Sunday, 27 July 2014

Year of Projects - Week 4

Just a quick one this week.
I have made a little progress on my test knit, have nearly got to the division for the sleeves.  I am taking the boys and staying with my mum for a few days this week, so I hope to make lots of progress this week.

And the reason why it's a quick one is because I am at a craft fair all day today.  I did one yesterday and am going back in a bit.
Hope everyone has a great week :-)

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

WIP Wednesday - My first test knit

I have cast on!!  My first test knit - raspberry tart - or as I shall name mine - plum tart.  My yarn is Eden Cottage oakworth dk in plum, hence the name.

So I started a little late, but this allowed me to look at the comments and work out a few things first, before plunging in.  So far so good, I have only got to the first intricate pattern, so we shall see!!  I am very pleased with it so far.
I also have my Xmas jumper still otn, not any further forward.  I'm already thinking it may have to be for next Xmas!  But maybe that is me just being defeatist!!
I am getting ready for a craft fair at the weekend and here are my new products on display.

So that is me at the moment.  I have no new sewing projects on the go, but I still need some pj's so may cut those next.  Now I am officially on holiday I can do this at my leisure!

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Year of Projects - Week 3

Some progress this week!!
The most exciting news is that I have finished my outfit-a-long - Yay!!  Here it is

 Apologies for the appalling photos - I simply cannot take a good selfie!!
The skirt is Delphine by Tilly Walnes.  I actually finished this last week and have worn it to work.  The cardi is Myrna by Andi Satterlund.  I made a mistake with the arm but I couldn't face frogging it and carried on regardless with a bit of tweaking.  I don't think you can really tell unless you look closely.
I finished the second hat for Thomas's teacher (who is having twins) and now just need to make cards for her and the childminder - both of which we will be saying goodbye to this week.

I also finished a pair of socks for the stall.

I love them!!  They are made from Mellifera yarn cash sock in gingerbread and honey - they are so soft.
So today I am ready to do my first test knit - I shall cast on later and am quite excited.

In other news we have been growing up fast in our house - Daniel has decided he doesn't want nappies any more and Thomas lost his first tooth yesterday.  We begin our summer holiday on Wednesday and I literally cannot wait!!  My mum and dad are arriving on Tuesday for a few days before me and the boys head off to the west country for a week.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Unwind Brighton - a surprisingly fantastic day!

Went to Brighton on Saturday.  I went to partake in a little yarn at Unwind while my boys went to the aquarium.
We went by train as the car journey can be stressful! And got there in good time so I visited Fabricland.  It is a cheap and cheerful fabric shop - where I bought these two beauties for the princely sum of £30 - there is 8 meters of fabric here!!  Have to say although I have not used the fabric yet, I was very impressed with the price and the friendliness of the staff.

I then made my way to the corn exchange. 
I met my friend from Ravelry and after about 10 minutes of browsing found myself manning a stall for signature needles with no paypal, no cashbox, no price list and no prior experience of the needles at all!! That said no one seemed to mind and I sold several hundred pounds worth in no time - they must be good! Here we are on the stall!

After a couple of hours I managed to escape and buy yarn - here is some of it - a sq of DK from Eden Cottage in Raspberry tart - a sweater I will be testing.
I picked up a few other bits and pieces too but am keeping them under wraps as I may use them in a Xmas parcel later this year!

Having done a little shopping I then went to meet my boys (husband and 2 little ones).  We had a marvellous fish and chip lunch on the seafront, then ice cream on the beach.

Finished the day with a leisurely walk back to the train stopping at a couple of public houses enroute!!

So all in all a lovely day - how was your weekend?

Will be linking with KCCO this week - hop over to see some more!!

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Year of Projects Update - week 2

Here we go - 2 weeks in and what progress have I made?
I have finished the body on Myrna and started the sleeves.

I have completed a few more rows of my Christmas jumper, but still haven't caught up with my timetable - maybe when I have completed Myrna?  Or maybe not as I have already changed and added to my list!  I have signed up to do a test of Raspberry tart next!!

The sneaky peak last week was of one of these pink speckled socks!  As you can see I have been busy knitting some little items for the stall.

I have decided to branch out and try some baby clothes on the stall - just socks and hats (although I will need to get cracking on some hats this week).

And lastly I went to Unwind Brighton yesterday, which is a great yarny event in Brighton, England - next to the beach.  I brought far too much and the day turned out to be very surprising, but here is a preview!!  I will devote a whole post to it later in the week!!

So how is everyone doing?

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Year of Projects - Year 4 - 1st Post

                  YOP header

Ah so we find ourselves at the start of a new YOP year!!  My list is going to be slightly different from last years, so here we go...

WIP's and Deadlines
  • Christmas jumper - timetable is here - hope to finish by Christmas
  • Myrna - to finish by the 30th July (accompanied by Delphine skirt)
  • 2 baby hats - for Thomas's teacher's twins - last day of term
Projects for me - knitting
  • See You There - gillaitt yarn
  • Aquae tank top - mellifera yarn
  • Spiced cocoa mitts - malabrigo rios
  • Take it Easy - mellifera yarn
  • Socks - will aim for two pairs - yarn from stash
  • Samantha
Projects for me and the boys - sewing
  • Pyjamas - pink gingham fabric
  • Delphine skirt - by 30th July to accompany Myrna
  • Blouse for work - ? Spotty fabric in stash
  • Quilted owl
Gift knitting
  • Bunny purse for Debs
  • Little Tourist Poncho for Lily - completed
  • Sun hat for Daniel
  • Ongoing swatch baby blanket - yarn bought
Products to develop
  • Bangles
  • Small purses
  • Lavender bags
  • Wreaths
  • Baby range - hats and socks
Techniques to learn
  • Double knitting
  • Quilting
Now I've written that out, it doesn't seem like much, but I am sure I will have additions as I go along!
For this week, I have made lots of progress on Myrna, and here she is:

 I made one hat for Thomas's teacher, just one more to go.

And finally, I will leave you with a sneak preview of a product I would like to go on the stall.

That's all for now - looking forward to seeing everyone else's new lists at the Year of Projects on Ravelry