Monday, 13 June 2016

Out and About - Stockholm

I was lucky enough to go away with some friend to Stockholm last weekend. We had lovely boat trips, lovely walks and a trip to the Abba museum. I don't we scratched the surface though so I would love to go back because the city had a lovely feel to it. Abba is a cashless museum - so bear that in mind if you want to buy something in the shop. I can recommend the archipelago tour - stunning.

Here is a little montage.





























Monday, 23 May 2016

Knitting Knotes - Midnight Cables




This was going to be a jumper but I like sleeveless tops as they keep you warm but you don't overheat.

Oh I needed the black Aran for another project I have in mind.

Yarn: 600g Black Aran
Needles: 4.5mm, 4.5mm circular, 5mm, cable needle
Measurements: Length - 70 cm, Chest - 110cm


Cable pattern = over 16 sts
Knit 4 rows as set.
Row 5 - 2 purl, C6F. C6B. 2 purl
Row 6 as set

Back

Using 4.5mm 
Cast on 106 sts and knit 2x2 rib for 25 rows.
in to 126 on next rib row.

Change to 5mm
Set up row
Knit 9 **/ 16 pattern ( 2 purl, 12 knit, 2 purl) / Knit 7** Repeat from ** to ** 4 times then pattern 16 again then Knit 9.
Keeping 6 row pattern complete for 80 rows

Decrease for armhole****
Cast off 2 sts at beg of next 2 rows.
Decrease 1 st each of next 6 rows.
Dec 1 st each end of next 5 alt rows.

Continue till arm measures 24cm.

Put middle 46 on holder = 40 each side
Decrease 10sts at neck  x 1
Decrease 6 sts at neck  x 1
Cast off


Front - same to ****

Keep arm shaping as above at same time work on front divide.

Put centre 2 on a pin
Dec at neck edge to 24 sts
Match length of back
Cast off.

Neck edge: 46 across back and 70 down each side - keep centre 2 as knit in 2x2 rib.
Dec at centre each round: k 2 tog/ knit 2 centre / s1kipsso
Knit 12 rows

Arm edge: 112 2x2 rib - 7 rows.


Just for an extra bonus here are my late spring garden highlights:





Sunday, 15 May 2016

Up-cycling, bags and socks

I have had a travel wallet that I have used for years now, I got it from a Euro-camp holiday and have used it ever since. however the grey/green cover was looking grim. So over Easter whilst I was away on holiday I bought some Aran weight cotton, a crochet hook and a darning needle (yes I know I should have taken these things!) and set about revamping the wallet. Here are the results - I was quite pleased if I do say so myself.



New travel wallet with camera pouch. 



Also on holiday I was working on these gorgeous Aurora Socks, with some Viking yarn I bought in Bergen. I finished them just the other day and I do love the self striping colours.



Last November I went to a Christmas market in Bremen, Germany and bought a little tote bag which has been up-cycled. I used the poppies and daisies pattern by Val Piece.






I also had this canvas tote bag which was crying out for an up-cycle. So I found all of my spring-like colours, the result is a very fresh and funky shopping/marking bag.

Side 1 with phone pouch.

Side 2 with phone pouch.
I have also begun a little summer t-shirt top, it will be mostly stocking stitch with the Chinese lantern pattern across the top.