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Responsibly Handmade Fashion by Jean Chung

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FO::Crochet Pineapple Tee

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My first EVER crochet garment.

I am so proud of myself, you have no idea. :D It was kind of my goal this year to complete a crochet garment, and it's only March! 

Yarn: From Newton's Yarn Country Parking Lot Sale (It was about $2 for this yarn on the cone)

Hook: C (2.75mm)

Pattern: Completely my own! I saw the stitch pattern from a stitch dictionary book and made it. 

This took me about 2 months because I got bored after I completed the back. Hehe. It's been a really warm winter, even by California's standard, and we literally had only 2 weeks of winter. I was hoping to knit more cozy warm sweaters but in warm weather, crochet stuff looks cute too. 

My next goal? Crochet long skirt! I saw one at the mall and it was on sale for $120. Crochet stuff is BACK in trend!

 

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FO:: Rosebud Socks by Wendy Johnson

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  Pattern: Rosebud Socks by Wendy D. Johnson (Toe-Up Socks for Everybody)

Needles: US 0 Addi Circs.

Yarn: KnitPicks Stroll in "Twinkle Heather" --> I believe this one is discontinued.

Rav Project Page for this Project: Click here!

 

These were supposed to be my February socks. I finished the first sock within 2~3 days. And then worked up to half of the second sock the next day. Then I took up some sample knitting projects, this project got lost in the WIP bin.

Finally, I fished it out of the WIP bin few months ago, and finally finished the lace charts. It got really boring at one point! So sick of following charts now and need some good ol' Stockinette knitting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 out of 14 done!

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I can't believe this is already the 4th FO in my UFO/WIP pile.

Pattern:  Lingonberry Shawl (Rav Link) Yarn: Giovanna Imperia Yarns 5 strands "River" and 1 strand "Cocco" held together. Needle: US Size 3

This was a sample knitting commissioned by Giovanna Imperia Yarns (website). Per request by the company, I chose few free patterns of shawlettes.

First two shawls were done within few weeks. This one however, took MONTHS.

From knitting the second shawl which uses the same line of yarn, but less strands held together and in a different color, I knew that I would have easier time if I held more strands together. The yarn on the cone as is is thinner than cobweb, and kind of "sticky" because of mohair mixed in it. The yarn is very inelastic due to linen and silk. Multiple strands and a little bit of twist gave a bit of elasticity and allowed me to use bigger needles.

Linen/mohair/wool/silk blend yarn made a very lightweight but summer appropriate shawl. I loved the texture of the fabric after blocking. It was crisp but not rough. It was hairy but not itchy. And the pink. It was divine.

 

I don't know if the yarn will be commercially available for knitters.. I'm not sure. I do know that the company goes to tradeshows like TNNA and Stitches. In fact, the first two shawls I made were for the Stitches West earlier this year (2011).

This one will also be at another trade show soon.

 

4th project done! I am now working on a summer tee that I designed, and Auburn Sweater. Updates soon!