Candy + Bagel

Responsibly Handmade Fashion by Jean Chung


I always finish the project...even if it's 2 years past due

WIPs & FOsJean ChungComment


Two years ago, when I was approximately 8 weeks pregnant (I had just found out), I attended a friend's wedding. And I had *plans* to knit a big beaded lace stole for her wedding. But this plan kept getting pushed aside as I progressed in my first pregnancy, and then the birth of my first squish, then a month long trip to Korea to see my dying mother, and then almost moving to Pittsburgh for hubby's work, and then... you get the picture. Life happened. 

But, you know, it's always better late than never. Rather than designing it on my own, I bought a pattern from such a talented designer, Boo Knits, called "Out of Darkness." It's beaded, and it's my favorite shape of shawl, crescent. And the way the edge is done, with beads, looks so sexy. 

So I cast this on 2 weeks ago, and I love it. I skipped all the beads in the beginning, went with the Stockinette stitch option instead of the garter body like the sample. In the last 2 lace sections, I started beading. 

Pattern: Out of Darkness by Boo Knits 

Yarn: Handmaiden Sea Lace

Needles: Hiya Hiya Sharp US 6, 7, and 8 (4.0mm, 4,5mm, and 5.0mm)

Crochet hook 0.9mm for the Size 6/0 glass e-beads

If you're new to beading, see how I use my crochet hook to thread the glass bead. 

I am 18 rows away from finishing this thing. As most lace shawl projects, the more you progress, the more stitches you work with. It'll get slower but I am happy to be able to finish this! 

Monogamy is so overrated

WIPs & FOsJean ChungComment

Don't worry. I mean when it comes to knitting and sewing, I cannot seem to focus on just one project at a time.

Over the last few weeks, I've been re-organizing my creative space to evaluate my stash size, what I need to toss and what I need to work on, and was mortified at how many WIPs I've come across. Didn't I almost focus my entire last 2 years on reducing the number of WIPs? And my stash? 

I'm happy to report that my stash hasn't grown all that much, and have shown some improvement. But seriously, I'm finding projects from 2012! I know because I bought that yarn at a  big yarn factory parking lot sale and it was before we moved into this current house. We moved in 2013. 

With sewing, I have more logical explanation for multiple projects. I like to do one activity per sewing day. I have Tracing Day, Pattern Cutting Day/Fabric Washing Day, Fabric Cutting Day, and Sewing Day. So I tend to move my projects in phases, in assembly-line style but with just one person doing everything. So I have a pile of pinned pattern/fabric pieces in the corner of my sewing space, waiting for my sewing mojo to hit and finish all these projects.

I'm thankful (almost) that I only have one spinning wheel and 4 bobbins so that I can only do one spinning project at a time. I don't think I can handle more relationships right now.

There are projects that work out fine -- I start them and get excited about working on them, and progress steadily over 1~2 weeks until I finish. 

There are projects that I start with the intention of finishing quickly (usually for gift knitting) but run out of interest right before I finish. I have several sweater projects like that right now, and I have an inkling that it has something to do with having to knit the sleeves......

I also have "always have around" projects, these are my sock projects. I find it very annoying when I suddenly find myself in a situation where I can be sitting in the car for an hour or two, but have no WIP I can just take with me. Sock projects fit the bill perfectly for portability and simplicity. Who doesn't love rounds and rounds of stockinette stitch? 

In the next few weeks, I'm going to try to finish at least a couple of WIPs that have been dormant for a long time. I need more space for my sewing and my knitting projects are scattered all around the house!



FO: Oink Stripes Cardigan

WIPs & FOsJean ChungComment
Pattern: Playful Stripes Cardigan by Alana Dakos | Yarn: Oink Pigment Sport | Handmade by Candy & Bagel

Pattern: Playful Stripes Cardigan by Alana Dakos | Yarn: Oink Pigment Sport | Handmade by Candy & Bagel

I turned on my Netflix, and just cheerfully put the grosgrain ribbon on for the button band and worked on the buttons while I watched Person of Interest.  So there, Logan's Oink Stripes Cardigan aka Playful Stripes Cardigan is done.

Grosgrain ribbon inside the button band to stabilize the buttons. | Handmade by Candy & Bagel

Grosgrain ribbon inside the button band to stabilize the buttons. | Handmade by Candy & Bagel

I first heard about grosgrain ribbon tip from Knitmore Girls Podcast years ago but this is the first time I actually tried it. I kind of love it! This is why it's helpful to be well versed in many different crafts. In sewing knits, you often use a stabilizer (elastic tape) so stabilize the shoulder seams or anywhere that sees a lot of stress. Since knitting yarns are thicker, a ribbon works perfectly. 

Oink Stripes Cardigan. | Handmade by Candy & Bagel

Oink Stripes Cardigan. | Handmade by Candy & Bagel

I made a generous size for Logan so that he can wear this for at least next 6 months. I love how it turned out! But then it's really hard not to love something so small. :)