Thursday, 21 January 2010

Update on jumper for loved one

The yarn I am using is Sirdar Peru, and "the beauty of this yarn is that the colour changes within each ball"
Problem solved...I haven't made a horrendous mistake, it is the yarn I am using.
Ah well!
I have started the front now, and hope to get plenty of work done on it this weekend.

Jumper for a loved one

I have finished the back of the jumper I am currently working on, for my loved one. However tonight I noticed that there are "bands" of different colour!
I checked all the ball bands in a panic!..Perhaps I had got a mix of dye lots!

Nope! All the balls of wool have exactly the same dye lot...perhaps this is why the wool has been reduced in price? I don't know. I will post a picture of the back tomorrow...and start on the front. I just hope that if I wash the jumper when it is finished the colour will become uniform.

Monday, 11 January 2010

Got it right this time!

Eventually I have got it right. The earflap hat! On the pattern there are 3 versions. I was making the man' version, and wondering why it was working out wrong. Wrong yarn/needles combo. It is always experimental changing USA patterns to UK ones.

However, I have got the size right!!!!!! Yay!!!!

The only thing missing now is a BIG pompom on the top, as Oliver says it HAS to have one.

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Scarf finish

I have just finished the scarf I pictured on my last post.
Above is my bear modelling it. I have to weave the ends in, but that won't take long. I also had to add other grey-ish shades in but the changes are subtle, and not offensive. I rather think the scarf suits Growlum Ursa. It was fun to knit, and probably wider than should be, as it was a USA pattern and I substituted yarn, that said I am still happy with the result, and don't really think it matters on a scarf, so long as the scarf is long enough, wide enough and warm enough. And it fits all three categories. One of Samantha's workmates took a liking to the scarf I made for her and commented that "your Mum can knit me a funky scarf if she wants!" I told Samantha to tell him, get me some yarn and I might do. lol
Next project, am not sure? Will do some cross stitch on the UFO I abandoned because of bad light...or in cricketing terms "bad light stopped play". Also a colleague has left on maternity leave, baby due end of January, and I want to make someone special a jumper.
And, after viewing a spinning video for a second time have worked out that I wasn't doing anything wrong, and the yarn does not wrap itself around the spindle, so who knows, maybe I will be using hand-spun yarn soon?

Friday, 8 January 2010

Blue cardigan finish and "do you know what it is yet?"

I have finished my blue cardigan...unfortunately mohair blends don't photograph well. But it does fit perfect...... I remembered that my arms were longer than adjusted the sleeves.
I love this cardigan!
I also started a scarf....won't say who for...but that is what the other photo is of......I am quite pleased with the result!

New trend?

I have just read this "news" story.
I'm sorry, but all us "fidgetters" know that knitting is unique, likewise sewing. That is why we sew, knit crochet, etc. In order to produce clothing and other items that are unique, as even if two people use the same knitting pattern, nine times out of ten they will select different yarns, so get different looking results.
One other thing, us "fidgetters" are more likely to experiment and create something completely unique.
I'm sorry, but just because a "celebrity" picks up a pair of knitting needles we hear about it, bet we don't hear about their mistakes!
Can we please have some real news for a change, after all, will it make the front page if Madonna drops a stitch?

Monday, 4 January 2010

Neckband done

The neckband of blue cardigan is now done.
It took me quite some time to track down one of the fronts.
I looked everywhere it should luck!
Then I looked where I didn't expect it to be, and I found it.
Have just cast off neckband, just front bands to do now.......but am going to see Sherlock Holmes with Oliver tomorrow.

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Second sleeve complete

I have just finished the second sleeve of the cardigan I am working on.
Tomorrow I will sew the shoulder seams and pick up the stitches around the neck. I don't know if I will manage to pick up and knit the button bands though.
I will take a photo tomorrow so that you can see my progress though.

Saturday, 2 January 2010


I have made a New Year resolution to show any "craft" progress or blog about it each day.
As well as finishing the sleeve that I started yesterday, I have made Chicken Dopiazi tonight, using all the spices, rather than a jar of mix.

Nearly there

I have knitted the first sleeve and am now working on the second sleeve of the blue cardigan from Wednesday, 28 October 2009's post. I made the sleeve in a day, and I went into Lancaster for things as well!
I hope to have a finished product by this time next week.

Friday, 1 January 2010

A very long scarf

I gave all the other scarves away, then Samantha was looking for them, so I made her one.It's "shag" from Lynne Barr's Knitting New Scarves. However I couldn't get the triangles all on the same side of the scarf, don't know why.
This one is around 6ft long, at least as Samantha said she wanted a long scarf.
The photo is a little blurry. The yarn is Brushstrokes by Stylecraft, the colourway is Storm Cloud.