Monday, 31 December 2007
Anyway, some lovely relative got me a Rowan magazine subscription this year, and though the first issue isn't due for some months the free gift arrived straight away - here it is:
Four balls of 'All Seasons Cotton' in beige, its a 60% cotton, 40%acrylic mix with an odd texture, almost like velour. Its machine washable and knit on 4.5 - 5.5 mm needles. As beige isn't my favourite colour (my least favourite is orange, though I do like ginger in all forms) it took me a while to come up with something to do with it. I'm going to try an Arran style teacosy for my grandmother, with the hollow oak pattern pictured in the centre, with an arran braid either side. I haven't tried such complex cabling before so that will be fun, and the whole thing will be small and light enough to post. Its hard coming up with stuff for my grandmother, Marjorie, because she is extremely frugal. In a 'born-during-the-war-and-prefers-powdered-milk-to-the-real-thing' kind of way. However, this should be suitably useful and utilitarian. The teacosy should only take 1-2 balls, so I could also think of something that matches - is it possible to knit oven mitts?
Happy New Year everyone x
Friday, 28 December 2007
navy kidsilk, green little big wool
Liberty sewing (pencil) box
The Gentle Art of Domesticity
Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts
Bend The Rules Sewing
Sunday, 16 December 2007
Here is a good sewing tip: it is very difficult, Very Difficult, crossing-the-north-sea-in-a-sieve Difficult, to thread a whole nutmeg. Don't be fooled by the brittle outer shell, it has a true nut core which will result in many bent pins and very sore fingers. Not with a normal needle anyway. In comparison a cinnamon stick is butter.
ah, christmassy mess
Wednesday, 12 December 2007
Sunday, 9 December 2007
acts of lunacy during this knitting -
not picking up enough neckband stitches, far too tight!
having redone the v-neck, casting off in extra stretchy bind-off - a little too loose : (
sewing up the armhole!!
not blocking before sewing
attempting to thread an ordinary needle with chunky wool
but, I didn't give up, and, having completed by first sweater, I think I can now say, I knit.
Sunday, 25 November 2007
I took these photos inside on this blustery day, having been for a walk and forgotten all about the scarf. Don't you find that capturing the colours can be quite frustrating? Much better to be inside with some tea and Swiss roll for an awkward knitting photo shoot. This is officially my Homely Hero's scarf, a super early Christmas present, and its also my first serious knitting project completed.
Some knitting facts:
Black Forest worsted weight malabrigo from Get Knitted in Bristol - 2 skeins
I used 4mm needles and the scarf is about 6 feet long
The lilac shade naturally fell into a subtle zigzag throughout the scarf
It took me almost two months to knit - I needed some serious willpower to get me through the 3rd quarter
I'm so so glad I've finally finished it, and, believe it or not, I'm a third of the way through a second, in malabrigo loro barranquero on 5mm needles. It might be done by the end of January...
Saturday, 24 November 2007
I must admit I nicked this idea from the 'nature's harvest' website, which also tempts me to buy some of their 'create your own' stuff. Its a bit rough and ready, using a sewing machine to sew round a heart is very tricky, and then I realised I hadn't hemmed the pocket. Anyway...
I've also finished the architect's scarf (at last!) and will post photos tomorrow, I have to wait for the weekends to see some daylight.
Sunday, 18 November 2007
My first Christmas decoration, a scented heart. It has a clove sachet inside, and a cinnamon stick on top. And that's malabrigo alpine pearl wool as the 'ribbon'.
My list of Christmas decorations to make, mostly in red gingham, is (note, none of these are original ideas (hangs head in creative shame) but have been nicked from various shops in Bath, and a certain book of the month);
two Christmassy placemats for trays
several small hearts, as above, for the tree
four hearts hanging one below the other with cinnamon sticks in between spelling 'Noel'
a garland of alternate Christmas trees and stars to hang across the fireplace
several scented stars, in blue fabric
Sunday, 11 November 2007
Tuesday, 6 November 2007
This is my new sewing project, a pair of pink checked curtains for the absurdly tall sash windows in my bathroom, though not with the £16 per metre fabric from Cabbages and Roses(!). Instead I shall investigate a tiny fabric shop in Bath on saturday. If its not too hard I might try and reupholster an armchair, gulp. Finally my sister sent me this lovely Habitat knitted stocking, check out those pompoms. Awful photo, the large snowflake in the centre is in purple. I might do some christmas knitting of my own soon.
Otherwise, progress is oh so slow on the architect's scarf, especially as the stitches seem so small compared with the branwen sweater. I love varied colours in very dark wool, and have been very tempted by the Dream in Colour wool featured on Weaverknits website. But how to track it down? We're getting the train to London for the day in late December, and I'll be heading straight for Liberty; fabric and wool dept. and Stash Yarns.
Friday, 26 October 2007
and I've done most of it, but have only got this left:
with the entire front piece to go,
tomorrow morning I'll be calling all the rowan stockists in the south west, first one to supply those crucial 2 balls of heather (ok, lets say 4 to be safe) wins my undying consumer loyalty
but as a back-up plan I will frog and knit this:
knitting without tears?
Wednesday, 10 October 2007
Sunday, 23 September 2007
Saturday, 22 September 2007
Tuesday, 18 September 2007
Sunday, 16 September 2007
My new project is a Jean Greenhowe knitted doll. The plan is to make the basic doll, with knitted underwear for modesty, and then to knit a range of dresses inspired by the topsy-turvy doll dress designs, and my favourite period dramas. First up is the green dress Molly Gibson wears in 'wives and daughters'. The dress has been made, and half the pantalets, I need peach and white wool to make the actual doll, and then I'll make a set of accessories to characterise the doll, in Jean Greenhowe style. The current 'molly gibson list' is;
bonnet with ribbon ties
(and if I can manage it) map of Africa
Then as an alternative dress I might make the white ball-gown she appears in towards the end of the series, with white flowers for the hair, fan and puffed sleeves. Of course 'molly' will have dark brown hair. My grandmother used to make these dolls all the time for me and my cousins, I have the Cinderella topsy turvy doll, and my sister has the red-riding-hood and old mother Hubbard topsy turvy doll.