Knitting

Adam Made It! ðŸ¤—

It is now official, after the husband did a thorough fitting last night and did some muscle flexing in front of a mirror wearing Adam 😄 – I haz knit my second sweater! 💪💪

I haz conquered knitting (and seaming!) dark grey yarn, haz conquered working with snakelike implements of torment a.k.a. circular needles, conquered despair and the temptation to just give up and knit an entirely new and different pattern, and learned that maybe it’s wise to knit a size or 2 bigger than what the tape measure tells you to 😆😉

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Knitting

There Lies Adam

knitting WIP

Adam is 92% finished ⭐

But needs to be unraveled 😢 😢

I know!

And I was SO looking forward to beginning a new knitting project!

I am working on the neck portion now and asked the husband to do a fitting last night. Everything else fit (beautifully, I might add), except the underarm portion 😤 😤

Adam follows the pattern Joukahainen and is a pdf download from Ravelry. See the hot  stuff here:

Joukahainen

It is a raglan sleeved sweater worked from bottom to top, so I don’t think there was any way to have done an earlier fitting that would have properly exposed the tight underarm portion.

I’ve been racking my brains for ways to salvage the project. But since stitch count influences the tapering of the raglan sleeves, which in turn affects length of the yoke portion, short of claiming Adam for myself, I see no other plausible option but to unravel, add more stitches and just basically start from stitch zero.

I’m a little teapot short and stout! Here is my handle and here is my spout! When the water’s boiling hear me shout …

My husband really likes Adam though and I don’t want to claim it for myself because I already have Eve.

Tip the handle and pour me out!

Allez – I am going to put on my big girl panties and unravel the thing and start from the very beginning.

What is worth doing is worth doing well! ~ says Paardje ❤

But maybe not today. Today I deserve CHOCOLATE! 😉

So meanwhile let me regale you with a photo of bat droppings in my beloved reflection place (but they obviously weren’t partying hard last night):

bat droppings

You do know I like to tease you, right? 🤣 ✌️🏻 ✌️🏻

Knitting

And Her Name Shall Be “Eve” 🎆 🎆 ðŸŽ†

And she shall be a teacher ❤ ❤ ❤

I did it everyone! I finally, finally finished my very first sweater – as a matter of fact (wags pointer finger obnoxiously in your face 😉😉) my very first knitted project!

Ta-daaaaah! (Sorry for the picture quality, it’s been one rainy day after the other over here):

And I shall name her “Eve”!

(Loud thunder clap proclaims the Universe’s approval!😀😀)

Eve is a very effective teacher because she has quite a few imperfections – shall I say instead – wonderful lessons that I couldn’t have learned otherwise.  See here:

Loose ending (last) stitches at both sides of the neck opening:

Misaligned rows (ehehehehe! 😀😀)

misalignments

Shoulder seaming that needs to be done cleaner moving forward:

shoulder seam

There’s also the underside of one sleeve that I seamed differently — not with the mattress stitch but rather with some kind of alien stitch form from outer space — and the result is … ehehehehe! 😀😀 (I’m not showing a picture here because my pride cannot take anymore embarrassment! 😀😀😀😀)

But I love her! 💘💘💘

Eve’s style is loose and is supposed to be worn over body-fit tops. He sleeves are 3/4ths in length which is perfect for when you just find rolling up sleeves to be such a hassle.

When I decided to go for a sweater as my introduction to knitting I knew I couldn’t set my standards too high. Other than choosing a very simple beginner’s pattern, I had to accept beforehand that the finished product would be far less than perfect and that I would probably only wear it at home or to the corner boulangerie at most.

(This picture in my head is not in Indonesia of course but somewhere the climate is conducive to wearing sweaters. Although Indonesians do wear sweaters and jackets despite the very hot climate … I’ll never understand why or how they manage but, I digress 😀😀).

So, that’s Eve for you and I’m very pleased (and relieved) about how she turned out anyways. 😄😄

I also managed to crochet another shell bag as a de-stresser in between all that seaming 😂😂😂

quick shell tote bag

Not bad eh? 😀 😀

Lastly, check out my amazing dance moves in my celebratory dance:

I slay it each time! 😉😎😉

Crochet

Thou Shalt Not Be Distracted! Well … ðŸ’

I’m only human and I hardly ever take myself seriously anyways 😂 🤣

Despite pledging focus on my June goals in this post, I couldn’t resist a quick dalliance 😉My hands were missing the familiar dance of crochet and since I needed to use up my old yarns anyways, I allowed myself a quick side-creation.

Ta-daaaaah!!!! 👏 👏

easy crochet bag

I made this bag out of the yarn I once tried to crochet a hat/skirt/bucket with. Despite its scratchy feel (I actually planned on throwing it away!), I’m in love with its color and was just waiting for a stroke of inspiration to point me to the right project.

crochet beginners bag

This was very easy crochet. It’s also mindless but with a beautiful shell stitch pattern this time 💗 💖 💘 I finished it in one weekend 🙆 🙆

crochet shell bag

I hadn’t expected it to be this roomy 😁 It definitely doesn’t look ‘baggy’ in a big, shapeless sort of way. The original pattern doesn’t call for it but I had some yarn left over from this fancy li’l skirt, and it really looks nice as a finishing touch crocheted around the bag opening and handles 😁

I’m thinking this will make a simple but pretty “Oh-I-was-just-thinking-of-you” gift to a friend.

What’s that? Oh you wanna make one for yourself? Sure! Here’s the pattern

💋

Knitting

All This Knitting Has Me Obsessed About My Derriere

Ahoy everybody!!! 🙋

I have gone AWOL for a while, this is a fact. I had no idea my June goals would be so consuming!

Well, classes also just ended so there were mom/parents’ events to attend to and now my daughter is at home with me, watching Minecraft videos from sun up to sun down.

Kids! 👯 👯 👯

Anyhoot, I’m here to talk about my derriere … err no, my knitting. Let’s talk about my knitting! 😄

As enthusiastically declared in this blog post I set myself the task of knitting my first sweater this month. I did not want to start my knitting-for-beginners stage with dishcloths, scarves nor beanies. Nope! I came here for the sweaters, people! And since all progress depends on the crazy person (or woman, in this case), a sweater I will knit.

I am still flummoxed over the fact that -aside from the sizes and lengths – you also have different needle types. In addition to straight ones (which I thought were the only knitting needles in existence), you also have DPN’s and circular ones, the latter also comes with different cord lengths. It’s a bit like calculus! 😱 😱

 

 

But once I started knitting, I was addicted ❤️‍💋‍ ❤️‍

And this is where my derriere comes in. I’ve never had my derriere scream bloody murder before, ever! 😲 😲 😲 But with knitting … I say I’ll take a break after this one row but it turns into 5 rows (or more!) and by then my glutes are staging a rally!

So here are the sweater pieces laid out prior to seaming (it will be a very pink sweater, I know 😄) :

sweater pieces

I am making this drop shoulder sweater which has so far been quite easy and thus, very confidence boosting 🙂 🙂 My tension is still very tight but improving.

Aside from the stitches, I’ve learned to do long-tail cast-on which is my preference, binding off using a crochet hook (which is again, my preference), knitting increase, three needle bind-off, and am about to learn the mattress stitch for sewing the pieces together 😀

I love it! ❤ ❤ ❤

Already I am lining up so many sweater and cardigan projects to do immediately after this in mad-crazy succession 😄 😄 Starting with this beautiful cardigan for my daughter:

Beulah cardigan

I know, I know … I don’t even know how to measure yet! But, I learn best by doing and right now, I just want to ride my enthusiasm to the hilt! 💃💃💃

Meanwhile, I do this to appease my derriere:

 

Hugs and lunges! 💕 💕 💕

Crochet

Mindless Crochet And The Art Of Seduction

My version of the solid granny square bag is finally done-done-dooooone! 🙂

crochet granny square bag

I’ve never had a bag like this before. Well for starters, it’s crochet, and I made it myself ❤

It’s also roomy, in a stretchable and unencumbered-by-partitions sort of way. Perfect for those times when you have lots to carry and you don’t want to be saddled with multiple bags – or better yet, when you want to save the environment and just say “no” to those plastic/tote bags that come with your purchased item 👍👏

crochet bag for beginners

I made it in black and gray so it would go well with most any style/color of clothing. I made the handles wider, out of rows of 4 dc instead because I didn’t want them to cut into my shoulders as the bag would get heavier. I also made the handles a bit longer so I can also carry the bag across the body, and I can tie them up top if I want them shorter.

granny square bag easy

I’m lovin’ it! ❤ ❤ And it was pure, mindless crochet. You know, you don’t have to look at a pattern or count or anything, you just make your hands do the work!

One of the advantages of “mindless crochet” is the opportunity to learn something new while working at it. For instance, I learned a bit more about the art of seduction while crocheting this bag 😏 😏

And so on … just let your YouTube TEDx Talks run its course XD XD

Have you ever done a crochet project that was ‘mindless’? What did you occupy your mind with while working at it?

Create happy! ❤