Monday, 24 January 2011

FO: Oak Leaf Camo Cache (or 'In Which Saffy Combines Two of Her Favourite Things')

I sat down last night and finally got around to starting one of those knits I've been meaning to start for a while - even better, I finished it too :)

My plan was to pick a leaf pattern and knit it up in some bits of green Zauberball leftover from my Honeymoon Socks. I flicked through my 100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet and settled on an Oak Leaf. The pattern calls for DK weight yarn so I held the Zauberball double and set off on my way:

Once I'd completed the basic pattern I turned over and picked up 11 stitches on each side of the centre down the length of the leaf and knit a few rows on each before grafting them together to create a little pocket for a cache container (spot the little green lid poking out of the top).

Finally, I grabbed a press stud and some green sewing thread so that the i-cord (somewhat longer than the 1" called for in the original) can be folded over to create a hanging loop.

The end result - a cute little camouflage container to hide around Lancaster somewhere. Very cool.


Pattern: Oak Leaf by Lesley Stanfield.

Yarn: Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball from Natural Stitches, Pittsburgh.

Mods: Used fingering weight yarn held double (3.25mm needles) instead of DK weight. Did the colour changes as and when I ran out of yarn in a given piece of green. Increased the i-cord length to about 8cm. Once finished, I knitted on a pocket and fastened the icord to the pocket using a press stud.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

FO: Gwen

A first finished object for 2011, this is Gwen, a cardigan in super-bulky yarn. I cast this on during the evening of New Year's Day and was done with the knitting by the third. I then spent the next few evenings learning how to do mattress stitch, shoulder seams and set in sleeves (not necessarily in that order). Putting it together was surprisingly enjoyable, and here it is:

Pattern: Gwen by Kim Hargreaves.

Yarn: Rowan Big Wool in colour 28. Two dark red plies with one bright red.

Mods: Changed the collar to seed stitch rather than reverse stockinette. Fastened the front at bust instead of waist, and with a hook and eye instead of crochet ties. This may not be the final fastening method but probably is where I'd like it to fasten.

Project: Online at Ravelry.

Monday, 10 January 2011

2010: A Year of Stitching

2010 was the first year where I would definitely have called myself a knitter right from the off. Having moved on from that first scarf in 2008, I spent 2009 progressing through a variety of projects with varying degrees of success until, somewhere on the Natural Stitches sofa, it finally clicked.

So in 2010 I've been pushing my knitting boundaries, and I've produced 19 projects - one of which never made it into any records anywhere (it was a Sunshine and Lollipops hat). Here are the 18 remaining 2010 projects - beginning with the most recently completed (top-left) and moving through to the more elderly...

Top Row: Hello October Colourwork Socks, Aphrodite Socks, Haruni, A Wee Bag, Christine's Cable Mitts, Verity

Of these two projects Damson and the Arm(enia) Bands x6 never made it onto the blog. This is a particularly great sadness for Damson which is lovely.


Still... some time last year I made a list of 100 things I wanted to achieve GirlGuiding UK's centenary year (September 2009 to October 2010). I never posted that list but many items on it were knitting related. Of those, in 2010 I achieved:
I also managed to conquer a mini Clapotis in the second It Snows scarf - perhaps I'll have another go at the one I had planned originally now I don't unintentionally twist stitches every now and again.

So, what will 2011 hold? I finished my first project yesterday (and am wearing it today) and cast on for another - more about those soon, I'm also having a bit of a think about what I might like to achieve this year, as inspired by Affiknitty's basket list :) I think my primary goal will be to... (drumroll please)...

Knit up some of the beautiful things in my stash.

That's it. Short and sweet. I have so many stunning bits and bobs in my stash, it's time to fall in love with them all over again and to turn them into projects that show off their specialness. I look forward to giving it my best shot!

Sunday, 9 January 2011

FO: Hello October (Colourwork Socks)

My final finished object for 2010:

A pair of real, actual fitting colourwork socks. I thought this might be inachievable, but they're complete and they go over my heel, all is well! 

Pattern: Hot Waves by Lynn DT Hershberger. This is my second pattern from The Joy of Sox which I like very much (the first was Make-Up Socks) - so many beautiful patterns.

Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in colours Pond Blue, Carol Green and Blackberry. Bought online at Modern Knitting.

Mods: None.

Project: Online at Ravelry.

Saturday, 8 January 2011

FO: Aphrodite

Another Christmas break FO:

The lovely Aphrodite socks! I think these socks are fabulous, I will either knit these again or another of Jeanie's patterns - perhaps both. Once again I've been let down slightly by my photography skills and/or the poor winter light, but I promise these really are stunning socks. 

The yarn is a lovely colour. I finished these on the 28th of December and for reasons unknown I've not worn them yet, I should fix that.

Pattern: Aphrodite by Jeanie Cartmel.

Yarn: CraftsMeow Trifle in colourway Burgundy Cherry, bought online at CraftsMeow's Etsy shop.

Mods: None intentionally although I inverted the final foot decreases because I didn't spot the change in direction.

Project: Online at Ravelry.

Friday, 7 January 2011

FO: Haruni

Time to catch up on those last FOs for 2010. Haruni was finished on the 4th December, right in the middle of the UK's early snowy cold snap - not great weather for photographing a shawl!

Here's a shot of it dangling over some (unattractive) railings in our local park.

And here's a photo showing a bit of the lace as I wore the shawl over my coat. This turned out not to yield great photos either. Hobnob loves these macro shots.

I hope I remember to take some pictures of this in some better weather next year, it's beautiful.

Pattern: Haruni by Emily Ross.

Yarn: Abstract Cat Superwash British BFL Sock Yarn in Midnight Parrotfish bought online at Folksy.

Mods: None.

Project: Online at Ravelry.


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