Wednesday, 21 January 2015

WIP Wednesday

I've made quite a lot of progress on my Annabel cardigan, even if it doesn't look very different to yesterday. The daisy stitch edging is finished and I've done the two button bands up the front too. As you can see I'm now on to the sleeves :-D Hoping to get this one finished by the weekend

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Looking forward to giving it a decent block once it's finished. I think it's going to look amazing when it's ready. I tried it on my daughter the other day and the length is just perfect :)

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Speaking of length, (see what I did there), I thought I'd try out the ripple blanket on an actual bed. I've got a bit more to go than I thought but I'm still enjoying it so hey ho. It's perfect for working on during the cold Winter days, nice and cosy :-)

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Thanks for visiting :) This is a scheduled post as we're at a family member's funeral today so apologies if I'm a bit slow in responding to comments. Have a good day everyone :)

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Fluffy Post!

I wasn't planning on buying any yarn for a little while but then I got an email from Wool  Warehouse offering 25% off so I thought I'd take advantage.

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Raggles the cat had to investigate...

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So what did I get? Well I was quite restrained. I bought enough for two sweaters for my children. I've used Wendy Merino DK before (in fact I'm wearing it at the moment!) and it washes and wears well. Plus it's soft and warm so just perfect for sweaters :)

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This colour is called Dutch Blue (2358) and is going to be knitted up into a Frozen sweater for my eldest boy

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The red is slightly more orangey than I was hoping for but it's not too bad. It's called Persian Red (2352). Not 100% sure what this will be knitted in to but given I've got a cardigan WIP and then plans for another cardigan and a sweater I think I've got a bit of time to think about it!

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Speaking of my cardigan WIP, I've made lots of progress. The pockets are almost finished apart from sewing the sides up, and I'm now on to the edging. It's more of the daisy stitch so quite time consuming to knit but a really pretty way to finish it. Hopefully by tomorrow I'll be on to the sleeves :-) Sorry for the washed out photo, my camera is really struggling to capture the shade of green!

Linking up with Keep Calm Craft On

Friday, 16 January 2015

FO Friday - Bulle

I started this jumper on Boxing day as a quick stash busting exercise. I've been eyeing up the Bulle pattern for a while and as I had some Stylecraft aran in my stash I'd been sent by mistake (I ordered dk) I thought it would work perfectly.

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Bulle is a simple pattern but there are a lot of pretty details that make it stand out. I love the garter yoke and the gathered increases at the front and back. Even the puffy-ness of the body and sleeves is pretty

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The pockets are knitted after you've finished and they're just perfect for snuggly warm hands

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The buttons are both from Hobbycraft, I got them at the same time as the massive ball of yarn and fat quarters. If you put them side by side they aren't a completely perfect match but when they're in use they look just fine

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My daughter chose the contasting yellow for the pockets. I was thinking of a more mustard-y yellow but she was adament she wanted this shade and I think it looks rather good. In the pattern you're told to use the 3 needle cast off to seam the pockets whereas I think I'd have preferred using kitchener stitch. I'll do that if I knit this again I think.

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I used Jeny's surprisingly stretchy cast off for the sleeves. It was suggested in the pattern to just go up a needle size but I think this works better. I want her to be able to run around and play in this sweater, not be irritated by tight sleeve cuffs.

I have a mere 14g left out of the 300g of yarn I started with so I think it's been a pretty successful stash reduction. As you can see my daughter loves it too which is the main thing :-)

Have a good weekend everyone, thanks for visiting :-)

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Thursday, 15 January 2015

New WIP

I wanted to share this project with you yesterday but the yarn didn't arrive on time so I thought I'd post today instead.

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I had a little helper when I was photographing the yarn to put on ravelry, she was determined her little paws needed to be in the picture too. The yarn is Cascade 220 superwash in the Emerald City colourway. It's more green than it's come out here. I should probably have photographed it outside but it's cold and I'm lazy so meh...!

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I'm knitting it into a cardigan using the Annabel pattern by Georgie Hallam. I'm making the hoodless version which mean I started with this pretty stitch pattern. It's fairly simple to work but a bit fiddly. It's a nice little detail that appears throughout the cardigan.

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 As you can see I'm doing the raglan increases at the moment. Nice and straight forward knitting :-)

I was playing around with my camera and got some nice photos of the bunch of peruvian lillies Mr Soaring Sheep bought for me. They're such pretty flowers and as the window sill is quite cold they're lasting well too

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I'm going to go back to my knitting now. I could be doing something more useful but I'm enjoying it so hey ho lol

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

WIP Wednesday

I was hoping to be able to show you the start of a cardigan for my daughter but the yarn only arrived when I was uploading these photos so I've not had time to do a swatch and cast on yet. Instead I thought I'd share some photos of my other two WIP's

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Longer term followers of my blog will no doubt recognise this blanket and possibly be as sick of it as I am! It's been dragging on for ages because I'm not really doing much work on it. I'd much rather be knitting at the moment but I'm going to try to make myself spend some time on it

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It's 2/3rds of the way to being single bed length I reckon so over halfway done if you include making a border. It would be nice to get this project finished in the next couple of months although I expect that is probably a bit optimistic for me right now.

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My other WIP is a pair of stripy socks. I'm on to the second sock now and as it's just a plain vanilla sock it's nice and easy to work on in the car or in the evenings if I'm feeling lazy. I'm not in any rush to finish these at all, I want to savour the pretty yarn and enjoy every stitch

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I'm very chuffed with how well the stripes matched up, hopefully it will continue all the way down to the toes :-)

I'm linking up today with Nicole's Keep Calm Craft On and  Ginny's Yarn Along as usual and also Chrisknits Stitch Along Wednesday so hop over to both of their blogs for links to more crafty posts :-) Thanks for visiting

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