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

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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.

Current Project, STILL the Queen Closer Shawl

I’ve almost finished! Normally I start things, do about half and then move on to something else, but this? Almost finished!!!

I’m doing a border of garter stitch before I cast off, then it’ll be done, so by this weekend. If it’s a nice day I might even wear it to church on Sunday!

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The shawl is in fact worked top to bottom, although the short rows and flat needles give it a strange appearance…

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This is a shot of the lace pattern, sadly with this yarn it just looks like holes, pretty but not like the pattern photo. With a tightly spun yarn it looks like a brick laying pattern. I still love the effect though.

All the yarn and pattern details are in the last post I did on this shawl.

And I’m going to be teaching a knitting class! In French… I live in a structure for women who are in difficulty and would otherwise be homeless, my case, or somewhere worse. They used to run craft groups and a few other things, then a staff member retired and most of it stopped. A younger one took over the painting group so sometimes it stick runs, but she’s leaving this month too. I asked if I could run a knitting group, it’s been approved. Which I think is great because the writing, jewellery and other things have all stopped.

Now I’ve got to figure out how to teach this. I’m thinking blanket squares. We’ll make a throw for the foyer. Materials are thankfully provided. My plan is to teach them to knit first, doing a garter stitch square, then purl, a stocking stitch square. Knit together and slip slip knit with yarn overs after that then they’ll be able to amuse themselves.

Current project, Queen Closer Shawlette edit

I quickly touched on this in my last post, but sadly had no photos to share. It’s another work in progress but is advancing very quickly. I found this beautiful pattern in an issue of Knit Now and I still can’t find the perfect yarn… I have a good one but it was a £10 present so I wanted to make something similar but in. A cheaper yarn.

This is King Cole Splash. A 100% acrylic yarn that I bought two balls of from an independent yarn shop the last time I visited my mum. I couldn’t find anything to make and then someone jokingly said it would make a good scarf. I’m following the pattern to an extent, but I’ve tweaked it a few places already. Changing the yarn weight, the needle size and lengthening the garters stitch. So far it’s going great. I’ve almost finished the short rows!

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I would normally do something like this on a circle needle, but I don’t have one in that size, I’m not having a problem with the flats yet, but they’re really not ideal. It makes photography difficult.

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This is a closer shot of the yarn, I’ve had so many complements on the colours! People think it’s me striping it…

If you want this wool Deramores stock it, I usefully the shade sunshine. You can find it here.

Current project, Reach for the Stars Jumper

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So you may remember that post I did about my yarn haul. Well the thing I was most excited to start was this jumper, which is still sitting unfinished in my cupboard. I know. I hate sewing up, it’s my main problem with knitting and every flat project is the same.

Before I used to live with my mum, and she used to darn my ends and sew my things up and I loved her for it. Well now she’s on the other side of the English Channel, and I’m kinda stuffed because now I have to sew up alone.

I did take jumper to her the last time I visited, she darned in the ends of the rocket pattern and complimented my choice of wool.

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As you can see the instrata rocket would have had plenty of ends….

So all I actually have to do is sew on the buttons and sew part of the sleeves and the body, I just hate doing it so I keep forgetting.

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However I did finish the twin for this sock, and I mean really finish, ends sewn in and everything! Knitting in the round is so much easier. Far less problematic! They’re going to be one of my mother’s birthday presents.

And I’ve started a shawl like scarf thing. I’m improvising a pattern from Knit Now to make it more like a scarf. I’m just using some acrylic I got from my birthday trip to the UK. It’s knitting quickly and in the three days since I started I’ve had so many compliments on the colours.

Otherwise the only new thing is that have glasses because my long distance vision is giving up. They’ve been kinda fun, and so useful when I’m out. Before I had trouble reading signs in the metro. Now everything is HD!

My Ravelry Queue is 100 km long

And it’s getting longer! I do start some projects, somtimes I even get close to finishing. Then I get a beautiful new yarn and I want to drop that and move onto the next thing.

I’ve finished Sandy’s Reach for the Stars jumper. Wait, did I say finished? Hah, I still need to sew it together. That’s my least favourite bit. When I went to see my mum last week she did darn in all the rocket ends! Which has saved me some time, but I’m still not looking forward to doing that.

There’s also two pairs of socks on the go. Pair A and pair B. I’m half way through the second sock of pair A, only 20 rows before I shape the toes! The other one I’ve only made the one sock. I’ve also got loads of other sock yarns to use! And while I love socks they sometimes seem daunting, I want to do one of my lacey patterns from the queue next. But I also have the overwhelming desire to make it into a shawl, scarf type thing. These socks from an issue of Knit Now jumps out to me. And these jaywalker socks are a must too! These are funky two, where they use two yarns but not striped!

And I got several balls of colourful acrylics to make another jumper for Sandy! But they’re self striping and I can’t seem to find a pattern that works in the round which is annoying.

 

Otherwise, I’ve not finished anything yet. And my queue is 9 pages long!

What about other people? Does anyone else have this problem?

I made another two socks

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Life is too short to knit matching socks.

So following the success of my first pair of socks I made two more. Socks that is, not pairs.
I’m figuring out my own exact size pattern, the cuff and foot length are perfect, but they’re a little baggy. I don’t want high top socks, but I found my Footlets were too low down. I also have a limited range of needles and not a lot of money. I’ve been working on a 3mm needle for a pattern on 2.5mm needles, and so far I think I’ve got it, or I’m close.

My mum’s pair are less baggy around the foot so I think I’ve found the right number or a better number of stitches.

 

Anyway, enjoy the photos of my socks. One is for me, the rainbow one, the other for my mum. Both yarns are by Regia, the pink one is Esprit Spray, 6€37 from Love Knitting, the other is Exotic Colour and costs 11€26, again from Love Knitting. I like them because they ship to Europe cheaply while still being UK based. My next order will probably be from them.

 

So now, sockky nonsense!

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I will be making a twin to this sock, but my mum implied that she wanted a knitted pair, so that jumped to the top of the list and my pair got put on hold.

I really like knitting socks, turning the heel keeps me interested, and then afterwards they’re furfilling.

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Here I was trying it on while in progress, I wanted it to be the right size, not too long so I did this a few times. I was really proud seeing it knit up too.

 

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