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How to Fix a Flaring Edge May 29, 2012

While spring rushes to a welcome balmy end, I’ve been rushing here at Studio Chic to finish up all my loose ends for the Columbus TNNA show. (We’ll be in Booth 628)!

Whew!

I really welcomed the HOT unseasonable weather we’ve been having lately because:
- chance to hunker in the AC and work & play
- chance to wear new clothes to shield myself from said AC, especially in public places

The new little Silky Wool CINNIE has been getting a workout. It’s so lightweight, I just throw it in my bag — an easy Take Along.

But the same reason I love it is the same reason it’s been annoying.

Lightweight. Hmm.

Chic Knits CinnieIf you’ve been knitting for any length of time, you know just because a yarn is a certain *weight*, it doesn’t mean all types thusly marked have an equivalent drape or wear.

Depending on the fiber content, different strands can yield fabrics that have little in common except for dimension.

This cardi is a great case in point.

The original cotton/microfiber sample I made has quite a bit of body to its fabric.

The turquoise Silky Wool in contrast is very light, more delicate.

And its ribbing wasn’t quite behaving the way I wanted. The very bottom hem edge wanted to point outward a little, flaring, if you will.

So, it was time for an old couture dressmaking trick. ;p

Although I wasn’t going to actually sew a chain to a jacket hem (ala Chanel) or insert pennies or even paper clips, I did decide to use some grosgrain ribbon to face the bottom edge, the idea being it would make that area slightly *heavier* so it would then naturally hang down more gracefully.

This would add enough weight and bulk to make my *jacket* behave.

Here’s how I did it:

How to Fix a Flaring Edge

1. Get some ribbon! I chose some 1 1/2″ wide grosgrain ribbon in a rich brown. This was the closet color they had to my yarn. Even though it doesn’t match, the tone is approximated the same and it will Recede into the background when worn.

How to Fix a Flaring Edge

2. Measure off the ribbon. I wanted this to slightly overlap the edge ribbing into the hem ribbing with about 1/4″ on either end to fold inside to prevent raveling.

How to Fix a Flaring Edge

3. Prepare the facing. I had my steam iron up and running for some other sample blocking so I folded in the cut ends of my ribbon pieces and lightly steamed. THIS is very helpful to make the ribbon behave nicely and SPEEDS UP your stitching. I’m all about the quick draw over here – make it NICE but make it FAST! It also makes it easier to place and then PIN the piece to the edge you are reinforcing.

How to Fix a Flaring Edge

4. Stitch to the garment. Using a matching thread, I hem-stitched the facing to the ribbing.

How to Fix a Flaring Edge

VOILA! With a little effort, I now have a LIGHT sweater that also wears well. :)

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Monday Morning Mirth May 21, 2012

Monday Morning Mirth

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One of the main ingredients of deadline knitting at Chez Chic is TV.

Lots of TV.

I love reading knitter's tweets about what they're watching while they're stitching! And it seems like, the closer to a deadline, the friskier the video content...

Well, I am no exception.

However, instead of the usual Netflix roundup, I pursed my bind offs (yay - mission accomplished!) via live coverage of the NATO Summit protests in Chicago chased by an evening round with SHERLOCK season 2 episode 3...

It whipped my knitting into a frenzy!

But check out the casualty: apparently this might've been TOO exciting because the top needle is. Bent! And its mate on the opposite side has a dent about halfway up.

Talk about losing my grip on reality...


New Threads Tuesday May 8, 2012

Clear skies finally blew into Chicago this morning and we’re ready to take a break from the big Studio Chic re-org.

Time to take some pictures…

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Our little turquoise CINNIE has been finished for a few days but we havent’ been able to get to it because of all the boxes in the way!

For all of you playing along: whoever told me I should keep most of my notebooks from college gets a kick in the pants! (Ooops. that would be me!)
 
Last night I went through a gazillion old binders full of negatives (yes! Black & White, etc) from ye olde college darkroom practice days. Stuff that seemed so wonderfully magically artistic, to my youthful eyes, in the cruel light of the now older future seem just rather, well, mundane.
 
Then, there were the journals from writing classes. Amazing how interesting things were in a tight co-centric way when I was a teen/young adult that now seem so, can I say, rather self-orbital and DRAMATIC.
 
Couple of really satisfying re-plays of boyfriend break-ups, though, that I’d completely forgotten! (Was in the habit of writing Letters I Never Sent…)

Well, here’s all the drama I need these days…

Chic Knits CINNIE

Pattern: Chic Knits Cinnie
Designer: Bonne Marie Burns
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold SILKY WOOL
Color: 09 Verdigris

This turned out just about how I wanted it – fits well – is lightweight and I think it will be just that added little layer that will make me a comfortable kitten at the summer TNNA show. Gone will be the days when an unwelcome blast of AC came through and shivered me timbers. ;p

I’m going to give it a test run this weekend when I go out to dinner with some friends – restaurants also have that characteristic –

One thing I might add: a piece of grosgrain ribbon along the hem area of the neckband (towards the waist).

Since the yarn used is so lightweight, I think a little stablization might make it ab fab rather than fly-away. Will just have to remember WHERE the heck I’ve re-org-ed my Notions…

Anybody need some separating zippers? I found a whole box full…

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