Blogs are hard

I do still update on my other blog, but the knitting blog has been left floundering.  

I am still knitting. A lot. And studying! I’ll just leave these photos here. 

It’s a circular table cloth but I’m going to give it to Alexandros as a blanket. I’m using merry go round acrylic by style craft and 5mm needles. 

To begin with it was small

And after the first ball it was colourful and 75cm across!

I’m now onto the second ball and it’s stalling. I don’t want to know how many stitches I’m working with. 

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Fuck the cold

  
Fuck the cold. 

FUCK THE COLD. 

But now in hat form. My life is complete. I knitted this back in April and forgot about it. I finally wore it for the first time yesterday. People looked at me weirdly. 

The French understand the word fuck in the sexual sense. That’s it.

Made with two half balls of Phildar Charlie. In a grey/beige and green colours. On 4mm needles. Using a free pattern from Ravelry that I’d made for Angela last year. 

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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. 

  

Too small

 

What do you do when something is coming up small? Do you frog it or do you push on hoping you’ll be able to find a use for the finished object? Does fair isle or lace change your mind? 

I was making a hat for my flat mate because I lost the one I made her this summer. The pattern gave two needle sizes but never said to change so I stupidly assumed that it was two sizes. It apparently wasn’t. 

But it’s fair isle so I don’t want to go through the hassle of undoing it. 

And it’s pretty. I’m half hoping someone will pay some money for it. It’s also half finished. So the decision is a hard one. 

   

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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