I knitted a cardigan during the Christmas vacation, but since it didn't turn out so right, I still haven't figure out what to do with it. It's a real dilemma. It looks quite nice and the color is great, but the sleeves are too tight and I'm not so sure about the overall fit either. I added some cables to the backside, because I just love cables, but they seemed to ruin the hem.

The hem looks quite decent when I'm wearing the cardigan, but the problem is more visible when the cardigan is flattened against the floor. I'm sure that some blocking would do wonders, but on the other hand I'm not sure if it's enough to save the whole cardigan. Decisions, decisions...
I like the cables though. I took the pattern from the book I gave for J.R. for Christmas: "The Harmony Guides: Cables & Arans" and I think it works really well in the back. It just gives the cardigan that "extra something" and makes it look more like me.

The cardigan doesn't actually fit as nicely as in the picture: I'm stretching the hem to show off the cables. There's no picture from the front side, because there is nothing to see there. That's how this cardigan works. Anyway. What is your opinion: should I block it or frog it?