Sunday, 23 April 2017

A Year of Projects Update - week 43 (I think)

I managed to miss another week.  I was at my mum and dad's last week and although I fully intended to blog on Monday when I got home, it never happened!

I finished Jokull whilst at my mums.  It is glorious and done in plenty of time for our first camping trip booked for the end of May.
I will try to get some modeled shots at some point.  This is Jokull by Kate Davies and I have knit it in easy care wool and acrylic from Hayfield.
I also finished the socks for Daniel - here he is looking very mucky having developed a liking for chocolate hot cross buns!
Now of course Thomas wants another pair in blue.  He will have to wait as I have some Ma socks lined up and a pair of bot socks - both for me!
I have made great progress on From Way Back.  I have all but finished the body and one sleeve, so just one sleeve and finishing to go.
I have also made good progress on my Easter socks - these are Driftwood by Mina Phillips in the Bertie Botts colourway from Little French Meadow.
My next projects are all lined up - the aforementioned socks and I have wound the yarn for Breathing Space.

Now I decided this week that I needed another craft!  I have been watching podcasts and admiring the lovely embroidery that some add to their sewing projects (think little Bobbins or Sew Sweet Violet).  I decided I would like to do that so have got several classes on Creativebug and have started with the sampler class.  So my acquisitions were the equipment needed to start off.  I can see more in my future as this is strangely addictive at the moment.
And I think that is all.  Hope everyone has a great week.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

A Year of Projects Update - week 41

We are experiencing some glorious weather here in the UK this last week or so.  Just as we go on spring break it has been very welcome.

I finished a couple of pairs of socks last week.  My March spring socks - Dumbledores Christmas stockings was the pattern and Life in the long Grass - rosehip was the yarn.  The yarn was gorgeous, you may not be able to make it our in the pictures but it is a striping colourway with green and pink stripes, each speckled in their own way.

The second pair of socks was my second gift socks - some rose city rollers for my mum.
I can also show you the test knit I carried out the other week.  These are To Darcy with Love by Knitterarium.  They were released in the week and she is now doing an Instagram KAL with them.  Really straightforward and well written pattern.

I have made some progress on Daniel's green socks (using the leftover form the test knit) - I have turned the heel now.
I have also cast on my April socks - this is Driftwood by Mina Phillips in Little French Meadow yarn in the Bertie Botts colourway - reminds me of Easter eggs.
I have also made progress on Jokull - I have done the armholes and have started the colourwork at the top.
And finally I have made progress on From Way Back.
We are going to visit my mum for the next week and I intend to take all of these, so hopefully much progress will be made.
I have been very good recently, but I got the chance to get my hand on some Stranded Dyeworks in the flamingo legs colourway and decided to treat myself to another sock blank.  I think this could become one of my summer socks!

Sunday, 26 March 2017

A Year of Projects Update - Week39

It's going to be short and sweet this week as we have some beautiful spring weather today, so I am looking forward to getting out in it (it may not last for long!)
These are not from my list, but are finished nonetheless.  A host of chicks for a craft fair next week.
I haven't made a whole lot of progress on much else this week (I think a flock of chickens is sufficient) but I did get my socks onto the needle for four at a time.
I am quite enjoying it - the yarn management is no more difficult than two at a time.  It is, of course, taking more time to make progress.
Will I do it again?  Possibly, but will probably stick to two at a time mostly.

We did go to Tilgate this morning and saw the animals.
Next week I have the craft fair and on the Sunday we are going to the car racing, so, in all honesty will probably be back in 2 weeks.  Have a good week!

Sunday, 19 March 2017

A Year of Projects Update - Week 38

Firstly I have to apologise.  I have been getting more and more behind at reading and commenting on the blogs in the YOP group. Last week I didn't get to even read most of them.  I don't have a good excuse other than completing levels on Pet Rescue on my Kindle instead of reading blogs! This week, my mission is to catch up and get up to date.
I have been knitting too but most of my projects look much the same, so I have few photos this week.
No finished objects, so straight into WIP's.  I am still working on Jokull and From Way Back, but they look no different so will show them next week. I have made lot's of Easter chicks as I have a craft sale coming up, but they are not finished so I will show them next week when they are done.
I also have Daniel's socks, but I haven't even picked them up, so hopefully, again, some progress next week.
Now the projects I have made progress on.  I have made great inroads into my March socks in Life in the Longgrass yarn in rosehip.  The yarn is gorgeous and I can't wait to wear these.
I am up to the heels and at which point I have grand plans!
I am also at the heels for my mum's Christmas socks - some Rose City Rollers in some leftover Knitting Goddess yarn.  The photo isn't great, but it's difficult to angle the shorty socks!
Now I really fancy having a go at four socks at a time.  I always knit them two at a time, but as I am at the same point I am going to have a go a four.  If it gets too complicated I can always take them off again.  I will report back next week.
And that is about it.  We went to the wildlife centre yesterday as there were some baby otters we hadn't seen yet.  They are now nearly the size of mum and dad!

Sunday, 12 March 2017

A Year of Projects Update - week 37

This week has gone by in a flash.  Thomas is better, although has lost his voice at the moment.  I have made a fair amount of progress so let's get to it!
I finished my first pair of gift socks.
These are for Lily.  I have cast on a pair for Daniel but these are not a Christmas gift so if I am going to make them all for Christmas, I need to get going.
In addition to the socks for Daniel above I will cast on my March socks today and hopefully have enough time to cast on the second set of gift socks today.
I have made some progress on From Way Back and have now split for the sleeves.  At the moment this is the only project that I really have to concentrate on so this may wait for a while until I have some quiet time to work on it!
I have also progressed on Jokull.  I am now at the handholes.  This is getting quite a lot of love at the moment as it is chunky weight and is mindless.
In other news, the boys wanted to make a cake, so we made a 'Stampy' cake!

Sunday, 5 March 2017

A Year of Projects Update - week 36

I have done quite a bit this week, not for the best reasons, but there we go.  Thomas was ill for most of the week and, therefore, I was at home with him.  And what is a person to do when at home with no work?!

I have two - but both are test knits so can't show you yet.
I finished the shawl first, have taken photos and will send it to it's recipient tomorrow. Unfortunately, her husband passed away during the week, so hopefully it will bring her some comfort.
I also finished the socks which were lovely to knit and will be my third pair for the boxosox KAL.  I immediately cast on some socks for Daniel in the same yarn as he has been eyeing it up all week.

I have made a little progress on From Way Back.
I love this yarn - it's from Mellifera yarn who sadly does not dye any more.
I have also made some progress on my gift socks and have turned the heel so just a bit of leg to do.
In addition, I was watching the Adelaide Cottage podcast who was talking about knitting an Om shawl to wear when she is camping.  This got me thinking, we go camping now and I have the yarn for Jokull.  So, I got very excited that I could knit this for camping.  I am knitting it in a Hayward chunky which is a mostly acrylic yarn, with 20% wool, which I think will be perfect for camping and throwing in the wash afterwards.
So that is me for this week.  I will need to bring work home this week so there will be less knitting done!  Have a good week.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

A Year of Projects Update - week 35

It's been the half term break here.  We have been out and about and even managed to get the first throwing stones in the sea shot even though the weather wasn't great.
I finished my Hermione's Valentine socks at the start of the week and added them to my box of socks.
This week has mainly been about the test knit.  I signed up to do two at the end of last week in my great wisdom!  I can therefore, only show teaser shots of these for a moment.  I started a sock test, and here is the cuff.  I am much further along than this now - I am currently on the heel on both socks.
 I also started a shawl that I will gift to my friend.  The yarn is Adelaide cottage and is gorgeous.  I have decided to add some of the beads to the bind off.  I am currently on the last lace repeat and hopefully will be near the bind off by tonight.
That has really been all my knitting time this week, so From Way Back has seen no love.  I have made some acquisitions.
I was fully enabled by a podcast called Snuggly Stars this week, who talked about an Etsy company called Little French Meadow.  She mentioned that they had Harry Potter inspired yarn and as I am trying to take part in the Harry Potter KAL with Inside Number 23, I wanted to grab some.  So I purchased Bertie Botts every flavour beans and Mandrake.
Whilst in Brighton this last week, we went to a lovely yarn shop with the intention of getting some yarn for sock bash for March (spring).  The boys picked out the lovely skein of Life in the Long Grass yarn in rosehip.
 I also got round to dying my yarn for Breathing Space.  So, bar winding, I am now ready to cast this on.  Just in time for Interpretations 4 to come out, which I totally succumbed to.
 I think I like every pattern in this, but I really love the cover pattern (Double Trouble), East or West and a shorter version of Winterfolk.
Well that was my week - hope this next week is good for you all.