Wednesday, August 20, 2014

My Weekly Wips

This week I have managed to finish and cast off 2 projects, I'm rather pleased! And it means I can finally get back to, and concentrate on a cardigan I cast on a few weeks ago and haven't looked at since!


Its a lovely soft yarn, which I know is going to be really pilly once its finished and being worn, but I think it might be worth it!

 It is knit contiguously, which I really rather enjoy these days....

But as you can see, I have rather a long way to go!

Finished knits coming soon! :D

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

My Weekly Wips

This week I have cast on a new WIP - one that wasn't on my list of things to knit this month. But then the lovely Libby of Truly Myrtle posted a tester call for her newest design and I just had to sign up.

That very morning I had been picking through my collection of scarves and wraps and bemoaning them, I am definitely in need of more long, wrap-able shawls in semi solid colours.


I am really enjoying the knitting - its rather easy so far, but not boring - and I'm looking forward to the textured section at the end.


I am trying to get it knit quickly, so I can wear it and also so I can return to my rather fully August knit list!


I'm knitting this up in a long stashed skein of Socktopus Sokkusu Original  in the colourway 'dyepot baby'. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

FO: Wethersfield

I finished my new cardigan last week and it is lovely and cosy and so comfy to wear. I don't think its the most flattering thing I have ever knit but I keep throwing it on, which makes it a winner in my wardrobe!

I added some waist shaping, due to the pattern not including any and I think it helps a little, but I possibly could have included even more!


It is possibly slightly too big for me, and I adjusted the sleeve shaping so they weren't so tight, but I possibly could have done an extra few decreases towards the wrist as they are a little loose there.


I had a terrible time with photos of this knit, the inability to go outside didn't help (RAIN) but still, I apologise for the lack of good photos!

I knit this with Cascade Eco+ which I am a fan of, finding heavier weight yarns much trickier to source, and I know I will get a lot of wear from this one! Finally my Aidez will get a rest!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

FO: 5th Birthday Party!

I'm counting it as a Finish - its not a knit but its been taking most of my brain space lately, so I'm stoked it was a success!

My darling, gorgeous, funny daughter turned 5 on Friday.
She was rather excited, we have had a daily countdown since we hit 85 days to go!
Today we hosted a 5th birthday party for her. It was a little chaotic, our house is not huge, but it was good all the same.






She is very excited about School tomorrow!! (as am I...) No photos of her friends here, but there were 16 children in total, so it was a busy time!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

My Weekly WIPS

Its a new month, and I pretty much (half a sock to go...) managed to finish off all my July knits, which means some fresh new ones for August, we will just pretend we aren't nearly a whole week in!

I had a yarn winding session yesterday and I'm set to go!


I've finally cast on a new girls design that has been wound and waiting to be cast on for about 6 months. But I lost the swatch, then changed my mind a little. Now its ready to go, pattern is mostly written, and its on the needles.


My daughter is obsessed with skirts. I only have one skirt design, and I've been wanting to fix it up a little for a while, I'm not in love with the shape of it (although I still love the concept) so I will be working up a new Zagging Skirt, with this pretty blue and a pink zig zag. The pink is the leftover from my Poppy and my Britney skirt. Its getting a lot of love! The colours are rather a bold choice but my (nearly!)5 year old was adamant this was the right combo, and as she will be wearing it, I'm going with it!


This is my 'Grey' for my Nested - it doesn't look so grey here, and my swatch is definitely a bluey/grey - its yummy. I'm hoping its not going to knit up too stripey!


So there you go, my August knits. I also have a knitting retreat weekend at the end of the month so I am quite likely to start something new for that!

What are you working on at the moment?

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

FO: Poppy

I finally blocked the wee Poppy hat I knit for my friend's daughter, and here it is!






This used such a minimal amount of yarn (Red Riding Hood Belle in Homecoming Queen) that I still have some left for my next project.. which I will show you later!


Thanks for your opinions on my next me-knit, I'm going with a Grey Nested for now. Swatch currently drying and casting on soon!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

What's next?

I love knitting for myself and I really love wearing my knits. I'm very tempted to start a new design for myself, but I'm not sure I have the brain power for that just yet, perhaps when my daughter starts school in a week and I have a few hours a week of silence!

So as I come to the end of my Weathersfield, its time to decide what to knit myself next.

OPTIONS! (feel free to tell me what you think - they will all be knit, but what first!?)

Nested
I would knit this one without the panel of color work on the back, just a plain open fronted grey cardie - which I think is something I can never have enough of. 

Grace
This one would be a lot brighter, and I'm not sure how much I will wear this in the middle of what is still winter here for quite a few more months, but the colour is also tempting me!



Or do I do my Boden?
This is another winter sweater.

I think the pink is calling me after knitting a grey cardigan, but I can see the other greys possibly getting more wear currently!

I am also starting to write up a new girls design, I love it in concept, hopefully I'll love it as much once its done!

Friday, August 1, 2014

FO: Little Umberto

A friend of mine had a baby in November last year. I was excited and knit her a gorgeous wee baby set.... that was TOTALLY the wrong season for her baby once he arrived.

Recently I messaged her and asked if I could please have his measurements so I could knit him something, since I was so slack at the time of his arrival. She was rather pleased by my offer, which only made them both more knit worthy!


I decided to knit an Umberto for him and I'm rather pleased with the finished knit. Hopefully my friend will be too! Now I just have to get it in the post... sometimes its where my intentions really fall down!


Knit in Bendigo Woollen Mills Classic 8ply in Denim Mix.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

My Weekly WIPS

This week I am still working on some of the same things that I was working on last week, but I have a new project too!

My Wethersfield is humming along nicely, although I had to knit this sleeve twice to get it right. Its perfect now though, and I'm still hoping to have this whole thing finished by the end of the weekend. A sleeve and a band to go, surely that's possible...


I cast on a Poppy hat yesterday, joining in with a hat KAL for Just Jussi - I haven't knit one of these for a few years, but when my friend mentioned her baby had outgrown the hat I knit for her, it was the perfect chance to knit another!

I've actually knit a lot more since I took this photo, this morning, its a really addictive and easy knit!

What have you got on the needles this week?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sleeves

Sleeves are funny things. They can take an incredible amount of time and are often the left over thing to be done on a sweater. The least exciting. The least inviting.

I had an epiphany about sleeves recently. They really are not that bad.

Shut down the laptop, put something good on TV, and knit! And before you know it, the sleeve is longer! A kids sleeve really does not need to take me weeks. I can knit it in an evening.

That is until you finish a sleeve, cast off, try it on and discover your gauge was out. Your sleeve is too tight, and will definitely need to be re knit!

Then it goes back into the dreaded sleeve category.




Thursday, July 24, 2014

My Weekly WIPs

A while ago I shared a photo of the things I was planning to cast on -  (ok so it turns out I didn't, that must have been on Facebook, I have been negligent, sorry Blog!). It looked a little something like this, on the 8th of July.


And now they look like this

My Wethersfield

Body complete, sleeves and bands to go!


And like this - a wee Umberto

Body done, 1.5 sleeves to go and the neckline.

The green is yet to be cast on - its a new design and I know exactly what I want to do but it does mean some thinking!
I like to have things finished by the end of the month so I can start a new month with fresh, multiple, cast ons. Its a bit weird, but its how I like to do things. So hopefully I will get both of these finished (and most of a sock!) by the end of July!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Umberto

Introducing.....



I am so excited to release this pattern! Designed especially with the boys in our lives in mind, its a classic cabled V neck sweater, OR VEST!


Oh yes. First I wrote the pattern to be top down and raglan. And then I rethought it. After all this really is the perfect design for a vest too. So I scrapped that pattern and started again from the bottom. With the set in sleeves, it is the perfect base for a vest, and of course the instructions are included for that too.

I know a lot of people prefer top down, and I get that. I really do. However with this one, bottom up is actually WAY easier. By the time you get to the V and armholes the cable is a total breeze - and I've used the cable to follow and shape the V, which I personally think is a lovely design feature.

The cable is both charted and written, so whichever way you like to do it, this pattern is for you.
I had a wonderful group of test knitters on this one, and a wonderful Tech Editor, and between us, I think you are going to love this pattern - its sized from 3m -12 years.
And you can find it on Ravelry RIGHT HERE - pop over and show it some love <3. An automatic $1 discount will be applied until midnight 25 July 2014.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Stash additions...

After my cold sheeping effort for 3 whole weeks, I have been enjoying the fun of not trying to resist the yarns.

I haven't photographed and added anything to my Ravelry stash for a few weeks, and here they are, ready and waiting!

 One of my favourite sock yarns - from Vintage Purls - this is 'Gobbo' and 'Silence'.

 Delicious 'The Bismark Sapphire' DK weight yarn from Feather Brush - so pretty!

All the remaining yarns that follow are from Little Plum Yarn - some of these are from a preorder paid for ages ago, but some were just impromptu Facebook purchases. I LOVE them all!
 'Sweet Peach' Sparkle Twist sock - hopefully you can see the sparkle!

'Lavender' Supertwist Sport

 'Intensity' BFL Lush Sock - this really is as delicious as it looks!

'Steel Grey' Worsted Superwash Merino (destined to be a Boden)

That should keep me going for now ;) - I have a couple of other preorders in the works, but I'm trying hard to save my money now, for a Knitting Weekend at the end of August in Napier - the market which I loved last year, is destined to be even bigger this year!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

One sock down

School holidays are just about over now, and they really flew. We took a short trip to my Mum's house 3.5hours away, and I did quite a bit of knitting. However I forgot to take the yarn for my cardigan with me... so my hopes to get it finished were dashed.

I finished off a sock for my husband instead - he requested longer socks this time - so I went with the toe up version of Scott Base, and wound my skein into 2 even balls so I could use up every last scrap and make them as long as possible.

One done, one to go - but the first has had approval of perfect fit, which will probably motivate me to hurry up and get the second done.


I love hand knit socks - here is a shot of my feet today - warmly ensconced in hand knit socks and woolly ugg boots!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

New Glasses and a new cardi!

I finished my new cardigan!! To be honest, its really not quite what I expected, as lovely as it is, its no where near as long as I expected it to be! The pattern does have a schematic, which I checked for bust and hips etc, but didn't check out the LENGTH! Well that was a bit silly really, as knit to the pattern length it is a good 3-4" shorter than I expected it to be looking at the pattern photo.

By the time I had worked it out, I was already onto the edging, which I knit and ripped more than once and I was ready to finish this thing and get onto the next. I will wear it at this length, but I think it will be better suited with a dress or skirt, rather than with pants!

Other than the length thing, this is a lovely pattern, and I possibly will make myself a truly long one in the future! 

I knit this with the very yummy Little Plum Yarn Lush Sock in Kale - yummy! 

And after rather a long time struggling to see, I got some glasses! I have worn them in the past but my eyes had changed quite a bit and they were hurting my eyes, and well I have excuses but basically I have been due to get my eyes checked for rather a long time. I don't have to wear them all the time, but now that I have them, I have realised how bad my vision was - turns out not everything in my life has rounded edges....

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Holidays!

I'm still working away on my WIPS, not quite as quickly as I would have liked, and of course there is a bit of ripping and re-knitting as well - which only seems to happen when I set myself a deadline!! I'm currently contemplating ripping back the bottom ribbing on my Summer Festival as well and making it longer, to match what I had in my head more than what the pattern has given me.... but that is more ripping!

In the meantime, July has completely snuck up on me - how did we hit July?!! It is now school holidays which is nice (when the kids aren't driving me batty) so I'm really hoping the knitting time will increase, at least during the day!
Turns out I'm also hosting a Knit A Long this month - over on Ravelry!  There will be prizes and there is a pattern discount too  - it might prompt me to finish those socks for my husband, or perhaps something else....


I have also been very slowly working away on my knitting room/office, mostly clearing things out and creating a blank canvas -  I don't have much teaching work booked for this coming Term and my daughter starts SCHOOL, so I'm hoping to sneak some painting time in when no-one is home to 'help' me. I've also had quotes done to get a cupboard built in the under the stairs so just waiting on the builder to fit me in, I am looking forward to having a proper yarn cupboard!

I did manage to finish my daughter's skirt and she is quite a fan of it!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

WIP blasting!!

For a while now, I've been working away on lots of projects, but not really getting anything finished! Last weekend, I decided that I REALLY wanted to wear some of these projects and it was time to crack on with them.

First I cast off the GAPtastic cowl that had been on my needle a few weeks, its really lovely, and I am so pleased I finally got around to knitting one of these! I used some yarn from stash, added some extra sts to account for the wrong gauge and I'm very happy with it.  I have already worn this lots, and I am sure I will continue to.


Next I finished off the Britney skirt for Amelia. I just need to find some elastic. I did that thing where I took my elastic to a friend's house so she wouldn't have to buy any, and now I can't find it (I did bring it home again, so not her fault!) and will need to go and buy some. Its fairly typical Sarah to be honest. She is begging to wear it so I will get it elasticated soon!


Over the last 5 days I've been knitting pretty monogamously on my Summer Festival cardigan. I know this will get A LOT of wear when its done, it will be a great classroom/teaching cardi, so I just need to hurry up! I've finally finished the body, and am just finishing off the band, with only the sleeves to go. It will be finished this week! (Oh yes it will! just in time for holidays... perhaps I will have managed to sew on the buttons by the end of the holidays too!)


I have swatched for a new design, and will crack on with that in the holidays too, and I'm kind of hoping that I might even knit an entire cardigan for myself in those 2 weeks too.... Its Wethersfield, and fairly thick yarn, so surely I can do it....

So there you go, finally some progress! 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Cold Sheeping Fail

A friend in my knitting group recently decided to go Cold Sheep for 30 days (that would be like Cold Turkey, but with yarn) - and I decided it was a great idea to join in. There are SO many yummy yarns out there that I have been finding completely irresistible of late, and so I was just buying willy nilly, I thought a pause in that would be a good thing.

Well besides the fact that I only lasted 20 days, I turned my attentions instead to knitting books!! I got a whole pile out of the library and read a whole lot of reviews, especially of the ones my Library doesn't have, and then I ordered a couple...

These are the ones I have added to my own personal collection in the last month.


Knitting From the Top, by Barbara G.Walker.

This one has been on my list for a long time, having been recommended by many knit designers, so when I saw it on Abebooks for a ridiculous $10 delivered, it hopped into my cart and flew to my house. I personally enjoy Barbara Walker's conversational style of book, so while I haven't sat and read this cover to cover (yet) it looks to be a very useful book.

 Knit to Flatter, by Amy Herzog

This is a lovely book, well laid out and an enjoyable read. I bought this more for my own selfish knits than pattern design, but it is probably one of those useful books that will really be good for both. Some lovely patterns, but I have a poor history of actually knitting the patterns in knitting books, so don't hold your breathe!


 The Knit Stitch Pattern Handbook by Melissa Leapman

 I've been looking for a new stitch dictionary for a wee while, and noticed our library had this one in, and as soon as I saw it I had to have it. I LOVE when they have a photo, a chart AND instructions. And there are some lovely stitches in this book I haven't really seen before.


Sweater Design in Plain English by Maggie Righetti

I actually requested our library buy this one over a year ago, and I got it out and had a look but wasn't that into it at the time, I don't think I was ready for all its glory! I got it out again recently and fell in love with it as I worked out set in sleeves for a new design - its a great book and I didn't return the library copy till my own arrived.


So there you go, not so great on the Cold Sheeping, but a fairly successful knitting book shopping focus. I have some more from the library that I am currently looking through and deciding if I NEED.....

Do you have a favourite knitting book you want to recommend to me?