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. 

Spinning around

This blanket is still growing but it seems to have slowed in the last few days with my studies and moving. I’m really proud of what I’ve done so far. entirely using acrylic leftovers from old projects. I pointed some of these out other day. 

Odds and sods blanket



Destash with a blanket

The building where I live is slowly but surely falling down, and next week I’ll be moving into a new one. I want to  destash as much as possible before then though. Which has lead to a few hats, and a couple of unfinished toys. But then I found all my little scraps, the buts too big to throw away but too small to do much with. I don’t like waste, so I wanted to make some kind of blanket. I’d started something similar at the end of 2014 but ended up leaving it at my mum’s house. I figured I’d go for it because if I don’t get it big enough I can add to it as I finish each project.  



At the beginning.

Overall the pattern is fairly simple. It’s free too. You can get it here if you’re intersted. I like this kind of thing because I can. Put it down and pick it up again. Rest for courses and travelling. 

This is where I am now.



This is what I’m carrying around in my bag.

 

I like this, the colour changes keep it bright and lively.  I’ve also got some yarns that in just not keen on in here. 

Scandiwegia Revisited

Vanity.

You may remember when I was doing handmade gifts for everyone for Christmas. I made this beautiful hat. I wished I could have kept it. I did write about it here, if you want to read my blog on it.

I promised myself I’d remake it once I had a chance. I was considering what I could change about it, and how to make it more interesting, and then I had the idea of doing it was a rainbow. One day I probably will.

The thing is, I’m not a fan of beanies. However I love berets. So that’s what I did, I tweaked the pattern to make a beret, by doubling the stitches and then following the instructions.

There is a possibility that I’m selling this too. While I was knitting it a friend came up to me and started complimenting it, asking if I’d be willing to sell it. I need money but at the same time I don’t. The real thing is though if I do sell or give away something as simple as a hat I can remake it, I did remake this. And it’s interesting to do a pattern again.

The big rib against the fair isle. I love this.

I love how the grey sets a nice subtle background against the brighter colours. All the yarns are acrylic DK. I used a King Cole Baby Comfort for the grey and the other three were remnants of Phildar Charly, in red, orange and yellow. I used all of the yellow, orange and grey, but still have some red.

I made the rib longer because it was a beret, other wise I followed the pattern almost as printed. When I ran out of grey I used the colours in five row stripes and then finished in red for the decreasing.

The pattern is free from Ravelry, and I really recommend it if you’re looking for a new project. These always come out pretty. It’s here if you’re interested.

I’ve not really got anything else to say, if I’ve forgotton anything it’ll be in my notes. Otherwise you can ask in a comment. Thanks for reading. Enjoy the photos below.

Here you can see the stripes and the top.

And here it was really taking shape.

And an early photo of the fair isle.

Naughty nautical nautilus

Just a silly post with a funny title. I’m moving soon, the centre where I live has been deemed unsafe so we’re all moving out. I’m trying to use up odds and sods of yarn that are left over, and entire balls that were bought for small projects. I also want rid of all of my stuffing. They will think it’s weird, and they’re already saying I have too many things, so I’m looking to get rid of that. That’s where this came in. Odds and sods of yarn with more stuffing.

I’d had the patterned queued for quite a while and I was looking for something fun to make.

A weird sea creature.

So this is it. A nautilus, a strange creature that’s been around since the time of the dinosaurs pretty much in its current form. They’re in the same family as octopuses, which is funny. And they have a shell. Most people know of ammonites, which are also in the same family.

The pattern is free on Knitty, you can find more info here, it’s a bit weird to begin with, but once you’ve started turning the shell it’s very simple to continue. I cast on one morning and just went for it. Everyone was confused about what it was and it only took me two week days with classes to finish it. It’s a very quick project.

Propped up just after being finished.

I’m not sure how many facial tentacles I did, it said to do 8 but I just kept going until it looked right. People keep thinking it’s a snail though, which is weird.

It’s a hat for my beer!

Both pieces look weird when knitting up, the face worse than the shell I think. Although it’s a great stash buster using minimal amounts of yarn. You can find my full notes here from Ravelry.

I have two more stash busters on the needles too, and I think I’ve not got enough stuffing! It’s almost gone!

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