Monday, 2 June 2014

The Mystery WIP

I always seem to be posting about what I've made on this blog. But a couple of weeks ago I thought I'd throw a little bit of fun by having a game of "guess the WIP" by posting a picture of what was on my needles at the time.

So anyhow I finished the mystery project last week and the correct answer is............a small project bag

I got pretty sick of carrying small projects with this largish tote bag that my friend gave me so I decided to make something small, simple and easy to carry small projects out and about. So I made this bag using 2 balls of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran which I found in my stash that I completely forgot I had.

I used this pattern: Small Project Bag which I found on Raverly. It was quite an easy pattern to do, and another beginner project for those that want to venture in the world of knitting in the round on DPNS. I followed the pattern exactly, however I added an extra repeat to make the bag a little bit bigger.

The only thing that I need to do with this right now though is make the twisted cord. Aside from that, I'd also like to add lining and make the base more solid, which I'm pretty scared to do as I don't really sew so I'm wondering how to go about it exactly.....I may ask my sister to show me what to do..but if any of you have any advice or tips on how to go about it, that would be very helpful.

I'm very sad to say that those that guessed, didn't win the Angel Knit Kit. I'm wondering if its because it was too difficult to guess, or whether people didn't like the kit...or whether it was because of my stupidity in adding the project to Raverly so most of you probably knew what it was, anyway lol. Oh well...I thought i'd do something fun with this blog but guess it didn't really work huh?

I've also got another FO, but I will do a blog post on that in a few days. I just wanted to keep this post as short as possible.

But until then...

Saturday, 24 May 2014

An FO and a project in the making

Hello everyone! Hope all is well. I'm back with another blog post of my latest knit, and along with that I thought I'd also review the yarn I used too.

Anyway, in April we were blessed with another addition to our family. My sister in law gave birth to a baby boy which in our family right now is really a pretty big deal since the last boy born in our family was almost 30 years ago! That's an awful long time!

So anyway in excitement of the new arrival, I decided to make something with love, for the little man. I didn't want it to be anything too hard or that would take ages yet I didn't want to make a pair of baby booties either, what with baby being born in April and its also nearing summer so the weather is a little warmer and while babies are meant to have their feet covered to keep their little feet warm, I think knitted booties might be a bit too warm for a spring/summer baby. Well, that's the way I think anyway.

I tried this really cute blanket that was in an issue of Lets Knit but i think the pattern was maybe a little bit complicated for me, so i went on Raverly and I found a pattern for the Garter Rib Blanket

Excuse the colour in some of pictures - the true colour is of the blanket, in progress laid neatly on the table and in the final two pictures. I think its safe to say my phone camera is pretty useless hehe.

The whole project took me literally a month to complete and I have to say that's the longest time I've ever spent on a project so far! I used 2 skeins for the whole project - well no 2 and a little bit of no 3 of King Cole Bamboo Cotton DK

Now as for the yarn itself, I didn't love it.

While its a very nice light weight yarn and makes the blanket somewhat nice and light weight as this baby is a spring/summer baby, I didn't actually enjoy using it for the project. For some reason this yarn was somewhat a bit splitty if that makes any sense, when it came to using it whilst knitting. thats the only downside to using the yarn in my opinion. Sorry, I'm useless at writing reviews.

Thats all from me....but in the meantime I'll end this post with a picture of my latest WIP....and I'll leave you guessing what it is...

Best guess will win something this knitting kit that I got free with an issue of Lets Knit last year - a fun knit ready for Xmas 2014 lol :)  Closing date Friday 30th May 2014

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Fair Isle Knitting

Hi all. It's been a while since I posted, I know. Lots of things have been going on in my life, one major event is becoming an aunt to a beautiful baby girl. Sorry, no baby pics. I don't think my sister would be thrilled if I posted a pic on my blog without her permission. But all is well. We had a nerve wrecking few weeks but Baby Beatrix is doing wonderfully.

Back to knitting - I went on another learning curve sometime back and ventured into the world of fair isle, thanks to my favourite magazine, Lets Knit. In their October issue was a cute free knit kit - fingerless mitts. I knitted them up in October but only managed to seam them up yesterday. Apologies for not putting up lots of pics

I also went to a workshop held by Sue Stratford at John Lewis Oxford Street during Wool Week 2013 and made these Nordic Mitts

These were such fun projects and I look forward to doing more like them.

Aside from these I also ventured into lace knitting and made a chunky lace wrap for my friend for her birthday, which was called Resonance by Kelly Menzies, which is also in the October Issue of Let's Knit.
Here is the pic of the wrap.

That's all I have time for. Hope you all are knitting something fabulous! Until next time :-)

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Want a Cowl, Will make a Cowl! Knitting in the Round Pt 2 :)

Hello everyone, I'm sorry for being a bit absent of late. You see, I've been knitting! Really!! Lots!! I have been knitting so many things since my last post - gosh, knitting is quite addictive. But I suppose its a healthy addiction.

In my last post I mentioned the difficulty of finding circular needles that don't hurt my hand and I was ready to throw in the towel and decide that perhaps using circular needles wasn't for me. But I was wrong. I tried Knit Pro's Symphonie Rose Cubics and they seem to work, so far no hand pain - yay!

So now I am very excited about writing this post because I've been on another learning curve, and I have taught myself how to knit in the round using the said circular needles and I feel so good because I've learnt something new and I have a new FO on top of it, so I actually feel like I've accomplished something :) As its getting colder now I've been thinking winter-warmers. I've already got my toasties, so I thought a cowl would be a easy beginner pattern for knitting in the round. So I went on Raverly and found what looks like a nice warm comfy cowl, The Rime Frost Cowl

Starting off

In Progress


On me :)

This cowl was a very easy, straightforward knit, and a great pattern for a beginner knitter, and I managed to knit it up in 3 days. I used Stylecraft Life SuperChunky for this project and I'm very glad I did because its so soft, and my cowl is wonderfully warm and cosy.

I have been knitting other things but they aren't exactly finished - by that I mean they still need seaming up so I'll show you those when they are actually finished :)

Finally,  I mentioned in my last post about knitting little hats for the Big Knit 2013. If you didn't read it, these hats are knit in aid of Age Concern. You'll have seen little hats on innocent drinks smoothies over the years, well this is why. Innocent drinks donate 25p for each bottle of smoothie sold with a hat on it. Here are the little hats I did. I made these using what I had in my stash of DK yarn that i got from a magazine which i never used. I didn't make very many on account of being on holiday and having several WIPs on the go, but next year I plan on doing more. It was quite fun knitting these up and they didn't take long at all. I look forward to knitting more in 2014.

Well that's all I got for you guys now. I hope this post hasn't been so long that its bored you out of your mind. I just wanted to keep y'all posted about what I've been up to. Oh, and I've made a FB page for this blog too so please like and share on both Twitter and Facebook, it would be totally awesome if you would :)   Until next time :)

Monday, 9 September 2013

A little post to say hi and all's well

Hello everyone I hope all my readers are well.

This is just a short post to say hello. I'm sorry I've not kept this blog up to date. To be honest, I've not knitted anything really since my last FO.

I did attempt to try and make my first garment using circular needles - unfortunately that was unsuccessful - not because I couldn't actually follow the pattern or anything like that, because the pattern looked easy as. But no its to do with the fact circular needles don't seem to be hand friendly for me, funnily enough. I've tried metal  fixed ones, they hurt my hands. So then I tried Knit Pro's Spectra interchangeables....that made no difference.  So I am guessing perhaps, using circular knitting needles is not for me? If thats the case that's a shame because there are so many easy seamless patterns on Raverly that I would love to try - unless anyone  can recommend anything i can do to make my hands pain free while using them, that would be awesome. So while my hands were hurting I took a long rest from knitting until my hands felt normal..

I'm  nearly finished with this Patchwork Garter Squares blanket for my friend's baby thats been a WIP since April.  "Its not finished yet?!" I can imagine you thinking. But to be honest I've gotten bored knitting squares and it feels like its never ending, so I keep stopping and starting on it. But on the plus side, haven't got that many squares left to knit which is a good thing and with any luck this blanket will be a good gift for baby's christening...or Christmas at this rate

In the meantime I am knitting little hats for Innocent drinks' charity campaign for Age Concern, which I am actually finding fun! These hats are so cute! I've knitted two so far  - I wonder how many I can make end of September.  I'll post pictures in my next blog post.

Happy Knitting :)

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Knitting in the Round - latest FO: Toasty

Hello all!  Hope all my readers are well!

Well I'd like to announce that I've taken the plunge and knitted.....fingerless arm warmers lol!

No, seriously, this was my first knitting in the round project. No, I lie, its my third...but its the first I've completed.  I first learnt how to knit in the round using DPNS (double pointed needles) two years ago on a sock knitting class held by the lovely Jane at Tea And Crafting but I had such trouble knitting my first pair of socks that I kept frogging and starting over and in the end I got frustrated so I gave up.  Two years later I  thought I'd try again and thought I'd try tackling knitting in the round with a more easier pattern, inspired by my sister who knitted her own Toastys - pattern here.

Starting off

After binding off for the thumb 


On me :)

I actually enjoyed knitting these. The thumb was the only part I had been having trouble with, but with a lot of patience, I succeeded. I added an extra stitch for the thumb as I do like a bit of room  - and my thumbs are big lol! I used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran for this project. I love the feel of the yarn. I actually can't wait till winter now so I can wear them hehe - wait, did I really just say that? I hate winter! LOL.

I have decided though that I really dislike knitting with DPNs and that if I ever do another project that calls for knitting in the round, I will try circular needles.....but that's for another post. Until next time, everyone :)

Sunday, 9 June 2013

World Wide Knit in Public Day Saturday 8th June 2013

So, earlier in the week I saw a tweet on my twitter feed announcing a Worldwide Knit in Public Day event in London, hosted  by Love Knitting. So I thought "hey that sounds fun" and decided to go.

The event was held in St Pancras International Station and boy what a turnout it was!

It was such fun. I sat down and joined in knitting with everyone else and  also met and spoke to some lovely friendly ladies and for once I didn't feel awkward about having to knit around loads of people and feel like this incredible weirdo for doing so.   There were also some guy knitters there which I thought was cool.  There were some people who came along to learn how to knit and had made some lovely mug cosies. I wish I had made one because they were great!

I had also signed up to take part in a lace knitting workshop held by Sarah Hatton from Rowan. So after two hours of knitting and nattering, I joined in the workshop with some other fellow knitters.

We were all given a nice ball of Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK. I chose this beautiful colour - not a colour I'd normally pick for myself but I thought I'd be different for a change, and I am glad I picked it.

I learnt how to read from a chart and spent the next two and a half hours following a chart and knitting and chatting away with other friendly knitters

The pattern I believe, was for a tiny pincushion, so Sarah kindly gave us all a nice selection of fabric to use. I totally love what i picked out and i could probably use one of them to line the bag i am in the middle of making.

The event finished at 5pm, although there were still some people still knitting. I didn't finish my pattern at the end of the event but I did take it home to finish off and came out looking like this

The whole day was brilliant and I have now decided that I need to find a knitting group closer to where I live and join in the fun because it was great just chatting to like minded people while knitting - or as a fellow knitter who joined me from the workshop said, start my own!

Thank you to the team at Love Knitting, it  was fun!