Project plans for 2018 are dancing in my head, as I know they are for the rest of you Knitters and Sewers. While I should be looking back at what I've made in 2017 - its far more than I have before, eek! - I'm looking forward to what I'd like to make this upcoming year with all the tools I've acquired.
Back in September my Mom gifted me a new sewing machine for my birthday. I had donated my old, simple Singer when I moved last January, thinking I'd upgrade my machine game. Definitely upgraded with this workhorse Brother machine. 2018 will hopefully be the year I accomplish more sewing. I have a list of forgotten WIP's and new projects that this new machine will get to cut its teeth (needle) on.
Materials: Harrisville Designs - Flax & Wool Blend Yarn in Fieldstone Discontinued
This lovely, texture filled cardigan has been calling my name since I first glimpsed a hit its detail from a post before Issue 3 of Laine was released. I'd hoped to use Soft Donegal like Patricia used in issue version, and have been longing for a staple, gray cardigan. I'm a bargain hunter though, and was able to find a sweaters worth of discontinued, Flax & Wool worsted-weight yarn by Harrisville on Ebay. A hugeeee score! Gift knitting has been taking up my project bags, but I've been itching so badly to swatch for this, the self-discipline is giving me hives (thankfully not truly!)
Pattern/Designer: Nova by Shellie Anderson for Shibui Knits SS16
Materials: No Clue!
When I initially dove into knitting in 2013, my last year of undergrad, I was fortunate to acquire Weaving, Knitting and an array of Textile tools and fibres my Mother had amassed in the 80's while building her career as a commerical artist. Hopefully I'll eventually expand on her work and its influence on my current path in Fiber Arts in this blog, but one of the things I discovered she still had, was a Passap Knitting Machine.
Fast forward to last summer, I decided it was now or never, I wanted to learn how to use the damn thing. Helen Sharp was a gracious dose of reality when I inquired about her Beginning Knitting Machine course, and suggested I start off with one of her standard Brother/Studio/Toyota machines, which would lay an initial foundation for embarking into the significantly different world of a Double-Knit, Knitting machine such as the Passap.
I walked out of Helen's studio this July eager to get my own standard machine, and found an amazing deal on a Studio 560 with all the bells and whistles. Now, to finally make something with it will require reviewing the notes I took, re-watching class videos and research. But Shibui's Nova is a simple enough pattern (yet complex with multiple techniques) as a first garment to adapt as a machine-make.
The Nova is a simple stockinette stitch tunic with a ribbed collar, and mirrored purl columns detail down the sides. Knit in one piece, then seamed under the arms, with the collar added after the fact, it appears to be a good beginning machine knit. I have some modifications I'll need to make so I can knit it on the machine. DK weight isn't ideal on the standard needle bed the 560 has, but it's possible!
I swooped up a regular size wallet's worth of the Black Grid pattern fabric, as well as the black, brass zipper, and matching brass snap button closures. Pretty much the exact sample wallet Anna sewed (pictured below), but I've yet to decide if I'll be using leather. Becoming Vegetarian this last year has left me incorporating Vegan choices into my lifestyle, and leather is on the table. That rant is for another post, but as for this wallet, an accent fabric to compliment the dark heathered gray from the Print Shop fabric is likely to be my choice for the closure flap.
I purchased this pattern, errr... 3 years ago? It's one of my oldest WIP's and has been forgotten and forgotten again. I've seen countless versions of this pattern while scrolling through my IG feed when it was first released. It's one of Jen's first released patterns under Grainline, and I'm excited to finally make one for myself.
The fabric I had for this first Tee is just enough for a cropped version of the tee. I purchased the end of a bolt at a now-closed Japanese Fabric Store, and my dearest friend gifted me a remnant she had of a different colorway with the same print to make it a cute duo-tone top.
With the fabric cut out, which I hastily did before understanding the wonderful concept of making a muslin mock-up, I don't have any scraps of this fabric to spare. I'd rather not experiment with the assembly using it, so to a muslin I'll go. Anticipating ample planning and research of this technique, so if anyone has any resources they've found helpful, I'd be the utmost grateful for any links!
Jen at Grainline has blogged extensively about making different versions of this pattern, so i'll be able to follow this entry and others she's written while making the final tee.