Friday, December 28, 2007
Mods: left out top stripe at her request, skipped the applied icord around top and instead picked up stitches around side and knit a couple of rows to match top of bag.
Yarn: Spotlight Harvest Pure Wool (5 skeins total)
I would definitely make this again, I want to do it for myself in the bright colours shown on Yarn's cover.
Monday, December 24, 2007
I was invited by Kate to blog in Early December, but never got round to it!
I planned to show my KIP complete with pictures, but its now finished and here is the FO instead!
Family are getting the house ready for the Xmas Lunch. I announced yesterday that "Mum is on strike all day tomorrow", lets see if I actually have to do anything other than knit :)
So while I attempt to not do any work today, here's wishing all you blog readers and writers:
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
I thought I would go with crochet, so I hooked into Sarah G's Radiant lace shawl, in Wendy Dennis 4 ply (LOVE this yarn). It is the palest celery-heart green, semi-solid. And I got in about an hour's worth of work before they told me to put it away.
Edit: I had an interesting experience with this yarn after posting. There's more about it on my blog -- rather than clog up the KAL!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
The hat's very sweet and I'll be able to use those 9g somewhere, I guess.
I'm also knitting Lisa's Spring Green Bag from issue 8.
So far I have about 400 meters spun up and plied, and one large bobbin full of singles.
The skein pictured is a bit wonky, as I plied it a bit loosely on places but methinks I'll use it anyway! The bobbin pic shows the true colour of the yarn much better. I am getting closer to deciding which way to go on the dyeing front.
Look forward to keeping up with what everyone is doing. Have a great holiday season! Hope some good lolling around is had by all.
I am having terrible problems trying to get the colour of this yarn to photograph correctly. It really isn't as revolting as it looks! It's a quite nice mushroomy brownish cinnamony.......
I'd like to wish you a safe & peaceful Christmas! May you find time to enjoy the season (& knit a few rows)
Monday, December 17, 2007
I have plans on making a few things from the issues (lets see how I go - as I am about to pop with my second little bundle of joy)
So for the first project I am planning on the Ballet Wrap (page 42 of issue No 8)
Looking forward to seeing what is being knitted.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
I am going to make the South Cape issue seven. I am currently spinning the yarn, a merino x from Shiloh easy spin. It's a dark linen colour that will most likely be dyed. I would love opinions on the matter once I get some photos up.
This is an exercise in hope and madness as I have a one year old boy plus a serious craft addiction in which the South Cape will have to battle for supremacy if I am to get it done. A fantastic chance to test out if I have a single ounce of discipline.
I look very much forward to finishing the South Cape and heading down to Tassie, one of my favourite places on earth, to wear it.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Have yourselves a Merry little Christmas and fruity New Year.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
But before I finish the scarf I started thinking about a Christmas gift. I usually give a bottle of wine to this person & thought that this year I would dress it up with a Wine Sock. So my 2nd project for the KAL is from Issue 1, another felted item.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
The project I've selected is "Snug" by Judith Avery. As I've proven that I'm incapable of following anything more complex than stocking stitch and casting on/off, I think this will be OK. There's some scarey M 1's in there, not to mention a few k2togs but hopefully we'll all get along.
Sorry about the photo - crappy light and I'm not able to get a good, clear zoom on the yarn. Maybe with better light tomorrow...
Now the first job will be to do a tension square as the yarn isn't to the pattern's specifications (and I knit loosely. See this post. See, I learn!). More swatching discussions later. There should be enough yarn to complete the snug. I want to use a project that will lend itself to being reclaimed for re-use. A snug for Tilly will be perfect for next autumn and can easily be frogged for reuse for mittens or scarf in the future.
Monday, December 10, 2007
When I got to the third cable I found that I'd mis-counted the previous rows and that the cables were now hopelessly erratic. Pull out again? Nah, just went with a few more anarchistic cables. This is the coffee pot cosy as it currently stands.
Then I started to think that a bit of red always look nice against charcoal. And what about a button? So I produced this:
I-cord and wooden button enhancement. Good or not good?
And then there's the question of steeking. This is what the cosy looks like if I tuck down the cosy edge. I could steek it for a slimmer interpretation.
Steek or don't steek?
Friday, December 7, 2007
The second lot of 32 rows x 260 stitches of garter stitch was rather wearing but I'm happy with the finished product. It took a little under 250g. This would look wonderful in a variegated yarn, or even a faux fur if you were that way inclined.
This is the second time I have knitted this kerchief/small shawl. Second time round I am doing it again in handspun, but I have 225gms, spun to a light sports weight (4ply?), so expect a very pretty piece eventually. The cake is a pressy from my older daughter for the family for Christmas, while she is in England we can eat cake & choir boys.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
I cast on last night for the felted Spring Green Bag from Issue 8 but as it's a Christmas present for someone I will keep pics a secret for now :)
So in the meantime I just finished the Little Lace Bag from the online patterns at Yarn.
Yarn: The Knittery 4 ply Merino in Passionfruit.
Super quick knit and so cute! I think I used about 15g of yarn and some lampwork beads so it's a great project to burn through yarn and bead stash. This one is going to my SP11 pal in the US.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Here's an older picture so the before-n-after is more dramatic...
Monday, December 3, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
I'm using Lang Moana, leftovers from someone else’s dishcloth project. It’s 50/50 cotton and acrylic. It’s making a dense fabric to protect my mug and washes well.
I would have been finished but I cast on the second piece on the wrong size needle and was 1/3 the way through before I discovered the error.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Well, here I go, project No. 1.
I confess that I've already knit this up once already and, as is my usual wont, completely failed to take into account that I'm a loose knitter (what a hussy!) and ended up with a coffee cosy that was cosy in name only. It kinda slumped off the pot and onto the table. The sad thing is that I suspected that the gauge was too big as I was knitting the cosy up but optimistically thought that the knitting gods would intervene. Ya'd think I'd get a clue after 4 years of knitting loosely, huh? Not to worry, a quick frogging later and going down a needle size, we're back in the running and I think this will be much tighter fitting product.
Alterations so far: I'm going to do this project monchromatically as I'm trying to knit purely from the stash, which contained just one ball of Cleckheaton Country. I've decided that this charcoal will also hide coffee stains admirably : )
I'm feeling a little risque: how about doing a steek where the pot's lip will be? Thoughts?
Friday, November 30, 2007
Anyway, yes, thank you Kate for setting this up. I have only done one other KAL ever and it's a pleasure to be doing this one.
I've decided to start with issue 8, so today I cast on for the Angel Puff Scarf. I'm using Jo Sharp Rare Comfort Kid Mohair.
I'm looking forward to see what everyone else decides to knit.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
This KAL is all about paying tribute to the Coddington YARN era by completing one pattern from each of the Yarn editions you own. Currently there are 8 editions so potentially you could knit 8 patterns (I have only 7 editions so I'll just knit seven. Although there's a couple in edition 8 that draw me...). The KAL starts as soon as you want and finishes when edition 9 of Yarn comes out, hopefully for Southern Hemisphere autumn (ie March) 2008. There's many quick and easy patterns that would make great holiday or birthday pressies and there are some online patterns from the magazines here for those of you who want to join in more enthusiastically but only have one edition.
To join: leave your deets in the comments and I'll add you to the blog so you can leave posts on your project intentions.
If anyone with more graphic design skills than I can lay claim to wants to design a Yarn KAL button, please send me the design to kathrynthorne at hotmail dot com (fill in with the usual symbols) and I'll paste it in the side bar.
Looking forward to sign ups