Spring is coming early

Onwards to the next adventure!

 

One of my goals for this year-of-vintage project is to alternate between a Susan Crawford pattern and an individual vintage pattern that I have in my collection. My next project is from the 1941 Jack Frost Vol. 35, arguably my favorite vintage blouse pattern books. They’re all fairly simple but so beautiful! I wanted to find a pattern right now that I could handle with my homework load; something that I can zone out with and watch Downton Abbey and knit simple stitches ( in between tears, naturally). So lovely kittens, allow me to reveal my next blouse!

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It is the one on the right! I’m sorry for the poor photo quality; on the collar, there is a sweet spring-time lace pattern, as well as lace on the puffed sleeves. I’ve found myself eager for spring this year. To watch cherry blossoms brighten up the streets. To read a novel under a tree, chasing clouds in between chapters and sips of pink lemonade. I am usually a lady who enjoys the colder months, but this year I find myself yearning for soft sunshine and being outside. Therefore, I am knitting this blouse in my very favorite color, Robin’s Egg Blue, to create my own little spring on my needles until the weather complies with my wishes.

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I am naming this project after a movie that came out the same year as the pattern: The Lady Eve. It is an adorable movie with fabulous hair and outfits. Next week you will get to see the work in progress! Yippie!

xoxo

Sydney

Finished Piece: Roman Holiday

It’s finished, it’s finished!

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As of Saturday the 9th, I have had Trimmed With Roses hanging in my closet saying, “Wear me! Wear me!” every time I walked by. This was a very fun pattern to knit up. Originally from 1950, Susan Crawford did an excellent job making it accessible for various body types. I am a 36″ bust, but I made the smallest size, desiring negative ease instead of positive, and very happy I did. I like my garments to look more fitted as opposed to the 3-4″ of positive ease it requested.

Anyways, enough chit chat, here are photos taken by the incredibly talented Michael Banh, who has a rather popular Supernatural tumblr. 😉

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Stay tuned for my next project!

xoxo

Sydney

It won’t be long now

A Work in Progress post!

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Hoorah! I’ve completed the front and back pieces. I was a bit anxious about the individually-done fair isle roses having too many ends to weave in, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought! I am happy with the pieces so far, though they need a nice, long bath to even out the stitches.

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Currently, I am working both sleeves. I have one up to the armhole decreases and the other is just beginning the stripes. Why do I have two going, you ask? I suffer from second- sleeve- syndrome, and it’s always nice to have one easy piece that I can bring along to class or outings, and another that I need to focus on.

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Being in college has certainly slowed down my knitting. I was hoping to have this all finished by the end of the month, but that is unlikely with midterms and endless readings. (I am only 3 weeks in the term and have already finished 6 books, eek!) My goal is by the end of next weekend to be flashing you a finished object!

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xoxo

Sydney

Treasure Hunting

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Treasure hunting weekend! And boy, did I come home with a loot!

The wonderful Emily and I went to our local Flea Market and had a grand old time! We also stopped at Nobody’s Baby, a vintage shop incredibly dear to my heart where I know all the lovely ladies by name. And finally, I drove out to Coburg to peek at a new vintage store, Retro Rejuvenation, which was amazing! The young woman who owned it was so sweet and had a great stock for only being open a few months. Okay enough chit chat, here is what I got!

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…..I know. I may have went a bit crazy. Here’s all I got: 6 headscarves, 5 hankies, +/- 100 buttons, 5 needle craft magazines, 3 postcards, 2 brooches, 3 pairs of shoes, a lipstick, a 1928 beauty notebook, a coin purse, a 1950’s purse, 1940’s hat, an apron and…

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This stunning titanic-era blouse that is in impeccable condition. I will admit to trying it on, but mainly it will sit on my wall as I day dream about tea parties at Downton Abbey.

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Wait, isn’t this a knitting blog?

Yes, lovlies, and I’m sorry I don’t have anything fun to show you at the moment. I am almost done with the back piece and finished the stripes on the front. Next blog will have some progress pictures, I promise!

xoxo

Sydney

Downton Abbey. Also, Downton Abbey. Oh, and Downton Abbey.

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So. Downton Abbey starts tomorrow. (For us in the States, that is.)

I have been mentally preparing myself for months now. The best companion to knitting is Downton Abbey, without a doubt. No one is allowed to argue.

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Oh, the Crawley sisters. So lovely. So elegant. Without a doubt my favorite is Lady Mary. I love to stride out of a room yelling “I don’t care a thing about rules!” And swish my dress behind me. Ugh, she is so sassy I can’t stand it.

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I’m curious to see what happens with Mary and Matthew. Oh, I just can’t wait!

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Yes, yes I have.

As far as knitting goes, my fingers have been going extra fast with excitement. I am almost done with the back piece, eek!

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xoxo

Sydney

And so it begins.

Happy New Year kittens!

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I am so looking forward to this year and all of the warm vintage hand knits and I am going to create. To make it more fun, I am going to name all of my projects after old movies based on characters that the garment reminds me of! So, without further ado, I introduce my first garment of the year…

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Trimmed with Roses in A Stitch in Time: Volume 2!

Now, normally I do not knit my garments in the same color as the sample, but oh how I love the combination of the natural & bright red! I will be using Jamieson Spindrift for the main color and Element Affects for the contrasting red. So excited!

I am naming this jumper “Roman Holiday.” It reminds me of Audrey Hepburn’s character Princess Ann when she is exploring Rome pretending to be a normal girl and escaping the pressure of being a Princess. It is so youthful and fun, just as she is in the movie.

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You will be able to see the work in progress soon, darlings!

xoxo

Sydney

Santa was good to me..

I hope everyone had a marvelous holiday, and the New Year is approaching so quickly! I still have a tiny bit of Christmas knitting to finish, but I will admit to swatching some of my Jamieson’s Spindrift and a delicious naturally dyed merino by Swan’s Island. I have decided on my first project, but no peeking for you, lovely reader, until January 1st!

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This is that beautiful Swan’s Island in the colorway Sky Blue. A Christmas present to myself, Merry Christmas to me! Thanks, me! You’re so welcome, me! 

Santa also brought me some other wonderful goodies that will enhance my 2013 vintage knitting. I have 9 skeins of Excelana Yarn 4-ply coming my way! Eeekk! I peek outside for the post man in hopes that he is carrying a large box of Nile Green Excelana every day.

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Isn’t that gorgeous? Can’t wait can’t wait!

I also have something else coming..

something very special..

something that every knitter can’t help but day dream about……..

Signature. Needles.

Oh what? Huh? Did she really say that? YES.

Size 2 fourteen-inch straight needles to accompany all my jumper knitting.

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So luxurious.

You can find them here if you want a pair for yourself!

I can’t wait until I get to use them.

I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year’s and I will see you next year!

xoxo

Sydney

Meet the Contenders

Yarn.

What a wonderful word.

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I have been building up a Shetland stash for the last few months, and I know there is still much more to buy, but this is what I have so far for my 2013 challenge. It was all obtained in a variety of different places, which will make it even more fun to knit up.

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This is O-Wool Classic 2-ply. I got a bag of 10 from Little Knits in Seattle for a steal. It is not Shetland, but a lovely organic merino. It is a gorgeous grassy green color that yet to has a pattern to go along with it.

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This is Elemental Affects Natural Shetland Fingering, so many colors! I picked the colors because they reminded me of the movie Brave. 🙂 I bought these at Stash, the yarn shop that I work at!

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JAMIESON! I think I am going to use the natural color with with the Elemental Affects for a fair-isle something-or-other. I got this over on the Oregon Coast in a cute little yarn shop!

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This Shetland is so soft. I got it in Boston, and I only wish I bought more!

This is only a sneak peek at all the yarn I have lined up for next year, and I am sure I will be buying much more.

I love buying yarn, don’t you?

xoxo

Sydney

Dashing Through the Christmas Knitting

Well, I’m not actually dashing. More like drudging.

Every year I tell myself I am going to cut down my list. That I will only knit for my close friends, and select members of my immediate family. But for some mystical reason, my list GROWS every year! This year, I am knitting for 15 people. Yes, 15. How does that happen? After (and during) every project, every hat, mitten, legwarmer, and cowl, I find myself staring at my jumper yarns, my sweater’s worth skeins, nearly drooling at the idea of knitting a sweater. I am definitely a big project type of knitter. Instant gratification knitting does nothing for me. Curse you whoever decided that knitted headbands were “in” this year!! They’re lovely, but now I have six to make. Please, make it stop! 

I am halfway done with Christmas Knitting, and now it is crunch time. I have six more people to knit for. A hat, 3 pairs of gloves, six headbands (sigh), and half a cowl to finish. Then of course there is Christmas sewing, but I can’t even think about that right now. 15 days. Can it be done? Possibly. Will I be able to sleep? Probably not.

Here is what I have to show for!

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Tinyowlknit’s Some Cloudy Day legwarmers for Emily!

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Janice Kang’s Team Zissou Hat for Tyler!

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A ski hat for Uncle Ryan! (Pattern my own design)

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Tinyowlknit’s Bedknobs & Broomsticks for Deirdre!

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Tinyowlknit’s Meow Mitts for Taylor (personalized as her two cats)

Can you tell that I love miss Tinyowlknits? She is amazing.

I also finished two other hats, a cowl, and a pair of mitts that are not pictured. If you want more information on these patterns, you can find them all here on my ravelry project page!

MUST. RESIST. SWEATER. KNITTING.

xoxo

Sydney

Day Dreaming

Good day, sweet peas!

I have been queuing up designs and taking mental notes of vintage patterns I want to knit, and now that January is coming so soon, I must start planning! There are oodles upon oodles of patterns that I have said “Oh yes, I must, oh I must knit that!” But there are a few that I am certain you will see in 2013. Many of these are by the talented and amazing Susan Crawford, co-author of A Stitch in Time, Volume 1 & 2, who has re-created over 100 vintage knitting patterns and accommodating them to different body shapes, which is so helpful. She is a godsend. If you have not discovered her yet, here is a link to her ravelry page! Miss Susan Crawford.

Without further ado, here are a few that you will be seeing in 2013! ❤

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This is probably my favorite re-creation of Susan’s. I am a sucker for stripes and flower motifs. It can be found here on ravelry. This may even be my first project of the New Year!

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I. love. this. cardigan!! I bought some lovely Shetland wool in Boston that has been eyeing me from my yarn shelf, begging to be this cardigan. Found here on ravelry.

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My final Susan Crawford masterpiece is this beautiful jumper. I don’t have yarn for it yet, but I am thinking some type of robin’s egg blue or burgundy. So lovely. Found here.

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Did I mention I love stripes? Well, I love stripes. This is from an old Australian Women’s Weekly, and many of the patterns can be found here on ravelry for free! Yes, cupcake, free!! If you love vintage patterns just as much as I do and have not seen these, I would highly recommend to check them out.

I hope you all are having a marvelous day!

xoxo

Sydney