Christmas is coming

I am so not prepared!

Christmas is coming, and I’ve got very little money to get presents.

I’ve worked out the best way I can deal with this is spending the money I’ve got on wool and making presents for people, but that’s a lot of people I’ve got things to make for.

Wait, how did I even get this many friends?!! Oh, right, church.

So if I only gift for people who’ve bought me lunch there’s at least 7. Possibly more. Ack.

Ladi, Tabitha, Mamie and her husbund, Melodie, Tabitha, Tabitha, some random friend of Melodie’s whose name I’ve forgotton, another woman whose name I’ve forgotton, Christina, Marie-Jo, Ana, and I’m sure there’s others.

And Tabitha bought me lunch like 3 times! So that merits at least a Gusto Cowl.

So if I round it out to 10 people I need to gift, yeah, let’s say 15. Just to be safe. That’s 15 things I need to make, and 15 different things because I can’t just make the same hat for them and hope they’ll not notice.

And I’ve only got odd wool to work with. Hm.

Looks like it’ll be a mixture of toys and hats and things this year. Yay! So now I need to go pattern hunting. Oh dear…

Striped hat with chevrons

A new slouchy hat

I made another new thing! A little slouchy hat for a friend. Sadly I didn’t think too much about getting photos of it, I just made it and gave it away a few days later.
At church loads of people have bought me lunch or given me things, and I’ve not really got enough money to return the favour, so I’m knitting gifts which is one thing I can do for almost cheap. The yarn is actually left over from my rainbow elf hat, did I even blog that? And I’ve still got some more so they’ll be at least one more gift out of that!

I used Phildar Charly, Iliade and Partner 3,5, it’s a French yarn, but I think you can get them from Deramores. By far Iliade is my favourite, Charly is a good all round acryilc though, but Partner 3,5 isn’t that impressive to me, it was the best shade of green I could find in the shop.

And a preview of the stitch pattern of chevron stripes.

I used this pattern from Ravelry, Zig Zag Chevron Hat by Ashlee Schleicher, it’s a free pattern but I found it a little weird to follow, although I did manage it. I also did it in three colours instead of two. I did like the pattern, but probably won’t be making another one.

And in the end I did add a pompom, I just haven’t got a photo of it. It was a mix of the three colours and finished it off nicely.

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.

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