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 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!

 

Finished hiking boot socks.

Hello everyone,

How is it going?

I have a FO to share with you today. Remember by rainbow dyed wool? Well yesterday I finished them up! They are super colourful and I love them. I dyed 100g of DK weight wool in a range of colours to test out some new dyes, and I thought what better way to use the wool than to make rainbow socks for my feet. I am off for a walk tomorrow so I will be wearing these in my boots, can’t wait!

I improvised a pattern and I used about 75g of the wool. I cast on 48 stitches onto 3mm needles and knit until I liked the cuff length, I then turned the heel and knit until the toe. Nothing special, but I think the wool speaks for itself.

I hope you have a lovely weekend. I am seeing relatives so I am not sure how much knitting I will be getting done, but I hope it will be at least a little bit.

Happy crafting.

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!