Handmade wardrobe pieces, Knitting

My Handmade wardrobe project: Finished object number one!

Finished object number one in my Handmade Wardrobe project is the Yakushima by Justyna Lorkowska. I wanted a long and dark cardigan that could go with most things in my wardrobe. I used a lot of time finding the perfect yarn for this project and ended up with a new to me yarn Dale Natural Lanolin Wool in colorway 1431 – a charcoal grey. My swatch (yes I swatched!!!) turned out a bit on the small size, so I decided to knit size XL, because I liked the fabric I got from my needle size of choice: 4.5mm. This yarn is labeled DK on Ravelry, but I think it´s closer to worsted weight.

The construction of the cardigan was top down with a contiguous method of shaping set-in sleeves which is seamless, but looks like it´s sewn in. So the fit is very good! The cardigan also has pockets, and as far as I can remember this is my first knitted item with pockets like this. (The Still light had pockets, but a different kind of pockets.) It was an all over clear and easy pattern and I can recommend it.

Turns out that this colorway is soooo hard to take pictures of, and the only shot I´ve managed to get so far is this… So if you want to see more I suggest that you check out the Ravelry page and have a look at all the gorgeous projects.

Gustav was wondering what I was up to, so naturally he got to be a part of this picture as well… I have to point out in the name of Handmade wardrobe pieces, that I´m wearing Jerseykjole med sving that I´ve sewn myself and the Find your fade shawl by Andrea Mowry. The dress has been a life saver during this pregnancy. I shortened the waist so it would fit over the bump without looking weird, and I it is my go to piece of clothing when all else fails. And hopefully I will be able to use it after the baby as well. I´m not a super experienced sewer, but this was a great pattern and I will sew it again if I get time. As far as I know it´s only in Norwegian though…

Handmade wardrobe pieces, Knitting tools

Selfish knitting and new knitting needles

Since I´ve got a good sized pile of baby knits, I´m allowing myself to knit on more selfish knits. I knitted myself a cardigan a few weeks back, and this is my selfish knit number two during this pregnancy. They have both been carefully planned using my previously mentioned Handmade Wardrobe pieces bundle. This is Eri by Isabell Kraemer, a pattern I fell completely in love with when I got the Laine issue 4 in the mail. I love most things in the Laine magazines, so I was about time to start a project from one of them!

I´m using DSA Sterk in a new colorway 885. An amazing dusty blue. DSA came out with quite a few new colors this fall, and I´d love to knit myself some more sweaters or cardigans using some of the other ones.

(Screenshot from www.dustorealpakka.no)

I´ve actually knitted a swatch for both of my Handmade Wardrobe projects (yay me!), and ended up using 3.75mm needles on this project.

…and speaking of needles, I upgraded my Chiaogoo needle set with larger sizes in the hopes that I will always have the needles I need when I need them. (It all depends on if I manage to put them back once I´m done with them…) Right now I don´t have that many bigger needles, and the once I have are not good to knit with and have wires with kinks… And that does not make this knitter happy!!!So an upgrade it was. And since I´ve read that one can use the spin wires for the interchangeable metal needles, I decided to try that as well. If you want to buy this set, note that the small set ranges from  2.75 mm to 5 mm but does for some reason not include the 3mm needle size. And the large set ranges from 5.5 mm to 10 mm, but does not include the 7mm and 7.5mm needle size. For some weird reason. I bought these sizes extra. And an adapter so I can use the big needles with the small wires as well.

If you live in Norway you can buy the set from bladetgarn.no. I bought the large set from them. But when I bought my small size set I ordered from purlescence.co.uk. They  have a lot of other needles and extras from Chiaogoo as well. They have very reasonable shipping and fast delivery so they can be highly recommended! Since I bought my sets in two goes, I had two needle cases. So I put them together in one case and I will try to put my fixed Chiaogoo needles that I use for magic loop sock knitting into this case as well to keep all my goodies in one place. (I have 2.0mm, 2.25mm and 2.5mm fixed needles for sock knitting).

What is your favorite knitting needle brand? Do you prefer metal or wood or does it depend on your project/yarn?

Handmade wardrobe pieces, Knitting

Handmade wardrobe pieces

As I mentioned in my previous post, I´ve been trying to be mindful as to what I´m knitting for myself. There are pieces in my wardrobe that I hardly ever use, because of colour choices or fit, and that feels somewhat like wasted knitting time. Also, I don´t have enough closet space to store all those pieces.

In this post I want to tell you how I´ve tried to keep track of the things I want to knit for myself. To get an idea of what I wanted to knit, I needed to do more than just keep adding things to my favorites on Ravelry. As I´m writing this,  I have 1838 favorites on Ravelry, and that is definitely NOT the way to keep focus! And the queue option didn´t work for me either.

The solution for me was to use the bundles feature on Ravelry. I´ve been using bundles for a while now, and that helps a lot as far as organizing goes. So I decided to make a bundle for my future selfish knits, and that has worked very well. I can keep favorites in different bundles at once, so even if they are featured in my Handmade wardrobe pieces bundle, I can still find cardigans in my cardigan bundle, and sweaters in my sweater bundle and so on. I´m also adding notes on what kind of yarns and colours I´m thinking of using for the different projects. In some cases I´ve even tried to work out the yardage and number of skeins I´ll need. This makes it easier to plan ahead.  Especially if I find myself in a yarn store, or stumble across a yarn sale online. I also find it easier to find a use for my stash yarn.

                             A screen shot of my Handmade wardrobe pieces bundle.

I have noticed that many of my future knits are going to be gray, but I have a lot of colourful shawls that I know I will use a lot because I never leave home without a shawl 8 out of 12 months of the year. But I´ll try to add some colour pops along the way. In the more distant future I want to sew more things for myself, and that will probably make it a bit easier to add some colour and make it a bit more cohesive.

As I mentioned, I have started on a project and I´m currently knitting on Yakushima by Justyna Lorkowska. Since this is a cardigan, I can start to wear it as soon as I´m done knitting it. I´ll tell you more about that project in a later post.