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September 17, 2012

I have a very colourful post for you today. I had a friend over at the weekend, which influenced the knitting I could do – plain stockinette in the round is the best thing ever for social knitting, and I’m really glad I’ve learnt to knit without looking – it meant I could chat and watch Strictly Come Dancing at the same time as knitting!

First up, Young Eistein is finished! I really love how it’s turned out. Hopefully it’ll be a good fit with some growing room. I used Rowan Handknit Cotton, which is sold in the UK as DK, but is really much closer to a worsted weight. It’s really soft and it shouldn’t have any problems in the wash. I really like the shade of green too, although it’s been pretty hard to get right in photos! I have a bit of a thing for buttons but these airplanes are particularly cute! I also like that they don’t all point directly up, although that was the way they were sewn on. I think it might be the seed stitch bumps that change how they sit, but I really like the result.

Holly is pretty much finished, but she’s still in pieces. Her feet are tied around her neck so they don’t get lost. I’ll get her put together soon although I never really look forward to it. I try to leave the tails long enough that I can use them to sew the parts together. I’m not sure who’s going to get this one yet. I’ll probably wait until I’ve got all the rest finished and seen what colours they are.

Ivy was the next monster I started. I think though, that this monster will end up going to the friend that was over at the weekend because purple is her favourite colour, so I put the body on a couple of dpns so I could have the needles back for something else.  I really like this shade of purple. I think Ivy is going to have to wait until I’ve finished Steve now though. It’s easier to focus on one monster at a time!

Steve is going to be yellow. I cast him on on Saturday so I could work on him instead of Ivy while I was chatting and watching TV. I though that Steve would be made the same way as Quincy, with sock style feet, but he actually just uses knit increases to form the feet. I just need to kitchener stitch up the bottom of the foot and then I can move on to the next one.

My shawl plans are beginning to make sense at last so I’m hoping to get it all charted and cast on this week.

Year of Projects Lists 2012-13

Shawls

Semele
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
Lacey Tunic

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 Stash – 137.4 yards used!
Do more colour work!

In Progress

Young Einstein
Holly
Quentin
Daphne and Delilah
Dandelion on a Meadow Mystery KAL

Finished Projects

Momijigari – gift
Ravellenics Shawl

September 14, 2012

I feel like I haven’t done an Fo Friday post for ages! Time keeps slipping by and I can’t keep up. Thank you for all the good wishes after my wisdom tooth came out. I’m feeling much better today and I’m back to work, although I had yesterday off because I still felt really sick and miserable.

And what did I do with my time off? Yesterday my ball winder arrived! The swift arrived a couple of weeks ago, which is pretty quick considering they were coming from America and Amazon said 15th – 25th of Spetember for delivery. Although my birthday is next week, I opened them both early, and got to work on my first couple of skiens. I got them both done in about 45 minutes, which was pretty good considering one of the skiens was yarn that I’d frogged and washed, and that had got pretty tangled in the process. I am completely in love! Eight hours worth of winding yarn done in 45 minutes, just think how much (knitting) time I saved.

And today I can finally unveil Young Einstein with ends sewn in and buttons on. I really love this little cardiga. I used Rowan Handknit Cotton, which is sold in the UK as DK, but is really much closer to a worsted weight. It’s really soft and it shouldn’t have any problems in the wash. I really like the shade of green too, although it’s been pretty hard to get right in photos! The colour in this photo is pretty acurate. In the photo below, the colour is way off, but I wanted you to be able to see the detail in the buttons and apparently I couldn’t have both at the same time.

And speaking of the buttons, aren’t they cute? I have a bit of a thing for buttons but these are particularly cute! I also like that they don’t all point directly up, although that was the way they were sewn on. I think it might be the seed stitch bumps that change how they sit, but I really like the result. I have to confess that the buttos aren’t equally spaced, because I apparently forgot how to count rows, so some are 10 rows apart, and I think one might only be eight apart. The last button is the right distance – 12 rows!

Check out what everyone else has been up to over on Tami’s!

September 10, 2012

Ten weeks gone already! I have no idea where the time is going, and I really don’t seem to be sticking to my list much at all, other than using up my stash for things. Oh well, there’s still plenty of time to go.

I got a good bit done this weekend. A lot of it was swatching for the new design, but I also got my husband working on my website, so I did a lot of sketching for that and I got some knitting done too. The Young Einstein cardigan is almost finished. I just need to finish sewing in all the very many ends, and sew on the buttons. I made a few adjustments. The instructions were to knit the collar 3″ – 4″ long, but I thought that would be huge for a baby this size, so I just stopped when I was happy. I also didn’t pick up stitches for the collar. I thought it looked way too loose when I was trying to pick up stitches from the cast on, so I undid the first two rows, picked up the stitches and went up from there.

I’ve also been working on my first Holly. The second arm is nearly finished now too, then it’s just two feet and done. These little monsters are pretty quick, so getting seven done by Christmas shouldn’t be too challenging. Next up is Ivy, then I’ll do Steve and go back to Holly. I love Rebecca Dangers patterns! They’re really nicely set out and easy to follow.

Year of Projects Lists 2012-13

Shawls

Semele
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
Lacey Tunic

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 Stash – 137.4 yards used!
Do more colour work!

In Progress

Young Einstein
Holly
Quentin
Daphne and Delilah
Dandelion on a Meadow Mystery KAL

Finished Projects

Momijigari – gift
Ravellenics Shawl

September 5, 2012

Ever had those days when there’s so many things you what to knit that you wish you could have more hands and do them all at once? I have so many things I want to do and can’t do them all at once. In the meantime though, I do have two projects to show you today.

First up is the Young Einstein cardigan. I really love this pattern! One of my favourite things about it is that the sizes are all colour coded, so instead of having to make sure I’m always following the third smallest size, I can just follow all the red numbers. I got pretty much the whole body done on Saturday, bu knitting tightly with cotton did put some strain on my left index finger so I put it aside for a couple of days. I was supposed to pick up stitches for the collar, but my cast on was quite loose and I really didn’t like how it looked, so I put in a lifeline a couple of rows down and cut the cast on and unraveled the first two rows. It was much easier to just pick up the stitches and knit up, and I think it looks much better too. I have about 5 inches of seed stitch to do for the collar, and then the sleeves shoud be easy. I have some really cute red airplane buttons for it when it’s done.

The other project on the needles is my first little monster. This one is going to be a Holly. I’m a bit further on now, well over halfway to having the body finished. Hopefully I’ll finish the body tomorrow and then the arms and legs will be pretty quick. Once I’ve finished the body I’ll be able to work out if the eyes I have are a good size and I can order lots more. I only have one set of eyes and about 10 monsters planned so I really need some more! The colours I’m picking are the first ones I grab when I look in my stash box, although I might change my mind and knit a rainbow of these monsters. I’m not going to be doing the hats and scarves and Stevie when I get to him will be a solid colour not stripey.

Right now I’m reading The Knitgrrl Guide to Professional Knitwear Design which is packed full of tips and all sorts of useful information. I’ve just reached chapter 5, and although not everything in the book applies to what I’m doing (some is a bit more targetted at an American market, for example) I’m learning quite a bit from it.

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

September 3, 2012

Last week was a very busy week for me – I released my second pattern, Storm Warning, and the HPKCHC started a new term on Saturday so I’ve been working out how to fit the things I want to do into classes. I’m having a giveaway for one copy of the Storm Warning here, the closing date is September 4th (tomorrow!) so this is your last chance to enter. I wrote about my design process on Friday, and you can check it out here if you’re interested!

I also (finally) cast on Young Einstein last week. I’ve finished the body of the cardigan now and I just have the sleeves and the collar to go. I really hate picking up stitches, and I have to pick up all the cast on stitches to knit the collar from them. I really wish that I’d followed my first idea and used a provisional cast on, but I’ll make this work. I’m knitting it with Rowan Handknit Cotton, which is sold as a DK but is really more of a worsted in weight. It feels really soft and shouldn’t be hard to care for at all. I am knitting quite tight though and my left index finger, which I use to tension my yarn was feeling some strain on Saturday night so I put it aside for a couple of days.

My plans for the rest of the month are to get at least three of my monsters done for Christmas presents and make one more project bag. There’s an excellent prompt for a cowl, so if I can get an idea fastened down I’ll hopefully get that design done because the idea has been niggling at me for a while! I have to get another two shawls done for birthday presents by the end of November, but that shouldn’t be too hard. Quincey and Daphne will hopefully both get finished at some point in the next two months!

The biggest plan I have is to get my latest shawl down on paper and then knitted. I have an idea for how I want the shawl to look in my head, but no idea how to get it down on paper. I think it would be easiest to chart from the bottom up, although it’ll be knitted from the top down. So that means my first task is to work out how many stitches I want to start with. I don’t want to blog about this one too much as I go because I don’t want you to get bored, but I’ll take plenty of photos and share the process at the end!

Year of Projects Lists 2012-13

Shawls

Semele
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
Lacey Tunic
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 Stash – 137.4 yards used!
Do more colour work!

In Progress

Young Einstein
Holly
Quentin
Daphne and Delilah
Dandelion on a Meadow Mystery KAL

Finished Projects

Momijigari – gift
Ravellenics Shawl

August 29, 2012

This is a very exciting week for me because on Monday I released my second pattern, Storm Warning! I’m having a giveaway for a copy of the pattern here if you’d like to enter. I’ve been pretty blown away by the response to the pattern, thank you all for your comments on it!

On the needles this week I have Young Einstein for my friend’s baby boy, Finn. After washing, the 4.5mm needle swatch came out to 21 stitches in 4 inches and the 5mm one was 19 stitches. So I’ve decided to go with the 4.5mm needles and I should be able to block it out to the right size without any trouble. I like the stitches better with this needle and I’m sure my moss stitch border would be pretty loose with the bigger needles. I haven’t got very far with it so I didn’t take any photos last night, but you can see the swatch for the colour. I’ve done about 9 rows and just started the increases for the arms. I’m doing it with a collar because I think it’s cutest that way!

I’m not working on much else this week. Quincy still only has one leg and I haven’t cast on a second yet. I want to focus on getting the baby’s jacket done by the 15th of September, so I’m letting other things slide until I get a little further along. I’ve also been busy getting my pattern ready for release. I’m between books again at the moment, so I’ll be reading all of your posts for inspiration!

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

August 22, 2012

My husband and I have just started jogging in an effort to get fit. I can’t say I’m enjoying it yet, but it’s not too bad. We have a nature reserve right behind our house at the edge of the city, and we startled a deer last night who bounced across the path, then stared at us from under a tree. I did know that we had deer around, as last winter one crossed the road on our street in front of me on my way to work, but it is a bit surreal seeing them so close to the city!

Quincey has made progress although he looks even more like a sock now, or possibly mittens with no thumb. The first time I closed him up at the top, I discovered that I’d dropped a stitch while doing the three needle bind off (which I do with a crochet hook. I actually do pretty much all my bind offs with a crochet hook because I find it easier!). There were also ladders between the two k2tog stitches where the needles met, so I ripped back the last five rows and changed the second k2tog to a ssk which helped a lot. I did still have a tiny ladder between the stitches but it was really easy to close up with the tail left when I bound off (successfully and without any dropped stitches). You can’t see it in the photo, but when I bound off I’d just reached the green stripe again. I got nearly two whole pattern repeats in to his body. I cast on the first of his legs after I took the photos. I might try and get matching legs or I might just see what happens. I haven’t decided yet. I also need to decide whether I’m giving him to my friend for her baby so I can decide whether he can have saftey eyes, or needs baby safe ones.

And speaking of my friend’s baby (who is a boy and named Finn), the yarn for his little jumper arrived yesterday and I’ve started swatching. I’m using Rowan Handknit Cotton. I quite like working with cotton and this way I know that it’ll be safe in the washing machine and shouldn’t cause any allergy problems. I’m always a bit nervous about making things for other people because I’m not sure how sensitive they are to wool, and I want things to be easy to care for. So far my swatch is looking too small. I’m getting 24 stitches in 4 inches instead of 20. I’m going to make it a bit bigger, then I’ll try with a 5mm needle for a bit and see how I like that. Then I’ll wash it and hope it grows a bit and I can use the 4.5mm needle after all! I can never get guage on anything! I’m going to be making Young Einstein in the 6 month size, because I’m not sure how big he is, and I’d rather leave growing room, than have it fit him for a week and then grow out of it. I’m making it with the wide collar, but not the hood. There’s so many customising options for this jumper that I haven’t decided on any others yet!

My reading currently is Ghosts of Ascalon. It’s a fantasy book and is a prequel to the Guild Wars 2 game which is about to come out. My husband is very excited about the game, and constantly giving my countdowns to when we can play (Saturday), a little like a kid on the run up to Christmas! I’m really enjoying it so far. The book launches you straight into the middle of an adventure, which I love because it lets you get to grips with the characters and the story straight away, rather than having a slow build up to the point where something happens. I’m only on chapter nine and I don’t think I’ll finish it before Saturday, but I’m prepared to give it a go!

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

August 20, 2012

I’m getting back into regular blogging again. Holidays always throw my routine off and getting back into it can be tricky! My knitting hasn’t quite been going to plan either but plans are over rated anyway!

This week I’ve cast on something new. It’s not a sock, although he does look like one at this stage! This is Quentin and I’m nearly at the point where I can start to close the top. He’s 7″ long so far and when I get to 8″ I’ll go back and count my rows. Some of the stripes are a bit longer than I was expecting but I like how he’s turning out just the same. I’m using Wendy Happy yarn in Scorpio. I really like the yarn – it’s a bamboo/nylon blend, and should be machine washable. I don’t really want to make toys that can’t go in the sewing machine!

I really needed to do some plain knitting this weekend, since nothing seemed to be working out for me recently. I’ve got three balls of Wendy Happy so there may also be a Quade and a Quincey in my future. I’ve never used such small needles before, and I’m not quite sure why I bought a pair of 2.25mm needles in the first place, but I’m glad I’ve got them now!

As for the other things on the needles. Daphne is still languishing. I haven’t had her out recently because I didn’t want to deal with two colours of yarn. I also suspect that I’ve been pulling my floats too tight, and I might be better off frogging a few stripes. The Mystery KAL is giving me problems too. When I did the Rocketship Shawl ages ago, I had problems with loose stitches where I changed from knit to purl, and I’m having the same problems now. Knitting tighter helps a bit, but I’m a tight knitter anyway so making an effort to knit tighter on those changes hurts my hands. I might from this one and start again with a smaller needle which might help. I don’t have problems with swapping between knit and purl with thicker yarns, so I think it’s mostly a consequence of using larger needles for a nice drapey lace shawl.

The pattern testing for the shawl you haven’t seen yet, seems to be going well, without too many problems being thrown up. I haven’t got yarn yet for the next design that’s been buzzing around my head for a month. I’m trying to find a really nice green – I seem to be stuck on green just now, lol, so I’m going to wait till Friday and see what’s in the Posh Yarn preview. I also got yarn this weekend. One of my friends has just had a little boy, so I’ve got some green (there it is again!) cotton coming that I’ll use for a Young Einstien. I’m making the 6 month size so that there’s growing room and if I can get it done by the 15th of September, which shouldn’t be too hard, I’ll see another friend that can take it down to her. He might also get Quincey if he’s done on time and I can successfully sew on baby safe eyes. Yarn is also coming for a second Lacey Tunic. This one I’m doing with aran weight wool, so I should get guage this time. I’m going to do it with the cowl neck too, and hopefully have enough yarn for three quarter or full length sleeves.

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 Stash – 137.4/8300 yards used!
Do more colour work!

In Progress

Quentin
Daphne and Delilah
Dandelion on a Meadow Mystery KAL

Finished Projects

Momijigari – gift
Ravellenics Shawl