Monday, 3 September 2018
Lycka from Knitty and for once I actually used the yarn called for in the pattern, DROPS Safran in a lovely hot pink. I liked the heart shaped look of the front and almost went for red just like the pattern photos, but I decided that pink was just as 'heart-like' and goes with more of my clothes.
I like the way these look with my skinny jeans and I will get round to sewing my Ginger jeans to go with them really soon. I'm also hoping to finish my OAL 2017 cardigan in the very near future too, I may even wear it with the horrible dress I made to go with it just to say I completed the outfit so you can all look forward to that!
Friday, 31 August 2018
Seamwork. I will say that I probably don't make enough Seamwork patterns to really justify paying for it every month, but in this case it was really useful to have that option. With patterns that are designed to be made quickly I was really hoping to find something I could use. In the end I settled on Catarina, a pattern I had never considered before at all but looked quick to make and definitely a bit fancy in the right fabric. Fortuitously I remembered I had some bird print crepe de chine at the back of my wardrobe, unused because even though I loved the print I'd decided it was a bit shiny for the kind of clothes I normally wear. Perfect for a wedding though!
Tuesday, 28 August 2018
I seem to be getting to an age where family members are popping babies out left right and centre! This is great, I flipping well love babies and I am so grateful that my daughters have lots of lovely cousins. I do seem to spend a lot of time knitting blankets though!
|Rainbow blankie the first|
Having knitted a fantastic rainbow blanket for my eldest nephew last year, I was still feeling a very strong rainbow vibe when Stu's brother announced that he was going to be a daddy. Much as I love The original rainbow blanket I didn't want to knit the same one again so I spent some very peaceful hours searching blanket patterns before settling for the Stella Baby Blanket by Kate Gondwana. I also decided to go for a 'dark rainbow' this time using black stripes instead of white between eash rainbow stripe.
The centre part of the blanket knitted up really fast, and by the time I had completed a whole rainbow I could have actually stopped knitting and had a nice baby sized blanket. I still had a fair bit of yan left however and I like to give a larger blanket that can be used throughout childhood so I decided to add another rainbow. For the centre rainbow I had made each rainbow stripe 6 rows high, with the black stripes 2 rows high but for the second rainbow I only made the rainbow stripes 4 rows high, partly for visual interest and secondly because I didn't want it to be too big. This was definitely a good decision because the finished blanket is quite large, the rows towards the end were incredibly long and I ended up having to buy more yarn twice! I think the final row took almost an entire ball of DROPS Paris to complete.
The end result was totally worth the work, I love this blanket and the new mum and dad were really happy with it too. I’m sure my new nephew loves it too but he’s far too busy being tiny and scrumptious to have an opinion right now! Despite the long rows towards the end, this was a fun knit and I'm even considering knitting another for myself but adding a 3rd rainbow with even smaller stripes. I'll wait a while though, just until the memory of managing over 2 metres of circular knitting needles fades a bit!
Sunday, 26 August 2018
Dreamscape advised to use three different skeins of 4 ply yarn mixing semi solids, short stripes, solids or speckles. At that point I will confess that I wasn't sure I was going to like this one, I do so love my silky, lacy and beaded shawls. However I needed to knit it to qualify for this years Boo Challenge, plus I knew I'd enjoy knitting it up and that someone would love it once it was done so I went ahead and picked my yarn. I know I wrote about my yarn choice in a previous post but I've included a picture again because it's pretty! It was pretty hard choosing yarns without a picture of the finished item to guide me, but by about Clue 2 I was pretty sure I'd chosen well.
Sunday, 10 June 2018
Friday, 8 June 2018
Wednesday, 6 June 2018
Me Made May finished a few days ago and although I initially wasn't going to bother this year I made a last minute decision to participate. I felt like it wasn't really too much of a challenge and that I didn't have too much to learn that hadn't already come up over the last 2 years, but I thought I'd feel left out if I didn't do it so here we are! In a lot of ways I didn't really learn much I didn't already know, i.e I have loads of dresses and not enough separates. This year seemed to really hammer home that point and I'm really resolved to actually deal with that situation over the coming months. I think the weather here this May was incredibly variable so I wasn't able to coast through the month in sun dresses and little cardigans and found myself having to mix self made and shop bought separates on cooler and wet days.
Outfit Along which runs throughout June and July. In a nutshell the idea is to knit a garment and sew another garment to make an outfit. In previous years I've sewn dresses and knitted cardigans and made some lovely outfits (except for last year I sewed a dress, hated it and then lost all motivation to finish the coordinating cardigan) but this year I figured it would be much more useful to do a top and bottom combo.
The official patterns this year are the new pattern from Untangling Knots, Waters and the True Bias' Lander Pants. These aren't really for me so I'm planning to knit Lycka from Knitty S/S last year and the Closet Case Patterns Ginger Jeans, although this is subject to change! Before the OAL began I decided to try out the Ginger pattern to see how much work needed to be done in terms of fitting. I finished that pair a couple of days ago and they are just straight up too large so I'll be trying them again in a smaller size and see if that does the trick. If not I'll go with my plan B which is to make a Grainline Moss skirt instead and keep working on the Ginger jeans in the background until I get the fit right.
Dreamscape and calls for 3 colourways of fingering yarn using a mixture of solid, semi solids and speckles. The 'official' yarn is Skein Queen Wiggle and there are some really beautiful kits available for this MKAL but I decided these were a little pricey for me so I ended up ordering this combo from Knit Picks instead. Obviously I have no idea how this is going to turn out given that this is a mystery knit a long, but these colours are all making me happy so I'm good.