Sunday, 15 January 2017

A Year of Projects Update - week 29

It's been a little bit slow here on the knitting front.  I'm not totally sure what I have been doing instead but there we go.  We had some snow on Thursday night toying with us, but it turned to ice by the morning.  It would be lovely to have just one snow day - then I could have a guilt free kitting day!!  Anyway, one day.

WIP's
I, yet again, have no finished objects.  However, I have made progress on all three of my wips - something will be finished by next week!
My sunshower vest is coming along.
I have decided that to do it to the length I want, I will need some more yarn so I have ordered some black to do a contrast button band .
My sock club socks are coming along as well - I have now done several inches along the foot, a couple more and I am onto the toes.
I have made some progress on my winter socks, but not a lot.
Well that's about it for this week. Hopefully next week there will be more to show.  Have a great week.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

A Year of Projects Update - Week 28

A week into 2017 already!  I'm a bit late today - I am hoping to organise myself a little better next week.
I have no FO's this week, but that is to be expected as I finished lots of things last week.
WIP's
I have made some progress on my sock club socks but it is very slow going.  I have decided to just continue in a rib along the top of the socks rather than continue the cables and wrapped stitches.  I am now at the heels so hopefully we will speed up now.
I have also cast on another pair of socks - I was going to do these anyway but have decided to enter these in the first month of the Grocery girls KAL for socks (I can't remember exactly what it is called but they have to be done that month and should be linked to the time of year somehow - I have gone for colour).  These will have the blue toes, heels and cuffs and the frosted holly for the rest.
I have also cast on a vest that I will attempt to enter in 2 KAL's.  It is Sunshower by Andi Satterlund.  I shall enter it in the Inside Number 23 Andi Satterlund KAL and in the Yarniacs self indulgent KAL.  This is knit in a worsted yarn and I am always pleasantly surprised by how quickly these knit up.
I think that is all this week.  I have organised my bags with projects in and have invested in some dyes so I can finalise some of my plans for this year.

Monday, 2 January 2017

A Year of Projects Update - week 27

Happy New Year everybody!
I am a little late this week as I only traveled home yesterday.  As hoped I did finish a few things whilst away, so lets see how the start of a new year shapes up.
FO's
I finished Daniels candy cane socks in time for him to be able to wear them on Christmas day.
I also started and finished my Christmas eve cast on with Dani of Little bobbins.  I used the vintage fairy lights pattern and some yarn from Mothy and the squid in frosted holly.
WIP's
I have made progress on my sock club socks and now I am home I have cast on my top by Andi Satterlund - sunshower.  I am doing it for two KAL's - the self indulgent KAL by the Yarniacs podcast and the Andi Satterlund KAL with Katie of Inside Number 23.
On Ravelry, I have reorganised my queue (deleted all and started again) to reflect my YOP list, so I feel ready to start the year!


Sunday, 25 December 2016

A Year of Projects Update - week 26

It's Christmas!!
No I'm not about to break into song.
I'm writing this in advance, so all I have to do on Christmas morning is download.
Happy Christmas everybody!

I am hoping that by now the socks that I am going to show you are nearly done and that I have cast on a second slightly larger pair for myself and that I cast on my Christmas Eve cast on yesterday.
FO's
I have 2.  I finished a sheep - here are three of them for my flock - I have given one away, so I have knitted four.
I have also cast off the hand dyed socks.
WIP's
I promptly cast on some candy cane socks for Daniel.  This yarn is making me deliriously happy and I can't wait to cast some on for me.
I also still have my sock club socks, but these are with me so are hopefully coming along nicely.
Now I only have two more WIP's.  I have done a little more to my Christmas hat (won't be done for Christmas) and have a second mitered triangle sock to do.  Both will now have to be finished later in the year.
Planning
I have been tidying up my Ravelry queue.  I hope that is now reflected in my YOP list (I have tidyed that up too).  The aim is to try to control my stash.  Next year I want to use some of it and am only going to allow myself new yarn when I have a purpose for it.
Anyway, best go.  Hope you all have a fabulous Christmas/holiday and make some time for yourself.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

A Year of Projects Update - Week 25

Oh not long to go until the big day (if you celebrate).  We are off to my mum's on Thursday and the likelihood of me posting on Sunday is very remote, but I will post in the subsequent days.
FO's
I do have finished items, but they have all been wrapped so I have no evidence!  However, I have now completed all 7 gift hats and they are ready for gifting or have been gifted.
WIP's
I am trying to get my WIP's down for the new year.  I have a Christmassy hat that will not get finished, I have a forth sheep that may get finished, a second mitered triangle sock that is unlikely to be finished and I have some Rachel Coopey sock club socks that will be finished but are unphotographed.
Otherwise, I have a pair of my dyed socks that should be finished in the next few days - here they are. They are the Pebble socks by Mina Phillips.

Stash enhancement
I take part in an annual secret santa swap with a group on Ravelry, and my parcel came this week.  It was fabulous.
The yarn is gorgeous and I'm really looking forward to using it (it is from Hazel knits).  It also contained stitch markers, DPN holders, chocolate and tea.  I haven't tried the tea yet but the chocolate was gorgeous!
Hope you all have a productive but restful week and if I don't post again have a lovely Christmas.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

A Year of Projects Update - week 24

It's all beginning to look a lot like Christmas here.  It does mean that less knitting has been going on.
FO's
I finished the commission that I was working on.  Some people had asked about this - I didn't charge as much as I would have done if it was a stranger that wanted them.  As it was it was a very good friend and they were knit out of a DK weight yarn.  Otherwise, I would have said no!
I also finished my Dad's hat for Christmas - I'm now up to 5 out of 7 and I'm half way through number 6.  I've wrapped it up now without taking a photo, so you will just have to take my word for it..
WIP's
I cast on number 6 and am making my way through that one.
I also have made good progress on my home dyed socks, I have turned the heel, but that is about it.
I hope everyone has a great week.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

A Year of Projects Update - week 23

This week seems to have gone by in a flash and as a result I don't appear to have done much.
WIP's 
For the second week in a row I do not have a finished hat and I have 3 more to do.  That is mainly as I have been working on a commission for some socks.  They are nearly done, so when they are completed I shall get back onto the hats!
Here are the socks - they are knit in a WYS DK wool and nylon.  I am not following a pattern just making it up as I go and I think I have about 2 inches before I start the toe.
I have made a little progress on the own dyed socks (pebble socks by Mina Phillips), but that is about it.

FO's
I only have a sewing finished object.  I bought some tea towels from a fellow teacher who was raising some money for her daughter with the intention of covering my cushions and that is done - here they are.
Otherwise, we went to Tulley's Farm yesterday to see father Christmas.  Here we are aboard the sleigh to get to his cottage.
 Hope you all have a great week - to see what others have been up to click the link to the right.