plans & looks

blok sketch

If I want to call myself designer and if I want to desing my own clothes and all that, I’d better start designing my own blog. Or at least, that’s the thought behind this sketch.

It took me a good while to find a format I liked because I’m a difficult person and I’m not willing to write the code from scratch (because I’m too lazy to work that sh*t out). So I found a layout I actually fell in love with and widened the blog part a bit. Now all that remains is the picture (the sketch above). I’m going for a fantasy-like, dream sort of feeling and I’m hoping to finish it soon.

Holidays are over and real life came around the corner in full force, so I haven’t been posting much but thankfully I do have some actual progress!

lilirious deep v-vest

Tadaahh! You can’t really see anything in this picture (and I really really need to clean this mirror again), but it’s over my shoulders now and I’ll be separating the sleeves soon. After that it’ll go much faster I think. I can’t wait to have this thing finished! The winters at BK City, can be too cold and too hot at the same time..

lilirious deep v-vest

There’s however some good and bad news about this little knit. The good news is that even tho I’m working on 3.5mm/ US4 needles it’s actually moving along quite niceley. I think I can have this finished in another week. The bad news is that since it’s the first time I’m knitting with the TTS method, I might have started the armhole increases a bit too late and I won’t know for sure until I’ve reached the armpits and separated the sleeves. Obviously I really hope I haven’t messed up and it’ll look just fine, but if it looks off I’ll have to rip out until 2.9″ from the start of the sleeves…(argh).

I’m doing my best to just ignore it at the moment, as there’s not much I can do about it now anyway. I might be off with 2 rows and it might not even show once the sleeves are separated and it might actually look awesome. I’ll have to see. I’m accepting this risk as a wise lesson in this new method. You’ve got to sacrifice a little to learn something valuable right?

lilirious deep v-vest

Though I really love the yarn and love the fabric it creates, I really am a bit disappointed about knitting it. I can somewhat imagine why Drops would discontinue this yarn. I believe the pricing is really good, and you get a lot of yarn for the 50 grams you buy, but really knitting it makes my hands hurt. It’s kind of rough and the nice tweedy effect you see in the fabric/ yarn makes the knitting a really horrible experience imho. It’s anything but smooth knitting because the (tweedy) lumps will get stuck while knitting and some loops will get bigger and smaller. I knit fairly even (look at the socks below) and my tension isn’t too tight or loose, but seriously this yarn is a bit of a pain. I constantly have to make sure the stitches are right and that there aren’t any loose one’s on my needles.

lilirious deep v-vest

This is a detail of the set-in sleeves near the shoulder (front side). By now I’m curious how this method works with smoother and/ or bulkier yarns. I really like how the sleeves already look like they’re sewn in (while they’re not) and the piece can be worked from top to bottom.

sidewinder fail

After a while my left hand started to hurt (because I was constantly trying to correct the tension) so I felt I needed some lighter work. So I went back and undid the grafting on the sidewinder sock and ripped back until before the toe decreases. I had already grafted this seam once before.. another sacrifice for the right to learn a valuable lesson I guess (by now I can graft like it’s my second natura *insert evil laughter*). I chose the wider 6-7W size and chose to add another two rows just to be sure.

sidewinder fail

It’s already an older picture *le sigh* socks grow so fast, but I’m now done with the toe decreases and I’ll have to work on the heel increases. I hope it’ll fit me this time around.. If it won’t fit me I’ll knit something else.. seriously.. I love the pattern and I love the effect but the 2.5mm/ US1.5 circular needle I’m knitting with has a realy blunt tip that’s driving me crazy. If it won’t fit I’ll find another pattern and wait with this one untill I have a new circular needle that will work with me…

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