Saturday, 15 October 2016

Crochet Notes - Idaho Falls Hat and Cowl

Idaho Falls

I was very lucky this Easter to be able to do a road trip with my hubby around Utah, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. The main purpose was to go to Yellowstone and see bears - which we did - real live bears, wolves, coyotes and so many elk and bison - amazing times.

Along the way I picked up some yarn in Idaho Falls - at a Walmart actually. I also went to the most amazing yarn store in Ogden, Utah, but more about that another time.

I picked up 2 balls of  Caron, Simply Soft Paints - Oceana (100g each) and have just made a hat and cowl ready for my next venture into more northern regions than suburban London very soon.

The cowl was made using a feather and fan crochet pattern found here on Ravelry.
Using 5mm hook I chained 136 sts and did 8 pattern repeats.

For the hat I used this pattern but I only did the rib body not the rib band. The body was 30cm long before I decreased for the crown - which took 5 rounds. I used a 4.5mm circular needle.

Here are some photos of the gorgeous Idaho Falls.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Knitting Knotes - Lavender waves

Yarn: Stylecraft Cotton Classique
Amount: 5 x 100g purple and 2 x 50g cream
Needles: 3.25mm and 4mm
Size: Chest = 116cm              Length = 60cm

Changes to pattern:

I added an extra cream wave on the length and did a cream wave on the sleeves.

I made the back neckline higher than the front - in the pattern they are the same.

Shape neckline from row 94 after garter stitch.

Shape neckline on row 106 after garter stitch.

Autumnal Garden Photos - just because I was in the garden photographing anyway.

Cosmos and Astrantia


Dahlia Carnival

Red Hot Poker and a Rose

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Knitting Knotes - Wedding Top (Sonam by Marie Wallin)

I completed my Wedding Top in time for my friend's wedding today on 3rd September, in fact I finished it a week ago. However I'm actually going to wear a blouse that I bought last week as it is a bit cooler. I am very pleased with this top though and have already worn it.

I used the pattern Sonam by Marie Wallin (my third Marie Wallin top Eldora and Eos being the other two).

I had some Stylecraft Malabar which I had bought for another top, but as the tension was the same as the Rowan Soft Yak I decided to use it. I got the yarn from Deramores and at £5 for 100g this cotton/silk top only cost £20

I made the size 16-18 and the only alterations I made were: no picot edging on the sleeve (I did it but didn't like it) instead I did another round of double crochets; and on the neck picot I did 3 slip stitches in between chains.

In garden news I must share with you my favourite Dahlia - Mero Star it is simply abundant with blooms.

Mero Star 

This Clematis has bloomed all summer and is still going.