Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Upcycled Cardi Challenge, Part III: The Body
I thought it would be helpful to show a quick video on how I do the embroidery for the cardigan:
Upcycled Cardigan from Julie Knitted Bliss on Vimeo.
Gatsby crashes almost all of my videos- he's such a ham for the camera.
I'm soooo close to being finished! As of last night, I only have a little bit of embroidery left to do around the front edge.
In answer to the questions left on the last Upcycled Cardi post:
1. The knitted ribbing is attached by just sewing it on along the fabric, at both the top and bottom. I didn't trim anything off the cuffs/sleeves before attaching the knitted ribbing.
2. The embroidery is pretty simple, I'm just winging it- I use a tapestry needle to mimic the exact same direction stockinette stitches are formed.
3. I'm using 6mm (US 10) needles for the k1,p1, ribbing, and a tapestry needle for the embroidery (the same one I'd use for weaving in ends). The same yarn is used for both the knitting and embroidery- it claims to be a DK on the label, but I don't believe it for a second- it's definitely worsted.
4. How the knitting is attached: After measuring [so, my gauge of k1,p1 knitting is 5 stitches per inch x cardigan circumference (29 inches) = 145 stitches to cast on for around the body. Sleeves use the same formula], I cast on and knit the ribbing independently of the cardigan. When length is complete, I cast off, and sew the ribbing to the fabric of the cardigan.
5. My skin: Thanks! I don't do anything fancy to it- I wear sunscreen (spf 30 or higher) every day regardless of the season/cloud cover, use rose hip seed oil at night (any health food store will carry it), and drink about a litre of green tea a day (seriously). Although these days, it's naturally decaffeinated green tea (I'm drink some right now, actually). That's it. I don't do toner/masks/serums/facials/etc. I don't have a particular moisturizer that I use (except the rose hip seed oil at night). If I know that I'll be doing FO photos, then I'll use a skin illuminizer on my face under foundation- it's like liquid photoshop, that stuff.