Thursday, June 28, 2007
Ever since Mon and I first started talking about knitting, we both drooled over this pattern for our little people. As soon as I saw it was ribbing I decided against it but since, now, I've tackled a few things knitting wise, I'm confident enough to try it. I did start that vest for Thomas but it was just a disaster. The sizing was all wrong despite following a pattern from Sweater Wizard. Thom is pretty tall and the vest ended up being too short, despite adding length to it. But I did come away from that project understanding the basics of knitting a vest so I'll be able to tackle another one when the mood takes me.
I have some Classic Wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills in "Chilli" on it's way for Thom's Vestee Jumper and I have some Classic Wool in Tuscan on it's way for this pullover for me.
I'm really looking forward to getting started on them soon!
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
1. I completed a hat for Thom in the correct gauge and it fits! (yet to add a pompom and knitted stars)
2. I taught myself how to do magic loop!
And to think I thought knitting a hat was a major project! hehe
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
I went to Spotlight today (20% off sale - woohoo!) and bought some lovely quilters material to line my pal's tote with and some to line mine with.
Here are some piccies.
Lining for my pal's tote:
Lining for my bag and a progress shot:
The bag felted up BEAUTIFULLY and I'm having a ball with the embroidery.
I initially had a different embellishment idea but the creative juices have been flowing and the embroidery is evolving really nicely. I absolutely love the bag and it will be sad to give it away! I guess I'll just have to make myself one ;-)
Here are some photos of the embroidering so far - you can see the felting in them. I've tried to include some Australian flowers like the bottle brush (thhe bright red one) and the wattle (the yellow spikey one). I still have more to do but wanted to show what I've come up with so far.I've also decided to line the bag to hide the embroidery stitches inside and to also give the bag even more stability.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
I wish my scanner was working because I could scan in a picture (from one of my knitting books) of the embellishments I want to do. I might try and see if I can get a decent photo of it.
Friday, June 15, 2007
I plan to make this scarf for my mum for her 55th birthday. I hope I get it done on time and she loves the colours as much as I do!! I actually think I should have enough over to make myself one ;-)
I also found some inspiration online for a different kind of embellishment ;)
Thursday, June 14, 2007
I got the wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills and I'm using Rustic in Bluestone and Mariner with some Damson on the way. I've also thrown some other 100% wool into the mix in cream, rainbow and dusky pink for a bit of colour. My pal is bright and friendly and I'm aiming for a bag to suit her personality.
The blues are lovely but on their own I decided they were a little too dreary.The knitting is eeeeeeeeeeasy knitting and it leaves me a lot of brain power to constantly change my mind about the embellishments I plan to do. I'm also REALLY motivated to make myself a bag once I've finished this one.
I'll get some photos up tonight :-D
Sunday, June 10, 2007
The little v-neck vest I'm knitting for Thom is nearly finished and I am SO happy with it. Initially I started it and the ribbing (k1, p1) was really sloppy as I was purling using the continental method. That's not to say that ALL purling using that method is sloppy - just mine! So I undid it, changed to k2, p2 ribbing, knitted using the continental method and "threw" the purl stitches and it's much neater. When I came to the neck shaping I got rather confused by the pattern but with a little help from my other half I worked it out and it's going great guns. I'm just shaping the neck now, I'm almost ready to sew the shoulders together and then it will just be some ribbing for the neck and armholes and I'll be ready to try it on Thom!
I'm really proud of this project...it feels like my first proper "grown up" project :-P
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
I'm lucky to have a lovely pal to knit a bag for and despite my secret squirrel attempts, Judy has worked out who I am! lol I guess it's not hard when there's only a handful of us aussies in the IV ITE.
I'll post photos as I go, but they'll have to be sneaky secret squirrel ones so that they don't give away (to Judy :-P) exactly what the "bag" looks like.
I'll get one on by tonight ;-)
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
I got the pattern from here and wanted to add it here for anyone who would like to try them. Go on!
Yarn 4 ply sock yarn, 100grams (?); Ribbon to thread through eyelets
Ndls: 3mm DPNs (US 3) or 3mm 30cm circs.
Measurements are for an average size with a foot length of 24cm (9.5in)
Tension 7 sts and 10 rows = 1" (St st in the rnd)
Using 3mm ndles, CO 60 sts and join.
Facing K 6 rnds
Picot edge *K2tog, yo; rep from * to end of rnd.
K 6 rnds… 13 rnds.
Attach facing Fold facing along picot edge to inside of sock and attach as folls: Pick up the edge of the first CO st and knit this tog with the first st on the ndle. Cont to end of rnd.
Next rnd P
Eyelet rnd *YO, k2tog; rep from * to end
Next rnd P
K in rnds until work meas a total of 24cm (adjust length here if desired).
Row 1 (RS) *Sl 1, K1*
Row 2 Sl 1, P29
Rep these 2 rnds until heel meas 6cm ending with with RS row facing
Row 1 (RS) Sl 1, K16, K2tog tbl, K1, turn
Row 2 Sl 1, P5, P2tog, P1, turn
Row 3 Sl 1, K6, K2tog tbl, K1, turn
Row 4 Sl 1, P7, P2tog, P1, turn
Row 5 Sl 1, K8, K2tog tbl, K1, turn
Cont working 1 more st until all sts have been worked.
Next row Sl 1, K across
Pick up 15 gusset sts per side
Rnd 1 N1 K to last 3 sts, K 2tog K1; N2 K; N3 K1, SSK, K to end
Rnd 2 K
Rep rnds 1 and 2 until 60 sts rem
Cont without dec to toe
Rnd 1 * K2, P1, K to last 2 sts on ndle, P2tog *
Rnd 2 K
Rnd 3 * K3, P1, K to last 2 sts on ndle, P2tog *
Rnd 4 K
Rnd 5 * K4, P1, K to last 2 sts on ndle, P2tog *
Rnd 6 K
Rnd 7 * K5, P1, k to last 2 sts on ndle, P2tog *
Rnd 8 K
Rnd 9 * K6, P1, K to last 2 sts on ndle, P2tog *
Rnd 10 K
Rnd 11 * K7, P1, K to last 2 sts on ndle, P2tog *
Rnd 12 K
Rnd 13 * K to last 2 sts on ndle, P2tog *
Rep last rnd until 8 sts rem
Finishing Break yarn leaving a 21cm tail. Thread tail through rem sts, pull tight and fasten off. Weave in ends. Steam block lightly.