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…

Knitted gifts, Knitting

A knitted baby blanket

There are quite a few of my friends that are expecting babies or have just had a baby, and as a knitter I think it is nice to make something for them. This project has been in the works since the end of April, and was actually a quick knit, but I got distracted along the way. I decided it was time to finish the project when the little one arrived last week. So this got all my attention all day yesterday, and it´s done and  currently drying and waiting to be documented and wrapped.

I used Drops Nepal from stash (I will weigh the blanket once it´s dry and add yardage to this post) and 5mm needles for this blanket.

The pattern is “I ly” (roughly translated to “shelter”) from the book Nordic by Trine Frank Påskesen. She is a danish designer, but the book has recently been translated to Norwegian. There are a lot of lovely patterns in this book, and I will most likely be knitting a lot more from this book in the future. Including more blankets like this one, because it really is easy to memorize, and on big needles it works up so fast! (If you don´t get distracted…) This book was gifted to me, but it would be on my wish list if it hadn´t been. I got to be a part of the copyediting on this book, and I have never read knitting patterns as thoroughly in my  life and it made me want to knit several patterns from the book because they seemed clear and also the designs are beautiful.

Do you have a go to pattern or patterns for gift knits?

Knitting

The big box of sock shame…

I have this box that I don´t like to think too much about… It all started when I thought it was a good idea to cast on new sock projects when I was only half done with my current sock project… But have the big box of sock shame taught me anything? No. I still feel the urge to cast on new socks. Just the other day I decided that I should finish some of my sock wips. But now, when I´m close to finishing a pair of socks, I already feel the need to cast on a new pair… And if I keep knitting one sock and then casting on a new one without finishing the complete pair, this box will never be empty! I wouldn´t call it second sock syndrome, because I do want to knit the socks. It´s just that I want to knit all the socks at once!

The upside? When I do pick up a sock from this box, I only need to knit one sock to have a full pair…

Anyone else have a box of never ending sock wips?

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.