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Friday, December 30, 2011

Chrysanthemum Bag

© Chrysanthemum Bag

This bag is inspired by Koitsu Tsuchiya's Watercolor Chrysanthemum.
The Chrysanthemum motif is duplicate stitched on. 
The background uses small sections of intarsia over the curves.
The opening edges are finished with two rows of single crochet.
As for lining, toile with children playing print is used. There are two compartments.

Knit Picks, Palette,
100% Peruvian Highland Wool, 231 yards/50 g ball,
Hand wash and dry flat.
Color # C872 Iris Heather, Dye Lot # 2028, ~3/4 x Yarn Ball(s)
Color # CK09 Opal Heather, Dye Lot # 1649, ~3/4 x Yarn Ball(s)
Color # I989 Oyster Heather, Dye Lot # 9646, ~1/4 x Yarn Ball(s)
Color # 2200 Fairy Tale, Dye Lot # 9735, ~1/8 x Yarn Ball(s)
Color # 4908 Lady Slipper, Dye Lot # 5470, ~1/8 x Yarn Ball(s)
Color # 0633 Mustard, Dye Lot # 4152, ~1/8 x Yarn Ball(s)
Color # 0184 Custard, Dye Lot # 9732, ~1/8 x Yarn Ball(s)
Color # C816 Forest Heather, Dye Lot # 0992, ~1/8 x Yarn Ball(s)
Color # I982 Grass, Dye Lot # 9748, ~1/8 x Yarn Ball(s)
Color # 0980 Edamame, Dye Lot # 1308, ~1/8 x Yarn Ball(s)
Needle: US1 2.25mm

A Christmas present for G. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Dear American Gothic,

© Dear American Gothic,
Size: 10" x 8"
Medium: Watercolor

A Christmas present for C.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Floating on Cloud Owl

© Floating on Cloud Owl
Size: 10" x 8"
Medium: Watercolor

A Christmas present for J.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas & Happy 2012!

Our presents under the little knitted tree.

Tiny Christmas tree hanging from the tip.

Reindeer (Mr. Flat Head), a Christmas present from K. Also some nutcrackers and ornaments from previous years.
© Merry Christmas & Happy 2012!

Tree top:
Seed stitched.
Lion Brand Yarn, Holiday Homespun,
98% Acrylic/2% Metallic Polyester, 154 yards/141 g ball,
Machine wash and dry. Do not bleach or iron.
Art # 791, Color # 202/Wreath,  Lot # 1009802, 1 x Yarn Ball
Needle: US10 6.0mm

Tree trunk:
2 by 2 ribbing.
Lion Brand Yarn, Wool Ease Chunky,  
80% Acrylic/20% Wool, 153 yards/140 g ball, 
Machine wash warm medium cycle. Tumble dry low.
May be dry cleaned. Do not bleach. Do not iron.
Art # 640, Color # 124/Barley, Lot # 64808, < 1 x Yarn Ball
Needle: US11 8.0mm

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Found You!

© Found You!
Size: 12" x 12"
Medium: Watercolor

A Christmas present for K.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Brooches 2011

© Christmas Brooches 2011 

Christmas gifts for a knitting group.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Friday, December 9, 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Clipped Wings

 © Clipped Wings

Finally some pictures while the sun is out.

This blouse design features an allover lace back and exposed upper arm.
I use the leaf chain swatch
from "Stitchionary 5: Lace Knitting" by Vogue Knitting
for the back, front hem, and sleeves hem 
with some modification on how each leaf chain ends on the top.
The sleeves have continuous lattices as the leaf chain hem disappears 
and are ribbed on the top edge for comfortable tension around the arms.
The neckline is finished with two rounds of single crochets.

Ice Yarns, Otello
100% Wool, ~246 yards/50 g ball, 
Machine Wash/Dry Flat. Do not iron. Do not bleach.
Color Pink White, Lot # 21636, 4 x Yarn Balls
Needle: US6 4.0mm 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

I am a leaf

© I am a leaf

If I stay still long enough, they will go away...

Friday, November 25, 2011



Now get off me you damn stones!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Hot Water Bottle Cozy

© Hot Water Bottle Cozy

Let's use up some of those leftover yarns!
This cozy is worked in circle from bottom up.
Ribbing is added on the top opening along with yarn over holes for drawstring.

Berroco Comfort, Knitting Worsted Weight,
50% Nylon/50% Acrylic, 210 yards/100 g ball,
Machine wash on gentle cycle in warm water.
No bleach. Tumble dry on low heat. Do not over dry. Do not iron.
Yarn: Color # 9763/Navy Blue, Lot # V1629, < 1 x Yarn Ball(s)
Color # 9700/Chalk, Lot # V1421, < 1 x Yarn Ball(s)
Needle: US6 4.0mm
I-cord drawstring
Cascade Yarns, 220 Superwash
100% Superwash Wool, 220 yards/100 g ball,
 Warm gentle machine wash. Tumble dry medium. Iron at medium setting. No bleach.
Color #812/Turquoise, Dye Lot #6471, < 1 x Yarn Ball(s)
 Needle: US6 4.0mm

Monday, November 7, 2011

A Bag For Toast

© A Bag For Toast

The sling bag design uses scalloped feather lace swatch
from "Knitting on the Edge" by Nicky Epstein
for the body of the bag,
and seed stitch for the strap.
It is approximately the size of a piece of toast.

Cascade Yarns, 220 Superwash
100% Superwash Wool, 220 yards/100 g ball,
 Warm gentle machine wash. Tumble dry medium. Iron at medium setting. No bleach.
Color #812/Turquoise, Dye Lot #6471,  < 1 x Yarn Ball(s)
Needle: US5 3.75mm, strap
US7 4.50mm, bag


© Water

Monday, October 31, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sally Sells Seashells by the Seashore

© Sally Sells Seashells by the Seashore

This cardigan design features
frost flowers and ridges swatch for hem
from "Stitchionary 5: Lace Knitting" by Vogue Knitting and
hot pink contrasting cuffs, neckline, and button/button hole rows.

Lion Brand Yarn, Amazing,
53% Wool/47% Acrylic, 147 yards/50 g ball,
 Machine wash. Dry Flat. Do not iron. Do not bleach. Dry clean any solvent.
Color # Pink Sands/207, Art #825, Lot #2139, 8 x Yarn Balls
Needle: US7 4.5mm
Atomic Blue, Painted Lady Sport,
100% merino, 200 yards/50 g ball,
Color Queen Anne Pink, 1 x Yarn Ball
This yarn is 100% organic (there are hay bits to pick out when knitting).
Needle: US7 4.5mm

Buttons: Shells, Favorite Findings by Blumenthal

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Sweetheart Dress

Top: Corset cups, Center: Tapering of triangle towards waist, Bottom: Slip-stitch ripples on skirt

Left: Front of dress, Center: Built-in bra and waist stay, Right: Victorian boot button loop closure
 © Sweetheart Dress

This knitted corset dress features
seed-stitch removable straps,
seed-stitch set-in cups shaped with short rows,
victorian boot button loops back closure
from "Knitting Beyond the Edge" by Nicky Epstein,
slip-stitch ripples swatch for skirt
from "Stitchionary 5: Lace Knitting" by Vogue Knitting,
built-in strapless bra, and waist stay.

Lang Yarns, Georgia,
96% Cotton/4% Polyester, ~120yards/50 g ball, Machine Wash/Dry Flat
Color # 730.0006, Lot # 4297 , 12 x Yarn Balls
Needle: US4 3.5mm

Buttons: 11 buttons of La Mode Style 37465 (Hook 988), Blumenthal

Thanks to J for the constant support and challenge to make a more ornate piece.

Check out the matching build-in bra here!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Friday, October 7, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A Matching Bra

I designed a knitted corset dress. In order to make it easily wearable, I decided to include a built-in bra.

I needed 34C for strapless bra to work on me but Hanes does not produce this bra in C cup for size 34. 

Rit Liquid Dye in Evening Blue
Dyeing Recipe
1 gallon hot tap water
4oz Rit liquid dye (8oz bottle)
1/2 cup vinegar

Rubber gloves
Unwanted pot (I bought a crock pot from Goodwill thrift store for USD1.99)
Unwanted spatula (again from Goodwill for USD0.99)

  1. Soak bra thoroughly in warm water.
  2. Add all ingredients in pot and stir well.
  3. Add bra and removable straps into pot.
  4. Submerge items under dye mixture.
  5. Move them around every 5-10 minutes for one hour. Make sure to move sliders of adjustable straps as well. (I forgot on mine.)
  6. Rinse well in warm water until water runs clear.
  7. Press as much water out as possible.
  8. Hang dry.
Dye mixture

Last rinse cycle

Bra composition

The main nylon fabric turns out vibrantly blue. The polyester cup linings are mostly light blue. The bra hooks, sliders, and hooks-and-eyes appear undyed. The bra also appears just a little bit darker when wet.

I also dyed a piece of 100% white cotton fabric (muslin) for comparison. It turns out to be dull teal as indicated on the Rit liquid dye bottle itself.

Left: Wet, Right: Dry

Left column: Right side, Right column: Wrong side
1. & 2. Cups, lining, elastic band, and under-wire channeling
3. & 4. Side reinforcement and thread color
5. & 6. Back bands, hooks-and-eyes, straps, anti-slip rubbery bands

Dyed 100% cotton (muslin)

© A Matching Bra 

Check out the knitted corset dress here!