Tuesday, December 26, 2017

2017 Knitting Finishes

As always I had hoped  to post again a bit sooner than this, however there have been a big change in my life - a new job that means that my time is even more squeezed than it was before!  So this will be my last post for 2017 and as I haven't shared anything here are all my knitting finishes for the year.

It's been a very productive knitting year, I've finished four shawls, two pairs of socks and several blanket squares.

First the shawls, three of them are designs by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade.  The first finish was the Snowmelt Mystery Knit Along that Helen hosted around the start of the year.

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I used Kettle Yarn Co Islington 4ply in  the Blighty, Siren Call and l'Heure bleue colourways.

The next one finished was the Whispering Island shawl. I had a quantity of Rowanspun DK in deep stash that wasn't enough for a sweater but more than the pattern called for so I knit a couple of extra pattern repeats to use the yarn up.  The result is a lovely large shawl to wrap myself up in.
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The final design of Helen's that I knit was the Spindrift Shawl, she offers this design as a free online class through her website.  I knit this in Shingle Oak Sock in the Pansy colourway from Yarn Garden.


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After I finished Whispering Island I felt that I needed to knit a shawl by a different designer so I cast on a Fuss Free Festival Shawl by Louise Tilbrook in a skein of Old Maiden Aunt sock yarn in the K1 colourway.


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The socks were both knit in Discworld inspired colourways from The Knitting Goddess using my regular plain vanilla sock pattern, the first are in Salamander Flash from the 2016 Back to the Discworld yarn club.

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And Mathematical Camel Spit, I don't have a photo of the finished socks but here is a progress shot that will give you an idea of the colour

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I also knit some blanket squares for a communal blanket project that was a wedding gift for a mutual friend. All yarn was left over 4ply from my stash and the pattern is the Barn Raising Quilt Square.
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There you have it a wrap up of my 2017 knitting.  I'm hoping to get back soon in the New Year with my goals for the year but in the meantime I hope you all have had a good Christmas (if you celebrate it) and I wish you all a happy and peaceful New Year.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Some Finishes

I'm really sorry about being absent from this space for so long,  it wasn't planned (writing a blog update has regularly been on my to-do list for months!) but life has proved to be rather on the busy side for most of this year.  

However busy I have been making time for crafting has been a priority and I'm hoping that I can share some of what I've been up to over the next few weeks.

First I actually have some stitching finishes!

Strictly this first one is a 'finishing' finish as I completed the stitching back in 2014 and since then I have been plugging away at the finishing.  


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  Danish White Work Portfolio by CA Wells

I took this class through Hanging by a Thread in London back in 2005.  The stitching and finishing on this one where somewhat on the challenging side as the instructions that CA provided were on the distinctly sketchy side but fortunately I'd already put enough of CA's designs together that I could muddle through to completion. 

One of my goals for this year was to have more finishes than last year when I managed a sum total of three.  To help with this I joined in with a couple of challenges on the 'All about Smalls' group on Facebook.

For the Spring Challenge I opted to stitch the Violet Needle roll by Shepherds Bush
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And for the Summer Challenge I went for another CA Well's piece - Mermaid Companion

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Both kits have been in my stash for far too long so I am very glad to have got them done!

My final finish is the 'small' project from my rotation - My Love I give thee by Barrick Sampler

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This was a free design that I have had in my stash for a very long time, it was charted for DMC but I substituted assorted over dyed cottons from my stash.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Simmer Dim Finish

I am delighted to say I have my first knitting finish of 2017 - Rosie's Simmer Dim.

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As you can see she is absolutely delighted with it!  Simmer Dim is by Gudrun Johnston, The Shetland Trader and knit in Eden Cottage Yarns Harewood 4ply in Perwinkle(Dark) that Rosie chose at Yarndale last year.  I loved knitting this pattern and it's very likely that I will knit one for myself in the not too distant future.

I have also made some progress on my Whispering Island Shawl by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade.

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Close up of the pattern.  Knit in Rowanspun DK from deepest stash.

There was also a couple of yarn purchases in January.   I bought the yarn for my next cardigan project, I'm planning to knit the Scollay by Karie Westerman in Blacker Yarns Lyonesse.

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I also decided that I would join in the Snowmelt mystery knit along by Helen of Curious Handmade.  After much deliberation I decided to use Islington by Kettle Yarn Co in Blighty, Siren Call and l'Heure bleue.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

January Stitching

I had hoped to get this post up last week but it's been half term so time for me has been in short supply but we are all back to our regular routine from tomorrow, thank goodness!

I got more stitching done in January than I can show just at the moment, as I'm working on some gift stitching in my focus slot. 

My rotation actually worked out so I had a new start on January 1st!  I did an excavation into some of my deepest stash and pulled out The Drawn Thread's Prairie Garden.  I bought this shortly after it came out in 2000 (ahem!) so it's been long overdue getting stitched...

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I did get Christopher's ornament finished, just in time for it to get put away with the rest.

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There has also been a bit of stash enhancement happening last month.  I had a lovely trip over to see a local stitching friend at the end of January.  After a lovely day of stitching and chatting as I was leaving she gave me a bag saying she'd been having a clear out and would I like a few things.  I didn't have time to look in the bag for a couple of hours as I had to get back for the school run but when I did I was blown away to find she had given me two hand painted boxes with matching Merry Cox kits along with a Shepherd's Bush needle roll chart!

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I had to place an order for beads for my gift stitching so this cute sampler chart from The Scarlett House had to come too...

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Sunday, February 05, 2017

January Reading

I didn't get as much reading in last month as I had hoped but I did get two books finished.

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The first finish was 'The Optimist's Daughter' by Eudora Welty which I read for Leeds Book Club, this was a re-read for me and if anything I enjoyed it more this time round.  The other book was a very interesting biography of Joan of Arc by Dr Helen Castor.  Both of them are highly recommended.

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There has also been a few books added to my to-read pile this month.  My village has five charity shops on it's Main Street and I like nothing better than a good mooch round at the second hand books. I didn't have a lot of time this month but I did have time to pop into one and I definitely got lucky!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Some Quilting

I have been trying to carve out some time with my sewing machine over the last year with varying degrees of success. One way that I've done this is to join my local branch of the Modern Quilt Guild, I can't always make the monthly sewing day but I did manage to get along for part of the December session.  


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Having finished the quilts for Rosie, I am under strict orders to do one for Christopher.  So we took a trip over to Simply Solids during the summer holidays so he could choose his fabric. The quilt is going to be in a similar style to Rosie's.  This is the layout I came up with from his choices, it's a little slimmer than his sisters quilt so I am thinking of adding a border down the sides.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Knitting Update

One of the things that I was looking forward to when I finished the Hartfield Shawl was casting on some new projects.

The first one I went for was the Whispering Island shawl by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade.  I have had several skeins of RowanSpun DK in my stash for over 10 years and I have been looking for a suitable project for several months.  I had hoped to knit a cardigan but there wasn't quite enough yardage.  Then I remembered that I had bought this shawl pattern when it came out and it is proving to be the perfect match of pattern and yarn.

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I am making the shawl larger than the pattern by adding in some extra pattern repeats as I have plenty of the yarn.  I want this to be a large cosy shawl I can wrap myself up in.

My other new start is for Rosie.  I took a class with Karie Westerman at last year's Leeds Wool Festival on hap construction and the class sample hap was just the right size shawl for her Teddy.  So I got told that she would like a matching shawl for herself.  As I doubt she will want to be matchy-matchy with Teddy for too much longer, I felt I needed to get knitting.  I had a quick browse through Ravelry and decided on Simmer Dim by Gudrun Johnston, the yarn is Harewood 4ply in Periwinkle by Eden Cottage Yarns.

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I am really enjoying knitting this so I suspect that I will be casting one on for myself at some point.

I also have some plain top down socks on the needles that I work on when I'm out and about with the kids.  The yarn is Salamander Flash from The Knitting Goddess that was one of the Discworld sock club yarns from last year. I have finished the first sock and am onto the second.

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