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.   

 

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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.

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.

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.

Valentine Hat

Valentines day really isn’t my thing. Love should be for every day. Hah, I just don’t see the point of having a special day devoted to tat with hearts and stuff on it, so I made myself a hat, with hearts. That after tomorrow will go away until next winter. Maybe. Nobody seems to associate it with Valentines day, which is awesome. So I’m free to wear it as I please apparently. I’ve been wearing it all week.

So this is that hat, with the hearts, and a pompom.

I used a purple acrylic as a maincolour, I think it’s King Cole Big Value but I can’t be sure. To be honest most acrylics are pretty much the same. And for the hearts I used King Cole Baby Comfort, in the purple colours, it has white, a dark purple and a light purple. Both yarns are acrylic DK weight.

I have a light weight scarf that goes really well with this. The thing behind.

I used to wear this colour a lot which is why I wanted it. The pattern was free from Ravelry, and can be found here, it’s called From Norway With Love. The whole thing is worked on 4mm needles, but I actually worked the main bit in 4.5mm needles because I find sometimes my fair isle is a bit tight. It’s quite a popular patten too, there’s over 1400 projects! Although very few have pompoms, that’s just me being weird again.

I shared this on Facebook and got a very positive response, people really seemed to like it.

And this is my only in progress photo of it. It was a really basic fair isle pattern. If you’re looking to get into colour work and can already knit in the round this would be a good start. I’m tempted to do another one, but I doubt I’d wear it. I’m really not a fan of beanies, and I’ve been forcing myself to wear this a bit to try and get into liking them.

This is my fourth hat of 2015!

And if you want to see my Ravelry notes, they can be found here! I didn’t finish it as quickly as I’d have liked, but three days isn’t bad with work/classes/social life.

Christmas 2014 – Scandiwegian Star

I didn’t blog this at the time because I was busy with packing to leave for my mum’s, and I only finished it the day before I gave it away. It was the last gift I finished, and it was a bit rushed. So here it is, my Scandiwegian Star. I don’t even know how many gifts I finished in the end. 5? 6? Meh. I did some.

A fair isle star beanie with a pompom. I made it a bit longer than I should have.

Again I was using odds and sods, the black was Charly by Phildar, a cheap but nice acrylic, so was the electric blue. The purple was Robin Double Knit, left over from my Tabitha hat, and the other blue was a Hema cheap thing that I bought for some unknown reason. I love the way these colours work together, the black does seem a bit bold and I’d like to do something similar with a cream, or a white or pale background to see if that’ll bring the colours out more.

The fair isle pattern in progress.

It knitted up very quickly and I wanted to keep it. But then I wanted to keep all the presents I made this year, and I’ve queued them to make myself too.

I didn’t get many photos of me wearing it, but here’s a good shot of the hat with the pompom, pulled down over my face to show the length.

I didn’t really take the time to get brilliant photos of this hat, as it was very rushed and I just wanted to get it finished and get rid of it, but I did it. I made one more Christmas gift and bought a bit of happiness to one more person.

This lovely pattern is also free from Ravelry and can be found here. The projects are beautiful and I really want to make another one. I liked the chart, it was really easy to follow. I recommend having a flick through the projects, there’s some awesome stuff on there. And as always my notes are here.

I’ve almost finished!

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I said in my last post that I’d lost my rainbow elf hat, probably while coming though customs on my way to the UK. I’ve almost finished v2 though. I’ve got the biggest pompom in the world to sew on, and some ends to sew in.

Overall there’s 22 stripes, each joined with a purl round to blend the colours. It came down to my hips without the pompom so it’s very long.

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To make the pompom I used most of the colours, and two paper plates with a big hole in the centre. It was hard, tiring and to be honest I should have got the giant clover pompom maker, but I improvised.

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I’ve had lots of in progress photos going up on my Facebook, and it knitted up within a week, so it was a good hat. I really want to do one for my son. But shorter.

The yarn is called Special and is a dk by Stylecraft. It’s 100% acrylic and costs under £2 for a 100g ball.

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