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.
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
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?
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
I couldn’t really help myself …but they are beautiful.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This whole crochet lark was so that I could make Granny Squares! I thought I should just try to make one and I found a great tutorial here. The three chains in each corner make the shape stay nice and square. It was really quite addictive – I will stop after just one more round. Now my plan is to make a load of these and make a blanket – one colour at a time. I already have two balls of this in my stash.