Wednesday 28 October 2015

Yarn Along - There's Something Spooky Going On

It's our half term break, much needed by all, and the clocks went back, not needed as since we have been up at 5:30am every morning!
So what have we been up to?  We went to Hever Castle on Monday and took part in some ghoulish goings on!
We also visited a farm near us well known for its Halloween festival.  My boys don't really do spooky and they certainly don't like rides, but they do like a good trail and love carving pumpkins, so we are now ready for the latter.
I have not been idle in this time, I finished my socks at the weekend and wore them today.
I have made good progress on Rhombing around, I am now torn between finishing the body in my second colour, saving my main colour for the arms, or finishing my main colour on the body and finding a match in stash to do the arms.  I don't honestly think I have enough to do the body to the length I want so I think it will have to be the first option.
Having finished my socks, I'm feeling a little low on WIP's!!  So I cast on a vest top in some new Louisa Harding yarn I just got.
I shall of course, need some new socks to CO, not sure what pattern now but do have a hankering for some lovely self striping - maybe this yarn?
Reading has not been progressing well and I think I may have to abandon The Seas for a read that keeps my attention.
Linking with Nicole and Ginny.

Sunday 25 October 2015

A Year of Projects Update - week 17

Some more progress this week.  I finished my socks.  These were Jesse by Rachel Coopey.  They were my first colourwork socks and I'm very pleased with them.  I knit the stranded portion inside out and they fit perfectly.  They knit up pretty quickly, given I knit them one at a time (something that I am loathe to do!)
I also knit up some more hot water bottle covers.
And worked on some baubles.
Photos aren't great this week as I took them early on my phone, and of course, it wants to turn them round!
It's the half term break this week, so hopefully, in amongst some day trips I should get some good knitting time.
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Sunday 18 October 2015

A Year of Projects Update - week 16

We have had a somewhat busy week what with meetings and parents evenings, but just one to go before the half term break.  This weekend has been nice and relaxing however, and I have managed to get some crafting done.
I finally finished my third sailor top.  I bought the material ages ago, so it was good to finally get it done.  I think this will be my last sailor top for a minute as I have come to the end of suitable material!!
I am plugging away at items for the stall as I have a couple of craft fairs coming up.  I am just doing another hot water bottle cover and am making lots of baubles.
I am also making progress on my second colourwork sock.  Pattern is Jesse by Rachel Coopey.
I thought now was the time to update the list.  We have a quiet day today apart from a party later this afternoon, so I am hoping to make progress and have a serious think about gifts this Christmas!
WIP's and Deadlines
  • Christmas jumper - timetable is here - hope to finish by Christmas (2015!)
  • Socks  - I aim to complete 6 pairs this year - Hector - finished July - I want to do the Rachel Coopey MKAL, Otis and Jesse
  • Rhombing Around - sweater using Mellifera yarn in stash
  • Outfit A Long - Vianne by Andi Sutterland and Megan by Tilly Walnes - finished August 2nd
  • Second chance frog cowl - made with my frogged yarn from my cardi - finished
  • Test knit - for Celtic Knits - Finished September 
Projects for me - knitting
  • From Way Back - mellifera yarn
  • Hitofude - Mellifera yarn
  • Samantha
  • Miranda - Sweater using Madelinetosh Pashmina worsted
  • Wind Wave by Jo Allport form The Knitter magazine
  • Drumcliff - vest from The Knitter magazine
  • Byeline - by Jimenez Joseph
Projects for me and the boys - sewing
  • Pyjama bottoms for me
  • Coco top
  • Sailor Top by Fancy Tiger Crafts - third finished 17th Ocober
  • Outfit Along - Megan by Tilly Walnes
  • Knickers!!
  • PE bags - Finished
  • Pencil cases - Finished
Gift knitting
  • Quilted owl for mum
  • Sun hat for Daniel
  • Rainbow hat for Daniel - finished August 11th
  • Ongoing swatch baby blanket - yarn bought - patterns from Lets Knit
Products to develop
  • Hot water bottle covers - in progress October 
  • Furry hats - started July 25th
  • Hat and bootie sets - started August 11th
Techniques to learn
  • Double knitting - September - now to do some socks
  • Quilting
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Tuesday 13 October 2015

One test knit and some hot water bottle covers!

The test knit was released last week, so I am now at liberty to share. They are gorgeous mitts by Ruth at Celtic knits, they are called Dagda.
These are a fabulous easy to memorise knit that would make a great Xmas present and you still have time to knit several pairs!
I have also been knitting a few things for the stall - some hot water bottle covers to be exact.  Now I'm doing some baubles.

I also finished one colourwork sock - now to start the next.
I am still at the same place in the Seas - it's not that I haven't enjoyed it, it's just I've been enjoying my knitting too much.
Linking with Nicole and Ginny

Sunday 11 October 2015

A Year of Projects Update - week 15

Again a little progress has been made.
Firstly to show the test knit from the last few weeks.  It wasn't socks (I led you astray with the taat - I did them taat but they were mitts!)

The pattern is Dagda by our own lovely Ruth.  It is a gorgeous pattern, easy to memorise, but with lots of fabulous detail.  It's a fairly fast knit, perfect for gifting, so fab as a present this Christmas, and there is time to knit a few!
Yesterday, I finished my first colourwork sock and I love it and it fits!  In answer to some of your questions last week, I had forgotten to go up a needle size for the colourwork, but Lynn said to knit them inside out so as not to tighten the colours too much, so that is what I did.  And they are snug but comfy so I'm really glad I did.

Now onto the next...
We are at Brands Hatch today so it's another busy weekend, next weekend I hope to slow down a little and catch up with some knitting and hopefully some sewing.
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Sunday 4 October 2015

A Year of Projects Update - week 14

We have a fairly steady week here where progress is concerned.
I have made progress on Rhombing Around, but no photos yet as I hope to get to the end of the body before I show!
I have made progress on my socks and am doing as advised and am knitting them inside out as it were - I am really pleased with these.  This is how they look inside out!!
 And this is a sneaky look at the colourwork - love it!

I did make progress on my double knitting but then thought long and hard about where I was going with it.  The colours were not really me and the cast on was not good enough for the project to be gifted.  So I decided to use it as a means to an end - I learned double knitting and not to be afraid of it.  I have frogged the cowl and have found a double knitted sock pattern that I will knit when I have finished my current socks.
In the meantime I have repurposed the yarn and knitted a quick hot water bottle cover!  It needs a neck but otherwise is nearly there.

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