Happy Finishes

Jane Richmond Oatmeal Raglan Pullover | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I bought this yellow yarn to make a pair of mittens, but I fell in love with the colour so much that I got a few more skeins to make a sweater for myself.  Since the pattern is written for a negative-ease fit and I like to wear layered clothing, I made it a little larger than the suggested size and added a few extra stitches to the underarm area.  Once I got over figuring out the sizing, it was a very quick knit with this chunky yarn.  I am in love with seamless sweater patterns, by the way.  It’s so nice not to have to join all the pieces afterwards.

 

My only complaint was that the neck ended up a little too wide for me.  So I crocheted two rounds of single crochet to fix it.  That also gave the neck band nice stability.  Any advice you may have to make the neck a little smaller would be much appreciated, perhaps a smaller set of needles?

 

Although it fits me very well, I am still a little self-concious when I wear it because it’s the first sweater I have ever made for myself.  It’s so comfortable that I am sure I will get over that soon enough.  The Oatmeal sweater pattern by Jane Richmond is available on Ravelry.  It’s really a very well-written pattern.

 

Apart from knitting I am also working on a custom pattern and a couple of new quilts.  However, I thought that instead of showing you my WIPs today, I would share a few finishes made by others using my patterns.

 

 

Camera Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Fields On Camera pattern on Etsy

 

This camera pillow was made by Lyndsey using the Fields On Camera pattern.  She has only been sewing for a year.  I was really amazed by her workmanship.  I think it looks fantastic!!

 

 

Morning Star Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Pinwheel Star pattern on Etsy

 

Very recently, Kathleen has become a grandmother.  She made this sweet baby quilt from the Morning star pattern.  So much love went into making this quilt to welcome the new baby.  Such a happy finish!!

 

Until next time,
-Soma

 

 

 

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Two Of My Favourite Ladies

Pride And Prejudice Embroidery Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Pride And Prejudice – Fools In Love embroidery pattern on Etsy

 

There are too many women from the stories that I love to list here.  I love the character of Ms. Elizabeth Bennet so much that I found myself needing to draw this Pride and Prejudice embroidery pattern.

 

 

Pride And Prejudice Embroidery Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I used wash-off stabilizer for the first time on this piece.  It leaves a tiny bit of starchiness after washing, which gives the whole piece a wonderful finish.  I used DMC perle 8 for the first time too, a navy thread.  I used three different stitches for varying thickness: chain stitch, stem stitch and back stitch, with chain stitch being one of my favourites.  I really love how it turned out.  At the moment I am not exactly sure what I will do with this block.  I may come up with a few more designs to make a small Pride And Prejudice quilt.

 

 

Doctor Who Rose Tyler Doomsday Mitts

 

 

This one is for Ms. Rose Tyler.  The tenth Doctor and Rose had such a sad ending.  I don’t watch it too often since it leaves me in a daze every time I watch it.  It always seems that happy and sad endings walk along side by side.

 

I wanted to make these mitts ever since the very first time I saw the episode.  The extent of my knowledge of knitting back then was basic cast on, cast off, purl and knit.  Since then I have learned how to make fingerless mitts, and from there I jumped straight into cable.  I am happy to say that once I started knitting the second mitt, I was already able to knit without looking at the pattern file anymore.  I love this pair of gloves so much!  I added an extra diamond to cover my palm a little better.  They not only keep my hands warm, they also make me feel warm and comfortable in a very nostalgic way.  This pattern by Christina Slattery can be found on Ravelry.

 

 

Pink Flowers | Whims And Fancies

 

 

My ageless cactus plant blooms only once a year.  Just for a couple of days all the flowers burst open together like a fireworks finale.  Every year the display is more spectacular than the year before.  The flowers are very much like these ladies I love so much, rare and beautiful.

 

Have a wonderful weekend everyone,
-Soma

 

 

 

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