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!

Chullo Cast On

I’ve been slowly planning a multi-color hat for my Dad. I knew that I wanted to use Cascade Eco, but didn’t know how I could collect as many different skeins as colors that I wanted to use.

Of course, the solution was to purchase a natural color and dye it!

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There was still some Kool-aid from when I dyed my first handspun, so I only had to pick up a few extra flavors. I used Knitty’s article as a guide. I loved the look of the ice blue raspberry lemonade and was glad when I found some at my local grocery.

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Ice blue raspberry lemonade, black cherry, peach mango, grape, lemon lime.

These will work great for the project. I think I also need a sixth color, but haven’t found a good choice with enough contrast. I may use white as the last color.