grey days

We’ve had a bit of spring weather with some lovely sunny days and warmish afternoons, but there are still more cloudy cold rain/snow filled ones than not. We even had a hail storm earlier this week ..oh poor car!

Feeling extra delicate lately, with these ghostly wools and foggy bag views.

I really wanted to make this shawl with thread weight, but I also wanted it to not take me 3 years to finish. I love fine crochet so much, and wish I had more tolerance for larger projects. Today, sport weight wins and while this crochet hook is incredibly gorgeous, I feel like I could snap it with my mind.

More than halfway,  for scale the hook is 6¾” long.

I don’t talk too much about these hooks, because I’ve had quality issues almost every time I’ve ordered them, and to get semi complete sets of semi perfect hooks took a lot of back a forth between myself and the company. Although the company was always really great about resolving any issues quickly and without fuss, it became frustrating to always expect there would be something wrong with my order, wrong size/kind sent, bad etching, surface bubbles, chips, resin defects. But dang, when they’re good, they’re just so good.

Cream Streamline Swirl: G/4.0 – G+/4.5 – H/5.0 – I/5.5 – L/7.0 – N/9.0

(Note: My hook collection is older, it’s been a few years since I ordered anything, so current experiences might be different.)

Everything I love about each one being absolutely unique, beautiful and one of a kind, is exactly what I hate when trying to have a uniform collection. Currently under the spell of functional art. It’s a weird relationship.

Cookie Streamline Swirl: G/4.0 – G+/4.5 – H/5.0 – I/5.5 – J/6.0 – M/8.0

There really isn’t a final border on this shawl, it finishes with just a simple row of dc, which is so nice because I wet block everything and pinning out shawl points and curves is miserable, and I’m not really a ornate edging kind of person ..but I couldn’t resist adding the tiniest baby scallop border (my standard move).

I also used up a chunk of stash wool, not quite all of it, but still feels good.

This dress, it’s one of my favorite sews and seeing this shawl layered up with it, has all the old timey “Ma up early on a chilly morning making griddle pancakes” mood that my wannabe prarie life requires.

Pattern: Minai Shawl by Jasmin Räsänen
Wool: Finull by Rauma in colorway 452

Closeup of that cutie scallop aka pie crust edging ♡

There, pair it with one of my favored functionally obsolete technologies and the look becomes somehow instantly modern.

Irish Lace 3/17/22

No better day to busy myself with this little Irish crochet pin keep ♡

I fell hard for Irish Lace, it’s so beautifully complex looking, with its chain webs, picots, flowers and leaves, the tiny delicate stitches ..oof ♡

I found the pattern for this pincushion here
(I will warn you, I had some issues with sections of the pattern being a little off (even after checking the errata, so it’s a bit freestyled in areas.)

I used a thicker linen thread than the pattern stated, so I didn’t do as many rnds of the lace background or leaves (p.s the leaves are added after your done!) I made the pad out of a scrap of decorator linen & stuffed it tight with 0000 steel wool (to help keep the pins sharp). The breakdown, basically all the best pincushiony things: Linen thread on linen fabric, stuffed with 0000 steel wool wrapped in wool batting.

Some of my vintage pincushions have a little strawberry attached to them that’s filled with emery sand & you to poke your needles into it to sharpen them, I kind of love that idea ..but don’t know if I really love the idea of dealing with sand ..steel wool scouring pads are relatively cheap, readily available & low mess.

brown sweater, a mood

I wasn’t even going to write about this sweater project, because I got sour with it, but then I made a cute new bag and it semi-sweetened my mood.

I never knew I could have almost endless top thread ..I’m starry eyed right now..

I bought this cone thread holder years ago at the goodwill, stuffed it somewhere in the artroom, forgot about, found it, used it, loved it and now I’m wondering where are the endless bobbin thread solutions!?

Jason built me a blocky clown with a hotdog smile, honestly the Lego stuff never makes its way upstairs, but everyone hated this little weird guy except me.♡

Big sweater energy (but make it cute) ..oh and add snaps.

Worsted weight sweater = tired arms = put it in a bag to help hold it and then stuff it in a “slippery” bag to help move it around on your lap.

P.S I got chalklegs tags for my handmades thinking it would be charming to pop them onto everything ..and now I realize, part of the joy of making my own clothes and bags is I never have to deal with scratchy annoying tags and honestly it sometimes feels a little too ego weirdo to put them on everything. Oh well.

A Letter From Sleeve Island –
It’s been forever.
It’s not that I’m slow ..well maybe I am,
but I truly believe it’s because you have incredibly long arms.

Yours Always,
amanda ♡

Sorting to find seven matching 1″ buttons, I can’t even explain this pleasure ..if you know you know :)

Ok, here’s the sour bit, and I’m not even gonna go full sour on you, (keeping it to just the facts) because I’m in a burn it all f’ing down kind of mood.

I really enjoyed making this Antonia/Antonio cardigan, and would love to see the size range expanded (currently it only goes up to a 3xl/54”), so I reached out to cocoknits (the designer/brand) asking them to make this pattern more size inclusive. They responded that helping hard-to-fit and larger sized women is what they love to do and moving forward they will be more size inclusive, but they weren’t sure they would be updating older patterns, and then cut and pasted a response they gave to another maker with the same limited sizing concerns. Telling me I could use their branded method to get the fit I wanted.

I think this pattern was written prior to the book that teaches the fit method, it never mentions the method or worksheets. Antonia/Antonio is pretty popular, it’s one of cocoknits top patterns on Ravelry. Some, but not all of their newer patterns go up to a 5xl, so it’s absolutely do-able to have an inclusive basic size range, without pushing all the upsizing adjustment work back onto the maker. Yes, give me the method/tools to tailor it to my body (if I want), but also give me the the same basic starting point closer to my measurements you’re giving smaller sizes.

If you’re getting even one email from a fat maker asking you to do better, let alone multiple, please take notice. To be body neutral we need to stop using terms like hard-to-fit.

Working on this has taught me it’s possible to enjoy a knit and at the same time be disappointed with it.

Notes: English tailoring, switched button placket to opposite side, found seven matching buttons, with an eighth for good measure sewn to the inside.

Switching the button placket aka putting buttonholes on the left side and buttons on the right: Starting on the WS left bottom p1,k1,p1 then begin k1 f&b (or p1 f&b) whichever keeps established rib in check and make buttonholes as written (again adjusting to keep rib in pattern).

This is for Jason, he loves it, and I loved making it for him, he is so incredibly knitworthy ♡ ..it only took me a decade to get around to and then several months to finish.

I love that it looks like you’re still in it ♡

– – – – – – U P D A T E: April 23, 2022 – – – – – –

Antonio, now with 100% more pockets! I don’t usually go back to an old post and add an update, but I didn’t want to make a whole new post about pockets …anyways…

Afterthought patch pockets as follows: Leaving a long tail, pick up 29 sts just above the bottom ribbing, and roughly 10 stitches (or desired distance) away from the button band, knit 35 rows in stockinette, then work 1×1 ribbing for 7 rows, bind off all sts, again leaving a long tail, stitch down pocket sides using tails. Repeat for other side.