Sunday, 24 June 2018

Knitting Knotes - Bremen Reyna

This wrap is so called because I bought the yarn in Bremen. I began making a pair of socks but wasn't feeling it, then I decided to combine the yarn with some leftover Drops Alpaca and do a version of Reyna.

This version had 28 rows stocking stitch with the Mesh stitch added in as follows:

4 rows mesh
6 rows mesh
8 rows mesh
10 rows mesh

I used a 3.5mm circular needle.

And just because it looks fab - here is my rose covered shed - it took 3 years.

Here it was back in August 2015.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Crochet Notes - Tudor Rose, Cappuccino Lace and Daisy Loop Bed Topper

Using Wendy Supreme Cotton Chunky and Rowan Aran Cotton with a strand of lace added.
6mm hook. (8 balls of blackcurrant and 1 teal.)

I wanted to use up my leftover Wendy Cotton Supreme (I way over ordered for a jumper project).

I used 3 squares from Crocheted Granny Squares (Twenty to Make)

In the middle 4 Tudor Rose squares.

Then 4 Cappuccino Lace squares.

Then 4 Daisy Loop squares.

This was completed with a couple of rounds of trebles. 
I left it simple because I might add to this in the future. 

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Crochet Notes - Over the Danube

Whilst in Vienna last November I managed to stumble across a yarn shop just 100 metres from the Hotel Stefanie (where I was staying with my friends), it was called Wollmeile and the lady was friendly and helpful.

I bought myself 3 balls of Pro Lana - Kid Seta. It looked as though it was a mixture of cream and brown, but it turned out to have red and mustard hidden inside. As you can see I didn't use the mustard, it just doesn't suit me.

I started off using a knitted pattern but quickly switched to Over the Williamette although I did not do everything in order after the first "star band". However I used all the same instructions until the last row, I was running out of yarn so I just did double crochets to finish instead of the pointy bit.

Really pleased with the result, I used all 3 balls except for the mustard and a 4.5 mm hook.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Crochet Notes - Picnic Bag

Pattern: Nursery Granny Square from Val Pierce's Book here.
Hook: 3.75mm
Pompom Trim
Aldi Shopping Bag

I made 36 squares using up oddments of blue and green DK.

I sewed each set together for the four sides and crocheted round the edge in a colour to match the bag.

The floor panel was completed using an old favourite, see perfect pencil case here.
I did the base in Aran yarn.

I then crocheted the sides together and sewed them to the bag, adding a row of trebles around the top.

I made the handles with a base chain of 80, Aran in the middle and DK around the edge - all trebles.

Then I sewed the pompom trim on.

I then filled it with bowls, plates, cutlery, a cool box, napkins, tea towel, glasses and a citronella candle.

Just need some sun now. 

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Knitting Knotes - Updated Christmas Jumper 2016

I decided my Christmas Jumper 2016 was due for a makeover.

The original is here.

However, I made it quite big and I have managed to loose some weight, so it needed adapting. Also it didn't really sit right, but my new Winter Jumper 2017 did sit right, so I decided to use that as the basis of the new version.

I frogged it back to the armhole decrease then picked it up and made it the same amount of stitches (with a few decreases here and there). I also shortened the sleeves by 6 rows to match the 2017 jumper.

I did the neck 2x2 rib to match the rest of the jumper and I cast off on row 24.

It now sits much better and I have heaps of yarn left over. 

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Knitting Knotes - Updated Ogden Pompom Shawl

I decided to revisit this project and use up the leftover blue cashmere - I also wanted to change the blue pompoms to black. It is now much more sumptuous than before and the cashmere isn't going to waste.

In total I used:
3 metres of black pompom trim.
1 50g ball of Drops Alpaca DK
1 100g ball of Dream in Colour Jilly with Cashmere

Original version

It is called the Ogden Pompom shawl because I bout the yarn in Ogden, Utah on my travels. If you are ever in Ogden do visit Needlepoint it is quite simply the best yarn shop I have ever been to. My poor hubby was sat on a bench outside for ages.

However, he soon cheered up when we found the train museum, which was well worth the visit - loved it. Here are two of the trains.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Knitting Knotes - Venetian Silk Waffle Beanie

I picked up a ball of Lane Grawitz - Storm G (100% Silk) whilst in Venice, (at Lellabella here) with no clue what I was going to do with it.

I then had some Stylecraft Malabar Aran left over in a similar colour, which has a silk content, so naturally I put them together and waited to get inspired.

I didn't want stripes of yarn, but then came up with the idea of a waffle beanie - except, instead of purling used Storm G as a Fairisle yarn.


4.5mm circular and double pointed.

100 sts and 29 rounds 1 x 1 rib in Malabar

Knit 1 round - Malabar

For the waffle pattern:
Round 1 - Knit in Malabar
Rounds 2 and 3 - K2 in Malabar, K2 in Storm G -

I did the pattern for 37 rounds before decreasing for the crown.

R38 - K2, K2tog all Malabar - to end = 75 sts
R39 - K2 Malabar, K1 Storm G to end
R40 - K2 tog Malabar K1 Storm G = 50sts
R41 - K in Malabar (break off storm G)
R42 - K2 tog all round = 25 sts
R43 - Knit
R44 - Knit 2 tog all round = 13sts break off yarn and thread through.

Knitting Knotes - Bremen Reyna

This wrap is so called because I bought the yarn in Bremen. I began making a pair of socks but wasn't feeling it, then I decided t...