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Knitted scarf

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Fortunatley for me I started this scarf in the summer.The pattern was simple and I memorised it but that didn’t seem to stop me from making mistakes which I only seemed to spot after I’d knitted another 9 rows!

It was so frustrating! With all the mistakes and lots of frogging back, added to which is the fact that this is a finer wool than I’d normally work with it took me flippin ages. I wasn’t working on it every day but even so…ย  I was very happy to finish it.

The wool used is Araucania Yarns, Botany Lace and I got both the yarn and the pattern from The Skep Knitting and Quilting Shop. One of the tings I like most about it is that although it’s a single colour it’s not a flat dyed single shade, there is variation. It has a lovely weight and drape to it and has been given away as a birthday present. There was wool left from the two skeins I had and I’ve made matching mittens and hat which I gave away before taking photos!ย  I love seeing it finished but I’m in no rush to work that finely again, where did I put that aran?

Cable cushions

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Where does the time go? I made these cushions during the winter but have only just managed to find the time to finish them off! It’s not that they needed a lot of work but if truth be told I somehow ran out of steam and put them to one side. In a fit of finishing off jobs last week I made them up and cleared the pile of clothing needing repairs, left me feeling rather virtuous.

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Made with lovely squishy yet hard wearing Jacob Yarn from The Knitting Gift Shop. It’s simple moss stitch finished with three wooden buttons. Worried that it was a little too plain I hooked up five roses using this pattern from Attic 24. Looks rather good I think.

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There was also some lovely mid grey Jacab yarn that needed using up and as I was on a roll with cushion making and had recently mastered a cable or two I set to and made another.

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A relatively simple stag horn cable pattern free from New Stitch a Day.

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Once I got into the rhythm of this it was a joy to knit.

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Don’t you just love envelope cushion covers? Such little sewing to do. Closures for this are 6 mis-matched buttons from my stash.

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Of the two I think I prefer the grey, probably because I think I’m hooked on cables, I just love the texture and the Jacob Aran wool from The Knitting Gift Shop is just perfect for it. You can see my previous cable attempt here

Cabled cushion

Friday, March 11th, 2016

Only once before have I attempted a cable and that was on a pair of mittens for my daughter. I found it quite difficult butย  persevered and was actually quite glad when it was over. Why then did I decide to create a cable cushion? perhaps it was the luscious Jacob aran yarn from The Knitting Gift Shop. You can buy it now in cream and silver grey.

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I’m quite proud of it. I must have done the first couple of dozen rows about seventeen times before I really got the hang of the pattern and started to make progress.

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The cable part of the pattern is a saxon braid which I found here, the remainder I made up myself with a lot of angst involved.

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The Jacob aran is a beautiful wool to work with. One of the most helpful tips I found on the internet was to use a lifeline which is just a spare piece of yarn in a contrasting colour which you can thread though every few rows whilst the stitches are still on the needle. If you then make a mistake you can then unravel the last few rows without it going further. Although this was suggested for use with lace knitting it was extremely useful with cables. Being a beginner with cables I couldn’t always determine which way the stitches were twisting, the lifline meant I could pick them up again all facing in the correct direction.

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A favourite part of finishing a project is choosing buttons from Duttons for Buttons and I think these suit this project particularly well. I have more of the black Jacob which I’m knitting into a second cushion, not a cable this time but still textured.

Oh my!

Monday, January 11th, 2016

You may remember that I was lucky enough to win the giveaway by The Skep Knitting and Quilting Shop last year and I duly toddled along to see what goodies I could find. There was a pair of wrist warmers on display in a lovely deep purple Debbie Bliss wool and I was smitten. The wool came with a free pattern called wandering cables so I was all set to go.

It’s a really easy pattern and as I decided to have them shorter it wasn’t very long before they were finished. With excitement I stitched them together with my newly learnt mattress stitch which gives an excellent join. I put them on and then oh no, realised that as I’d given the top and bottom of the wrist warmers different size ribs I’d actually sewed one up wrong.

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It was no good I couldn’t live with it, I got out my scissors and snipped at the join, oh drat, I cut through one of the stitches not just the seam and it began to unravel. My rescue skills aren’t great so I went for completely unpicking it and starting again.

This left me somewhat disheartened and the project languished. In the spirit of finishing things I eventually picked it up again and soon had a brand new wrist warmer. I checked and double checked where to put my thumb hole and was pleased as punch when it was done.

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I tried them on, bugger! I’d forgotten that I’d done the first set on 5mm needles and so had done the second one on 6mm – it’s too sloppy – wail!!!!ย  Perhaps I can live with it I tell myself, but you know what I don’t think I can ๐Ÿ™

Made with love

Saturday, December 26th, 2015

I saw this scarf made up in The Skep Knitting and Quilting Shop and was smitten. It’s a very simple but effective pattern (Chevron pattern) which is enhanced by the beautiful self striping yarn. It was brought home as part of the giveaway that I won (thanks Clare) and I then had to ponder on what I could do with it. Unfortunately I can’t wear wool next to my skin, especially round my neck, but I have plenty of friends who can wear it.

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It’s rather beautiful and very soft and was gifted to my friend Sue for Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚

The Skep

Friday, October 30th, 2015

In September I was lucky enough to win the giveaway from The Skep knitting and quilting shop – a ยฃ100!!!!! Earlier this month I made it across to the shop in an old mill to see what took my fancy. On the way across I was playing with the idea of fabric and perhaps making a quilt for my daughter. Once there, I quickly made a selection of fabrics but then spotted some wool that looked quite interesting. Next thing I knew, I’d put all the fabric back and spent ages wandering about with my arms full of yarn and patterns.

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In addition to the goodies above I also brought away some sparkly turquoise sewing thread and some basic white and the most amazing thing is that I’m still in credit.

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First onto my needles is this lovely rich purple aran wool from Debbie Bliss destined to be a pair of wrist warmers. I’m making them a little shorter than the pattern suggests and am getting quite excited about how quickly they’re knitting up. I promise to show them as soon as they’re finished.

The wool was displayed on a bobbin from The Skeps old mill and the pattern was folded up and put in the centre – so creative.

Aslaug Scarf

Monday, July 20th, 2015

I finished this scarf a few weeks ago but had to keep it a secret as it was a present. It’s handpun, by me!, from Finnish humbug.

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Being so pleased with how it turned out I knew I definitely wanted to make something with it. The pattern is a free pattern from Ravelry, the Aslaug Scarf by Camille Coizy. My yarn turned out more like arran than double knit so the finished scarf is a heavier version which I knitted on 5mm needles. If I’d remembered I would have measured it but I forgot ๐Ÿ™ย  Here it is being blocked.

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Knitting not being my best skill I did struggle a little until I’d got a couple of pattern repeats under my belt and I understood it a little better.

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It looks lovely with my sheep shawl pin from Harry.

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And it looks equally at home worn as a scarf rather than a wrap.

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The back shot allows you to see the pattern fully.

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The best bit? my friend really loves it ๐Ÿ™‚ and I feel inspired to do more knitting.

Meet Borge

Friday, December 26th, 2014

A while ago I spun some Norwegian wool in grey, white and a very dark brown, I then spent some time pondering what to do with it and eventually it spoke to me, it told me it wanted to be a bear. I’ve never knitted a bear before but an easy pattern from Jeni helped me on my way and I set to.

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Knitting it hasn’t been too difficult but I did have a little mishap with sewing up one of the legs with the result that Borge’s right leg has a bit of a club paw. Not sure what I did wrong but I’m sure my great niece won’t mind a bit.

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The camera has picked out the eyes quite well but the truth was that the black eyes didn’t stand out from the dark brown until I used the white to highlight them. I’m quite pleased with how the variegated wool has worked out too. Borge has a dark stripe across his lower face which makes his muzzle stand out and stripes across his chest and tummy which make him look as though he’s wearing a striped jumper.

Borge is far from perfect but is quite good for my first ever bear and I’m pleased with him. His name? Norwegian of course, just like the wool I used.

My first shawl

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

I’ve had this yarn in my stash for a while, it’s one ofย  my first handspun yarns that I thought was usable and is a green and turquoise Merino and silk blend. Being an early yarn it definitely has areas which are thick or thin and even some which are over twisted but it was still usable and I had a goodly amount.

Initially I tried it on 4mm needles but the knitting was dense and didn’t have the drape I was looking for so I restarted on 6mm needles which were much better, especially when I encountered a thick bit. The pattern is not a particularly difficult one, in fact I’d say it was quite easy but what attracted me to it was the yarn used in the photos and the fact that it would be long. I love long scarves and found this one as a free pattern on Ravelry.

It wasn’t many rows before I was running out of space on my needles but fortunately a friend loaned me a 6mm circular needle. My first ever circular needle to knit my first shawl using one of my handspun yarns for the first time. Whilst knitting it I have to say I wasn’t very keen and was planning on gifting it away and oh how that position has been reversed, it’s mine all mine. Better let you have a look at what I’m on about.

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That’s it after washing, being blocked.

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I couldn’t wait for it to dry in case the sun disappeared so it’ll have to go back on block later to dry. You can see it’s not a difficlut pattern and yet there was a section of about 10 rows where I had repeated brain malfunctions and had to keep unpicking the work. Not being brave enough to take it off the needles and rip it back I did this the slow laborious way, one stitch at a time! After a whole weekend of messing about I finally got beyond that section and then rapidly finished the shawl.

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It felt important to me to use this yarn and to finish the shawl even if I didn’t like it. In case you were wondering, I love it and have already worn it. It did turn out to be very important to use it and has actually taught me quite a lot about the spinning of the yarn. I needed no help to understand that it wasn’t perfectly even but it was enlightening to understand how that felt in use. Uneven yarn isn’t a problem, there are plenty of yarns on the market which are exactly that but I’d not used one before. Having every inch of yarn back through my fingers helped me to understand how to spin my next yarn to achieve whatever effect I want.

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My spinning now is finer and much, much more even. It just goes to show that even imperfect yarns can look lovely made up. If you fancy learning to spin then why not come along to my spinning workshop on Thursday 11th September and let me introduce you to this ancient and absorbing craft. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can catch on and start producing your own unique yarns.

p.s. Update on the remodelled skirt very soon, I promise.

 

Knitting and Stitching Show

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

I spent a very pleasant day at Harrogate on Friday. In the morning I looked around the exhibition and was blown away by some of the work on show, especially the quilts. So many hours must have been spend on them but they were superb. Here;s are a couple of pics of other artists whose work was featured and struck a chord with me.

The knitted upholstery is by Marisa Sanvito – fab colours and very very well executed.
I enjoyed Carole Waddles work too.

Barbare Jepsons use of colour is inspiring.

There were more but too many to show here, definitely visit next year if you get a chance. The quilts were so brilliant that I may just have to make it to the Festival of Quilts exhibition next year. I was well behaved and didn’t cave into temptation to buy more than I need. Well, not much!. In the afternoon I helped out on the IFA stand demonstrating feltmaking and talking to visitors. Had a brilliant time and saw lots ofย  friends.