New hats for Autumn :)

Hello everyone,

I hope you have all had a lovely weekend. It has been a lazy weekend for us, well for me, not so my other half. I had a sore back yesterday so I took it easy. My other half built us two bed side tables out of old pallets. He was very productive! The bed side tables are awesome.

Today we have been on a walk (the back is a lot less sore today) and now we are about to play a board game. A perfect Sunday.

Knitting wise I was in a bit of a conondrum earlier in the week. I was at a loss as to what to knit. I hadn’t lost my mojo I just didn’t know what to make. So my other half requested a hat. He specifically asked for the same pattern that I knit him last year but in blue. So I pulled out the Barley hat pattern and he pulled out some blue DK yarn and off I went. An evening later and he had a new hat to keep his ears warm this winter. Following the success of his I decided to make another one, this one for me. For this one (also with the Barley pattern) I used leftover sock yarn from this pair of socks and some random purple sock yarn and held them double. The result was a lovely autumnal hat which will keep my ears warm this autumn/ winter. Here they are 🙂 Both modeled by my other half.

Following the hat knitting I cast on a pair of socks in Regia Arne and Carlos wool and I also started a sampler blanket in purple aran weight yarn. Yer… remember a while back I swore never to knit another blanket that involved seaming… well it seems I forgot that when I cast this on! Oh well. For this blanket I am knitting squares using random stitch patterns. I am using a book entitled 400 knitting stitches (should keep me busy). The aim is that it will be a throw for our bed… the reality is it will probably be a lap blanket or a baby blanket. Whatever it turns out to be, I love the first two squares! More on that soon, now it is game time.

Have a lovely rest of the weekend.

Finished Eiger socks

Hello everyone,

I recently posted a cast on about a new pair of socks, using the new Stylecraft sock yarn (Head over heels in the Eiger colourway). These socks are to be a gift at Christmas. The recipient of these socks has the same size feet as me so I could follow my usual recipe. I cast on 60 stitches on 2.5mm needles. For these though I added a twisted rib pattern down the leg instead of my usual plain sock.

Here they are!

The yarn itself was a pleasure to work with. The eiger colourway had a long colour repeat on it. Drifting from blue to pink to blue, to green and to white. I also bought another colourway of this yarn, I am looking forward to knitting it up. It has a shorter colour change than this yarn did.

Up next I am venturing away from socks temporarily. I am going to make my other half a new hat. The cooler weather is coming and he has asked for a new hat, so a new hat he shall get!

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Finished projects

Hello everyone,

I have a couple of finished projects to share with you today. Both of which I finished a week or so back, but it took me a while to get the photos together to show you. First up is a baby cardigan I knitted for a friend to give to her friend at a baby shower. The mother to be absolutely loves rainbows, she is obsessed with bright colours. So me and my friend conspired and it was decided that I should make her a rainbow baby cardigan. She is having a little boy (due October) and we knew she would love this. I raided my acrylic stash and used the 3-6 month size of this pattern and this was the result!

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Suitably bright and colourful. She has received it now and apparently she loves it.

Second FO I have to share with you today is a pair of socks. I made these recently as the colours reminded me of Autumn. I have worn them a couple of times now and I love the colours. Very autumnal I think.

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I am making good progress with the pair of socks I shared with you last time, these will be a Christmas present so plenty of time to get them finished!

Happy crafting 🙂

Head over heels… I certainly am!

Hello everyone,

I hope you are enjoying your Friday evening and are making the most of your weekend. We have settled down to an evening of gardeners world and bake off extra slice. Blissful. A part of this Friday night bliss is the knitting. What kind of relaxing night would it be without a project on the go? Well I recently finished a project (blog will follow as soon as I photo) so I needed something else to cast on. I recently saw the Stylecraft had released a new line of sock yarn (called Head over Heels). They have released six different shades and I splashed out on two of them. Eiger a wonderful blend of blues, purples, pinks, whites and greens and Everest, a beautiful mixture of greens, blues, purples, yellows and reds. I debated about which to cast on first and in the end I chose Eiger. Happy days! Watch this space for a finished sock, I can’t see it will be long. This yarn is a pleasure to work with and the colour changes make you want to knit quicker to see the next one. Perfect!

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What is on my needles?

Hello everyone,

Today I am going to share with you what is on my needles. I currently have two projects on the go. A pair of gloves which will be a Christmas gift for my other half and a pair of Autumnal socks for me.

First up, the gloves! As I mentioned a week back, my poor other half has been waiting over a year for these gloves. I finally got around to starting them and they are coming together nicely. One of the two is done.

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I adapted this pattern by adding four extra stitches, knitting in worsted weight as opposed to DK and adding full fingers as opposed to fingerless ones. You would not believe how much I struggled to find a suitable pattern for these, hence the adaptations! I have so far made only one, and after losing the pattern and then finding it again (I really should have gotten these into my Ravelry projects page from the start) I will soon be starting the second one!

Also on the needles is a pair of Autumnal socks for myself. These are made using my standard pattern (cast on 60, a bit of k1p1, knit until I decide its long enough, a heel flap/ gusset heel and knit to the toes). My mum bought me this yarn a few months ago (Austermann step) and I thought it was quite Autumnal, so what better time to cast it on? This sock does now have a toe and its mate is in progress!

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I hope you are managing to get some knitting time in. It will very soon be the season for knitted goods!

 

What do you get if cross alpaca wool and blackberries?

Blackberry yarn of course!

Hello everyone,

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and that the beginning of the week is going well for you. We had a lovely relaxing weekend as I hoped we would. Plenty of knitting, film watching, reading, a few walks when the weather permitted and some foraging. Here in the UK we are on the border between summer and autumn and that means one thing… blackberries and lots of them! Bushes dripping with blackberries line the edges of fields and I couldn’t be happier. This time every year we collect loads of them, we turn them into jam, crumble, pie and cakes. Delicious! This year though we did something a little different. Surely everyone who has ever picked a blackberry has noticed that it leaves your fingers stained pink? Well I decided to try and capture that on some yarn. So how did we do it?

Well first up we collected a mixing bowl full of blackberries, probably about 400g. There was no quality control here. They all went in… over ripe, under ripe, somewhere in the middle, a few sticks and leaves for good measure. Once we got home, I dumped them into a big pot and mashed them up a little bit with a potato masher, I then added about 200 ml of water. I then put them onto simmer for about an hour. Whilst this was happening I soaked my yarn (a skein of baby alpaca 4ply) with water and some citric acid. I then let the blackberry mix cool completely and then yarn to soak properly. After a few hours I strained the blackberry mix  and then combined my yarn and the blackberries. I then added about 3 teaspoons of citric acid and simmered for about 1 hour. I then turned off the heat and left it overnight (the hardest part).

 

 

The next day I took my yarn out, gave it a good rinse and then hung it up on the line. It is a bit paler than I thought, but I am really happy with how it came out. It is not my usual colour, but I still love it. I hope to knit this into a shawl and every time I wear it I will think of blackberry picking and look forward to the next autumn! Maybe next year I will try sloes or elderberries?

The colours are accurate… it faded a fair amount whilst drying!

Happy crafting.

 

Summer kniting!

Hello everyone,

How are you all? Following an unscheduled summer blog break I am back to tell you all about what I have been knitting over that time. First up, how was your summer holiday? Are you looking forward to autumn (swap those seasons if you are down under!). We had a lovely summer here. Nice and relaxing but at the same time to much travelling. We spent lots of time flitting up to Scotland or down to London. I also had a birthday in the middle of it and I got some lovely yarny gifts. I will share those with you soon too.

So what have I been knitting? Well I am going to keep you in suspense picture wise for a little longer, but I will tell you about them now.

So first up and most exciting (for me anyway) I finished my hand dyed Lush. Remember this wool?

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Well that has now been turned into a lovely cardigan. It is still waiting to be blocked so once that has happened I will share photos with you all. I must get that done before the light runs away from us! Dark winter days are not ideal for photos.

As well as that I have knitted a baby cardigan for a friend to take to a baby shower, post baby shower I will share that with you. I have started knitting a pair of gloves for my other half (so far he has one). These gloves will go with this hat that I made him a while back.

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The poor man has been waiting over a year for these and he is not getting them till Christmas either! They are just a basic glove pattern with fingers (so many ends) knit to a very tight gauge.

Finally I have been knitting some socks (where would this blog be without socks). The yarn I have been using is very autumnal, very fitting for the upcoming season.

Right, I hope you all have a lovely weekend. I will be back next week to share with you some photos of this knitting! Right now I am going back to bed to read my book. The weather is abysmal outside and I have a feeling that today is going to involve some reading, some knitting, some films and a blanket!

Happy crafting 🙂