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.

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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 🙂

Hand dyed Lush cardigan – FO

Hello everyone,

Today I finally have the photos of my finished hand dyed Lush cardigan. This has been finished for weeks but it took me a little while to get it blocked and photographed. I finally persuaded my other half to come and take some photos of me wearing it and the light was almost obliging. I dyed the yarn back in June and cast it on as soon as it was dry enough for me to do so. The pattern I used was Lush by Tin Can Knits, I have knit this once before and I absolutely love the pattern.

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This colour is rather tricky to photograph, especially with the pattern showing. But take it is a mixture of purples from the light to the dark. I made it a little longer than my last one and I am super happy with the fit of it.
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So what colour next? I now have a blue one and a purple one!

 

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.

 

A finished Flax

Afternoon all,

What a lovely autumnal day we are having in the South of England. With an extra hour too thanks to the clocks going back! I feel very lucky. I hope you are all having equally good days. We have been on a nice woodland walk this morning, taking in the whole array of colours that nature has put on for us. It is so lovely being out and about in the sunshine, breathing in the nice autumn smelling air. We had a lovely walk, here are a couple of photos from our woodland meander.

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It was such a lovely walk, I do so love autumn. As well as enjoying our walk, we also stopped to take a picture of my finished Flax jumper! I started this a while ago but I ran out of yarn with only half a sleeve to go. I knew it was getting close but I really hoped I could finish it. Never mind! I ordered a new ball and it arrived a few days ago allowing me to finish it up. Without further ado, here is my finished Flax jumper. I am very happy with it! It is very warm and the yarn (Women’s institute soft and smooth – purple aran) is lovely and soft and warm.

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Until next time knitters! I hope you have made the most of your extra hour.

Autumn bounty

Evening all,

Well there is no denying it…. autumn is definitely making an appearance! We can’t ignore it any longer, the days are shortening, there is a definite coolness in the air and the vegetation surrounding us is beginning to show the first signs. I always like the changing of the seasons as each brings something different. Winter brings the possibility of snow and clear frosty mornings. Spring brings new beginnings, baby birds nesting in our boxes and lambs in the field. Summer brings the potential of warm sunny days, beautiful flowers everywhere and light days. Autumn, well to me, autumn means a bountiful harvest from both the garden and the countryside and the beautiful foliage. I love all the seasons, but right now, I am loving autumn! I thought today I would share some photos of the bounty that autumn has provided so far.

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First up we have some wild plums and blackberries. We are lucky enough to have loads of wild plum trees around us and we have definitely made the most of them. I have a few kilos frozen in the freezer waiting to be made into spiced plum chutney. We have made crumble and plum compote. We have also harvested copious amounts of blackberries from the surrounding countryside and with these I have made blackberry jam and more crumble.

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Next up on our walks around the countryside we have found some wild apple trees. We have found some bramley apples and some normal apples. We have picked up a few windfalls to turn into an apple pie or some other tasty desert. Lathered with custard they are going to make a perfect pudding for a cold damp evening.

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Finally we have some lovely fresh veg from the garden (minus the apples – they are the windfall I mentioned above). I have picked the last of the beetroot, a few chillies (green and purple – our plants are finally flourishing after a slow start), some tomatoes which have fallen off (I am tempting these to ripen on a sunny windowsill), a butternut squash and a balmoral squash. Looking forward to turning these squash into something tasty this weekend.

So there you have it, some photos of the bounty autumn is currently providing us. I will be back with some knitting soon. Now the nights are getting darker and the temperature is cooling I have knitting happening left, right and centre!