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Textured Jacket.Wearing.

Knitting cardigan

The weather is absolutely beautiful right now. I can’t believe this sky color, it looks surreal… The mornings are cool, windy and perfect for knitwear. I had a chance to wear my Textured Jacket last weekend. It’s raveled here.

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Hand Knit Cardigan

I love its neutral color – it looks completely different in the morning and evening light.

Hand Knit Cardigan

 

Hand Knit Cardigan

As the jacket is pretty “busy” itself, in my opinion it looks better when worn with simple clothes – jeans or dresses of basic silhouettes in neutral colors.

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The only concern I have is that it might be difficult to take care of it. The textured fabric + neutral color can be challenging to wash. If you have any tips, please, let me know! Other than that it’s so comfortable. I can’t resist wrapping myself up in its cables and twists!

These photos were taken in one of my favorite local spots. This is Estero (or Estuary). It is a beautiful place full of vegetation and magnificent birds. The river runs all the way from the mountains and is surrounded by trees, bushes and beautiful flowers.

Knitting cardigan

Before the hurricane there was a lovely path running along the river. Every morning you could see people running, biking, stretching, walking with dogs… In the afternoons it was a perfect place to sit on a bench reading a book, knitting or just looking around, savouring the moment and this beautiful life…

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After Odile many trees are gone, the river is two times wider and there is no sight of the path or the benches. But it’s still very special and dear to me. I can’t wait for winter to come when Estero welcomes dozens of different kinds of birds. It is such a great experience to go there with our Montessori class and observe birds, little animals, different kinds of plants…

I also used to teach my small pilates class here last year. I wish I had more time for it right now.

Throwing in some pilates moves 🙂

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Now I am at this exciting stage of choosing the next project… So many gorgeous patterns out there. What is on your wait list?

Knitting Textured Cardigan
Finished Objects, Knitting

Textured Jacket. Vogue Knitting. Details.

You probably remember that I started this project back in September.

Knitting Textured Cardigan
Vogue Knitting Winter 2012/2013 Designer Shirley Paden

I wanted to knit this pattern for almost a year, but I was a little bit intimidated by the intricate stitch pattern. But I am so glad that I eventually got to it. I am really happy with the result!

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Designer Shirley Paden challenges us with the interlocking twists and florets pattern. The result is a stunningly textured fabric.

Knitting Textured Cardigan

I’ve made some modifications to the sweater.

  • Though Shirley offered to knit this jacket with considerable ease, I chose more close-fitting style.  To my taste if you knit a textured pattern with a lot of ease, it makes you look bulky.
  • Waist shaping was achieved by changing needle sizes.
  • I crocheted ties, instead of knitting them. Chain of 50 stitches and single crochet one row. I put them a little bit lower – on the waist line, instead of the bust line.

Knitting Textured Cardigan

 V-neck shaping.

Knitting Textured Cardigan

 I chose simple garter stitch trimming, instead of I-cord.

Knitting Textured Cardigan

I omitted the collar.

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Sleeves. I knitted the cuff using Chart 2 for 1 1/2 pattern repeats using 3 mm needle (US 2 1/2), then switched to Chart 1 using 3.5 mm needle (US 4).

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I used crochet slip stitch for seams.

Knitting Textured Cardigan

I am so happy to have it in my closet. It is very special to me.

Knitting Textured Cardigan

Thank you, Vogue Knitting!

Other posts about this project:

Knitting and crochet finished projects
Adiós

October. Adiós.

October is gone.

Knitting and crochet finished projects

And I must say it was quite the month. After being hit in September by Odile, aka “the most intense landfalling tropical cyclone during the satelite era” in our region, my life became quite hectic. We lived most of the month in the house without windows, that had been smashed out by Odile; I came back to work and we were putting our dear Montessori classrooms, organic school garden and other installations back together. So, basically, October was the cleaning month.

But among all this mess, broken windows, destroyed walls, problems with the electricity, water, internet and so on, I was knitting and crocheting. Every day, even if just a little bit. It helped a lot to deal with tension and stress. And I must say it was one of the most productive and crafty-satisfying months that I had ever had! I finished 4 WIPs!!!! Some of them have been craving for attention for months.

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 Four garments. I am all dressed up for November!

Knitting and crochet finished projects

 My faithful companion in daily long walks.

Knitting and crochet finished projects“Yep. She’s finished them. Four of them”

The seasons finally clicked. I can feel the autumn in the air. It feels nice…

Knitting and crochet finished projects Knitting and crochet finished projectsBye, bye, October. Thank you for everything.

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 More about October projects in sweet November…

Knitting inspiration
Knitting Inspiration

Friday Inspiration. Volume Knitting.

How about this skirt for the Halloween costume?

Knitting inspiration
Photo from sandrabacklund.com

Sandra Backlund, a Swedish knitwear designer, creates one-of-a-kind pieces that shock and inspire at the same time. Sandra uses both machine and hand-knitting in her work.

Edgy. Provocative. Exaggerated.

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Photo from sandrabacklund.com

Her signature style in knitting is the structure and volume. Though she uses basic techniques, her vision of knitting is far from conventional.

I love these huge bobbles.

Knitting inspiration
Photo from sandrabacklund.com

 In one of her interviews Sandra said that the perfect piece of knitwear for her is all kinds of knitwear dresses. Being obsessed with dresses myself, I fell in love with her masterpieces.

Knitting inspiration
Photo from sandrabacklund.com
Knitting inspiration
Photo from sandrabacklund.com

The big question is how and where do you wear them? I would need a good prep talk to put on one of these designs.

Maybe this one. The skirt is gorgeous and actually wearable.

Knitting inspiration
Photo from sandrabacklund.com

Look up more of Sandra’s designs on her website. There are no patterns for sale, but there is definitely no lack of inspiration for a knitter.

Have a nice crafty weekend!

Knitting Top Vogue Knitting
Finished Objects, Knitting

Color Zig-Zag top. Vogue Knitting

Another beautiful design from Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2012 – Color Zig-Zag Top by Katherine Hunt. There are hundreds of new patterns out there each year, but I just can’t help myself and keep knitting from my favorite knitting magazine. I need to break out from my Vogue Knitting haze.

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I chose these colors  for two reasons.

The first one is very practical and antiromantic. After finishing Arabesque Pullover and Boat Neck Pullover I had some yarn left from each sweater. Not enough to make a garment in each of these colors, but perfect amount of yarn if combined in  one project. Usual stripes seemed too “flat”, zig-zags are always a great alternative.

The second reason is more poetic. The combination of colors was the perfect reflection of the surrounding landscape – the sandy beaches and the ocean. After living all my life in a cold, industrial and dirty town I feel beyond grateful to be able to breathe the fresh and clean air and feel the ocean breeze on my skin.

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I trimmed the neckline with two rows of single crochet stitch. Overall, it was a very easy project, though I spent quite some time on the sleeves. As I substituted the yarn, my gauge was completely different from the one recommended in the pattern, so I couldn’t figure out how to gradually cast on stitches for the sleeves and keep the zig-zag pattern. But it was a good experience for me.

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Thank you, Vogue Knitting, for challenging my skills!

 

 

 

 

Crochet
Crochet

Color Healing

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I am down with a cold. But instead of getting under the blankets and staying in bed the whole day, I cheered myself up with this superfood smoothie (which is packed with vitamin C), tangerines and colorful yarn.

Just in case you need it someday, there is a recipe for the smoothie:

-water

-pineapple

-apple

-lime juice

-spinach

Crochet

There is no better remedy for my headache than taking the skeins of leftover yarn from the stash and randomly crochet small pieces just for fun.

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The colorful posts from my two favorite blogs also help.

  •  Inspiring One Sheepish Girl and her dream apartment.  I need to start organizing my house after the hurricane!
  • The crafty film review by Kate Davies about stranded colorwork. Though I consider myself an experienced knitter who likes to be challenged by the complicated patterns, I’ve always thought of Fair Isle technique as too time consuming. But after this post I want to try to knit at least a swatch and see what it feels like.

Have a good week!