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.
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.
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).
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.
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)
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.
Finished the waist shaping – onto my third skein.
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.
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.
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.