posts tagged: FOs

adelaide dress

adelaide dress | pepperknit.com

Right before heading to the TNNA summer tradeshow, I finished sewing my first Adelaide Dress from Seamwork Magazine, and I wore it on the first day of the show! I proudly marched over to the Knitter’s Pride booth to show it off, because I purchased this fabric while on the trip to India to see Knitter’s Pride’s factory.

The fabric is a thin lightweight cotton, so this dress was perfect for the 94° day in DC, though it is so thin that I needed to buy a new white slip to wear under. I aligned the pattern so that the same lighter band goes up the very middle of the back, too. The directions for the dress and the sewing of it were incredibly straightforward—not once did I have to run to Google for help with terminology! Could be that I’ve gotten better at this, could just be that the directions were so clear. I cut a size 12 because I wanted some extra room in the bust and waist, and I’m happy with the result because there is no pulling across the bust at all.

Hammering on the snaps was by far my favorite part. I went to Snap Source‘s site and ordered 20 size 14 snaps along with the Snap Setter for that size, and they arrived very quickly. I’d been concerned when reading the website that size 14 snaps (“Suggested uses: Infant wear, doll clothing”) would be flimsy, but that’s what the pattern called for so I didn’t question it. Plus that size has a lot more color options, and if I were committing to the setter in that size I figured it was more versatile. I shouldn’t have been concerned: the snaps are so solid I find it hard to snap and unsnap them! (Luckily I can just pull the dress over my head.) I got white snaps, which you can just barely make out—sorry, no close-ups because Caro, Pam, and I were hot and I was in a rush—and only messed up one of them! I accidentally put the connection piece upside down on one. That snap was ruined in the process but the fabric wasn’t, so it was easy to just affix a new one.

I made the bias binding for inside the neck and armholes from white cotton batiste in my stash, and I made a TON of it so hopefully future garments will go more quickly than this one! The Seamwork estimated time for this is 3 hours. It took me far longer with that long break to make bias binding! But I don’t mind one bit, and I feel certain future versions (there will be future versions) will not take me nearly as long.

Big thanks to Caro for taking these pictures for me.

adelaide dress | pepperknit.com

This was a discouraging post to write, because it marks the last garment I sewed before my sewing machine crapped out on me. It had been fussing at me for a while, giving an error for phantom reasons. I could often clear the glitch with a few hand-cranks and it would work for a short while more before beeping madly at me again. But while topstitching the belt—the longest continuous seam in the entire garment!—it got angrier than ever before, and I honestly doubted I’d be able to get through it without hand-cranking the entire thing. I took the machine into a repair shop, and I was told the day we took these pictures that the motherboard was shot and not worth replacing in my inexpensive machine (the Brother CS-6000i; it was about 6 years old with moderate use). So I’m sewing machine shopping! I have my eye on a few machines but still need to get somewhere to try them out. Suggestions?

garter earflap hat (yes, another)

Sometimes after I knit something I just immediately cast on for another of it, with whatever yarn is handy. Occasionally I finish those idle repeats—more often they end up unfinished. But after finishing a sweater for myself (that I’ve yet to properly photograph!) in Malabrigo Rastita, I had a decent amount of yarn leftover, and I thought my favorite kiddo needed a new winter hat.

purl soho garter earflap hat | pepperknit

This kid. He’s been taught to call me “Aunt Erin,” but for a while there this winter, he would refer to me only as “Not Aunt Holly.” What a stinker.

But still, I knit him a hat. I gave it to him while we were out at a party, and he refused to put it on while there. Apparently though, later, upon getting home, he put it on and declared “I am Aunt Erin”! I’ll take it!

purl soho garter earflap hat | pepperknit

I don’t have much else to say about the hat, which I really love and I think looks great in this yarn—photos taken by his skilled photographer mom—because I honestly don’t remember. I think I applied many of the same guesses that I did for the red hat I posted about the other day (or did I knit this one first? I swear I do not remember). I’m sure that I employed short rows rather than working garter in the round with purls, because I’m lazy, but I couldn’t tell you my stitch count or needle size. I suppose when I go to knit more before this coming winter I’ll just do the math again!

purl soho garter earflap hat | pepperknit

a hat for jason

pepperknit | basic hat

I’ve really been on a stockinette kick of late. This time, put to good use in a hat for Jason that I knit last fall. Cast on, worked k2,p2 rib for a bit, switched to stockinette, decreased in quarters. Not much more to say! The yarn spoke for itself—any stitch pattern seemed unnecessary with the lovely mottle that the Skeinny Dipping Yarn (in worsted) had.

pepperknit | basic hat

His only requirement for knit hats is that they can cover his ears. I guess because he wears a hat every day as it is, the only reason to switch to a handknit is to get that extra coverage. I don’t think this hat is especially warm, but hopefully it’ll get some use.

pepperknit | basic hat

gloves for me

I’m a devout mitten-wearer, with several pairs knit by me or friends in constant rotation depending on the temperature and windiness of any given day. But I realized I needed a pair of gloves—basic, black gloves. Wardrobe staples are really where my head is these days. I could’ve just figured out my gauge and cobbled together a pattern myself, but a quick search revealed that Purl Soho had already done that work for me in the Gem Gloves.

pepperknit | gem gloves

I cast on with Skeinny Dipping Yarn while at my aunt and uncle’s for a weekend lazing by the pool last August. (I’d bought the yarn on my first visit to Gauge + Tension.) With the basic k1,p1 rib followed by stockinette, they were perfect for working on while socializing, and I steadily worked on them at the end of the summer. In fact, I finished the first one two weeks later back at my family’s place for Labor Day weekend! In a short time after I’d finished the second one.

pepperknit | gem gloves

Overall I followed the pattern closely, though when I picked up stitches for each finger I picked up lots more and decreased them away quickly in order to prevent any holes from forming. Each finger is custom built. No other alterations, and I’m thrilled with them. They’re so thin and light I’ve been tossing them in my purse even if I’m also bringing mittens so that I have a lighter option. They’re not toasty warm, of course, but they keep the chill off. Here they are on my Ravelry page.

pepperknit | gem gloves

pepperknit | gem gloves

color dipped hat

Pretty much the moment I saw this hat from Purl Soho, I wanted to make it. I even knit a too-small version up in worsted-weight yarn. It was okay but something about the larger gauge and the colors I chose made it pretty meh. So when I was at Vogue Knitting LIVE in Chicago, I scouted the yarn a little with the hat in mind. Apple Yarns, from Washington, was selling Cedar House Yarns, which I’d never seen before. They were selling small skeins as well as full-size, and it seemed perfect to get a pairing that way.

pepperknit | color dipped hat

I cast on and started on the flight home from Chicago on size 2s, which I had handy. Within a few rows I knew they were too big. Ultimately I ended up on 1s, which gave me a nice-looking gauge. I knit the adult woman size. Within a few rows I’d dropped a stitch—slippery yarn on metal needles, lots of stitches jammed together… I had to frog back several rows to fix it. This happened again a few rows later. And then again at least one more time before I finished the darn thing! Dropping a stitch in fisherman’s rib/brioche is an ordeal, let me tell you. I just could never figure out how to ladder it back up correctly.

But I persevered, and ended up with a squishy, super-warm hat! 

pepperknit | color dipped hat

pepperknit | color dipped hat

pepperknit | color dipped hat

I can wear it basically 4 ways, though I only shot it in 3 versions. I can wear it uncuffed with either side showing: the dominantly gray or the dominantly blue edge. Or I can cuff it up as more of a toque, again with either side of the cuff out. I managed to weave in the ends and clip them so tightly to the work that I don’t think they’re poking out anywhere (at least I can’t see them).

I look forward to the weather really getting cold, because this hat is so very warm! So far the fall had been incredibly mild (50s), so I don’t really need this one yet. But soon, I’ll be ready!