22 December 2008
17 December 2008
Also bought the AU Creative knitting for summer mag the other day - a couple of tempting pieces in there. Will have to see if the inspiration continues... One more scarf to finish and then it's back to the socks.
20 November 2008
Must be more disciplined (she says continuing to type).
27 October 2008
Having said that, the two current pieces are trundling on. And with time running out, need to get a move on. Also have confirmation that the jacaranda baby jacket will not be going to the intended recipient, but to the next girl bub who turns up. Need to get started on a suitable replacement.
12 October 2008
I have finished one half of the cotton pink scarf, and started on the next half - so it's moving along.
Of course this has meant that the other pink scarf and the jacaranda baby jacket are stalled for the moment. I need to figure out exactly where I was up to with the baby jacket - ths requires a brain that is not completely exhausted. Hopefully this week I'll be able to figure it out.
24 September 2008
Still have a number of projects on the go - haven't done any work on the 2 pink scarves for a while now - need to get moving on those. The baby jacket in Jacaranda Biggan wool is coming along. I really like the selvedge detail on it - I may use that in plans to come.
Have sketched out some ideas for jackets & things to use up some of the stash, but haven't got the necessary headspace at the moment to take it any further than that.
07 September 2008
03 September 2008
28 August 2008
20 August 2008
07 August 2008
04 August 2008
22 July 2008
09 July 2008
- The grown up PJs x2 - tick
- The pinafore - tick
- One skirt - tick
- One pair'o'mittens finally sewn together - tick
- One Barbie dress mended - tick
- One flanny wrap & 3 mini-blankies for smallest niece - tick
- One pair of school mittens - found - hoorah!
- Another skirt - cut out ready for sewing
- Green throw blankie
- Basketweave scarf
- Pink scarf x2 (do you sense a theme here?)
- Lacy wrap cardi
- Mending my faux silk chinese style handbaggy
- Velveteen piggle
- bedsocks x3
- hemming a pair of work pants
- kids dresses x2
- blah blah secret knitting project
- fingerless mittens with fluffy edge - in pink of course
- another cushion cover - with cables
- cot sheets for niece
- pretty much all of the ancient knitting (ie: anything I started prior to 2006)
- and add the old unfinished sewing in here as well really...
06 July 2008
So easy and so cute...
The pattern is from the Spotlight Knitting Essentials mag, the yarn was either leftover bits & pieces from eons ago or a couple that were especially bought (bumpy multicolour one & the fuzzies - 1 ball each when they were on sale at Spotlight for about $2).
Now on with the rest of the to do list...
23 June 2008
It won't take long to finish the lace for the sleeves, but the lace piece that wraps from centre back neck down one front side, all the way around the back and up the other front is probably going to be about 1.5m long. I'll need to sew it all up & measure it properly.
The blankie hasn't progressed much further, though more sewing has been done. There is also a blah blah secret knitting plan under way. And hubby would like some bedsocks (as would I) and a certain small person has lost her school mittens and a replacement pair will need to be made. So more is being added to the list than crossed off.
Whilst I restrained myself from the Lincraft sale today, I did wander past the bookshop and slipped. Two lovely books with cotton knitting patterns are now adorning my bookshelf waiting for me to add more to the to do list...
12 June 2008
04 June 2008
03 June 2008
Went into town on Sunday for something else entirely. Tapestry Craft were having a sale on their yarn & all knitting things, needless to say there was more stash purchased. Enough of the Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed to make a long cardi-type coat and some Inca for a scarf. I was soooo restrained....
Finished the first side front of the lacy wrap cardigan - now for the other front bit. Once I wrapped my brain around the dec at the ends of the various rows from the armhole up and wrote it out, it only took an hour or so to knit.
The sewing has been languishing after the first burst of enthusiam - need to get back to it.
14 May 2008
One 3 teir ruffled pinwale cord skirt has been constructed, with 2 more cut out & ready to be sewn. One pinafore has also been cut out, though I'm a bit worried it might be too small so I'm waiting to see the results before I get too enthusiastic about cutting more out. I may have to enlarge the pattern.
I managed to wrap my head around the requisite maths in order to start the front of the cushion cover - even graphed it out (which is a bit more technical than I usually get). The other knitting is plodding along... though there is decreasing both sides of the front of the lacy wrap from armholes up with different intervals between the rows of decreasing. I need to write it down and get it straight in my head before I start on that or it will end up in a mess.
More plans having been running about in my head, but haven't formulated anything specific yet.
28 April 2008
I need to do some maths in order to finish off my basketweave cushion front. And other things are in the planning stage - more cushions, a throw rug and kiddies jumper.
24 April 2008
Also bought a few more balls of wool (Cleckheaton's Country Silk 8ply) in a nice green for another cushion cover. That should cable or lace up nicely. I think I'll leave the fancy stitches for that one (and it will be smaller).
28 March 2008
18 February 2008
17 February 2008
Also started a cotton scarf in a scrummy deep dusky pink. That's the little cart around project. Must finish off the unsewn mittens that I found in the bottom of the knitting basket today as well.
Need to sort out cunning plans for what's next as well... Those other cottons are calling me. I think there will be stripes involved.
Motivation has been lagging a bit over the last couple of weeks, despite the cool weather. The complete lack of anything even remotely watchable on TV is partly to blame. I've only got a couple of DVDs to go through as well... may need to put them on.
23 January 2008
In order to celebrate, more stash has been purchased. Mostly cottons in different weights. More planning to come once the purple vest is done!
18 January 2008
Also made the stripey library bag for school - hoorah! Turned out quite nicely I must say... even if the straps are waaay too long.
Photos to follow at some point...
Still on the 'must get done before school goes back' list - a paint apron. In purple gingham, probably with white bias binding. Wish me luck.
14 January 2008
Decided on a bobbly fringe for it for something bit different- the sugar drop pattern from Nicky Epstein's 'Knitting on the Edge'. It's basically triangles with 3 bobbles off each point. Once again the Cleckheaton Classics Macrokids vest pattern (size 10) was modified to fit a multiple of 13 stitches (so I had to do 17 triangles with 3 bobbles each). I'm using 4mm needles with a lovely deep purple Cleckheaton 8ply machine washable Crepe from the stash. I have 8 balls of it & hopefully that will be enough. The armbands & v-neck wil be done in moss stitch to match the edge of the sugar drop pattern.
The sugar drop edging did seem to take eons, but I'm now into the straight stocking stitch so it's zooming along and requires no brainpower until I get to the armholes. Once again I'm knitting it in the round on circular needles to the armholes to avoid sewing up, and I'll do the armbands before sewing up the shoulders in order to avoid using DPNs in the round for the armholes. The v-neck will fit nicely on circular needles as well. Hoorah!
Also bought the most recent copy of AU Creative Knitting - there are a few cool patterns in there that I'm adding to the "to-do" list. Particularly the girl's Zhivago cardi with lace edging - I have a stash of ice-blue Zhivago which will be perfect for that.
08 January 2008
I used the Cleckheaton Microkids Vest pattern & modified... with cables, circular needles to armhole, different order for sewing up etc. The Cleckheaton country naturals in 8ply maroon (4mm needles) with whitish fleck looks lovely knitted up. I only ended up using 4 balls instead of the 5 recommended for the pattern. I wasn't sure how the cabling would go as it's years since I had done any - but looks fine (despite me being unable to count rows over Xmas and having to redo sections of the cable panel).
Actually it was a lot of fun knitting for size 2! Done quickly - started on 26 Dec and finished & all sewn up last week. Photos to come once I press it.