Missing in action 

Keeping a commitment to knitting while studying and working full time is harder than I though it would be. Basically I don’t have time to sit down and knit. 

I am hoping to release a new pattern on Ravelry soon but I don’t know when it’ll be written. It’s a cowl in Noro Kibou and so far is called Buxton. 

It’s worked in the round in 4.5mm needles and has a simple lace pattern making leaves appear. 

  

Advertisements

Back again!

As I’ve said many a time, life is hectic. Always has been, wouldn’t be anywhere near as fun if it wasn’t and hopefully always will be. 

Recently I’ve changed phone. Now I have an iPhone 6s which makes a change from having a 4. However most of my photos are on the 4. 

I’ve also entered into a CAP petite enfance course, which will qualify me to work with children from July next year. If I pass. I will pass. I hope.

I’m babysitting two lovely kids because of this, one who is nearly three, the other who is nearly four and they are so funny. L is a little girl who always asks questions and is very chatty and R is a little boy who’s more silent but very expressive. It’s two families and I babysit the two kids at the same time. 

And I’m still working out everything with Alexandros. 

Obviously I’m still crafting. Why ever would I have stopped?  

I made this recently which began to get tweaked because I didn’t have the pattern while knitting and lead to me writing up spending very similar for Alexandros. If recommend doing one of these. It’s a great hat and I’ve been wearing it non stop. 

I used Rico Creative Cotton which was a softish cotton to work with and I loved the bright red. Although it’s not my favourite cotton yarn. I also put a bell on the i-cord and tied a wee knot in the end. 

But the cotton caused it to be too big. The cables are all stretched out and it’s huge on me. 

Slouchy no slouch and coffee together

And here is the version I made for kids. My version was mainly based off the photo and reading through the pattern once. The yellow one was more carefully planned and done carefully to be perfect. You can find the pattern for that here for free! It uses Dk wool and I used the lovely WoollyKnit Diggle DK in Gold. And 4mm needles. 
Alexandros was very happy with this hat. I’ve got a photo to prove it. He was playing peek-a-boo with it and everything.   

 

Finished Object – Hermione Hat for Angela

Another long break between posts and many personal excuses. Here’s not the place nor the time. However I will be going on a 160km (100 mile) charity walk with my brother and dog. My Just Giving page can be found under this link.

I’m now on my holidays in the UK, so I’ve been getting a bit of knitting done, and my roomie, Angela, asked for a hat for this winter.

I let her choose the pattern from my Ravelry queue thinking I’d use up some odd acrylic in my mum’s stash. But I didn’t filter the queue and unluckily for us she chose a 4ply pattern. I didn’t really mind, what’s another ball, so I agreed and went off to my mum’s. The first weekend here, while camping in Derbyshire, I cast this on. A week later it was finished and my brother took this awesome photos. The pattern is called Hermione’s Cable & Lace Hat and can be found on Ravelry here. It’s published on another blog but is free. There’s a wide variety of projects and much insperation for this on Raverly. I stuck with the original cream/white colour in the film this was based on, but not everyone did.

The yarn I used was from Hobby Craft, it cost £3 and it’s the Women’s Institute Premium Acrylic, I don’t dislike but I wouldn’t use it again. It made me think of Smoothie, by Patons, which is a DK weight, but the balls are very fragile and fall apart, this was 4ply, fell apart and got very, very tangled, texture wise, once knitted it was lovely. As a ball it was a pain in the ass. I did only use half of it though.

So what did I change in the pattern? Well, I cast on extra stitches because she said it might be small, I also worked an extra repeat to make it more slouchy because Angela prefers her hats like that. And I improvised the decreases because I wasn’t working from the pattern. These cables are good for a beginner who’s got the hang of decreasing and yarn overs. I do love it, and would probably do it again.

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.

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.

Previous Older Entries