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.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

A Year of Projects Update - week 34

We have our half term break this week, it seems like it's been such a long time coming.  I have made some progress this week, but hopefully, I should be able to fit in a fair bit of knitting this week - which is good news.

My From Way Back is progressing nicely but slowly.  As I said last week it's a great knit but I do have to concentrate on the lacey bit.
I have nearly finished my Hermiones Valentine socks (they weren't ready for Valentines as predicted) - I hope to get these done by the end of today.
These are for the Grocery Girls sock bash KAL and Inside Number 23 Harry Potter KAL (as well as Boxosox) and both of these are month long KAL's.  But we needn't worry that I can't have a pair of socks on the needles as I have signed up to a test knit!  I can't show you these as they are a test knit and I haven't cast them on yet.

As if that wasn't enough I have also started a second test knit.  I talked last week about starting a shawl with the yarn I won - I was going to knit Fodhla by Kniterarium.  However, Ruth of Knitterarium is running a test knit for her latest shawl that I thought would be perfect for the yarn so I have decided to do that instead.  I am hoping that knitting it for my friend and it being a test knit will spur me into finishing doubly quickly.
I acquired my yarn for Breathing Space this week.  I got some merino fingering from Travelknitter in a beautiful blue.  I intend to dye some speckled yarn to go with it this week so will post pics next week.
I also succumbed (it didn't take much!) to a print copy of Interpretations 4 by Joji Locatelli and Veera Valimaki.  It has only just come out and is due to be dispatched on the 22nd - so hopefully next week I shall be able to show some pics.  

Well I fully intend for this to be a crafty week, I may even get to some sewing.  Hope everyone has a good and productive week. 

Sunday, 12 February 2017

A Year of Projects Update - week 33

It's been a bit chilly here this last week.  Yesterday it snowed all day but not one speck settled.  I like enough snow that I shouldn't go out, not this that you can't even make a snowball out of!
No finished objects this week, but some progress.
I have made little progress on my gift socks, but I am nearly at the heel so I am sure then they will fly by.
I am at the heel of Hermiones valentine socks.  Not sure that they will be finished by Valentines day but we will see.
And I made a good start on From Way back.  It is still quite small, but I really need to concentrate on the lace part so I can only manage a little bit at a time, and with few distractions.
And that is it for this week, no sewing for a while, but with half term break looming I hope to change that soon.
Hope you all have a great week.