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 :)

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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 :)

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!

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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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