Sunday, March 30, 2014

Rainbow Lace Pullover

So you all may not know but I returned to my old job in February. I simply missed my days off.
Below is a sweater that I sort of told you about in my January 26th post when I uploaded the dyed center pull balls of Sirdar Eco Wool DK purchased at Cricket Cove in Moncton over the span of about 2 to 3 years. Well I dyed 11 of them and started knitting on February 3rd. I completed the pullover on the 28th of March. I must confess to having worked on many projects in between and really only picked it back up around the middle of March. The pattern is in the Simply Knitting magazine Issue 115. The pattern is called, you guessed it, Rainbow Lace and is by Amanda Jones. It called for Noro Shiro  and to be knit back and forth. As you know I used a yarn I handdyed and I of course knit it in the round until 4 pattern repeats were complete and then I split to knit the back and front back and forth. I also knit the sleeves in the round, 2 at a time on one circular needle. Interestingly while up at Reads picking up even more knitting and crochet magazines I was asked to accomplish the whole changing from knitting back and forth to a circular pattern. All I usually do is subtract 1 stitch on either side of the garment example; pattern calls for you to cast on 50 sts for the front and 54 sts for the back. Subtracting 1 st on the sides means you cast on 48 sts for the front and 52 sts for the back for a total of 100sts. Remember that you will now also be knitting every round  instead of knitting and purling. Unless there is a pattern as in the pullover.

I am struggling to control my urge to order a Lendrum spinning wheel. I have managed to hold back thus far but I know with just a little bit of encouragement I would probably buy one. Why do I want this wheel? After all I have 3 spinning wheels already. I think it is because it is made in Canada. I have wheels from New Zealand, Holland and the United States and not one from my own country. I get all obsessed about these things. I know the price is just going to keep going up and I ask myself do I really need this wheel? I am still considering it.
Well it is time for me to get back to knitting. I am just going to work on a scarf pattern from Victoria Lace today. A nice and relaxing thing to be doing on such a nasty weather day.


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Handspun for Cardigan

Completed 8 minutes ago. Over 2000 yards of worsted weight handspun wool for Pam Allen's patchwork, kimono style jacket from Vogue's 1992 Special  10th Anniversary Issue, pattern 11 on pages 50, 72, 83 and, 105. I started spinning on January 10th, 2014 and spun a bit on my days off. Now the fun continues with the knitting.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Another Baby Cardigan

This lovely baby raglan is for Giselle's baby. Pattern is from Creative Knitting Magazine, July 2012 and was designed by Nazanin S. Fard, called Easy Lace Raglan Jacket&Hat. Sizes 6-24 months. This is the smallest size knit in cotton.

Meadowsweet Baby Cardi

As promised here is a picture of the baby cardigan I made for Marie Chantal's baby. The pattern is by Sarah Franklin and is called Meadowsweet Cardigan. The sizes are 0-12 months. This one is for a newborn and I used Loops and Threads Snuggly Wuggly.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Knit for Charity

London Wul is hosting a Learn to Knit Lace workshop on Wednesday evenings March 5th and 12th from 6 to 8pm. See the details at London Wul .

 I am busy knitting baby items for the ladies who are expecting where I work. I will upload photos after I deliver the gifts. DD let me know that while she appreciates knitted socks, hats, shawls, and mitts she doesn't really care for wool sweaters. I had knit her a rather nice cardi for Christmas. Which she is now saving for me. I guess I will have to replace it with an acrylic or cotton cardi. I am so happy she told me and to be fair she hadn't asked for a knitted cardi for Christmas. I made it as a surprise. Surprize Mum! I don't like wool sweaters. LOL!

I am into spinning enough worsted weight wool for a cardigan for myself and have it almost all spun. Yeah! I am also knitting on various projects including a number of UFOs.

I look forward to seeing you on Monday the 3rd at Tim Horton's in Riverview.