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April 18, 2012

Wednesdays are always a hopefully day for me, especially after lunch – half the week is gone and we’re closer to next weekend than the last one! I seem to have a much smaller collection of WIPs just now, because I finished my Rocketship Shawl last night. It’s huge and I love it. I’m blocking it when I get home tonight, although I’m not quite sure where I’m going to put it. I’m going to block this one gently, just enough to open out the lace nicely because I don’t really want it growing much bigger.

Tubey is causing me some problems, although it isn’t the patterns fault at all. I just think that the arm might be a bit tight around my shoulder, so I think the best thing to geo would be to add on another four or eight stitches for an extra rib or two. It’s definitely better to do that rather than have a whole finished jumper that I can’t wear because it doesn’t fit properly. I’m not going to rip out this sleeve yet though, I’m just going to cast on with another skien and that way I can compare the two sleeves and see what I think.

My Happy Lavender Scarf has finally come back out of hibernation. The pattern is called Favourite Scarf Ever but my project is named for the yarn I’m using Wendy Happy in Lavender because I haven’t decided if this will be my favourite ever scarf, lol. I really love this pattern for easy knitting but I do make an alarming number of mistakes when I’m not paying attention. Progress has actually gone backwards since Monday because I forgot the last yarn over and had to rip back a couple of rows.

The ball of yarn in the top photo is destined to becoming a Mezquita Shawl, and I’ll be casting that on as soon as I get home tonight. It’s a birthday present for one of my friends, and her birthday is in September so I’m giving myself plenty of time to get this one done! It’s a 368 stitch cast on though so I’m going to have to get plenty of stitch markers ready to help me count!

I finished Elantris on Sunday and I loved it. It was a bit predictable but I still loved the story and really liked all the characters. I have a couple more books by the same author (Brandon Sanderson) I plan to read next but first I’m indulging in a little more medieval murder. The Harper’s Quine is a little different to the ones I normally read – instead of being set in Oxford or Cambridge it’s set in Glasgow. There’s some Scots and a little Gaelic mixed in which I quite like because you can “hear” the way the character’s speak, although I am Scottish and used to the way the accents sound. I’m not sure it would work for everyone. This is the first book I’ve read by the author and I’m looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

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April 16, 2012

I’ve been making loads of progress this week and I’m really happy with how everything is going. Yesterday I had the perfect afternoon, curled up in my chair, listening to music, reading and knitting away. I read about half my book and finished it – which means I get to buy a new book too! Altogether it was a perfect Sunday afternoon.

First up the Garter Ruffles Shawl is finished! I love this shawl. It’s a good length to wear either as a shawl or a scarf, and it’s warm, silky and squooshy, plus I love the colour. The crochet chain along the back did wonders to help the ruffles stand out, although the picture isn’t great and really doesn’t help you see them. It’s a really good easy pattern too.

Next up is the Rocketship Shawl. I am completely in love with this again! I’m on the short rows and it’s going perfectly. It’s easy and uncomplicated and I can read while I knit. I’ve put markers in where I do the wrap and turn so it’s super easy to remember when I’m turning. I knit the short row before + 4 more stitches each turn so I think I have 12 more short rows, then 2 more rows across everything and I’m done/ I’m really hoping to get this one finished and blocked by the weekend, since we’re seeing my parents then, and I like showing my mum what I’ve made!

Out of it’s long hibernation, my Happy Lavender scarf has woken up! I still really like this scarf, but it has to fit into a special place in my rotation. It isn’t a complicated pattern at all but I do need to count to four a lot, and if I’m not paying attention I have a tendancy to just knit straight over the yarn overs, so this is going to be easy TV watching knitting and definately not reading knitting! Everything from the last dark green stripe up is new, so I’ve done a good few inches.

I haven’t really done enough on my Tubey since Wednesday to be worth posting about. It’s still only a little longer than last week. I’ll get more done on it tomorrow hopefully during our D&D night, if I can finish the Rocketship Shawl tonight/tomorrow. I’ve wound the first of my gift yarns into a ball and it’s ready for me to cast on a Mezquita Shawl very soon.

My Year of Projects Lists

To Do/In Progress

Hairpin Lace Blanket – In Progress
Rocketship Shawl – In Progress
Tubey – In Progress
Pin Cushion – In Progress
Happy Lavender Scarf – In Progress
Usoa Shawl – Drops Fabel
Mezquita Shawl – Got Yarn
2 x HPKCHC Homework
Face Cloths – Drops Paris
Calorimetry – Have yarn
Needle Book – Trying out entrelac (leftovers of blanket yarn)
Scissor Case

Finished Things

Tote Bag – Finished
Windschief Hat – Finished
Snowbaby Hat – Finished
Skaði Fingerless Gloves – Finished
Lacey Crochet Scarf – Finished
Iris Crocheted Shawl – Finished
Shawl Collared Cowl – Finished
Urban Shells – Finished
Elise Shawl – Finished
Betula  Ring – Finished
Magrathea – Finished
Knit Bunnies x 7 – Finished
Realistic Octopus – Finished
Henslowe – Finished
HPKCHC March – Finished
Garter Ruffles Scarf – Finished

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 2, 2011

Wednesdays and Sundays are typically the days when I recap on what I’ve been doing and decide if I’ve been productive or not! So this week, I finished balling up my skiens of Fyberspates, and started work on my shawl, and frogged it and started again with a slightly bigger hook. The yarn I’m using is four ply, but it’s more of a sport weight than fingering weight yarn, so using a 4mm hook it feeling very solid. Now I’ve gone up to a 4.5 mm hook the shawl feels much lighter and more flexible, and I’m going to skip some repeats in the body of the shawl to keep it a manageable size.
I cast on and finished my second bunny square. It’s going to become a bunny in the tonight hopefully and you’ll definitely be able to see him on Friday. This one has come out pretty much the same colour as the last one, but I can see two colour changes coming up in my ball of yarn now, so I’m pretty sure the next rabbit will be a different colour. I want to come up with names for the rabbits, to go on the little tags I’m planning for them, so if you have any suggestions, let me know! I need seven names and the rabbits will all be shades of brown.
My Happy Lavender Scarf is also still hanging around. I had intended to put it to one side while I work on my shawl and bunnies, but the bunnies work up so fast I can finish the squares in one evening, and I’m really enjoying having a crochet and a knooking project to swap between whenever I need a break. I’m currently working my way through another long lavender stripe, heading towards another dark green stripe. I’m finding these stripes really exciting! I have no idea how it’ll look when I’m finished but I’m sure I’ll love it. It’s already almost as long as my arm. I’m planning just to use up all my yarn on the scarf. I started with 111g so I’ll try and remember to weigh it again soon and see how I’m doing. Because it’s so thin, wrapping it around several times won’t make it feel bulky.
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October 26, 2011

Hurray for another WIP Wednesday! I love to see what everyone else is working on around the world, and I think it’s awesome that something so simple as yarn can bring so many people together! So this week I’ve made more progress with my Happy Lavender Scarf (if you’ve seen my YoP post you’ve already seen this photo, sorry!). I love this scarf and the yarn so much. It’s about to be put on the back burners for a little while though, as I have something very exciting to work on. I have no ambition to finish this scarf before next easter at the earliest, since it’s way to thin to be a winter scarf, and I’m glad to think it’ll be waiting for me whenever I want it.
I’ve started on my first gift knit bunny! The test one was a four inch square, but I wanted them a little bigger, so this is going to be a five inch square. The yarn I’m using is Rowan Colourscape Chunky and it’s something I’ve never worked with before – pure lambswool. It’s really soft and it’s knitting up so fast, I’m loving working with it. The yarn itself is lovely – it has several shades of brown, with pretty long colour runs, and little flecks of white and darker brown through it. I’m hoping I’ll be able to make all seven rabbits out of one skien, and that they’ll all look different to each other.
I got a very exciting parcel in the post yesterday. It had some new hooks for knooking that I’ll talk more about tomorrow, and it had yarn! The colours in the photo are a little off – it’s really a gorgeous teal colour and a bit more green than the photo. It’s Fyberspates 4 ply Scruptious, which is a 55% superwash merino, 45% silk blend, and it’s amazing. It feels so soft! I’ve already turned the first skien into a ball – which took about an hour, so after the next is done, I can start crocheting with it. This is what my Happy Lavender Scarf is being put aside for, and I’m going to turn it into the Recuerdos de Infancia shawl on my Year of Projects list. I’m really excited to get started on it!
Don’t forget to heck out everyone else on Tami’s and see what other awesome things are currently in progress!

October 24, 2011

This has been a busy week for me. I spent three days in Rotterdam seeing one of the FPSO’s I work with in drydock. I spent a couple of days climbing over, under and through the vessel, doing 12 hour days and starting at 6.30 am, so I didn’t take any knitting or crochet with me! Since I got back, I’ve only been working on things that are fun! I haven’t been having fun working on the make up bags, so I might just skip doing them. At the moment the bags feel like a chore, so I haven’t been working on them.
So this week, I’ve finished my purple test bunny, and I think he’s come out pretty well. The photo was taken on his better side. For the gift ones, I’m probably going to make them in more rabbitish colours. If I can find some mohair or angora yarn at the shops I might make a few fluffy long haired bunnies. I’m going to get some craft pompoms for tails and I’ll sew some eyes for them. My Happy Lavender Scarf has grown quite a lot since I last posted it. I’m really enjoying working on it, and I’m finding knooking really relaxing.
I’m slightly alarmed by the number of WIPs I have on the go! Last night I picked up my polo neck bag to start working on it again. This is an old photo, but really it hasn’t changed much. I’ve just finished the first skein of yarn so I’m over halfway through the fabric for the bag. I seemed to tighten my stitches a lot. I don’t know it this was before I put it down last time, but I definitely did a few tight rows last night. I’ve slackened off though and I think I’ve got it back to where I was before, so hopefully it’ll all block out evenly once I’m done. If not, I’ll have a bit of a kink in my bag, but I can live with that.
The Revised List
Scarves and Shawls


Other Things

October 12, 2011

Wednesday is here again and I’ve been pretty busy. First the second Hearts on her Sleeve glove has had a disaster. Some how the yarn I was working with got chopped, so I’ve frogged it and I’ll start again with the big ball. I should still have more than enough in one ball to finish it off, and I’d rather not join yarn unless I absolutely have to. I’d only done five our six rows, so it’s not the disaster it could have been.
I’ve also been working on my Happy Lavender Scarf. I’m finding it really relaxing to do. The pattern is really easy to remember, and I’m loving the colours. I can’t wait till I reach the lime stripe. I really want to see how it looks. I’ve been doing around two colour stripes every night, which is just about enough for me to get sleepy at bedtime. I think if this goes well I’ll get some more of the Happy Cinders colourway for a second. The fingerless glove I’ve been working on in the Cinders colourway hasn’t really had any progress this week, but it has recovered from it’s bath and the yarn has all dried out again so I’ll try to do some more soon.
The other thing I’ve been working on this week, is the first of the clutch/makeup bags I’m making as Christmas presents. I have about three more inches of tulip stitch to do, then I’ll fold it in half, crochet up the sides, and add a flap to the top. I’ll probably give it a button closure, so I’ll have to remember to leave a button hole. I can’t decide if I’m going to line the bag or not, I’ll have to decide soon though. Hopefully it’ll be an FO for Friday. The colour has come out really badly (it’s a nice scarlet really) but since it’s practically winter here, and I won’t see daylight from Monday to Friday after the clocks go back, I’m afraid the rest of the photos for the next few months aren’t going to be much better.
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