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Can’t go wrong with feather & fan April 18, 2010

Filed under: Knitting — IDreamofCrafts @ 7:55 pm
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I’ve recently finished Ysolda Teague’s Liesl with the leftover yarn from the Mrs. Darcy cardigan.  I highly recommend this as it’s very easy and quick to knit, just the basic feather and fan pattern.  There are also several variations making it very versatile.

Liesl Variations by Ysolda Teague

Liesl Variations by Ysolda Teague

Beware, it grows significantly after blocking!  Someone told me it expands a lot, so I quit knitting even though I was planning on doing another five pattern repeats.  When I casted off  it was too short and I was a bit worried, but I’m really glad I finished where I did.  Actually, the whole thing looked too small and I thought I might have to go on a massive diet to fit into it.

Unblocked Liesl

Unblocked Liesl

I added 1.5 pattern repeats on the sleeve.  Originally, I was going to make the longer sleeves, but by the time I got to the sleeves, spring had arrived so, I went for a short sleeve I could wear over t-shirts.  I also did a single crochet on the button band for some extra reinforcement.

Liesl in Cascade 220 - Christmas Red

The pattern has two bind-off variations, a regular bind-off that creates waves with the feather and fan pattern, and a picot bind-off, which is the variation of the little red shrug in the top picture.  I did the regular bind-off and am very pleased with the result.

Wavy Bind-Off


Experimenting with Beads April 1, 2010

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After loosing some stitch markers in the craft closet abyss and ogling pretty beads at The Bead Shop, I decided to have a go at making my own.

Maneki Neko

Maneki Neko Stitch Markers

My husband and I went to see Ponyo on Valentine’s Day and since then I’ve been watching the Studio Ghibli collection and going through a bit of a Japanese thing.  This is an extension of that.  Plus, I love cats.

Purple Stitch Markers

These are just from a random assortment of purple beads.  Please, excuse the background of this one.  By the time I finished them it was dark outside and my kitchen, where the best light is, is messy, hence the Easter egg backdrop.