My Lady’s Quaker

Progress on My Lady’s Quaker

I have been looking at various different ways of cross stitching. I stitch in hand one stitch at a time. I have tried Q-Snaps, but they hurt my hands getting them on and off, and I do have hoops (this one  and while I do like this hoop – it is a bit of a pain to carry it around and set it up each time). I wanted to have less fuss and effort so I went with stitching in hand.

I do what I think is called the stab method (terrible name), but I thought I should try the sewing method however my tension was a bit crap, so I fallen back to the tried and tested method.

I was hoping to progress a bit quicker, but I will just have to make more of the process.

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Short Rows – Knitting

Working the Short Row Swatch

My Braid Hills cardigan has short row shaping on the sleeve caps. Rather than leaping straight into that I thought I would do the short row course on craftsy.

I have done short rows before – on sock heels, but never a wrap and turn short row.

This course is great – the teacher (Carol Feller) – explains things well and you can replay anything you get a bit stuck on.

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My Lady’s Quaker

My Lady’s Quaker

I have been working on this a little bit at a time.  It’s from here.

It is on 32 count Belfast linen, which seems to be the limit of what I can do. It takes me a while to get my eye in so to speak and then I find it quite easy.

I have learnt how to do a pin stitch to start and stop stitching – from Hands Across the Sea Samplers. Nicola has a YouTube video you can watch. It has made the back much tidier and I am now using the loop method to start the non-variegated thread (the black in the image above).

 

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Braid Hills Cardigan

Braid Hills Progress

I have been working on this at my knitting group (here) and I have reached the point where I have put the two fronts and the underarm stitches on waste yarn and am working on the back.

I am enjoying knitting this – the yarn is lovely and the pattern is beautifully written (very easy to follow).

I finished the course on mistakes I would recommend it. I can now ladder back and fix most problems.

Next up I am going to try Kate Atherley’s knitting two socks at once course.

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Knitting – Learning how to fix mistakes

Working on my swatch

I have been knitting for a while and I can fix simple mistakes – a dropped stitch, unknit a couple of rows, but anything more complicated is beyond me and I end up re-starting.

I decided to be pro-active and take a course – this one from Craftsy (Fixing Knitting Mistakes with Ann Budd). In the image above you can see I am working on my swatches. I have the pdf instructions on my Kindle and I am watching flosstube (the Twisted Stitcher – I love watching Vonna, she is genuine and entertaining).

This first swatch is about recognizing stitches (and I know I made a mistake with one of the lifted increases and didn’t know how to fix it! – the irony)

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Machine Embroidery

 

Cat front being embroidered

I have got the embroidery machine out again – to be used more effectively it needs its own space, but it needs a lot of space. I am making a cat – it’s from Embroidery Library – the Cute Kitty Doll.

So far I have done the front and I am working on the back.

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Braid Hills – 2

Progress

Finished the waist shaping – onto my third skein.

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Braid Hill’s Cardigan

Braid Hills Progress

This is the progress on my Braid Hills cardigan by Kate Davies. I am using Buachaille (I bought it as a kit) – in the Macallum shade. It is beautiful – the colour, but it also feels lovely.

I bought the kit two years ago (and have stashed it under the bed), so I can’t remember what size I was planning on making. I have 9 skeins, so I could knit size 1, 2, 3 or 4 and I have decided on 3, which officially only requires 8 skeins, so I have a bit of wriggle room.

The pattern is super-easy to follow – I am in the middle of the waist shaping at the moment – the sleeve caps might be tricky, but I am up for a challenge.

 

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My Lady’s Quaker

My Lady’s Quaker from Jardin Prive

I have been working on this for a while now, here was the first mention (no image – sorry)

This is My Lady’s Quaker by Jardin Prive.

I am using DMC cottons – black (310) and a varigated red (115). It is on a belfast linen (32 count) and I think it is cream (but I could be wrong about that).

I have new glasses – progressive lenses – and it is now so much easier. I might be able to do a higher count now.

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Hap for Harriet Finished

Hap for Harriet Finished – Finally!

I finally finished my Hap for Harriet. I blocked it using blocking wires, which was a revelation – why didn’t I know about these things before?

It took me at least a year of on again/off again knitting to finish this and while I was knitting it, I was adamant I wouldn’t tackle anything lace weight again. However, now it is finished I love wearing it – it is soft and warm and squishy. And I do have another skein of Misti Alpaca Lace weight yarn in the stash, so maybe another wrap/shawl is possible.

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