Monday, March 26, 2012

saving Nani

Saving Nani

Girl has loving blankets that are turning into rag balls, they're named Nani. These are receiving blankets from the hospital and seem to be irreplaceable, I've tried. Boy also was a loving blanket guy but seemed to lose interest somewhere around 3 or 4 years old, Girl is still going strong. While Boy was very discriminating between his blankets (I had multiples in case of vomit or loss), Girl is very inclusive, the more Nanis the better. She'll hold all of hers together in a bundle along with the half a dozen stuffed animals she has in the bed.

one of the Nanis

She has four Nanis, three are in a similar state of disintegration as the one above and one is just a ball of thread. Girl has asked me to try and save them. As I was a loving blankie kid myself, I'm very sympathetic. My own loving blankie had a tragic ending when on a family car vacation, the duffel bag that it was in flew off the roof of the car that it was tied to and was never recovered. There were several attempts to replace it but nothing really measured up, this was a great loss to me. So I was very worried about attempting this operation as I knew that any change to Nani, like the feeling of the new fabric, could potentially be rejected.

flannel for backing Nanifolding over the edges

I found some flannel the she liked, trimmed the shreddy edges off the sides of one Nani, quilted the Nani to the flannel in one inch squares (there's no batting), reinforced weak spots with zigzags, and turned over the edges and sewed it down as binding.

Nani with the backing attached

So far she seems to be accepting it, she was very happy with the operation. I haven't touched the other two Nanis yet in case she changes her mind.


Meanwhile, I've been working on Ambergris by Ann Weaver. This is a great fisherman style sweater with a modern feel that kicked off the whole series of garments Ann designed that were inspired by Moby Dick. I particularly like the center lace pattern that looks like a whale tail weaving in and out of the water as I'm knitting it. When it's blocked out it looks more like a spine to me. I'm almost done with the body and will soon be marooned on sleeve island.

Monday, March 12, 2012


Craftitude Vest by Kirsten Kapur

Finished this vest a couple of weeks ago but am finally getting around to posting it. The kids' winter break and a little traveling have put a dent in my blogging.

This is Craftitude Vest by Kirsten Kapur and can be found in a great little book called Craft Activism. In the book there are bios of interesting artists and crafty folks and the projects don't just include knitting, there is sewing, embroidery, recycling all kinds of materials to make cool stuff like a plastic bag skirt, check it out. The photos in the book are by the craftiest of photographers Gale Zucker.

Craftitude Vest by Kirsten Kapur

Craftitude is total comfort knitting with an interesting juicy cable up the front, worsted weight yarn and a great color, it doesn’t get better. I’ve been lusting after this vest since the book came out last fall and it seemed like the perfect way to relax after my Shuffle vest.

Craftitude Vest by Kirsten Kapur

Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in Candlewick gave me 18 stitches and 28 rows on size 7s so I went down a size as I was aiming for 0" ease and knit the small. I knit it in the round from the bottom up to the armholes and then knit the tops of the front and back separately back and forth. The only other mod that I made was to add 8 stitches as I cast on for some more room for my bum. I worked the decreases every six rows instead of 8 (for a total number of the same rows). After the waistline I used all of the pattern’s own numbers.

I massacred row 25 of the first repeat of the cable pattern but realized much later and didn’t feel like going back to fix it, I don’t think it’s hugely noticeable. The yarn shows off the cables really nicely and I am totally in love with the color, the fit is very nice and I think I'll get tons of wear out of this one. I'm a bit curious to see how the Madelintosh will wear, it doesn't seem pilly at all yet. The pattern is wonderfully written, I highly recommend the pattern and the yarn.