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.
Blue Jean Wrap
I have started knitting Blue Jean Wrap – I was looking for something simple to knit while watching television – or when my brain is too tired to do anything else. So far so good, it has an easy to remember lace sequence and once I managed to cast on the right number it has been plain sailing!
The yarn is an aran cotton from Jo Sharp – I bought it unlabelled, so can’t tell you the official colour, it was in my stash, so I feel quite smug about using something I already had.
I finished the Hitchiker scarf/wrap. This pattern had a lovely rhythm to it. It was the perfect mindless knitting. I could sit on the couch watch TV and knit without concentration (it was all knit as well – well almost all knit!).
The yarn is a misti alpaca pima hand painted cotton and silk blend (in confetti) and the pattern is a ravelry download (which you can find here)
I just have to cast off the bottom edge of the cardigan and knit the sleeves (the sleeves are going to be cap sleeves). I don’t have the right needles for the sleeves, but I have ordered some from here.
My next plan is socks – with this yarn – I am just trying to come up with a stitch pattern.
I store my yarn in various different places around the house and I decided it was time to get organised.
I spent a bit of time on the weekend taking photos of my stash and uploading it to Ravelry.
Some of the yarn I had forgotten I had! Like this …
I have two skeins so I can make socks.
What I think I will find the most useful is the Needle & Hook chart. I am forever buying new needles just in case, but now I shall be able to refer to my Ravelry page and see whether I have the correct needle size already.
Now I just need to do some knitting.
This is my tension square (swatch) for a new project.
I have been able to use my fancy-pants addi interchangeables – very nice.
The yarn is a Jo Sharp Aran Cotton (the colour is Parakeet). I bought it on sale from her store in Cottesloe, which doesn’t exist anymore (such a shame).
The lace is gull lace and I’m gearing myself up to have another go at the February Fitted Jumper (I am hoping a less fluffy yarn might make things a bit simpler).