Astronaut T-shirt

After my first Maria Denmark’s Kristen Kimono Tee I knew this pattern was perfect to showcase this fabric I purchased during Christmas 2014. I made this top last May, but shortly afterwards we lost Gerry and I didn’t have the heart to look at the pictures and publish them on the blog. I hope you understand, it was so painful that this top stayed in my closet for almost a year. I think I am ready to share it now, even though I still miss Gerry very much and I hope he’s fine and happy wherever he is.

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Here Colin, Billy and Daisy wanted to be in the picture. Marvin was also in the room but observed us from afar.

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And then he decided to join and see why I was obsessed with smelling Daisy. I love their smell. I could sniff at them for hours!

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There is not much to say about this top that I haven’t said before. It’s easy, fast, it fits well and it’s free.

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I fell in love with this knit the moment I saw it. It was around 1.5m by the kilo and it was ultra cheap. It seems a digital printed fabric, and even I loved the moment I saw it, I didn’t know what to make and avoid disturbing the print. This pattern was perfect for that.

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These birds drive me crazy but here we’re having a blast!

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SBCC Tonic 2

I wanted to try this pattern for a while since the fit is quite similar to the long sleeved t-shirts I wear in winter, and I didn’t want the Renfrew top cuff and waist bands (yes, I could remove them but I felt lazy and the Tonic tee is a free pattern). I saw it mentioned again on Diario de Naii the other day and that gave me the final push.

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I used a 100% merino that I bought from NZ Merino Fabrics at the end of last year. It’s quite thin and soft, and the top feels very comfortable to wear. At first I though of making a Lady Skater with it, but since I don’t wear dresses in winter, this is a much better use of the fabric. This year I want to make things that I wear.

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The only issue I see with it are some wrinkles in the underarm, not sure if it’s due to my fabric (it has no lycra) or if I may need to alter the amscye.

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As you can see I’m surrounded by birds. It’s true that some times they are by themselves breaking things exploring but most of the time I can’t shake them off.

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Here you can see how it looks untucked. At first I thought it was too long, in fact longer than my usual tops, but now seeing this pictures, I don’t think it’s so much. I will wear it tucked in my pants all the time anyway.

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These are the first pictures taken at the new apartment. They were taken in my sewing room and I’m quite pleased with them. As soon as I have everything set and tidy I’ll show you the rest of the room. The top was finished a couple of weeks ago, but after the move I had issues finding back my tripod, so this top was waiting unworn.

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Hey, Colin, what are we going to break today?

 

Warm Feet

There’s nothing I appreciate more in winter than having warm and dry feet. It’s the time of the year that I go back to thinking about hand knitted socks and regret having just a few pairs. After knitting a pair of Van Dyke socks for my mother, I new I needed a pair for my myself, and the Malabrigo Rios I had in my stash was very tempting.

I knitted them exactly like the ones for my mother, but adding an extra repeat on the leg portion, making a total of eleven, four of them just before the gusset.

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They took a little longer than my mother’s pair just because we were moving and there was a lot to be done around the house.

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I wore them a couple of times and they are very comfortable and extra soft, but the wool looks like it’s going to wear out quite quick and easily. It’s a pity because I usually have problems with itchy yarns on my feet, and this one felt wonderful.

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Despite making the smallest size the socks have grown a little and there’s not much negative ease anymore, it could be that even after fixing my gauge issues, I still knit too loose.

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I’m always careful, but somehow I screwed up the cuffs binding off, since they are tighter than usual and it takes me some effort to take these socks on and off, but at least I can do it 😉

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And you, are you knitting socks this winter?