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 :-)