Saturday, May 31, 2008

Horse shoe scarf

I made this scarf as the first of my christmas knitting projects. It was really quick to make, and used some left over Rowan Plaid which I had in stash. It's lovely and soft.......maybe I'll keep it for me:-)

Yarn: Rowan Plaid 2.5 balls
Needles: 8mm straights

CO 32 stitches
Work till desired length using 4 row pattern rpt as follows

Row 1 k2, p1, (k8, p1)3 times, k2
Even rows p2, k1, (p8, k1) 3 times, p2
Row 3 k2, p1, (C4B, C4F, p1) 3 times, k2

Cast off, block as desired.

Ideal for using up leftover chunky yarns.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Yet another.......

Pair of finished socks. I only have one single sock now, which I'll pair up at some point:-) This pair are made in Skeinqueen Plushness, which is a gorgeous yarn to knit with! very soft:-)
The eunny vest is coming along ok, maybe progress piccies next time. I'm almost up to the armholes, so nearly half way through........ the cutting of steeks is getting closer!!!!!!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Rib and cable socks

I'm trying to finish off some sock wips before starting on a new pair of monkeys!
These are the second pair of Rib and cabled socks I've made from the fall 05 IW pattern by Nancy Bush.
Yarn used is Lucy Neatby celestial dream in Blue vesuvius, and very nice yarn it is to knit with! Luckily I have another two colours in stash:-)

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Monkey parcel:-)

My monkey swap parcel arrived earlier this week, and what a parcel!!!! My spoiler was Ronnie, and the socks she made me were just perfect!!! Such lovely colours, and so neat!!!!!

Thankyou very much Ronnie, I loved the parcel:-)

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Evolution socks!

Made in two days. Socks by Gilraen, designed for evolution sock yarn, but I subbed with Yarn yard merino. I'm really pleased with how they have turned out! Very snuggly:-)

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Something new:-)

This week has been a flurry of new experiences!
On Tuesday, I went to my first knitting group in Costas in Morpeth. There were 4 of us there, and it was great fun, spending two hours just chatting knitting:-) We're going to be meeting once a month, probably at a differant venue next time as Costas was pretty noisy. Perhaps the back room of a pub if anyone will have us, but its all very exciting, and I'm sure I'll be a regular attender.
I've also made a start on the Deep v tank by Eunny jang, it's my first proper attempt at colourwork.

I did attempt the endpaper mitts last year, but my colour choice was a bit rubbish and so they are half knitted in a bag somewhere. I'm really enjoying the tank so far. It's coming along surprisingly quickly, and its much simpler than I had envisaged. It will be my first attempt at steeking too when I get that far, but the instructions look really comprehensive, so I'm sure I'll manage:-)
I'm going to work on the tank for a few days and see how far I get, Ii've done 25 rows of pattern already, and thats only since yesterday afternoon, so possibly a speedy FO!!!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Finished Darling

I've finished off the little girls cardi that I started last week, it was a good project to do a little of each day before going in to work for my night shifts. I want to do the embroidery but will need to look for online tutorials to show me how........!!!!

The pattern is available from Marie Grace. I used some leftover stylecraft aran for this which was in stash from the rogue I made a couple of years ago. I used at most 200g, so could probably make something else from the remainng leftovers.

The Montego bay scarf I finished off a couple of weeks ago was gifted to a friend who I work with, she loved it, which was a relief as she's not really a crafty kinda gal. She came back in the following nightshift after I gave it to her, and asked if I would be able to make one for both her mum and sister too, as they also really liked it. I said yes........ at least I know it will be apreciated:-) I'm going to make one of them with some cherry tree hill sock yarn, and the other with some yarn yard merino tencel, will post piccies when I make a start. I haven't used the MT before, so looking forward to seeing how that knits up.

ALmost on cue as my boiler was fixed, the sunshine has arrived in abundance!!!! I love the sun:-) I spent a couple of hours outside on thursday and friday, not doing gardening, but lying soaking up the sun. After reading a few blogs, people seemed to be getting their gardens in order so I decided I would do a little weeding and tidying up in mine today. It never happened though, and instead, I've spent most of the day laid on our hammock, turning a fetching shade of lobster LOL!!!! Actually, I'm not burnt, but have definately changed colour! Good job I had put cream on isn't it!
Scooby and Terri have enjoyed being outside too, although after an hour or so it was too hot for them and they headed back indoors.

I'm working on a nice summer hoodie at the moment, so hopefully I'll have piccies of that soon:-)
Hope everybody else is enjoying the lovely weather too!!!!

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Mr Greenjeans!!!

I finished this off tonight, just in time to take to work with me, although if the night shift is anything like last, it will be too warm to wear it!
Pattern: Mr Green jeans
Yarn: Rowan All seasons cotton 7 balls
Needles: 5.0mm Boyes interchangeable circs

The only modification I made to the pattern was to make full length sleeves. I always have cold hands so I like to be able to pull cardigan sleeves right down over my fingers if I'm feeling particuarly cold:-)
The boiler is fixed too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ok, off for food then to work. One down, five to go!!!!!!!!

Thursday, May 01, 2008

All change....

I'm talking about the weather of course:-) One minute warm, then raining, then windy, then glorious once more! Our boiler STILL isn't repaired, so I'm keeping fingers crossed for warmth, although my requests are as yet unanswered:-( The Gasman came yesterday with yet another part ordered to replace in the boiler, only to find it was faulty and they would have to re-order *roll*, so he's coming back today, and bringing his boss with him in the hope that between them they can get things sorted.
A couple of FO's, and these reflect the fact that the weather is so changeable!
Firstly Urchin, which I bought the yarn to make ages ago, but everytime I looked at the pattern, I couldn't really follow it. For some reason, I thought the hat was made of wedges sewn together by reading the pattern, but knew from others who'd made it that this wasn't the case. Once I cast on though, it all became clear, and this was a really quick knit, perfect for the cooler days we're experiencing at present.

The other project I've finished off is Montego bay as mentioned in my last post. It's been blocking overnight, and now finished, although I haven't decided finally whether to add tassles or not???!!!!

I enjoyed using the handmaiden seailk yarn, its so smooth, and really nice to knit with:-)
I've also cast on for Darling after seeing the gorgeosu jacket made by Clarabelle. It's for a friends little girl and intended for when the cooler weather arrives in the autumn. It's knitted in the round, which is a method I love as I absolutely loathe sewing up seams!!!!!