Tuesday, 4 December 2012

It's been a while...

...hasn't it?! Possibly I am the worst blogger in the world. Anyway. Contrary to popular opinion, I do actually knit sometimes.

But mostly Monkeys! This is a pair for a gift, knitted in Buddleia. As well as knitting those I've been knitting mostly small things ready for my baby's arrival in April.

This is a stripy version of Felix's Cardigan (ravelry link). I have no idea what gender the baby is yet as it chose to hide during the last scan. So it looks like it's going to be clad in ALL THE COLOURS!!!! for its first few days at least!

This second tiny cardigan ('Linnie', on Ravelry) is Not Yet Finished. Because it's done in sock yarn (Regia Kaffe Fassett stuff) and I lost the will to live at sleeve number two. I thought small things were easier?? How do people manage to knit all this stuff during their pregnancy?! I can't even finish the smallest cardigan in the world! I feel the need for a lie down coming on just thinking about all that...:-)

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Round and around

This month's update is a very stripy one! It will be up on the website around 13th April. I've dyed up a few striped yarns in two- and three-colour varieties, including the purple and green one above. Although you can't have that one, it's mine ;-) The temptation was just too great! 
I'm having a go at knitting an afterthought or peasant (charming!) heel with this one, hence the row of odd-coloured yarn, which, I promise you, won't be present in your skein of stripes:
 I am not usually a knitting control freak (habitually knitting socks of odd length, with uneven tension, lumpy weaving-in and all the staying-up power of Nora Batty's stockings) , but I thought I'd try keeping the continuity of the stripes this time instead of having them thin out around the ankle. Oh, and I like knitting round and round and round and round on that teeny tiny circular without having to stop and replace the needles! Hmm now I see my knitting close up like this it really is astonishingly bad tension-wise. All over the place in fact. I'm trying hard not to care about it...but when I see my friend Rhian's knitting, which is the neatest knitting in the world...I think maybe I should stick to the Monkeys in future, where I can hide the mess in a tangle of yarn-overs and purl stitches!

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Brass monkeys

Unusually for me, I'm making swift progress on this pair of Monkeys. I think someone has stolen my identity and replaced me with a Superknitter. Ack, no, wait, I feel a nap coming on. Maybe I'll finish these some other day...

Sock yarn is Yaffle Sock in Easter Eggs, have a look in the shop!!

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Yarn on its way...

A sneak preview! It's all taking a bit longer than usual as I've been wading through treacle with a wonky thyroid this past couple of months, so please bear with me! Lots of new colours and some more Fledgling due at the end of the month. See you soon :)

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Cabled dog blanket?

Well, I was going to post something about all the knitting I've been doing while I've been on a bloggy holiday, but a little something got in the way. This just proves that what I suspected is true: I only ever knit or crochet for the dog!

Monday, 17 October 2011

A square-free zone

During the summer I made great progress on a quilt I'd had in mind for a while. It started life as a piece of unfinished patchwork I found in a second-hand shop years ago. I loved the vintage fabric in the patchwork, and couldn't bear to cut it into pieces, so it stayed as a metre-long (ish) piece and I left it in a cupboard for years, not knowing quite what to do with it. It sometimes got lucky enough for an outing, where I'd stare at it thoughtfully, admire the 70s patterns, fold it up and put it back. And there it sat, waiting for the muse to arrive (on the number 76 bus I think, that's usually how it arrives).

This is part of the original bit of patchwork. It's equipped with a charming degree of wonkiness! Whoever made it struggled with the different weights of fabric and in trying to get the seams to match up. Or, well, who knows, maybe the person didn't struggle - they just didn't give a hoot! anyway. Back to the story. The muse got off the 76 bus, walked down the lane, into the house and slapped me roundly about the chops whilst proclaiming "you should make a quilt in the style of the original bit of fabric! Equipped with a degree of wonk!" It was like a quilter's game of Whose Line is it Anyway. A quilt in the style of.......a wonky quilt! So about it I went. And after a few days of slicing and dicing, I had this.

Well, that's part of it. It's about double bed size. I haven't finished the quilting yet. I've decided upon a scribbly circle for the quilting, I think you can see a bit of it in this...

How I love those vintage bits of fabric! I tried to keep within the theme of the original with the colours and 70s styles. I put in old shirts, skirts, sheets, duvet covers, old aprons, in fact any old bits of  vintage fabric I'd been collecting over the years. Not that it's made much of a dent in the shameful stash! To make up the size I slipped in a couple of new fat quarters too.

As you can see, I haven't bothered about lining up the seams. I wanted it to be totally randomly pieced. I didn't want matching perfect squares or lined-up lengths. I love working without a plan or a sketch! (possibly why I don't get on with knitting patterns...). So that's how it turned out. The scribbly quilting needs finishing, then it needs binding (urgh). But I'm nearly there. And here's the ultimate test: does the dog like it?

I think that's a yes!

Friday, 7 October 2011

Non-wonky knitting!

After showing you the horror of my sock knitting the other day, (hahah, there really ought to be a 'Real People' style magazine for my knitted horrors... I could fill it with tales such as 'Evil Twin Knitted Sock Ruined My Life!",  "I Knitted Some Socks Without Knowing I was Knitting!", "I Left My Knitting in the Lurch!", "I Knitted a Jumper With Three Arms and no Neck!" "Double Pointed Drama at 30,000 Feet!" etc) I thought I'd share a success story. Aaaw. Everyone loves a happy ending, right?!

This is another one of those Nearly Finished objects! Just the one sleeve to go. Here's hoping I manage to get the sleeves the same length. After all, there's no hiding the dodgy sleeve inside a wellington boot (unless...no, wait, even I can't carry that off as a fashion statement) The pattern is Cadence and I've managed to knit this far in about a fortnight, which is unheard of for me. It's knitted in Sirdar Bonus Aran, in a rather fetching shade of purple. For me, of course! It's not blocked or anything (not sure I'll bother as I have no patience) but it's meant to be an off-the-shoulder number so the yoke looks a bit more like this when it's on.

The funniest thing about this though, I think, is the size of the ball of yarn. It's a hilariously huge 400g ball! I feel like Dougal in Father Ted. Near, Far Away, Near...etc...

So if you happen to read the headline "I was Savaged by Huge Ball of Yarn!" in the knitting edition of Real People...well, that'll be me...