Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day Yarn Bomb by day

Yarn Bomb by day

We went back in the late morning to get some better photos.  Check out my flickr page for more.

Valentine's Yarn Bomb

Planet June's Love Hearts pattern inspired me!  For the past while, I've been making these little hearts every chance I got - which unfortunately wasn't as often as I would have liked.

All Heart

Earlier today, I set out all the ones I'd finished for a photo, then counted them.  There was 113, though I found one I missed later on.  It got added to the others that were finished up later today.

All Heart

Of course, I had to get a photo of them, too.

I did make a minor change to Planet June's pattern for the larger hearts.  Where she has 3 sc in one space to make the point on the bottom of the heart, I did [1sc, 1hdc, 1sc] instead.

I also played around a bit with adding colours, which you can see in the top photo.  With some, I changed colours for the second round of the larger heart pattern.  For a few, I added rows of contrasting colour to outline the hearts using a hook to create what, in embroidery, would be called a chain stitch, or a tambour stitch, which typically uses a special hook.  One simply has a running stitch outline.  A few are stuffed.  There was one heart (bottom photo, deep red metallic yarn on the right side, towards the bottom) that I changed a fair bit more.  For the third round, instead of using sc stitches, I used hdc stitches worked into the backs of the hdc stitches in the previous row to create the surface braid effect.

In total, we ended up with 131 hearts.  My older daughter made a whole bunch of of the small hearts for me.  Then we took the whole lot of them and yarn bombed an area in our river valley park system.  It was hard to get good photos, but here's a couple that turned out better than most.



We plan to go back tomorrow and see how many are left.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Shimmer skirt

Getting started
Finishing details

So now that the skirt is done, what's my daughter's verdict?

She's quite happy with it!

Shimmer Skirt

There's not front or back with this skirt.  She likes to wear it with the split on one side, as you can see in this view here.

Shimmer Skirt

Here it is again, viewed from behind.  After cropping the pictures down, I actually found myself having a hard time telling front fro back!  I had to look to see which way her feet were facing. *L*

My daughter finds the skirt very comfortable.  The yarn is a touch scratchy because of the metallic thread, but not enough to be an issue.  While worn, she tells me it doesn't feel snug or loose.  In fact, she says it doesn't feel like there's anything there!  I think that's a good thing. LOL

I still have plenty of this yarn left and offered to make a matching to for her, but she declined.

Hmmm... I wonder what I can do with it? :-D

Shimmer skirt - finished!

I'm finally getting the photos up of the finished Shimmer Skirt I made for my younger daughter.  It was one of those projects that kept getting set aside, for some reason - even after it was done and the pictures were taken! *L*

The basic construction of the skirt was very simple, so I didn't take pictures of the process (follow the link above for more details).  When I got to the end, I slip stitched it closed a couple of times to get my daughter to try it on.  I found myself taking out several rows before I got the fit she wanted.

(remember, if you want to see more details in the photos, click on the images to go to my flickr page, where you'll have larger options available)

Shimmer Skirt

This is a view of the outside seam.  In deciding where to make the stitch changes, I held the foundation chain from the side of her waist, then used stitch markers to bracket the hip area, which is where the hdc stitches are done.  The waist band ended up being 10 sc wide, the hip area 49 hdc wide (yeah, I could have gone with 50, but I didn't actually count the number of stitches until quite a bit was worked up, and at that point, I wasn't going to change it just to get a round number. *L*).  The rest of the skirt is done in dc, and I have no idea how many stitches long it is.  I never bothered to count.

Shimmer Skirt

Here is a view of the inside seam at the split, which is at about knee height.  Again, I simply used stitch markers at the height she wanted the split to reach, rather than counting stitches.

In closing up the seam to look unobtrusive, there needs to be an even number of rows to line up the hills and valleys of the back loop stitches.  As there is no real difference between the inside and the outside of the skirt, the outside was determined by making sure the seam would be hidden in a valley.  Because I started the first row of the skirt at the bottom, this meant the last row ended at the bottom of the skirt.  Working from the inside, I slip stitched the split up to the marker.  This tightened up the tops of the stitches, which hung rather looser than the first row worked into the foundation chain, so that they were even again, as well as getting it to match the look of the first row being worked into the back loops of the foundation chain.

On reaching the marker, I slip stitched the seam closed to the top.

As you could see from the first photo, we ended up going with an elastic waist.  The waist band actually fit rather well, but the weight of the skirt itself tend to pull it down.  I'd thought of putting in buttons or something, but my daughter didn't want anything of the sort, so elastic it was.

 Shimmer Skirt

To put in the elastic, after measuring it against my daughter's waist, I stitched it into a loop with the same yarn I used to make the skirt.  Working with the skirt inside out, I placed the elastic into position long the waist band and pinned it evenly into place, then used a herringbone stitch, going around the waist twice, to stitch it into place.  I chose to encase the elastic in the herringbone stitch, rather than stitch it directly to the skirt, for a couple of reasons.  Because of the high level of stretch and flexibility in the skirt itself, due to working in back loops only, I didn't want to mess with it by sewing the elastic directly to it.  Also, should we for some reason need to replace the elastic, it will be easier to do so.

Shimmer Skirt

Here's a view of the finished seam from the outside.

At that point, the whole thing looked a touch unfinished, so we decided to add something extra to the bottom.   After going through a book of edging patterns I had from the library at the time, we settled on what you see now.

Shimmer Skirt

Here's a view of both the inside and outside of the edging, with the inside view underneath, with the split.

This was worked by first working a series of 5 chain loops from the inside of the skirt, starting at the split, with a single crochet worked into the top of each valley from the inside, which meant that they were on the hills when right side out.  On reaching the other end, I turned to work from the outside of the skirt, doing 7 sc into each loop, but not working anything into the single crochets.  Back at the beginning, I turned to work on the inside again, then did another series of loops, this time of 7 ch, with a sc worked into the 4th sc of the previous loops.  Turning back to the outside of the skirt again at the end, the final row was working 9 sc into each 7 ch loop, again skipping all the sc. 

Next up, how it looks while worn.