A Long Overdue Finish

Men's Knitted Pullover Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

A little self-inflicted toe mishap has me currently home-bound.  I am finding myself knitting a lot during the times when I would rather be outside hiking a beloved trail.  That’s not so bad, since I managed to finish this sweater for my husband before the passing of another winter.

Three years ago, while visiting a yarn store, I found myself buying a set of yarn to make a sweater for my husband.  A daunting prospect considering all I could make at the time were simple scarves.  A year and a half later as a more confident knitter I started looking for a pattern, but I couldn’t find even one for the amount of yarn I had purchased.

 

Men's Knitted Pullover Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Since a long time had passed in the meantime, I couldn’t just buy the extra yarn needed because of mismatched dye lots.  So I had to end up ordering another complete set of skeins with matching dye lots to make this sweater for him.  I learned a big lesson find a pattern first, then buy the yarn.

I have already found and purchased another pattern to make a sweater for myself with the original skeins.  I don’t mind at all since I was secretly wishing to make a sweater for myself in that colourway.

 

Men's Knitted Pullover Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

I learned short row during this project.  It makes for a little higher neck line on the back of the sweater.  Short row on the round can be a bit confusing at first, but it worked out quite well in the end.  I was initially worried because it looked a bit bulging, but blocking the sweater removed the bulge completely.

 

Men's Knitted Pullover Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Although the majority of the sweater is knitted in stockinette stitch, there are two sets of cable design on two sides of the sweater underarms.  It’s an easy cable design that I could follow without paying too much attention.

 

Men's Knitted Pullover Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

The sleeves were the hardest part.  Strictly following the pattern made for really billowing sleeves.  I had to frog the first sleeve twice before I figured out the rate of decrease to make a more shapely sleeve.  I reduced another set of stitches right before knitting the ribs to get a perfect fit around the wrists.

 

I used the Gamekeeper Pullover pattern that I found on Ravelry.  I had purchased DK weight yarn, while the pattern is written for worsted weight.  After quite a bit of trial and error, I figured out the right size for him that would work with DK weight yarn. The pattern was very adaptable.

The pattern itself is well written.  I like to learn as I work through projects, this sweater was perfect for that.  Other than the sleeves, I had no problem with the rest of the pattern.  I will definitely use this pattern again as a base for another sweater.

 

Ravi Sweater | Whims And Fancies

 

Once I finished making his, I started on a new cardigan for myself.  This is Ravi by Carol Feller.  The yolk is knitted sideways and the shape is created via short row.  I kept putting this one off because of the combination of short row and garter stitch.  Then I learned German short row.  It is so incredibly easy!  If you are interested, here is the video by Very Pink that I used to learn it.

My husband is all smiles about his new sweater.  Now that I can knit a little better, hopefully he won’t have to wait so long for me to finish the next one.

 

-Soma

 

I am happy to link up with Wool On Sundays and Winter Project Linky Parties.

I am also linking up on other linky parties on my Events And Links page.

 

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Story Book Teddy Bears

Story Book Teddy Bear Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

I would love for you to meet my Story Book Teddy Bears.  They are two sisters.  They are in charge of all the stories that are being written at this very moment by people all over the world.  Of course, that would be too much work for just one little bear.  So they divide this enormous job between the two of them.

 

Story Book Teddy Bear Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

Pattern on Etsy and Craftsy

 

 She takes care of the stories between the sunrise and sunset.

 

Story Book Teddy Bear Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

Her little sister then takes over while she rests a little.

 

I designed my little story book teddy bear quilt patterns on request, just before Christmas.  I couldn’t resist making them afterwards.

As I finished making one of them, the thought of the other one suddenly occurred to me.  I suppose such is the way of story book bears.

Stories can be told in so many ways.  I love to tell stories through paintings.

 

Daniel Smith Watercolor | Whims And Fancies

 

I picked up these three paints – Quinacridone Gold, Moon Glow and Indanthrone Blue.  I love the name Moon Glow.

Here is a sketch I finished in December.  I really wanted to paint this picture, and I also really wanted to use those colours.   Not a perfect match, but it was fun to use some unusual colours for the painting.

 

Daniel Smith Watercolour | Whims And Fancies

I see myself walking toward the viaduct despite the stormy sky.

 

We all have the power to weave a little tale of our own.  The little bears are muses, giving us a little nudge now and then.  If you want to make a story bear, the 10″ pattern is available on my Etsy and Craftsy shops.

 

Happy Storytelling,
-Soma 

 

I am also linking up on Life Thru The Lens, Through My Lens, Seasons, Our World Tuesday, Wednesday Around The World, Photo Friday, and Friday Photo Journal along with other linky parties on my Events And Links page.

 

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Lego Harry Potter Quilt Along – Chapter 5

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Welcome to the Lego Harry Potter Quilt Along.  This quilt along has been particularly helpful for me to stay focused on finishing this quilt.  It has been such a fun project with drawing and writing the pattern files, then picking out the fabric and sewing the blocks.

I set out to create a quilt symbolizing happiness and all things good.  This month’s blocks are particularly special to me.  I hope you like them too.

 

Flame And Flowers

 

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

As we play in the Lego Hogwarts castle, we get to light the torches around the castle and make everything a bit brighter.  It reminds me of what Professor Dumbledore once said – 

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.” —  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling

There are little barrels and mud-blobs all around the Lego castle grounds.  Casting spells on the barrels makes them grow flowering plants.  The mud-blobs flip over to turn into plants.  We often say that if all the land-mines could also flip over to turn into plants, our little world would be so much more of a beautiful place.

 

Spectrespecs

 

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

I love Luna!   In a way, her spectrespecs make me think of seeing the unseen qualities in people.  She is different, therefore she often becomes an easy target of unkind teasing.  That does not ever stop her from being happy though, she is perfectly content being herself.  She is unselfishly brave, extremely kind, a fabulous friend and wonderfully optimistic.  I am glad to have known her, even if it was through ink and paper.

I have always loved these words by Luna –  “I think I’ll just go down and have some pudding and wait for it all to turn up – it always does in the end.”  —  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J.K. Rowling

 

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Download Flame And Flowers

Download Spectrespecs

 

Reminder – Remember to download these patterns by Friday night. The download link will be removed permanently on Saturday morning (January 27th, 2017).

I draw these pictures freehand and then turn them into patterns, which is a lot of work. Please only use them for personal use and do not distribute or share them anywhere. For more information and for the pattern schedule, please read the introductory postHow to obtain the old patterns are also on the introductory post.

 

A change in schedule

 

Originally, the QAL was going to end in the month of February.  However,  as time went by, I thought of a few more blocks that I really wanted to be part of my quilt.  I am extending the QAL so I can share the extra blocks with you. 

Don’t worry if you have purchased the background fabric already.  I made allowance for that in the design.

 

Make sure to check the introductory post to make a note of the new schedule.

 

Sharing your work

 

If you are on Facebook, you can join the group Pictures With Paper Piecing and share your blocks there.

You can also share them on this Flickr group.

 

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Patterns | Whims And Fancies
Introductory post with information and dates

 

Enjoy,
-Soma

 

Linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page.

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Yarning For December

Knitted pullover for men | Whims And Fancies

 

Knitting is such a comforting and calming activity for me.  A few years ago, I started knitting and it stuck.  The prospect of working a piece of string with a couple of sticks to create a knitted cloth fascinates me.  Learning how to knit actual wearable clothes is quite exciting.  It is such a forgiving hobby too.  Worst case scenario, all you have to do is rip it apart and restart.

 

Wool On Sundays 

I did a lot of knitting in the month of December.  I showed a few photos in the previous Wandering Camera post.  My dear friend Janine from Rainbow Hare hosts the Wool On Sundays linky party.  It has been awhile since I linked up, so I thought it would be nice to elaborate on my yarn endeavours of December and link up on Wool On Sundays as well. 

I had been working on this sweater for my husband for quite a while now.  Following the pattern resulted in a really baggy sleeve.  Since my knitting skills are not much beyond apprentice level, I had to rip the first sleeve a couple of times before the sizing finally worked. I finished the sweater a few days ago.  I will share more once I block it.

 

Easy crochet blocks | Whims and Fancies

 

I was going through my cabinet and I found this set of crochet blocks.  I love the earthiness of the yarns and the simplicity of these blocks.  I don’t remember when I worked on them.  I also don’t remember why I stopped.  My last crochet project was so long ago, I don’t even remember how to crochet anymore.  So after a quick refresher course, I am ready to work on this one again.

 

Crochet Lace Blanket | Whims And Fancies

 

This is the one and only crochet project I have ever done.  If I was able to make this, then surely I should be able to finish the easy single crochet patchwork blanket.

 

Fingerless Mittens | Whims And Fancies

 

I really love making fingerless mitts.  They leave my fingers open to work my camera while keeping my palms warm.  As far as I am concerned, one can never have too many fingerless mitts.

I made this pair to give away as a celebration of Wandering Camera.  The winner of these mitts is Alycia.

 

 Arranged Words

Dixie’s Shop

My lovely friend Dixie from Arranged Words is fabulous enough to offer one of her paintings from her shop as part of the giveaway as well.  The winner of Dixie’s painting is Jo. 

I will email you both shortly.

I started working on another sweater already.  I hope you are getting to work on something that is soothing for you.

-Soma

 

I am also linking up on Life Thru The Lens, Through My Lens, Seasons, Our World TuesdayWednesday Around The World, Photo Friday, and Friday Photo Journal along with other linky parties on my Events And Links page.

 

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