Monday, 28 July 2014

Photo update

Pictures of the projects I have completed in the past month:

1) Lacy scarf


2) Mini cats

3) Cup holders

Sunday, 20 July 2014

4-ply

The last few months have seen me getting through my stash of 4-ply yarn, leftover from various sock projects.

I've knitted some cats, adapting the cat and mouse pattern to make mini-kitties using 4-ply yarn and 2.5mm needles. I've also made some take-away cup holders, based on a corrugated card template i picked up at the local coffee shop.

The purpose of these projects was to add to the craft items for sale at a fundraiser for my chorus. As it turned out, people were less interested in the crafts than the cakes and afternoon tea, so I ended up bringing all my wares home again. Nevermind, perhaps they'll be sold at one of our future events, later in the year?

I'm also ploughing on with the lacy scarf. My daughter has caught wind of the project and wants the FO. I've said that I'll wait and see how long the scarf is before I decide whether or not to keep it for myself.

The SANDS blanket remains on hold but my intention is to get is completed before the end of August. It's next on my to-do list after finishing these 4-ply stash-busters.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Good intentions

I am still knitting my second SANDS blanket and the lacy scarf that I started in February! Also, the two knitted monkeys that I sent to my friend's twins in America got lost in the post.

Despite these setbacks, I'm coming at knitting with renewed enthusiasm.

I was given a knitting kit by a friend. It's a Patons DK box set which includes the materials for a knitted cat toy and a child's cat hat. I'm going to save it up for a bit later in the Summer when I'll have some more time on my hands. Both items look like straightforward knits and I've got some toy stuffing that needs using up.

In the meantime, I'm planning some serious stash-busting. Push has come to shove since we've had some work done on the house and I need to reorganise my knitting paraphernalia. I need to allocate a project to each yarn and then get on with all the projects!

I've taken the lacy scarf (wip) to work, so I can do a bit in each lunch break. The SANDS blanket will be my evening knitting project and I'm hoping to get it finished by the end of June.

I've also found two other wips: a lacy cardigan that I had started knitting for my daughter (but which she will now be too big for by the time I get round to finishing it!) and a lacy cardigan for myself, of which I have knitted only the sleeves.

Perhaps I should concentrate on these four projects before embarking on another new one?!

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Flat knitting

I've been working on two projects since the New Year.

The first is a baby blanket for the SANDS charity. Knitted in white DK yarn and I'm using 4.5mm flat needles. It's a fairly simple pattern but it takes longer than I had expected and I'm not even doing the lace border. I've just cast off my first blanket and only need to weave in the loose ends. (My mother has already finished two blankets in the time it's taken me to do one!)

I've assembled a group of knitters across the country and we are aiming to knit a whole load of baby blankets to send off. If possible, we're hoping to get sponsored along the way for the total number of blankets we make. Several people have told me how much they are enjoying knitting the blankets and thinking of the babies that they might go to. Everyone seems to know someone who has lost a baby and there is a lot of love going in to these blankets.

The second is a quick project to use up a ball of green/pink, merino and tencel sock yarn that I bought years ago and have been saving up. Originally, I planned to make myself a pair of socks but I recently changed my mind and found a pattern for a lacy scarf. Again, it's a simple pattern and I can do it whilst I watch TV.

My husband commented that it wouldn't be scarf weather for much longer. I tried to point out that it's not supposed to be a 'keeping you warm on a cold day' scarf but a 'looking pretty against a plain top' scarf. He doesn't understand...!

Friday, 3 January 2014

Resolving power

I don't normally make New Year's resolutions but this year I have decided to right a few wrongs.

I somewhat lost my knitting mojo in 2013 so I plan to find and rekindle it in 2014. I intend to design and knit at least one new pattern of my own creation. (I'm already feeling the touch of inspiration!) I also plan to get through more of my stash. I'm going to frog all wips that have not been touched for months and repurpose the yarn for new projects.

I also want to do some charity knitting. I'm affiliated with SANDS and have an idea for getting together a group of people to knit blankets. A friend who used to run a stitch-n-bitch group has offered to organise it and we hope to raise funds through sponsorship for our endeavours.

Finally, I am going to read more in 2014. For the last couple of years, I haven't read much for pleasure. I read for my job and I've read a few non-fiction books but, this year, I want to get into a reading habit (mostly to set a good example for my daughter, who is just learning to read for herself). I'm starting with "Knitting Rules" by Stphanie Pearl-McPhee. Just three chapters in, I have already found myself nodding in agreement and laughing out loud at some of her wisdoms.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Long Winter Nights

Well, my daughter's lace cardi is still on the needles. (I haven't the energy to think about lace at the moment!) I do intend to finish it soon, though, because we have been invited to a couple of Spring weddings and the cardi would make a warm cover-up.

The mini-monkeys are taking some time, too. They are knitted on 2.5mm needles and are very fiddly! Especially the one I'm doing in dark brown - it's quite hard to see the stitches on the needle for the increases and decreases.

Socks for me will have to wait. A friend has just announced that she's going on sabbatical to do some volunteering and an outdoor research project for her OU degree, so I'm going to make her some welly-boot socks or leg warmers! I just need to find a pattern and choose some yarn from my stash.

Oh, and I've been struck by inspiration. A colleague was wearing a very interesting sweater, which looked like a backwards, slash-neck cardigan. It had raglan sleeves and was knitted in reverse st st. She's promised to wash it and bring it in to work next week for me to have a proper look at, so I can figure out if/how I could make something similar. I've done a quick bit of research on Ravelry and have some ideas for starting points. I've all but decided to abandon the open lace cardi I was making for myself and re-purpose the yarn for this new venture.

All I need to do now is pull my finger out!

This blog has been somewhat neglected over the past year. I've lost my knitting mojo a bit these last 12 months but I'm hoping that it will return over the Winter months. I'm going to stoke the fire by getting the lace cardi and monkeys closer to fruition.