If It Fits, Why Not?

This year I’ve decided to challenge myself in ways that I have never imagined or put off at one time or another and that includes signing up for a continuing education classes in fashion design.  It’s not on the level on a full-fledged undergraduate degree, but the class so far has challenged me, it’s been interesting and fun!  

Some of our class assignments involve discussions of current fashion articles which has led me to browse TONS of fashion news sites and blogs in the past month.  Between the informative fashion business news sites and the 80 zillion “what I wore today” blogs there are many places with tons of advice on what you should and should not wear for your particular body type. I mostly think this is a load of bull!  I am of a mind that if you find something that’s fits well regardless of your shape you should wear it with pride. Why hide assets that you do like? Not all women want to minimize a large bust or full hips, some short women happen to like long dresses (and look good in them!), and I’ve seen some full-figured women rocking a wild all over print.    If you have the confidence to pull off the look and are comfortable in the clothes and skin, why not go for it?!  What do you think about dressing for a body type?

On another note, speaking of both “fit” and “classes”, I completed  a Craftsy class on Fitting your Knits.   The class project sweater (Mesilla) in the photo isn’t my favorite knit pattern that I’ve seen around, but I wanted to go through the steps for the class sake. The fit of this sweater, while not perfect, is better than others I’ve made in the past.    Most times I’m so excited I just want to jump in and start knitting I would barely remember to check the gauge (amateur mistake!).  The body fits  well, but there are too many stitches in the front raglan area.  

The math for fitting knits isn’t difficult at all!  You just have to know your measurements, gauge, and the pattern’s measurements and gauge.    I’m not sure I really needed the class for all that, but it did get me to think more about fitting my knits properly for all future projects.  

 

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-Nizzy

If It Fits, Why Not?

Challenge Accepted!

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So I recieved the Spring 2012 issue of Interweave Knits in the mail yesterday and was blown away with the large amount of knitting inspiration contained within.   Especially in the advertiments!  Can you say “Enabler Alert”?

I am drawn to the above because I think that is one of the most complicated things shown in the mag.  It looks like it would take a million and three years to finish.  And well, I like a challenge.

I also love the Cobble Hill Pullover as seen here. No one wants to look like they’ve gotten dressed in the dark, but with this pullover you can be assured you’ll still look good if you do.  Wear it upside down, inside out, doesn’t matter! 

*sigh* So much knitting inspiration and not enough time to knit them all. 

 

 

Challenge Accepted!

Faeroe in Cobalt

Faeroe in Cobalt by Creatively Motivated
Faeroe in Cobalt, a photo by Creatively Motivated on Flickr.

I started a new cold weather project which I am positive it will take me quite a while to finish.  I’ve had my eye on Faeroe for a while, but I wasn’t ready to pay the $14 dollar per skein price for 13 skeins of Rowan’s Big Wool.   Since I’ve used Lion Brand’s Wool Ease Thick and Quick before with no issues, I decided to pick some of this up on sale at Joann’s.  The biggest problem was deciding on a color so I defaulted to my usual blue.

I so can’t wait to wear this!

See the ravelry page for this pattern here.

-Nizzy

Faeroe in Cobalt

Finished!: Rusted Root

Pattern courtesy of http://www.zephyrstyle.com/catalog/item/2367447/3289215.htm

This sweater knit up so quickly it had my head spinning.   You mean all I have left to do is add ribbing to the neck line and sleeve edges and then weave in the ends?  No seaming?  WINNER!

Yarn:  4 skeins of Lion Brand Cotton Ease (50% Cotton, 50% Acrylic)

Colorway: Azalea (#195)

Size knitted: Medium

Needles:  US 7 circular, US 5 circular

The only thing that I didn’t like about this pattern was that the sleeves weren’t as puffy in the medium size, but I was fully warned about that by a few other knitting blogs I found. 

Okay, I can admit that finishing a project feels pretty good.  *big cheesy grin*

-Nizzy

Finished!: Rusted Root

Staghorn Cable for Pebble Hoodie

Happy Crafty New Year! 

Hopefully this year will bring much more craftiness my way with a bit of finishing up of some old projects that are still hanging around.  This week  I worked on Dragonwillow’s Pebble Hoodie that I have ignored.

All of the pieces have been finished except for the Pocket which gave me a bit of trouble, so you know I’ve ripped out over and over and over to see if I could perfect it.  No such luck!

Trouble Area outlined in Red

The problem is that anytime I switch from knit to purl, I get loose stitches.  This happens with the areas before cables, with rib stitch, basketweave stitch, basically anything that involves an alternation between knit and purl.  I did do a bit of searching and found  a couple of solutions that didn’t work for me.

1.  On the first purl wrap the yarn counter-clockwise around the needle.  On the reverse side, knit the stitch through the back loop.

Well, you see the results above: It’s still wonky!  

2.  Knit to the column where the problem occurs, (in this case its the first purl column) undo stitches to bottom of work and latch up.

That result was even worse than the first!   I am hoping for some knitters to pass by this space and offer another solution.  Help, please!

– Nizzy

Staghorn Cable for Pebble Hoodie

Nizzy’s WIP – Pebble Hoodie

from Knitscene magazine website (Knitscene Winter 07/Spring 08 issue)

   

I so don’t mind knitting for friends because it feels good to share some knitterly love!    

This is another Work in Progress (yes, I have many) that I started on 28 April 2010.  I work with this project off and on and so far I have the front  and the hood pieces completed.   Here is a close up of the stitch pattern:   

Knitpicks Cotlin in Planetarium, 70%Tanguis Cotton and 30% Linen, DK Weight

   -Nizzy

Nizzy’s WIP – Pebble Hoodie