Why haven’t I been posting?

So my blog has been very quiet recently. I have a post to write about the rainbow jacket, it is finished. But my main project at the moment is very secret. It’s a present for someone and I want it to be a complete surprise. It’s got lace, it’s worked in a beautiful 100% merino wool, and it’s not really my thing. Too pale for me.IMG_1266As you can see, it’s not my style. But this huge project is taking up a lot of my time, so I’m not writing up what I’ve finished. I’ll work on it. Promise.

Summer Jacket, almost done

Natura jacket, put together

Without buttons, my latest project pinned shut for a photograph

Since summer kind of came out of nowhere it’s now too hot to do much that doesn’t involve cotton, or linen, or I don’t know what that doesn’t make my hands all horrible and sweaty. It’s made worse by the fact my flat is in the roof, therefore gets all the heat. Gah. Currently because it’s too hot to knit I’m making a dinosaur, with acrylic yarn, God help me. This wasn’t a wise decision. After I’d been burgled I couldn’t find my knitting, so I kinda bought this by justifying that if I couldn’t knit I’d drive my roomie crazy.

Natura balls five colours

My balls are ready to go!

Sadly I can’t wear my pretty scarf like creations, or hats, or much, I need to knit myself a summer shawl. But time, and money, and excuses! Instead I made a stunning jacket out of DMC natura just cotton. It came from a lovely wee shop not too far from where I live, but when you think of the size and transport system of Paris, nothing is too far from home. It’s called Une maille à l’endroit which translates to A knitted stitch and seemed kinda cute. They do classes and have a lovely selection of French based yarns, although a little limited, and some very nice needles and buttons. They only had a few colours of the DMC natura and it exists in so many shades.

Natura sleeve

While I was laying it out to get a few previews. Five colours worked great!

Natura sewing

While I was still working on sewing in the ends. That was long and I’m not a fan of seaming, it’s evil.

It’s a 50g ball with 155m designed to be knitted as 4ply on 2.5-3.5 needles, machine washable and loosely spun. I used about five half balls on this jacket in the shades Prussian, Prune, Passion, Giroflee and Chartreuse. I found that this yarn went further than I expected as I was worried I’d have to buy more. I also bought some buttons in a sachet, but I don’t like to because it always works out more expensive. There wasn’t an orange in stock so I had a five colour rainbow to work with.

I worked this on my amazing Knit Pro interchangeable cable needles even though it was all worked flat. I used 4mm to make a loose summer fabric.

toggle buttons!

A close up of my lovely buttons. I love toggles, so vintage.

I fished out a pattern from January 2015 Simply Knitting with a child’s jacket, I can’t find the pattern on Ravelry, but it was a basic enough hoodie that I tweaked to do what I wanted. And I got a pretty good end result, although I should have just worked the whole thing in garter stitch, because the pattern was a pain in the ass, simple, but annoying enough that if you balls up it’s obvious. I balls up a lot at the moment with the dog to watch, he even pulled a sleeve off my needles while I was knitting it, but that’s another post for another time. I’d rather have worked it in moss or garter stitch. Anyway, I like how this turned out. I’ve got a few more ends to hook in and then those dreaded photos to take, but soon it’ll be up here in all it’s glory.

Natura - on with ze buttons

Sewing on the buttons, it was a long day but wasn’t too bad, the jacket looked great afterwards.

One last thing, I love how this fabric drapes and flows, for a cotton it’s very loose, very liquid. For a cotton mind. It flops I guess would be a better description.

Finished! Proserpine Shawl in Lang Mille Colori

I did mention this quickly in another post, my lovely sock yarn that was too pretty for socks and the scarf I made from it. This took me about a month to make along side my other projects. The yarn is by Lang Yarns, and is called Mille Colori Socks and Lace, you can find it here from Loveknitting for a reasonable price, in several colour ways. It’s a 4ply weight yarn made from 75% wool and 25% polyamide with 400m for a 100g ball.

Langmille

Lang Mille Colori in shade 0090

It was a real joy to knit with. I worked the entire shawl on 4.5mm straight bamboo needles, at the end there were nearly 300 stitches, but because it was a 4ply weight this was still possible. The yarn was very soft and the colour changes amusing, slow but not too slow to lose interest with. It was always surprising which colour came next, because the orange and bright blue do kind of clash but at the same time blend in perfectly.

The shawl worn front ways as a scarf.

This shade, 0090 actually looks like a toned down, natural rainbow when my shawl is laid flat. And the great variation in colours means it’s very easy to integrate into my outfits. Denim jacket, it works, formal black trench coat, looks great, biker jacket, still looks nice.

I had one minor disaster with the yarn where it snapped because I had a bit of fluff around it and I pulled too hard, but it just felted back together with little to no effort. I didn’t find any breaks or joins either. I’d really love to use this yarn again for more shawls, jackets, baby wear, it’s just it’s too nice for socks.

Folded and laid flat you can see the lovely stripes

I loved the way this yarn striped on my shawl pattern, it’s a triangle, but knitted from the neck down and blocked into the right shape afterwards. The pattern is called Proserpine and I got it from an issue of Knit Now, you can buy it from Ravelry here, It takes 600m or 150g of 4ply yarn and 4.5mm needles. I only had one ball so just went for it and I cast off before the end, I did about 3/4 of it. It’s two lace patterns with stocking stitch in between. The lace patterns are simple enough but elegant.

A quick photo of it as a short shawl

I took this quickly before blocking with my Pink Floyd shirt, good choice no?

And an inside view

The stocking stitch is even loose enough to let a fair amount of light through, it’s a beautiful pattern and this yarn really compliments it. If I had another two balls I’m sure I’d be tempted to do it again.

And all that was left

So that’s it for my shawl, I’m hoping to get some good photos as the weather is getting better. They’ll be in another post.

How’s my queue looking?

My queue on Ravelry curently consists of 38 pages and 1133 projects. Varying from nappy soakers, socks, shawls, hats and toys. My wool stash is probably as varied too, with on going, endless projects such as this odds and sods blanket, entire balls, half balls, acrylic, wool, eyelash yarn. I’m slowly working on getting through it all, but then I get to a project I really want to do, and I buy the yarn for that. Or I go to buy a ball for something, just one ball, and I come out with four for another project that I’ve not chosen yet because I liked the yarn. Yup.

My new and upcoming projects are varied too. My queue has a vauge order, but I never stick to it. I get distracted because I find something new. I’m also great at starting projects and never finishing them. Heliopath Vest anyone?

So the things I’m actually planning to knit. I’ll list five, and the links to the projects. Just to clear up, planning to knit means casting on for me. Heh.

Glengarry

A Glengarry, a Scottish stereotype.

Being a proud Scot I kinda want this just to be annoying. I know nobody has worn one of these since Bonnie Prince Charlie’s time, but I kinda don’t care. If it’ll annoy the english/french it’s worth it. I’m making it using 100% acrylic yarn called Patons Smoothie, I ordered it not too long ago from Love Knitting. You can find more information about this pattern, where to find it, here on Ravelry. It’s from a book, filled with hats from all over the world, it was an interesting read. I’m looking forward to making this as soon as I have my yarn.

TeaCosy

Today I bought a tea pot

Today I finally bought myself a tea pot, and no pot is complete without a cosy. I like this one, because it’s cute and quirky. It’s knitted for a 2 cup tea pot, using DK and it’s worked in the round. Only £3.59 from here on Ravelry, but I’m not sure what kind of wool to use.

Cocks on Socks

Socks! With willies!

I did try and make these, only to balls them up. Hehe, balls. I really want to give them another go. They’ve got to be my favourite sock pattern out there. It’s a free download on Ravelry, you can find it here, worked with 4ply yarn, on 2.5mm needles. I find them so funny, cheeky but discreet. You could wear these to a job interview and not get in trouble… I’m planning on black and a ball of multicoloured, either by Lang Yarns or another one that I can’t remember the name of from my stash.

Capelet Shawl

A little shawl/capelet

This is from a back issue of Knit Now, made with a British 4ply yarn from Baa Ram Ewe, which I’d love to try. It’s pretty, feminine, lacey thing. I’d love to make it longer. No idea what I’ll knit this with… Read about it here!

Headband

I hate winter, headband version

I did some double knitting recently, making a pair of socks and I’m really interested in doing this pattern from Knitty. Worked in 4ply, with 3.75 needles, it’s kinda funny. I’m thinking black and multi-coloured. But we’ll see. It’s a high enough priority. You can find it here, and it’s free through Knitty.

Where am I?

I’ve been stupidly busy. I’ve been faffing around with the knitting and I did finish a couple of things….  but I’ve started and frogged several more.

First up, I did this beautiful shawl from an issue of Knit Now.

A lovely shawlette

I used a beautiful sock wool my mum got me from Purl City Yarns, now closed, it was so pretty and didn’t deserve to be reduced to a pair of socks who’d hide away, so I made a wee lace scarf. Sadly I didn’t have enough to do a full on shawl, but I feel I did pretty well and I’m very proud of this. It was so lovely to knit, even though I had around 300 stitches on a pair of straight needles. I’d definitely buy this again, it’s called Lang Yarns Mille Colori Socks and Lace Luxe and is available here at Love Knitting. I highly recommend it, it’s so soft and was amazing to knit with. When I broke it the strand even felted back together!

I did finish a pair of socks too, knitting both at once. But being very busy I’ve not done as much as I’d have liked.

Round and round

These aren’t the best photos, I took them quicky durning class because of how much I love it. I love the changing colours all the time. I love recycling scraps or abandoned half balls.

How I’m transporting my knitting

  

I feel this 10 stitch twist blanket really reflects my knitting. It’s colourful like me and I love the different shape. I love being able to look back and see a jumper or a hat. 

The colours from another angle.

 90% of the time I have something to knit in my bag when I’ve got a break or a bit of free time. Even lazy mornings in Starbucks. 

The best needles are in my opinion circular, I like interchangeable because for me they work well. However after a disaster I had with a shawl I’m not keen to put anything to fancy or complicated on them. They also fold down and I can’t lose the second needle in my bag.

And the blanket this aftetnoon on my knees.

Anyway I’ll keep updating on this obsession so I’ll finish here. If I don’t finish the yarn first…

 

Currently in progress

I’m not going to go in to too much detail in this post, it’s just a quick update on my current projects. My 10 stitch twist from Ravelry and a Prosperpine shawl from an old issue of Knit Now.  

My odd wool blanket this morning.

The idea with this was to use left over acrylic DK yarns although I did give in to temptation and buy a ball of red… I’m almost out of odd bits too which leaves me two main possibilities. Buy more yarn to finish this, or make more things. Well I’ll think about it but once I’m out of wool I’ll be puttin it away and focusing in the shawl. 

 

My beautiful shawl.

I found one of the lovely wool based yarns my mum bought me from the now gone Purl City Yarns. It was meant for socks, it’s a sock wool but it’s too pretty. This pattern is a lace shawl using 1.5 balls or 600m of sock yarn, I have 1 ball of 400m.   

It’ll be a little short but I’m sure it will be perfect. 

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