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I’ve been finishing things so quickly around here lately (one of the benefits of being unemployed) that I don’t believe I ever had the chance to mention I was working on this skirt. And now it’s done!

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Pattern: Carnaby Skirt from Knitty
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, 5.5 skeins in Hollyberry
Needles: US 6/4 mm KP Options
Mods: I apparently can’t read, so my wedges don’t have the purl rows and I didn’t do the garter hem around the bottom, so I just did a couple rows of crochet.

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I absolutely adore the buttons I used for this. They’re super sparkly. I love silver. The problem was that I only had four so the top two are just plain black buttons. I figured those two will almost always be covered up by my shirt, so it’ll be fine.

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This was a super fun knit and it kept me entertained all the way through it. It came out a titch too big but I crocheted a chain to weave through the top and it fits just fine. I can’t wait for the weather to get cooler–this skirt will look great with tights, boots, and a blouse.

In more life-related knitting, I sold my first pair of shark mittens of the season yesterday on Etsy. I dyed up some yarn and am currently knitting them up. Tis the season, so get ready to see lots of sharks on the blog. I certainly won’t complain–I could do with the income.

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Sooo my posts as of late have been mostly Finished Objects posts. But I have lots of time on my hands, so I do a lot of knitting. I kept meaning to write a WIP post for this sweater but then I finished other things, so I just posted about those instead. Anyway, I finished this top.

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Pattern: Delphine from Interweave Knits Spring 2009
Yarn: Recycled 70/30 cotton/wool
Needles: US 4/3.75 KP options circ
Mods: Added a repeat or two to get a size between S and M, left out the split in the center front, and did the armhole picots in crochet.

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So I’m pretty thrilled with this top. The fit is wonderful, it’s super cute and girly and will be perfect with skirts and over dresses. I love the ribbon and the neckline and the cap sleeves and the shaping and OH it is so cute.

The yarn I used, recycled from a short sleeved Old Navy tunic pullover, turned out to be perfect for this project. I didn’t swatch (I never do) and my gauge ended up being slightly bigger than the pattern, meaning the mods I made for fit worked out perfectly. Had I gotten gauge, it would have been a tic too small. The length is also exactly right, which is exciting since I have a long torso and most sweaters and written to be too short. But this one is just right!

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This sweater is my seventh for the year, which means I am back on track for completing 12 for the year. I’m not sure that I will knit that many, but I do have the yarn and plans for at least six more sweaters. Not sure what I’ll start next (maybe more socks). I currently have a pair of thick hopefully thigh-high socks (I’m about mid-calf in them for a moment). But more on the socks later.

So last night between marathoning SG1 and flexing my fingers from intense knitting, I whipped up a quick skirt.

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It started life as a large, light-weight men’s button-down. I chopped off the bottom under the sleeves, hemmed, gathered, and sewed in some elastic.

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The whole thing probably took me about an hour and I only had to sew the elastic in once. AND it’s small enough to fit around my waist and stretchy enough to fit around my hips (though it looks funny down that far). It also looks super cute as a tube top with a ribbon or something tied under the bust. Which I can do because for once, the outside top where the elastic is sewn in actually looks kind of neat instead of horribly messy and terrible.

Pretty sure I got the shirt at a thrift store for under a dollar and I used about a third a pack of elastic which was like $1.50. So hell yeah, diy, $1.50 skirt!

As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, I’m somewhat obsessed with poofy skirts. The 50’s silhouette is my favorite of the fashion decades, so I try to wear clothes that give me that pretty much as often as I can. I’ve made one circle skirt with many more planned, but to really give them poof, you need a crinoline. Which I finally made!

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I had an old skirt that had a couple of holes along the upper seam lines but the bottom was fine. It’s a little ratty cause the skirt is made out of the thinnest, cheapest material ever, but it’s very full and poofy. Perfect for lifting up my skirts!

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This dress usually lies much flatter without the underskirt.

I’m planning to make at least one more with some tulle I’ve had forever (when I get around to it). In the meantime, I’ll be wearing this one as often as possible, though I think I’ll have to handwash it as it’s quite delicate.

I’m pretty pleased with how this came out, even if I did have to sew the elastic in twice and then overlap it a few times to get it to actually fit. Fun fact: You can usually get away with a lot less elastic than you think you need. Especially this elastic, which I picked up at Joann’s, which is very stretchy.

No pictures of the elastic though cause my stitching is very haphazard and messy. So let’s just pretend it’s neat and pretty. : ) I’ll nearly always be wearing the skirt under other things anyway. To make up for that, here’s a kitty (my cat, whose name is Little Bit):

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She’s skittish and aloof, but she’s cute. : )

PS: Happy Independence Day if you’re in the US! (And happy Monday/Pride Week/belated Canada Day for everyone else.)

When I said Lanesplitter was knitting up quickly, I meant it. It’s already done and I started it like, three days ago. And now I have a finished skirt to wear! For the winter, when it’s not too hot to wear a wool skirt.

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Pattern: Lanesplitter from a recent Knitty.
Yarn: Recycled wool that I hand dyed.
Needles: US 10/6 mm
Mods: I skipped the waist band and threaded a crochet chain in the top. Better fit and I didn’t have to knit ribbing. Yay!

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So, I love this skirt. Hand dyed yarn, thick yarn, big needles? HELL YES. Also, it’s super comfortable. And also really cute. I was worried how to yarns would work together, but it came out well. I wasn’t sure how I liked it all the way up until the end when it was done and I decided it was cute.

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ALSO I managed to mostly line up the stripes and by mattress stitching instead of blanket stitching, it sort of looks seamless. The seam is pretty hard to see unless you’re right up on my butt, anyway. And few people should be that close to my butt.

In other knitting news, I started another pair of socks. And I found Vampire Knits at the library which means OF COURSE I am knitting the Prim Reaper Corset. I might even make a swatch.

I sewed a thing! It’s wonderful.

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(Please do excuse the mess in the background.)

It’s a circle skirt I made from some fabric I got in a swap this past summer. It’s breezy and light and not at all appropriate for February, even though I wore it yesterday anyway with a long sleeved t-shirt and long socks (as you can see). It would have been nice with tall boots, but I wore purple mary jane style wedges instead.It’s also super swingy, it being a circle skirt.

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I expect to get a lot of wear out of it when the weather warms up. I also intend to make a lot more cause I love wearing this type of skirt (though I’ll have to get some more fabric). The waistband is a little messed up (it’s a little large) cause I cut it a little big and my elastic wasn’t as stretchy as I’d have liked. The hemming took like an hour (partly cause I pressed it first), and I was very pleased when it was finished.

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In knitting news, I am still working on those knee socks, but they are flying along. I’m on the eighth stripe of the 16 that make up the leg (and each one gets smaller around). I hope to do some more sewing soon (I want to get to the fabric store to get some tulle cause I want to make a crinoline), but for now, I do enjoy knitting.