Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Vitamin D Cardigan

After falling in love with some Madelinetosh Pashmina I had to hunt for the perfect project for the yarn, I ended up setteling on the Vitamin D by Heidi Kirrmaier. The Madelinetosh Pashmina is seriously lovely yarn, its a blend of 75% superwash merino wool, 15% silk and 10% cashmere. It has a lovely sheen and drape.



I decided to be a good knitter for this project and actually did a gauge swatch. Good thing I did as I had to go down a needle size to get gauge.


I also alternated skeins as Madelinetosh Pashmina is hand dyed it can have some variations from skein to skein and it can be very obvious in a garment when you change skeins. 

I did make some modifications to this pattern. I separated for the sleeves and then continued for the body then picked up and knitted the sleeves in the round. Many people have done this mod on Ravelry and it seems to work well. 

This cardigan is a great piece for Spring and Autumn and cool summer nights. The pattern was easy to follow and there is a great community in the Ravelry discussion boards to help if you have any questions.






Friday, March 27, 2015

Mind the Gap

Loving these new socks, too bad they aren't for me this time, good thing I have another skein of the amazing Trailing Clouds Mind the Gap Sock Yarn (you can get some here)


Monday, January 12, 2015

Sock Architecture Socks


I've just finished these fab socks using techniques from a great book called Sock Architecture  you can pick it up in ebook format or hard copy from cooperative press or from Ravelry 
For this project I have used yarn from the lovely Yarn Vs Zombies in her Dr Who Club Yarn, this in the 10th Doctor colour way.

For these socks I used a round toe and the thumb joint hat top heel (put in as an afterthought heel), Lara provides great guidance in her book on how to add many different toes and heels into any sock you are knitting, makes for very flexible options if creating socks that best fit your feet

I have to say the fit of this heel is amazing, it is so snug and really cups your foot, I think this is going to be my go to heel for a while now.

For the pattern over the sock I did a 3x1 rib over the top of the foot and up the leg and a 1x1 rib for the cuff.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Christmas Balls 2014


The Christmas Balls for 2014 have been completed, this year I have 5 new additions for the Christmas Tree. The patterns are from Arne & Carlos in their book 55 Christmas Balls to Knit. This is a great book with clear instructions on how to do all the techniques required to create these beautiful little balls.

As in previous years the balls are knit in Cascade Hollywood, this yarn is fantastic for the Christmas decorations with the glitter mixed through the yarn. The balls are stuffed with some sheep fleece purchased from my local Steiner toy shop  the fleece is heavier than polly fill and helps the balls hang nicely on the tree and maintain their round shape, it is well worth the extra cost.

Over the Rainbow



As a special request from my sister these are rainbow socks on a a sparkling base. The yarn is from Yarn-vs-Zombies, you can find her on Ravelry and Big Cartel  it is on her vampire base and the colour way is Princess of Heart. It reminds me of Rainbow Bright. I just had to get 2 balls so I can have a pair as well


I decided to do these socks two at a time to keep the stripes as equal as possiabe. I did them toe up with Judy's Magic Cast on, you can find instructions for it on Knitty


When it came to the heel I went for an after thought heel. I popped some waste yarn in where I wanted the heel the followed the instructions from the Knit Girllls on their YouTube Video
These socks were just a plain vanilla pattern and ended up taking me 6 days to knit, which is a new record for me, they will now be wrapped up and put under the tree for Christmas. 







Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Paula's Scarfette x 3

I decided to do a bit of Christmas gift knitting this year and stumbled across this great little pattern by Georgie Hallam, it's called Paula's Scarfette and it's a cute little scarf with a gap to pull the end through. You could easily finish one of these scarves over a long weekend afternoon or a few hours hear and there on a week night.

I made 3 all in Manos del Uruguay Yarn in Maxima, this yarn is so deliciously soft and the fluro colours really have to be seen in person, it was a challenge to capture them on camera


New Years Resolutions 2014

I thought this year I should set myself some crafty New Years resolutions
So this is what I've come up with so far
1. Finish my Miss Winkle shawl
2. Complete a Cascade 220 Fan Stitch baby blanket for my sister
3. Try a Fish Lips Heel Sock
4. Finish my big Granny Square blanket
5. Crochet a ripple blanket for my new house
6. Knit "The Dude" Jumper for my hubby
7. Knit the Fisherman's baby jumper for Cascade Quick Baby Knits
8. Frog my magenta cardigan and pick a new project to use it
9. Use my Dr Who Club Yarn from Yarn-vs-Zombies
10. Knit some Fetching mittens
11. Work out how to use my Orkney Islands Yarn
12. Christmas 2014 - use the cool glass bubble balls I got from Freedom in the Boxing Day Sales

Christmas Balls: Frost, Snowflakes & New Snow

Last year I completed 3 Christmas Balls from Arne & Carols book 55 Christmas Balls to Knit, #1, #6 & #43

This Year I kept up the tradition and knitted 3 more, this year I changed yarns and the one I had used previously had been discontinued. 

This Year I used a lovely new yarn by Cascade called Hollywood  it's hard to pick it up on the pictures but the yarn has a glittery fiber though it, which is great for Christmas Projects. 

The yarn is around a 10 ply which is much larger than what the patterns in the book call for, I knit these on 3.75 circular needles rather to get a nice tight finish on the colour work and to ensure that the balls didn't get too large.

I also invested in some proper wool stuffing this year, and it was worth the investment, I picked some up form the local Steiner toy shop in Hobart, it's called Lyre Bird and it has a great range of 100% wool felt as well that I might just have to check out. 


     #2 - Frost                                    #3 - Snowflakes


#4 - New Snow

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Baby Sophisticate - a.k.a Little Grandpa Cardigan

It seems everyone is having babies at the moment, and I think this is now my second favorite pattern next to the Milo, the Baby Sophisticate (free) by Linden Down, you can get this pattern from Ravelry here.
Once again this pattern is knitted in the ever reliable Cascade 220 Superwash in a lovely royal blue, the addition of the toggle buttons make me think of Paddington Bear
I've supplied two pictures for this project to illustrate the importance of blocking your work, as you can see it makes a huge difference to the finished product.




Friday, August 30, 2013

Tea Leaves Cardigan



This is such a fabulous knit, I would highly recommend it to all levels of knitters. I was able to complete it in 5 weeks which I think is just great, this is a seamless knit, the body is knit back and forth on circular needles, the sleeves are knit in the round and you pick up the stitches for the button bands. The yoke gives the pattern a bit of interest and the body is great to work on while watching telly or hanging out with the family.

You can find the Tea Leaves Cardigan on Ravelry here.

This cardigan was knit in Cascade 220 Superwash in a lovely chocolate brown, it has knitted up beautifully and I think this is going to get a lot of wear all year round.

I made a few modifications to the sleeves on this pattern, I knitted them shorter and put in a few more decreases.



Friday, August 16, 2013

Everyday Cardigan

This sweet design in from Mel Clark, i knitted this in the recommended yarn of Cascade 220. The design is called Every Day Cardigan and you can find it in Mel Clark's Book Everyday Finery or of course on Ravelry this pattern is knitted with a circular needle you knit the bottom first then you split out the knit up the fronts and the back, the sleeves are knitting flat and seamed and stitched in and the placket is knitted separately and sewn on. The tops of the shoulders are joined with a three needle bind off which gives a lovely finish.

This was a challenging piece for me, I had a lot of trouble getting the join for the sleeves and the shoulder nice, mainly due to my poor sewing skills I imagine, in the picture below the button hole was in the wrong place. I have since removed the button and stitched the hole up and attached a press stud to close the cardigan.

This is a lovely design and I think I will knit it again in another colour and learn from my experiences knitting it the first time around.


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Manos del Uruguay Yarn & the Chelsea Market Hat

This is one of the nicest yarns I have ever used, its from Manos del Uruguay Yarn, you can check them out on their website and on their Facebook page.
Taken from their website their aim is to:

Manos Del Uruguay is a non for profit organisation, owned by rural women.
Their drive is the co-ops most important social mission: providing job opportunities for women in the countryside. Making it possible for familes to stay together in their
villages rather than migrating to the main cities that have a poorer quality of life.
for over 40 years, Manos has insisted in enhancing the women’s role in their society, providing them with economic independence, but also opportunities for personal growth.
You can tell the provenance of each hank of yarn that they make, because the person who dyed it has also signed
the label. When you purchase Manos’ yarns, you know
exactly who is benefiting from the sale.
At the same time, their procedures involve transparent management and commercial relations to deal fairly and respectfully with trading partners.

The yarn is amazingly soft and knitted up beautifully, the colours are also just divine, the picture doesn't do it justice. 

After finishing the Chelsea Market Hat (you can find the pattern here on Ravelry), I was left with 44g of yarn, I think I'll be using the left overs to do some little baby booties. 

I'm really looking forward to purchasing more of this yarn, think I will try some sock yarn next!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

More Dish Cloths


More dish cloths, these ones are just a basic granny square with a little edging in single crochet. 

Basket Weave Hat


Hubby had requested a new hat, as it happened I had some Cascade Venezia Worsted yarn on hand and the free pattern from Cascade's website was just what he was after. This is the Floating Basketweave Hat knitting the the ladies size there was about 44g of yarn left. This is a really lovely soft yarn the silk blend makes it extra glossy. My only error in this project was maybe casting on a little too tightly, but it has not effected the overall fit of the hat when worn.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Made it in the News

I was lucky enough to be asked by my local Yarn Store to come in to take part in a news article about crocheting
You can read the article here


More Milo

I love this vest, I've knitted 2 more, one in Cascade Casablanca (large vest) and another in Cascade Sport (Small Vest)
The Large vest is about a 12 month size and the smaller one is a newborn size.


First Socks

I Finally finished my first pair of socks, and I'm pretty happy with how they turned out, they are warm and toasty and fit perfectly. I learnt to knit these at a class at my local Yarn Store, The Stash Cupboard 


Saturday, May 4, 2013

Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby Amigurumi

Bit of a commission for one of the girls at work, a yellow footed rock wallaby
I adjusted the fox pattern from last year to make this little guy. A bigger muzzle, longer ears and a different tail. I think you can tell what it is, so that's a plus.


here's what they actually look like

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Dish Cloth - Chinese Waves

So I'm getting in on the trend of Dish Cloths, I completed this one in Lily's Sugar n Cream in a Chinese Waves Pattern. The Pattern was free on Ravelry. This is a great transport project and knits up quickly.
I will be testing the dish cloth this morning to clean up after breakfast.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Owl Milo Vest

This is such a great pattern, I will  be knitting more of these in the future. 
This pattern is called Milo and can be found on Ravelry
This whole vest is knitting on circular needles in the round with no seams, I love the way the shoulders came together.  
The pattern has a number of different cable options. I picked the owl cable, and it looks totally cute. 


Saturday, March 23, 2013

Downton Abbey Inspiration Hat

My latest project is the Nola Cloche hat, bit of a Downton Abbey inspiration.
There are a few fun techniques with this project:
- Provisional Cast on, this time I did the crochet version of a provisional cast on, and I think this will be my favorite method.
- You join the band with kitchener stitch, mine could have been neater, but pretty happy with my second attempt ever at doing it
- A nice big cable for the twist, this was a little awkward to begin with, but as you worked the band it events out
-Picking up stitches, by some miracle I picked up the correct amount of stitches the first time!
This is a great project and only took me a few evenings to complete it





Thanks to my sister Princess for taking these photos 


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

More Mittens

I'm loving knitting mittens, they are a quick little project and are something that I know will get a lot of use. This pair have a bit of texture going on, I am amazed that I didn't muck the pattern up. These were knitted with Debbie Bliss Rialto 4ply from the Jasmine Fingerless Mitts pattern from Ravelry. I added an extra pattern repeat over the fingers to give them a bit of extra winter coverage.


Friday, February 15, 2013

Mittens







This was my first attempt at mittens, and I'm really happy with how they turned out. The pattern can be downloaded for free from Ravelry, the pattern is available here.

I did a shorter cuff for this project of 25 rows. 

Passata

This recipe is from Whole Larder Love - you can check out the blog here
This was very easy to make, and hope when we crack them open in a few  months they taste good