Sunday 30 December 2018

A Year of Projects Update - week 27

I so hope everyone had a lovely Christmas where it is celebrated.  Ours was lovely and we are now enjoying twixmas (I have never used this term myself but have seen it all over the place this year!) by spending some time relaxing.
I have done some sorting out his week - checking my project bags and seeing where I am with WIPs.  I have not attempted looking at my stash, but maybe I should...  ETA - I now have and sorted my wool into piles of: keep, give away and throw.  I managed to free up some space for material as well as I have quite a stash of that as well.
I have one FO this week, and that is the advent socks using the advent minis from Little French Meadow.
I have two WIP's that I would like to finish soon - one is a scarf and one a headscarf.  I am going to pick these back up this week and see if I can get them off the needles.  This is the headscarf which is very close to completion now.
I have also started Julgrun this week with my West Yorkshire spinners aran.
Because it is worsted weight it is knitting up really quickly.
I have also cast on a pair of socks with my yarn that I got from Little French Meadow from their advent calendar.  It is beautiful, I am loosely following the hazelnut socks by Helen Stewart as part of her sock society.  I say loosely as I am doing them toe up and I will not be doing the heel suggested and I probably won't switch the pattern round - I will just do it upside down and call it baubles!
I also received a fabulous package from Eden Cottage Yarn.  In it was this yarn and the beautiful project bag that I am using for the socks.
And that is all of my knitting projects this week.
I have a pile of fabric on the table with some more arriving today.  I want to run up a Coco, an Arielle, some PJ bottoms and couple of tops by the time we return to school  We will see.
I have also been thinking about what projects I want to have for next Christmas!  I know it is early but I always run out of time.  I think bath bombes could be a strong contender again, but I am also thinking about making candles.  I have a million mugs that we never use, so I am going to get the materials and make loads for next year.
So there you have it, my twixmas thoughts and making.
Have a great week.

Sunday 23 December 2018

A Year of Projects Update - week 26

I hope everybody has a lovely festive season and Christmas if you celebrate.
I finished both projects that I wanted to.
Rugged coat is done.  I love it.  I knit it in Knit picks city tweed in blue blood.  It is just the right size - big enough to wear as a coat, but not so big I drown in it.
I have worn it everyday since I finished.
I also finished my festive socks for the strictly sockalong.
The yarn is from Stranded dyeworks - naughty list.
As a result, I have made quite a lot of progress on my advent calendar socks.  I am now past the heel.
This is using yarn from my Little French Meadow advent.
I have also made a bit of a dent in my blanket.
We are now installed at mum and dad's!  I have brought my advent socks and blanket.  I have also brought supplies to make a new year pair of socks with yarn from under the tree.  And I also settled on Julgran by Andi Satterlund.  This is a Christmas jumper, but I figure of I get it underway now, I should be able to finish it in time for next Christmas.
So that is is for now.  I should be able to show you my new cast ons before the new year!
Hope everyone has a marvellous week.

Sunday 16 December 2018

A Year of Projects Update - Week 25

After the week of mitts, this week seems quite disappointing!  But I am so close to finishing two more projects.
I have  completed one sleeve on Rugged coat and am half way through the second sleeve.
I thought the end of the strictly sockalong was last night during the final of strictly come dancing, but it isn't until early January.  In which case I have ages to finish my strictly socks!  Having said that I would like to get both of these off the needles by the end of the week.
I also started a pair of socks with my advent minis.  I am using all of the variegated and speckled ones and saving the solids for heels and toes.
On Friday, we are travelling to visit my mum and dad for Christmas.  I would really like to take some new projects with me, hence my wanting to finish off some projects!
I hope everyone has a great week, click the link to the right to check out the rest of the group.

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!