Ten-and-a-half Feet of Nerdiness

I’m finally done with my first knitting project ever, even though I started and finished two more in the same amount of time. Hah!

Takeaways from this project? Buy enough yarn up front and you won’t have to worry about colors not matching when you buy more, or running out in the middle of the project and then having to wait until payday so you can buy more yarn. (By the way, I used the KnitPicks worsted Wool of the Andes in colors suggested by DoctorWhoScarf [see below]).

I had anticipated a 11′ scarf, but after blocking, it was only 10.5′. Pretty close! I’m really happy with how it turned out, and this was definitely the best project for a [nerdy] newbie to have made. I hope to never knit a dishcloth ūüėõ

Completed Doctor Who scarf

Completed Doctor Who scarf

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Cable Scarf

I finished my second knitting project ever! It’s going to be a gift for a friend and it’s probably getting a little too warm to wear it now, but it’s the thought that counts, right? :)

Cable scarf

Cable scarf

I wanted to give cables a try, so I hunted around for an easy pattern to give a try. Through the magic of Pinterest or something, I found a free pattern for a reversible cable scarf. I also wanted to get started on it right away, because I think I started on it while I was waiting for more yarn for the Doctor Who scarf, so I went to my local yarn shop and wandered around and around until I finally settled on some yarn (Blackstone Tweed from Berroco) that was at the inexpensive spectrum. Unfortunately, it probably wasn’t the best yarn to pick for this pattern. I probably should have gone with something lighter and not tweed. However, this worked out really well for me. Why? Because I made a TON of mistakes with this scarf. :) It’s okay, they’re hard to see with the yarn I choose, so I’m okay with it. The cabling actually shows up pretty well, but the 2×2 seed stitch in between the cables isn’t as¬†noticeable (which is okay, because I think that’s where most of the mistakes are).

Still need to order more yarn for my Doctor Who scarf, so not sure what I’ll work on next… but here’s a latest picture of the Doctor Who scarf in the meantime.

243 rows of 436 on the Doctor Who scarf

243 rows of 436 on the Doctor Who scarf

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Scarf is More Than a Corgi Long!

So yesterday, I lost my job. There was a round of layoffs, and I was apart of that group. Oh well! It’s life. Guess that means more time for sewing and knitting while I’m a housewife! (Until I find a new job, that is). While I was catching up on my nearly-full DVR last night, I realized that I hadn’t posted an update on my Doctor Who scarf in a while. Well, lo and behold, it’s finally longer than Cassie! ¬†I think I’m almost at a halfway point, so hopefully it will be 11-feet long when I’m done.

Cassie and Doctor Who scarf

Cassie and Doctor Who scarf

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Acceptable Roaring Twenties Muslin

After some discussion online, it became apparent to me that I have not been altering my patterns correctly. In fact, I’ve been ignoring other kinds of alterations, probably mostly due to being in denial that my body might actually not conform to commercial patterns aside from my pear shape. So this time around of making the muslin for my Downton Abbey Party Dress, I cut all the pattern pieces apart so I could make alterations properly.

I started by taking more measurements than just the three horizontal ones. I compared my back waist length (15 3/4″) to that of the pattern size I was using (16 1/6″). Not quite a half-inch difference, but still significant enough that I threw on the first muslin, marked where my natural waist is and then compared it to the waistline on the pattern. Fortunately for me, it matched! I didn’t need to shorten the bodice above the waist. Phew!

On to my “normal” alterations. Since the “skirt” portion of the dress is so much lower than the waist, I can’t just increase the hip on the skirt pattern piece (believe me, I tried, and it was… bad). Also, I needed to increase the length of the dress by 3 inches (otherwise, the hem [not including the lowest flounce] would come up to my mid-thigh when I sit down, and that’s also bad). Traditionally, these dresses went as high as the knee, so that’s where I wanted it to be!

Normally, I would just tack on 3 inches to the bottom of the skirt, but with the flounces in this skirt, that’s not going to work. Oh, what’s that? There’s a shorten-or-lengthen-here line below the waistline on the bodice pieces? Well then, that makes sense about where I should lengthen it then! I chopped up the pattern there and slipped in pieces of paper for the additional 3 inches.

To transition the size between the waist and the hip, I combined the bodice and skirt pieces (front and skirt, and then back and skirt). Then I used a curved ruler to true up the transition between the size I am in the bodice through to the size I am in the hip. Fortunately, due to my lengthening of the dress, the only changes happened in the bodice pieces, as by the time the curved ruler met the appropriate size to accommodate my hips, it was at the bottom of the bodice. I made the same changes to the back bodice piece, too.

After all the appropriate lines were drawn, I copied it over to pattern paper, cut out the pieces of muslin, and sewed it together.

Altered Louisa Drop-Waist Pattern

Altered Louisa Drop-Waist Pattern (and Supervising Corgi lounging on the futon)

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Quilting and Knitting Progress Report

I got all my blocks done by my self-imposed deadline! Here’s a pre-stitched preview of the last handful of them:

Block M

Block M

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Knitting is in My Blood

Okay, maybe that’s a bit premature, but I seem to have mastered the knit (or garter) stitch.

Yesterday, I woke up feeling pretty horrible. Maybe it was some kind of One-Day Flu, but I couldn’t manage to get out of bed to attempt to work from home. Instead, I sat in bed and caught up on my Hulu queue, and worked on my scarf during moments of lucidity. I got a fair amount done, and didn’t drop any more stitches! I’m really just hoping I have enough yarn, considering there’s still a few more large blocks of the tan yarn I’ve already used.

I have to say, I’m enjoying knitting more than crochet. It’s easier to keep track of stitches when they’re all hanging off a needle instead of trying to figure out which loop you’re suppose to thread your hook through.

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Knitting: Challenge Accepted

After I finished my crochet project, I told mom I wanted to learn to knit. I had a couple ideas from Pinterest I wanted to try, but she vetoed all of them and said, “You should do a scarf.”

*sigh* Fine.

Oh, but wait, I wanted to make a scarf after all. An 11-foot long scarf, to be exact. Yep, I’m making the Fourth Doctor’s scarf as worn by Tom Baker in the television series, Doctor Who. I ordered all the yarn I’d need (hopefully) from KnitPicks.com, and even got my sister-in-law to pitch in a few balls of yarn so I could get free shipping. I was so excited when I opened the box (but probably not as excited as my cats were).

Yarn delivery from KnitPicks.com

Yarn delivery from KnitPicks.com

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