With the Edinburgh yarn festival now two weeks away it was time to make some hard decisions. I had to take a look at my stash and make some sacrifices to make space for lots of lovely new yarn/
I spent some time last week deciding on what I could part with and re-discovering some lovely yarns that are just waiting to be used. I have a really bad habit of “saving” yarns for something special. When in reality everything we knit is something special.
Finally I came up with some yarn to be donated to our local charity shop – not as much as I had hoped. The next issue was to use up some of the lovelies – I reviewed my ravelry queue and listed a number of shawls I want to knit. I then needed to identify the best choices for social knitting.
It looks like the Edinburgh festival will be very social and too much lace work is not a good idea so I decided on Drachenfels http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/drachenfels and On the Spice Market http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/on-the-spice-market. Both these shawls have lots of garter stitch and use multiple colours – great for using up small quantities of really nice yarn.
This lovely rose bouquet was the inspiration for my spice market shawl which will probably be more of a fruit market colour palette. All the shawls are now set up and ready to go – roll on Edinburgh.
This snug little hat is another test knit I completed before Christmas. It is designed by the very lovely Bijdehante Tante who has made the pattern available free on Ravelry. Here is the link: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mutse
This neat little hat was a quick knit and was very favourably received by my son. It has a little colour work – a great taster piece.
I was a little delayed in posting about this hat but got a lovely reminder from the designer. Today being Valentines day I assumed the very pretty hearts package was for one of my children – it was a lovely surprise to see it was for me – thank you.
This hat was a test knit for Susanna Winter and to be honest I wasn’t very happy with it when it was complete. What I felt was the stitch definition was not good and I suspect this was down to my choice of yarn. I used an alpaca yarn that is very soft and has a halo so it was never going to give a good definition. I was also comparing my hat to other test knitters and that was a bad idea. I suspect that part of the reason designers have test knitters is to see how different knitters interpret their pattern.
Sitting back how looking at the hat I am a lot happier. I love softness of the colours and the softness the yarn gives the garter stitch and lace contrast. I knit the large size and it is comfortable. The original hat had a pom-pom and I felt the hat didn’t need it. So here it is – Wild Sage http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wild-sage-hat
A very nice pattern – with or without pom-pom.
Playing with buttons always makes me smile – the possibilities are endless. We are finally beginning to see signs of spring and longer days. Time to look forward to brighter colours and funky accessories.
For the past few days I have been working on new button brooches and the photographs show a sample of the new designs available at https://www.etsy.com/ie/shop/Buttonnuthin?ref=hdr_shop_menu
All knitting has been delayed while I restock the shelves of my online shop so it is now time to tackle the backlog that has been building.
Like most knitters I am asked to knit baby cardigans frequently. It is one of my least favourite things to do. There are a couple reasons for this – one is yarn. Most mums like a yarn that can be thrown into the washing machine a couple of times a week and that will dry quickly – unfortunately this means a synthetic. When my daughter was born I was gifted a set of cardigans and they were lovely but 100% acrylic – the midwife joked that I would be looking at them for a long time as they would grow with her – how right she was.
I found that in the early days when you have a baby and are not getting out much it is easier to keep them in a baby grow and cardigan rather than struggling to put them into dresses, tights etc. and then change them what seems like every five minutes. Practicality won out for me and I am sure lots of other mums.
Another reason for my dislike of baby cardigans is the sewing up on these tiny little items – that issue is a little easier to deal with. So when work colleague of my husband asked if I would knit a cardigan I jumped at the opportunity to look at patterns and stash dive. In my mind I wanted a V-neck cardigan that was seamless with raglan sleeves – I found one. This lovely pattern F595 Baby Cardigan by Vanessa Ewing – link here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/f595-baby-cardigan
It is knit bottom up and was perfect – the only little bit of sewing is tidying up under the arms. The pattern comes in 3 sizes 0-3, 6 – 12 and 18- 24. The shaping on this cardigan was much better than some of the top down cardigans I have knit. The first cardigan was the largest size (photo above) in King Cole Cotton and Bamboo. This particular yarn was bought on sale and was languishing in my stash. It is generously sized and I was happy with the result. I decided then to make the second size as I know an acrylic is easier to manage washing and drying and it was fine. Some funky football buttons really helped finish it nicely and the pattern around the yoke looks a lot better in a solid.
What I have since discovered is the request was for a new baby that is not yet born and not the one year old I presumed it was for. So I guess I am off to knit the smallest size now.
On 1st December I joined a “kindness of Knitters” who were working on Christina Campbell’s Project Peace Cowl. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/project-peace
Christina organized a magnificent Peace along and posted daily peace tips and thousands of knitters across the world joined in. Many checking in daily and some like me doing their best to stay in touch.
The run up to Christmas can be frantic and I really enjoyed the little breaks to sit and reflect and work on this really simple pattern. My cowl was knit in Drops Alpaca and is really soft and squishy and a lovely bonus at the end of a busy month.
Thank you Christina.
There is nothing nicer than giving a gift to a crafty friend that appreciates the time and effort taken. This year for my knitting buddies I decided to make some Project bags. My stash of cotton was crying out to be used and at the knitting and stitching show this year I took a class in making a small zipped pouch.
After a lot of time fiddling and procrastinating I got things moving and spent two days making the bags shown. 8 bags in total and I was really happy with the results – not all perfect but a big improvement on my original class version.
Each pouch is padded with fusible wadding and lined. The process challenged me in a lot of ways. My sewing skills have improved, I can now re-thread my overlocker and also change needles on the overlocker. So next sewing endeavor is more of the same as the pouches were well received and I have a couple of orders.