Monday, September 22, 2014

Jamie & Claire Come to Life

Well, in knitted form at least. A fellow Outlander-loving friend proposed the idea of a knitted version of J&C and I couldn't say no. Challenge Accepted! One month, lots of yarn, several thousands of stitches (the skirt alone was about 16,000) and one sewing-needle harpooned thumb later, voila!

Here they are, the Laird and Lady of Lallybroch, looking quite dapper if I say so myself.

You can find more info on the process of knitting the dolls and designing their clothing and more pics here on Ravelry.


 

I used the new Lorna's Laces Outlander-themed colorway "Fraser" for his hair. It was PERFECT! Carrot, gold, copper... 

I saw the stag's head at the craft store and didn't care what I had to do to it to make it work, I KNEW I was going to use it to make Jamie's brooch with. It's not exactly the "running stag" pin we know he has, but it's as close as I could get. 

 

The sporran was surprisingly easy to make. Hobby Lobby carries a variety of miscellaneous leather scraps sold in a small package for $3.99 and I chose one that had pieces with colors and textures I liked. I pencilled in a shape resembling a sporran onto the backside of the leather, cut it out, folded the top over, attached another cut-out to mimic the decorative hanging pieces on the front, and pushed a brad through them all. The chain I had to shorten but it worked beautifully.

Used some remaining leather for the belt, to which I sewed the ends of the plaid.

The tartan itself is a nearly identical to the MacKenzie tartan that Sam Heughan wears on the TV show. It was designed specifically for the show, so this WeeJamie is authentic!

  

And what would Claire be without her two rings? 
Frank's gold one on the left, Jamie's silver one on the right.


And just for added authenticity, I can tell you that WeeJamie does indeed have "scars" on his back. But out of respect for his privacy, I'll just leave that to your imagination...



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My Newest Obsession: Outlander

Ever since a good friend introduced me to the world of Outlander, a series of historical fiction/sci-fi/romance novels set in the 18th century written by Diana Gabaldon, I have been OBSESSED. It instantly became my all-time favorite book/series and now, 20-some years after Outlander was first published, Starz is turning the books into a TV series. I can't wait!

The most recent addition to the series was published only a few weeks ago, and seeing as how I've had Outlander on the brain for the past several months, I was inspired to make my own homage to the series of stories.

Every color relates to some person, place, or event in the Outlander series, and I have done my best to represent major points in all 8 books, in order.

For more info, see the project page here:
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/SimplySusan/chevron-scarf

 

I used madelinetosh tosh merino light for the first time. It's a single ply yarn in gorgeous, deeply saturated colors. After wet-blocking, it grew by about 6 inches and became quite soft! I love my new scarf. Can't wait to wear it this fall/winter.

Monday, March 5, 2012

FO alert: Irish Flag Socks

After an entire year of planning and procrastination, I've finally begun - and finished - my Irish Flag socks! Just in time for St. Patrick's Day. :) Erin Go Bragh.

http://ravel.me/SimplySusan/sshbs4















Sunday, February 5, 2012

Cat Bordhi's Sweet Tomato heel

While working on my latest pair of toe-up socks, I completely *@#^ed up the short row heel (I didn't want to do a regular heel flap 'n gusset so as not to disturb the striping of the sock) so I ripped it out, tried again, and ended up ripping that out as well. The thing is, I've done a short row heel before and they came out just fine. I absolutely hate doing them but I know I've at least accomplished them before, so what the heck?

Anyhow, I was too frustrated to continue fighting with the SRH so I searched on Ravelry for ideas for an alternative. I found that the wonderfully innovative design genius Cat Bordhi had invented her own version of a SRH that involves NO wraps and far less confusion. She calls it the "Sweet Tomato" heel due to its nice, round shape, and I want to pass on what I found!

First, her own tutorial can be found on youtube here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRc3309JUyc

Below are my own notes and some screenshots from her video tutorial. Enjoy!

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Heel instructions:

Begin by dividing your sts into thirds: one third for the "front," two thirds for the "back."
Heel sts will be worked on the "back" 2/3.

The heel is knit in 3 wedges. After each wedge, you will knit two rounds.

Once you have divided the sts, begin the first heel wedge:

Row 1: Sl first st pw on back (heel) sts. Purl all the way across the remaining sts. (*Be sure to tighten up the first two sts you work after the slipped st.) Turn.
Row 2: Sl 1st st and knit across until 2 sts rem. Turn.
Row 3: Sl 1st st and purl across until 2 sts rem. Turn.
Row 4: Sl 1st st and knit across until 4 sts rem. Turn.
Row 5: Sl 1st st and purl across until 4 sts rem. Turn.

There will be pairs of unworked sts separated by a gap.

Proceed in this way until you have about an inch of sts in the middle between each side of pairs/gaps, ending on a K row just after the first set of pairs. (Each side should have the same number of pairs.)

Beginning at first st of middle part (see below): Knit, as usual, to two sts before next gap.
Knit ONE MORE st. Now one stitch remains before the gap.
Lift the stitch that is one row below this remaining stitch (see below) up onto the LH needle.
Knit the two sts together.


Do this for the remaining pairs.
Then knit across the front sts. (First wedge of one side has been completed.)

When you arrive again at the back (heel) sts, you'll again grab the stitch one row below the first st and lift it up onto the LH needle. (Grab the right (farthest) leg of the st below.) Knit the next st.

Do this again for each pair of sts until you get back to the "middle" section. Knit to the end of the needle.

Now work another wedge exactly like the first one, followed by a third wedge. Then you will be ready to start knitting normally again in the round, going up the leg.


Monday, November 14, 2011

How to Make French Knots

I've NEVER been able to make a French knot. Not after reading many, many different instructions on how to do so. Not after having people tell me step-by-step how to do one. But finally I found a video - by the wonderful people at DROPS - that shows how to make one, and it looks totally do-able! Watch this.



http://vimeo.com/dropsdesign/french-knot

Sunday, August 21, 2011

WIP it! Aestlight Shawl

I've been slowly chugging away at this Aestlight Shawl (my first shawl project!) It's been fun and an interesting knit but at the same time I am so. tired. of it. I've reached the midpoint of the bottom edging, so I'm almost done! (Farther than the photo shows below.)


I'm using - what else? - Wollmeise, in Neptun (no intensity) and Neptun light. I had nearly an entire ball of Neptun in Twin (80/20) after using a bit for a pair of socks and just recently bought a skein of Neptun light in Twin so I thought it would be neat to put them together in one project. I'm just hoping that I have enough Neptun (the darker) for the rest of the edging. It's getting close! It's for my husband's aunt who wanted me to knit her a shawl in a turquoise-y peacock blue color. I thought it would be just perfect. Can't wait to get it done!