Knittng Goals – Pants!

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In the past couple of years I’ve really focused on learning to make garments and getting better at finishing techniques. For a long while I’ve been wanting to make a pair of pants – there’s a couple of great patterns that have caught my eye. The Bubbly Pant (pictured above) is currently on my needles and it’s going to be quite the challenge. I’ve never made pockets before and I’m still wrapping my head around the pattern but I’m up for it.

Going down a Ravelry spiral of searching ‘pants’ yields some equally exciting results. Andrea Rangel  has a few different trouser and short patterns. My favourite being Kalaloch:

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I love how high-waisted these are and they would look really cute as a pair of short-shorts

These shorts by Heather Dixon would be great for summer or winter and the cable detail is pretty slick:

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Have you ever knit a pair of pants? How did it go?

 

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Stitching Starlets

It shouldn’t be surprising that there are some famous folks out there who knit. I follow Lupita Nyong’o on instagram and was quite excited to see that on top of being an incredible actor and all around bad ass, she’s learning to knit:

#BroadwayBinding with the New York Times. My progress thus far… #SundayTimes

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Outside of your boyfriend, Ryan Gosling, I couldn’t think of other celebs who knit so this inspired a google-spiral that gave some pretty interesting results. While there are surely more exhaustive lists out there, here are a few of my favourite finds:

Christina Hendricks:

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It’s really wonderful to know that the inspiration for the dress I have in progress is also an avid knitter. Above, she’s wearing one of Tamara Mello’s many designs. There’s also a delightful interview here where she knits the whole time.

Ewan McGregor:

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Ewan McGregor was my high school movie star crush (this was back when an accent and taking it all off in films went a long way with me). No only does he know how to knit, but he also knows how to gift to knitters – Hello Big Loopy Merino!

Christopher Walken:

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While I haven’t found concrete confirmation on this one, he holds his wool continental style like a boss so he’s gotta know what he’s doing.

Marylin Monroe:

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There’s plenty of actors from the Golden age of Hollywood that were also skilled with the needles – Audrey Hepburn, Katherine Hepburn, Clark Gable, Angela Lansbury, Jayne Mansfield and Joan Crawford to name a few – and they all make it look super glamourous!

Who is your favourite celebrity knitter?

Notions! Notions! Notions!

Keeping a good stock in your notions bag is essential to knitting on the go whether on the bus or in the pub (two of my most favourite knitting locales). Having all the extra bits lets you go from start to finish in a flash without worry! Here’s what’s in my notions bag:   Numbered

  1. The bag itself – this is a freebie make-up bag that came with a Sephora purchase. Any sort of satchel will do – clutch size is perfect for me as it usually will hold DPNs
  2. A tape measure – this cute little sheep was a gift from my mother (she uses the same one).
  3. Dental floss – this is because I’m a weirdo and get really bothered by food in my back teeth
  4. A cable needle (will come back to this later)
  5. Stitch holders – for when you need to make a pocket or hold stitches until you make a seam – I have these in 2 sizes
  6. Stitch counter
  7. Tiny scissors – go with the short size so that they’re not confiscated at airport security
  8. Scrap yarn – great for if you don’t have stitch holders or need to put way more on hold than the straight holders allow
  9. Ruler/Gauge – while not extremely necessary if you have a tape measure, if you’re just getting used to checking gauge, the flat gauge guide can be very helpful as it holds your work flat while you count.
  10. A pen
  11. Rouge DPNs – usually in the size you need to finish the project, but ofet just floating around looking for stitches to pick up
  12. Both locking (a) and closed (b) stitch markers – Locking stitch markers are incredibly handy – you can use them to track the right side of the work, they hang in stitches to help measure distance and they look pretty cool. Closed stitch markers are not as necessary (you can always use scrap yarn) but they do provide contrast to the yarn and are great for marking out the pattern.
  13. cable needleA. is a close up of 4, the cable needle – this style is great because it hangs on either side of the work and stitches don’t slip off, however, a stray DPN can also work if you don’t have a cable needle. B are darning needles – finish your work, make designs in duplicate stitch and embroider your heart out!

Not pictured above are the other items that have come to join my notions as carry everywhere needs. These items include ibuprofen, a tide stick, lipstick, earplugs and usually a few bobby pins!