...Cleaver that is... and I'm okay with that! With all of her glorious motherly ways.
I want to be the mom who bakes, sews and knits.
The only issue is... I don't really do any of those things well, so here's me sharing with you all my 101's.
Laugh with me or at me, I don't care. I just hope I can evolve during this process!

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

WIP Wednesday

I have two projects going on right now. Both in bamboo silk. I'm still not used to knitting with something so slippery!

My KAL is too big for me but I'll make sure it goes to a loving home. In the meantime it still needs a rework on the bottom and hopefully that happens before the weekend. But what I had to do first was frog the bottom because I bind off too tight and it barely made it over my hips.
It should hang loose but its slouched here because its tight.

But I didn't discover it was too tight until after binding off, blocking AND after weaving in the ends. Who waits to try it on after doing all of the above? Me. A person absolutely naive that it might not fit! *insert maniacal laugh here* cause its all I got folks.

The bulk around the bust should be filled... with bust. But its not.

Basically I used a yarn I was new to and it had much more weight and drape than I thought it would.

But again, I've learned a few things on this tank.

   1. Research before blocking. Assume nothing. Cause throwing this sucker in the sink of water, as you can imagine, made it grow 3 times its size. So into the dryer it went! I was supposed to lay it down dry and spritz it with water. "Ahhhh yes, that makes more sense," is about where my mind went.
   2. I am way too thorough when weaving in ends. Man, unweaving it last night was entirely too difficult. Especially after blocking.
   3. I did learn how to frog but I pre-loaded my stitches on a 'brake' needle so I wouldn't have to pick them up after. Woo-hoo to that!

So I hope to gift this along and then make another for myself, downsized and with a more structured yarn.

The second project is this bandana scarf.

A LONG overdue present that got put aside for the above tank... I hope it blocks nicely. Now that I know how to properly block bamboo silk that is. *cough cough*
Can you tell I'm on a coral fixation?
And I hope I can part with it when I'm done... cause I'm falling in love with it.


  1. I think your Coachella is lovely! It sounds like you're not the only one who's had a hard time with that pattern. The bandana is cute as a wink, too! Nice to see you this afternoon :)

  2. Awwww, I feel bad. If it makes you feel better I make boo boos all the time. I hate the summer sweater I did last year and never wear it. We all learn from our mistakes and get better and grow from them. Blocking/choosing yarns are hard and once you start learning more it get's way easier.

  3. So sorry your KAL hasn't worked out size wise. Mine is a bottom up and I have been working the round for some time and now that I have split front and back to do the top section I have tried it on for the first time. Thankfully it fits over the hips, but I'm a bit worried that overall it will be a bit too saggy baggy...time will tell!

  4. i learnt the thing about weaving ends in the hard way too :) Never again....
    Loving the coral - it's the new black don't you know?!

  5. I like it your Coachella!
    Thinkin' I may need a little coral in my life. Visiting a big 'ol yarn shop tomorrow, just might have to pick some up.. :)


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