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 patternย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

WIP update

Hi everyone,

What glorious weather we are having in the UK. It is a little on the warm side but I am not going to complain. A few sleepless nights and hot days are worth it to finally see some of summer! It has meant a little less knitting time though, but I have managed to get some done. I have some updates on some hand dyed yarn, they are slowly turning into projects. Want to see?

Well I have been working on two projects (both with hand dyed yarn), one is a pair of socks, and so far they have gone from this… to this:

I am about to start the heel on the second sock, DK yarn certainly makes for speedy socks!

The second hand dyed project I have been working on is my second Lush cardigan (pattern by TinCanKnits). I am super excited about this project. I started off by dyeing five skeins of yarn purple (my favourite colour), and watching it work up is awesome!

So far my yarn is turning from this… to this:

I have worked and blocked the lace panel, I have picked up and knit the colour and I am now working down the body. I am about to divide for the arms. I have a long train journey coming up so I am planning to make a decent dent in the st-st body whilst on the train. It will be perfect train knitting and I hope to get a good bit done!

I hope you are enjoying the weather everyone. I am off now to make a lemon tart to take to a friends house tomorrow (she is making the dinner, I am making the pudding) and then I am going to go and flop in the garden with a book.

Happy crafting!

Yarn dyeing attempt 4 – purple!

Hello everyone,

So as promised I am back with my next attempt at yarn dyeing! I mentioned to you last time that I got some new dyes, and that I wanted to dye enough yarn for another Lush cardigan. Well, I got my dye pots back out, some wiltons violet and progel rainbow dust purple and I set to work.

A few hours of winding, dyeing and rinsing later… I ended up with five skeins in a colour I am ecstatic with. A few days of drying later and I can finally share with you the finished product! Here it is… see below for the dyeing details.

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There you have it… five skeins of purple yarn!

So the details. Well I started off with Cascade 220 superwash in the winter white colourway. This comes in balls, so I wound it off into skeins by wrapping it around my table. I then soaked each skein in warm water until fully saturated (about 30 minutes).

After it was soaked, I put about one litre of warm water into a large pot, I then added a teaspoon of citric acid, 1/2 teaspoon wilton’s violet and half a teaspoon of progel rainbow dust purple. I then mixed it all up before adding the presoaked yarn. I prodded it around for a little to make sure the dye got to all parts of the yarn.I then simmered it for 30 minutes until the water was clear. Once clear, I drained the yarn and rinsed with warm water for a few minutes. I then hung it up to dry. I repeated this for the rest of the skeins and then waited patiently for them to dry. Until I ended up with the above ๐Ÿ˜€

I am now balling the first skein up so that I can start my Lush. I will alternate these skeins when I am knitting as they are variegated, as is the nature of hand dyed yarn. Happy, happy days ๐Ÿ˜€

A finished Lush cardigan

Hello everyone,

How are you all doing? I am fairly busy at work but thoroughly enjoying my evenings now it is lighter for longer. I have started sewing vegetable seeds in the garden and the bulbs are still looking fantastic, happy days.

But anyway, back to the point. I have a finished object for you. Last night I cast off my Lush cardigan (pattern by Tincanknits – available here) and I could not be happier. For this cardigan I used Cascade 220 worsted in the pacific colourway. I used just over 4 skeins and I made the XS version. I also modded the cardigan to make it a little longer in the body and with full length sleeves (the pattern has 3/4 length). Apart from that I did it as exactly as the pattern calls. Here it is in all of its Lush glory!

I am really pleased with it. I wore it all day today, but now it is in the sink waiting to be blocked. I was to eager to do it earlier, I just wanted to wear it!

Now I need to work out what project to cast on next. I currently have nothing on the needles and it feels really weird. I need to get thinking about what I want to cast on next. It is between some socks, possibly with my second skein of hand dyed yarn, or a baby blanket to use up the leftover yarn from my ripple blanket. I might need to draw a number out of a hat, because I really can’t decide!

Work in progress update

Hello everyone,

How are you on this lovely spring day? We have been having a nice relaxing weekend. Yesterday we watched the last three matches of the six nations rugby. I knitted on my cardigan the entire day and it was blissful. I made good progress, I knit a good four inches of the body. Perfect knitting for watching TV. No concentration required. I am very pleased with this and how it is working out. I love the colour, I love the lace, and I have tried it on and it fits perfectly. I will continue to make progress on this, picking it up and adding a few rows to it here and there.

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Aside from that, I have also been working on my crochet ripple blanket. It is growing well, and it is almost as long as our bed (it isn’t for here, but it was a good place to take a photo). I am 26 colours away from a finished blanket. I am not necessarily going to do all of the remaining rows, but we shall see. I might see how long it gets and stop when I feel it is right. This is going to be my project of choice today. I hope to get a lot done on it.

 

What projects do you have on the needles/ hooks/ sewing machines today? I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

A new project

Hello everyone,

So a few days ago I was very mean and said I was about to cast on a new project, but didn’t tell you what it was. Well I am now going to let you in on the secret (not that it was really a secret… but still)!

So, the project I cast on was a new cardigan, in fact the Lush cardigan by tincanknits. I have been eyeing this cardigan up for ages, in fact ever since I first saw it. I have no idea why it took me so long to cast this on, well I finally have and I am loving it. The pattern has an unusual construction in the fact that you start with the lace yoke, and then pick up stitches above and below for the rest of the cardigan.

I have so far done the lace panel, this then had to be blocked. Here is the lace panel, what do you think?

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I think the hardest thing about this was trying to pin it out to the correct proportions (width wise), it took a lot of yanking. But I can report that it is now dry and it looks great (possible bias here). I am now off to pick up the stitches to make the collar.

I already can’t wait to be wearing this! Got a little knitting to go first though.

Finished object Friday

Hello everyone,

Another weekend is upon us. This week has flown by for me, so I am surprised but delighted to see this weekend. I have a couple of finished objects to share with you today. The first you have seen before and heard the story, the second is just something I cast on on a whim and am sharing with you for the first time.

So first up, you may recall me mentioning that I was tasked with making two pairs of socks by the end of February. This task was only given to me three weeks ago, and I am delighted to be able to share with you two finished pairs of socks! Both pairs were made using scrap yarn, so I am not sure what they are. One pair is a UK size 10, the other is a UK size 4. They will be heading of to their new home soon. Here they are.

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I am very pleased with how the came out. My favourites are the orange/ green ones. Next up as a sock recipient is my other half. I have the wool picked out so will get these started this weekend.

The second FO I have to share with you today is something you hadn’t heard of. Last weekend the weather was terrible and I decided that I wanted to knit something instantly gratifying (something men’s socks/ single bed size blanket were not), so I picked on a baby cardigan. The pattern I chose was the Lillie baby cardiganย and I used some aran weight yarn from my stash. The pattern has a lovely lace element and it was so quick to knit up. I made it in about 4 hours. Perfect, quick, gratification project! This little cardigan has gone into my stash of pre-knitted gifts. I am at the age now where my friends are having children, so I am sure it won’t be long before this is gifted. I picked out three lilac buttons from my button collection as I thought they were a perfect colour for this grey. The cardigan is sized 0-3 months. I made it a little longer than the pattern and I did short arms in the hope that it fits for a little longer. Here it is.

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My works in progress are now at only one (my attic 24 ripple blanket), so to rectify this I think I am going to cast on a hat this weekend, as well as my other halves socks. What are your crafting plans for the weekend?