Assorted Thoughts and Plans

Knitting

My Apres Surf Hoodie is a bust. It’s just too snug and the snugness isn’t easily resolved. I think part of the problem is that it’s hard to measure gauge on an overall stitch pattern. But I suspect a bigger part of the problem is that I switched the way that I was working my SSKs about 2/3 of the way through the back. I also should have blocked my pieces as I finished them to make sure that they were knitting up to the appropriate size, but I didn’t. Oh well. I still really want this sweater, so I’m going to just put it aside for now until I’m emotionally ready to rip and reknit.

Grandpa Cardigan

On a more optimistic knitting note, I’ve finished my Grandpa cardigan. It just needs a bath and some buttons and it will be all ready for the dip in temperature that we’ve got coming up this weekend. More pictures and details to come shortly.

Gloomy Pullover in Progress

I also started a new pullover. I’m using some Cascade 220 Fingering in a heathered black. I had first planned to use the yarn to make Carpino, but that pattern was written for Brooklyn Tweed Loft which is apparently closer to a sport weight than an actual fingering weight. Cascade 220 Fingering is firmly a fingering weight, so the stitch pattern looked terrible at the recommended pattern gauge. So I switched gears and decided to try making Catkin, but the dark color of the yarn combined with the heathering effect meant that the stitch pattern wasn’t really visible. So now I’m improvising a simple light-weight pullover. So far, it’s all stockinette knit in the round, which feels wonderfully meditative at the moment.

Sewing

I managed a small bit of sewing over the last week and have been thinking a lot about what I want to make over the next few months. Here are some of the things I’ve got my eye on:

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I’m planning some very basic t-shirts in very basic colors that will really just become shirts for layering. Boring, but useful. The black and gray fabrics are both cotton-spandex blends and the white is an organic cotton interlock. I’m planning to use the V-neck t-shirt pattern included in McCalls 6658, which is the same pattern I used to make my recent vine-print tank top.

Knit top plans

I’ve also got some more interesting knit tops planned. From left to right, I’ve got the Jalie scarf top that I’m planning to make up in a dark teal rayon-spandex blend, Vogue 8831 (a raglan pullover with a cowl neck) which I’m planning to make with a black rayon sweater knit, and McCalls 7018 (a jersey button-down), which I planning to to make in a heathered black cotton jersey.

Burda zipper raglan

I also have a gray cotton jersey that actually feels somewhere between a traditional jersey and a sweater knit, and I’m planning to use that fabric to make this zippered Burda raglan top.

McCalls button downs

These shirts are probably more aspirational than the other projects I’m planning, but I’ve got a white cotton broadcloth that I want to use to make a basic button down using McCalls 6649 (sans color blocking, thank you very much). I’ve also got this polka dot rayon challis that should work nicely with McCalls 6436.

I’ve been knitting long enough that starting a new project or picking up my knitting whenever I have a bit of time isn’t a challenge. But sewing isn’t as intuitive for me at this stage, and when I’ve stopped doing it for awhile, getting back into it starts to feel really daunting. So I’m going to aim to squeeze in 15 minutes of sewing everyday. I’m hoping this will help me work my way through the fabric and patterns I’ve been accumulating while also keeping me from feeling like I need hours of uninterrupted time to get any sewing done.

Baking

Apple Zucchini Muffins

I’ve been doing some simple baking lately—easy stuff like banana bread (I’ve been using this recipe from Simply Recipes and it’s great). I made these apple zucchini muffins two weeks ago and they were really, really good. Good enough that I’ll definitely be making these again soon. I substituted a pinch of allspice for the cardamom and used 1/2 a cup of vegetable oil instead of 1/4 cup because I didn’t have any applesauce on hand. The best part about these muffins is that, unlike a lot of muffins, they stay good for days.

TV

Aidan and I have been watching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and are at the beginning of season 3. Kira Nerys has officially joined the ranks of my all-time favorite female TV characters. She’s pretty much on the level of Dana Scully in terms of the depth of my love for her. My favorite things about her include: her ongoing distrust of the Federation, her salty attitude, and her Bechdel-test approved friendship with Jadzia Dax.

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I also appreciate the fact that 90% of her smiles are sarcastic. She is a woman after my own heart.

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11 thoughts on “Assorted Thoughts and Plans

  1. I love your sewing plans. 🙂 Looking forward to seeing them complete.
    Kira is awesome. I’m only in season two of DS9. We took a break and ended up watching all of Voyager and are now watching Battlestar Galactica. I love the strong females in all three series. Definitely need to return to DS9 soon, though. 🙂

    • You have great taste! I love Battlestar Galactica–especially Starbuck and President Roslin. I watched about seven episodes of Voyager this summer and was instantly hooked but took a break from it because my husband wanted to watch DS9 first. Can’t wait to get back to Voyager because Kate Mulgrew is fantastic.

      • I love Kate Mulgrew, too. 🙂 Starbuck and President Roslin are my favourites, as well. I do also enjoy Admiral Adama.

        My fiance wanted to watch DS9 first, but I won that argument. 😉

  2. Your ambition is so amazing! I’m more like, “I shall knit a row tonight. Yes, yes I can do that.” I bought some bicycle printed flannel fabric to make some pillowcases out of, but it does feel daunting to get out the machine, etc. I might mail the fabric to my grandma. She will make two pillowcases in under 1 minute, I wager. She made O a quilt that is quite, well, not a style I would have picked out. Who knew quilts can represent traditional masculinity?! I must find a way to show this to you. It is not a camouflage tuxedo, but still…

      • The dominant color is brown. My grandma’s latest approach to quilting is to use really large panels of fabric. I have misplaced my proper camera, which saddens me greatly, but I will try to take a decent photo of it for you soon. Or I could just mail it to you…

  3. Wow, your grandpa cardigan looks great! And those are some solid sewing plans – always a good start when you’re trying to squeeze in some stitching 🙂 I’m the opposite at the moment – I find it much easier to do a quick bit of sewing than knitting. I guess I feel knitting is more of a commitment because it’s harder to implement emergency last-minute fit fixes!

    • It’s so true–there are very few quick fixes in knitting compared to sewing. I think it’s funny that after 10 years of knitting, I’m pretty desensitized to having to rip back huge sections of a sweater to fix a mistake but I’m so afraid of screwing up while sewing that it can take me forever to just get started. It makes no sense!

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