Tiny Nonsense

Calling it done

Alrighty, I think this is done (read, I really should stop spending so much time playing with it and do real work) and I know I am delighted with it. Now, let's see if I can answer a few questions/make a few plans.⁠ 1) Will I show you the whole sweater? Probably not. I don't do pictures of clothes on me, the dressforms I have are not the right size to show the sweater off well, and taking a picture of a sweater laid out flat that looks anything other than awful does not seem to be a skill I [...]

September 6, 2021|

Doodles continue

Embroidery doodles continue to be amusing... But forward progress has been somewhat hindered by the supervisory efforts of Miss Fizzy. Work will resume when she decides she has other places to be.

September 1, 2021|

Doodles

We all know I'm not a sweater knitter.  Sweater wearer yes, sweater knitter no.  And while I have no desire to knit my own sweaters, I do occasionally want to, shall we say customize, the cozy, comfy, easy, store-bought sweaters I wear so often. It started with mending, because why not fix what you have if you can.  Then it moved on to things like adjusting the band at the bottom of a sweater (the band that causes a sweater to draw in at precisely the point my body flares out, the appeal of which I will never understand) or [...]

August 30, 2021|

Improvements

So, the sweater from the other day? The one rescued from the ravages of kitten brutality?  Here it is all mended (you can watch me do some of that over on instagram if you're so inclined). And here it is with the neckline adjusted so I like it better for me (you can watch me do some of that too). And just because this stuff is important to say, here is your bonus reminder that you should absolutely have your neckline wherever you want.  Anyone who tries to make you feel bad about how much or how little skin you [...]

August 28, 2021|

Stabby sweet

I love cotton sweaters. I love the tiny kitten. The tiny kitten loves to make biscuits on my cotton sweaters, and sometimes this happens.⁠ So I have to fix it.⁠ In this case, when it's just One Single Split Strand, you can actually fix it pretty perfectly if you tuck the yarn back in and use matching sewing thread to splice the ends back together.⁠ But that will not be quite as sturdy as I like (I know myself, I know my laundry habits, it's better if I fix this in a way that allows for rougher handling than that [...]

August 27, 2021|

Joining, part two

That top I started to fix a few weeks ago? Yeah, here's attempts two (ripped out) and three (the winner). So in case you don't happen to follow my every word with breathless attention, this is the neck opening of a sweater. It's open a bit farther down than I'd like, so I wanted to close it up a bit. I started by trying to just stitch it freehand (that was the post from a few weeks ago), but things shifted around a bit too much, so I stuck it in an embroidery hoop to hold everything still. That helped [...]

July 16, 2021|

Joining

This is going to be fun. Well, not this. This is about to get picked out. But then I'm going to do it again more carefully, and I think that will be fun.⁠ You see, I have a sweater with a neckline that's a bit lower than I like. And it would be the perfect sweater if only the neckline were just an inch or two higher.⁠ So I'm going to fix it.⁠ I started by putting it on and experimenting with a pin and a mirror to figure out where I wanted the neckline to fall. And it turns [...]

June 16, 2021|

I can bring blocking into anything

Here's that little shoulder patch after it's gone through the washer (and dryer...pajama sweaters do not generally get air dried folks). Take a look at the difference between freshly mended and after several washes. I actually like it much more now that the yarn has plumped up and fuzzed out a bit, so I am super happy with this. But it is a beautiful example of...wait for it...why swatching and blocking are so damn important. Bear with me here. Swatching is to let you know how your fabric is going to behave before you go to the trouble of knitting [...]

March 1, 2021|

Further improvements

Ok, so there's the first one done!⁠ ⁠ You can see I ended up doing a second area of duplicate stitch, but it's a little funny looking. That's because, when I handed them back to their owner for a fit check, the heel was declared delightfully cushiony...and now that it was so soft and cozy, it became clear that the ball of the foot was...less so.⁠ That's largely because I knit these socks back in my 'what? what do you mean my stitches are twisted? aren't they all supposed to be like this?' phase of being a baby knitter. So [...]

January 9, 2021|
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