The body is finished, for the most part. I used a crocheted steek to cut open the front and already sewed one side of it down. After I sew the other side of the steek down, I’ll add the rest of the seamen swirly bits in duplicate stitch before moving on to the sleeves, followed by the button bands, and the collar.
As you can see, it’s a fairly involved sweater as it’s taken me eighteen days to get this far. I appreciate the inquiries I’ve been receiving, but I’d like to clear up a few things, so I’m not constantly repeating myself about commissioned peen cardigans.
By the end of this, personal, cardigan, there will be about 120 hours of work in it along with about $100 in materials (yarn). I would not knit this for anyone looking to purchase it for under $1,000. It’s a lot of work and a lot of time. I’m sure you appreciate being paid a decent wage for your hard work and time as do I. Even at $1,000, I’d still be knitting for $7.50 an hour (then add in the $100 for yarn).
But to make things easier for those of you who really, really want to commission a peen cardigan, I’m going to work up the same pattern in a bulkier yarn. This will cut my hours in half, but the cost of yarn is pretty much the same. I’m going to start the sample of the bulkier version as soon as this one is finished (and no, I’m not selling the one I’m knitting right now, it’s mine). If you’re interested in commissioning the bulky peen cardigan, it’ll be in the $600 range and it’ll take me about 3-4 week to complete it. More updates soon since it’s almost finished!
The pieces of this sweater languished on my sewing table. First time was because I was terrified of steeking it. Then once, I got over that fear, there was the whole “oh great. Now I have to stitch black on black”. Excuses! Excuses!
Without a MN Fashion Week to prep for and some time on my hands I decided it was time for me to have one of my knits. I think it turned out pretty darn well. I had to completely redo the neck edge because the directions were awful (and badly designed), but now it fits like a dream.
*ZAP!* You have all switched bodies, and here's who's whom. (Left side=original bodies Right=minds in bodies and they are joined by a dash) Sonic - Sticks / Tails - Sonic / Knuckles - Tails / Amy - Knuckles / Sticks - Eggman / Eggman - Amy
((Eggman isn’t a muse I’m doing atm, but I’d gladly replace Eggman with Shadow! :-)))
((*POOF* BODY SWAP FOR 3 DAYS))
"YOU SEE? YOU SEE NOW? THE ALIENS HAVE ALL COME TO WIPE US OUT BY TAKING OVER OUR BODIES! HIDE YOUR GOLD NOW!"
"This is crazy! Why am I in Tails’ body?! I can’t even kiss my boyfriend! What the fuck!"
"Its seems as if our very minds had collaborated with the wrong bodies!"
"I DON’T CARE WHAT THE FUCK THIS IS, BUT SOMEONE BETTER SWITCH ME BACK RIGHT NOW!"
"Oh god, I can feel my mortality…my powers, my good looks, my boyfriend, or…is it girlfriend now?"
"Everyone, please stay calm! I’m sure this won’t last very long so we should all just calm down and talk about our feelings."
I am participating in a Craft Olympics with some colleagues. The idea is to challenge yourself to complete a craft project in the time frame of the Olympics. We are not competing against each other, we are competing against ourselves.
So I picked a somewhat unreasonable project that is out of my reach and not terribly well planned-for and dove on in. I suspect I will lose in this competition with myself.
We have a group blog, but I think I have more to say than is appropriate to put in the group blog. I don’t want to monopolize the group blog, you know? I remember Stevie Nicks talking about being in Fleetwood Mac and having all these songs and only getting like, one, on each album. I’m not staying I’m Stevie Nicks, but in this instance maybe I am saying I’m Stevie Nicks.
In any case, my project is a zipped toddler sweater. The challenge: it will be steeked! Meaning it’s knit in the round and then you just cut that shit open and sew a zipper in. I really hate purling.
I was not totally satisfied with the patterns I found, so I’m heavily adapting one, and I decided to make up my own color pattern at the yoke because I thought the other one was fussy.
What you’re looking at above is the coffee cup coozie sample I made. It did not make me feel a lot more confident about the project.
1. I do not know how to crochet, and I think I will want to do a crochet edge to further secure and finish the steeked edges.
2. I have not started knitting my actual project and the Olympics ends on the 23rd.
3. I am not very good at colorwork and my sweater design involves a two-color pattern around the yoke.
I cut the steeks on my Coda last night at S&B… Oh man, how I wish I could share video on IG! The gasps that happened when I made the first snip (and all the way through) were hilarious! I am totally searching for a beautiful fair isle pattern to knit/steek next! Cutting your knitting is soooooo liberating. Highly recommended! #knitnight #knitporn #sweaterknitting #steeks #woolpeoplecoda #woolpeople
Upcycling thrift store sweater yarn for reuse: Part I
I’ve been collecting thrift store wool, angora and cashmere sweaters for unraveling the yarn for months. I unraveled a jade green sweater last summer, but I’m still looking for sweaters in shades of royal purple, lavender, and blue-greens.
I like to unravel groups of sweaters at one time because the process is somewhat messy, with bits of yarn and dust flying everywhere. With so many sweaters I planned on the process taking several days. The first day, I unraveled a cherry red sweater. I prefer to “unzip” the sections first, and then unravel the sections one after the other at my spinning wheel. I can’t knit cables, and the difficulty of removing the trim on the front panels made me decide to save them as is for reuse. Cutting sweater pieces is called steeking and is traditionally done with fair isle sweaters knit in the round. I need to stabilize the front edges before a pick up and knit trim/button band or sew on woven bands.