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 :)

My Satchel

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Introducing my satchel!  I bought it for college at the start of September and I have used it every week since.

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I bought it via the Etoi Design shop on etsy.  It’s from Poland so it took about a week to get to my home in Yorkshire, from the day it was shipped to the day that our postman delivered it.

I had been wanting to buy a satchel for a while, I even made my own but it was too weak.  I was looking at satchels on etsy, and then I saw this one and really wanted it.  I know it is supposed to be a laptop bag, but I liked the look of it so I emailed Barbara (the shop owner who makes all these beautiful bags) and asked her if this bag would be suitable to as a college bag.  She emailed back and said that yes, they would be suitable except she usually makes them deeper.  If you ask her, she can make them up to 4″ deep.  Mine is 3″ deep and it is the 15″ turquoise bag. I’m slightly regretting not getting the full 4″ depth, because sometimes I take pasta to college for my tea and I have to put the container on its side to fit it in.

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I really love the colours, they are really nice together.  Since I bought my satchel Barbara has made them with more choice of coloured straps, yellow, green, red, tan, cream, black, grey.The straps and handle are leather.  I’m not vegetarian, but Barbara does some bags in which the straps and handle are made with felt too, so they are 100% vegetarian, like this one.  As seen in the photograph above, there is an easier way to opening this bag than having to undo the buckles every time.  The buckles do work, but this is so much easier

The only problem I’ve found is witht he strap. I had to clip the straps on with the clip facing ourwards, because when facing inwards they tended to clip themselves onto the bag. also I could have done with another loop to feed the strap through, cause I have it on some of the smallest settings the end tends to stick our a bit.  You could easily fix this though :)

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Overall I really like this bag.  It isn’t bulky and it is so pretty – I’ve got lots of compliments about it; a tutor at college who I had never seen before said that I’d better look after it or it might just find its way into her car.  Its also nice to support a small buisness, rather than a big company.  What do you think of it?

 

Hopefully I’ll blog again quite soon, I’ve got lots of things to show you!

Buttoned Skirt

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I made a skirt!  This photo was taken about a week ago (when there was sunshine) and I actually finished this skirt two weeks ago.

I started making it at sewing group, with help; I probably would still be doing it otherwise!  It originally had a zip, but I decided buttons would be nicer, especially since I got some awesome vintage buttons for my birthday!

At sewing group I cut it out, without drawing lines or planning on paper or anything (not my usual style), just guidence from a friend :)  I even (deliberately) ripped the fabric, which was fun.  After the cutting/ripping I sewed the gather stitches (right term?) and then it was time to go home.

IMG_1854sAt home in the next couple of weeks I followed Tilly’s Picnic Blanket Skirt tutorial, except my skirt was in one piece rather than three, and I didn’t have any interfacing so I used bondaweb.  I managed to sew and cut button holes!  I’ve never been able to do that before, I always cut the stitching.  I had help from a beautiful sewing bok that I also got for my birthday.

The worst mistake I made was that I forgot to put the ruffled fabric of the skirt into the waistband, and then I couldn’t be bothered to re-do it because I’d already re-done it twice.  Instead I used a zigzag stitch to “overlock” the hem, and left it at that.  It’s only me who will be wearing it after all!

I now want to sew a t-stirt, this one from grainline studio.  In fact, I bought the pattern yesterday and I have cut it out, now I just need to find the right fabric!

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 :)

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 : )

Felt Pot

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I made this a few weeks ago, isn’t it nice? It’s made from merino wool using the wet felting technique.  I used instructions from ‘Wet Felting: How to Make 3D Felt Vessels Using Flat Resists’ from Rosiepink Textile Arts.  I won (yes!) this ebook in a giveaway and I think it’s excellent.  I had no trouble with the instructions at all, they are well written and it is filled with colourful photographs!  This tutorial actually made two pots in one go, but I finished them off with a friend so I gave one to her :)

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Thank you for looking!

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!

My crochet triangles for yarndale

Happy Birthday Billy!

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These are my triangles that I finished took into Purl&Jane about a week ago!  they are going to be part of some beautiful bunting for Yarndale.  You can find the pattern and information about the project here.

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I made 10 in all,  here they are all piled up.  I’m looking forward to yarndale now!

We are going to Lincolnshire for a few days (setting off in about half an hour!) so I probably won’t be posting for about a week.  Mind you, this post and the last are over a week apart, sorry about that!

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Finished; Cushion for Gran

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It’s finished!  Well, it was finished over a week ago,  on the morning of Gran’s birthday, which was good because this cushion cover was her birthday present.  I first mentioned my cushion here. I used rico creative cotton aran and rico soft merino aran.

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I sewed the squares together, made a basic cushion cover and then sewed the squares onto the front. the edge looked a bit messy so I added some edging along the sides and the opening (which took a lot longer than I thought it would).  The orange buttons were some that I’d had for a while, I think they look bright against the white.

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We went to Gran’s house in the afternoon and had a fabulous
birthday tea!

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Thank you for looking!

Knitted Hedgehogs

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This is my knitted hedgehog, isn’t he cute! I made this a while ago with my brother.  His hedgehog is in the photographs below.

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My hedgehog is made from yarn that I span myself, using a drop spindle (the first thing I’ve made from it!).  He is a bit rounder/shorter than my brother’s hedgehog because I ran out of wool tops to spin with.  I think it makes him look extra cute, if a bit more unrealistic.

We followed this pattern by Little Cotton Rabbits, except I substituted the ‘YFON’s with the usual ‘knit through the front and back’ increases, because the ‘yfon’s were making holes. I don’t think I understood it properly, because I ended up doing a ‘yarn over’ which can’t be right?  Any help would be appreciated!  I would recommend the pattern anyway because it is well laid out and the hedgehogs are really nice!

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A short while later Dad made a hedgehog too.  Here they all are together

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Thanks for looking :-)