Tuesday, September 27, 2011

In which I knit and plot

So I finished my very first knitting project! Wrist warmers with cables!

I paired them with a nice pink t-shirt and I'm really loving the color combo!

The pattern I used was from Vampire Knits by Genevieve Miller. There's also a matching neck warmer but I haven't gotten that far.

They were pretty simple to knit up once I got the hang of the cable directions. The second one, however, ended up mysteriously larger than the other.....

I've also had a bit of an upset with my circle skirt embellishment for the sew along. The tutorial I used was for a skirt with a flat hem that was gathered at the top. I didn't think about how that would work with a circle skirt which has a round hem.

After freaking out a bit, I settled on embroidery and was inspired by the beautiful atomic designs from the 1950s. Here are some of my sketches of what I've been thinking about doing.

I was inspired by this fabric I stumbled upon at JoAnn's last night.

I am a bit nervous about this skirt being an orphan if I do go this route. I may go a bit simpler and do just little white "stars" like the ones on the fabric. It would go with a lot more things. I need to hem the skirt first anyways so I have some time to think about it.

I'm also a chemist so I love the idea of little embroidered atoms too.

Do you have a favorite atomic pattern? Any thoughts about how I could embellish this skirt?


  1. I am not partial to a particular 'atomic pattern' but in general I think its a great idea. I was just wondering how your knitting was coming. It's getting to be the right weather to wear them!

  2. Love the wristwarmers! :) I knit up several pairs a few years ago for gifts, and need to eventually make myself some. ;)

    Okay... thoughts on the circle skirt embellishment! Since your dress is brown (I think you said?) I would vote for doing the atomic style stars/asterisks in white or cream. Mixed sizes, scattered around the hem would look darling and period, without being overwhelming. Of course, if you wanted to jazz things up, you could add a few beads (or sequins/beads) to each. It would be subtle, but cute! :)

  3. The wristwarmers are really cute! I love the color and the pretty cables! :)

    I'm a bit of a geek at heart, so I love the atomic idea! ThinkGeek hast some funny (if not exactly artsy) atomic ideas they print on t-shirts. I really like this Marie Curie design: http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts-apparel/unisex/sciencemath/e385/?i=6455 although it's probably way too complicated to embroider...

  4. I love the colour of your wrist warmers! I love the atomic idea :)

  5. Lovely! My "knitting season" has already started and this post inspired me a lot!
    Im just knitting a green jersey (for me O:)) but then I'll already start with christmas gifts! - and your post is really inspiring for a lovely christmas gift!

  6. ahh you did them!!!! I love them!!! I'm glad you've been enjoying that book.

  7. Those mitts are lovely! And coming as a non-chemist, I see the fabric as a retro-Christmas print but love the idea of atoms too!