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I Remembered Remembered the 5th Nov! November 5, 2009

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Big Ben/Parliment

Happy Guy Fawkes Day!

I remembered Guy Fawkes Day this morning on my own for the first time in 3 years!  It would appear that I am assimilating.

Last week I was in London, which is when the Big Ben/Parliament picture was taken, and bought some fantastic sparkly yarn, Stardust Dream in Color “Experimentals” from I Knit London.

Stardust Dream in Color

Dream in Color Stardust - Vintage Violet

The picture doesn’t really do the colour, or the silver flecks, any justice, but my digital camera is out-of-order, so I’ve been using the camera phone.  It is really gorgeous; the silver nylon sparkles are very subtle and glimmer really  nicely under the light without the ‘Holy glitter!’ reaction.

I bought Dream in Color to use for Springtime Bandit by Kate Gagnon Osborn.  I’ve wanted to knit this shawl for several weeks, but hadn’t found the right yarn until I walked into I Knit London and saw the hank of purple Dream in Color.

I started Springtime Bandit yesterday and the yarn knits up really nicely.  There are a few problems with the pattern, mainly the crochet Cast-On, which can be substituted, with the same effect, by casting on 2 stitches.  Then knit those first 2 stitches of the row and add 1 stitch at the beginning of each knit row by knitting through the back loop until there are 7 stitches.

Springtime Bandit

The Beginnings of Springtime Bandit

Also, the instructions don’t include the 2 edge stitches (4 edge stitches altogether), so when you finish the set-up chart, you actually have 55 stitches, not 51 like the instructions say.  I completed the first few rows of the body chart and the 55 stitches worked out with the pattern.

I also spent close to an hour looking up Ravelry advise on the pattern and it seems that several people casted on using the ktbl method to get 7 stitches and other people also verified that the 55 stitches is correct.  Other advise included substituting the SKP with SSK, which has the same effect, but I don’t think the SKP is any more or less difficult than SSK; it’s just a matter of preference to get the left slanting decrease.  If I have any more mods by the time I finish, I will be sure to post them.

Other recent projects include fingerless mittens for my sis-in-law and myself.  For the sis-in-law, these grey mittens from Knitty.com called Fetching by Cheryl Niamath.  I used the Sirdar Aran Super Wash we used for the MacMillan Cancer Blanket.

Fetching Fingerless Gloves

I also made myself some Owling Fingerless Gloves with Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk DK.  I only had one skein, so was concerned that I wouldn’t have enough, and took out one owl pattern (40 stitches casted on instead of 45) and they are a perfect fit.  It’s also done wonders for my self-esteem as it’s not very often I get to decrease the size to fit!

Owling Fingerless Gloves

Owling Fingerless Gloves

I loved knitting with the Alpaca Silk and the yarn is so soft and squishy and warm!  As I was knitting them, I swear the yarn smelled of jasmine, my favourite scent, but I was just imagining that because the yarn was so soft and lovely.  They don’t smell so nice now that they’ve gotten wet from the horrible Manchester weather.  Boo Winter!

 

Autumn is here! October 5, 2009

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This morning was the first morning I could feel a chill in the air when I woke up and thought it would be better to stay wrapped up in the duvet.   The chilly morning was followed by a rather cold day in an old drafty office and I’ve come home from work to a cold apartment.  So, I feel completely justified in starting some autumn and winter accessories, starting with Chunky Slouch Cap by Melissa ‘Missa’ Hills, which I’m knitting in Debbie Bliss SoHo.

Chunky Piglet Slouch Cap

Chunky Piglet Slouch Cap

Along with my decision to knit some warm accessories, I also decided that I needed more pink in my life.  Other than the fact that I LOVE pink, the pink variations in the yarn also remind me of Piglet.  I grew up with Pooh and listened to Chapter 7: In which Kanga and Baby Roo Come to the Forest and Piglet has a Bath every night as I went to sleep, so it’s a double win for me.

I’m using two strands together to get the ‘chunky’ part because even though it’s bulky yarn, the thickness varies throughout.  It’s easy enough to knit quickly and the lace pattern is easy to remember and keep track of without being boring, which is a particular plus when you have to frog, as is the case with my hat.  I knitted the smaller size hoping it would fit because I only have the two skeins, so thought I would run out of yarn with the bigger size.  But since there are only a few rows left and I still have quite a bit of yarn, I think I’m safe to make it bigger for my massive head and will probably add a row or two more to make it longer and slouchier.

Experiements in Embroidery

Experiments in Embroidery

I have also been playing around with embroidery, which is much easier than I thought.  I’m really rubbish at hand sewing, so the act of needle working has always been a major turn off for me, although I do find needlework aesthetically pleasing.  Here are a few of my ‘doodle stitchings’ experiments from Aimee Ray’s Doodle Stitching.  More to come in the embroidery department – maybe a wall hanging.