Socks!

So I had this crazy idea to knit along with a sock-a-long that Kollabora was doing. I had never knitted anything other than scarves before, so the whole double pointed needle thing scared me a bit! The internet is really a great resource though, so I watched some videos and read a lot of tips and I ended up with a really awesome pair of socks out of it. And now I am way more excited about knitting and want to make everything I come across – too bad decent yarn is so expensive!

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Look how awesome they are!

The pattern I used was Hermione’s Everyday Socks, and I love the texture it creates. I had plenty of yarn leftover from one of the scarves I showed a couple of posts back and had some dpns that used to be my great-grandma’s, so I really had no excuse for not trying to knit-a-long. Especially since I was/am job hunting and have a lot more time on my hands than I’m used to!

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I documented the whole process since it was part of a knit-a-long. This was my first dpn adventure!

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There are imperfections, but I’m super happy with how these turned out! I’m already working on a second pair of socks and they’re going even better. I’m mostly attributing that to my new bamboo needles though – the stitches just slid around way too much on the metal ones.

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Almost done! I didn’t have a yarn needle so I ordered one online and had to wait foreeeever to finish up sock #1.

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Close up

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Blurry pic – oops! The best thing about doing this with the group is that I won some really cool yarn from it! It’s a raspberry colored fingering weight yarn from Jill Draper Makes Stuff, and I’m dreaming up what to do with it – maybe a shawl? I don’t want to hide such a lovely yarn away on my feet!

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First Archer

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When I started to get back into sewing and started looking at blogs, one of the first patterns that caught my eye was Grainline Studio’s Archer shirt pattern. I love all of the different versions I’ve seen popping up on the web and with the sew-a-long on Jen’s blog, it was a piece of cake to put together. The only thing that I changed was the pocket size – they seemed too big on the pattern so I measured some pockets on similar store bought shirts that I have and cut them quite a bit smaller. I like how they turned out, but I think maybe next time I will play with different angles.

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The fabric is a yellow Kaufman chambray that I thought would be a little less quilting-weight. It would be nice if the shirt draped a bit better, but that’s what you get for ordering fabric online! I do wish there were better fabric stores in the DC area. The best  thing about this shirt/pattern is that it looks great dressed up…

 

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…Or dressed down! I think I may need to attempt a swayback adjustment on my next Archer (yes, I am planning some more…;) ), because my scoliosis makes my back extra curvy and there’s quite a bit of poofy fabric back there.

 

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Seriously though, if you sew and you haven’t tried this pattern yet, DO IT! I’m not sure I would have understood everything with the pattern alone – this was my first time making a button up shirt, so lots of new techniques for me. With the sew-a-long on the Grainline blog though, I really think most people could make it with no problem.

I’ve been branching out in knitting recently, but before I show you my exciting first pair of socks, I have a few more basic scarves to show off.

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This one’s a basic garter stitch scarf that my boyfriend requested. He saw me knitting one for myself and thought he needed one! The yarn is Wool of the Andes Tweed from KnitPicks and it’s perfect for a scarf. I don’t know if I would want to wear it as a sweater, but it was lovely to knit with for this project.

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The chevron scarf is still a WIP. I have put it aside for a while since they’re really spring colors and I have other exciting projects to work on! I just love the pattern though, and it only takes one skein of yarn – score!

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This was the first lace scarf I ever made. Also about the 2nd or 3rd thing I’d ever tried knitting. I had no idea what I was doing but it worked out pretty great anyway!

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This pic shows the color much better! I’ve found that I keep picking out similar colors in my knitting projects. I guess there’s just something about teal yarn? Normally I like more variety!

 

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I learned the basic knit and purl stitches from a fellow actress in a play I was in in 5th or 6th grade, but other than that I am self taught! The internet is really a beautiful resource!