Sunday, 22 September 2019

A Year of Projects Update - week 12

Ok, so I missed another week.  In my defence, we went to Goodwood last Sunday and to be honest,  there wasn't much knitting progress anyway.
I did have one small finished object and that was my dish cloths.  No, I have not blocked them or sewn in the ends, and nor do I intend to as they are for me.
They are all knit in cotton yarn, I don't know what brand.
Since I have been absent for two weeks I have made a reasonable amount of progress on my sweaters.
Epistrophy is coming along nicely, I have joined the sleeves to the body and now am nearly ready for the yoke shaping.
I am knitting this in coldharbour mill yarn that has been in my stash for a while.
I have also finished the left front of faience and am now making my way down the right.
This is a pattern from pom pom that I am really enjoying.

I have not even picked up askews me,  but I will do when these two are done - they are both so close now.
Finally, I had a lot of comments about the sprocket in my last post.  I can report that I love it.  It is not inexpensive, but for a person who loves printed photos, this is perfect.  When the boys were younger I took hundreds of photos and then took the card to the supermarket to have them all printed.  I have many photo albums!  However,  now, as I'm sure many now do, I take lots of photos on my phone and that is where they stay, or I download to dropbox.  So this satisfies that need to have printed versions.  It also means I can start to indulge my curiosity for journaling that I have never really tried.  This is my starting point - I have actually done more than this but thought I'd share my progress,  since it is a crafty project!



Sunday, 8 September 2019

A Year of Projects Update - Week 10

Despite only being back at school three days it seems to have been an extraordinarily busy week.  What with Darren being away, so I had to negotiate school runs and work.
I have done a tiny bit of crafting but only really on one project.
I did do two dishcloths - I am going for at least 3 so I will post a pic next week of those.
Otherwise I am working away on Faience.  I am knitting this in my own hand dyed yarn and the pattern is from Pom Pom magazine.
I am now mostly down the left front, just a few more repeats to go.

Daniel has been very keen to get out into the garden when we have had the time this week.  So we bought a few plants this morning to plant out along with some cyclamen I bought the other day.  We have also been keeping lots of food in the garden for the birds, which has attracted hundreds of birds.

Finally, I have been following Chelsea of Chelsea Makes and she was talking about an HP Sprocket that prints straight from your phone to little stickers, which I have become obsessed with to the point I ordered one that came today.  Next week will see me printing lots of little photos!!
Anyway that is all from me this week.  Hope everyone has a great one.

Sunday, 1 September 2019

A Year of Projects Update - week 9

Back after two weeks and I have a fair bit of progress to share.
We have been on holiday in Cornwall and then we spent a bit of time doing family things!
FO's
I finished my sparkly stripey socks last week.  These are knit in Dragon Hill Yarn and are a simple vanilla sock knit with 9 inch circular needles.
I enjoyed knitting with these in the end, but I didn't like not having them both finished at the same time!

WIP's
I have made a reasonable amount of progress on Epistrophy, but haven't taken a pic this week.  I am nearly done with the sleeves and then I can join for the yoke.  I think when I get to that point it will fly by.
I have also made a significant amount of progress on Faience.  I have completed the back piece and am now making my way down the front.
This is knit in some yarn I dyed myself with onion skins and the pattern is from the last issue of Pom Pom magazine.
I also cast on some new socks since I had finished the last pair.  This is some sock yarn from Life in the Long Grass and I will be dong the honey bee dance socks from Helen Stewart.
I did also start my brioche project before we left for our holidays.
This is going to be Askews Me by Stephen West.
I have cast on a dishcloth for myself, but have no photos of that either - I will post when I have a pile!
I will leave you with a picture of the boys in a hole!





Sunday, 11 August 2019

A Year of Projects Update - Week 6

We have had a nice quiet week here.  We have just spent lots of time relaxing and crafting.  We are about to enter a fairly busy couple of weeks, so I will probably not post next week.  I will try to update in pictures in a couple of weeks!
But for now I have lots of progress - no finished objects - but lots of knitting has happened.
First up are my stripey socks.  I have turned the heel on my second sock and am now making my way along the leg.  This is yarn from Dragon Hill studio and I did quite a long leg on the first sock, so I have a little way to go.
I have made great progress on Epistrophy.  I have all but finished the body and am now working the sleeves.  This is a cardigan by Kate Davies for the Yokes book and the yarn is from Coldharbour Mill.  This is my proper first full steeked project so I am quite excited by that part.
I have also finally cast on Fariage from Pom Pom.  This is using my moth saved yarn and is going very nicely at the moment!
The yarn is my own dyed using onion skins.
And finally, I joined the ChelseaMakes Patreon group because I love the knitting she comes out with.  She is hosting a brioche along from the 16th August.  Now brioche has been on my list of things to master for a long time so I thought I would take the plunge.  I first was going to have a go at a hat, but soon thought if I have to master increases and decreases as well I may as well try a garment I might use - so Askews Me here we come!
I shall be attempting Askews Me by Stephen West which is a fully brioched sweater with lots of leftover yarn - wish me luck!

And that is it for this week.  As I said, I may not check in next week as we are away this week, then meeting Darren at the weekend and then going on holiday. 

Monday, 5 August 2019

A Year of Projects Update - week 5

We have had a very pleasant week and will finish off with us at Snetterton race circuit camping for the weekend.  I am writing this in the week and will put this up when we return on Monday.
I have an FO this week!
The shortie socks are finished and have been well used already.
This is a toe up version of the Rose City Rollers with a German short row heel.  I used some leftover Christmas yarn from Amy at Stranded dyeworks, with a tiny bit of a random mini to make the leg a little longer.
I also cast on Epistrophy using some Coldwater Mill yarn that I bought a few years ago.  A photo will be provided next week!
I didn't cast on Faraige as I had some minor moth dramas!  I found evidence of moths in both sets of yarn for Faraige and Epistrophy, so into the freezer went most of the yarn for 72 hours.  There was some for Epistropy that was fine so I started with that, but had to wait for the rest.  Following it's icing, I then put the yarn on the back shelf of my car to heat up, so hopefully I have them.  I also invested in some industrial strength moth traps.  I already have lavender all over the place but obviously that wasn't enough.
Last week I also worked on some candles for Christmas.  It was so easy, I made 5 although I have lots more mugs to go.
Lastly I will leave you with some cushion covers that I made for Daniel a few weeks ago.  He picked out the fabric and I ran them up for him a bit later.  He loves them!

Sunday, 28 July 2019

A Year of Projects Update - week 4

Slightly more progress has been made this week!  We started our summer holiday this week and so have been out and about a little bit.  We are still at home for most of this next week but we are going camping at the end of the week.

FO's 
I have one!
I finished Sanctuary this morning.  This is from Pom Pom magazine and I loved it. 
The yarn is Eden Cottage yarn Askham 4 ply in the colourway crocosomia, which was also lovely.  I originally used it for my grass river tunic, but it was never the right combination.  This is much better.
This now means that I have finished both of my outfit along outfits just in time for the deadline.
WIP's 
I also managed a few more rows on my shortie socks and turned the heels on both.  Now I only have to do a little more and they are done, since I have done them toe up.
We are having a very lazy day today so I have take the opportunity to start making some candles, which I will report back on next week.  I also pulled out my Margot pattern pieces as I want to make some shorts and trousers from my stash of fabric.

I am also going to cast on two new sweaters - epistrophy (that has been ready and waiting for a couple of years now) and Faience, so I have to wind all of the yarn in a bit. 

Sunday, 21 July 2019

A Year of Projects Update - Week 3

It's going to be very short and sweet this week.  It's been a bit of a week and there has not been much knitting going on. 

That said I did finish the bottle carrier.  This is knit in leftover Rosy Green yarn and should be just the ticket.
I also knit a few rounds on Sanctuary, but not enough to see much progress. I also took my socks with me to mum and dad's so did a bit on them but again not really enough to photograph.  Hopefully next week should be a more fruitful one!
Have a great week.