Janu-beary update

 

 

Wonky, wobbly and weird
Wonky, wobbly and weird

I have finished my tiger.  I am relieved that it is done as this project has shown me that I have no talent for making toys.

This is no reflection on the wonderful design –  Gregory Patrick I am in awe of your skill in making bears.

My little guy is wonky, wobbly and weird looking – I am sure my son will love him.  I enjoyed the process, learnt quite a bit as this was well outside my comfort zone.  Really hoping my daughter doesn’t want one.

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A little Slouchy, Slouchy and Seriously Slouchy.

Seriously Slouchy
Seriously Slouchy

 

I have been looking at some slouchy hat patterns – part of the dozen hats group on Ravelry – this month there were two really nice slouchy patterns Kopernikus  and Yarnster – links below.   Having done a little stash diving I came up with two yarns that might be suitable – on a yarn diet at the moment and trying desperately to stash down. Having said that I am working on some sock KALs and just don’t have the right yarns – will have to put my stash up on Ravelry so that I have a better idea of what I do have – another summer project

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/kopernikus

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/yarnster.

But I digress – so working on these patters I remembered a half-finished beret that I had lounging in my wip basket.  This is based on a pattern I devised for my handspun yarn so I decided to dust it off and finish it.  One day I will get around to writing up this patter in a format that is readable.  It is knit in Donegal soft and it was a relief to finally get it off the needles.

So the results were Kopernikus was only slightly slouchy, Yarnster was nicely slouchy and my Donegal Soft – Seriously Slouchy.

 

Kopernikus
Slightly Slouchy
Slouchy
Slouchy

Hats and more Hats

Big rush this weekend to finish and block hats. This is the last week of school for my son and his lovely lollipop lady had asked me to make her some funky hats. Anne is due to start chemo in the coming weeks – I was happy to oblige but as usual left things to the last minute.

Piazza
Piazza
Cloche
Cloche

The Cloche and Shore Pattern came from a very nice book – Weekend Hats an Interweave publication.

The Escargot and Piazza Patterns are both free Ravely Patterns – Escargot link is here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/escargot and the Piazza link is here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/piazza-hat.

As usual I cannot leave a good pattern alone and have tweaked these slightly to suit my taste.

The Escargot hat is currently being blocked on my very technical blocking system – a pyrex bowl and two tupperware bowls stacked to give the desired shape.

 

Escargot
Escargot

So looking forward to the next projects – mittens again. Very excited as I have bought some new needles as I am on a yarn diet in an effort to avoid purchasing yarn I needed new needles. I have purchased a set of the new Addi 20cm mini circulars. Hopefully they will help with the tension issues I have on colour work – will just have to wait and see.

Shore Hat
Shore Hat

Smitten by Mittens

Almost at the end of January and (drum roll please) I have completed both pairs of mittens.   I really struggled with my tension and blocking did fix a few issues.   On the topic of which I had never blocked mittens before so that was another new challenge.

Really happy with Freja mittens they are here –http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/freja

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The secret garden mittens are okay – I am very picky – turned out better than I expected.  My colour choice was limited by my stash so a little darker than I would advise – I also reduced the number of colours by one.   Lots of ends to darn in – my least favourite job.  There were a lovely group of people participating in the challenge and they offered lots of encouragement and advice to newbies like me.  The designer was on hand for any questions and this contributed to a great KAL.    Lovely to see all the different colour combos and customisation.  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/den-hemmelige-hagen-the-secret-garden-aka-torirot-mystery-mittens-january-2014

Secret Garden Mittens

I am now smitten with mittens and think there will be a few more – already have two cast on – working on my tension.

So February challenge – I am thinking about a double knit cowl – that needs to ferment for a day or so.

Dream Auction

Auction Lot
Auction Lot

Three Rock Rovers Hockey Club are having a Dream Auction on November 15th.  This is a fundraising event for the club and I am donating a couple of knits.   The first is a pair of sock wool beanies, these are super slouchy and bang on trend – ideal for watching from the sidelines or for coaches running around.  The second is a pair of bobble beanies also very trendy this winter, this is a new design and this pair are fresh off the needles.   Finally a hat and scarf set – yet to be photographed.

All the above will be beautifully boxed and ready for gift giving.

There will be lots more auction lots in the coming weeks so check out the club page here http://www.threerockrovershc.com/

It has been quite a while.

Handknit in Donegal Soft.
Handknit in Donegal Soft.

It has been quite a while since I blogged and also since I started this tea cosy which has become the bane of my life!  A few weeks ago Therese at Knit and Make (Rathmines) and I were discussing Tea Cosies.  I told her I had a perfect pattern for a traditional tea cosy and would run one up for her.    Ten minutes after starting work on it I remembered why I don’t like making them.   It is fiddly messy and very SLOW.  So finally three weeks later and several cowls and hats in between I gave myself a severe talking to a spent almost a whole day finishing the second half.

Was it worth the effort?  Yes absolutely – this is a great tea cosy.  The double layer of yarn – wrapping over at the back – makes it ideal for keeping the pot warm.  I may have to buy a bigger tea pot to fill this one.  So there it is –  pattern from patons can be found here  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/classic-pleated-tea-cosy.  I used Donegal Soft about 75 grms of each colour.

I met Marie this morning and was showing her the two completed pieces and having a moan about how long it had taken me to get that far –  she is in the same situation with one of these for her brother.  So for all you knitters stuck on one of these – just get on with it – it will be worth the effort.