Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday WIPs

It's Wednesday again and my goal this week was to cast on a new cardigan for me. .... but I got distracted....

I've been planning to knit this blanket since I first saw it, and I organised my yarn, and then I waited until I finished a few things. And finish them I did, so it was time to cast on.


And then I knit quite a bit over the long weekend.....



And I basically haven't knit anything else since.

Not bad for 48hours or so of knitting. I am planning the colours about 5 at a time, so a little planned, a little random.

And I'm really enjoying knitting it. This one is for my daughter and my son is begging me to pick his one up again too. I've promised they will both be done by next winter, which gives me about 7 months till it gets cold here in Wellington!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Share all the Things.... Sunday

I'm not sure Libby of Truly Myrtle realised how popular her Share All the Things posts would be, and that as a blogger, so many of us would say - oh yes, me too! Once again I'm following her lead of sharing all the things, I'm just a couple of days late!

I had my first week in school full time this week, my class starts next week, so I had a week of planning and organising, as well as some relieving and School Visits for those starting. I also got to go on a farm trip with the junior school.


A total bonus about working at my Children's school! It was a great week and I'm ready to go for Tuesday! Monday happens to be a public holiday here. 


I struggled to pick up my knitting much this week, I spent quite a bit of time looking at other people's though. There are lots of lovely FOs in the Boys Group KAL and one of the knitters has made a stunning rainbow striped Moera! Look at this (I will link to it, so you can click LOVE and give her a vote for the contest she has entered it in) ;)               

My own Moera is still coming along, I only have the hood to finish (and a zip to find and sew in) and WILL finish the knitting this weekend, after all I have an extra day! And I really want to get started on my new cardigan design for me!




I've just finished reading 'Leaving Time' by Jodi Picoult. It was a really wow book. A great story to start with, and then a twist that left me unable to get out of bed until it was finished. I really recommend this story.  My next problem after reading a really great book though, is what next?

Any suggestions?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Finished Office Makeover!

5 months ago, I posted that I was going to makeover our spare room/dumping space and turn it into an office for myself. I am actually incredibly surprised that it only took me 5 months, I wondered if I would ever get there.

To remind you what it looked like before.....

Purple and green walls, a really unusable desk and a room that was only used twice a year when my mum came to stay.

And now - oh I am so happy, most importantly, that is a useful space!






You'll have to excuse the stuff on desks etc, but I've been using it for the last few weeks and I LOVE working down there, so its a work space, not a show home! That cupboard in the last photo is my yarn cupboard - in part! I'm actually thrilled that my yarn only takes up the bottom 2 shelves, leaving me with more storage for other things. Its also built into the space under the stairs, replacing the horrible corner desk.

Almost all the furniture is repurporsed, only the couch is new and I bought a wee set of office drawers for $30 from trademe. The blanket box is my late Mother in Laws, the bookshelf was stolen from my corner in the lounge and the desk and chair are our old dining table, which has been sitting in the garage for a few years waiting to be given away or sold.


And the thing that excites me the most, is how useful it is. I can sit at the desk and look out and see the kids in the backyard. I can shut the door at the top of the stairs and get some work done when my husband is home. I can sneak down there and do some work whenever I like. I can spread out my stuff everywhere and its not the lounge floor. I can connect up that second screen to my laptop and work on spreadsheets and patterns so much easier. Its like a dream!  I have used that room almost every day in the last few weeks, which is probably more than it has been used combined over the last 5 years. WIN!

Here is my yarn in the cupboard - its very organised, and these boxes are full. Which means I need to knit some stuff before I buy anything else. I did get rid of a few random skeins when I sorted it, ones I knew I would never knit, which was rather gratifying.

And that is IT! 

So there you go, welcome to my office!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wednesday WIPs

My aim of focusing on one project at a time has really paid off this week - my cardigan is completely finished (photos to come soon) and my Moera has really grown!


 

That second sleeve will be finished tonight and then its the joining and the yoke, and the hood to go - it will be finished this week! I have an adult design to cast on, but I have to finish this first!


This arrived in my mailbox today too. After sorting out my yarn and my office (oh yes, photos of that coming soon too!) I decided that I really don't need any more yarn. And then I saw this for sale and I decided it didn't really count. Its a 200gm ball which is exciting too. My daughter saw it and immediately described what it will look like knit up for her. So it might not make it to my stash anyway....

 I hope you are having a lovely week - what is on your needles?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wednesday WIPS

I've been trying really hard to focus on just a couple of WIPs lately, it seems to be working and I am finally making progress! My cardigan is nearly finished. I haven't taken another photo of that, as I am hoping to show you a finished photo very soon!!!

I have also been knitting away on a Moera for my son.


It hasn't been getting my full attention yet, but once I finish the cardigan it is going to get sole attention for a wee while at least!


It is still school holidays here, which for me, always means lots of reading. I finished the Silo Trilogy by Hugh Howey (Wool, Shift, Dust) and really loved them. I whipped through The Giver yesterday by Lois Lowrey (yes the same author as Anastacia books!) and am onto the second in that series too. Holidays make up for me falling asleep every time I pick up a book in term time!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Zagging Skirt - Refreshed!

In September 2012 I released a pattern that I quite liked - but since then I've often looked at it and thought that I could improve it. That it could sit more nicely, that the instructions could be clearer.

And given how much my daughter likes skirts this year, I decided that it was time to reknit it and improve it.

I love how it turned out and I'm so pleased I was able to refresh this pattern! My daughter loves it too and now I have another one on my list - with no colourwork this time - just a lovely plain skirt!


And of course - its available for purchase on Ravelry. If you bought the old version, you should already have this one in your library. And if not, you can get it now with $1 off for the next week (ends 14 October NZT)

Friday, October 3, 2014

Share All The Things Friday

I'm copying Libby of Truly Myrtle and doing a random 'all the things'  post today!

  • I finally took a photo of a shawl I finished ages ago. The yarn landed in my box and I needed to knit it straight away, and I knit it quick. But it took me weeks to sew in the ends and take a photo. I don't love it to be honest, I think its the combo of yarn + pattern - both gorgeous, but perhaps not the best combined.



  • Today is my Son's 7th Birthday!! He is a very cool kid and we have been celebrating very casually for the last few days - School Holidays means we can do that!


  • For about 6 months now, we have been having our meals delivered from My Food Bag - omg it is awesome!! all the meals planned, exact ingredients (plus extra usually) delivered every Sunday night, and it makes it so easy to cook every night. I actually really enjoy cooking, but HATE planning and deciding and even supermarket shopping, most days. It seems to be expensive, but actually I spend way less money at the Supermarket this way, going once every 2 weeks instead of every 2 days. The recipes also add in way more vegetables than I would otherwise and are well balanced and really yummy! I'm definitely sticking with this!

So there you go, lots of random shares :) Have a great Friday!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wednesday WIPs

It feels like I have been knitting this cardigan forever! Although my Ravelry projects tell me I am only just coming up to 2 months, which doesn't seem so long given the other things I have also knit in that time!
I don't have a lot of yarn left, but I'm hoping it will be enough, I will split it evenly and just knit the sleeves till I run out!
I am enjoying it, and I know it will be well worn and loved once it is finished, perhaps next Autumn/Winter. Given that today looks like this....





I am ignoring the season though as I cast on another project - this time a Moera for my son. He was pretty little and cute when I first designed it, and its time he had another one! He was 4.5yrs old here and I thought he was so grown up, he turns 7 this Friday!!

The Knitting for Boys Group on Rav have chosen my Umberto pattern for their next KAL, and that allows ANY of my patterns to be knit as part of the KAL - so I'll be joining in with this one, in this yarn.
You can join in too if you like! And whether you do or not, there is a discount code that you can use on ALL my patterns, until the end of Friday NZT - it gives you 20% off any and all of them - with the code kfbkal .

I am also WIPing my way through Shift - the second in the Silo series by Hugh Howey, it comes after Wool (which yes, I admit to picking up due to its title). They are an amazing series, I am really really loving them. And besides a few similes and references to wool, they are not at all about knitting;.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Sorting and Organising!

I've had a busy week setting my office/knitting room up - its not quite there yet, but its getting closer!

It has meant a bit of whole-house decluttering and tidying while I am at it, my lounge office looks a lot different now that I have moved most of it out!

How about some sneak peeks? (Its not quite ready for the full reveal yet!) I still have all my teaching resources to sort!





Finally, I got to use the label maker my family bought me for Mother's Day!

Lately I've been seeing lots of people's destash/scrap blankets, and it made me start thinking about knitting my own. Sorting out all my stash was the perfect time for planning this. Although I also found another destash scrap blanket I started about 18 months ago.



And I found a whole box worth perfect for the Memory Blanket. I think that means I need to knit one.... which means I need to finish the first one too - One for each of my kids!


Looks like I will be working on these over the next wee while when I need some mindless knitting! I will need a bit of that for the next 3 months or so, as I have accepted a teaching job till the end of the year - starting up a new New Entrants class. I am really looking forward to it and hope that knitting won't get completely pushed aside, although I know my designing possibly will.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday Round Up

I seem to have re found all my mojo and my knitting bug too - I am rather enjoying it! I am still working my way along a cardigan for myself - the weather fines up and I think there isn't any hurry and then the Wellington Spring hits again and I remember why I love wool 10 months of the year here!!

I have recently finished a girl's cardigan design and I'm getting ready to cast on one for me too - it will have long sleeve options as well and I think I'll do those for myself first off! Here is a sneaky peek....

I've also finally taken some photos of some yummy yarns I received in 2 preorders - so pretty!
These are from Little Plum Yarns and Nunnaba. I may have received another Nunnaba gradient and knit it already! Must take a photo!


And my office room is coming along too - I'm hoping to have the painting finished this week (top coats and trims to go) and then I have 2 weeks of school holidays to organise it all.


So there you go, a Monday Round up! What has been keeping you busy?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

FO: Gradient Corrie

I am so happy to have my computer back! It is all fixed, new hard drive and all files and photos safe! I will be backing them up much more frequently now.

The knitting got a real go when my computer was away, I knit a wee shawl and a cardigan for a gift. I've got a few things on the needles, but I'm not sure what I want to knit next! I thought it was going to be version 2 of a new cardigan pattern, but my daughter has poo-pooed the colour she demanded 3 weeks ago (Hot pink) so I might give it a miss! That means more time to knit for myself anyway.

My friend had a wee baby girl a few weeks ago, and I felt the need to knit for her. It didn't take me long to decide on this pretty Gradient yarn for a wee Corrie.


I knit a 3 month size and finished off the sleeves before I finished the body, as I wanted the purple for the trim. I also missed a couple of stocking stitch rows in the sleeves. I was a bit worried I would run out of yarn!
 
I loved knitting this one, its always fun knitting a wee size, and in a Gradient yarn, its not a chore in the slightest!
I used these super cute buttons from Buttons by Benji. I had 5 small and 5 large and I needed 6, so I went with a feature one at the top. AND I had a nice sized ball of yarn left over!





I'm very happy with how it turned out - now to post it to my friend before her child grows too big!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Computers, love 'em, hate 'em

Last week my computer decided it needed to update windows, sure, I said, go ahead.

Dammit! My computer is now dead. 

I have an external hard drive, but typically I haven't backed anything up for approximately 3 months. I'm kicking myself! 

Not only are there part patterns, and a totally complete one, with lace charts and a different construction to my norm, that I just can't even fathom doing over again, but there are photos. My sister and I visited our Grandma 2 weekends ago, while in town for KAN. She recently turned 95 and has had heart troubles so has become a resident of a home for the elderly. And my clever sister made sure I didn't forget my camera. But they are on my computer.....

So this post is a public service announcement, go and back up your hard drive! Allow your computer to finish syncing with iCloud or Google cloud (mine was paused....) Don't put it off, like I did!

Blogging from the iPad is hard work, so many auto corrections (auto errors more like!) so cross your fingers for me, that my laptop will be easily and swiftly repaired, but most importantly that my data is safe! 

Have you backed up yet ;)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Giveaway!!

Pop over to my facebook page to enter my Giveaway - its a Facebook only one, since its celebrating my 2000 Facebook Followers! :D


Monday, September 1, 2014

Knit August Nights #2

I have just returned from a weekend knitting retreat. It was lovely to have the weekend away and to hang out with some friends, old and new!  I did rather well with my shopping as well....


That is mostly single skeins of yarn, and except for the big lot of hot pink that my daughter requested, is all indie dyed and with no specific plan! The pink is for a cardigan for my daughter, I struggled to find just the right colour though!

I bought some lovely project bags, from Zippy Wippies too and also a yarn bowl!

I also did a class on Photography with the awesome ladies from Stitch Seekers (you may know them for their Men in Knitwear Calender too). They even brought a model in for us to photograph at the end! haha!!

This years KAN was very different from last year, there were issues with the venue and it really wasn't as social due to their being not enough places for people to chillax. It was a disappointment, but overall it was still a great weekend. And next year, the venue will have finished their building work and it can only be better! It definitely won't put me off going again.

I got very little actual knitting done, perhaps 20 rounds of a girls skirt...

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Now Available: Modern Princess

A few months ago, my pattern, Modern Princess was part of the first Red Riding Hood Yarns Ladies of Luxe Yarn club. It was such a fun design brief, and I posted about my inspiration here if you would like to read it.


They are a pretty sock to knit and a lovely sock to wear. These were knit with a gorgeous sparkle sock, but they work in any sock yarn!


And now you can buy the pattern and knit them too!  (and you totally should!)

I am off to a knitting retreat tomorrow, and there are a lot of people that can't make it - so I'm sharing the love and discounting this pattern by $1 for the weekend - I wish you could all come, but have a sock pattern instead ;) 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

My Weekly WIPS #6

I've been knitting monogamously this week - on my new version of the Zagging skirt. The new version is going to have a much more A-line shape and of course a general tidy up and update.


I actually have been avoiding knitting a little this week. I've been getting sore wrists lately, not while I am knitting, but I often wake with them. Which scares me a little, so I've been resting them a lot. I am also trying hard to have better keyboard posture when typing, I think I got a little lazy with it on my knee.


As well as my knitting WIPs, I've finally made some progress on my office! Its been at a bit of a standstill, waiting on the builder to build my cupboard. But he arrived today and nearly got it finished!

 Just the shelves to come and then this is going to have ALL my yarn in it! And some other stuff too.

Just some plaster and paint - which I am going to have a go at..... These photos are taken on slightly odd angle, the walls and cupboard are actually straight!!

As well as that I got a new couch for my office too. As this has taken over our spare room, it is a fold out couch. One that is in desperate need for some bright cushions - I think they will be next on my plan!! I can't show you that though as its still in a box after a mis-delivery this morning and a redelivery this afternoon!

I finally bought some undercoat to go over those lovely walls too, and hopefully I will get a chance to get stuck into that next week - cupboard done and kids at school! Then I will really see it start to come together!

And as you can see from my old post, I've managed to get rid of lots of stuff - the bed, bookshelf and books are all gone (although some of the books are in my garage waiting for me to get some motivation to do something with them).

Hopefully it won't be too long till I can show you the Finished product!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

FO: Settler Shawl Test Knit

I don't do a lot of test knitting these days, as much as I would love to, my needles are almost always too busy to volunteer for more deadline knitting.

However when the lovely Libby of Truly Myrtle posted her tester call - well I couldn't look away. I just love her new design and I had to volunteer! Its my kind of shawl pattern, with enough interest that I don't wouldn't put it down and forget about it, but not so lacy I can't actually keep my place and lose stitches willy nilly. You see, lace knitting does not come naturally to me.

The textured border stitches on this shawl suited my knitting style perfectly, they are really rather easy once you get going!



Its a lovely shape and size, perfect for some gentle neck wrapping. I was pleased to be wearing this outside for photos, Spring is attempting to come, but its still bitterly cold!


I believe this shawl pattern will be released very soon, and I will be sure to link it when it is!
Mine is knit in Socktopus Sokkusu Original in 'Dyepot baby' which is just a perfect green yarn in my opinion, so many beautiful shades all working together.


Unbelievably I cast off another project yesterday, my new girls design, you may have to wait just a wee bit longer to see that one though!