Sunday, 15 July 2018

A Year of Projects Update - week 3

It's hot here.  The thing is (and I am not usually one for complaining) I don't live in the UK for heat.  I live here for it's unpredictable weather and generally cool and dreary nature.  Surely it can't last much longer?

Anyway I have an FO!
My market bag is finished.  I am very happy with it and used it this morning.  In fact it was only while I was walking down the road with the boys, that I realised I matched my bag perfectly.  I was wearing my Zinone made from the exact same yarn (Blacker Lyonesse) and both matched my trousers (which I did not make) which were the same colour.
I also finished my second Cleo dress by Tilly and the Buttons. I love this as you can wear it with anything underneath to make it summery or wintery.  I shall be wearing it to school this week as the weather is set to stay hot, for the last week of term  yay!
Due to the heat I did little work on my 2 sweaters, but I did finish one sleeve and start the next on Quiet Stars
I also started another pair of socks in an attempt to join in with the Joji Locatelli sock KAL - I am knitting cables down the back and see if I can finish in four weeks.
So there we go, that has been my crafting week.  Hope everyone has a good week

Sunday, 8 July 2018

A Year of Projects Update - Week 2

Today I thought I would do a quick audit of the projects that I have on the needles.
I do have a finished object.  I started and finished a pair of gloves for Daniel.  He wanted green, so green it is.  These are from the Knit mitts book by Kate Atherley. They were really fun and easy and will be casting Thomas on some very soon.
These are all of my active wip's.  I have two more, but I haven't worked on those in a while. 
In no particular order.
My market bag - now I have picked this back up I am motoring along.  I am looking forward to being able to pack this in my bag for those surprise shopping trips!
I am also getting there with my headband/turban.  I want this to be ready for when we go camping, but that should be easily done.  I am using leftover John Arbon textile yarn.
I have another pair of shortie socks on the needles, but I am not very far on with these.  I am only working on these if we are out and about or if I get too hot with the other projects.  (We are having a bit or an unusual heatwave here in the UK)
My Quiet Stars is coming along nicely - I am working away down the first sleeve, but it is a bit hot to work on at the moment.
And Waters is coming along as well.  Now I am a way down the body the neckline doesn't look too bad but I will still look to bring it in a bit.
And I think that is all.  Most things are nearly there so I am really looking to finishing  few things and getting new projects on the needles!

Well that is me for this week, for more of the same and to see what the other yoppers are up to click the link in the sidebar.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

A Year of Projects - Year 8 - Week one


Last year my list was mainly about creating a hand made wardrobe.  This year I would quite like to take the same theme and work towards Me Made May.

Quiet Stars - nearly finished
All The Love - cast on July 2018
Epistropy - all ready to go!
Christmas Jumper 2
Nasreen - Buy yarn from Wild and Woolly - for Colours of Fall KAL
Socks - various - use some of the many patterns I have but never used.

Cleo (?x2) - 1 completed
Landers trousers - for the 2018 outfit along
tunic tops

Mittens - one complete last year
Scarf - cast on 2017
Advent socks (gift for myself!)
Christmas jumper for Daniel

wool exploration

Other crafts
Keep up drawing
Complete the embroidery a day challenge
Bath bombs

It doesn't seem like much at the moment, but I will add to it as I always do - my aim is to be able to post a picture every day for Me Made May.

Sunday, 24 June 2018

A Year of Projects Update - Round up post

This was my list for 2017/2018

This year, I had decided, was the year of the handmade wardrobe.  I did a fair bit towards it.

  • Gathered skirt - one done
  • Delphine skirt - one done
  • button through skirt - one done
  • yoked skirt - not done - but did make 4 dresses and a pair of shorts.
  • Tunic top - one done
  • t-shirt style top
  • Breathing Space - Finished September 2017
  • Epistrophy - Coldharbour Mill yarn - still bagged up and ready for me! 
  • Tell it Slant - Eden Cottage Yarn - probably not - will repurpose yarn and possibly do something from PomPom instead.
  • Christmas Jumper - Tenderheart - John Arbon Textiles knit by numbers - Finished November 
  • Cropped sweater for winter - using my De rerum Natura  Gilliatt - Finished July 2017
  • Chuck sweater - Coldharbour Mill yarn - finished
  • Penguono - lots of stash yarn - finished
  • All the love - yarn bought at Unravel
  • Bonbon mitts - Finished August 2017
  • Socks - I am not going to specify a pattern as new ones come up and I always want to do them - I subscribed to the Curious Handmade sock society and am making my way through those
  • Shortie socks - to use up stash - one pair completed
  • Knees up - Not as yet
  • Pumpkin Spice mittens - was in progress - decided to use different yarn - now will use yarn used for my yarn exploration.
  • Void shawl - made Reflection instead by Veera Valimaki
Other items
  • Socks - finished and gifted
  • Scarf - Sevilla - in progress for a friend - still!
  • Bath bombs - for pressies and myself - not yet - this year though
  • Christmas jumper for Thomas - follow tenderheart but add colorwork - Finished
  • Mittens - start knitting for next Christmas - one done 5 more to go
Craft fair/other crafts:
  • Embroidery - develop to make myself some bags
  • Dog coats - knit some more
  • Hot water bottle covers
  • PE bags and pencil cases for the boys - finished August 2017
Finished items:
So what was my favourite project last year ....
It has to be Breathing Space
My most favourite socks....
My July socks designed by Knitterarium
My project that was the most fun to knit...
Penguono (hands down)
So that was YOP 7 - I wonder what YOP  has in store?

Sunday, 17 June 2018

A Year of Projects Update - week 51

For some of us we are frighteningly close to the end of the YOP year.  I have usually written my last post of the year by now, but this year I haven't even really thought about it. I think I will start something in the week!
But for the moment, what have I been doing this week?
I have been powering through my Quiet Stars by Joji Locatelli and am now finished with the body.  Just two sleeves to go and a tie!
I have also made good progress with my Waters by Andi Satterlund.  I am a little worried about the neckline, but I am hatching plans with the ribbing and I think that will be ok.
I haven't really done much else - I have started my Cleo dress and made a bag, but I will share those in two weeks when I unveil the next years list!
That is it for this week - I will wind up the year next week and then look forward to my next crafty year of projects.  To see how the others are fairing please click the link on the sidebar.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

A Year of Projects Update - week 50

I am so late this week, but I wrote half of this earlier in the week so thought I would go ahead and post..
I have no FO's this week, but 2 big projects that I am getting through and a new little project that I have started.
The big projects are:
My Quiet Stars by Joji - I am on to the bottom shaping which shouldn't take too long and then I have sleeves to tackle.
My Waters by Andi Satterlund that is coming along nicely.  I have joined the body, so now it is just stockinette to the bottom.
I have also started to join in with the breed exploration that is run by Knit British.  I have followed Louise (that is knit british) for a number of years and listened to what the group have to say about various different British breeds of sheep, and now I fancied joining in.
So I have invested in some Romney wool (the bottom swatch) and some Southdown wool (the top swatch).  The Romney has been done, so I will play along retrospectively, but the Southdowns and Dorset Horn (that I have also purchased) I will do properly and post my findings.
So I think that is it for a moment.  I will endeavor to post on Sunday this week, which isn't that far away.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

A Year of Projects Update - week 49

We are drawing to the end of our half term break.  We have had a lovely week, but yesterday I stepped over the potatoes growing in the garden and have sprained my toe.  It is an excuse for doing very little today but it is not how I wanted to finish the week.
I finished these last Sunday and have been wearing them this week.  They are just some rose city rollers in Little French Meadow yarn.
I have made progress on several things, not least, my Quiet Stars by Joji.
But this has taken a back seat since Friday which was when the Outfit Along kicked off with Andi Satterlund.  I have layed out my fabric for the trousers and have cast on Waters by Andi.  I love this combination of colours and love the Lyonesse by Blacker.
And that is about it for this week.  Please click to see what the others have been up to.  I shall be back next week as we get ready to wind up this year - for those of us running from July to July.