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November 30, 2011

Wednesday means I’m already over halfway through my working week. Only one more early morning before I can have a lie in! I’m using up the last of my holiday for the year by taking every Friday off, so just now I have four days of work, and three days of relaxing, crochet, knooking, jewellery making, origami and notebook decorating leading up to Christmas. After last weekend’s mad rush on tidying and gardening, there aren’t too many chores for this weekend and I plan to make the most of it!
The weather’s taken a sudden turn for the cold this morning to I’m going to have to rush on with my skaði fingerless gloves. If you didn’t see my post on Monday, I’ve changed my yarn and I’m now making them in Debbie Bliss Rialto, which is so squishy and warm I think they’re going to be great. I have one done, but I haven’t done anything on the second since Monday. I’ve just finished the cuff of the second and I’m about to start the increases. They work up pretty quick though, so I should have them done by Friday.
I’ve also cast on something new, which I hadn’t planned to do, But it’s for a good cause. I made my husband get his hair cut at the weekend, and now his ears are getting cold! So the Windschief hat has been bumped up the queue. This one is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino. He picked out his own yarn for the hat, and because he’s super sensitive to wool, and I knew a merino yarn would be great for him. This yarn is so soft, it’s amazing. Knooking with it is so good, that I didn’t mind too much that I had to cast on twice! The first time I’d got half way through the first round when I realised I’d twisted it and had to start again. But it’s underway again now, and I’m loving it so far. Knitting through the back loop is new for me, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it works up once I’ve got more done. Hopefully it’ll knit up quite quick, because the weather’s getting colder.
I also what to get through my current WIP’s (plus the ones that have been a little ignored recently) because I got my Stash Addict yarn and I can’t wait to start using it! Don’t forget to check out Tami’s for more WIPs!

November 29, 2011

I’ve been looking for some nice yarn recently for my Magrathea shawlette, and last week I found some that I think will be perfect for it. It’s from A Stash Addict, whose blog I love reading, and the colourway is called Grey’s Pacific. It is a gorgeous colour and I can’t wait to see how the shawlette will turn out. There’s just the perfect amount here to make it. It also came with a gorgeous little stitch marker, which was a special treat! The yarn is Blue Faced Leicester which is one I haven’t used before, but it feels lovely in the skien. All I have to do before I can start my Magrathea and use the yarn is finish 5 more knit bunnies, make the Windschief hat for my husband, make a hat for myself, and finish at least one of my two pairs of fingerless gloves and get some more work done on my Childhood Memories shawl! The temptation to start right now, must be resisted, and I’m so glad the holidays are nearly here! 

November 28, 2011

I’m late again! But this time I have a much better excuse because we were very busy. We were at my parents over night for my dad’s birthday, and my mum gave us a lift home. Then she spent the last two hours of daylight helping us out in the gardenand took us down to B&Q for a new starter motor for the kitchen light. By which time I was shattered and stuggling to stay awake past 7 pm!
I’ve had a busy week on the crochet and knooking front. I finished the Shawl Collared Cowl, and wore it this weekend. It’s so warm, I love it! Now I have two choices of cowl too, which is never a bad thing! Since I’d finished something, that meant I got to start something new! However, since I already had eight current WIP, that didn’t seem like such a good idea. So I did the next best thing. On Friday we went yarn shopping, to get some yarn for my husband’s Windschief hat. We got him some Debbie Bliss Cashmerino in a blue-grey, which is gorgeous, and I got some Debbie Bliss Rialto in a dark brown shade.
So how do you start something new, without adding to WIP? Ages ago, I made a skaði fingerless glove, in some random purple yarn I had in my statch. It was a bit scratchy and it wasn’t a colour I would normally wear, so I decided to make the pair out of some other yarn. Originally I was going to make it out of some 4ply, bamboo/nylon yarn, but it was taking forever and I was getting bored, plus they wouldn’t be very warm at all. So I’ve started again, and I’m making them with my Debbie Bliss Rialto! As you can see, I’ve finished one glove already and I’ve finished the cuff for the second, so hopefully by the end of the week, I’ll have a pair. The yarn is so nice for these. They’re warm squishy and cosy, and I’m going to need them soon, because the weather seems to be turning cold at last. It’s been so warm recently that my plants are confused – my rose bush has new buds on it, and one of my big bushes is flowering again!
I’ve also put a bit more work in on my Happy Lavender Scarf, and there is another turquise stripe at the top, although it seens to be disappearing into my lovely assistant’s t-shirt! I’m still enjoying the scarf, but working with fingering weight yarn feels so slow after working with bulky for so long!
I’m going to have to start work on my husbands Windschief Hat soon, and for myself I’ve added Calorimetry for me, which should be pretty quick and keep my ears warm while my hair is up. I’m also adding the Snowbaby Hat for myself, and I think the colour work will be fun to do and hopefully not too hard. So here’s the new list. Have a great weekend everyone!
The Revised List
Scarves and Shawls


Other Things

November 26, 2011

It’s Friday and I had the day off so I’m late posting today! Normally I have to finish things and take photos the night before, but this time I decided I could leave sewing on buttons and sewing in till this morning. Then I didn’t get round to it till four o’clock! But the buttons are on, ends are sewn in and the photos are done. I’ve finished my Shawl Collared Cowl! It is really cosy and warm to wear! I haven’t tried it on under my coat yet, but I’m sure it’ll be great to wear. I really love the Rowan Colourscapes Chunky yarn. I think it’s now my favourite bulky yarn. The colours are great and I love the way they fade into each other. I also love the buttons on this one, but I forgot to take close up photos of them, sorry!
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November 24, 2011

I have to admit that this should have been Tuesday’s post, but I forgot to take the pictures on Monday night, and the pictures are definitely necessary for this post! When I bought the charms for the bracelets I’m making as gifts, I also got a mixed pack of Tibetan silver charms and findings. So when I needed a stitch marker for my Shawl Collared Cowl, I decided it was a good time to take some of the charms and use them to make myself some. I wrapped the wire around my 10 mm crochet hook, to get a nice big loop and I can use them for most projects.
The first one I made, I cut the ends so they lined up nicely, but the yarn occasionally caught on it so I started again. This time I overlaped the wire by about 20%, so they act a little more like a split ring for a key ring, and they work wonderfully.
I’m really happy with the range of shapes and sizes I have and there’s plenty for any project. I also found this little pot which is perfect for storing them all, and will be perfect for keeping them safe in my project bag – if it ever gets finshed!

November 23, 2011

It’s Wednesday again and the cowl is nearly finished! After having to rip out several inches of the main part of the collar at the weekend, I’ve made it all back and the end is in sight. The decreases are all done now, and I just have two and a bit inches, plus four rows of garter stitch and it’s done. Once the short rows were done and the decreases started every row just got faster to finish, which is great since finishing is fun! I love this yarn so much. It’s lovely, warm and squishy. I love the colours too. The red is a little bit random and doesn’t really match the rest of the cowl, but when the ends are overlapped it will mostly be hidden. I have the buttons ready to be sewn on, and hopefully it’ll be ready to be seen by Friday!
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November 21, 2011

Seventeen weeks gone already! Where does the time go? This week, I managed to finish my second Betula Ring cowl, with a few changes. I love it! I wore it to work all week, and it’s very cosy and comfy. I find it a little bit tickly, but it’s not itchy so I can live with it. I also love how versatile it is! I just pull it ovver my head most days as it’s not that cold here yet, but I can button it up and make it more snug when it’s cooler. I also love the autumn feel of the colours, and they are a gorgeous match with my brown winter jacket. And the buttons are one of my favourite things about it (close up here).
Other than my Betula Ring, I’ve just been working on my Shawl Collared Cowl. Just when I had reached the nine inches I needed before the decreases began, I discovered that I’d dropped a stitch. Four inches back. I’ve managed to pick up dropped stitches when it’s only been a couple of rows, but four inches was just too much, so I frogged it back. Over the weekend I managed to make the four inches back up, and now I’m into the decreases, so hopefully I’ll be able to get it all finished up by Friday for you to see!
The list is due to under go some new revisions I think. I need to add a hat for my husband. He’s chosen the Windschief hat, and we’ll take a trip to John Lewis this week I think, to get yarn for it. He is really sensitive to wool yarns and practically every woolen yarn I’ve bought he’s found itchy, apart from merino. So we’ll be getting some sort of 100% merino, probably Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran, from my memorie of what they have at the shop. I think I’m also going to make a hat for myself, and a Calorimetry for when I want to wear my hair up, because I need to keep my ears warm when it gets colder. Unfortunately, this time, I think a couple of my amigurumi are going to have to disappear from the list, since I haven’t started on any of them. The Dawn Toussaint ones will definitely be staying on my list though. She’s one of my favourite amigurumi designers, and has the advantage that most of her amigurumi parts are crocheted together, instead of stitched on afterwards, which makes them much more enjoyable to put together! So Little Bear has come off, and so has the Fawn, although I still plan on making them later, maybe on next years list! After Christmas I’ll probably do a complete review of my list, and add to it then, since I still have half a year to go.
The Revised List
Scarves and Shawls


Other Things

November 18, 2011

Friday at last! I’ve been very good this week, getting into work before eight, meaning I can leave at four. Which is great as it gives me a longer evening (and therefore more yarn time), but it does mean I’ve barely seen daylight all week, and I’m more than ready for my lie in tomorrow! On the recommendation of a friend at work, I’ve found that the key to getting up early in the dark is a light on a timer switch – it makes it that little bit harder to stay a sleep, and gives my will power a nudge! Today I’m showing off (because that’s what FO Fridays are for!) my second Betula Cowl. I really love this pattern, but I didn’t love the first one I made.
I think my problem was that the bulky yarn it was designed for, was bulkier than my bulky yarn! So their guage was set with 6mm needles and looked really nice and tight, but I had to go up to a 8mm hook to get guage, and it was really loose as a result, and it was also a little too big for me. So I decided to make another one, and modify the pattern using the same yarn and a 6mm hook. This one has 6 short rows, instead of 4, every 17ish rows instead of every 23ish. I had a total of 110 rows of garter stitch instead of 106 before turning to the round. I did my M1’s every 5 stiches instead of 4 for a total of 70 stitches instead of 60, then I did 11 rounds of stockinette, instead of 12 and 5 rows of garter stitch instead of 3 to finish off. It’s about an inch smaller around the neck, and really cosy! I love it! The colourway is Autumn and the yarn is Rowan Colourscapes Chunky. And with a complete lack of planning, I had the perfect buttons for it, and it matches my brown winter coat really nicely!
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November 17, 2011

For Christmas, for the seven girls on my Christmas list, I like to do stocking type gifts – lots of little things together in a box. And because it’s me, I like to try to be crafty with them where I can. Last year I made everyone a pair of earrings and put them in origami boxes. This year, with more planning, I’m making quite a few things – I’m making a knit bunny each, charm bracelets (which I’ll probably put in origami boxes again), if I have time I’d also like to cover some notebooks, either with pretty paper, or preferably felt, and these, candleholders. Last week, we went on a spending spree at hobbycraft. These little candleholders were one of the quickest and easiest crafts on my list!
We bought three glass paint pens – green, red and yellow. The pens are so easy to use! You just shake, press down on the point (which triggers the paint flow), and draw! Really easy and quick to do, but I love the way they’ve turned out! The paint’s also dishwasher safe now they’ve had two days drying time, although I don’t think I want to test that! The holders are the perfect size for tealights, so I’ll get a pack or two of nice coloured and scented ones, and divide them out between the boxes. I’m also pretty pleased with the photos I took in the dark, I think it’s come out well.

November 16, 2011

It’s Wednesday so that must mean WIP time! Yesterday I showed you all the unfinshed projects I currently have on the go, and last night I was hard at work on my Shawl Collared Cowl. I’m really enjoying working on this one. The yarn is squishy, soft and lovely, the pattern is easy but interesting with the short rows providing variety, and the colours are great, I love seeing what’s coming up next! I’m now six inches into the nine inch stretch, so it won’t be too long before I’m decreasing for the other side of the cowl. The colours in the photo are fairly true, although it might be a little darker really. Hopefully I’ll be able to get on to the decreases by the weekend, but I’m going to be busy for the next few evenings, getting the house tidy enough to meet my mother’s standards, so I’ll just have time to squeeze in some knooking before bed I think.
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