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Swap Gift and sweater

Hello All 🙂

In Ravelry, there was a Jingle bells swap and I got yarns on the gift exchange.

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Yes, the bag is handmade and part of the gift.

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I made this sweater from the yarns.

Pattern : Sunnyside

Cheers,

Sangheetha.

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Mixed Dress

Hello All,

Now that my block is gone, I’m here to tell this story of Mixed Dress.

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This dress was long pending one.( Now which is not a long planned, long pending thing in my blog, everything seems to take its own sweet time).
But this one made me dream about for quite a while.
The moment we are hooked to a pattern, we see all the projects made with it And people screaming that the pattern is not clear.
Yet you take the plunge. When there is nothing to lose and everything to gain. When it comes to craft, this statement justifies all the new projects you take irrespective of the WIPs or To do lists(Remember this?)

So I started off with this pattern. To start with there was no gauge mentioned in the pattern. But it is a free pattern and it looks easy.
Then I did not use the yarn or even corresponding yarn mentioned in the pattern. I used what I had.
-ve plus -ve is Positive.

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As I knitted, I visited frog pond countless times. When I said countless, it is not few or 4-5 times. It is close to 10 ( My 4 yr old daughter can count till 100 and I say 10 as countless, pls dont think bad of me)
many times the neck was wide, sometimes I thought it is narrow. And after the various permutations and combinations, I cast on and knitted few rows with count similar to first few trails.

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Then the boat sailed away. I’m still a novice knitter, using knitting markers all the while ( while I have never used marker for crochet, kept counting every time) and making increases after the correct stitch or before the stitch and if I increased rightly on the stitch where I should increase, I blissfully slipped stitched out of happiness, later compensating for the right increase.

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Every row in this dress has a story to tell. And the most evident of all is I purled in between a knit row and formed a design element 🙂 ( That is substitute of “Shabby chic” )
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Finally knitted and blocked. I knowingly avoided the lace pattern though it was the one which drew me into the pattern. It is beyond my ability to do lace and increase. But not now, may be sometime later I’ll develop the skill.

Since it was plain, I did embroidery. Embroidery is something I can say I’m skilled. Now please do not point errors. Please just nod and continue reading, I’ll say you are a good person.
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I confidently started the embroidery. It is so different in knit. Lots of counting and tension in pulling stitches, I managed to finish less confidently.

To adorn, the plainer bodice, I made a flower.

The skirt has another story, but will make it short.
I bought this material in chickpet after searching high and low for another material. It was too costly for the quantity and quality. 1 mt or lace and 1 mt of matching soft georgette costed my 500Rs.
I should have bargained, but felt unwise to do so for 1 mt of each cloth.
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I made a circle skirt and attached to knitted bodice. Used some lovely flowery buttons.
Though the knit is little rough, the skirt is very light.
Now awaiting winter to use it..

Cheers,
Sangheetha.

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New Beginning

Hello All,

New year came and went and things go on in the same way every year.
Well there was no new year resolution post last year and nothing this year too..

End of last year, I was serious about knitting a proper Finished Object. And eventually after hours of browsing and few mins of swatching.

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I selected this pattern: TomBoy Cardigan

The pattern was intended for a beginner and I would say, it was very easy. I was stuck at few places but fellow raveller Manasa(Mughdamanasa) from http://craftingforlife.wordpress.com helped me in each stage.
I got more confidence and in first week of Jan I finished the sweater.
Other details in pics 🙂

The Front with 3 ribs
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And the plain black.
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The sleeves are contiguous sleeves as the designer explains. I followed to dot.
I did not know in which direction to pick up stitches for sleeve and so did it wrong direction. Then turned the sweater inside out and purled on wrong side in round. Yes I knitted the sleeves in round using magic loop method.

Well, now I’m searching for knitting patterns and marking favorites( needless to mention my To Do Immediately and To do Someday list). The irony is I’m attracted by a pattern by its beauty more than its usage.
Now I already made this sweater and Harshini has one another jacket and store bought sweater. Now making more sweaters now is not much useful but I want to try at least a couple of beautiful cardigans I have added to favorites.

And I was busy whole of January with travels, B’day and Annual day celebrations along with MIL’s cataract operation, so I have not touched anythign crafty..
Nevertheless, let me atleast start a knit project soon.

Cheers,
Sangheetha.

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4KCBWDAY7 Looking Forward

4kcbwday7 Looking Forward

Knitting & Crochet Week

Knitting & Crochet Week

One year from now, when the 5th Knitting & Crochet Blog Week rolls around, where do you hope your crafting will have taken you to? What new skills, projects and experiences do you hope you might have conquered or tried?

Knit has fascinated me with its texture and the fineness(compared to crochet).And so I have started to knit recently.
And when you are bitten by a bug, whatever u saw inspires you to create. Yes, On the same day I saw my friend wearing a cabled pullover and I desired to knit it.
So A year from now,I’m looking forward to master the skill of knitting and complete the cable pullover.

It is something similar to this

This is a top down sweater of an adult male which is my husband and I wish to knit a similar one in yellow or orange or pink or purple for myself, when I finish the just cast on sweater for my daughter 🙂

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Cheers,
Sangheetha.

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Baby Steps

Hi!!!

I have started to learn Knitting.
Well I am learning from you tube videos. So far I think I know cast on and knit stitch.
Its giving me so much pleasure to see them on the needles.

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Knitting

Yeah they are just simple knit or garter stitch and knitting is an ocean but I am glad with my baby steps.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”.
I wish to learn knitting and all of u wish me good luck.

Thanks,
Sangheetha.