Sunday, 4 December 2016

A Year of Projects Update - week 23

This week seems to have gone by in a flash and as a result I don't appear to have done much.
WIP's 
For the second week in a row I do not have a finished hat and I have 3 more to do.  That is mainly as I have been working on a commission for some socks.  They are nearly done, so when they are completed I shall get back onto the hats!
Here are the socks - they are knit in a WYS DK wool and nylon.  I am not following a pattern just making it up as I go and I think I have about 2 inches before I start the toe.
I have made a little progress on the own dyed socks (pebble socks by Mina Phillips), but that is about it.

FO's
I only have a sewing finished object.  I bought some tea towels from a fellow teacher who was raising some money for her daughter with the intention of covering my cushions and that is done - here they are.
Otherwise, we went to Tulley's Farm yesterday to see father Christmas.  Here we are aboard the sleigh to get to his cottage.
 Hope you all have a great week - to see what others have been up to click the link to the right.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

A Year of Projects Update - week 22

It's been another busy week here, and that's without thanksgiving.  Of course it's only going to increase in the next few weeks, hopefully only in good ways.
FO's
I finished the Christmas jumper this week!!  I did the finishing touches (noses and collars) and now he's ready to wear it.
WIP's
My socks have not progressed much since last week as I was finishing the jumper and progressing on another new project.
Thomas wanted some mittens - so I used some John Arbon that I had in stash.  This is, I think, the nicest yarn that I have ever knit with.  It is John Arbon Knit by numbers and is splendid.  I am making up the pattern as I go.
I have also wound up the yarn for some more socks - however, Daniel has decided he wants some first, so we will see if we can get 4 pairs out of it.  It is candy cane by Mothy and The Squid.
Stash Enhancement
Last week I said I was expecting some bits and pieces.  One was the candy cane already wound.  I also took ownership of some yarn that I wanted for a special project.  I wanted to join Dani of Little Bobbins podcast with her Christmas eve cast on of socks.  She did a special kt in collaboration with Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade, who wrote a pattern called vintage fairy lights and she made a bag and there was some yarn from an indie dyer.  I new that I would miss out on it as there were only 20 kits made so I made my own.
The material for the project bag came from Plush addict and is fully lined.  The yarn and stitch markers came from Mothy and the Squid in the frosted holly colourway - it has stellina so is all sparkly.  I also purchased the pattern so I am all set!!
Now I just need to finish a few projects for presents and to free up the needles for the new year.  To see how the others are doing click the link.



Sunday, 20 November 2016

A Year of Projects Update - Week 21

I was about to write that I had no FO's this week, but wait ....  I do!
FO's
Thomas's socks are finished.  These are blueberry waffle with a fish lips kiss heel.  Yarn is the Knitting Goddess sock in the Scooby Doo colourway.

Also I finished mine - this is WYS in the birds collection - bluetit.  I have them on right now - just a vanilla sock with a fish lips kiss heel.  I have a lot left so will use it up in gift socks next year.
WIP's 
I have no hat this week, but I did start a hat for dad in my own dyed yarn - will show you next week.
I have made great progress on Daniel's Christmas sweater - I am just finishing the sleeves two at a time.
I have also cast on two new socks, but haven't got too far with these.
first pair is Pebble by Mina Phillips in my own dyed yarn.
Second - the bottom colourway is the sock club yarn and pattern by The Knitting Goddess.  This is July - Cilegia.

Stash Enhancements
I have none and have had none for a while, but I have lots coming this week as I have a plan!!  Will reveal next week.
All the details are on my Ravelry project pages and to catch up with the other Yoppers - click the link to the right.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

A Year of Projects Update - Week 20

Another week flies by in a flurry of school, homework and meetings!  I have got some projects done though amongst it all.

I did a craft sale yesterday, which meant I could do a certain amount of knitting on my WIP's in between sales.
WIP's
I am nearly done on Thomas's socks, just the ribbing to be done.
I have nearly finished my blue tit socks - a little more leg and ribbing here to go also.

I cast on a sweater for Daniel last week.  This is to be Flax by Tin Can Knits in my left over Christmas jumper wool.  He wants reindeer on it so a couple more inches and reindeer here we come!

I also wound up this wool, since I am nearly done with my socks, I want to be ready for the next ones.  The brown will be a hat for dad.  The pinky colour is a sock club yarn, so will be Cillega by Rachel Coopey and the speckle will be a pair of socks for me - probably pebble by Mina Phillips.  The brown and the speckle were the yarns that I dyed in the holiday.  I really like how they turned out, so much so I am thinking of getting a batch of yarn to dye for my breathing space and for another sweater to be determined for next summer.

FO's
At the beginning of the week, I also finished this hat as a present - I am now up to 4/7.
That's it for this week - have a good week.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

A Year of Projects Update - week 19

If you have a peak in the FO thread, you will see that I have finished something!!  Miranda is done and was worn last night at the fireworks!
Here she is:
So that was my FO for the week, all details are on my project page on Ravelry.
WIP's
I have made a little progress on my 2 pairs of socks.
The bluetit socks are on the home straight - I have turned the heel (fish lips Kiss) and am now just seeing how far along the leg I want to go
I have picked up Thomas's socks and am nearly at the heel on these as well.
That is about it for this week.  I have also been planning a parcel for a secret santa that i am involved in.  I will take a picture but will post after they have received it.
So that's it for this week, I think that is enough!
Do check out the other posts in the YOP group - link on the side.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

A Year of Projects Update - week 18

It's been the half term break this week.  We have had much fun and I have done a fair bit of knitting.
We went to Hever Castle, a year to the day that we went last year.  We went to the wildlife centre and we carved our pumpkins.



 FO's
I started and finished two objects this week.  First up I converted the dog sweater to being knit in the round and here it is - I will pass it to the new owner and try to get a modeled shot from her!!
I also finished another hat for Christmas - that's three now - four more to go and various pom poms.
WIP's
I am still going on both pairs of socks and the cloth, because I have been rocketing through my Miranda.

I have bound off the body and am now about to start the sleeves.  I want nice long sleeves but this just flies off the needles so I am hopeful to have it finished by next week (I want to wear it to the firework display).
To keep up with the other Yoppers and their projects, click the link on the side.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

A Year of Projects Update - week 17

I've done some bits this week, but mostly it has been preparation for this coming week, as it is the mid term break and I have lots of plans.
FO's
I have one - another hat again in Malabrigo Rio's and the cuffed hat.  This is number 2 of 7.
WIP's
My bird socks are progressing slowly - I am nearly at the heel.  I will be doing a fish lips kiss heel and making a nice long leg!
My Miranda is also coming along nicely, I still love this pattern and yarn.  The yarn is Madelinetosh pashmina worsted and it is a delight.  I have a few more rounds to go to get to the pocket.
I have also cast on a cloth as a Christmas present, I have stalled slightly on Thomas's socks but hope to get these on track this week.  In other crafty plans this week, I hope to dye some yarn this week, I have some undyed yarn from Devon Sun Yarns and I have some undyed to spin, so I will try to get that ready for the end of the week.  That is the plan anyway.  We also have pumpkins to carve and cakes will be baked!!