So I had to frog my shawl as I had made so many mistakes and ran out of yarn on wedge 13 of 17. That was on November 25th. I recast on, on the same date at 4pm local time with Knit Picks Chroma fingering "Impressionist". I am please to say that I finally finished Clue 1 at 12:06 pm local time today December 10th.
Here is what it looks like after Clue 1.
I am currently knitting like a mad woman to complete a cardi-coat for my daughter for Christmas. I really thought I was in the homestretch with it until I realized that the next three rows have over 400 stitches in them. Good grief it takes about 3 hours to finish one row. Then I have the hood and pockets to do. Oh well.
Our little knitting group enjoyed our annual Christmas supper on Tuesday and we won't be meeting again until February or March as the winter weather here after December is notoriously awful.
Hubby and I decorated the house yesterday for the holidays and we had to stop for about two hours before trimming the tree as the power went out. All decorated up though and it looks nice and festive in here. I went a little crazy making paper trees and a paper wreath for decorations.
Until later then.
Well the ladies I spin with at London-Wul got me so excited about Stephen West's The Doodler Mystery Shawl KAL 2015 that I signed up Thursday evening. I worked two 12 hour days and stayed up until 1:30 am choosing yarn and swatching. I went to bed and got up at 4:30 and knit a few wedges before I had to go back to bed to sleep for my night shift tonight. I am a week late joining so I will work on it tonight during coffee break.
Here is what I have so far.
Yarn A Trekking Hand Art
Yarn B Fleece Artist Merino2/6 Ivory Yarn C Malabrigo Sock Rayon Vert
I completed each pair of socks in under 4 days! I knit each sock singularly, a feat for me as I generally suffer from 2nd sock syndrome, but I found knitting each sock on two 24 inch circular needles to be what worked best for me. I did attempt knitting two at a time on one long circular needle as I usually do but found that at the point where you start the foot one sock for some reason became larger no matter what I did. So the orange sock is from one ball of Opal, Sweet& Spicy, Peach. I did a star toe on that pair so there is no need to do short row except for at the leg. The 2nd pair I used Patons Kroy Socks Stripes, Rusty Stripes. I had two balls and had decided to do a classic toe with a three needle bind off and therefore had to do the short rows. I was afraid off running out of yarn so I used a yellowish wool I had in my stash from Koigu to do the short row portion and then I switched back to the Kroy for the actual toe.
I love both pairs and they fit terrific. I recommend this pattern.
Completed by Deina ankle socks and she ripped the earflap hat back and reworked the top. Good job Deina.
There is no meeting this week as we are going to a tea and bazaar on Wednesday evening. See you next week
Four weeks ago on Pinterest I pinned a pair of socks from livejournal_ru. Which is the Russian Live Journal site, right? Anyways I have driven myself crazy looking for the original pattern. Here is the link to the Sock Pin . After searching obssessively I finally found the pattern on Ravelry and it includes a link to an English translation. Below is a photo of the original socks on Ravelry
The sweet newborn outfit below is a gift for my nephew's first baby. It took less than one ball of Bernat Baby Jacquards Florals, Orange Blossom. The newborn hat and mitts by Katherine Tree and the cardigan is by Marianna Mel. The cardigan and hat are top down and the mitts are tip up. Very easy to knit and lovely.
The lovely shawlette was knit by Nathalie. The pattern
Plumsweet Picot is by Heidi Wulfraat of London Wul Fibre Arts. Good job Nathalie.
The lovely knee high socks were knit by and for Nathalie using Regia sock yarn.
We will meet at our usual place and time this Tuesday evening.
Fellow knitter Therese completed her Shawl Linus using Noro Sekku. Great job Therese.
The following are a couple of photos of a 32 inch square crochet baby blanket for my Great Niece. It is called Fluffy Meringue by Yarninspirations. The pattern calls for fingering wt yarn but I used Bernat Baby sport wt in Baby Pink. It took me a little more then a month to hook.
Have you seen the DMC Top This hat kit?
Well Doris of our knitting group brought in her completed kit and it is darling. Very soft and cuddly. Sure to be a favorite. Great job Doris.
Deina delighted us with her completed Shawl Linus.This is a highly addictive project. Deina is working on a couple of these and a few of the group's ladies have taken up the addiction. Love the colour Deina.
Deina also shared her completed socks. The red ones are hers and the shorties are for her grandson. The little hat is a gift for Nixon.
We will be meeting on Monday the 14th at Reads at 6pm.
See you there.
Completed this fun little baby blanket last week for Chris' first baby. The nursery theme is robots. The actual pattern for this blanket by Brenda K. B. Anderson is for crochet. You can find the link to the free pattern on Lion Brand I knitted it except for the outer border. It was so much fun seeing each little robot come to life. I admit to obsessively knitting it just to see each one of them.
I used really bright colours; red, orange, lime green, electric blue and purple for the robots. I used a variegated blue for the washing and just repeated the robot colours in the border. Yes Chris and Sarah are having a baby boy.
So this month I managed to knit two stoles!
The first was Outline by Beata Jezek. This is an extremely easy pattern to knit with astounding results. I started this on June, 1st and completed it on June 17th. There a few days I didn't work 9n it as I was away and a few when I was working. I blocked this to measure 37" x 70". I relay like this.
The 2nd stole I did was with HPKY's Flame "Otello"
. A very brightly coloured, bulky merino wool that I had purchased a few years ago at Cricket Cove when it was on sale. The stole is just a 3x3 rib done on #13 needles. I had 4 skeins each measuring 133 yards. I used three and 1/4 for the stole and three quarters of the last skein for fringes. I overdyed the stole to a more muted palette using GS Dyes acid dye in turquoise. The stole measures 14.5"x 65" when laying flat but naturally stretches when you wear it to about 24" x 70", without the fringes.
Our visit to beautiful Mahone Bay included a visit to Have a Yarn knit shop. We had a great time there and Charlene was super nice. There is a project in the shop she made and I of course bought the wool to make the Neck Cozy http://www.haveayarn.ca/stitch/stitch.hem
There was so much to choose from. I did get some of the special Three Churches Wool in bulky weight.
Well after a wee bit of back tracking on the highway my daughter Ashley and I made it to the picturesque town of Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia yesterday afternoon. I just realized that I didn't take any photos of the actual town. Which is a crying shame as it truly is lovely.
We visited Suttles&Seawinds as always it's just so relaxing and the clothing is gorgeous.
Next we visited Encompassing Designs a rughooking shop that I've ordered from. Yesterday I purchased a lovely pattern called Jacobean Jewel. I also bought a few back issues of RHM, a couple of Pendleton shirts and a piece of ecru wool. Ashley got a hank of blue roving. I hope you enjoy the photos. I tried not to take any that will compromise the proprietor's designs.
Well I am off to Halifax with my Mother. We are going to visit family and I am hoping to get to Mahoney Bay to visit a few shops; Have A Yarn, Encompassing Designs and Spruce Top Rugs. No trip to Mahoney Bay is complete without a visit to Suttles & Seawinds. Of course I always try and get to my favourite yarn shop in Halifax LK Yarns. So watch for some photos from my trip. I will do my best to get a few nice pictures along with my purchases.
See you Wednesday at Reads.
Okay I admit to still not being able to knit anything at all that requires too much concentration. Last week I thought I was ready to knit some socks by Wendy Johnson, Crocus Socks. No, I'm still unable to knit in a pattern without sitting in a quiet rook with no distraction whatsoever and I have to be prepared even then to rip back. It's very frustrating as I have a lovely coat to knit for my daughter and some socks I spun the wool for from Spunky Eclectic as is the pattern. I am loath
to start or continue on in these projects until my Mojo is back.I haven't spun since last October.
Where does that leave me?
Well I am able to knit plain socks so I am continuing to knit a few of those. I have decided to be less anal about spinning and I am just going to spin whatever as I crave the feel of the running from my hands to the wheel or spindle. With so many coworkers in the family way I have returned to crocheting baby blankets and perhaps knitting some uncomplicated baby items. I am rug hooking with a vengeance and am anxiously awaiting for two dye books I have purchased from author and hooker Karen Kahle's Etsy site PRIMITIVESPIRIT ,Dusty Little Dye Book and Vintage Colors Dye Book. I am even quilting a bit to get me over this dry spell.
I am keeping my hand in and hope to be back in the thick and thin of it soon.
BTW, the baby blanket I started crocheting the other day is a Coats& Clark pattern from an old pamphlet, Book No. 279 pattern A-990 and it is in fact a place mat originally done in size 20 mercerized cotton. I am doing the blanket in worsted weight yarn with 5.5mm hook.
Finally completed my Knit Picks, Chroma "Groovy" socks. As usual I knit both at the same time on one circular needle from the toe up. I would have to say that they're a little heavy. Nice to knit though and comfy.
Today I had to run up to the grocery store and pick up a few things. It was nice enough out that I just threw my Lopi on over a t-shirt. When I was at the self serve check out the clerk asked if I had knit my sweater. Well during our conversation I told her about our local yarn shops where yes indeed she could purchase some "honest-to-God" Lopi wool. Our discussion went to whether or not wool was a good choice for children. I myself love wool. I spin, knit, needle felt, crochet and rug hook with it but I prefer not to knit baby our other people's children with 100% wool. There are so many great choices out there to knit baby garments out of that I don't risk that the child might be allergic. Then I told her about Ravelry and hope she hooks up.
It was great to chat to other knitters when you're just out and about.
Completed this at the end of March/15. I adapted a Blackbird Designs appliqué block from Pieces from the Past called Stella's Block. I used almost all new wool except for the accent line. The wool was hand dyed by Heidi Wulfraat of London Wul. I used a #8 cut.