Butterick B5745

Photo by Matt Salvo

I made this to wear at my sister-in-law’s wedding.

There are a lot of pieces to cut out, but it comes together fairly quickly. Especially the second time. And if one follows the directions.

The fabric is “Yarn Dyed Handkerchief 100% Linen Fabric 4.5-oz” in color 28 (mint) from nyfashioncenterfabrics.com and was just right for this project.

I added a lining, and did the top-stitching by hand.

Truly, it is a beautiful piece. Great for dancing on one of the best days.

Stranded Swatching

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Swatched on size 2s, both of these came in at 6 stitches to the inch. The first one (bottom) was knit back and forth. I thought I might get a different gauge if I swatched in the round (above), but it came out the same (although, the stitches in the round are more even).

My interchangeables only go down to 2, so now I have to determine if I will adjust the pattern from 7 sts/in to 6 sts/in, or if I pull out a fixed circular 1 and swatch yet again.

I will already be changing the stranded colorwork to more of a Peruvian-inspired look—the pattern would guide me for fit—so it may be too much to also change the guage. I like the fabric created on the 2s, and it sounds daunting to knit a vest on size 1s, but it may have to be done.

Made to Measure – 6244 spotting

I love my sewing machine. But, I also love to knit while watching TV. I’ve slowly been making my way through all of the episodes of Midsomer Murder that Netflix has.

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While recently catching an episode called “Made to Measure,” it seemed like each character in the village featured a sewing machine in their home. And in one, there was one that looked just like mine!

Interchangeable Experiment – Results

After completing three honeycowls in Manos del Uruguay Maxima on HiyaHiya sharps, Addi Click Lace short tips, and ChiaoGoo Twist short tips, I decided on the ChiaoGoo.

I purchased the 4-inch tips of ChiaoGoo Twist interchangables in sizes 2-8. I picked up various lengths in both the Twist and Spin cords. The best of both worlds! No memory and good structure with the Twists, and light-weight and swiveling with the Spin.

I haven’t been knitting much lately, with the re-focus on sewing (or maybe I over did it with honeycowls back-to-back-to-back?), but they have already come in handy on a few smaller projects.20130629-182217.jpg

Invisible Zipper Foot and Skirt

My cherished sewing machine didn’t have an invisible zipper foot, so I stopped by my local shop to pick one up. They provided one that they thought was a match for my snap-on, slant shank setup. But, it did not, in fact, snap on.

I completed one skirt just by balancing the foot as I sewed. Even then, it was better than using the normal zipper foot.

I returned to my local shop and picked up a spare ankle. I used E3000 to attach it to the invisible zipper foot, and I haven’t looked back since.

While visiting San Jose last September, I couldn’t pass up this kimono voile. A maximum of one yard was just in my price range, and I knew it was destined for a skirt with an invisible zipper.

This is my third time making this skirt since deciding to return to making more of my clothes.

The pattern is New Look 6843 view A, but I’ve added a lining, deepened the waistband, and adapted it to effortlessly use an invisible zipper (using this tutorial from Colette). Next time I’ll lengthen it a bit, and it will be just right.

Interchangeable Experiment – Part 3

Honeycowl
Control Variables
Pattern: Honeycowl, cast on 180 stitches
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Maxima

Independent Variable
Needles: ChiaoGoo

Review
The ChiaoGoo needles worked very well. The join was indistinguishable during knitting. The tips were slick. I even almost lost some stitches while traveling with it in my bag since they slid right off. I love the red cords on these. It adds a little bit of weight, but they don’t have any memory. All in all, the needle faded into the background and all I thought about was the knitting.

So now, the difficult decision. For me the choice is coming down between the swivel cord of the HiyaHiyas and the no-memory of the ChiaoGoo.

Also, I may have Honeycowls out of my system for a while.

Interchangeable Experiment – Part 2

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Control Variables
Pattern: Honeycowl, cast on 180 stitches
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Maxima

Independent Variable
Needles: Addi Click Lace Short Tips

Review
These tips had a little more weight to them than the HiyaHiyas, but not enough to make a difference. They are shinier (nickle plated), giving the impression of being a slight bit slicker. The cord has some memory, but it’s not obnoxious with a full project on the needles. I missed the swivel of the HiyaHiya.

I did notice the joins, however. I was aware of the yarn when moving it from cord to needle or needle to cord.

The 3.5 inch length of the tips was just right. I tried the natura tips for a few rows, but they weren’t comfortable.

Last stop, ChiaoGoo!

Interchangeable Experiment – Part 1

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Control Variables
Pattern: Honeycowl, cast on 180 stitches
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Maxima

Independent Variable
Needles: HiyaHiya sharps, size 5, 32 inch length

Review
The HiyaHiyas are light weight. I like the short tips. And the swivel cord keeps anything from getting tangled. The points were sharp enough to easily grab each stitch, but not too sharp to split the singles or hurt my index finger as I pushed on it to move the piece along. My test set didn’t come with needle grips to aid in tightening, but the tips never separated from the cords during knitting.

The cord itself was very flexible. It had a little bit of memory when it came out of the package, but after one project it’s no longer noticeable. And, I think the swivel helps a lot. The swivel action isn’t completely smooth, but I think it would wear in after some use.

The joins disappear. The work moved from cord to needle to the next needle effortlessly.

Next test will be on the Addi Click Lace Short Tips.

Two by two, hat of blue

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I loved making the hats for Dave and Dude for the holidays. Every time I tried them on for sizing, I admired the fit and feel. So, I picked up another skein of Vintage and cast on. This time, running a little bit longer so I could fold up the cuff for a double layer over my ears. A quick knit that’s functional and warm, and machine washable. Love it!