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.

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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.

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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.

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.

   

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!

I finished my socks!

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My finished socks!

I made my second sock! No, I never finished my acrylic demo pair of booties, they were too small for Alexandros so I left it. But I did make a pair this time!

I used Sirdar Heart & Sole in shade Super Trooper which my mum bought me 200g (two balls) from Deramores for around £6 each in an offer. This is a 4ply sock yarn, made from 75% wool and 25% nylon in Turkey.

The pattern I used as a base was from a book called ‘knits for fab feet and cosy Toes’ by Anna Tillman. The pattern is on page 120 and is called footlets.

I actually used 3mm needles and made the smallest size to the right length of my feet. I also, deliberately, didn’t bother to match up the stripes.

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The stripes are misaligned, I did it especially to make them more unique.

Which created some really nice photography I feel. But my plan is to make another two so I’ll have some mix and match pairs. I got this pair from around half a ball. I’m also planning on doing the pattern that came on the reverse of the ball band with the second ball.

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And while I was knitting them I kept trying them on. It was a lot of fun.

I kept trying them on while I was knitting them, and they were a lot of fun to knit. I found socks the right level of challenging to stop me getting bored. Turning the heel was fun and fairly easy. Socks are actually very simple, if you can knit on double-pointed needles, pick up stitches and knit and purl two together, you can knit socks.

And wearing them? It was amazing, it was a cold day but I was wearing a miniskirt anyway. Normally I get cold feet, or cold legs. This time I didn’t! I could feel the stitches in my toes, but it was really comfortable like they were massaging my feet. It was so comfortable.

 

So this is one project from my yarn haul down, and I’ve almost finished Sandy’s reach for the stars jumper. Next I can move onto the yarn I brough back from my mum’s. Surprisingly, it’s more socks. She also wants two pairs.

 

Softness

Before washing this yarn was a bit hard. After a quick handwash they were lovely and soft.

Enjoyment of knitting with

Very high, not perfect, not one of the best, but it was very good to knit with

Washing

I like the fact these can pass on the tumble dryer on low, and in the machine. I just prefer hand washing if possible.

Price

Full price this costs £7.99, it’s a midrange price for a sock yarn, the cheaper ones are about £6, the more expensive upwards of £15. I feel for the price it is good value for money. I’ll see how they’re holding up in a few months before I make a final comment though.

Colour

There are some really good colours! I had a hard time choosing so went for the blue, green and gray of Super Trooper. However there are others I want to try too. The only thing that’s slightly disappointing is the two blues are almost the same shade.

Would use again

YES!! Just need to finish up my stash before I can buy more yarn. My next colour will probably be move to the groove.

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Alexandros’ ear hat

Finished! Neon green and grey cardigan. 2-3 years.

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Well I finished it. Took me months because I kept getting distracted and then ran out of green before I could make the button band. I used Phildar charly yarn, it’s 100% acrylic, and when I bought the extra green it was in the sale!

It’s 2-3 years so still too big for Sandy, but he’ll grow. And that gives me plenty of time to find buttons.

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