Finished: Owls

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Woohoo, it’s finished!  This jumper took a lot longer than I expected… but i suppose it’s because I redid it so many times, I think i must have knit the equivalent of two jumpers.314s

Yes, this is the best photo I could get of me wearing it.  Everyone else was at a fencing competition, taking the camera with them, so this photo was taken on my phone, which was balancing on my chair with a timer on which I had to reset for every photo.

I really like the owls pattern, but even after all the modifications, it’s too tight because I didn’t check the gauge.  So as I said in my last post I’m thinking of making an owls cardigan and I have started it but pretty much lost interest in it… we’ll see how that one turns out!

Now I’m wanting to knit something small, probably mittens because all of the gloves that I have knit are fingerless. and I’ve got another finished project to show you soon, I just have to sew the ends in and photograph it.

Because I’m joining in with Yarn Along today I’ll tell you that I’ve started reading I am Malalala.  I have only just started reading it but it’s proving to be really interesting.

Hope you’ve had a good week :)

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Jumper or Cardigan?

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For Christmas I got enough yarn to knit a jumper…or a cardigan.  I mentioned this in my last post but at that time I had no idea what I wanted to with it.  Now I have decided I want to knit another OWLs (Yes! I have finished my first owl jumper, but that is another post :) but I can’t decide whether to knit it as a jumper again or as a cardigan… decisions decisions!

 

I’m trying to join in with Hannah‘s #homebakedgoodthings and posting a little accomplishment; I tidied my room!  I have no idea how to use a hashtag though.

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And just to prove that I do actually wear my jumpers, this was me yesterday :)
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Christmas crafting 2014

Edit:  I posted this on Jan the 4th, but I think I accidentaly deleted it… sorry if you subscribe by email and recieved an email about this, also sorry if your comment got deleted :( xx

Happy new year to you!

This last Christmas I didn’t make as many gifts as usual.  Last year I was finishing socks through into Christmas day, and wrapping mittens as quietly as I could, lest I wake anyone.  This year I was finished by 11:30pm on Christmas eve; I didn’t know what to do with myself!

Oh wait, I did wrap up Gran’s snowflakes (mentioned in this post) on Christmas morning, but we didn’t go to her house until 11:30 so it was okay :-)

This is what I made…

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I span 150 metres (164 yards) of yarn!  It was Mum’s Christmas present, along with a pattern for a scarf/snood – it’s the lee scarf pattern from purl&jane.

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This photo is was taken when Mum was knitting it with 5mm needles.  The tension was too tight and not very soft, so she has started again with 6.5mm needles and less stitches.  Now it feels really nice.  It was my fault that it was too tight; I must have been spinning too thick so it’s more like chunky yarn than aran.  I think I might have twisted it a bit too much too.  I’m still pretty proud of it, although I think I’m going to have to spin another 75m at least, because the pattern calls for four hanks of yarn and I have only spun two.

And for Dad…

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Four gorgious skeins of Mirasol Qina yarn.  It’s 80% baby alpaca, 20% bamboo.  It is so so soft!  To be honest I’m a bit jealous :)

Originally I was going to give Dad a pattern to go with this yarn, but I didn’t really know what he would want to knit so he just got the yarn with the promise of finding him a pattern should he want it.  I think he’s planning to make socks anyway.  When I was buying it I asked if it would be hardwearing enough for something like socks, because baby alpaca and bamboo didn’t sound like the strongest yarn ever to me, but she said that the bamboo makes it good so I’m happy.  Hopefully the bamboo won’t pick up “bits” off the carpet like the silk-containing socks that Dad knit do (fingers crossed)!

I got some yarn too

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12 balls of Drops Nepal; 35% alpaca 65% wool.  Its pretty soft, so hopefully it will make something nice. Still not sure quite what though!

Hope you are having a happy new year x

Cowl Number Four + Owls Progress

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My cowl is finished!  I started it about three weeks ago. However, since then I have messed around with it quite a lot.  I was worried that it might be too big, so I tried changing to a smaller needle, but it didn’t look right, so I pulled those rows back and tried to work out how to decrease it.  In the end I did something similar to this, except that I did the decrease rows every other round, so its more gradual. 003s

It is bigger than I intended it to be, but I kind of like it like that, it’s all drapy and I can wear it indoors.  I’m thinking of making another smaller one, for the winter.  Yes, I am thinking about winter!  I don’t want to be cold this year.

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I finished my owls sleeves.  Bring on the owls!  Actually, I’m thinking of adding another three centimeters to the body, just to make it that big longer.  I’m also going to have to do something about the sleeves, they have exactly the same number of rows (95) but somehow one of them is slightly longer that the other.  I’ll either make the other one longer, or maybe I could block them and make them the same size? Yes! I’ll try that first.

I’m joining in with yarn along today, but I haven’t been reading books for pleasure this week (essay writing) but I’ve still got lots of books that a friend lent me, so I’ll probably try them soon : )

Yesterday I had the house to myself for five hours, so amongst other things I went outside in a handmade skirt and my cowl and took some photos of them (hence the first photo).  I’ll show you my skirt soon, watch this space!

Yarndale

Hi!  I apologise for the lateness of this post, it’s been over a week since yarndale!

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Yarndale!  I was assisting Hannah with her bauble making workshop so I got to be there both days.  Saturday was MAD!  There were so many people there – in the afternoon you had to find slipstreams to get around the place.

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I thought I’d get loads of knitting done but I barely knit anything that was mine, most of the time me and Hannah were chatting to people, pointing them in the right direction and mostly helping them start knitting with dpns.  I was really impressed at how quickly people learned to use dpns. Most of the people who came to the workshop had never used them before, but once they realised how it worked they were off, and quite a few people managed to finish a bauble!  I met some fantastic people there :)

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Hannah spent a long time creating this workshop, winding the yarn, putting together the kits and generaly sorting everything out, but perhape most impressive was the tree!  Sadly I don’t have any good photos of the tree (I didn’t have the camera most of the time), but fortunately Hannah has lots of wonderful photos on her post about yarndale :)

She made loads of baubles, and lots of other ornaments. I really want to try making some crocheted snowflakes like she did – they were blocked with pva glue so they were stiff – they really were so pretty. Thank you Hannah for giving me the oppotunity to come along!

I didn’t spend as much money as I thought I would.  I bought some lovely Blue Faced Leicester and Masham yarn,  some wool tops (white and grey), and some 6.5mm bamboo double point needles; now I can knit my sleeves yay!

Today we went on a guided 6 mile walk around Settle, which was finished with an ice cream; the best way to finish a walk!  Hope you’re all having a good week too :)

Another Cowl and Knitting Sleeves

Hello everyone, it’s Yarn Along time again!

I’ve made progress on my jumper since my last post about it:  I’ve started knitting the sleeves, although there seems to be a theme going with this jumper.  I’ve adapted the sleeves too!

The sleeves in the pattern increase gradually so that they are slim fit.  I knit this first one following the pattern up to about 15cm (6″) and tried it on.  I didn’t like it, it was really fitted and I don’t usually mind that, in fact I love long, slim sleeves.  What I didn’t like about this sleeve is that the rib kind of stuck out.  Not like in the photo below, the cuff was just thicker than the rest of the sleeve.

However rather than undoing all of my work I cut the yarn and took it off the needle so that if I changed my mind I could always go back to where I was.  It was a good thing I did!  I tried casting on the number of stitches after the increases and knitting like that, but after 2cm it was clear that the ribbing was too loose.

In the end I went back to my original sleeve, undoing it to the ribbing and then increasing every two stitches for the next row.  The rest of the sleeve will be knit straight.  I like it now, it’s the same shape as my other jumpers sleeves :)

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The other thing about this sleeve is that I’m using the magic loop method to knit it because I don’t have the right size double point needles.  I had to stop knitting my jumper for a while because I didn’t have any needles to knit them with.  My local yarn shop didn’t have any 6.5mm dpns,  but Gran came to the rescue again and gave me her 6.5mm 80cm circular needle.  Using the magic loop method is hard work though!  I’m hoping to find some dpns at yarndale this weekend.

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As an in between project (for when I get bored of sleeve knitting) I’ve started a cowl!  It’s the lovely ribbed cowl pattern by purl soho.  According to my ravelry notes I started it a week ago, but I re-started this too!  I was knitting it on a 4mm needle with dk yarn, but I quickly got bored with it.  I want this to be a long/tall snugly cowl to keep me warm in the winter, so I decided it was worth re-starting this on a 6mm needle with 124 stitches, so that I would finish it quicker.  It really was worth it, I’m still using dk yarn and I thought it might be a bit too loopy, but it just makes it super soft and scrunchy.  I’m using two different balls of yarn.  one is rico essentials merino, and the other I think is lang merino 120. They are very nearly the same colour so I don’t think anyone will notice!

There hasn’t been much book-reading this week.  A friend lent me a few books, mostly by Sarah Dessen.  They aren’t the kind of books I would normally read (maybe thats why i’m not picking them up..) but I’m sure I’ll enjoy them when I get around to reading them!  I really want to re-read Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman sometime soon, it’s one of my favorite books :)

Must I do this with every project?

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I’m joining in with Yarn Along again today.

I’m still knitting my Owls and on the bright side, I’ve made progress from last week.   My jumper is now about 35cm (13 ½”) long.  However, this is jumper number two.  This last week I knit jumper no.1 to 16″, tried it on, and realized that it didn’t really fit me.  It fit me fine on the waist, but after the increases above the waist it was a bit loose and baggy.  I wouldn’t mind, but seeing as it was fitted on the waist it just didn’t look right, and it might have put me off wearing it.

I decided to start a whole new jumper so that I could make it longer.  I knit nearly twice as much ribbing and put an extra 5cm of stocking stitch before the shaping.

I have also changed the shaping around;  I’ve put the decreases and increases at the sides rather than at the back (so if it doesn’t work out it won’t show as much!), decreased 4st less than the pattern says, and more gradually – over 24st rather than 16st.  I really hope it works after all this, I tried it on after the waist decreases and it fit, so just hoping that the increases are gradual enough!

Again, I haven’t been reading much (apart from study) this week, but I’ve dipped into Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon.  I really like this book.  Mum bought it for me whilst she was in the Barbara Hepworth gallery, while my brother was at a fencing training day near there.

Thank you for looking!  I’m still enjoying knitting my jumper, it’s all part of the learning process I suppose. Even so, I hope that your knitting is going better than mine!

Socks, jumpers and blankets

Hello everyone, I’m joining yarn along today, better late than never!

This week I finished I finished my sock!

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This has used the smallest needles that I have ever knit with.  It took me quite a while to make but it fits now (I had to undo the toe and make it bigger) and I really like it, although I think I like the short-row heel technique better.  I’m not predicting my second sock to be finished anytime soon because I’ve got excited with knitting my jumper!

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As I said in my other post I was waiting to buy a 6.5mm needle.  My local yarn shop didn’t have it in stock so I’ve been waiting for nearly a week to knit it!  I didn’t end up buying the needle – we went to my Gran’s house yesterday and she had the needle I wanted, sadly she can not knit anymore so she gave it to me.  Since yesterday it has grown very fast and I’m loving knitting with it.  There are lots of different colours in the yarn.  I don’t normally go for multicoloured yarns but the colour change is quite subtle and I like it.

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After almost two months, I think it’s time to show you my blanket of squares!  It’s the same idea as my other blanket (using up scraps) except this one is knitted.  Yes, I have given up on another blanket, they don’t seem to be going very well do they?  This time I really think I might continue this one because I’m not trying to finish it anytime soon.  The squares are all about 12.5cm² – just the right size for tension squares, so I thought that I might as well put them into my blanket too. Can you see the ones for my jumper?

Through knitting it, I’ve realized how much I like garter stitch.  I love how thick and ‘scrunchy’ it is, yum!

I haven’t been doing much reading for pleasure this week, I read the first chapter of a book that a friend lent me but I didn’t really like it, it just wasn’t my type of book!

What do you reckon, will I carry on with blanket number 3?

Thanks for reading : )

The starting of a jumper

It’s been my birthday since I last posted, and look what I got from gran!

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Well, really I got the money to buy this, but I don’t think that matters.  I got enough yarn to knit this jumper.  I love the colours, all shades of blues and blue-greens mixed up together in a big 100g ball of yarn.  It’s Tepa by Araucania and it’s really soft and hand dyed, so every hank is different!

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Apologies for the quality of this photo.  It was taken in ‘sunset’ mode to get as close to the real colour as possible.  It’s still not right, really the yarn is much more green.

I’ve been wanting to knit Kate Davies’s o w l s jumper for a while now, in fact, ever since I finished my first jumper.  I know mine looks really tiny in the photograph.  It’s because I have it on a 40cm round needle so it’s bunching up all the stitches.  The pattern calls for a 6mm needle for the ribbing, and then changes to a 6.5mm needle for the main body, which I haven’t got, I’ll have to go the yarn shop again!

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Yesterday I finished my first sock, but I had to pull the toe back because it was too small :(  It won’t take long to re-knit it though, and it’ll be worth it!

There has also been some bauble knitting for yarndale003s

I’m helping Hannah with this workshop at yarndale!  I’m excited, one month to go!

I’m trying to join in with Yarn Along this week, although I don’t really understand how it works.  All I did was put the button on my sidebar, I didn’t understand where to submit the link.  ah well, I tried!

I haven’t been read a book for a few days.  I finished re-reading the Hunger Games Trilogy a few days ago and it’s still fantastic the second time round!

:-)

In My Yarn Bag

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A pile of things to show you!

First, my little bag!  I haven’t taken a proper photo of it but you can see it in the one above.  I really like it and I’ve been using it a lot to carry things in the car – a book, phone, earphones, sometimes a sketchpad and pencil, and of course, knitting!

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First, my gloves! I finished these nearly a month ago and I have worn them quite a bit since.  I used Mirasol Kutama in shade 1904, warm grey.  I used one hank (the pattern calls for two)  so they were shorter than the ones in the pattern, but I edged them with some white wool that I had so now they are just the length I wanted them to be!

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And my cowl!  It’s a simple moss stitch worked flat, then joined with a twist.  I originally knit this too small, so I had to knit another 5cm piece to make it go over my head!

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Last Wednesday I was given some chunky wool.  This was an attempt at making a pouf (a bit like these) before I realized that the yarn wouldn’t be suitable.  Now mum has yet another useless mat!

I’ve moved on from the idea of crocheting poufs to sewing beanbags now, I’ve even made two mini beanbags and a pattern!

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My sock! I re-started this at the start of July.  I originally got it as a kit for a birthday present a couple of years ago, I’d knit about two inches and then got bored with it.  A lot of it got knitted in the car on the journey to go camping in Lincolnshire.  I’ve turned the heel now and I only have about 10cm before I get to the toe!

Thanks for looking!