Saturday, 6 August 2016

Summer Challenge 2016

On 3rd September I'm going to a wedding - so I need an outfit. I have a lovely lacy dusky pink skirt but no top to wear with it. So I have set myself a challenge to make a top in time to wear to the wedding. Ideally I'd like to make some lacy mitts too.

All other projects are now on hold and the challenge has begun.

It's a Marie Wallin design and I'm using Stylecraft Malabar


Here are all the other projects now on hol.

Love Heart Socks - well you always have to have some socks on the go. 

Lavender Waves - front complete and back begun.

Ogden Scarf - using cashmere bought on holiday earlier this year. 

Idaho Falls Cowl - using yarn from Walmart - also bought on holiday earlier this year..

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Knitting Knotes - The Sparkly Lantern Top




I called this Sparkly Lantern top as the pattern I used for the top half was named Chinese Lantern. I got it from the Good Housekeeping - Knitting book.



Yarn: Wendy Supreme Luxury DK cotton sparkle
Needles: 3.25mm, 4mm, cable needle, 3.25mm circular needle
Final Measurements:
Length: 62cm
Length to arm: 33cm
Chest: 20cm

Back

Cast on 110sts using 3.25mm - Knit 18 rows of 1 x 1 rib.

Change to 4mm - knit 54 rows st st.

Inc 1 st each end of every to row 68.

Inc 1 st each end on alt rows to row 75 = 126sts.

Continue to 33cm = row 76

Cast on 2 sts at beg of the next 10 rows = 146sts = row 86

Row 87 - Inc 1 st at the beginning. ***

*New row count*

Pattern 48 rows

Knit 3 rows st st = row 51

Divide for neck - 45/57/45

Knit 5 rows st st - dec 1 st at neck edge on each row = row 56.

Cast off final 40 - complete other side to match.

Front

Complete as back to ***

Pattern 30 rows

Divide for neck 50/47/50 = row 31

Dec 1st at neck edge on alt rows to 40 sts = row 40.

Continue pattern to row 48.

Knit 8 rows in st st - cast off.

Complete other side to be the same.

Neck

Using a circular needle:

Pick up along back  6/57/6 = 69
Pick up along front 23/47/23 = 93

= 162st knit 12 rows 1x1 rib

Dec 2sts either side of shoulder on rows 3 to 12.

Cast off.

Sleeves

Pick up 120sts round rim of armhole knit 5 rows 1x1 rib.




Sunday, 17 July 2016

Summer Garden 2016

17th July 2016

Better late than never - today I did all of my back garden tubs and tidied up my Cool Bed. 

I wonder what this will look like in September. 

First of all the patio area. The best thing about doing this so late is that it is now very cheap and I picked up some great bedding bargains. 






Next the Cool Bed - so called because I don't have orange, yellow or bright red. 

I love this Hydrangea


This area is looking very cottage like with the Hollyhocks, Lythrum and Monarda.

Dahlia Mero Star looking healthy again.

Penstemon

My Shady bed extension - this year in pink and white.