Saturday, 25 February 2017

Out and About in Berlin

I visited Berlin last summer on a school trip and loved it but wanted to go back without 33 students, so I decided to take my husband there and see a bit more.

We found some cheap Ryan Air flights in January - yes it was cold but it was still lovely. Here are some of the photos.

Bits of the Berlin Wall

Checkpoint Charlie


The Reichstag

Ampel Mann

Brandenberg Gate

Checkpoint Charlie


Getting smuggled out of the East

The best burger bar in Berlin


Monday, 20 February 2017

Ogden Pom Pom Shawl




I bought some lovely 4 ply yarn at Needlepoint Ogden Utah when I was travelling through last year. It was called  Dream , Jilly Cashmere. I didn't have quite enough to to do the whole shawl, so I mixed it with some Drops Alpaca (grey). The shop was fabulous - check out the link. 

This pattern is based over 14 rows and has a garter row on rows 6 and 12. So I did two stripes in blue to one in grey. I did have a little blue left over but the shawl was big enough for me at this point. 







Saturday, 4 February 2017

Crochet Notes - Strawberries and Cream Cushion



4mm hook
DK yarn left over from other projects
Catherine Wheel Granny Square instructions.
An old pillow


I did change the Catherine Wheel slightly - on row 4 I did a 4 treble popcorn stitch to give the square a bit more texture.


The flip side was just single trebles into the gaps - with 2 treble, 3 chain, 2 treble in the corners.




Sunday, 22 January 2017

Crochet Notes - Teton Alpine Bag




I picked up a blue bag for life at the Teton National Park on my recent road trip in the USA, and as usual covered my bag for life with some crochet. 

I used double knit and a 4mm hook. 





The pattern I used was from the book in the picture above and it was the Alpine Meadow pattern - seemed fitting as the Tetons are a mountain range.


I made 12 squares for the front and another for the back. Once joined I did a round of trebles then an extra row of trebles along each side. 





The grey sides used basic squares which I first used here on my Issue 22 Granny Bag. 
I made 18 of them as the side panel is double width and s is the bottom. When they were joined I attached them to the main panels with a double crochet. I then did a round of trebles along the rim. 





Quite pleased with it!

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Riga Hat Number 2 and a Candle





In Riga I bought two skeins of Sia Lambazu Tine, my first Riga hat only slightly dipped into into the second skein. So I thought I'd do a pared back version for my friend who I travelled with.

This link takes you to the  original Riga Hat.

For Riga Hat Number Two here are the changes.


72 sts X 18 rows 1x1 rib.

Increase to 96 sts.

Start at Row 5.

For crown - from Row E - Knit 2 tog to end.

To make up I folded the rib inwards and sewed it loosely in place.

Candles

I do love a candle and so I decided to use up leftover wax and make my own - here was my first attempt. 

Step 1 - melt wax over boiling water.
Step 2 - remove all unwanted bits.
Step 3 - pour wax into jar with new wick in the centre and allow to set. 
I got the wicks very cheaply on the Internet and I have loads of old jars. I can see lots of mileage in this. 

Friday, 6 January 2017

Knitting Knotes - Riga Hat


Made with Latvian yarn bought in Riga


I wanted to make a generous cream hat and couldn't find a pattern I liked - so I improvised this as I went - if you make one please send me a picture - I'd love to see how it turns out.

Equipment: Needles -  double pointed 5mm and circular or double pointed 6mm / cable needle / marker
Yarn: Sia Lambazu Tine from Latvia (I used 1 skein plus about 5g from skein number 2.) I think this yarn is chunky - 6mm needles worked well.
Bobble or a pom pom (I bought my Bobble in Superdrug for £3 - it was originally a broach).



Abbreviations:

C4B - Put 2sts on cable needle and hold at back, knit 2 then knit 2 from the cable needle.
C3F - Put 2 sts on cable needle and hold at front, Purl 1 then knit 2 from the cable needle.
C3B - Put 1 st on a cable needle and hold at back. Knit 2 then purl 1 from the cable needle.


Pattern:

Using 5mm needles cast on 72 stitches and 1 x 1 rib for 29 rows
Row 30 - still using 1 x 1 increase by 24 stitches to 96 stitches - evenly all round.

Change to 6mm needles - place marker at start.

Row 1,2 and 3 - P1, K4, P2, K4, P1 - repeat to end

Row 4 - Twist 1 - P1, C4B, P2, C4B, P1 - repeat to end

Row 5, 6 and 7 - P1, K4, P2, K4, P1 - repeat to end

Row 8 - Twist 2 - P1, K2, C3F, C3B, K2, P1 - repeat to end

Row 9 and 10  - P1, K2, P1, K4, P1, K2, P1 - repeat to end

Row 11 - Twist 3 - P1, K2, P1, C4B, P1, K2, P1 - repeat to end

Row 12 and 13 - P1, K2, P1, K4, P1, K2, P1 - repeat to end

Row 14 - Twist 4 - P1, K2, C3B, C3F, K2, P1 - repeat to end

Row 15 and 16 - P1, K4, P2, K4, P1 - repeat to end

Row 17 - Twist 5 - same as Row 4.

Repeat from Row 5 again = Row 30

Decrease for crown

Row A - P1,* K4, P2 together, repeat from * to last purl st and purl 2 together with first st of next round.

Row B - K4, P1 - repeat to end

Row C - K1, K2 tog, K1, P1 - repeat to end

Row D - K3, P1 - repeat to end

Row E - K2 tog, K1, P1 - repeat to end

Row F - K2 tog, P1 - repeat to end

Change to double pointed 5mm needles

Row G - K2 tog - repeat until you have only 1 stitch left - fasten off.

Weave in ends and attach bobble - or make pompom.


Monday, 2 January 2017

Knitting Knotes - Christmas Jumper 2016



Yarn: James C Brett - Wool with  Aran: 800g in main and 100g in contrast. (I only used two colours).


You can see the colour better here.

Pattern: Nordic Sweater by Sian Brown Changes made were to the neck - I did a much shorter neck rather than the cowl. Other than that I didn't make any changes but I wished I'd shortened the sleeves. It has come up big on me - but I love it and have worn it a lot already.




Out and About in Berlin

I visited Berlin last summer on a school trip and loved it but wanted to go back without 33 students, so I decided to take my husband there...