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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Crafting Woes

I'm pretty sure I am going to drown in articles and readings this quarter (yay grad school), so forgive me if my posts slow down. A lot. I am so busy it's ridiculous. Hopefully I will survive.

I hope everyone is having good progress on their sweaters for the KAL! Mine is sitting in a sad pile begging me to finish it, but I can't knit and read at the same time. But I guess an upside is that it will give other people time to catch up? But it's starting to get a lot cooler here in Cincinnati and a sweater is something I will need soon. I think I'll bring it to work with me Sunday and work on it. I'm hoping to at least get the body done soon - only a few inches to go!

I need to break out the sewing machine, too. I promised a friend I'd make a purse for her (like the one in my first post) and haven't yet. I have things I want to make, but can't because 1) I don't have time to buy fabric and 2) I still don't have a place for my sewing machine yet. (The office area is a temporary storage area while other rooms in the house get painted. I don't even have my desk set up yet. Ugh!)

At least I do have a designated creative time, though. I'm taking a printmaking class, so I do still have time to use my favorite side of the brain. I am also going to try to incorporate some hand sewing into my prints, so we'll see how that goes. My professor seems to be open to just about everything, so hey. (Some people are really into the whole incorporating "craft" and more domestic arts into fine art and others are not. Personally, I love it when people do that and now it's my turn to give it a shot.)

How do you find a creative outlet when you feel like you don't have time for anything?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Cadence Chart Editing

Here it is! The how to edit a chart post!

If you’re new to knitting, new to following charts, or are like me and are sometimes just too eager to read ahead in a pattern (lesson learned!), then redrafting a chart is something that could be very useful to you. For Cadence, like I said earlier, reading ahead in the pattern is very important when you’re doing the yoke. There are increases listed for each size that need to be included when knitting the yoke, but they are not drawn out in the included chart. (From what I’ve seen, charts never do that. It’d be a little crazy for the person who drafted it to do so, so I don’t blame them.) Basically all that you need to do this is the Cadence pattern, some graph paper (to make it easier), and a pencil. Lets get to it! (NOTE: This tutorial applies to all sizes EXCEPT size S. Size S is the only size that gets to follow the chart as printed.)

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For all of the following instructions, I will be doing this for size large/42.5”. If you are not that size, you need to follow along in the instructions for your size and make changes as needed. The first thing I usually do when using patterns that I print off is to find all the parts in the brackets that relate to my size. For example, the sizes are listed XS[S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X]. Since I’m knitting size L, I go through and circle the 3rd number in each bracket so I don’t lose track. (You don’t have to do this, I just like doing this to make it easier on myself.) So skipping ahead to the section under Chart Patterns, I know I will repeat the body chart 4 times between markers and so on.


Now for the tricky part that made me make this chart in the first place. The two sections labeled AT THE SAME TIME, these are BOTH made AT THE SAME TIME as the yoke chart. They are not listed on the chart, so don’t be like me and get excited and just do the chart as pictured UNLESS you are size S. (Lucky!) Here is the original chart from the pattern:


For the sleeve increases for size L, it says to work 2 rounds in the pattern and then work a sleeve increase round. So every 3 rounds, I will make 1 stitch at each end of the chart. This will be repeated 12 times. Doing the math, people knitting size L will make increases on rounds 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33, 36, and 39. The chart only has 21 rounds, so there will be increases after the chart is completed as well. (I use a stitch counter. I highly recommend one for this pattern.) So drawing out the new chart, every 3rd round I added a square on each end to mark the m1 spaces.


For the body increases for size L, it says to work 6 rounds in the pattern and then work a body increase round. So every 7 rounds, I will again make 1 stitch at each end of the chart, same as the sleeve increases. This will be repeated 5 times. Increases will be made on rounds 7, 14, 21, 28, and 35. (Again, some increases will be made after the chart is completed.) Drawing out the new chart, every 7th round has an extra square for the m1 spaces.


So now that you know which rows need increases added, you can draw it out on your graph paper. Counting is pretty important! One way to make it easy is to lightly trace the old chart onto the graph paper and then to edit it as you go. My graph paper wasn’t the same as the chart, so I counted the squares and drew them starting with round one. Working up is going to be much easier than working down, so start at the bottom!

This is a long post, but I hope this helps! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. I hope your sweaters turn out nicely!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Cadence Charts

I have added scans of my edited charts for the Cadence sweater to the Flickr group page. I will make a post with details/instructions for what I did so that you can make your own, too, if you like!

Also here is a more current photo of what my sweater looks like:

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Check back soon!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Cadence Progress



Time for a progress report! I've been busy running around getting ready for school, getting annoyed with my university because of some problems with my bill, work, and trying to see as much of my friends as possible before all the work begins. September is halfway over and I haven't even posted anything about my Cadence sweater! Here's what it looked like a few weeks ago:

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I'll post a more recent picture soon. As of right now, I only have one negative thing to say about the pattern: PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE INCREASES WHEN KNITTING THE YOKE. I had to frog the whole thing before I realized that I didn't read far ahead enough on the pattern and I completely skipped all the increases that shape the shoulders. It was kind of aggravating. To make it easier on myself, I redrew the entire chart so I would know where to increase, which I can share if anyone is curious. (It'll be for size L, though, so if you're not knitting that size, you wouldn't be able to follow that chart. BUT if you wanted to make you're own, you could see how I did it at least.)

Everything else has been great, though. The yarn itself is holding up very well.Once I separated the sleeves from the body and knit a few inches, I felt so proud of myself because the sweater actually started looking like a sweater and not a blob of yarn. I love seeing progress on knits! I can't wait to finish it and show it off.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Fall Challenge

Ok, here is my official "I want to get these done by December" board. There are two knitting projects and two sewing projects/patterns. The palette I want to stick with is at the bottom and the yarn options I'm considering/am using are shown as well. (Can't decide between the three yarns for Owls. Thoughts?) The Sorbetto top and Simplicity 2224 patterns I might make more than once if they fit well. Hence all the extra colors!


I'm leaving myself some space to expand upon if I have time. Also this doesn't include my Renaissance Festival dress, but depending what fabric I find, it may also be in this palette. (I'm currently torn between making it in a midnight blue, plum, or emerald. I know I won't decide until I'm physically in the store...)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Fall Projects...

Ok, so there seem to be several things going on right now that I want to get involved in!



First off, the Newbie and the Knitter KAL. This I already have the yarn and pattern for and am ready to go. This is definitely inspiring me to participate in other things. It's also made me realize that I want to make more of my own clothing for fall and winter! Hence...



The Fall Essentials Sew Along. Since I do have a few things planned (as mentioned in previous posts), why not do the sew along as well? I am not setting very high goals for this, but if I complete one item that I will wear on a regular basis, I will be ecstatic.

Colette Patterns Fall Palette Challenge


And to tie both the KAL and SAL together, why not pick a color palette and stick with it? Here is the palette I was planning on working with, both knit and sewn: brown, jade, grey, plum, cream, dark blue, and celadon.


So here's hoping I can get some things done!