Sunday, 16 November 2014

Woodside arm warmers

One of my recent knitty projects are these arm warmers.  I had a pair in khaki green when I was at University, but someone stole my coat at a party and they were lost forever!  My mum called them my Fagin gloves.  Well Fagin wouldn't have been wearing a pair like these now would he.


Knitted arm warmers

They're loosely based on a Lion Brand pattern called Constellation although I realised my yarn was a different side so I did some customising and decreased to my wrists and played around with the increases to make it fit perfectly.

Knitted arm warmers

They're incredibly cosy and I've been wearing them at work although it hasn't been exactly necessary, but winter is coming and I'll be able to knit in these too!

Knitted arm warmers

I love the stripes the yarn has produced and that the main colour's the deep purple which is lovely.

Knitted arm warmers

The yarn isLoops & Threads Impeccable Ombre and the colour is Folklore; I bought it a few years ago when I went to New York, from Michaels.  I still have most of the ball left and two more, so I'll have to see what to do with those.  I'd quite like to knit more monsters...

Purchases from Michaels :)

I reckon I'm getting the hang of using DPNs too, which is good because I need to use them for the sleeves of my cardigan.  I don't like casting on because I've twisted my stitches several times, and I don't like starting out with a few stitches and having to decrease, but these weren't so bad.

Knitted arm warmers

Moggie decided she wanted to be part of my photography shoot too.  It's a shame she's not in focus but she was very curious about what was going on!

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I made up three cushions today and I've almost finished some painting (only a door frame) so I feel pretty accomplished.  I just wish it wasn't Sunday and I wish I didn't have to go back to work tomorrow!

I had a go at making short bread, using the recipe that Lucy posted on Attic 24, although I ended up adding quite a bit more flour because it was too sticky to roll out.  I had good fun cutting out my shapes and make little stars to stick on top!

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Right, dinner time for all of us.  Have you had a nice weekend with any craftiness?

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Saturday, 8 November 2014

Finished retrobaby blanket

Diz and Mogs thank you for their warm welcome into blogland  Admittedly not much crochet or knitting is planned by either of them, but regular attempts to thwart mine will no doubt continue...

I finally finished knitting nephew #3's baby blanket and I really want to make another for me but it would have to be bigger and this one took forever so it's probably not going to happen, oh well.  Want to see?


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Ta dah!!!!


The pattern didn't call for a border but I wanted one because I don't think they look quite finished without, do you know what I mean?


Retrobaby blanket


I crocheted a cream border and used the pattern from Attic 24 for ripples, although it hindsight I wish I'd knitted the first and last rows in cream because the crochet ripples weren't the same,



Retrobaby blanket


There is something really lovely about knitting which you don't quite get from crochet, and you know I LOVE garter stitch!

Retrobaby blanket

The pattern is called Rocky which I bought from Ravelry.  It's only a couple of good English pounds and once I got the hang of the pattern it was very easy and very satisfying, apart from the time I tried to change colour mid-row and nearly ruined the whole thing but dropping stitches and confusing myself a lot.

Retrobaby blanket

As usual I've used Stylecraft special DK, apart from the blue and orange but I think Spice would work and there's probably as similar blue, maybe Cornflower.  The others were PlumLavender, 'Meadow' Cream and Camel.

Happy crafting!

x x x x

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Meow meow?

I knew it had been a while since I last sat down to blog, but I didn't realise it had been quite so long.  I haven't felt like writing really but I've been content with knitting, crocheting and reading instead. Projects definitely need photographing but all in good time.

We welcomed some new additions to our house a few weeks ago...  One who is fairly intent on stopping me from working

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And the other loves sleeping on our bed and waiting for her favourite hooman (J) to come home

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It hasn't been plain sailing and I won't pretend that it has, but they've both settled in really well now and we're making great progress.  Obviously you never know where they've come from, what their owner was like, what they ate, so it's a big learning curve for us all.  Right now Moggie is snoozing on the sofa and Dizzy is lounging near the kitchen, hoping we might feed him.

Will be back soon hopefully, with less tails of cats and more tales of knitting!

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Finished #2; seaside baby blanket!

I am on fire people!  Well, I maybe just have certain due dates to meet, but this is my second baby blanket finished this month, woo!

Seaside baby blanket

I managed to get my edges straight in the end but I still need to figure out the best way to do it.  If I counted I'm sure I'd be fine but I think it was something like 120-140 stitches, ain't no body got the patience for that...  Plus I normally watching something while I crochet.

Seaside baby blanket

My camera hasn't picked up the orange very well, it seems to treat it like red but it's definitely orange!

Seaside baby blanket

I opted for quite a simple border because I think it will suit my friends taste more than something a bit fancier, but there will be more blankets to have fun with.  It's a round of double crochet (single if you're in the US) then another round of half trebles in the same colour (Stylecraft Special DK Cloud Blue) and finally another round of half trebles in Aster.  The corners are 2 chains, a bit like a granny square.

Seaside baby blanket

Obligatory swiss roll shot

Seaside baby blanket

What I liked about this blanket the most was how quick it was!  I've used half treble stitches as they're taller than doubles, so it takes less time, but less 'crochety' looking than trebles...  I've no idea if that makes sense, but in my head it does, I think it makes each stripe more solid?  I don't think my friends are particular into crochet'd things but I'm hoping that for a baby blanket it's ok!

I've been enjoying knitting so much that I forgot how lovely it is to crochet.  My Muriel blanket (well received by the way) took a lot longer because it was only double stitches.

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

I spent a lovely weekend in Wales with friends, we even went to the beach and a waterfall!  There's something you don't get where I live.  Absolutely perfect

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Sunday, 10 August 2014

Finished baby blanket

I'm so glad that Tatton Park wasn't this weekend...  Today has been absolutely horrid!  I've been wrapped up inside in blankets with tea and cake, watching the rain lash down outside.  At least the waterbutt's filled, the plants are watered and the sight of this is brightening my day

Muriel

I've finished my Muriel blanket, just in time to visit my very pregnant friend next weekend who I've not seen in nearly a year.  Can't wait! x

Muriel

I followed Lucys tutorial for a picot border (a tutorial here
after a wonderful suggestion from Chrissie, although I think that might have been for another blanket I'm working on, but it was perfect for this.
Muriel

The best bit about this blanket is all the destashing.  I've run out of the pink completely and a few of the other colours are now running out.  

Muriel

And do you remember the problem I had with it going all trapezoid like?  Blocking and a border really sort that out!

Voila!

Muriel

I'm rather pleased with it.  I'd now say something like "I hope they like it" but I stupidly uploaded it to Facebook without hiding it from them so I already know that they do haha!
So that's one down.  My retrobaby blanket is coming along nicely too.  We now have 21 & ¾ rows!

Retro baby

I've been getting a little side tracked though because I started another baby blanket last Saturday...

Seaside stripes

This will be for a friend and his wife who moved to New York!  They're having a baby in a few months so hopefully this will keep him toasty over there because it gets cold!

I had a bit of a problem with keeping the edge straight (again) on the right hand side but I think I've roughly worked out what I'm doing, and I'm also quite happy to block and border it again to hide my mistakes hehe

Seaside stripes

I thought granny squares would take me too long but I love this blanket by Heather at Little Tin Bird so I've used similar colours which I knew would work really well together without going through the pain of trying to decide what works!  Her post about colour choosing is really interesting and proves it's not always easy!

A bit worried I'm running out!  The blues are all Stylecraft Special DK, from the top; Aster, Cloud Blue and Turquoise.  Heather used Spice which is a lovely shade of orange although mine, despite looking red, is the remains of my fox cushion, which I'm also using on Retro Baby and is just an ordinary acrylic.

Maybe when these are all done I'll have time to finish one of own blankets or cardigans  


x x x x

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Tatton Park flower show '14

This year was my third year to the Tatton Park flower show and we were so blessed with the weather.  I even got a little sun burnt...  I don't seem to have blogged about my previous visits which is odd, but not unlike me.

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The displays are absolutely stunning and the exhibitors have gone to incredible lengths to make sure that every flower and leaf is perfect.

Really I have too many photos to share so I'll try and pick out my very favourites, like this Bee inspired garden!

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And this cool bug hotel

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I very excitely bought some butternut squash and nasturtium seeds from Pennard Plants because they're from near where Glastonbury Festival is!

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The owl and the pussy cat

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I was very very good and apart from my seeds, lots of food and Pimms I only bought this windchime, isn't it lovely?

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My mum, dad & I were very clever this year and while everyone was queuing to leave in their cars we sat out and had a picnic!  We might have nicked the idea from people we saw last year when we were leaving...

Now it's definitely time to stop interneting, and go look for a new drill to buy so I can finish the planter me and my dad have been building

x x x x

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Knit for victory!

What a night, was anyone else woken up at 4am by the thunder and lightning?  It was amazing, I love a good thunder storm and I saw the bolts of lightning instead of just flashes in the sky.  Actually this happened at Glastonbury so I don't know why I was so excited but hey ho.  Oh and it's just started up again!

A few people have asked how I got on at the Cheshire Show, where I entered this knitted cushion.

Knitted fox cushion

Highly commended!

Knitted fox cushion

I'm really really pleased, ok it's not an actual prize but they must have thought it was alright!  I think their comments were fair too, I didn't quite get the colour changes right but I'm super pleased with my seams and apparently so were they

Knitted fox cushion

It says "An attractive design idea.  Beautifully worked seam joins.  Take care to keep knitting more even".  I can't argue with that.  Now bring on 2015!  As a WI our group also came 2nd with the most number of prizes for a new group, which wasn't bad considering we didn't even know that this was a category.

Thanks to everyone who convinced my to block my wonky blanket called 'Muriel'.  The lovely Christina explained that this has happened because I've started to crochet each row from the same end, instead of alternating my stripes.

I had a bit of a wobbly and was going to start over but I just couldn't get inspired, so I thought I'd try blocking it and I'm so glad I did!  I should have taken photos at the time because I've added a few more rows so its started to slant again, but I'm feeling a lot more positive about it now.

I'm absolutely loving this knitted retro blanket...

Retrobaby

It's such a rhythmic pattern and I love the colours which I tried to keep to the original as closely as possibly, although I left out brown because I don't have any.  I'd definitely recommend the pattern and it makes a nice change from crochet ripples

Retrobaby

Better get off now, we've decided to our for tea so I need to get ready.  I can't decide if I'm looking forward more to the food or the wine ;-)

x x x x