Thursday, 28 March 2013

knit shorts!

A few weeks ago I posted a photo on Instagram of a pair of shorts that I knit and got an incredible reaction! 
Finally I am ready to share the pattern with all of you! I saw that Ani had posted her version on Kollabora so I used her guidelines as well as Barbro Andersen's guidelines which is what Ani followed. And then my friend Karen aka Kids of the Wood took some sweet photos of me wearing the shorts! 
Here is what I did!
- 2 balls of Cascade Yarns 100% superwash wool 100g 220 yards
- size 8 (5mm) circular needles
Directions: (basically you know it up like a cowl and stitch a little crotch into it! super easy!) 
- cast on 105 stitches join stitches being careful not to twist! 
- creating ribbing: knit 5 rows, purl 5 rows until 45 stitches (8 stacks of ribbing)
- continue with ribbing BUT decrease - on every 3rd purl row, purl 2 together every 10 stitches
- continue in this way until you have 80 stitches
- bind off LOOSELY (I used this tutorial)
- stitch up crotch: about 1 cm in the middle at the bottom of your shorts (the wider end)

OK SO for me these didn't fit perfectly, the were too big and I'm a size s/m to make these smaller you could go with a smaller needle size however I really like how the size 8 needles look I wouldn't go smaller, you could also cast on less stitches. What I did was put them on and then I sewed up the side so that it fits me perfectly and seriously no one even notices they just notice how awesome the shorts are.
It takes some wiggling to get in and out of but I love them so much! 

Friday, 15 March 2013

knitting class #2

Earlier this week I taught my second knitting class through Uniiverse! It was great, this time there were 6 students and only one of them didn't finish a headband! So in total 9/10 have completed headbands during class time! PLUS one of my students, Mel, instagrammed a photo of her starting a scarf!!! I couldn't be happier! Making things is so much fun so I'm happy that I can help people learn a new skill :) 

Erika, Mel, Hayley, and Lauren casting on!

Making progress!

Finished products!

Awesome work done by everyone, I am so impressed with all of these new knitters!!


Wednesday, 13 March 2013

DIY BFF Kollabora

I recently interviewed my DIY BFF, Kim (co-partner of Limberlina) for an article on DIY BFFs for Kollabora. Check it out here! Crafting is always better with friends and Kim is the best so I'm just the luckiest girl! This past Sunday we crafted ALL day, and our tutorials will be up on Limberlina soon!!

Monday, 11 March 2013

Beyonce cross stitch

I've been wanting to make another cross stitch since making the ludacris/valentimes cross stitch. I really want to get better at cross stitch and I love the feeling of it, how it takes a long time but on a day where you just want to watch movies or tv shows it's really great way to relax :). My friends Haley and Daniel recently celebrated their 10 year anniversary (more on to come!) so I wanted to make one for them. I was having a hard time coming up with something! All of the songs that they love have REALLY LONG lines and it had to be something short. I sneakily told Haley that I wanted to make another cross stitch and she said "oh! do a Beyonce one!" Little did she know that it was actually a present for her. I used the lines "me and my boo, and my boo, boo ridin" ok this was a lot harder said than done, I wanted to make sure that those were ACTUALLY the lyrics so I went on several different websites and they all gave me different information! Finally I found an article on MTV's website addressing this specific lyric and apparently "me and my boo, and my boo, boo ridin" is the correct lyric. I followed the same format that I used for the ludacris cross stitch and added a cute little heart at the bottom with h+d on the inside. 
I wrote everything out in fading ink and then as I went along I checked for spacing. I really like the &s! 

I learned that it's easier if you just do one side of the X on the way up and the other side of the X on the way down! It looks neater on the back this way and goes more quickly, but it can be hard to do this with certain letters like Os for example. 

Nothing fancy here! Just used a glue gun to glue some fabric onto the back. I KNOW that the proper way is to stitch the edges with a machine but I was hard pressed for time and my sewing machine wasn't set up, etc, etc, etc. 

Finished product! I improvised the heart which is why it doesn't look that good but I like it!!