Sunday, January 31, 2016

January socks - almost a matching pair

Just a basic sock - toe up - the pattern is by Tina Robbins on ravelry. I was very concerned that having washed them and put them on my blockers that they were going to be much too big. Now that they've dried, I have tried them on and they fit, however next time I will use fewer stitches and shorten the sole by 1/2"

I used Knit Picks Felici in Surf's Up which was a  present from my husband at Christmas. I used 2mm Knit Pro Karbonz. I have 30g of wool left which I have combined into one wrapper. I think I have two further balls of this wool, so I might get three projects out of the four balls.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Bankhead hat

Sorry for being so quiet in January. It's not that I haven't been crafting, I just haven't made the time to blog. Whilst my January socks are blocking, I wanted to share this simple knit with you. Inspired by Dan of Bakery Bears podcast who loves this pattern, I decided to distract myself from turning the heel of my socks and print off the Bankhead hat by Susie Gourlay which is a free download on Ravelry.

The pattern calls for worsted weight wool on size 7 needles so I bravely broke out some DK weight yarn by Fondant Fibre on their Yeats base and the colour is called Sonnet. I'm pleased to have finished it ready to start a test knit in February.

I have lots of other finished projects to share next week and I'm excited to see which yarn that I'll be knitting with in February.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Q1 2016 finish along

2016 button 250 best
It is time to complete entries for the needlework section of the Jersey Eisteddfod , so it's time to list what I want to enter and what I need to finish. In no particular order I have on my first quarter's list:
  • Spring Sampler
  • Three pairs of socks
  • Farm Girl Vintage quilt
  • One Siblings Together quilt
  • Cat quilt - I'm stuck on the placing of the blocks

 Not for the Eisteddfod:
  • Two project bags
  • Oven mitts - which should have been completed for Christmas and need to be bound
  • Four Bloom mini quilts - orphan blocks to be turned into mini quilts for SCBU
  • Scarf that I'm making to practise my continental knitting


Monday, January 04, 2016

Vignette project bag

I dug out my old Vignette project which I have had to admIt to myself is never going to be finished. I am going to break up the components of the project and rehome, reuse or sell. 

I used two portions of the embroidered border in this bag and I think it's pretty enough to enter in our local Eisteddfod.

It's plenty big enough for my January sock project. I have since added the January tube of hand cream, some stitch markers (also pink), a notebook and a book ring on the ribbon loop.

I now need to find my new 2mm knitting needles and print off the pattern and recipes that I'm going to use for these docks. Hmm, my sock ruler would also be useful.

First I need to get out the cow blanket.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Happy New Year

My daughter had a New Year's Eve party at home, so we decided to leave for most of the duration. We had dinner, went to see the New Star Wars movie which finished at about 11.30. We then parked up near to where there were fireworks just after midnight. We then went for a walk and enjoyed the display. It was a lovely dry night. 

I have set myself up for the brown bag sock club for 2016. In each bag there is 100g of sock yarn and a tube of hand cream. I have added a postcard to the front of each package with a number and  two sewing projects for the month. Some bags also have a lipstick or lip gloss to finish up.

The Canadian Knitter on YouTube chose 5 to work on this month. 

So this month I will be working on a pair of socks in Knit Picks Felici in Surfs Up, making a project bag and finishing the cow blanket. I will explain the cow blanket later in the month as I need to retrieve it from the top of wardrobe first.