Guest Posting at Gracious Threads

Hey all! Today I have my very first guest post over at Gracious Threads for her Embellish is for BOYS series! Come on over to see what I made for Dax!


If you have done any applique for the little boy in your life make sure you add your project to her linky party for a chance to win 1 yard of fabric from the Purple Seamstress.



Tackling the Channel…


Pretending that I’m not wearing this sweater in 30 degree weather…

I just got back from a quick blog photo session with Andrea and Kristin so I actually have multiple projects to share! So rare! And I plan to get the rest of my stack of finished projects photographed this week before so many of my obliging friends depart the city. As in move far, far away. For good.


Most of the projects that I have to share are knitting so best to start there and spread the sewing out a bit! So with no further ado… The Channel Cardigan (project details can be found here)! This gorgeous, squishy delight is brought to us from the delightful imagination of Jared Flood.

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Ignore the terribly wrinkled skirt!

This sweater was part of the Brooklyn Tweed Winter ’14 collection and I have been drooling since I saw the first photos.  Instant knitting lust! I was temporarily intimidated by the 5/5 difficulty rating but I quickly got over that. Then I was thwarted by my stash diet as this project is a bit of a yarn hog and I didn’t quite have enough in my stash to cover it. However, I had some yarn to exchange at Romni Wools and mixing colour lots on commercially dyed yarn is generally pretty safe so I forged on!


Stable buttonbands for the win! Gorgeous, heathered yarn for the win! Awesome vintage buttons from
The Workroom for the win! So much winning!

This project was done using Cascade 220 Heathers in Peacock and while I was a little unsure of this colourway before I started, I am now in love with it! The purple and green strands make this yarn almost luminous when the light hits it (see above photos for most representative images of the colour). I’ve never worked with the Brooklyn Tweed Shelter that the pattern called for so while I can’t really comment on how it compares, Cascade 220 does seem to be a fairly common substitution. This cardigan is HEAVY though so the loftiness of the Shelter yarn might not be a bad plan if your stash diet and/or budget isn’t prohibitive! Today was 30 degrees in Toronto so putting this sweater on to take pictures was a little miserable! But next winter I am going to be a happy camper in this baby!

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As always, knitting from a Brooklyn Tweed pattern is a delight from start to finish. Their patterns are always well edited, are usually error free and explain every technique in excellent detail.  It’s rare that I need to look for tutorials online when I’m working from a Brooklyn Tweed pattern. My last couple of projects have been from Quince&Co patterns, which has only made me that much more appreciative of BT’s attention to detail.  Sadly, I have yet to encounter a Quince pattern that was error free.  Anyone else have that problem? I’ll freely admit that it irritates the hell out of me, even if the mistake is an easy one to figure out. But I digress…


Elements that I love on this cardigan? The tubular cast-on. The raglan sleeves. The giant shawl collar. The dense and stable button band. The gorgeous belt loops. Gauge! I’m a tight knitter and therefore usually have problems getting gauge on projects. However, I tend to be spot on with  Jared Flood’s patterns, which is always a relief!


Elements that I dislike? The belt! This sucker was a misery to knit and I find that the edges of it are uneven enough to drive me mad! I also wish that the belt loops sat a little higher on the body as they don’t quite hit my waist. Since that is a problem I could have and should have corrected while knitting, I’ll table the complaints for now! I also find the collar a little awkward as it is. Another button or two would be a huge help but since I don’t currently feel like undoing my work, I’m going to settle for a couple of snaps. It might also be that I knit a little too much fabric for the button bands; I definitely knit the side with the buttonholes a wee too long! Oh well…


Not a clue what I was doing here!

All in all, I’m not sure which element(s) deserved the 5/5 rating as I think this was fairly straightforward make. The textured fabric requires more attention than straight stockinette but otherwise? Not a difficult pattern so dive in if fear has been holding you back!

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And a little fun from Kristin! The sweater looked fabulous on her!

So what do you think? Any interest in making this sweater? You all share my love affair with Brooklyn Tweed designs?

It’s late and writing coherent sentences is becoming increasingly challenging so I am going to leave it at that for now. If I think of anything else to say tomorrow then I’ll add it!

G’night Peeps!


Lemon Squeezey Pullover…

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Hello! I’ve had this post sitting as a draft for well over a month and I’m still at a total loss for words. How to describe this make…?! Nonetheless, today is a good day to talk about Amy Miller and her designs (more on that in a bit) so off we go! This is Sperry, done using Cascade Superwash Sport with a little Mirasol Nuna for the contrast stripes (project notes can be found here). Absolutely no complaints on the yarn front as both are excellent to work with, wear well and are very reasonably priced!

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I knit this sweater last August and have yet to wear it out of the house, which is why I am calling this one a fail. I can almost see Andrea, Kristin and Gail shaking their heads at that statement! They’ve all seen this sweater and told me I’m nuts but I have my reasons! Actually, just one reason, which you can see below. The stupid i-cord edge on this thing will not lie flat! Drives me absolutely bonkers!

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What do I like about this pattern?  Everything! Well, almost everything. It was well written with no mistakes that I could find. Amy describes this as a “top-down raglan construction with a quirky shirttail hem make Sperry fun to knit — cool stripes and a lightweight yarn make it fun to wear” and I think that sums it up nicely. Though the cascade sport is definitely on the heavier end of sport-weight yarns so I’m not sure I’d call this a lightweight make. Not to mention the fact that this is 100% wool! Let’s just call this pullover perfect for Fall/early Spring in Toronto and leave it at that!

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The fit on this is not quite what I was aiming for but similar to my Kara cardigan, this had the recommended positive ease a few months ago. My bad! And this leads me to my issue with the i-cord edge as I don’t think the tails on this sweater would roll as they do if the sweater did not fit quite to snuggly! Also, this was my first time working such an edge (please remember that I am relatively new to knitting!) and I should have gone up at least one more needle size.  Probably two.  If you look closely, you can see that my i-cord is too tight and it distorts the bottom edge of the sweater. This is all an easy fix, mind you as I can easily remove the i-cord and redo it! Problem is that I have yet to find the motivation to do so. Gail also suggested that I do a rolled edge instead and I think that’s actually a great idea… again, assuming that I ever undo what I’ve already done!

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I really, really love the colours, the stripes and the overall look of this pullover though so maybe that will be motivation enough to either fix it or to suck it up and wear it as is!

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Now. Getting back to Amy Miller. She has some excellent patterns to choose from and I’d recommend you give them a try! To make that nice and easy for you, she has a coupon code available for a a free pattern for a few more hours today (ends 5PM CST on May 7th) to welcome a new addition to her family! You can find out the details here.

Despite all appearances, I have actually been sewing and I do have a few makes that I will share soon! In the meantime, happy sewing and knitting!