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October 17, 2012

The weather has been absolutely freezing up here recently. I think we’re in for a cold winter this year, which means plenty of opportunities for wearing cosy knits!

The cosy lacey tunic I’m working on hasn’t made much progress this week, no more that a row or two here and there. Most of my energy is being funneled into my shawl which I’m really hoping to finish soon. I have come to a dilema though. I’m not sure whether I whould rip back a bit and make it a slightly smaller one skein shawl, or continue going and let it be a big cosy shawl. The third option is to do both and offer two sizes, which I think is what I am leaning most towards right now. Let me know what you think!

My brother’s birthday present for me and my husband was John Lewis vouchers, so we went shopping yesterday and got this huge pile of yarn! The dark grey is for my husband. He’s getting a Basel hat, provided I can alter it a little to fit his 24″ head and he’s getting a pair of gloves, although I’m making them fingerless and possibly with a shorter cuff. The blue and light grey are for me. I’m making myself fingerless gloves and a hat too, but I’m working out my own colourwork pattern for them. I can’t find any hat patterns where I like both the pattern and the shape of the hat, so I’m taking matters into my own hands!

I’m reading again this week. I felt like I’d fallen out of the habit of reading, so to get myself back into it, I treated myself to a new book on the Kindle. I’m reading The Belgariad by David Eddings, and I’ve only just started the first book. I love this series and I’ve probably read it about five or six times in the last decade. It’s good to catch up with old friends from time to time.

This is my Year of Projects update again, as well as WIP Wednesday and Yarn Along with Tami and Ginny!

December 19, 2011

Well this weekend has been busy! I finished my notebooks and origami boxes (which I’ll be sharing tomorrow) and I finished my Snowbaby hat! I loved working on the hat! The colourwork was a lot of fun. I was holding both colours of yarn in my left hand, which I guess is continental style? Because I knook (knit with a hook) instead of actually knitting, I tend to hold things as I do when I crochet – hook in my right hand, working yarn, and my work in my left – I should probably get my husband to take a photo sometime.
Once I got into the rhythm of reaching over for the brown and under for the cream, I stopped twisting my yarn up together, and got along pretty fast. The pattern was really easy to memorise, and was quite sad when it was over! I loved doing the colourwork, and I think I’m going to have to look for more patterns that use it! I’m also quite proud of the back of the work – I managed to keep the tension on my floats nicely without being too tight. I even took a photo of it to show you! It was minus five this morning when I wore my hat out for the first time and it was lovely and cosy! The cashmerino is gorgeous and soft, and I love it. I used a russian join again when I joined my second ball of the brown, and I wove in the ends of the cream while I was knitting too, so when I got the the end I only had two ends to sew in, which was also great, and I will definitely be using both techniques in future!
I’m also very hard at work on my knit bunnies. I finished a third (giant) one on Friday. I’d love to have a photo of the seven together before I give them away so I need to finish them by this Friday. I’ve finished another square that’s ready to be bunnyfied and I’m halfway through a second square. I’m going to finish the other two and a half squares, then put all my bunnies together at once.
I’m also starting to plan what I’m going to work on over Christmas, and making sure I have what I need. My Stash Addict yarn has been tempting me for weeks, so as soon as I’m finished my bunnies I want to start my Magrathea. I’ve ordered the 3mm Knit Pro Symphonie Interchangeable Crochet hook that didn’t come with the set I bought, and that I need for Magrathea. I hope it’ll come very soon, in plenty of time for Christmas. I also ordered some yarn for my Guenvieve cardigan, because I think a long holiday is a good time to start work on something that big! It’s worked flat, but in one piece, so seaming it together shouldn’t be too bad, but I do have to measure and alter the pattern to fit. Luckily though instructions are given at each step for how to fit it. I just have to follow the instructions properly. I also want to do more work on my Realta Blanket, Polo neck Bag, and my Recuerdos de Infancia shawl, so I’ll have plenty to do!
I won’t be doing my YoP update on Sunday this week, for obvious reasons! But I’ll probably have it up on Wednesday. Have a great time everyone!
The Revised List

Scarves and Shawls

Amigurumi

Other Things

December 14, 2011


I was going to prepost this, but I was sleepy last night and I didn’t! I’ve been working on my Snowbaby Hat and I’ve been getting on quite well so far. I’m using a 3.5 mm hook for the ribbing, because I’d like it to be a little bit tighter. When I finish the ribbing I’ll go back to using the 4 mm hook. I’ve just finished the two inch brim that will fold up, and I’ve just started the inch of ribbing at the bottom of the hat. I love how this feels so far – it’s so soft and squishy and I really hop it’ll be lovely and warm. My husband is loving his hat, and I really hope I’ll love mine too.
I think the hat will probably be taking me more than just two more evenings to finish, so I won’t have it done by Friday, so tonight I’m going to start work on another knit bunny. I need to finish 5 more bunnies for Christmas presents, so if I finish one this week, I’ll spend the whole weekend working on my hat, and next week I’ll turn myself  in to a bunny factory and make the last four!
So that’s my plans for the next couple of weeks. Don’t forget to check out everyone else on Tami’s!

December 12, 2011


I seem to be failing at posting on Sunday’s just now. Never mind, there’s always hope fore the future! Anyway, the Windschief hat is finished and has been tested and approved! This is a horrible picture, because of the flash, but you can at least see the ribbing and how it looks on top. I was trying to find a photo like this when I was making it, but I couldn’t so I’ve taken one instead. It’s now keeping his ears warm, and he’s wearing it everytime he leaves the house. It seems quite proud of it which is nice, and he’s off to uni wearing it this morning!
Normally I like to post what I’m working on now, but here’s another photo of my hat (and husband) instead! I cast on for my Snowbaby hat this weekend. I cast it on four times in the end! I really hate casting on, I have to say. I have a tendancy to cast on too tight I think – I also have a tendancy to make my starting chain too tight when I’m crocheting, I don’t seem able to help it. I also had a couple of problems getting it joined without twisting it. As a result I basically just have a circle in 2×2 ribbing, with about three rows done, which really wasn’t worth taking a photo of. Hopefully I’ll have a lot more done by Wednesday, so there’s something to see.
I’m going to have to get going with my knit bunnies again soon – I have two done, and I need one for Christmas Day, three for Boxing Day and the last three for sometime in January, so I’m aiming to finish two more at the very least before Christmas, if I finish the other three, then that’s a bonus, if not, I’ll finish them in my holidays! I’m not going to get stressed about getting them finished. The list hasn’t changed again – I’m saving any more changes for the Christmas holidays.
The Revised List

Scarves and Shawls

Amigurumi

Other Things

December 10, 2011


I always post so late when I’m at home all day. I think it makes me lazy! I also had to wait for my model to be ready to be photographed today, because I finished the Windschief hat! I’m really happy with how it turned out. So luckily is he! He’s gone off to the shops wearing it to keep his ears warm, and although I think I finished it a day late. With all the storms here yesterday, he could have done with it then! This was really a pretty easy knit which was great, as it was my first hat! The top closed up nicely with no gaps.
I’m waiting for him to get home and report how it’s done and if it’s kept him warm enough! It’s a pretty quick knit – took me just over a week, and next year I might add a couple to my gift list for my brothers. We’ll see if they like my husbands one first. The cashmerino is so soft I’m completely in love and I’m about to cast on for my own hat. I have read that it can pill a lot with wear, but I’m hoping that hats won’t pill nearly as badly as gloves or a jumper would. I have 65 yards of the yarn left over too, so I’ll have to find something small to use it up on.
For more FO Friday’s, check out Tami’s!

December 7, 2011


It’s a very sleepy Wednesday for me today! I should have had an early night last night, but I was excited to work on the Windschief hat a little more. I’m now about to start the decreases. I have all the stitch markers in the right place now, but I was starting to fall asleep last night as I was counting the stitches, so I decided it was time to stop! I love how the hat is looking and especially how soft it feels. I’m looking forward to starting the decreases so that the hat will speed up towards the end.
I’ve got to the point where I’m about to have to join my second ball of yarn. This is the first time I’ve had to do it for knitting, and after a little googling, I’ve decided to go for a Russian Join. I’ve already joined the yarn together and I’d hoped to reach it last night so I could see how it looks, but I’m still about 30 cm away from it. If it works nicely I think this will become my favourite way of joining yarn, especially as it means there’s no sewing in ends afterwards. I hope it won’t be too bulky or obvious.
Last night we also bought the yarn for my hat! The photo is terrible, sorry! I was having trouble with bad lighting and the cream coloured yarn kept turning into a bright white glowing ball! The other two are dark brown, the same colour as my fingerless gloves. I’m making a Snowbaby hat for myself, when I finish my husband’s Windschief hat. It’ll be my first time doing colourwork in knitting, so I’ve been looking at some videos to make sure I know what I should be doing. I’m looking forward to it. After using the Rialto Cashmerino for my husband’s hat, and enjoying how soft it is, I decided to get some for my hat too!
Don’t forget to check out Tami’s for more WIP’s!

December 4, 2011


It’s Sunday (just) and I’m writing my blog post so I’m improving on the last couple of weeks at least! This week I’ve been comfortably busy – not rushed off my feet but not getting bored either. Yesterday was mostly spent on making bracelets for my Christmas presents – I’ll be posting more about them tomorrow. And other than that, I’ve been working on my husband’s Windschief hat.
I have another FO for you this week too. I’ve finished my skadi fingerless gloves! They are so soft, I’m really excited about testing them properly tomorrow, when I’m stood at the freezing cold bus stop, in the dark, at 7.30 tomorrow morning! The yarn I used is Debbie Bliss Rialto DK, which is 100% superwash merino, and absolutely gorgeous to work with and one skein was the perfect amount for the pair – I had 0.9g left. I had to fiddle the pattern a bit – they’re written for aran yarn, and bigger hands than mine (my mum can’t get these on at all). But I think that’s one of the most fantastic things about crafting for yourself, or people you know – especially crochet as I feel more confident in adapting crochet than knitting. Normally gloves are always too big for me.
I’m really happy with my progress with the windschief hat too. I’m less than two inches from the decreases, so I will hopefully get this finished by Friday – with that in mind, I think it might be a good time to take a trip to the yarn shop, for yarn for my snowbaby hat! I’m really enjoying the windschief patter. I love the twisted stitches from knitting in the back loop, and I love the extra dimension it gives the ribbing. It also seems to be a good fit so far, so fingers crossed it’ll all go well and easily.
No changes or replacements to the list for once! Here it is with updates.
The Revised List
Scarves and Shawls

Amigurumi

Other Things

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 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

Amigurumi

Other Things