The first sweater I made on the knitting machine was this one. It is one of my husband’s favorite sweater for me to wear. Unfortunately it really stretched out and is very annoying to wear, possibly because I was using a large gauge or maybe washed in the washer without a washing bag. So I remade it, following exact same pattern i used for the grey sweater except for the turtle neck, as the grey sweater had held up quite well over the past year. I am really getting faster and faster at making these basic sweaters – this one took less than a week of here and there. Though I must say, its quite boring. I need to find more challenging sweaters to knit with the machine!!!
To be honest I am still not completely happy with this pattern. I think I want the body wider and roomier, and longer for that oversized look. I am hoping it would look more like what I envisioned when I wash it without washing bag a few times and lose my baby weight by next fall. But who knows, maybe I will try again in 3 years!
This is one super easy make that gets so much wear. I realized that 1) I lack a black scarf 2) knitted scarves are really too hot to wear in California winter (especially this winter! its almost Halloween and still super warm here!). So I looked around for a drapery and oversized black scarf. But it was hard to find something thats cheap, comfortable with natural fibers, and oversized.
So I made my own! It was so easy – tear (not cut) off a piece of my black rayon fabric (so its about 60×60), and then zigzag some pompom trim (I found ebay to be the cheapest source) onto the edges. Tada! Rayon challis are very thin, so the scarf is comfortable and not bulky, but still have that fluffy look.
Possibly a piece I made that gets the most wear ever – and I spend less than half an hour making this! Talk about impact vs effort win!
Little A finally arrived about a week ago!!! We are all doing very well, and little K is wonderful at being a big sister (and stealing all the spot lights!)
There’s just something wonderful about holding a newborn again – I think because we are more experienced this time (or this is an easier baby), I am able to really enjoy my time with her :)
Here’s some of the stuff my dad made for my mom:
I am pretty sure he made both the tops and bottoms in all the pictures above :) Its amazing that such a selfish seamstress (me) was born out of such a selfless seamster, no?? :)
Its been a while since I posted anything sewn by my dad back in the days. Here’s a few!
Red dress my dad made for me:
Layered skirt he made:
He made summer dress for me and a shirt for my grandma:
Poncho coat he made for me, with matching hat!
Its literally been decades since he made those for me to wear – funny thing is, i still remember how the fabric feels and how happy I was getting those clothing made for me – and I dont remember any of my store-bought clothing!
My less evil twin sister got married!! I didnt get to go to the wedding (too much strong Braxton contractions for me to feel comfortable about going) but from the pictures it looks like they had a blast! There are a lot of photos of her looking so awesome in the dress I made for her, making it a very very satisfying project for me in the end!
All photo credit to Dave Donovan. Congratulations to my less evil twin sister and her new husband! :)