I’ve done well

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESYup, I’ve done very well here, thank you mummy. So why do I have so much new yarn when it’s my mum’s birthday I’m here for? Don’t ask, I seem to be a magnetc when I come back here.

There’s two wool shops here, we went first to C&H Fabrics and spent around £38 on some fabric, a book, two balls of Sirdar Crofter, and the three blueish sequinned balls. We also entered the knitting bee with a very nice pair of socks and they gave us a £5 voucher! Then afterwards we went to Havant, and spend £50, but some of that was for my mum, I got two patterns, three balls of King Cole Tinsel, a ball of King Cole Moment, two grey balls of King Cole Comfort, a purple and a purple and white.

And now I have no space in my suitcase. But it’s okay. I have plans for all of these yarns, and soon I’m hoping to share them with you.

I also got some things from Purl City Yarns which is sadly closing.

Socks in progress

I love socks, everyone secretly loves a good pair of knitted socks in non scratchy wool based yarn.

And I love new ideas on how to make socks, different heels, adding a lace motif, stripes, doing the sole and picking up stitches to make a sock… And a great place for finding these things is Knitty. Which is where I found this pattern. Carousel Socks, by Louise Robert.

Effectively these socks are worked flat on two needles, but in a way that joins your flat strip to make a tube. I’d not seen this idea before and I love it. Really it works best with a vargiated yarn that has short stripes to bring out the construction of thse socks.

I’ve had some Adriafil Knitcol Trends for a while that I wanted to make socks out of, I’m worried it’ll felt though, and I thought this would be cool. You can get your own from Deramores. It’s not a cheap wool, but it is 100% wool. And beautiful. My shade is Giotto. However this wool is more of a DK or Aran weight, meaning I couldn’t do this exact pattern but I could tweak it.

So now I’m writing  my own version of this pattern for a heavier weight yarn. I’m not doing too badly. If this comes out nicely I might actually publish my finished version. Enjoy the sneak peak photos below.

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I’ve got a birthmark on this foot which is why my heel is a funny colour, but this is how far I’ve got.

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And a close up of my pretty stitches.

Three knitting books I really want

I’ve not been finding a lot to write about at the moment. Sorry, not my fault.

Anyway, I’m always on the look out for knitting things and wool and everything!

I do need to write about it a lot more, but I don’t find the time or motivation.

So I’ve narrowed this down to three books, and why I want them.

So you’ll need to click links in order to get the books, the thing is I can’t get my HTML things to work because I’m a noob, so thanks for your patience.

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Fair Isle Style by Mary Jane Mucklestone.

So I love the cover design! It’s so pretty. And on the back cover there is a hat and scarf design that I love.

Personally I think the cover design would be great to use up some odd yarn with some new.

I think the price is really cheap!

Fair Isle was another break through I had when I was pregnant and ever since I’ve loved it. It makes knitting so much more interesting, challenging.

And it makes self striping yarn ever more interesting when paired with a block colour. I just love it.

I’m always looking for new knitting patterns and Fair Isle patters.

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I’m a sock addict, no doubts about it.

I love differnt styles, Fair Isle (again..) and a bit of everything. Currently I’m doing something based on this pattern from Knitty, a two needle sock.

Anyway, the pinao socks were the first to catch my attention, then the toeless really looked cool, but I don’t know what I’d use them for. And the zigzag stripe thing?! YES!

I love interesting patterns and always seem to have a pair of socks on the go. I’ve only knitted three pairs so far, but I’m always looking to do more.

It seems a little expensive, but could well be worth it.

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I’m a proud Scot. Can’t help it, when you’re from a country that good you can’t help being proud.

And I do love Fair Isle.

Hats, gloves, cardigans, jumpers.

There isn’t a description on Amazon, but that hat, and the juper on the left? I do love it. And the cardigan on the right is pretty nice too… There isn’t much information on this book but based from the cover picutres I’m intrested.

I finished my Heliopath Vest!

Hanging up and ready to wear. My finished Heliopath Vest.

So there it is. Finished. Done. Sewn in all ends. Worn it.

It’s crazy but this is the first big thing I’ve made for myself in the three years I’ve been knitting. And I’m so proud of it too. It’s not the first thing I’ve made for myself, I’ve done hats, gloves, socks, but I did more things for my kids. And this didn’t actually take too long. The stitch pattern with eyelet lace and cables also kept me amused and the fact it’s a vest means it finishes very quickly. I probably could have done it in two weeks if I hadn’t got distracted by socks.

No makeup, early morning photo.

I used Stylecraft Merry Go Round which I got when I was last on holiday in the UK, around June. I loved the colours, but wasn’t keen on using a 100% acrylic yarn, I’m not that impressed by them, I prefer wool…. But the colours! And it was cheap. I can’t remember how much I paid exactly, I think it was £3 a ball, you can get it here from Deramores for £3.50, which is a great price for something so soft! You get nearly 300m for a 100g ball, and I used just over one for this vest.

And the thing I’ve noticed about this rainbow colour, my shade was actually called rainbow, it goes with nearly every skin tone and with most things, jeans, denim skirts, white shirts, black trousers. It works!

And the pattern is the Heliopath Vest from the Harry Potter Knits that was published in 2013. This is a link to the Ravelry page for more information about the pattern.

  

A photo of me wearing this with a yellow vest top and a mini skirt. Not bad with the vest top…

When it gets to winter I really want to try this over some V necked long sleeved tops, it looks great over shirt collars though.

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A nice photo of it laid flat

I wish there was some shaping around the waist, I’ve got a nice silloutte so personally I’m wanting it. I also changed the order of picking up the stitches, doing the button band before the neckband and I love the way it looks! I think the changing colours really add something special to this pattern.

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And the buttons

And the buttons. Nothing special, no idea when or where they came from. I stole them from my mother’s button box, there were only six and THANKFULLY this only had six button holes. I had to go right through my box of stolen buttons to find some. I thought purple would look nice. I used blue threat as well too.

   

15% off of King Cole yarn

King Cole is one of my go to yarn brands when I’m looking to knit something new. I’m very pleased today because Deramores have sent me an email with a voucher code for 15% off King Cole yarns. It’s valid until midnight on the 3rd of September 2014, you just have to type in KCOLE15 at the checkout to profit!

And even better, they’ve got 10% off of King Cole baby pattern books, which is good, but my son is now too big for baby patterns. I did find two very cute books for anyone who likes clothing with ears on it. Baby Book 4 has some very nice cable cardigans, cute hats, pompoms and things with ears, and booties and does go up to 7 years, but I’m out of money… And Baby Book 5 goes up to 18 months and is more traditional things with ears on them and again some booties. 

Just thought I’d share this with all of you.

A second attempt at the Heliopath Vest

I’ve not written anything here in ages, no real idea why either. I’ve been making things, just not finishing them.

I did finish a lost sock the other day, I did about half of it, put it down and couldn’t find it afterwards. How?! I don’t know… but I finished it the same day I found it.

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This is now a pair! But I think my second is a few rows shorter. Or the stripes just don’t line up.

I love socks, they’re nice and simple. Fairly quick too and require a bit of concentration. This pair took from May until August to finish…

Currently I’m knitting a few things.
Willy socks.
A 1980s jumper.
Aaaand my heliopath Vest. Which is almost finished apart from the arm hole ribbing and the button bands.

But I’ve lost interest. I want to do other things.

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I don’t know why either, it’s beautiful.

In a few weeks once I’ve done my current pair of socks, started yesterday, I think I’ll force myself to finish it.

I hope.

Finished! Queen Closer Shawlette

Shawlette

All hung up, nice and neat.

So I did it! Done! Finished! This is my edited version of the Queen Closer Shawlette pattern from Knit Now, issue 32. If you’ve got the magazine you’ll find it on page 72. I did change a few things with this though. The pattern, needles and the yarn. 

They used a 4ply, high twist yarn that had amazing stitch definition, and 4mm needles.I used a cheapy acrylic that cost £2.48 a ball, didn’t have great definition, but it was the colours I loved. I wanted to use it for something like a scarf, and this seemed a viable option. I used 4.5mm needles because it was a DK yarn.

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And here’s the back view.

 

So the yarn? King Close Splash, I paid 2.48 a ball from an indie shop in Sussex when I was last on holiday in the UK, I got two. I believe the shade is called Sunshine. It comes as 100g balls, 290m. It is soft, and doesn’t have the annoying squeak of some acrylics. It’s not that fluffy, but stitch definition is a bit of a problem. The real reason I chose this yarn was for the colours, they were so bright and pretty. I had no idea what I wanted to make though. For the price I’d say this is a great yarn, but it won’t last as long as a cotton etc and I just don’t want to try machine washing it. I haven’t actually washed it yet, but I know it’ll be better when I do because it’ll szell slightly.

I did change a few things with this pattern, I did the short rows entirely in stocking stitch, and I had a longer garter stitch border, otherwise everything was pretty much the same. I did less of the pattern too when I worked out that it wasn’t going to make bricks, just a little lace. I then added another garter stitch border on the bottom of all that.

I’ve worn it a few times and the compliments are always great, either on the colour or the lace. The only thing I’m not keen on is the length, but if I wear it off my shoulders like a summer shawl shrug thing, it looks amazing. The other thing I do is turn it around and wear it as a bandana scarf.

So now I want to remake this shawl with one of those nice expensive sock yarns… But which colours…?

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A close up of my lace.

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A slightly different shot of the lace.

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And it really does make an amazing scarf!

I washed it this morning and although it’s not yet dry it does seem a little bigger.

I don’t really have much else to say about this project or the yarn, so I’m going to finish up here. I just want to add that if you like this scarfy shawl, I’m selling it through Facebook until the end of July, but if it’s not gone by then I’m keeping it.

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