Firstly, Merry Christmas all 🙂
I’m off work now for a week! So very excited to have some knitting time 🙂 My knitting speed has increased and hoping to be able to get some decent knitting in.
So my Christmas eve knitting spree saw me finishing off the swirly hat I brought at the knitting and stitching show. I brought the hat and the pattern from Trim Wool Shop.
Yarn: Katia Azteca
Pattern: Spiral Azteca Hat & Scarf. (I just did the hat).
So before you look at the picture… I was under the impression from the mock up at the show that this pattern was meant to fit an adult…
I was meaning to knit Lily a new hat… So at least that is one problem solved! I used the rest of the yarn to knit Lily a quick stocking stitch scarf – with a hole in it so you can pull one end of the scarf through so it does not need to be wrapped around her neck.
I then used the remaining yarn to crochet some additional lines onto a scrap crochet blanket I’m working on. The yarn was really nice to knit and crochet with. Honestly, I’m not entirely sure on the die mix – there is too much colour mix and it doesn’t seem to have a specific theme.
Pattern Suggestions I’d make:
- Either add an edging stitch to the side that won’t be pulled together make the hat -currently the edge doesn’t look fantastic. OR pick up stitches at the bottom once it’s been completed to make a border.
- Possibly rework design with DPN’s. It might make the shape of the piece a little more regular and predictable. Might also make it easier to size the hat as you’re knitting it.
I would look at getting this brand of yarn again if I had any chunky crochet projects – it’s was lovely to crochet with.
To finish – here’s a cute picture of Lily under the Harry Potter blanket I knitted her for Christmas.
That’s all from me today… Currently knitting Lily a sparkly jumper!
Love to you all, Merry Christmas and Happy Knitting
Today I cast off the final stitch on Lily’s first christmas jumper! I’ve ordered some Soak detergent from Amazon – the reviews online said it’s ideal for hand washing yarn knits.
The pattern was from one the love knit magazine christmas issues.
Changes I made
- Rather than knitting areas seperately and sewing together, I picked up stitches for the sleeves, collar and white bottom border.
- I knitted the sleeves short
- The yarn used was snowflake DK rather than the standard DK (stash knit -win!)
- I added white borders to all edges to finish off the garment
When the Soak dergent arrives tomorrow I’m going to wash and block it. Then I’ll add a button and a button loop out of some cotton yarn.
Hope you all have a lovely christmas
Love to you all and happy knitting!
So it appears that most of you were right a few months back when you said I was doing way to much.
I was actually on route to a burn out and got diagnosed with depression in August. It’s been a tough couple of months. But we’re on the up now. For anyone wondering – apparently taking on way to much can be a symptom (the opposite end is not wanting to do anything at all).
I’ve still been knitting though – it’s amazing how much it can do for your mental health. The amount of focus it takes is great for helping things calm down and putting it all in perspective. Where I’m not putting so much pressure on myself to get blog posts written, I am probably knitting more.
I finished this Shawl for my Nan. She’s just come back home from hospital and I’m hoping it keeps her nice and snuggly.
The Mini Christmas elf is also done. This was the first toy knit I’ve done for a while and I really enjoyed making it 🙂 I chickened out of the face though. My sewing skills are naf,
I also finally finished backing this Starwars Scarf! I was initially going to sew something on the back. However, I’ve been picking up crochet skills this year and finally figured out how to back it! Combo of yellow and black DK yarn.
I don’t want to stop blogging in its entirety. I love writing, but with a small person it’s not something I can fully focus on making work. Work is also super exciting at the moment, so I’m plowing a lot of energy into that. So I need my hobbies to relax me and help me chill out. The blog will continue to be, but more as an online documentation of what I’ve done in the world of knitting. It will be a place of my knitting ideas and inspiration. It will be a place where I keep my (ever growing) To-Do list of knitting projects. It will be a place of my list of my completed projects and a place of my writing as I continue to edit my book (I will get that damn thing finished one day!!).
So thanks for being patient with me. I’ve been told I need to clear some stuff off my plate and I know that pressuring myself to do this regularly is just on thing to many at the moment. I need to back off and make this fun again.
Love to you all and Happy Knitting
So I was pleased as punch when I found this pattern in a Julia’s house charity shop about a month ago – a complete bargin at 50p! I’ve had a huge ball of this lovely white aran yarn in my stash for years with no idea what to do with it. So this also became a stash project to – so total win on this one!
It was a really nice knit – and I also learnt the LT stitch which cause a really cool twist that runs up the hat. The only problem was the decrease at the end which involved knitting in pattern. Had to get some help from the lovely ladies in the knitting circle!
The pom pom was my first make with the maker I brought from the knitting and stitching show (see the multipom frame in the picture below). It was by far the fastest pom pom I have ever made. The concept of a scrap yarn pompom rug for Lilly’s room is looking more likely (but definitely not until after we stop eating things!) as I don’ think it will take a horrendous amount of time to make the required pom poms.
So the hat is about size 6-9 months (Lily has a large head). Although it does fit Lily, this one is going to be donated. The next project out of this yarn will be the matching cardigon. I love the cross over front – the other patterns I picked up on the day had a similar design.
That’s all for the minute. Will try and find some time to update you on my current wips! I have been knitting and attempting the crochet…
Love to you all and happy knitting
My knitting speed has definately increased. This is good news in light of my limited knitting time these days.
So this was knitted with my favourite curcular needles – addi premium. Such a pleasure to knit with!
Luckily I finished knitting on a day with some glourious evening sunshine!
I’m so pleased with how this turned out. Really love the image and the mix of colours within it. I have used up some yarn balls… but not was many as I thought I would. So need to look and some other smaller projects for that…
What I really learnt with this project was colour changing. It wasn’t something I’d really done before. Initially I was just cutting off the ends with the intention of sewing in later.
Then as I went on I figured out that winding the yarn was much tidier and saved a lot of time. Will definately use this method on furture projects!
The final side of this was 1m x 1m plus a 5cm border on both ends.
On a side note the border matches my nail polish…
I had originally hoped that a 4×4 ribbed border would have prevented the end curling. I think sticking with the same needles with the slightly thinner dk mucked up tension and so it curled anyway.
But it still looks shiny 🙂
This blanket will be a christmas present for Lily. She’ll have grown into it by then!
Now time for a crochet project 🙂 Already planned with yarn in the bag and pattern downloaded. So watch this space!
Love to you all and happy yarning!
Mrskirstyholl (and Lily)
Definately got the crochet bug… and definately have the blisters to prove it.
Yes I’ve ordered a comfy grip 3.00mm hook from the local wool shop. I may have also come out with the equivalent 2.00mm hook, 2.5mm hook and a ball of Sidar variagated cotton prints DK….
O… and an order from wool warehouse turned up today. Cotton yarn from sugar n cream in lots of colours!! (Secret?).
So my crochet project this week was a little doggie. It was part of a freebie set from a mag… but I couldn’t cope with the acrylic. It kept fraying. So we now have a multicoloured doggie!
He sits up and everything! This little guy will start the collection of crochet designs I plan on making for Lily (I may have brought a pattern for a large cuddly unicorn for Lily….)
The aran weight cotton with a 3.00mm hook seems great for reducing holes. Although it is difficult to turn a cotton make inside out. I also recommend stuffing as you go because the lack of elasticity makes it really hard with stuffing at the end.
Using the rest of the ball to make another alien to donate 🙂 Off to crochet while Lily has (finally) fallen asleep in my lap! Once the alien is done I get going on the scrap yarn blanket!
Love to you all and happy knitting 🙂
After about a month I’ve finally finished knitting an octopus. It’s the first toy thing I’ve successfully knitted – which does make me pleased with how much my technical skills have increased.
It seriously hurt my hands though (lots of breaks did increase the time this project took)! Tiny lace circular needles and high tension to avoid holes were a must for this project – although this did mean I had to use a crochet hook and double crochet to bind off the tentacles.
Not very curly tentacles. But otherwise I am pretty pleased with it. The plan is to move onto the flat crochet makes as they seem quicker to produce. Also the crochet seems to give more curls!
Once I’ve made about 4 or 5 tentacle friends I’ll send them off to a coordinator to be cuddled by babies in NICUs in the UK.
Sorry for the short post. I’m frantically trying to get my purple premmi blanket finished because it’s been a WIP for a while and I would like to get it donated a week Monday ideally! Then I have my spare yarn blanket WIP to finish – although I’ll slip a mini octo project in the middle of those. So a few stash projects in progress.
Love to you all and happy knitting this bank holiday!!!