Monday, 21 July 2014

Lace Scarf

Last November, I bought a lovely skein of madtosh fingering in Loop in Islington. And this month, I knitted it up into a lovely lace scarf:

The pattern is free on Knitty: Lace Ribbon Scarf by Veronik Avery. I really love this yarn colour. It's called vishnu. You can see it better in this photo, which also shows the lace:

I'm very pleased with it, not least because I was able to correct the odd mistake by dropping down and using a crochet hook. I've come a long way, baby! A couple of years ago, I would never have been able to do that.

I was going to give it away as a christmas present, but now I'm not sure I can bear to... I'll see what else I knit between now and the Autumn!

Friday, 18 July 2014

Wallaby sweater

At last I knitted a sweater that fits and is practical for every day wear. At least when the weather gets cooler. It was rather hot the day I took this photo, so the modelling was just for a few minutes.

I made this sweater out of 1079 yards of Bergere Magic+ yarn and from a pattern called The Wonderful Wallaby, that I bought on etsy. It was a really nice pattern to knit and comes in a range of sizes, so when ds outgrows this one, I'll knit him another. And, even better, this one also fits me, so when he outgrows it, I will get the hand me down!

I made two adjustments: one to make an overlapping placket at the neckline, with buttons, and one to make the hood a bit less pointy. It was the very first time I made a kangaroo pocket or an overlapping placket, and so I can call this one a learning experience too.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Lazy Sunday

Knitting in the garden today. I started work on a lace ribbon scarf.

It's going extremely slowly, and it must be finished by 27 July (House Cup deadlines!) I've knitted about 10% so far.

Apart from knitting, I've been watching the Tour de France this weekend as it speeds through my home county of Yorkshire. I must say, the Yorkshire Dales landscape looks utterly ravishing on TV and I long to go back for a visit.

Monday, 30 June 2014

Stashdown #6 June 2014

I have knit knit knit in June, mainly owing to the Quidditch World Cup Series that has been playing at Hogwarts (Knit and Crochet version).

Woo! Yarn out as follows:
  • 253 yards on a shrug for my two year old niece
  • 50 yards on blanket squares, crocheted
  • 29 yards on another two charity mini hats
  • 169 yards  on  a crochet scarf
  • 312 yards on a felted bag with thistle embellishment (it had to be over 300 yards for points-earning purposes, so I had to make the thistle to get it over the threshold. OMB the things I do for the House Cup!!)

  • 127 yards on a slouchy hat for ds
Altogether that is 940 yards out - only 60 yards short of a magnificent 1000 yards.

Inward was 431 yards of yarn. There were two skeins I bought specifically to complete some of the projects on the above list, and one ball of Sirdar dk for next month.

CF from last month +2324
Yarn in +431
Yarn out -940
Net for month -509
YTD +1815

Saturday, 28 June 2014

A mirror with sparkling jewels

This weekend, I tried my hand at a different type of crafting!

Some years ago, I admired a friend's jewelled mirror frame, and she gave me instructions on how to do it. It took me a long time to source the materials, but finally, I had all of them in hand: an IKEA plain wooden framed mirror, a bag of acrylic gemstones and a hot glue gun. This mini one was from Hobbycraft.

I planned first on a sheet of paper, then glued the various jewels to the mirror frame:

Ta da!

How bright and cheerful my mirror is. I don't really intend it for the bathroom, though. I think it would not be good for it to experience condensation, the jewels might fall off. 

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Queen Anne's lace

I think it a good idea to alternate my knitting and crochet projects when I'm on a bit of a crafting roll, just really to rest my hands a little, as the holds are very different. So I've been interspersing ds's hat, ds's sweater and a knitted felted bag with some crocheted lace.

The crocheted lace is now finished in the form of this pretty scarf. I really like pink, it seems.

I used a free Queen Anne's lace pattern available in several places on Ravelry, a 6mm hook and about 170 yards of Noro Aya - a worsted weight cotton, silk and wool blend. Nice and light for the summer.

The felted bag is on its final stages.Still got a way to go on the knitted sweater though, and as for the hat, it had to be ripped back, owing to wrong size needle... Ah well.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Chai time

I did a little non-yarn shopping on the internet this week. Wanna see??

I had tea in a cast-iron teapot at a restaurant in Brighton back in February, and I remarked at the time how good it must be at keeping your tea hot. I guess there really isn't any need for a cosy, although I might make one in any case, given my love of crafting tea cosies.

Anyway, I saw this one on line and I really fell in love with it, so it has come into our house. And swish! into my basket also went some herbal tea bags mainly incited by the so-beautiful tin, and some loose teas to try out. The tea pot comes with a stainless steel mesh insert to hold your loose tea, so it really is very little trouble to wash up, and you don't end up with tea leaves down the sink either.

I feel another cup of chocolate chai coming on!