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Sock Yarn Blanket

Blanket Progress

This is a fabulous project for when you want to knit, but don’t want to knit anything that requires too much focus – watching TV, etc. All I have to remember is to K2Tog either side of the marker on the right side rows. And I get to use all of the fabulous sock yarn I’ve bought over the years – it is my one weakness (as Dorcas Lane says in Larkrise to Candleford). I am just randomly selecting a ball and then knitting a square. Once I have made 13 squares (I have 13 balls), I will start again. My plan is to make a 16 by 16 blanket, so I have a long way to go.

I did just buy a set of Addi Sock Wonders, so I might have to make at least one more pair of socks – perhaps the Antirrhinum Socks from A Year of Techniques.

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Blank Canvas

Swatch for my Blank Canvas

I have lost track of the number of times I have started to knit this yarn! It is Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk Dk in Tease. My latest effort is here – I just seem to lose concentration and it all goes pear-shaped.

I decided to knit something without a pattern/texture/stitch design to see if I could get the basic jumper shaping thing sorted.

I did what I am calling a cheat’s swatch in the round (instructions were here) – I managed to get gauge (both stitch and number of rounds – miraculous! I am sure my swatch is lying to me) with the second set of needles I tried, so now I just need to get on with it.

One further concern is the volume of yarn required – I stashed 1394m and the pattern tells me I need 870m, but I have lost a bit of yarn in all of my previous attempts.

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Easy Knitting Project?

Start of my 'Favourite Scarf Ever'

Start of my ‘Favourite Scarf Ever’

I wanted an easy project – something that was portable and that doesn’t require concentration. Favourite Scarf Ever from Lisa Bruce (sunshinewalks) seemed perfect.

Here’s the pattern page in ravelry

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/favorite-scarf-ever

It uses one ball of (extremely beautiful) misti alpaca sock yarn – perfect (I have quite a few of those on my stash). This one is colourway 46.

What you see above is my third attempt (maybe fourth – I am losing track). It is an easy project, but I get to the end of a row and realise I haven’t done the double decrease properly and my attempts to undo one row always end in disaster. Or I forget to P2Tog at the end and get half-way through the next row before I realise everything is slightly out of alignment. I need to learn how to fix mistakes – is there any course on that?

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It’s a Marathon not a Sprint

Progress ...

Progress …

This is definitely a slow process… although that means I get to watch more War and Peace  and my guilty secret viewing Nashville (this is so trashy and melodramatic – love it).

I successfully completed the waist decreases and I am just onto the bust increases – I’m thinking of putting a life line in for when everything goes pear shaped.

There is a nice rhythm to this and (so far) the yarn has been angelic (except for the first ball which fell apart). I haven’t quite got to the point where I could do this out and about and keep track of the lace pattern.

The other day I succumbed to the lure of the yarn shop and bought two new sock yarns

Force

Force

and

Crag

Crag

I couldn’t really help myself …but they are beautiful.

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Change of Plans

February Fitted Pullover

February Fitted Pullover

So I know in the last post I said I wanted to make this ( and I still do) I decided I should finish what was already on my needles. I am working on the February Fitted Pullover by Amy Herzog. I have made it to the waist shaping and so far so good.

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Knitting Again!

Swatches and the start of new projects

Swatches and the start of new projects

I’ve been able to get some knitting done while watching television (this series).

I have swatched and started working on the February Fitted Pullover (again – you might remember I have tried this once before). The yarn is Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk DK in colour Tease.

I have also swatched and started knitting Hermione’s Everyday Socks. This is yarn I bought from the Melbourne Art Gallery markets (Hawthorn Cottage Yarns).

I suspect progress will be slow.

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Visiting

Bits and Pieces

Bits and Pieces

I went away for the weekend to Melbourne –  very decadent. While there, I visited my favourite shop L’uccello. The fat quarters in the above pictures are from there – I had to include the bag in the photo because it is such fun.

The yarn is from Hawthorn Cottage Yarns – they had a stall at the markets at the art gallery.

I have quite a few ideas – now I just have to get on and make something.

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A New Project

Plain Vanilla Sock

Plain Vanilla Sock

While trudging my way through the Denim Wrap I was very keen to start knitting another pair of socks, but I was determined to finish one project before I started another (I feel quite smug that I manage to do that). Anyway, I decided I am just going to get started and see where this yarn leads – so far it is top-down and a K2P2 rib.

The yarn is Hungry Hungry Dystopos from Indigodragonfly – let’s not think about the air miles involved in that journey!

Check out my new double points! From here – I bought them for myself as a birthday present.

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And so it Begins …

Granny Squares!

Granny Squares!

I have started my Granny Square blanket – four squares so far. I have to say I find these quite addictive and they really require no concentration – perfect for TV watching. The yarn is a Bendigo classic in 12 ply that I had in my stash. This yarn feels lovely I would definitely work with it again. I’ve worked out that I can make 8 squares per 200g ball (I made a square and weighed it!). Once I have made 8 squares (I have 4 so far), I will buy a different colour – I am trying to keep my stash accumulation down.

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A Work in Progress – Denim Wrap

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Sewwitty’s Blue Jean Wrap

So every  now and then I have been working on my Blue Jean Wrap – It has an easy to remember 12 stitch repeat lace pattern. I have found it to be the perfect pattern to work on late in the evening (when my brain has stopped working.

I am using an Aran Cotton from Jo Sharp, which has been surprisingly easy to use – I had all sorts of trouble when I used this yarn for a cardigan for Miss P.

 

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