Timbromania Sweater

Have you all seen the Pom Pom Magazine Spring 2018 Issue? It is gorgeous! Initially, I saw the pattern Durumi on Instagram. I fell in love. I am a sucker for a simple geometric yoke. I headed to Ravelry to get more info and that is when I saw all the patterns from the  issue. I wanted to make them all!
(Photo from Pom Pom Magazine)

This was my first time purchasing Pom Pom Magazine and I have to say I am impressed. The magazine is laid out nicely and I really appreciated that they features models of somewhat average size. In this issue, the patterns were inspired by vintage stamps. Each pattern had a little backstory about the stamp and how it inspired the knitwear. Out of the 11 patterns featured, I wanted to make 7 immediately. However, let’s be practical 11 WIPs at one time is a little ridiculous. So I went through my stash and decided to make Timbromania with my pink cotton yarn that I bought in Tokyo.

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I worked the pattern as written. The only “modification” I made was how the short rows were completed. The cotton yarn I was working with wasn’t very forgiving and every time I turned the piece to make the short row it got sloppy. However, I made it work and got through the sections. I had also never used a provisional cast on. It was fairly simple to execute.

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I am happy to add Timbromania to my short sleeve top collection. I am acquiring quite the stash. It is a must though. When you live in a hot, humid, and tropical climate there isn’t much else you can knit. Shawls, scarves, hats, sweaters and/ or socks are just out of the question when it is 34 degrees C or 94 degrees F on a daily basis.

What are your favorite warm weather knits? 

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

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Learning Tunisian Crochet

Recently, I had a lull between knitting projects. I couldn’t quite decide what to work on next. My Ravelry queue had about 30 choices, but the choices just made me more indecisive. So instead, I decided to investigate the excitement around Tunisian Crochet.

I gathered some scrap yarn and a hook and settled in front of my computer. I figured out the mechanics in about 10 minutes. If you know the basics of crochet, Tunisian Crochet isn’t that far off. The difference is you work the piece from right to left and DON’T turn the work.

I chose to work the Tunisian Knit Stitch, which to an inexperienced eye looks just like knitting. You can notice a slight difference in the back of the swatch. The look and weight of the garment is slightly thicker than knitting.

I ended up really liking the final look of the stitch. However, in order to make anything larger than a swatch I will need to invest in an Afghan hook (super long crochet hook). I don’t know if there will be much Tunisian Crochet in my future, but it was fun to try it out.

Have you tried Tunisian Crochet? What did you think about it?

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

Lace Baby Dress

This weekend my coworker’s daughter celebrated her 1st birthday. It was a lovely party with good food and fun. I decided I would make her a cute cotton dress for summer. I landed on the Lace Body Dress by Pernille Larsen after a Ravelry search. I love a basic silhouette with a touch of lace.

I used a light blue cotton yarn that I found traveling in Vietnam. It is fingering weight, but it didn’t come with a label. The yarn was pretty nice to work with. It wasn’t rough on the fingers nor was it super splitty. When washed and blocked the yarn exhibited the lace pattern well.

The pattern, included charts for the lace section that were clear and easy to use. I really liked that the dress started from the bottom and you attached the skirt section without sewing. However, due to its bottom up construction there were a lot of other places that require cutting and joining yarn. I would have rather sewed the skirt on as I ended up with way too many ends to weave in at the end of the project. I did modify the pattern to fit my yarn. I used the 3 month sizing and added length to the body. For the skirt, I started with the 3 month sizing and used the top parts of the chart from the 24 month chart.

The gift was well received at the party. The birthday girl looked darling! I was a little worried initially as the neck seemed a little snug to fit over the head. However, her daddy used his special parenting powers and popped it over her head like magic.

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

Knitting IN Progress

Currently, I have 3 WIPs in my knitting corner. This is highly unusual for me as I am a pretty monogamous knitter. I like to focus on one project at a time… well until I get to weaving in ends. Some of the reasons I have 3 WIPS is 1) one project has a deadline and 2) I got SSS (Second Socks Syndrome).My “oldest” WIP is my Zigzagular Socks. I really should have knit them two at a time. I really love the yarn and the pattern, but I just wanted to move on to something new. These socks are a fairly portable project and mainly sit in my work bag. This weekend we will be traveling so hopefully I can at least get past the heel flap.

The project with the deadline is the Lace Dress Body. The project is intended for my friend/ co-worker’s daughter. She is turning one in a few weeks and I wanted to make something special for her. I love lace so this project looked ambitious enough without going overboard. All I have to complete is the front, arm bands, and leg bands. Two weeks should be plenty of time.

Last in line is my impulse knit. Two color brioche seems to be everywhere. One of my favorite examples is the lovely purple hat made by DWJ author of the blog “Yards of Happiness.” I am a fan of Stephen West, but sometimes his color combos are too far out of the box for me. DWJ’s use of subtle colors really had me thinking I should give this brioche business a try. One YouTube video and 5 froggings later I was on the right track. Looks pretty good for my first attempt. I am letting this project lead the way.  I am not using a pattern and I  have no idea what direction this project will take.I am thinking 3 is the magic number for me right now. Something has to come off the needles before I think of something else to make. I much more like finished objects!

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

Back In Action!

Hello Readers! Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. I made it through the storm and feel like my creative juices are flowing again. It also helped that some of my family came to visit us in China. When living abroad it can get quite lonely. There is nothing like being able to laugh and just be yourself around the people who know you best.

Even though I was silent on the blog I was most certainly still knitting. I finished the Van Gough socks my husband requested. I bought this yarn in Tokyo and only indulged him because I thought the yarn concept was really cool. The color scheme was influenced by Vincent Van Gough painting Cafe Terrace at Night. This was my first time using this yarn (Opal 4-ply) and I really liked it. It has good stitch definition and good stretch (75% wool, 25% nylon). The colors on this sock are more muted than I usually choose, but my husband likes darker colors.  The finished socks are a little rough feeling, however, I have a feeling they will soften up in a bubble bath.

I used the Toe Up Socks with a Difference pattern by Wendy D. Johnson. I was drawn to this pattern as I wanted some practice with making toe up socks with a heel flap. This pattern instructs you to make increases in a triangle formation under the heel rather than using short rows. I liked this idea, but I don’t know if I could recall this method off the top of my head like I do afterthought heels. Nonetheless, I think I like the fit of a heel flap better.

The socks came out great and I am sure I will visit this pattern in the future. One can never have too many socks!

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

Lately…

Lately, I have been so stressed. Working 9-12 hour days has really taken a toll on me. I am unmotivated and unwilling to do anything except go home, watch TV, make a semi-healthy meal, and then get in bed. Most everything has taken a back seat including this blog. I am debating if I should even continue writing. For me, a blog post takes at least 2 hours to get together. There are the photos, then creating the text, then editing. It all just seems too much right now.

So sadly I will be taking a hiatus from blogging until something slows down. I will try to keep my Instagram account (@knitsbywhitsf) current. So please stop by and say hi!

Thank you to all who have been reading and hopefully we will chat soon.

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

Coastal Pullover

The Coastal Pullover by Hannah Fettig is by far one of the most challenging sweaters I have made to date. With a relatively simple and modern shape, I thought I could finish this sweater in enough time to wear it on my Japan trip. I allotted myself two weeks as the sweater is made on US size 8 needles with worsted weight yarn. A sweater in two weeks? No problem!

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The cable pattern was a series of front and back cables that created a wave pattern over the entire sweater. I loved this sweater from the photos as the cables created an interesting texture that seemed timeless. I pictured myself being able to wear this sweater for years to come. It is one of those pieces that would look great for brunch as well as  something that would look nice at work.

I got into problems with the alignment of the cables along the armholes. This sweater is knit top down in a raglan style and for some reason I kept ending up with too much space between the raglan edge and the first cable. I ended up frogging the top half twice. This project was not a Netflix knit for me…well at least I couldn’t knit while watching any show of high interest. I really had to concentrate on the cables as I ended up with a few nonconformists.

I used some yarn that I bought here in Guangzhou. Using Google Translate, I believed the  label to say 80% wool. However, as I got to about mid way through the body I noticed that there had to be more acrylic content in the yarn. My sweater was getting a case of the fuzzies. I was too far into the sweater to turn around just because there was some slight piling. Plus, I wanted to show off this sweater in an epic photo in Japan. So I kept knitting on.

Well did I finish before the trip? NO! Did I finish this sweater on the trip? Yes! I got the last end weaved in two days before we returned  to China. I wore it one day (unblocked) as I just wanted some pics of me with the sweater on in the snow. Too bad these photos did not work out. The snow/sun combo was not picture perfect lighting.

With it all being said and done I really like the look and fit of this sweater. I made the small size and I would say it had 1/2-1″ of negative ease on me. I also like that this sweater as it is not too feminine. I love super feminine clothing, but I do like to change it up sometimes.

Until Next Time,

-Whit-