Monday, 7 March 2016

Hat, Sock, Cowl

I bought this yarn (Viking of Norway Aurora) in Bergen and made some gorgeous squishy socks using Kim Goddard - Beginner Socks. This was the pattern I used to make my first ever socks back in 2010 (see them here) and this time I ribbed the cuff and the top of the foot. I had a lot of yarn left over so I made a hat using two patterns: Cloud 9 for the structure and Blooming Heather for the Fairisle pattern. I haven't made a pom pom yet - but I might..

I received a ball of Adriafil Pastello in a yarn swap ages ago and wasn't sure what to do with it - then I had an idea to do a cowl. To be honest it's more of a roll neck - but it looks nice and will keep me warm.

I cast on 20sts on 10mm needles and did stocking stitch, winding the yarn round twice on every third knit row.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Creativity at Half Term

Half terms are always busy, catching up on work and housework alike but I do like to try and be a bit creative.

I had in mind to finish a couple of projects but then on Monday I happened to be in Oxford Street and therefore had to pop to the haberdashery in John Lewis! After half an hour of squishing lovely yarn I noticed that there was some gorgeous emerald green Debbie Bliss Angel (lace weight mohair and silk) reduced from £8.95 to £3 per 25g ball. I immediately grabbed three with the intention of making a scarf.

I couldn't start quick enough and I chose Phoebe a lace pattern which was originally created in Kid Silk Haze.

I got as far as making enough for a short cowl 70 cm long (as opposed to the long one in the picture) and decided that was perfect for my needs, so I did a joining ends cast off and had just enough left over for matching gloves.

I used my tried and tested gloves pattern Sirdar 6111, bought in Pollards many years ago and just had enough yarn to complete gloves too. Like the cowl the yarn was used double throughout, 6mm needles for the cowl and 4mm for the gloves (3.25mm for the rib).

I also fancied an electric blue beady mash up. I haven't done a mash up for ages, so I had to look back at a previous one to see how to do it. This post has the instructions on.

I chose some beads that I bought a few years ago.

I previously made the necklace below, which I have worn a lot but has now discoloured and the wire is quite brittle. So I dismantled it.....

Added some extra  silver beads and some shambala beads .....

and half and hour later - voila - a new electric blue mash up.

Well that's it for this half term. Sunday will be spent marking, no more creativity for me!!!

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Knitting Knotes - Katoomba Socks

On my travels through the Blue Mountains in 2014, I came across a lovely little yarn shop in Katoomba. The owners were really friendly and helpful, sadly they didn't have any local yarn, but I did treat myself to a Schoppell-Wall Zauerball to make a pair of socks.

The Three Sisters from the viewing point in Katoomba
I decided to use my tried and tested pattern Jazz Socks by Erica Knight and made this project my portable, on the go, knit anywhere project.

I didn't match the socks this time - sometimes I do and sometimes I don't. These are fab:) Lovely yarn.