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December 2, 2013

BabyI’ve had a bit of a hiatus recently, but I promise there’s a really good reason for it. Over the last few weeks I’ve been so sick, tired and emotional that I couldn’t even look at my knitting needles, let alone try to focus on a design or pattern, but next June it should all be worthwhile! I finally picked up my needles again for the first time in about seven weeks yesterday, and I started knitting a Daphne and Delilah for the baby. I love Rebecca Danger’s monster patterns, they’re adorable, simple and easy to knit!

I admit that this is the second time I’ve started this pattern – I think the DK yarn I was using before was too thin, and I was getting a very small monster – and that was the mother, the baby monster would have been tiny! This time I went stash diving and I’m using Rowan Pure Wool Aran. I’m not 100% about the yarn – it’s gorgeous to knit with, and it is superwash, but I can’t help thinking that an acrylic blend might be better for a hard wearing toy. The colours I had were dark grey and red, and I’m not 100% sold on the combination, so I might end up making another monster but really I’m just enjoying knitting again for now!

I was halfway through a second fingerless mitt pattern to go with Beira – literally halfway through – when my hiatus started. The left mitt is done but I haven’t started the right hand one, the charts are done and the pattern’s laid out, but the written instructions aren’t done. So I’m going to get going with the right mitt soon and get the pattern finished and off for tech editing too. I hope to get this pattern and maybe one more mitt pattern done and published before the cold weather is over.

I have a few ideas for more designs too – a shawl or two and a baby blanket. I’ll have to intersperse new designs along with some unisex baby knitting over the next few months. I’ll try and blog more in the future – I’m sure I’ll have more to say about the baby and the patterns I’m knitting as well as my new designs. If you have any favourite baby knitting patterns, do let me know! The only one I have just now is Young Einstein as I knit it for a friend’s baby.

August 5, 2012

I’m posting on Sunday for a change, because we’re away for a few days next week. I have to write and schedule Fridays FO post too, but there won’t be one for Wednesday because it’ll just be a copy of this! We’re hoping for good weather while we’re away, the last couple of times we’ve had loads of rain.

I’m hopefully going to be casting on for a Mystery Shawl this week. I’m joining in Lily Go’s Dandelion on a Meadow Mystery KAL, so if you don’t want to see photos let me know, and I’ll just put links to the photos in my posts! I really love her designs, but I’ve never taken part in a mystery KAL before. I decided to go for this one because it’s a bottom up crescent shaped  shawl which are my favourite style to knit. I have some nice dark brown Knit Picks Palette yarn just waiting in my stash for me to have the time.

My Ravellenics Shawl is still making progress and I’m over halfway through now. I love how it’s going! at the half way mark it was 24″ long which was exactly what I was aiming for. The shawl should wrap round and overlap nicely without needing to be blocked too much. I really just want to block the lacy edge so that it sits nicely, without flattening or distorting the cable pattern. The beads mean this won’t be the easiest project to work on next week because of the beads and I won’t be able to work on it in the car at all, but I should still have time to finish it when I get back before the end of the Olympics.

Daphne is still going well although slowly because I’m only working on her right before bed. She’ll probably be my car knitting project tomorrow with nice easy stripes. I haven’t got round to buying more safety eyes yet, but I’ll have to do that before I can finish Delilah the baby pocket monster.

I also (just in case you haven’t read my blog this week) published my first pattern, Flying Without Wings, this week and I changed my blog’s name to Kingfisher Knits. There was already a Yarnberry linked as the source for another pattern on Ravelry so I wanted to change to something unique – plus I love kingfishers and it’s a nicely alliterative title!

Year of Projects Lists 2012-13

Shawls

Semele
Laodice – gift
Buds of May
Colour Affection
Blue Jean Wrap
at least six more

Hats

Calorimetry
Autumn Vines Beret
Quick Cable Slouch Hat/Lotus Hat
Maybe a hat for my husband

Cowls

Two or three (or more) but no patterns picked yet

Vests

Vestpa (may change this one, since stockinette is not exciting)
Twisted stitch cables – Circe Vest
Cables –  Green Day

Jumpers/Tops

One with cables – maybe Collins or something similar.
One with stripes – Tubey
First raglan – Blisco

Fingerless Gloves

A couple of pairs with cables – Swirling Gauntlets
New Era (I will get these right if it kills me!)

Extras

Use up cotton for face cloths – 88 yrds/574 yrds used!
Use up acrylic – 137.4/8300 yards used! (I’m making serious hints to my husband about The Big Book of Knitted Monsters for my birthday!)
Do more colour work!

In Progress

Daphne and Delilah
Ravellenics Shawl

Finished Projects

Momijigari – gift

August 1, 2012

Welcome to my new blog, Kingfisher Knits! I’ve released my first Kingfisherpattern, Flying Without Wings, on Ravelry and when I was doing so I discovered that there was already a wordpress blog called Yarnberry listed for another pattern. So since Yarnberry and Yarn Berry are pretty much the same, I needed a new name to post my patterns under! Blogger is automatically redirecting, but it’s probably worth updating any bookmarks you have. At some point there will be a redesign and a website too, but mostly I wanted to get the domain so that no one else could pinch it! I’m really excited about my pattern release, and it’s currently no. 10 on the “hot right now” list on the pattern page! Do you like my new mascot? My husband made him for me yesterday.

First up is my Ravellenics Shawl. This is only a working title, I still have no idea what I’m going to call it so if you have any suggestions let me know! I’m really loving working on it. The yarn is gorgeously soft and the cables and lace are giving it some nice interest without being complicated. I think so anyway, but I’m probably biased! I’m 40% of the way through now and it’s 20″ long and about 11.5″ deep and I think I can get it at least another inch longer before I reach 50g. I’m sure there’s probably a formula that I could use to see how wide/deep I can make it, but formulae are not my strong point! I’m not going to block this shawl hard, just enough for the lace to been shown off properly. If I can get it to 46″ – 48″ long after blocking it will be perfect.

Delila has made good progress considering she only gets about an hour’s knitting a night. She has two legs and I’ve started the body. Instead of using a backwards loop cast on which I can’t stand, I used a knitted cast on. I always have problems with backwards loop cast ons being too loose so I’m happy with the change. I’m doing jogless stripes too. I was finding them quite tricky when it was the first stitch on the needle so I moved the start of the round over and it’s now the fifth stitch on the needle and so much easier to do! My slightly dodgy looking jogless stripes are on the insides of the leg so I’m not worried about them since they won’t be too obvious. I really love how the pink and green are working together! I’ve just realised I’m going to have to order more safety eyes though because I only have one pair left and I’m making two monsters.

Right now I’m not reading anything! I’m going to pick something off my Kindle at lunchtime. I loved Austenland that I was reading last week. It was a bit predictable, but it was a fun read anyway! It wasn’t till I finished reading it that I realised I had another book by the same author called Goose Girl which I really enjoyed, although its a fantasy book which I think is why I didn’t connect the two to begin with.

As always check out Tami’s and Ginny’s for more WIP Wednesdays and Yarn Alongs.

July 30, 2012

Four weeks finished already! This year is going to fly by! Momijigari is blocking at last, but I procrastinated all weekend and only got round to pinning it out last night. Hopefully it’ll be dry by the time I get home and photos can be done. It was one of the most awkward things I have ever blocked! I think the problem was mostly the difference between the amount of stretch in the horizontal and vertical garter stitch. Blocking wires are definitely on my wish list now, although I think I read something somewhere about using thread as blocking wires that I’ll have to look up.

My Ravellenics shawl is nicely underway. I’m really happy with how it looks so far, and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you when it’s done. I want to keep it secret till then! I really love the yarn I’m using. It’s a 50/50 merino/silk blend and it’s so gorgeously soft and the colours are so gorgeous it’s a joy to work with. This is the skien I bought myself when I was buying yarn for my friends shawls. I was a bit stuck with what to go with it since I only have 400 yards, but I think this is the perfect way to get the best yardage from it and it’s showing off the skien  beautifully. I’m finding it really difficult to work out how long and deep the shawl will end up so I’m weighing and measuring compulsively! So far I’ve used up a quarter of my yarn and it’s 15″ long and 9.5″ deep so I know it’ll be over 30″ before blocking.

Last up I’ve cast on for Daphne and Delila. My Ravellenics Shawl uses bed and isn’t very portable so this will fill that gap. I am not a pink person. I bought the yarn mostly to balance out the colours in the blanket that will never be. So I’m doing pink and green stripes which is a combination I’ve seen quite a few people using recently and loved. I’ve got three stripes done on the first foot so far and I really like how it looks. Hopefully there’ll be a lot more to see on Wednesday!

Year of Projects Lists 2012-13

Shawls

Semele
Laodice – gift
Buds of May
Colour Affection
Blue Jean Wrap
at least six more

Hats

Calorimetry
Autumn Vines Beret
Quick Cable Slouch Hat/Lotus Hat
Maybe a hat for my husband

Cowls

Two or three (or more) but no patterns picked yet

Vests

Vestpa (may change this one, since stockinette is not exciting)
Twisted stitch cables – Circe Vest
Cables –  Green Day

Jumpers/Tops

One with cables – maybe Collins or something similar.
One with stripes – Tubey
First raglan – Blisco

Fingerless Gloves

A couple of pairs with cables – Swirling Gauntlets
New Era (I will get these right if it kills me!)

Extras

Use up cotton for face cloths – 88 yrds/574 yrds used!
Use up acrylic – 137.4/8300 yards used! (I’m making serious hints to my husband about The Big Book of Knitted Monsters for my birthday!)
Do more colour work!

In Progress

Daphne and Delila
Ravellenics Shawl

Finished Projects

Momijigari – gift