Friday, 30 September 2011

FO Friday 30th Sept 2011

Good morning.  What a beautiful day.  Just been to the kids harvest festival, it was lovely.  Got a nice big sunny smile on my face :-)

Well its been a loooong time since I was able to join in a friday!  Very pleased to have 3 show offs today

The first is my crochet cardi.  I finished this during our holiday so was able to wear it on the wet and windy beach.  It is a king cole pattern, crochetted using King cole alpaca on a 4mm needle.  The pattern has sleeves but I prefer it without.

I think this one will get a lot of wear.  Really pleased with the yarn - its beautifully soft.

My next FO is a balaclava for my father in law.  He suffers with emphysema and the cold air can set off an attack.  Hopefully this will keep his airways warm.  I used a skein of malabrigo worsted and knitted on 4.5mm needles.

And the 3rd and final FO is a headband knitted for a christmas gift.  I love the colours of this one and am pleased to find I can make 2 from one ball of Noro Silk Garden.

I have a harvest festival tune going around in my head

I mustn't forget
No I mustn't forget
To say a great big thank you
I mustn't forget

It has given me an idea for my next blog post - a big thank you for all the crafted gifts that we love in our house :-)

I'm off to see what everyone else has finished this week over at  Plums Life  Natural suburbia  and  Tamis Amis blog,

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

WIP Wednesday 28th September 2011

It is a glorious autumnal day :-)

We were away last week and unfortunately it was miserable weather all week but that did however allow me plenty of time for knitting!  I've got a couple of FO for friday at last (seems ages since I was able to join in on a Friday).  My WiP is a Lore Hoodie from the Vampire knits book for me.  I decided I wanted a cheap knit which was washable so I'm using James Brett Marble Chunky.  Having serious yarn regret though as I am a yarn snob at heart and I'm really not enjoying working with acrylic.  Keep having to remind myself though that I will have a finished hoodie for 12 rather than 60pound+.  I'm using some of the modifications on ravelry and will be knitting longer sleeves and I've knitted the frontband along with the skirt to make it seamless.  I love ravelry for all the hints and tips.  This pattern is written in pieces but it can easily be a seamless knit - without ravelry I wouldnt have spotted the seamless potential.

The lace skirt is almost finished now.  Can you block acrylic?  The lace really needs blocking to open it out.  Marble chunky goes a very long way - I'm still on the 1st skein!!!

Knitting with chunky and 8mm needles has also made me realise how much I love 4ply and finer needles!!

I'll be back on friday :-)  but popping over to Tamis Amis blog now to see what everyone else is up to xx

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Its that time again - Kids clothes week challenge :-)

Pre-warning for all you seamstresses out there.  Its Kids Clothes Week Challenge again.  Set yourself a challenge to put aside an hour a day during the week to make your kids some clothes.  I took part in the May challenge and made a dress each for my two.

I've created a pinterest board for any inspirations - looking empty at the moment but I will start filling it!

Please sign up it was great fun x

WIP Wednesday 14th September 2011

 A blustery but warm Autumn wednesday :-)

I've made good progress on my cardi this week only the sleeves and edging left to go.  I'm hoping the edging will tighten and finish it off nicely as the motif border seems a bit floppy on the bottom at the moment.  We go on holiday this friday and I was desperately hoping it would be finished in time so I could start my next project and also wear the cardi on holiday.  As it is only short sleeves there may still be time to get it finished.  Has anyone tried the no chain foundation start in crochet?  I was chatting on a crafty forum and found that I am not the only one who hates that first row in crochet.  Any pattern that requires a long foundation chain tends to get ditched as I find it so twisty and fiddly!  The cardi sleeves require a 84 stitch foundation chain so I'm going to try this method out.

The colour in this pic is closer to the actual colour.  My camera seems to pick it up as a bright blue rather than the teal that it is.

I am so excited about my next project - the Lore Hoodie from Vampire Knits.  It has been very hard to stick to just the one WIP but I know that if I start many then they never reach the end.  I havent used acrylic in ages but I'm hoping to get lots of wear out of this hoodie so a machine washable yarn appealed.  Looking forward to a week in the caravan knitting :-)


For more crafty delights head over to Tamis Amis blog

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

WIP Wednesday 7th September 2011

Welcome to a very wet and windy September!!! 

Thank you for your comments and tips last week on how to join my motifs.  I tried whipstitch and joinng with slip stitch and a single crochet.  In the end I decided that single crochet but not into every chain looked best.  With motifs joined I am going back and forth with a 2 row pattern repeat which is nice and easy to memorise.  Lesson learnt though about crochetting whilst watching a late night film as I realised in the morning I had only joined 6 of the 7 motifs!!!!  Couldnt bring myself to rip back 4 sets of repeats so sneakily worked the repeats above the 7th motif and joined with a slip stitch!!!  Thankfully it doesnt look noticeable.

I'm a bit worried by the lack of shaping until the armpits but I suppose that is what you get with crochet patterns.

Looking forward to seeing what everyone else has been up to at Tamis Amis crafting blog