23 December 2007
Started another scarf as an in-between project, or for when I need something that requires no brainpower. Everything else is still in the procrastination pile, though I must get something organised to take down the coast with me. I should start on the 2008 jumper & birthday season... or at least have an idea of what I'm planning to knit. I think I'll spend tonight browsing patterns for inspiration.
07 December 2007
Still have lots of plans going about in my head. Need to get a couple of them down on paper - and one better - on to the needles.
17 November 2007
14 November 2007
10 November 2007
I've bought buttons for the blue mandorla, but have got no further with the sewing up. The beads have distracted me... lovely shiny beads.... So instead of finishing the knitting I've been making necklaces, earrings and bracelets.
14 October 2007
12 October 2007
04 October 2007
In the meantime the vastly more portable scarf has come on well, into the second ball now. Have also 3/4 finished a pair of mittens. I had forgotton how quick the mittens are to finish. May do a few more sets as they don't end up on top of you the way other projects seem to.
I sense that the knitting evenings may be restricted to the colder days now. Though last year the start of spring was gorgeous and then winter took hold again til nearly Xmas - I'll see how it goes.
18 September 2007
Blue mandorla - I finished off the first sleeve last night and cast on the second. Once that's done, need to work out exactly how I'm going to manage the collar...
Stripey scarf - it's getting longer, quite like the pattern & stripe combo...
White cardi - fits the recipient who then managed to get green texta on it - washable green texta at least. It worked very well with her pink dress over white leggings combo - very cute.
Have been doing a bit of sewing - a ballet slipper bag and a frock for miss, taking up trousers so I can actually wear them, plans for a few new bits & bobs...
06 September 2007
Have a big bunch of mending to do as well. That must get done this weekend - it's supposed to be miserable weather so hopefully there will be some opportunity for sorting it all out. May even drag out the sewing machine and make some tops & skirts out of the material I bought ages ago.
Lots of ideas swirling about in my head at the moment but the general busy-ness has swamped motivation. I'm sure the tide will turn again soon...
29 August 2007
The "brainless" knitting project is also coming along - about 20cm so far. This is the easily portable scarf in the multicolour self-striping wool. Would definitely use the stitch combo again on a scarf in nicer wool as it knits up prettily.
17 August 2007
14 August 2007
What's even better is that you knit this on 7mm needles so it knits up really quickly. Have finished the back and I'm up to the neck shaping on the front now (though that's lower than usual).
I've also finished Piggle Mk II - knitted on 3.75mm needles with Cleackheaton country 8ply. Much nicer to work with. Have also planned a few small mitten/beanie projects as pressies so have bought 2 balls each of Cleackheaton country 8ply in a light green, mauve & grey. Also bought a bunch of enormous diameter needles to play around with for scarves. And 2 balls of a mottled acrylic/wool mix called 'Spell' which is meant to be self-striping. Have started a kids scarf in Andelusian stitch to try that out and it seems to be working, though the proportion of acrylic is too high for my taste. The colours are really cute though.
06 August 2007
05 August 2007
Photos of the finished project to follow...
Also rummaging around in my jumper drawer, I came across the summer cardi and the plain winter jumper I made for myself when I was at Uni. Need to take photos of these + the piggle Mk I and post them up.
Must finish next piggle and then move onto cleaning up some of the old projects...
02 August 2007
31 July 2007
Must say that knitting in the round when dealing with ribbed patterns is so much easier as the "bumpiness" isn't so obvious as it is with stocking stitch. So yes, there will be several more variants to be knitted up and given away (it's only a few nights of knitting to finish them) and also I'll get to play with other variations of 3x2 rib and lace patterns.
Have also worked out that the next mini-project will be a matching beanie & mittens for the vest (in between piggles) and have thought of a cunning plan to solve the white cotton cardi edge issue... still pondering the next major project. Should reeeeeaaaaally finish one of the long lost projects - but can't bear to knit with black at night, it's just too hard.
28 July 2007
The short row bust shaping worked really well - something I'll certainly use again! Also doing the neck and armhole bands on a pair rather than a set of needles made it much neater and quicker, even if there was just a tidgy bit more sewing up involved.
19 July 2007
r1: k3, p1,*k2, p1 repeat from * to end
r2: p1, k1, *p2, k1 repeat from * to last 3 stitches, p3
r3: same as r1
r4: k all stitches
But I keep forgetting that on row 4 you knit all stitches until I get to the end and have to unpick the row (which is a bit tedious). Also, I'm going to try the short row technique to shape the bust which will also be a first and may require some effort and brain power. Need to knit up to 30cm in pattern first... won't take long on 5.5mm needles. I am using one of the Magnum Classics 12ply patterns as a base, but forgot to allow for the fact I was changing the stocking stitch to a mild rib - we'll see how it goes.
18 July 2007
Lovely when you can find what you are looking for! And it's how mum-in-law explained it - she's so clever.
12 July 2007
09 July 2007
The summer cotton cardi is currently languishing beneath my ability to come up with a pattern for 167 stitches knitted up towards the hem - I'm sure I'll find something suitable when I'm looking for something else. I haven't dared start on the vest - must finish another project before starting on that. But here's a pic of the wool to keep me inspired...
03 July 2007
Then it's on to cunning plans for new projects. Have designed a vest cribbed together out of a 'Classics' pattern book, combined with a texture pattern and short rows to add bust shaping. It's going to be the first experiment with the short rows technique & made out of multicoloured Jet. Hope it works.
I also finally found the Hurry Knits Patons pattern book at the local Spotlight and bought it. Looks like you could substitute almost any 8 ply wool in the patterns. Further experimentation to come. Have also promised a scarf to match the jumper for N... haven't promised a timeframe. Bought another 3 balls of pink in order to match the pink & purple Caressa and will knit on big needles - probably around 7-8mm, so it should knit up quickly.
01 July 2007
30 June 2007
21 June 2007
Knitting currently in progress (piccies above):
- pink scarf (started May 07)
- white cardi for N (started Jan 07)
- bedsocks for N (started around 2005, won't fit them now even if I finish, but could give them to another)
- black aran jumper (started 1991)
Embroidery currently in progress:
- Large sampler (started around 1990) - x-stitch finished, need to back stitch & bead
- Pressie (started 05) can't say more - it's secret, but probably needs a good month of evenings to finish
- really, truly ancient stuff from when I was about 10yrs old - do I bother?
- Felt weather board for M (started 03)
- Quilt for P (started 01)
- N's queen frock (started Jun 07) but needed for the party...
- Tabards for party (started Jun 07)
- Mending... a few trousers that need shortening, skirt that needs mending and shorts that need the button sewn back on