Posts categorized "Pioneer"

Can this sweater be saved?

Last week I mentioned I finished Pioneer but didn't have much nice to say about it.  That was a bit unfair to the sweater.  It's SILK for goodness sakes!  It's a lovely olive green. I made it with my own two hands!

Now that my house has ceased being molten and I am not a sweaty slug, I decided to give Pioneer another try.

It grew a bit with washing and well the neckline is just too big.  Even with a tank underneath I feel like one of breasts will POP out of the sweater at an inopportune moment.  Just not right.

Can this sweater be saved?

I'm not sure why the idea struck me, but it did: This sweater can be saved.  Three strands of the yarn, my fringe twister, a darning needle and 5 minutes later, I had this:


I laced the yarn through the little holes in the scallop crocheted edge.  My boobs are contained, the sweater gets a little something extra and I like it.  

So now I can give it a proper photoshoot.

Nice back detail with the faux cables:

Pioneer back detail

Also on the sides (this is a great idea for a top-down sweater, it's just enough detail to keep a knitter from losing her sanity and adds a nice detail to the garment).

Pioneer Side detail



I have no faults with this pattern.  It's clear, easy to follow and the sizing worked for me.  I think it's better suited to a stretchier fibre like wool or perhaps a wool silk blend--something that won't grow.  Fibre content matters!

And so does dye lot.  The first ball of this yarn isn't quite the same as the others.  I should have alternated yarns.  Oh well...I still saved this sweater.

Colourful Finishing

I've been on a bit of a finishing frenzy the last few weeks. 

Colour Affection is done!

Colour affection

It's a beautiful shawl.  The colours are soft and subtle and the yarn is amazing!  After a nice bath in some Soak, everything softened and bloomed and it's all stretchy garter stitch goodness.


I've only worn it once because we're in the middle of a heat wave but know Colour Affection will be in heavy rotation once the weather cools.

Kimuro Handspun Woven Scarf is done!


I started the spinning Easter weekend and finished the scarf in June.  That's not too shabby. It's really pretty and soft, but I'm still not happy with my edges.   Untitled I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong, but in some ways I don't care since the bumpy yarn compliments the bumpy edges (and may in fact be contributing to the bumpiness). 


The scarf is a gift for Xander's super awesome teacher.  She's an appreciator of art and craft and I know she'll be pleased with it.

Pioneer is Done!

I haven't blogged much about this top.  I started it last summer, worked on it here and there and finally got around to finishing it last weekend.  I'm a bit meh about it.  The Artfibres Golden Chai silk yarn is AMAZING, but I'm not sure if I like the look of the top on me.  I haven't got any finished shots or modelled shots yet--here's a link to my out of date Ravelry page--(and it's too hot to try today).  I find the deep vee neck is complicated to wear and it grew a bit in length when I washed it. 

If I don't wear it, Emma will (she takes many of my knit cast-offs) and I'm happy to have it complete.

What's next?  Socks.  I started a pair of toe-up socks using my handspun from a few years ago.  They're turning out well and sometimes it's nice to have some unchallenging socks on the needles.  

Handspun sock

Once it's a bit cooler out I'll plot my next big project.