Knitting

Knitting Progress

A while ago I shared this photo with you all. It is the progress I had made with the pattern Read Between the Lines.

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Read Between the Lines

But then I spotted something…a mistake.

Normally I would fix it and move on but after doing this:

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Spaghetti Yarn!

the project sat on the shelf for a while so I could think about what to do with it.

In the end I decided that I wouldn’t wear a triangular shawl/scarf and frogged the entirety of what I had made.

I did a few quick calculations and cast on 200 stitches to start knitting in pattern. It starts (and will end) with striped garter stitch and has a garter stitch border running up the side.

So far I have about 3 inches done but when each row is 200 stitches it takes a while!

Hopefully there will be more of it soon. Especially since I have my eye on the newest scarf the designer of Read Between the Lines has made!

Until the next time,

Rosie x

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Yarn, yarn, yarn

At Yarningham the other week I had about an hour in-between my 2 workshops I was down to take.

So I went shopping!

My stash is now a bit bigger and I have some projects lined up for the future.

Linen lace weight in various colours from Midwinter Yarns
Rose gold colour sock yarn from Jellybeans Yarns
Lunaria colour high twist sock yarn from Natural Born Dyers
Ironstone (darker) high twist sock yarn and LBJ (lighter) sock weight alpaca yarn both from Natural Born Dyers

I also have a pattern for a fabulous arrowhead/rectangular shawl which is just peaking out from under the yarn. I saw it made up at the show and it looked gorgeous. I just hope my new found lace knitting skills do it justice when the time comes.

Until the next time,

Rosie x

Knitting

Testing, testing…

So this weekend Yarningham happened in Birmingham and I got to attend the two workshops I had booked.

They were both great and I have really been bitten by the double knitting bug (but there are a couple of lace shawls I will be knitting as well!)

Here is what I made on the day:

Hap shawl sample

If you are not a lace knitter and have a pattern you want to try don’t use wooden needles! They caused such a headache on the day because they aren’t nearly sharp enough at the tip.

Double knit heart – colours reversed on the opposite side

The person running the double knitting workshop was the Sockmatician and some of the thinks he has made are amazing.

This shawl above took him 5 months or so and is not just flat double knitting, there are bobbles, texture, overlay and lace work. All of it repeated in opposite colours on the reverse of the work.

Double knitting is brilliant because it doesn’t require blocking since the two fabrics even each other our. It’s also ideal for cold weather as the way the stitches fall make it windproof.

Since Saturday I have started a second sample of embedded squares with the very centre being reverse stocking stitch.

Nearly finished sample
Centre in reverse stocking stitch

This second sample I used double knit weight yarn on 3.5mm needles to even the tension. I also used the two colour long tail cast on to even out the bottom.

I have also ordered two books of double knitting patterns and saved quite a few on Ravelry, but I have promised myself I’ll finish one project before starting another.

Until the next time,

Rosie x

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Well it’s been a while…

I haven’t been blogging for long and when massive changes started happening this kind of fell by the wayside for me.

However things are seeming a bit more organised for me now and I am hoping to have more crafting time.

In my radio silence I started and finished my Rosewater Cocktail scarf.

I used the woodland ripple blanket pattern from attic24 and a whole Scheepjes whirl to complete 6 repeats of the pattern.

Hopefully updates will now be more frequent, but we shall see how often that is!

Until the next time,

Rosie

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A Knitting Show and a Bathroom

On my last birthday I received a lovely book of knitting patterns called “Knitting from the North”. It is full of beautiful two or more colour patterns which as a returning knitter I am too terrified to try.

But I search the internet for lots of yarn/wool/craft related things everyday and recently I found a list of yarn and wool shows across the UK.

The best bit is that one of them is local to me and has knitting workshops! My salvation is at hand, my book won’t sit gathering dust for years to come! Yarningham is held in… you guessed it… Birmingham – meaning it’s a short train ride away. About a week ago they released their workshops for the weekend.

I have booked myself two workshops for a full day of knitting. I take along my 4mm needles and the rest is supplied for me.I will be learning how to double knit with two colours to get a reversible pattern. I will also be learning about Shetland Hap Shawls earlier in the day.

I am hoping that these two workshops will expand my repertoire past knit, purl, yarn over and K2T. Then I will  feel more confident to try to make some of those patterns that scare me a little bit. And if all else fails I can always frog it.

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Squishy post!

 

Also my yarn arrived! I ordered enough balls of Scheepjes Chalista to make the One Step Beyond Blanket by Martin up North.

I will be using a 4.5mm hook to make my stitches a bit denser to use it as a bath mat.

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Colours on the bathroom wall

The wonderful thing is Chalista is 100% cotton, machine washable and goes in the tumble dryer so is perfect for the bathroom. The colours aren’t half bad either…

Until the next time,

Rosie x

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Spring is on the way

So in case you hadn’t heard it’s been snowing all across England recently…

Personally I love snow because as a teacher there is always a glimmer of hope for a SNOW DAY! And we got one!

So Friday last week was spent working on my crochet. I was a bit naughty and broke my “only work on one WIP at a time” rule but I’m a rebel, what can I say?

So my WIPs are…

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Read Between the Lines
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Lemon Cassis Cream

Read Between the Lines by Tammy Canavan-Soldaat, this shawl is made from two Scheepjes Whirls which means by the time I’ve finished I will have knit two kilometers of yarn! Not too shabby for a returning knitter. I love the way this feels and the colour I chose, Lemon Cassis Cream, is really cheerful. I decided on one colour that I started from either end which will hopefully give a nice blending effect but we shall see.

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Hook and Learn

The Simply Crochet Magazine Hook and Learn Project. The Hook and Learn is being run in the Simply Crochet magazine and I purchased a kit to hook along as well as joining the Facebook group. This was the first time I’ve used Scheepjes Colour Crafter and I think I may be a convert!

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Cedar River

Cedar River Blanket by Deramores. These four squares are on our lounge footstool and the blanket will eventually go on the sofa, because of this I have adjusted my sizing to make a 6×6 square rather than a rectangle.

I’ll be updating on them all soon with more photos and hopefully some finished items.

I also spent some time looking at colours and yarn for a new project (because my “To Make” list will never be finished) but I’m going to keep it secret until it’s finished at least until the yarn arrives so i can show off the colours.

It was a lovely day inside although the pooch and I did venture out in the afternoon to play in the snow.

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Stan in the snow

For all the nasty cold snap last week this morning was crisp and bright, it is definitely starting to feel like Spring is on the way. hopefully it will hurry up and get here soon because although inside it feels like spring, outside is still decidedly coat and hat temperatures!

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It feels like spring inside

Until the next time,

Rosie x