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Random… With some owls

This sweater is taking me a lot more time than I had thought. Even scale-wise the stitch sizes are so much smaller. I’m almost finished with the owl cables and then I’ll go on to the short rows (grr…..). Not that I don’t like short rows or that I’ve never done them before. I’ve done them plenty of times but I always seem to get nervous when I’m at the stage in which that pattern calls for them. So much work… and a tiny fear that it won’t work out. After the sleeves were attached the sweater was put on Hito to check for fit and at the time it looked good. It’s a very feminine design and fit so for a male doll the plan it to make it have a much more relaxed fit and drape. Cross fingers that it all works out.

I’m still under the weather so I got very little finished this weekend. The Matsuri party on sunday was wonderful. The food was amazing and unlike past years we got there early enough that we were able to snag some seats. It’s their 15th year being open so the Mr and I realized that meant it’s been 14 years of us being together. Sounds like ages… right?

As for today I felt like a total slug just knitting and watching movies. Things worth mentioning:

-I need this on a t-shirt. Especially for those times when I’m riding the #10.

-I love this designer. I’ve found several designs by her that I want to knit for myself (for once). This(with longer sleeves) and this are the ones that are one the top of my list. One will be knitted some time this year…on top of several doll knits I have planned after “owls” is finished.

Originally published at amubleu.com. You can comment here or there.

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kawaii_mon
May. 17th, 2011 06:10 am (UTC)
omg so cute! I envy your ability to knit with such small needles, I always get such terrible tension when I use anything under about a size 4.
amubleu
May. 17th, 2011 11:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. It's just taken a lot of practice. I'm also a very loose knitter so I have to go down several needles sizes from the recommended to get a required gauge. Moving to micro needles was my only option when I wanted knit for my boys. I rarely, if ever use anything larger than size 5.

By the way, I envy your sewing skills<3. You make such beautiful items for the little guys. I can imagine some of the fabrics you use (especially for your lingerie lovelies) are quite difficult to use.
kawaii_mon
May. 17th, 2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
Ah, I'm a tight knitter so I prefer larger needles. XD

Thank you. <3 The lingerie I've gotten to an art so I don't have too much trouble with it. Making things out of jerseys for tinies is still a challenge, gotta sew it a certain way to stop the machine from eating the fabric.
amubleu
May. 18th, 2011 01:52 am (UTC)
It goes to show that recommended needle size rarely every counts:p Everyone is different.

It's very much like working with kid mohair. That stuff has a life of it's own. I've knitted so many sweaters I've kind of finally figured some kind of pattern to it silly habits. One of the few things I sew is jersey but I only make stuff for the larger guys. I made a small batch of bleached t's on Yo scale for a recent show... what a pain. I totally feel for you. I don't know how you do it. I don't even sew things for my Blythes so I should have known not to touch it for the Yo's.

I do remember one Blythe dress maker using some type of fusible interfacing the dissolved in water to sew delicate Blythe socks. Would that be something to maybe look into for the tinies?
kawaii_mon
May. 18th, 2011 01:56 am (UTC)
Yeah kid mohair is very finicky stuff. Love the look and feel of it once it's finished, but I hate knitting with it! I'll stick to boring old merino and alpaca. XD

You can use that or a substance called tear away which is the same thing. I sew so much for tinies though that it would definitely increase my costs using it, so I'm hesitant to do so. I've found the best way to do it is to give a bigger seam allowance and trim back, it gives you more room to work with.
amubleu
May. 18th, 2011 02:31 am (UTC)
Kid mohair totally relaxes in the cold. It's when it gets warm that the fibers tend to want to cling and slightly felt together(tmi... I take really hot baths and knit while I soak. Mohair just hates me when it's my bathing project of choice). If I have to rip back, off it goes into the freezer for an hour or two. Afterwards you get about 20 mins of tangle(and tear;_;)-free frogging time. Finicky stuff indeed. There is nothing boring about merino or alpaca:3 The sweater above is alpaca lace.... I love it<3 As for merino, it's so kind on the hands. It also spins really nice and fine. I have some on a spindle I'm working on now and I don't think I've ever spun anything thinner.

Oh I see. I haven't used either but I thought it was an interesting approach. I can see it being a pricy way to go if you do sew a lot. Your way makes a lot of sense. My mistake was scaling down my seam allowance with the size... nightmare.
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