Summer FO's

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FO #1: Miette Wrap Skirt in Robert Kauffman black Essex linen-cotton blend (top left)

FO #2: Short Sleeve button up shirt (Burda 6527) in a grey cotton chambray with fancy copper buttons from Button Button in Vancouver, BC (middle right)

FO #3: Indigo dyed scarf made at the Indigo Social event in Vancouver, dyed using the scrunchie method (bottom right)

FO #4: Salt marsh skirt made using hand-woven cotton from Maiwa Handprints (woven in India) and the Sat marsh Skirt pattern from the Merchant and Mills Workbook (middle left and bottom middle)

FO #5: Striped Beach Tank modified to have a low back and knit in Bernat Handicraft cotton yarn (top right)

FO #6: Palmer Cardigan knit in Brooklyn Tweed Loft (middle and bottom left)

FO #7: Indigo dyed bed sheets and pillow cases (top middle)

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Summer of Basics Wrap-Up

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FO #1: Saltmarsh Skirt

Size & Modifications:

I made this skirt in size 8 exactly as the pattern directed, just shortening it 7 inches so it would hit me mid-calf instead of at the ankle.

Materials:

  • Saltmarsh Skirt pattern from the Merchant & Mills Workbook (which was available at my local library!)
  • 100% cotton handwoven cotton with a subtle stripe from Maiwa Handprints

Cost:

2 meters at $15.00/m= $30.00 (Canadian Dollars)

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FO #2: Striped beach tank

Size & Modifications:

I made this tank in a size S, the front of the tank was knit exactly as the pattern describes I just added the stripes. The back of the tank I modified so it would have a scooped back. I just cast off in the middle of the row where I wanted my scoop to start and then worked each side separately, decreasing in a nice sloped shape. This is my submission for #sob17bestmod

Materials:

  • Beach Tank Pattern by Jess Schreibstein
  • 4 balls (2 black and 2 white) of Bernat Handicrafter cotton yarn

Cost:

4 balls at $2.50/ball + $7.00 pattern = $17.00 (Canadian Dollars)

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FO #3: Palmer cardigan

Size &Modifications:

I shortened the cardigan by 2.75” and the sleeves by 1”.

Materials:

  • Palmer Pattern by Michele Wang
  • 7 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Loft in the colour Sweatshirt

Cost:

7 skeins at $19.95/skein + $12.00 pattern = $151.65 (Canadian Dollars)

New Pattern: Clayr

Clayr is officially out in the world! Clayr is a generously long, light, and airy scarf that will bring you from those first spring days into the cool evenings of summer. Sporadic lace triangles give this scarf both a sharp geometric design element while keeping a soft airy look. You’ll find yourself reaching for Clayr time and time again. You can now find Clayr on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/clayr

Indigo Dyed Kimono

Inspired by Karen Templer's plans and her inspiration to make an Indigo dyed kimono, I picked up this block printed Indigo dyed fabric from Maiwa. The dye for this fabric was extracted from the leaves of the indigofera tinctoria plant that grows in South India, and the block printing was done in Bagru, a village in Rajasthan. The block printing is done using a method called Dabu mud resist block printing, where the design is applied to the fabric with mud, and then the fabric is dyed. The mud keeps the dye from colouring the printed parts of the fabric, and doing this multiple time is what creates multiple shades in the design.

I pretty much stuck to the pattern exactly, only lengthening everything a little bit. I lengthened the body by 2.5" and the sleeves by 2" each. If I made this again I would probably lengthen the body even a bit more, but overall I think it turned out really good! I am so looking forward to wearing this during the upcoming summer months.

Pattern: Sew Over It Kimono Jacket

Fabric: Block printed Indigo dyed fabric from Maiwa

FO: Swaledale Clogs

Pulling these slippers out of the washing machine felt a little bit magical, they had shrunk to fit my feet perfectly and felt unlike any other thing I've ever knitted for myself. This was the first time I've felted a project, and I love the thick sturdy fabric it created.

I used the Swaledale Clogs pattern by Ann Kingstone, although I didn't use the recommended Swaledale yarn. I created a similar gauge using 2 strands of worsted weight and 1 strand of fingering instead of the 2 strands of Aran suggested. I had a bunch of small balls of worsted yarn in my stash from other projects so I got to use a few of those up this way. These slippers are very warm so they might not get much wear until next winter!

Pattern: Swaledale Clogs