Sunday, 9 December 2018

A Year of Projects Update- Week 24

Oh wow, where is the time going?  I completely missed last week after saying I was going to change my ways!  This week I am up early and am determined to post before we go to see Father Christmas.

I have some finished objects this week!
I finished the mitts for mum and dad.  These are from the latest Knitvent collection from Helen Stewart.

I used some Rowan that I had in stash for dads mitts and some Eden Cottage for mums.









I also finished some fingerless gloves for Daniel.  These are knit is some yarn from The Knitting Goddess in the colourway Tiger feet.
I am pleased to say, he loves them and has worn them ever since I finished them.
The final FO is also mitts.  These are Delftig by Anna Maltz and are for me.
They are from the Marlisle book and I have knit them in some natural coloured local wool and some laceweight Garthenor.
I have been knitting away at Rugged coat and have now nearly completed one sleeve and hope to be nearly finished next week. 
I have also been plugging away at my Christmas Strictly socks.  I shall try to make progress this week as next week is the final and it would be nice to finish them then.
I put up my advent garland - unfortunately I only got as far as 8 little socks.  But that is ok, I am rotating the packages, so as soon as I open one I replace with the next one.  Next year I hope to get most finished.
 And finally, I made some pom poms with faux fur.  I followed the recipe here.
I am going to use these as parts of presents as Christmas tree decs and keyrings.
And that's me done.  Have a lovely week and lets see if I can keep this up!

Monday, 26 November 2018

A Year of Projects Update - week 22

The weeks are flying by, I can't really believe that just next week we will be getting ready for the festivities of Christmas.
I have made progress this week on most of my projects but have no finished objects.
I have cast off the body of Rugged coat and have done the pocket linings. 
So just sleeves to go.  I want nice long sleeves so these may take a while!
I have made some progress on the strictly socks, although not as much as I would like. 

I finished the first of the mitts for mum and dad.  And I have cast on number two of both.  Hopefully these will be done by next week.
I have a new cast on.  I was going to knit Thomas a pair of gloves but having done the cuff we realised they are too small.  So I gave in and bought him a pair and these will become a pair for Daniel instead!
 Hard to believe there is only 3 and a half weeks until we break up.  It's a bit of a blur of mock exams and Christmas performances and so will rocket by.  I hope everybody has a brilliant week, please come by the group and check out everyone's posts - link is to the side.

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

A Year of Projects Update - week 21

This is going to have to be very short and sweet this week.  I have been getting later and later posting, and next week I have decided is the time to get myself in order and try to get back to Sunday's!  I know it isn't a problem but I like to post on Sundays and I have missed it.
This week I have no finished objects but I have made progress on Rugged coat and my strictly socks.
I have no photos of these but I do have a new cast on....
I have done Knitvent by Helen Stewart for a couple of years now.  I have printed off the first 2 patterns in readiness but I have cast on the fingerless mitts called the How Quiet mitts.  I am going to knit two pairs one for mum and one for dad and so am doing them two at a time.  I have started the left ones.
The yarn I am using is Eden cottage milburn DK in the pink and a Rowan felted tweed that are the green ones.
And that is it for this week.  We have a day off on Friday so I hope to do some Christmas shopping and get a bit of knitting in.
I hope everyone has a good week and has a great thanksgiving if you celebrate.

Monday, 12 November 2018

A Year of Projects Update - week 20

Thank you for all of your well wishes after my last post.  I finally got back to work on Thursday having got some medication.  It still hasn't gone completely and I still feel lightheaded for most of the morning, but it is getting better and it is nice to know it is nothing more sinister than labyrinthitis.
This week however, I was at least able to do some knitting. 
I finished Daniel's Hufflepuff scarf this week and ironed on the badge.  I think it looks pretty good!
I did do a fair bit of work on the scrappy blanket, but as with htis type of project it doesn't look much at the moment, so I will get a picture in a couple of weeks.
I put a lot of work into Rugged Coat by Joji Locatelli.  This apparent mess is it and it is splendid, if I say so myself.  I have got to the point of the pockets.  I am now just going to keep going until I use four more balls of yarn.  Then I will bind off and do the sleeves.
I have also cast on my next pair of strictly socks.  This yarn is Naughty List by Stranded Dyeworks and s gorgeous.  If I get them done in time I may enter them in both the strictly KAL by Little Drops of Wonderful and the festive sockalong by Stranded dyeworks.  I am just doing another pair of blueberry waffle with a fish lips kiss heel.
That's about it this week.  I again did more on my Delftig mittens, but I will show them when I have made more progress.

I hope everybody has a great week, please check the Ravelry group by the link on the right.

Monday, 5 November 2018

A Year of Projects Update - week 19

I am late this week.  I have not had a great week, suffering from vertigo for some of last week for it to go away over the weekend, only to return again today.  I am waiting for a doctors appointment at the moment.  It's not life or death, but unpleasant nonetheless.

I was able to do some knitting.
I finished my Let's make it to Blackpool - Strictly socks in the week.
These are in the blueberry waffle pattern and made in some Owl About Yarn that I have had in stash for a little while. 
I have since cast on some Christmas socks with Stranded Dyeworks yarn in the Naughty list colourway.
I made a little progress on my Rugged Coat.
I also picked up my Hufflepuff scarf and did some more.  I am nearly finished with this this, it just needs a few more rows, ends tied in and some tassels and we are done.
And here are my Delftig mitts - the second one.
Also while in bed last week I decided I really wanted to make a magic ball of yarn from my scraps, which I did, but then did not know what to do with it.  I considered a memory blanket, but know I would never finish it and then I would have to cut my magic ball. I considered a granny stripe or square blanket, but then I would have to teach myself and then no guarantees that I would enjoy it.  So I decided upon knitting, garter stitch, starting with 5 stitches and increasing each row until it is a size I like.  That way I can start and stop whenever I like and I know where I am!
Hopefully next week I will be back to normal - hope you all have a great week.

Sunday, 28 October 2018

A Year of Projects Update - week 18

We have had a lovely week this week.  Nice and relaxed which was just what we needed.
Me and Daniel had fun making bath bombes this week.  They are very easy and there are lots of tutorials online.  You mix bicarbonate of soda and citric acid and then add your colour and fragrance and just enough water to make it stick together.
I also made some handwarmers this week.  Again very easy with lots of tutorials - I found mine from pinterest.  I made very small ones 10cm by 6cm lined with batting and with some rice inside them.  They take 5 seconds in the microwave and warm your hands!  I made loads!
I also made cakes - gingerbread and orange muffins. I will be making more gingerbread this afternoon as that has obviously gone.
On the knitting front, I made lots of progress with Rugged coat, but it is designed to be quite large so I still have a way to go.
I also made lots of progress on my Strictly socks.  I did hope to finish last night but I still have a little more leg and cuff to go.
I also made progress with my second Delftig mitts from Marlisle - I will save that picture to next week.  Instead I will leave you with photos of our week.

Monday, 22 October 2018

A Year of Projects Update -week 17

I am a day late, but now we are on our half term break.  We do not have too many plans so I intend to do a fair bit of crafting.  Me and Daniel made a batch of bath bombes yesterday, and now he has taken quite a liking to them.  We have got some more ingredients coming and then we will make some more.  I will post pictures next week.
So this week...
I have made progress on my Rugged coat.  I have now joined the two fronts and back, so now it is just continuing in pattern until it is time for pockets.
I am really enjoying this but I will not have it finished soon!
I haven't made much progress on my other projects, not enough to see anyway. 
This afternoon I cut lots of pieces of fabric to make handwarmers for Christmas.
Tomorrow I will sew them and add some rice, and they will be done.  Again I will show you the finished articles next week.
For a minute, me and the boys are catching up with Harry Potter.  Thomas got into it over the summer and we watched all of the films, so now we are watching them again.
Anyway, that is it for this week - hopefully I will have lots of nice things next week!