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July & August 2021 Round-up

Hello friends! I have a knitting double feature for you today. I didn’t post a July knitting blog because we were busy moving, so today I’ll be sharing my FOs and WIPs from July AND August.

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the end of August 2021 and that we’ve been in our new home for a month now. We’ve been settling in, still have some unpacking to do, furniture to acquire and painting to do.

I haven’t fully unpacked my craft and knitting supplies, those are sitting in a box in what will be the guest room/ The box was organized, but as I keep having to dig through it to pull out different yarn and tools it gets messier and messier – LOL. I should have my yarn storage in a couple of weeks.

My new desk 🙂

I’m really excited to finish setting up my office, after working from home for over a year I finally have a dedicated home work space and it has been great! I have my desk all set up, all that’s left is to paint the walls and then hang up my posters and pictures. I’m going to get a cedar chest from my mom that she has in storage so I’ll have a nice place to store my knitwear!

Mr. Garfield likes to come hang out with me ❤

Finished Objects

Twilight Time

Pattern: Twilight Time by The Marvelous Mrs. Maker Designs (Links to Ravelry)

Yarn: MC: Bar à Tricot Blue Skies CC: Dragon Hoard Yarn Valeris

I knit this Twilight Time headscarf with my leftovers from my Ripple Crop Top I had juuuuuust enough of the main colour to make the scarf and have enough for a square in my Coziest Memory blanket.

I really love how this knitting project turned out and it’s a super cute accessory, but oh man did this pattern remind me why I hate to knit lace!! It wasn’t so bad once I got the hang of the repeat, but the first couple were rough.

I’m making a silly face LOL but this is the best picture I have of my Twilight Time 🙂

There’s nothing wrong with the way the pattern is written, it’s very clear, I just don’t enjoy knitting lace! This is a really great project for leftover sock yarn.

I had wanted to knit another one that was a solid colour in the middle, but I think it might take me some time to work up the strength.

Streamline Tank

Pattern: Streamline Tank by Two of Wands

Yarn: KnitPicks Comfy Sport (discontinued) in Lilac Mist

I came across 3 skeins of this yarn while I was packing and considered tossing it in the donation pile, but I decided to take a look and see what I might be able to make with it.

I had been eyeing this pattern from Two of Wands for a while and I was pleased to discover I had just enough to make it. This yarn is sooooo soft and I love the details in the pattern.

I finished just in time to wear it to my step dad’s birthday dinner, and good thing because I had packed all my nice clothes at this point!

I have some KnitPicks CotLin DK that I’ve also been looking to use up – leftovers from my Campside Cardi (Ravelry link) – so I think I may make another one for next Summer.

Notched Hem Tank

Pattern: Notched Hem Tank free from Purl Soho

Yarn: KnitPicks Gloss Fingering in Navy

This is another amazing free pattern! Purl Soho is a great resource for free patterns and they have wonderful knitting tutorials as well – I use them all the time for new techniques or when I need a refresher.

This garment is such a wardrobe staple and is something that can be dressed up or down. I definitely know that I will wear this one a lot!

This was another knitting project that came out of packing and finding some leftover yarn and then taking to the internet to find a use for it! I used KnitPicks Gloss fingering, which is a yarn that I live so it was great to use up a couple leftover skeins.

Works in Progress

Baby Flax

Pattern: Flax by Tin Can Knits

Yarn: Stroll Tweed from KnitPicks in Earl Grey Heather

This is my first baby sized sweater and I just want to squeal every time I look at it. It’s going by really fast this is the 1-2 year size and I think I’m going to do short sleeves so it will be done in no time.

I am loving this soft grey with tweed. Stroll is such a soft yarn I love using it for socks.

The Weekender

Pattern: The Weekender by Andrea Mowry (Ravelry link)

Yarn: Provincial Tweed from KnitPicks in Pumpkin Pie

Another tweed project! I’ve been wanting to make myself a Weekender since I knit one for my mom for Christmas. And I’ve been wanting to knit something in a pumpkin orange for Fall.

This tweed yarn went on sale a little while ago and I knew it was meant to be! Finally I was in the mood to cast on thanks to motivation from Knitty Natty’s Fall MAL (Ravelry link).

This post is a bit of a KnitPicks fest! I get most of my yarn from them as it’s really easy for me to order online and the prices are really affordable, including the shipping costs which can be quite high shipping to Canada.

Reads of Steele

Vampire Academy – I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump lately and I remembered a Tiktok I saw that said the best way to get out of a slump is to re-read a book you enjoyed reading when you were younger. So I picked up the Vampire Academy series, inspired by re-watching the not-so-great movie adaptation.

The Witcher – I’ve been working my way through The Witcher books rather slowly, only about halfway through book 2. But I just started up again and I’m really enjoying it.

Better read fast the loan period for my new library system is only 14 days and I’m used to 21!!

Well that’s what I’ve been up to outside of packing and house stuff! Thanks for reading 🙂 and don’t forget you can keep up with my day-to-day knitting adventures on Instagram.

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Ripple Crop Top FO Spotlight

I recently finished this faded Ripple Crop Top and I just love it so much. This was a dream project for me and something that I have had in my mind for more than a year. When I finally found a yarn to go with Plank & Stella’s Belcher Family colourway I knew it was time to find a third colour and complete this project.

The Ripple Crop Top is designed by Jessie Maed. You can find the pattern here on Ravelry.

This is my second Ripple Crop Top and to be honest I wasn’t in love with the fit of the first one that I made so I knew I wanted to make a few modifications. I’ll note that I knit the first one at entirely the wrong gauge because I didn’t have the right needle size so I ended up knitting quite a few sizes up which likely contributed to the ill-fit.

You can check out the details of my first Ripple Crop Top here (Ravelry link). The yarn is scratchy and I hardly ever wear it so I’m really happy to have a Ripple Crop Top that I love.

Yarn

The yarn that started it all is Plank & Stella‘s The Belcher Family colourway. I fell in love with this yarn and had to have it so I ordered it with no real plan in mind, and so it sat in my stash.

Then in January of 2021 I acquired this gorgeous yarn from Dragon Hoard Yarn because I was obsessed with the A Court of Thorns and Roses series and they had this mystery yarn based on the books.

Now that I had these two yarns for which I had no plans I thought, maybe they can go together in a fade! So I set out for a colour that would work as a transitional colour between the two and found the perfect shade from  Bar à Tricot.

Fade process

This was my first “real” fade, I’ve knit a couple other faded pieces, but they were done with the yarns held double. For example, my City Limits sweater (Ravelry link). And for My Little Secret Crop (Ravelry link) I was completely winging it and using scraps so I didn’t plan my fade out at all.

This was my first time planning in advance how I would fade the colours together, and not having a pattern to tell me how to do it.

I intended to do a 1, 3, 2, 2, 3, 1 fade sequence, but when I started knitting I didn’t check my notes thinking “I remember what I planned to do” and ended up doing a 1, 2, 3, 3, 2, 1 sequence. I think it worked out okay, but I would have liked it better if I did it the proper way!

I planned to knit three equal sections, but I think my math was not correct to begin with and then I decided to make the sleeve opening a little shorter so the third colour ended up being much smaller. However, I think it worked out to balance well with the sleeves being done entirely in colour three.

If I knit it again, I would make the bottom section a little bit wider, and the middle speckled section and little bit narrower so that the sections got thinner as the fade progressed. And of course I would knit the proper fade sequence that I had planned! But I still love how it turned it out.

Size and modifications

I made quite a few simple modifications to the original design based on the things I didn’t like about my first Ripple Crop Top.

I planned to knit a size medium, I’m a 38″ bust. My gauge was a bit off, but I figured that it would just cut down one the amount of positive ease which was something I wanted anyway. But after casting on I re-worked the math and realized I needed to do a size large so I ripped out and started again.

The biggest modification I made to the design was to knit it much longer than the pattern specifies, I added an additional 3.5 inches to the body.

I also shortened the depth of the sleeve opening, which also shortened the depth on the v-neck. I didn’t love how big the sleeves were on my first Ripple Crop Top, or how deep the v-neck was, so I shortened the height of the front panels by about an inch. I also shortened the length of the sleeves themselves by 2 inches.

I knew from the beginning that I didn’t want to do the high-low hem so I knit the back panel the same length as the front. The short rows did add about a quarter inch of length to the back so it is a tad longer, but hardly noticeable especially when its being worn.

I really enjoyed this project and it went so much quicker than I thought it would. I expected it to take about 8 weeks and it only took about a month to finish. The first time I made a Ripple Crop Top I HATED all the three by three ribbing, but this time I found it really enjoyable!

As I mentioned this was a dream knitting project for me, I guess you could say it was on my knitting bucket list. Do you have a project like this that you’d love to complete someday?