Beach essentials 

This week I’m all over beach wearing since I’m living and breathing for the end of August when I’ll get myself on a plane and join my family on vacations. 

My Deep Blue Sea Top is half way done and I started knitting a Beach Cover using the lovely yarn Veronica gifted me. I don’t think the 4 balls of yarn I have will be enough for the loose dress I’m planning, but I trust my improvisation will lead me somewhere beautiful. 

My Creative Garage Podcast is accompanying me while I’m knitting. Vanessa and her daughter are great crafters. They count only 6 episodes so far, but their podcast is definitely worth checking it out.

Joining Frontier Dreams and Yarn Along

Mixed season knitting 

My Missoni Maxi Skirt is off to be blocked 🙂 So I’m allowed to cast on whatever I want! La la la! 

Kristin (aka voolenvine) from the Yarngasm Podcast was a true delight to knit with. If only I could get her absolutely gorgeous hand dyed yarn on my hands…. One day my friends! One day I will!

In present time, I already casted on and finished a baby sweater and now I have on the needles a beach top which I named Deep Blue Sea Top after the yarn’s colors. I’m going for something like this to wear with my bikini. 

I’m also making socks with cuffs,heels and toes in egg yoke yellow, since the leftovers from the self striping yarn I had wasn’t enough for a full pair, and I’m sooooo loving them! I decided this way is to be the second pair out of any sock yarn I have. These socks will be my Dreaming of Vacations Socks because, my dears, this year I’m going to take a week off work and join my family on vacations! 

I’m talking about spending all day by the sea, swimming, sleeping, summer movie cinema, being with loved ones and knitting with my mum and grandma! I will rest! 

I hope you’re having a great time or at least planning to do so.

Joining Frontier Dreams and Yarn Along . 

FO: Greek Crisis Tank Top

Today I have an old FO which I haven’t show you.
Well, I have shown you but not in details.
Better late than never, right?
With no further procrastination, here is my version of the Notched Hem Tank Top by Purl Soho.

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I started knitting it last summer when the Greek bank crisis was steaming hot, hence the name of my top 😛
F was watching the news (the news were playing non stop!) and I was knitting and knitting.

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I decided to knit it flat after seeing Alina’s dress.
How strange for me to find a pattern that I want to knit, which is knitted in round, which I absolutely love doing since I avoid seaming like the devil, and modify it into knitting it in pieces and have not 2 but 4 seams in the end?!
Must have been the weird mood that existed here at that time.
I honestly can’t think of anything else!

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As for the so late details, I used light fingering weight cotton yarn. For the main body I held two strains together for more opaque look, while for the side panels I used the same yarn in a different color but one strain of it with one size bigger needle. This way the sides are a bit see through but, in the meantime, feels like I’m wearing my own personal cooler! 
Here is a close up.
(Apparently I messed up with the decreases but don’t tell anyone)
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Also I modified the length of the side panels and the stitch on them.
I knitted them as the rest of the body, in stockinette and with the ribbing. I preferred it this way.

As for the photos, they were taken on September!
Thank you S! Too bad you’re far! You could be my official photographer!

Have a great weekend everyone!

FO: Stripy seamless top

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I finally finished my top!! It took so long because it turned out to be my travel knitting project, which means that I got my hands on it only when I was going back to my parents house in Athens.

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I wanted a simple top, slouchy enough to drop on me with wide neckline so as to have my shoulder off to be more feminine.
I decided to knit it in plain stockinette stitch and seamless because I haven’t done seamless before and also -wait for it- because I hate seaming!!!!

There I said it! I’m not that good at seaming and I don’t like when something is off my needles, to need seaming to be put on. I get so impatient when it is close to finishing that seaming looks like an obstacle instead of part of the process.

Also, in this case, my stash was limited since I had 5 skeins of this cotton yarn: 3 in khaki (old top ripped off because I never wore it, it was tight on me), 1 in grey and 1 in beige. So knitting it in the round was perfect for deciding the length.

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This top had a lot of other firsts for me. Like the reversed single crochet at the front of the neckline (saw that from you Alina 🙂 ) and the icord bind off . Also it was the first time that my circular needle broke, my stitches went off and I had a knitting stroke!!! Did you ever have one of those?! I spent a whole afternoon just transferring the stitches to a new needle!

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I’m a huge fan of stripes. And even though they’re horizontal, I find them to be very flattering. As are V-necks. I had done the reversed single crochet around the neckline but I ripped it off. This roll at the back seemed better…

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I think that the icord bind off is my new favorite! I can’t believe it took me so long to try it! I really like the way it looks!

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Photos before blocking of course! Another thing I almost never do….! Don’t judge!

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I’m sure I’ll be wearing it a lot! Not to mention that I have received a lot of compliments so far for this top! 🙂

A special thanks to my mum for taking the first pictures and for modeling to the rest so I could have some close ups!!!!
Ευχαριστώ μαμά!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤