Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Looks Like Your Boyfriend Made It Cap

I finished the pattern for the Looks Like Your Girlfriend / Boyfriend made it cap. Their randomness is what makes them special, that and the handspun wool yarn. - Knitting Architect

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sandra Backlund

I am rather fan of Sandra Backlund and knitting that pushes the edges of tradition.
I don't remember where this picture came from, but I think it has a fantastic sculptural quality. -Knitting Architect

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Sweater Skirt Combo - Twist Collective

This has got to be one of the best ways to wear a handmade sweater. I recently found the Twist Collective again, check it out.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Patchwork Summer Dress

Ever since I discovered Gibbous Fashions I have wanted to make a dress out of fabric that has been created using the last little remnants of beautiful historical fabrics. This panel is just the start as I still have to come up with the design of the dress.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Affordable Wool Yarn to Dye with Kool Aid

The first part of this post is the cheap upcycled yarn part. If you or someone you know likes to go to garage sales, have them on the look-out for unfinished hand knit sweaters like this. My mom found me this one at a Minnesota garage sale for $3.00. If you have bought even the most affordable skein of yarn lately, you know that 100% wool is at minimum $8.00 for 4 oz.
A lot of knitters are not that into the sewing part and just do not get past this final phase of sweater making. The first thing to do is unravel all of this valuable wool.
Here I am dying the wool with Cherry Kool Aid. First you dampen the wool, then add it to a Kool Aid bath. The more you add, the brighter the color. I haven't tried setting the dye with vinegar yet, but maybe when my sweater is done, I will do one more dip.

I heat up the mix until the water runs clear or almost clear. Isn't this amazing?

Finished product in low light.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Crochet Rippy Rug

On a recent trip to a 500 acre farm in Minnesota my parents took me and my daughter and sister to see their animals. The Mrs. Farmer has a studio where she weaves rugs out of rags. I was so inspired that I had to make my own rug out of rags using crochet. This is made of some ribbon and some old sheets.

Instruction: Snip the sheet on the edge in line with the grain about 3/4" and rip the full length. Tie to a previous one and crochet a square or rectangle. I just keep the knots on the back. That way, the knots can help sweep up.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Doily Shoulder Adornment

Originally I wanted to make a top like the one picture above by Magic Horse. I have a vintage suitcase filled with bits of lace and beautiful doilies and linen squares of history.
As I got to working on the piece, trying to choose which I liked best and how to make all of the lacing come together.
I got an idea from MaryJane's Farm magazine to cut a hole in the top. I draped it over the dress form and this is what happened. I loved it so much that I couldn't go any further.

If you would like to purchase this one, it is listed on my Knitting Architect etsy store, but if you would like to make your own...

Basic Instructions

1. Find a large doily, or crochet one of your own.

2. Cut a hole out of the center big enough for your head to fit through, not too large as crochet does stretch a bit.

3. If you know how to crochet, clean up the edges and use the thread from the center section you cut out to unravel. Using this, attach the yarn to the neck edge and crochet a finished detail around. There are a number of stitches you could use to make it very interesting.

3b. If you don't know how to crochet, I suggest stitching the edge with a zigzag stitch using a pretty fabric edging.