Sunday, 17 January 2021

A Year of Projects Update - week 29

 Things have been plodding along nicely here.  We are all getting settled back into remote learning. 

I have made some progress on my garter stitch blanket.

This is very enjoyable as is just knit!  I have also decided to start the decreased as I knlh need a lap blanket for one.  I have plans for a larger one using my heavier weight yarn.
My other projects; socks, battenberg, skirt and Oare water are all coming along as well.  And all except battenburg are knit Projects that require no thought, so I am just cycling through them! 
Otherwise,  I saw that Stephen West had a new collection coming out that looked interesting.  It is called painting honeycombs and is a variant of his latest slip stitch designs.  Anyway, I saw the advert on Instagram a couple of times and then succombed - he was doing an introductory webinar on Friday.  I decided I  could do with an end of the week treat and really enjoyed the last one (colourplay) so went off it and again, very mach enjoyed it.
And so, on to this week.  I think it is much of the same.  The collection comes out on Tuesday so I am very likely to purchase that and then I  will be itching to cast on something  - I am liking the look of the hat to begin with!
I hope everyone has a good week - stay safe.

Sunday, 10 January 2021

A Year of Projects Update - week 28

 Ok, so this week did not go quite to plan!  We were put back into lockdown on Monday and schools all had to switch to remote learning.  They also cancelled our summer exams.  This lead to an interesting week comprising rethinking schemes of work, planning new lessons and thinking ahead to what was going to happen to all of our exam classes.  Anyway,  we made it through the week!

I did do some knitting on most of my projects.   I did some on both blankets, but you can't really tell, so I  will post a picture next week when there is more progress. 

I did do some rounds on both my socks and sweater.

I ordered a special box for my rainbow socks! And I've done a few rounds using yarn from Kate Selene. 

I also completed a few rounds on my Oare Water sweater.  
 I am using yarnadelic yarn by John Arbon Textiles. 
So I've finished all of the school work that I  had to do today, and now intend to do some knitting!  Hope you all have a good week. 

Sunday, 3 January 2021

A Year of Projects Update - week 27

 Another week in a row! I have done a fair bit of crafting this week,  despite trying to spend as much quality time with the family as possible.   New year was lovely, if a little quiet (in all honesty,  we do very little at new year anyway!)  We don't really know what is happening next week  - my school is moving to remote learning for 2 weeks before having everyone back in, but at the moment   Daniel is back on Tues - we shall see how that pans out.

Anyway  what have I  been doing?

My Battenberg has grown.

I am crocheting this from my advent minis of the last couple of years.

I have also broken out my garter stitch blanket and made quite a bit of progress on it.

I am knitting this from all of my leftover fingering weight yarn.

Both of these are destined to become lap blankets.

I also cast on two new projects...

My January socks for the rainbow chronicles KAL. 

The colour for the month is pink!  This is yarn from Kate Selene.

I also cast on Oare Water.  This was a pattern in the second John Arbon Textiles annual and I am knitting it John Arbon Yarnadelic.

And there we have it.  I cut out some fabric yesterday and have some Christmas fabric on order to make a festive dress for next year!
In other news, I have been keeping up my bread making from last christmas and I purchased a slow cooker, which I have been enjoying using of late.
It's back to work tomorrow  so I'm sure the crafting is about to slow down.  Hopefully,  I shall be back next week - I  hope everyone has a great week. 

Sunday, 27 December 2020

A Year of Projects Update - week 26

 Well this is two weeks in a row!  And  I have a finish!

My finish is my Winterberry.

You will have to excuse the bottom half - we have been isolating and so I was dressed for comfort!  I loved this knit and knit it from John Arbon Textiles Viola which is splendid.

Having finished this, I now have few WIP's.  My Battenberg is coming along.  I also picked up my garter stitch blanket for the first time in ages.  I haven't worked on my skirt, but may do in the coming days.  

So, what next?  There is a lovely pattern from the John Arbon annual called Oare Water and I  have some more John Arbon yarn which I  think will be perfect.   I also have some lovely pink yarn for a pair of socks for the rainbow chronicles KAL hosted by Jooles at Sew Sweet Violet. 

Christmas day was lovely, we have an Alexa Echo Show, which means mum and dad were able to watch us open our presents and spend the morning with us as it were.  We were very spoilt!  I got lots of lovely things which I  hope to be putting to good use!  And the boys were very happy.  

Well I  think, there is more cooking to do! I hope everyone has a good week and here's to a happy new year!

Sunday, 20 December 2020

A Year of Projects Update - week 25

 I seem to be on a biweekly schedule at the moment!

It's been quite a couple of weeks.  We had a couple of Covid cases in our sixth form in November, then we cruised along a bit.  But this last couple of weeks saw a bit of an outbreak in year 8.  We are not allowed to shut the school, so we sent groups of students home until sending all of year 8 homd on Tuesday.  I made it to the end of the week but at present Thomas is self isolating until the 25th as he came in close contact with a positive case.   We almost made it!

Anyway, I have been able to do some crafting.

I am progressing with my blanket. 

I am knitting this with an advent that I put together myself.   I am still loving it!
I have also made progress on Winterberry. 
Sorry about the photo,  I try to do sleeves two at a time so they are the same,  but it makes photos tricky!
I am looking forward to a week relaxing, I think we are all ready for the big day.   Hope everyone has wonderful Christmas if you celebrate and a lovely rest.

Sunday, 6 December 2020

A Year of Projects Update - week 23

 Despite having a lovely day off this week, I still did not manage to get around everyone this week.  I don't have much of an excuse, I  did spend all of Monday making the house look Christmassy  and we did have a parents evening on Tuesday, which caused the whole week to disappear!  I shall again make a real effort this week.

I have made good inroads into my first (new) project.  It is my advent project for this year using the minis I  wrapped myself to make an advent calendar.   Before I show you, I am very well aware there are some very accomplished chocheters in our group, and my efforts pale in comparison to others amazing projects.  However,  as a first time chocheter I am quite chuffed!  (I also know that no one here will judge me!)

I also know it needs to be blocked but while I'm very excited about it, I  need to keep the momentum going, so I  am not blocking yet and am joining as I  go (as well as sewing kn ends) as I  know full well I  shall run out of steam otherwise!

I have made a tiny bit of progress on Winterberry. 

Sorry for it being on its side!

And, I  nearly forgot... I  finished my Christmas socks.

These are knit from a sock set from Stranded in her last year's Christmas colourway gingerbread haus.   I may have just taken possession of this years 😉

I shall leave you with part of my efforts from Monday.   I hope everyone has a great week. 

Sunday, 29 November 2020

A Year of Projects Update - week 22

 I missed another week.  We hardly have time to stop at the moment and I just ran out of time to post!  I have been able to squeeze in some crafting though. 

I have made progress on my socks. 

I am hoping to finish the cuffs today for this to be an FO next week!  I am knitting these from Stranded Dyeworks gingerbread haus.  On that note, I finally managed to snag a   skein of Stranded's zooming home for Christmas in this week's update!

I also updated Christopher's look for Christmas.   If I get time I will Christmas trousers!
Thomas and I have a day off tomorrow,  so I am hoping to decorate the house.   We like quite a number of decorations any year, and that is when we spend Christmas with mum and dad.   This year we will not be going so I shall be going all out!
Right, so now to post this and get on with the days chores.   I hope everyone has a great week.