Saturday, September 19, 2009

Longies on the making

I have so much to blog about I don't even know were to start. So I will start with the fun part. I was able to find several wonderful wool sweaters in a different Good Will store. I was so exited! One of them was even felted already! I think it is so funny that what is a ruined sweater for someone becomes a perfect finding for someone else. I spend only $24 on these sweaters, some of which are 100% cashmere, the others are 100% wool. I know it is so silly but the day I found them, I was so exited I almost had a car accident... LOL that would have made these longies a bit more expensive... I have ordered a yard of wool/lycra interlock for the waists. A while ago I purchased a pair of shorties from Woollybottoms. They came with a very stretchy waist. I love them! they are my favorites! Baby wears them all the time, so I started researching and researching what this stretchy fabric was, until I found out it was wool with lycra. I am just crossing my fingers I can do as good of a job as the Woolybottoms lady. She does an amazing job!! Here is a sample:

See the yummy stretchy waist?

I do warn you that the wool/lycra material is very expensive. I paid more than $30 for just one yard including shipping. I just hope I don't ruin it... I am still not so confident on my sewing skills. I bought it here.

I am also knitting a pair of longies using a pattern called Itchy Fingers Longies download available from ravelry. This pattern calculates everything based on your swatch. I got a gauge of 24 sts on my swatch so I calculated everything accordingly. The longies started to look huge to me... So I revised my gauge. Turns out apparently I started to loosen up my gauge as I kept going and I ended up with 20 sts per 4" which means now I am 4 sts off. That is why my longies look so big... I was just about to frog them when I decided to try them on Baby just in case. They actually don't look bad and I was thinking maybe I can felt them a little or save them for later when he gets bigger. I am going to continue and knit an extra 2 inches on all the vertical measurements to allow for felting. We will see what happens. I hope it works!


PixiesAndPrincesses said...

Oh My Gosh! You have to tell me where you got the sweaters! I just bought a bunch off ebay and i paid nowhere NEAR 25.00 for them!! Sigh.. so sad! I am trying to make a pair of longies too. I knitted about 25 rows and then messed up and couldnt get ti right so i took them all apart. So sad. I have to start again. Oh Well! Thanx again for the shorties! I love them!

Crunchy Christian Mom said...

Awesome! What great finds! I always see acrylic sweaters at Goodwill -- you totally scored!

We have to have a coffee klutch again soon! I've been sick with a dragging on cold for two weeks, but next Saturday should be good!

Marlene said...

Becky: you are very welcome! Show me the longies you are making on your blog... I would love to see what do you come up with...

Amanda: Next Saturday will totally work. James goes to Ju-Jit-su but he will back around 2:00 pm. Do you want to meet at 3:00 pm? That would be great!