Sunday, July 31, 2011

New Fabrics

Finally ready to start sewing again after spending a lot of time playing with my knitting machine. I stopped in at Bolt on Friday and picked up these gorgeous fabrics: the balloon print and plaid are cotton silks and the floral is a cotton lawn from Hokkoh.

Lovely Draped Neck Tank

This tank is from a Japanese pattern book called One-Piece & Bottoms. In the book, there is a cropped version and a tunic version. I made my version somewhere in between. I used a Dana Buchman plaid cotton silk I got from Bolt a while back (currently in sale bin). Instead of using the self fabric for the armhole binding, I used some double fold bias tape and also added it to the bottom hem. I love the loose fit and how the pattern on the front and back are different. The cotton silk was a dream to sew and it creates a lovely drape!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Finished Mizutama Shawl

I finally finished this shawl last night and steam blocked it instead of pinning it to my blocking board. I used Spud and Chloe Fine yarn and knit the bottom up version instead of the top down version. I was able to memorize the pattern after the first several repeats and it held my interest enough that I didn't get too bored, though by the end, the rows were getting long. I love how it turned out and I will likely wear it more styled as a scarf  than a shawl. It's a superwash wool and silk blend, light enough that I could wear it during these chilly summer nights.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Shawl I Knit?

I first saw the pattern for this Mizutama Shawl via Ravelry and I was drawn to the bright acid yellow color, as well as the dots. I have never knit a shawl before, so it seemed like a good project that could easily be memorized and knit while watching movies. I tried to find a similar neon colored yarn, but had to settle for a bright pink instead: Spud and Chloe Fine, a superwash wool and silk, in sassafras. This project only uses two skeins of yarn and I'll just keep knitting until the yarn is gone. So far, so good!