Wednesday, 26 November 2014

FO - Neverland Wendy Hoody

I've got a very colourful cardigan to share with you today. Made using left over yarns from other projects and using the barber pole striping technique to get this unique effect.


I made the 6 years size with some extra length for my 8 year old daughter. I could possibly have got away with a larger size but she's quite petite and I didn't want it to swamp her


I followed the pattern pretty much as written apart from the hood which I made into a pixie hood instead at my daughter's request



She's such a diva lol. The days of her posing normally for photos are long gone :-p



The buttons were some I bought from etsy ages ago but they are absolutely perfect for this cardigan.


For anyone interested here's my project page on ravelry. It's a nice straight forward pattern to knit although the moss stitch borders feel like they take FOREVER. There is a boy/gender neutral version without the waist detail which is even easier to knit.

I'm really pleased with how it's turned out and it's been a great way of using up my yarn scraps. My daughter loves it too which is the main thing. I even found her sleeping in it <3 br="">


Thanks for visiting, more crafty posts on Ginny's Yarn Along post :-)

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Christmas Countdown

It's one month to Christmas today. I've done all my Christmas shopping but this morning I realised that I only have 19 knitting days left to finish Mr Soaring Sheep's Christmas socks. Eeek!


I'm about 20 rows off putting in the waste yarn for the after-thought heel. The stitch pattern will then spiral round on the leg part which means I'll have to pay attention to which row I'm on so that I know how long to knit the second pair! The pattern is Charybdis by the way which is free on ravelry.

Think I'll have a quick cup of tea and then back to the knitting :-) Linking up with Keep Calm Craft On today

Monday, 24 November 2014

A new project

Over the weekend I sewed in all the ends for the Scrappy cardigan I've been making. I had the most perfect buttons for it which Mr Soaring Sheep kindly sewed on for me and it's been washed, blocked and photographed ready to share with you on Wednesday :-)


My big boy has grown again since last Winter so is in need of some new jumpers. Despite adding extra length last time it just wasn't enough. When he was off school with his poorly finger (all healed now) he picked out the yarn he wanted me to use


It's Rowan Pure wool in the DK weight. I love working with this yarn and it washes and wears well. Plus it comes in a lovely range of colours :-) This particular colour is called "Damson".


For the first time ever I've not just knitted a swatch, I've actually washed it :-o The pattern I'm going to be using, Umberto is knitted from the bottom up and in order for the cable design to finish in the right place you need to know exactly what your gauge is. I'm making the 6 years size but with the 7 years length, the pattern explains clearly how you work out where to start on the cable chart.

I've already cast on but I'll show you photos of how it's knitting up later. Have a good week everyone :-)

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Yarn Along

I haven't showed you my scrappy ripple blanket for a while so thought I'd share a couple of up-to-date photos. I didn't work on it much over the Summer but now it's getting colder I'm enjoying hooking away with it spread over my lap :-)


I think I'm over halfway now, it's a nice simple project to work on and I like the way the colours interlock with this technique


I've got a few ends to deal with but as I've been crocheting over them as I go along it shouldn't take much time. The scrappy cardigan I've made though is another matter :-S


Yeesh that's going to take me a while! Aside from sewing in the ends it just needs 3 buttons sewing on (Mr Soaring Sheep's job) and some button loops making. I'm hoping to get it done by the weekend so I can give it a wash and block and take some photos.

Right now though I'd rather be working on my ripple :-) Have a good day everyone and hop over to Yarn Along for more projects.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Keep Calm Craft On

I was a busy bee this morning. Trying to get lots of housework done whilst my youngest child is at pre-school for 3 hours so that I could have some time to sit with my feet up and do some knitting


I've made lots of progress with my eldest daughter's cardigan. Both sleeves are finished, the modified hood is finished and I'm well on the way through the trim around the front. It's slow work alternating k1 p1 k1 p1.... but it's mindless and good to do whilst watching tv or reading blog posts :-)

So I sat myself down just before 11am with a hot cup of tea and my knitting with a nice tidy house. And then the phone rang. It was school. My eldest boy has an infected cuticle on his finger and it was hurting him a lot and he'd gone pale, could I come and pick him up?

He's home now, he's had some lunch, a warm bath and some paracetamol. He's got a doctor's appointment this afternoon and Mr Soaring Sheep is home to pick the other children up from school for me.


He's sat at the computer playing a Lego Harry Potter game. He looks like he's suffering doesn't he... :-S

I'm going to go back to my knitting. Feeling a little bit conned. They always seem to get better by the time they're home lol

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Yarn Along

I've got a little work done on my Neverland Wendy cardigan this week. Not as much as I'd like because of my "knitters elbows" but at least the first sleeve is finished.


The barber pole striping technique I've been using has one drawback, tension issues :-S



You can see quite clearly along the underarm of the sleeve where I've been changing from one yarn to the next. It should block out a bit but I did make sure I'd placed it deliberately in an area where it won't be seen as much. Has anyone used this technique before and found a way to avoid this happening?

We had to go shopping on Monday to get some costumes for two of my children (thank you School...) and whilst we were there I saw this cute cake stand. Luckily Mr Soaring Sheep liked it too so it came home with us. At last our Christmas cake will no longer be served on an upside down plastic lid!


I'm not feeling particularly Christmassy at the moment, thank goodness, but I do enjoy wandering round shops and looking at their decorations. Not from the end of August though despite what some shops think ;-)

Have a good week everyone :-)

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

WIP Wednesday

Speedy post today, got to rush out again in a bit to pick my daughter up from her after school club. They're making some sort of Christmas decorations I believe, she loves sewing so it should be right up her street :-)


I've not got much knitting done because I've been resting my elbow. Seems to be feeling better now so looking forward to getting some more work done on this cardigan. I'm going to do the sleeves next and then a pixie hood.


I've also started a new pair of socks for Mr Soaring Sheep. I'm using the Charybdis pattern which is a free one on ravelry. They're going to be a surprise present for Christmas. Yes I said the C-word :-o Well it is November now and I'm not able to work on them when he's around so I need to make the most of the time I've got lol.

Happy knitting everyone :-)


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