Raglan vintage blouse

I started sewing again, and right now I am working on a raglan blouse for myself. I hardly ever craft items for myself, but I decided to treat me instead of others for once.

The fabric is very transparent, light and printed in a vintage floral pattern. It’s not my usual style, but it was on sale, and it’s light enough for summer. Will have to wear a tank top or bathsuit underneath.

The pattern is from burda, and the french translation is cryptic to say the least, so I used my imagination and just put the pieces together with the traditional raglan method, where all the pieces are in circle around the collar.

I added some blue lace ribbon. The original pattern called for a glittery fabric but I wasn’t going to have any of that. Wearing white and blue is already a huge step out of my fashion comfort zone.

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Little did I expect the collar pieces to be so tricky. I am disapointed as it ruins the garment, but the fabric is to fragile to unsew the pieces and try something else.
It’s ok in the end, you always learn in the process.
Just wish I had single easy patterns instead of the intricate magazine ones, where your eyes bleed trying to find pieces of the puzzle in this maze.

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My little pieces shawl

I knit this shawl in a day and a half. I used circular 5mm knit pro needles and scraps of various yarns I could find in my stash. Completely improvised, but you can see there so much more than the needlework going on.

This shawl reflects my thoughts, my feelings, my memories. It may not look the nicest or whatever, but it’s just me, at a specific, and rather dark, moment of my life.

I casted on 9 stitches, then increased every other raw 3 stitches from the end of raw. The borders are basic garter stitch, the main body is a mix of stockinette and feather and fan.

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Before blocking : a mess

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Block it like you mean it

Each yarn brought back memories.

The cream yarn is Bergère de France Perfection, a sock yarn containing wool and nylon. It was a gift from my yarn hero, so that I could practice. I never used until today, years later. Actually I’m going to pick up the phone and call her.

The self-stripping blue yarn is 100%wool from a local yarn shop. I used most of it for a preemie baby who is now a healthy toddler. I knit the baby cardigan incredibly quickly because he was born way too early and the family was going through rough times, and I remember I had to avoid crying while knitting it. I don’t have any pictures of that garment finished, but I had red marks all over my hands from knitting wool so fast.

The gray yarn is Katia Austral. I knit a hat with it, back in the days.

Gray hat Katia Austral

I tried the beginning of the wurm bonnet, then gave up and improvised something.

The self stripping orangey-purpley one is Fabel print from Drops I think. I used it to knit a Holden Shawlette that went really wrong. I think I never weaved in the ends of that one. I actually ended up at the ER with that project in my bag, so it was good to finally wash away the bad memories associated with that yarn.

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Batman gone wrong

I finished up the borders by adding a bit of crochet. Just to remember myself that actually I can do it.

The blocking process was amazing as usual.  I love how it always looks terrible before blocking, and then the butterfly is out of it’s shell and the beauty is revealed.

Do you ever improvised a project ? Do you feel like it reflects your mood ?

Order among my stash

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That moment you decide to list your whole knitting stash on Ravelry and find out that :

  • You have no clue what to knit with the yarn you currently have.
  • You don’t have the proper yarn to knit all the beautiful projects in your queue.

Please tell me I’m not alone !

Girl’s all in one orange sleeve top : wrong size !

Over six months without publishing anything here.  Life got in the way.

So in January, I was wondering wether to finish a cute orangey baby cardigan (Ravelry Project here) for my 2yo niece. I decided to finish it, and here it is :

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Pattern is Girl’s all in one sleeveless top on Ravelry, size 4 to 6 years. Yes, I know .  Joke is, it didn’t fit a 2yo at all, it would only fit a 6 months old baby, with a weird ease. Good thing I went for the big size and I have a younger niece.

Yarns : Katia Peques in Salmon (apricot) et Orange Peach (Orange), lovely to knit. Rabbits buttons from Bergère de France.

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Border detail

Have you ever ended up with a baby outfit that wouldn’t fit ? How does it make you feel ?

Baby clothes sizing nightmare

I’m having a hard time finding out the right sizes to knit and sew baby clothes.

Maybe there are none. Maybe because each baby is different, there’s no universal truth when it comes to sizes.

I’m spending quite a lot of time knitting baby outfits, and sometimes it’s disappointing to see it’s too small for the baby already.

Now I’m wondering, should I finish a baby dress that looks too small compared to a T-shirt ?

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Pattern is Girl’s all in one sleeveless top, size 4-6 years (t-shirt is 3 years) . I cast it on 4mm needles at first, as the pattern stated, but the size was way closer to a 6 years than to a 3-4 years. The 1-3 year old version would have been too small, so I cast the 4-6 year pattern on 3mm needles. I thought I was being smart, maybe not so much.

Yarn is Katia Peques in Salmon (Yellow) et Orange Peach, which is a lovely yarn to knit, soft and with awesome colors.

Have you ever stumbled upon that problem ? How did you solve it ?

New attempt to knit socks, and finding out sometimes you have to let go.

So since our epic knitting blog week, I basically stopped knitting.

My eyes hurt, my hands hurt, I got tired of knitting pink baby clothing (I used to have a phobia of pink, so it always really costs me to knit pink.).

Then I moved out, it took me forever and I’m not even finished, meaning I have parts of my stash in different places.

Then I had to take my mum to the ER and those were stressful times and I had nothing to knit.

So when Eskimimi shared her Gentle wave sock pattern, I thought I’d give it a try. It looks beautiful, comments said it was easy…

So I bought it, cast it on, knit until the eyelet part. So far, so good.  I chose an apricoty acrilyc yarn for baby, as it was the only yarn that seemed to suit the pattern in my stash. (Those moments when you find out you have plently of yarn, and no pattern that matches…). Merino wool seems too strechy, and I had no coton left. And acrylic is warm for the feet right ? But maybe not that good for lace…

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Before the crash

And then I started the lace for the leg part. And epicly failed. Ok, watching Miss Marple and trying to book a trip to Brussels at the same time didn’t help. But I found out that right now, I needed something easy to knit, something I could knit in the train for example.

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Attempting the lace leg

So I decided to rip off the lace part that didn’t work, and just knit plain stockinette instead of the lace, and then follow the rest of the pattern. I couldn’t resist adding another layer of eyelets.

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The new leg

We’ll see how it goes.

Do you sometimes have ambitions you can’t fulfill ? Do you also alter patterns ?