…. and so it beginns.

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I have been playing around with naalbinding for years now. I got the hang of the knots and how to  put things together, but I was missing the evenness of my knitting gauge. It all looked a bit slapped together, if you know what I mean.

Well. Last night I gave it another shot. I followed the advice I usually give new knitters and used yarn I love, rather than “just something to practice”. Wool and alpaca. SO SOFT.

Don’t you know: Using yarn I love did the trick. I paid attention a bit more to where the treads were going, how they made their way through the knows and how it felt, to run the yarn over my thumb. I looked how the two yarns made up the finished knots together and how the colours played along the growing fabric.

All over sudden, there was a fingerless mitten. I DID IT!

On the other hand… now I seem to have another hobby.  :D

Custom orders!

I am officially opening up my custom order list today. If you want me to knit/crochet/spin something for you, just DM me on FB. (You can also email me: bridgett [at] mrshudsons [dot] com )

My terms: All fees must be paid up front. Material costs are non refundable. The fee for knitting/crocheting/spinning is refundable up until I start working on your order. Once I started work, there is no refund at all.
Free shipping within the continental US.
Knitting/crochet/spinning fees will vary, depending on the project.

There you go.
Contact me  <3

ChiaoGoo needle review

A little while ago, we bought new needles to check out. We are looking into maybe changing our routine at the shop a bit. So we got a set each of the ChiaoGoo interchangeable bamboo circulars.

I have put them through their paces since then.

DSC00538Let me start with the case. It is a very pretty, zippered fabric case. Well made. The needle pockets are all marked with the corresponding needle sizes. The needles themselves have the size marked on them and the cables are marked their length. I like that a lot. No more guessing, or shlepping around a needle gauge and making sure you have the right stuff.

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The needle tips screw easily into the cables and stay there. You have to use the “key” to really get it tight, but once you do, the swivel action of the cable ensures that it does not come undone during knitting. I like that the “key” is simply a T pin. This is easily replaced, if one should lose it.

The needles are made from bamboo. At first I was skeptic. I hate bamboo needles. (well, ok. I hate crappy Chrystal palace and clover bamboo needles) I much rather work with birch wood.  It is smoother and lends itself much better to my style of knitting.

Let me tell you: I stand corrected! This bamboo almost feels like birch wood.  It is smooth and glides through my yarn without begin grabby.  I honestly didn’t think it was possible! These needles do NOT slow me down or screw with my gauge (with regular, crappy bamboo needles, my gauge is off by nearly one whole needle size)

I did have one cable come out of the little metal part, where the needle screws in, but it let me simply slip it back into place and it has not come lose since. SO I can’t really complain about it. TWO of my Hiya cables also came lose in that same manner, but I could not fix them and am still waiting to replace them.

Another very nice thing about the cables: They are pliable and straighten out almost completely on their own when in use, after being rolled up in the little bag. This was a very pleasant surprise.

These needles also have a wonderful point to them. This is so important to a lace knitter, such as myself. I can do p3tog tbl without blinking an eye, or spiraling into a homicidal mood, because the tip is too blunt to even go though  a regular k2tog.

The set also comes with accessories. I got a needle gauge and some  fun stitchmarkers with it, as well as two “keys” and cable ends. (For when you need to use your needles with another cable for yet another project. Put the stoppers in and you won’t lose your stitches.)

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The company is  a family run business (for those of us, who are  worried about China and it’s labor laws).  This did make me feel better about purchasing the product.

All in all, I have to say, I am incredibly happy with these needles and am thinking about getting the bigger sizes and a full set of their DPN’s as well.

Definitely a bit of an investment at around $85 for the small bamboo set and $155 for the full bamboo set, but well worth it, if you ask me. We are putting so much time in our projects and spend so much money on our yarns.I believe our hands and our yarns deserve the proper tools to work with.

Link to the ChiaoGoo website, so you can check them out for yourself.

 

 

Review: Buffi’s Dress Design: Sew 30 Fun Styles

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Buffi’s Dress Design: Sew 30 Fun Styles by Buffi Jashanmal
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Oi.
First off, let me tell you: I don’t think I am the right target audience for this book. I am a middle aged woman and an intermediate beginning seamstress. I also have a VERY specific taste when it comes to my clothes.

I am not a big fan of wild prints and bold colours. (Maybe as a splash of colour, but I do not like to walk around dipped in hot pink, or bright yellow, if that makes sense. Most of the sample dresses in the book, have either big prints, or really bold colours. So I had to look past that to “see” the dress.
Most of the dresses are also too short for a woman like myself. I do not hold that against the designer, however. There are plenty of people, not minding their underwear showing, when they bend over.
I guess this is easy to fix, by simply making the dress longer. Not a big deal. Most of the designs appear simple at first glance, but are not really just cut and go. One has to be aware at every stage what is going on. I am not sure, if these designs are for absolute beginners.

Also: The sample pieces do not fit the models properly. That is disturbing to see. It makes me wonder, if the dresses will fit me. I do not want to put all that hard work and money in, only to find out it won’t fit. Nice fabric is not cheap. This is not just my opinion. I have let several other (accomplished) seamstresses look at the book. They all concurred. I let them check it out, since I didn’t trust myself judging this. The dresses sag, strain and bunch up in the wrong spots.

The Chapters one and two (Fabrics and tools, Slopers, Patterns and Muselins) are actually quite interesting. In my opinion there is not much in this book, that would appeal to a 40 year old woman. I have no idea about younger generations (although my 17 year old daughter agreed, she didn’t like any of the fabrics chosen, or the way the clothes fit on the models). Take that for what it’s worth.

I am not saying stay away. I really think there might be people out there, that love bright colours and garish prints and short, short dresses. Go, give it a once-over when you’re in the book shop.
I might try one of the patterns in the book and see. I will amend my review at that point to reflect the experience. Please don’t hold your breath though, it could take a while.
Again, this review is not meant to put the designer down, it is just my opinion about the patterns offered in the book.

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February Mystery Solved!

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If you follow me on Ravelry and on FB, you already know that we did a February Mystery Knit along.

Well, the first participant is officially done and I got mine done just today, so I can show pictures.

The pattern will be available to the general public at the end of February.