A few months ago, I joined a Steampunk Swap in the Odd Duck Swaps group on Ravelry. My swap target (or “spoilee”) was very talkative and fun, so I got loads of ideas for what to make for her. One thing she mentioned caught my fancy right away as a great opportunity to set a design challenge for myself.
The inspiration started with a page of illustrations of Victorian capes that my “spoilee” had posted. One caught my eye immediately.
So gorgeous! I loved the high neck, the tailored look, the weighty drape of the luxurious fabric (presumably fur, in the original). I imagined that this would be a lined cape that would keep a lady warm on the coldest winter strolls, and yet be easily tossed aside for a waltz with a beau.
So then I started to think about how to put my own spin on it. A steampunk cape with a bit of my own flair. I toyed with the idea of buying fabric and sewing, but I really wanted to knit it. A yarn with a good drape should mimic the weight of the fur better than even faux-fur. And what would a knitted cape be without a heavenly lace trim? Continue reading
Over in the “Odd Ducks” group on Ravelry, knitters get together and have swaps akin to secret santa. You get someone’s name, answer some crazy questions, research your “spoilee’s” likes and dislikes and make them something wonderful that they will hopefully really enjoy. Presumably you get the same treatment in return, and craft exchanging occurs. The Odd Ducks pick crazy themes on which to have these swaps, and I recently joined their “Steampunk Swap”. What a fun group of Ravelers lives on that forum!
I hesitate to divulge too much information here, just on the odd chance that my spoiler peeks at my blog and happens to also be my spoilee. Continue reading
I have been looking around at different graph papers that I might use for knitting designs. A co-worker gave me a freebie pad of graph paper (with a sponsoring agency’s logo on it) that just so happens to be ruled so that it’s blocks are wider than they are tall. If you’ve looked into charting your own designs before, you probably have already been informed that knit stitches are not perfectly square, which makes using regular graph paper for your designs misleading.
So my freebie pad of graph paper is kind of nice with it’s rectangular blocks Continue reading