I have finished my beret! HURRAY!
It needs blocking, and I still need to measure the gauge, but I’m afraid I am too tired to do that now.
Here’s a couple of picks of the knitting completed though.
My ravelry project page can be found here.
Those of you who have had the joy (?!) of reading my other posts will know I started these Wild Horse Mitts by Cynthia Wasner. And, I love them, so I thought I would share with you my inspiration for my colour choices, and a little update on my progress.
When I decided to make them and started the project page on Ravelry I decided the project needed a picture whilst I decided what yarns I was going to use and waited to cast on. I found this picture and decided that I wanted my gloves to have rainbow horses on them:
So I rummaged about in my (grossly over stocked) stash and found a ball of my Mini Mochi in Flame Rainbow and decided that it simply HAD to be the yarn I used for my horses. Some more rootling around found me some other suitably coloured 4 ply to go with the Mini Mochi. Looking at the gloves now, I love the 4 colours I have used, but I could easily just used 2 or 3 instead – idea stored away for another time no doubt!
Anyway, I’ve spent the last to evenings working on them, and I’m impressed with progress, once you get in the swing of it these knit up SUPER quick!
WordPress is playing up for me tonight so I’ll come back tomorrow and align the pictures and add some captions, I just wanted to show them off really!!!
Happy Tuesday Happy Knitters and Crocheters 🙂
I have allocated one of my current WIPs as a lunchtime knitting project. I started knitting in my lunch times last week when I was frantically trying to finish my snowflake slippers (which my friend absolutely loved by the way!) and they were a really relaxing break in the day.
Because of my manic WIP finishing last week, I am not 2 clues behind on my Numma Numma Not So Mysterious KAL. I managed to catch up to row 42 of clue one last night, but clue 3 was published last Sunday so I need to get cracking!
Here is wherre I’ve got to so far – and I think the lace work is starting to look really cool:
I have let myself make a proper start on a project for myself.
I saw these Wild Blue Horse Mittens and just loved them!
I am going to make some alterations because I want them to be fingerless and not quite so wide, so I’ll be knitting them up on 2.5mm needles all the way, rather than just using them for the ribbing.
So far, I’ve managed to get to row 5 of my rib:
I’ve managed to figure out the pretty twisty cast on and twisty purl row using 2 colours, now I’ve just got to do 20 more rib rows before I can start the pattern. So lots of new things, and this is the first proper piece of colour work I have done, so I’m very excited!
I’m taking my Swan Scarf to knitting club on Wednesday so that I can make some more progress on that too!
Happy Monday everyone 🙂
I bought this Crystal Palace Yarns Mini Mochi the other day and I just had to use it for something straight away:
I will tell you more about the yarn next week because it’s going to be my “This Week I’m Using” yarn, but I really wanted to show off what I am using it for now.
One of my 12 New Things in 2012 was to learn to do lace knitting, and having started my Fairy Dust Jumper, I really have a taste for it! I’ve been desperate to make a shawl, and I’ve done a lot of Ravelry searching and settled upon this design, called Garden Pond by Patricia Clift Martin. It’s pretty, it’s lacy and it’s a free pattern! Winner winner.
So, this is my progress so far after one evenings work:
It’s going to be super duper pretty. The colours are a lot brighter than my bad pictures shows, and now what I’d normally pick, but I thought – “Hell, the wool is gorgeously soft and the colours are fun, why not?!”
The pattern is brilliant too. It has written instructions (I don’t seem to get on particularly well with charts), it is an easy to remember pattern and it’s magic because it grows from the middle out!
You can find my Ravelry project page for this item here.
And my Harry Potter Knitting and Crochet House Cup (HPKCHC) submissions!
Firstly, number two of my 12 for myself 2012 pieces, my completed plaited ear warmer. 🙂 I’m super happy with this one and have worn it loads already. It is knitted using Rowan Felted Tweed in Avocado, Louisa Harding Grace Hand Beaded in Willow and Sublime Extra Fine Merino in Waterlead on 3.5mm (US 4) needles.
The second piece for myself, and one I have submitted to History of Magic in the HPKCHC is another ear warmer, knitted using Rowan Felted Tweed in Bilberry on 3.5mm (US 4) needles. This one was knitted double, so 2 strands of yarn were used (I used the outside end and the inside end of the ball to do this) and the final piece is thick and warm.
The last piece I’m going to show you here I know I’ve shown you before, but I thought I’d share it one more time! To Care of Magical Creatures I submitted my Owl Tape Measure Cozy =)
I really wanted a bear hat with ear flaps, but I couldn’t find a pattern anywhere that did both. Lots of Panda Hats, and lots or Ear Flap Hats, but none that combined too. So, alas, I designed one myself, and I have to say, I’m pretty impressed with it! (Although it currently looks a little on the evil side)
I am in the process of writing up the pattern, and will publish it on here in due course, but I could really do with a hand from some test knitters to check that it’s OK before I do so. So, if you would like to test the pattern for me, please send me a message and I will send you the pattern!
I thought I’d show you some pictures of my hat anyway though! I really like him!!
I found a group on my beloved Ravelry that quite appealed to me as I spend a lot of my time knitting things for other people, it is called, 12 for Myself . The challenge is to make 12 items for yourself in 2012, or 1 a month.
For this I needed to compile a list of 12 things I wanted to make for myself in 2012, so I thought I’d share it with you here. 🙂
2. Girl Friday by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark – this is a Knit-A-Long (KAL) project on the group, and it looks like a lovely cardigan, so having never done a KAL or made a cardigan I thought it would be a good addition to my 12!
3. Parisian Twist Headband Ear Warmer by Elisa McLaughlin– I love me ear warmers too! and this one is beautiful, and I have the perfect wool for it in my stash 🙂 All of Elisa’s knitwear is beautifully chic, I want to make ALL her pieces!
6. Gnome Homes and Fairy Castles by Tiny Owl Knits – can Tiny Owl Knits design anything that isn’t cute?? I desperately need a storage system for my double pointed needles, losing them is turning in to a very expensive pasttime, so these would be perfect!
So that is my 12, some big projects, some small projects – 2012 is going to be a BUSY year!