Monday, November 10, 2014

Kwik Sew 3892 (plus a hat!)

Kwik Sew 3892 and Purl Bee hat

So I'm realizing as the weather turns colder that ten years in LA has left me with a pretend winter wardrobe. Like things that seem like they would be 'warm' - oh look! it has an alpine deer on it! - when in actuality they aren't warm at all. So I've been trying to winter it up around here.

Kwik Sew 3892 and Purl Bee hat

This is another Kwik Sew 3892 [previous one here]. The fabric is this quilted knit from JoAnn's. JoAnn, that she-devil, she sucked me in with her fall knits - some of them are actually pretty cool looking! This is a soft jersey on top, and then it's quilted to a slightly stretchy polyester backing. It's neato, although I must say I've only washed it twice and it's really starting to pill and get messy looking. I guess you get what you pay for, except in a way not really because this stuff was marked at $20/yard before JoAnn's 40% off pricing trick. So you get what you...chain-store-shop for? I don't know.

Kwik Sew 3892 and Purl Bee hat

I bought the ribbing at JoAnn's too, although I'm really looking forward to investigating some of the ribbing sources in Jen's recent post on Grainline! The fabric was way too thick to do self bands, and the ribbing color choice was limited so black contrast it was. The neckline is already a bit scooped on the pattern but I must have really stretched out this one as I was adding the ribbing because it's a lot wider than the first one I made. It's also mysteriously larger overall. I feel a bit like a marshmallow in it, but a warm and toasty marshmallow.

Kwik Sew 3892 and Purl Bee hat

Speaking of warm and toasty, the hat I'm wearing is a free pattern from the Purl Bee called the Simple Pleasures hat, which is the best travel project ever because you don't have to keep track of any rows except a few at the very end. I actually finished two while I was on my trip. This yarn is Flicker by Berocco. You can't tell in the pictures but it's actually slightly sparkly! and so soft! I've had two skeins in my yarn stash forever and it felt SO GOOD to make something out of them.

Kwik Sew 3892 and Purl Bee hat

These pictures were taken in Berlin, near the Berlin Wall Memorial, but this is not the actual wall, just some graffiti nearby [although I think it may have been historic and somehow related]. I thought I was going to take some pictures in front of the wall, but once I got there I felt weird about it, even though there were people doing handstands against it and I'm pretty sure a headshot session going on. It just felt wrong - and a little selfish somehow - to use such a symbol of oppression as a backdrop for trivial things like sweatshirt ribbing and JoAnn's fall knits. And not just a symbol, but the actual, real thing that did the oppressing.

This could have also been because I was at the actual memorial - nothing like some grainy photos of perished souls to make you feel silly and trivial. There's another section of the wall that's been turned into a giant street art display called the East Side Gallery that would have probably had a different feel.

Kwik Sew 3892 and Purl Bee hat

I'm still going through my trip photos - there actually aren't too many - and in a few days I'll do a post for anyone interested!

16 comments:

  1. I bought a really similar fabric at my local shop for around that price, and it has started to pull, too! I love it though so I wish there were a better alternative. Yours is great!

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    1. it's so soft and squishy! i suppose we'll just have to accept the pill factor.

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  2. I just made almost this exact combination! I used the Grainline Linden, that quilted knit from JoAnn, and some scraps of black ponte instead of ribbing! Great minds?

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  3. Glad to see this fabric out in the wild (though too bad about the pilling)--I bought some a while ago and have been hoarding it waiting for inspiration to strike! After having worked with it, do you have any thoughts on how it would do as a Mabel? Thanks!

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    1. i think it would be a very cute mabel! it's a teeny bit puffy so just keep that in mind, it would add a bit of puff to your hips/bum area. :]

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  4. I hear you on "winter clothes." I haven't really had to wear a real winter coat in recent years, so going to London in December last year was a reality check. Fashion doesn't always equal function for this California girl! :)

    Your sweater turned out great and looks stylish AND warm :) I'm off to lurk on that Ravelry pattern, thanks for the tip!

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  5. I almost bought that quilted knit and am actually kicking myself for not! Although, the pilling sucks. So maybe it is for the best.... The sweater and the hat are super cute! :)

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    1. i'm sure you'll find something else just as swoon worthy!

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  6. Isn't berlin an amazing city? Just saw a documentary the other night on the Berlin wall, rather amusingly narrated by David Hasselhoff. It was called Hasselhoff Vs the Berlin Wall, and aside from the Hoff being the Hoff it was an amazing summary of the history of the time.

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    1. yes it is, and that sounds like something i need to see right this instant.

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  7. I love the top and the hat! Very cute, although it's too bad your fabric is already starting to pill. I hate that. Once, it was already pilling when I pulling it out the dryer from pre-washing. Not very impressed.

    I really want to go back to Berlin. When I was there, my boyfriend got quite ill and we spent our entire 3 days there sitting in a hostel playing cards and eating egg salad sandwiches from the gas station down the street.

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    1. thank you! and oh no, that's too bad!! i myself did have one 'ill' day born of too much fun the night before, but my brother just assured me i was getting the full berlin experience. :]

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  8. I made an awesome dress out of a knit that pilled a lot after a few washes. Since I didn't want to let the dress go, but I also didn't want to look pilly in public, I just ran a razor over it every so often. If you go with the grain with a new razor blade (the kind you shave with) in about 5 minutes time your fabric looks brand new!

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    1. thanks for the advice! i will definitely be trying that.

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