TWiP: Mid August Shuffle

This Week in Pictures (TWiP) at Polka Dot Cottage

It’s the stuff of a summer winding down: yellow leaves gathering in the driveway, jumping the gun on the knitting of the September Sweater, family gatherings to send off the big kids who are on to big things, and the eventual remembering of those assignments that the younger big kids should have been chipping away at for the last two months (but haven’t)…

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

Itโ€™s a roundup of the photos I shot for Project 365 (one image each day for all of 2016), plus some snapshots I posted on Instagram during the previous week.

๐Ÿ“ท = taken with my Canon DSLR
๐Ÿ“ฑ = taken with my Samsung phone

Ready? Cast your mind back to this time last week…

Saturday

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2016 233/366 – Neil brought home a big plastic bag of candy after his party last week. I cleaned the kitchen today and put it in its own jar. Much nicer. And knowing Neil. it won’t last long…

Sunday

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: Sunday morning on the #pdcskinnerblendquilt: my second cup of coffee, @woolful podcast with @susanbanderson, and my #pdcportholepullover in progress ๐Ÿ’Ÿ

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2016 234/336 – The theme for this month seems to be: hot, humid, and occasional thunderstorms. Every. Day.

Monday

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: Knit the last 12 rounds of the body, or take a shower and get dressed? Decisions, decisions… ๐Ÿ˜‰

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2016 235/366 – I may need a Zazzle intervention. I now have four mugs with my polymer clay designs on the outside. All I need to go with them are three friends who want to come over for coffee ๐Ÿ˜‰

Tuesday

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2016 236/366 – I finished knitting this "June’s Favorite Cardigan" a while ago, but it’s been too hot and humid to wear it. Finally, it’s a breezy and beautiful day, so I can have my little backyard photo shoot. Blogged: www.lisaclarke.net/2016/08/23/junes-favorite-cardigan/

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: Finally got a chance for a proper show and tell of my #junesfavoritecardigan on the blog today. Link in profile โ˜บ

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: It’s the annual “school starts in 2 weeks, didn’t we have Summer reading to do?” trip to the library ๐Ÿ˜ฎ [Taken at the Library.]

Wednesday

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: I decided I needed a hair cut Right Now, so I handed my son the clippers and said “go for it.” #brave #dontregretityet #askmeagainaftermyshower

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: He’s watching a Cats vs. Cucumbers compilation. He was so interested, I had to restart it for him when it ended. #dextercat [Taken at my parents’ house.]

365 ๐Ÿ“ฑ: 2016 237/366 – We had one last game night with my nephew before he leaves for the army. It was a blast! We got home later than usual.

Thursday

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2016 238/366 – It already looks like fall in my driveway!

Friday

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2016 239/366 – Frozen french fries with our dinner tonight.

Thanks for taking a peek at this week’s photos! If you want to see this stuff as it happens, please feel free to follow me on Flickrย and/or Instagram.

I may already have plans to blog about some of these things in greater detail over the coming week, but be sure to leave a comment if there’s something in particular you want to know about!

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June’s Favorite Cardigan

June's Favorite Cardigan

I finished knitting this sweater a few weeks ago, but it’s been so hot and humid lately that I haven’t wanted to put it on long enough to properly photograph it.

I did slip it on once really quickly right after it was finished, and that’s when I discovered that it was crazy HUGE on me:

June's Favorite Cardigan (before blocking)

June's Favorite Cardigan (before blocking)

I used a machine-washable yarn (Berroco Weekend), and while normally it would cause me no end of angst to throw a newly-knit garment in the laundry, I went ahead and did it. For one thing, the time in the washing machine would be good for nicely evening-out my stitches. And for another, even if it shrunk six inches, it would still be wearable.

As it turns out, the stitches look beautifully evened out, and the diamond pattern next to the cable is much better defined. I think it did shrink a bit, too, although not so much that it isn’t still very very roomy.

June's Favorite Cardigan

June's Favorite Cardigan

June's Favorite Cardigan

Luckily, I like it roomy.

And this color? It goes with nearly everything I own ๐Ÿ˜œ

The Details

Pattern: June’s Favorite Cardigan by Hannah Fettig
Yarn: Berroco Weekend in Clothesline

*The granny square mug is one of the ones I’ve designed for Zazzle

TWiP: Happy Colors

This Week in Pictures (TWiP) at Polka Dot Cottage
We’ve barely been home all week. We’ve been to Neil’s parents’ house twice, the boys and I have visited my Mom and Dad twice, Neil and I went out to a restaurant and a hotel for his birthday, and Neil is now in Kansas City for a convention.

We’ve spent a great deal of time celebrating the half century Neil has spent on this planet, and when I haven’t been involved in birthday stuff, I’ve been lounging around, visiting, and knitting. Much to the detriment of my house (it’s too much of a mess, I don’t even want to think about it).

That new sweater pattern I began working on last week is coming along quite nicely. The yoke features a bright rainbow pattern, which I’m really liking. We also saw an actual rainbow in the sky this week, so all in all, it’s been darn colorful around here.

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

Itโ€™s a roundup of the photos I shot for Project 365 (one image each day for all of 2016), plus some snapshots I posted on Instagram during the previous week.

๐Ÿ“ท = taken with my Canon DSLR
๐Ÿ“ฑ = taken with my Samsung phone

Ready? Cast your mind back to this time last week…

Saturday

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2016 226/366 – Party time! Neil turns 50 on Wednesday. [Taken at Neil’s parents’ house.]

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: We’re celebrating @clarkesworld ‘s birthday today. It’s a big one ๐Ÿ˜‰๐ŸŽ‚ [Taken at Neil’s parents’ house.]

Sunday

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: Leftover birthday cake from @clarkesworld ‘s party yesterday, and a few rounds of knitting. #weekends ๐Ÿ’›

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: The pool is 90F. I’m so happy I might cry ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™ #warmwater #ftw [Taken at my parents’ house.]

365 ๐Ÿ“ฑ: 2016 227/366 – The life. [Taken at my parents’ house.]

Monday

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: Did you know today is #grannysquareday2016 ? I didn’t get a chance to hook up a new one, so I took a picture of one of the squares in my #pdcmodfloralblanket ๐Ÿ’Ÿ

365 ๐Ÿ“ฑ: 2016 228/366 – I had an errand to run tonight, so I took myself out for a little evening decaf while I was at it. [Taken at Starbucks.]

Tuesday

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: When you turn fifty years old, your birthday celebration drags on for daaaaaays ๐Ÿ˜‚. Just kidding. Happy Birthday @clarkesworld (again) ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ‚ [Taken at Grasshopper off the Green in Morristown, NJ.]

365 ๐Ÿ“ฑ: 2016 229/366 – The birthday celebrating continues with a rainbow over Morristown. [Taken at the Hyatt Regency Morristown.]

Wednesday

365 ๐Ÿ“ฑ: 2016 230/366 – He’s in there somewhere… Happy Birthday, Neil! [Taken at Neil’s parents’ house.]

Thursday

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: Last night I ripped back several inches on my prototype #pdcportholepullover because I’d forgotten there should be four increase rounds for the adult size, not three. Ugh! The trials of designing your own pattern, eh? So glad I test these things before unleashing them on the unsuspecting #knitting public ๐Ÿ˜‰ #pdc

365 ๐Ÿ“ฑ: 2016 231/366 – Neil left for the World Science Fiction Convention this morning, so the boys and I are taking the opportunity to spend a few days with my parents. I’m kicking off my mini vacation with a relaxing dip in the pool. [Taken (underwater) in my parents’ pool.]

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: Poolside knitting, trying to catch up to where I was before I had to rip back to the yoke… It’s a nice day in the shade ๐Ÿ˜Š [Taken at my parents’ house.]

Friday

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: I love waking up in this room at my parents’ house, with all of its beautiful aqua and minty blue things. It makes me want to straighten up my cluttered bedroom at home and give it a fresh coat of paint. [Taken at my parents’ house.]

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: “We know we’re not allowed in that room, so we’re just gonna sit here and stare at you until you come out” – #zeuscat and #dextercat [Taken at my parents’ house.]

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: I figured out if I put half of the stitches on a second circular needle, I could spread it out enough to try it on. So glad it fits! Now I can get on with #knitting an additional foot of stockinette without worrying that the whole thing would be the wrong size ๐Ÿ’Ÿ๐Ÿ’Ÿ #pdc #pdcportholepullover [Taken at my parents’ house.]

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2016 232/366 – Ugh. This kitchen. It’s been sorely neglected this busy week. And looking at it now makes me wish I’d stayed at my parents’ nice clean house for a second night! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thanks for taking a peek at this week’s photos! If you want to see this stuff as it happens, please feel free to follow me on Flickrย and/or Instagram.

I may already have plans to blog about some of these things in greater detail over the coming week, but be sure to leave a comment if there’s something in particular you want to know about!

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TWiP: Finishes and Beginnings

This Week in Pictures (TWiP) at Polka Dot Cottage

I love the very end of a knitting or crochet project, when you’ve been slogging through what has become somewhat tedious work, and now there is a light at the end of the tunnel. That is the time that I usually hunker down and just push through to the end. There’s nothing like the first time you put on a sweater you’ve been knitting for a month!

Except maybe the rush of starting a new project. It’s especially fun for me, when I’m working on a top-down sweater, because those first several rows (having relatively few stitches) go by very quickly and lead to nearly instant gratification.

I’ve gotten lucky enough to experience both feelings this week, with the casting off of my June’s Favorite Cardigan, and the casting on of a brand new sweater that I’m designing for future publication (and to wear to Rhinebeck in October). It’s this year’s September Sweater, even though it is actually still August and 92 degrees out there. I can’t seem to help myself.

I’ll share a bit about the completed cardigan in a future blog post, after I’ve blocked it and gotten it all pretty for a photo shoot. I might even throw it in the laundry first. It’s pretty gigantic and if it shrunk 6 inches in length, I could still wear it!

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

Itโ€™s a roundup of the photos I shot for Project 365 (one image each day for all of 2016), plus some snapshots I posted on Instagram during the previous week.

๐Ÿ“ท = taken with my Canon DSLR
๐Ÿ“ฑ = taken with my Samsung phone

Ready? Cast your mind back to this time last week…

Saturday

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: We walked out of the store and were greeted by a wall of rain. This photo doesn’t do it justice. @aidan.226 and I got soaked to the skin running to our car! #rainydayadventures [Taken outside of Staples, Watchung, NJ.]

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2016 219/366 – Don’t mind me. I’m just sitting on the front steps trying to come up with something to take a picture of for Project 365 today.

Sunday

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: There’s nothing quite like Jersey Corn fresh from the farm ๐ŸŒฝ๐Ÿ’• #jerseyfresh

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2016 220/366 – When one sibling is clearly the "homely" one.

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: I finished my #junesfavoritecardigan this afternoon. I’d have a more detailed show and tell, but the weather is too warm for a photo shoot! I can tell, though, that I’m going to get a lot of wear out of this sweater ๐Ÿ’Ÿ

Monday

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2016 221/366 – I love challenging and/or creative computer work. I don’t love spending an afternoon essentially copying and pasting. At least I’m done now! I’m feeling a bit cranky, though. Maybe I need to take myself out for a special treat of some kind…

Tuesday

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: What a beautiful morning! I love listening to the cicadas while I sip my coffee โ˜•. I hope your breakfast is equally as pleasant ๐Ÿ’Ÿ

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: It’s time to finally sew that shirt I’ve been talking about sewing for more than a month โœ‚

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: Just finished this #beatrixtop made with #spoonflower fabric I designed myself. It’s technically reversible, though I have yet to hem the lining fabric (those curved hems are not fun for me!). I’m so happy with the way it turned out! ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’› BTW, I’m lclarke522 over at @spoonflower if you wanted to use this fabric in a project of your own ๐Ÿ˜Š

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2016 222/366 – It’s two shows-and-tell in one: a new top I sewed, and a new sweater I knit. I’ll put more details and views of both on the blog sometime this week โ˜บ

Wednesday

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2016 223/366 – My goddaughter. Playing with a can of beans, and looking very serious about it ๐Ÿ˜€ [Taken at my in-laws’ house.]

Thursday

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: A little swatching over breakfast. I’ve got this year’s #rhinebecksweater on my mind. I’m thinking it will be a pullover, but I reserve the right to change my mind (over and over, if necessary) ๐Ÿ˜Š

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2016 224/366 – I wrote a rough draft for my next pattern, and tonight, as soon as I put this camera away, I will cast on for the sample. It’s going to be a Porthole Pullover, which is an adult-size version of the baby-size Porthole Cardigan I published earlier this year. Yay! New projects are always so exciting to me โ™ฅ

Friday

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: Dropped by @woolandgrace to find a contrast yarn to use in my new #pdcportholepullover, and I think this will do nicely. Now I’m trying my first #nitrocoldbrew and it’s pretty interesting โ˜• โ˜บ [Taken at Boxwood Coffee, Summit, NJ.]

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: Hmmm, yes, this is a color combination I can get behind โ˜บ. Now I have to pack up my little project and go home. Time to wake up my teenagers for lunch ๐Ÿ˜ด [Taken at Boxwood Coffee, Summit, NJ.]

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: Knitters, don’t you just love the early stages of a top down sweater, when the yoke goes by so quickly? I wish I could sit around all day and see how these color stripes progress, but I have actual work I’m supposed to be doing now ๐Ÿ˜‰

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2016 225/366 – It’s been so hot and humid this week, and just about every day there has been a thunder storm. Today’s is just about finished passing through.

Thanks for taking a peek at this week’s photos! If you want to see this stuff as it happens, please feel free to follow me on Flickrย and/or Instagram.

I may already have plans to blog about some of these things in greater detail over the coming week, but be sure to leave a comment if there’s something in particular you want to know about!

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(Theoretically) Reversible Beatrix

I’m back with my final Beatrix hack of the season: Reversible Beatrix!

Reversible Beatrix at Polka Dot Cottage

The first time I played with this Made By Rae pattern was in October of last year, when I eliminated the button band, did a full bust adjustment, and a hollow chest adjustment.

The second time was just last month, when I left off the sleeves and used bias binding on the neck and armhole edges.

This time, I used two super lightweight fabrics and sewed them together in such a way that the shirt could be worn with either side out. Theoretically.

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I say “theoretically” because I got so impatient sewing the first curved hem, that I couldn’t face doing another. Instead, I just took my scissors and roughly hacked off a couple of inches from the bottom so that it wouldn’t peek out from behind the main fabric. It’s a total cheat and kind of a mess, but I don’t expect to want to wear the inside showing anyway. And if I decide I do want to wear it that way somewhere down the line, I can always sew some lace along the bottom to make it all look like a purposeful design element.

I’ve been envisioning this project for weeks, and I was sure I knew exactly how to do it. I started with the outer fabric: sewed the darts and sewed the shoulders and side seams. I then repeated the process with the inner fabric.

The next step, as far as I was concerned, was to nest the two shells, right sides together, sew around the neck, sew around each armhole, and then turn the whole thing right side out.

I sewed the neck. So far, so good. At this point I had the (unusual for me) presence of mind to do a quick Google search and make sure that my plan was going to work.

It wasn’t.

Luckily for me, I found this super helpful tutorial from Colette Patterns, and it walked me through the armholes. It was a good thing, too, because I never would have figured them out on my own.

Reversible Beatrix at Polka Dot Cottage

So, voila! I am very happy with my results. And let me tell you a little something else that excites me about this: I designed my own fabric!

I have a much more detailed blog post planned about this very soon, but for now, let me just quietly announce the Polka Dot Cottage Summer Flowers fabric collection, which is available now from Spoonflower โ˜บ

Summer Flowers fabric collection from Polka Dot Cottage

The two prints I used for this project were Flowers on Retro June and Graph June in Poly Crepe de Chine. Originally I thought I’d have preferred cotton lawn, since I like natural fabrics, but it’s been discontinued. As it turns out the Poly Crepe de Chine was perfectly nice to work with, and is probably going to be drapier than lawn would have been. Drapey is nice with a blouse like this.

I’m really happy with this entire project (well, maybe I’m not so happy with the hem on the lining fabric, but we don’t have to talk about that) and I can’t wait to wear it!

I’m feeling my sewing mojo start to slip away, but I still have one more little thing I want to make with some of my newly-designed fabrics. The plan is to get to that before this week is over. Wish me luck!