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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.


Busy Bee: Buzz Buzz September 27, 2009

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The last few weeks have been quite hectic as I was trying to finish a cardigan for my mom before she went back to the States – mission accomplished.

Mr Greenjeans Cardigan

Mr Greenjeans Cardigan

The pattern is another Knitty pattern, Mr Greenjeans and I used James C Brett Pure Merino.  It went by really quickly after I finished all the big stockinette stitch parts.  Even though the temperature was fairly mild when I tried it on and I get hot quite easily, it’s really warm and I think it will make a good winter cardie.

It would appear that the only things I knit are from Knitty because I’ve had another Knitty pattern,Calorimetry, in my queue for a while and decided to finally cast on since the weather is getting cooler.  The idea behind the headband is that it will keep your head warm since that is where the most heat is lost, while also being able to keep your hair pulled back, which is very difficult to do whilst wearing a hat.  It’s pretty much a dream come true for me as my long, thick hair acts as a scarf and I’m often too hot when I wear a hat and can’t comfortably pull my hair back, or it’s just really windy and my hair blows in my face and I can’t see.

Cotton Candy Calorimetry

Cotton Candy Calorimetry

I used King Cole Mirage for this project, and bought this particular colour as an impulse buy because I was blinded by the pink; it reminds me of cotton candy.  I’m thinking of making some matching fingerless gloves with the left over yarn (Mirage is a BARGIN with 343 yards/314 meters per 100 g).   I used a little whale button for the back, which I think is super cute, but a little too small and the tail keeps catching on the yarn when I try to button and unbutton it.

To prove that I knit things from other sources besides Knitty, I have also finished knitting the Fresh Bite Scarflet and just need to find some red buttons.  Although the creator of the pattern was inspired by Twilight, I feel that I need to clarify that I made this scarf as part of a Buffy/Angel swap and I hate Twilight.*  I used King Cole Comfort Chunky, which was probably a mistake because it’s a bit too chunky, but oh well I guess; it’s soft.

Fresh Bite - before it was finished

Fresh Bite - before it was finished

I still have a few more things to make for the swap and am SO excited about them!  Although, I should say that my excitement is based on an assumption that the other handmade items will turn exactly how I have planned them out in my head and the little sketches I’ve made of them.

I also knitted the letter ‘W’ for the Poetry Society’s ‘Knit a Poem,’  though there is no picture of it because it was a rush job and looks pretty bad.  Sorry Poetry Society!  I’m hoping that the final poem will be something ridiculously long like Waste Land; I would love to see that.  Along with a few other 8th Day Cafe Knitters, I’m using my veg out time to knit up some squares for the Macmillan Comfort Blanket campaign.

Wow!  I’ve been feeling like I’ve been really lazy and slurmulant lately, but just realised I’ve been quite the busy bee!  No wonder I’ve been feeling like I’m losing my mind in craft projects.  My sewing machine is coming out next week and I will be sewing up a storm!

*Admittedly, I was sucked into the first three books and first 100 pages of Breaking Dawn.  I even own the first three books, but won’t sell or donate them because I don’t want to put them back out into the world.


Finger knitting rocks my world June 27, 2009

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I’ve finally decided to follow the blog trend now that it’s not trendy and everyone has one, but oh well.  I love making all sorts of things, so will be posting the stuff I make here, and maybe some patterns and whatever I feel like I guess.

At the moment I am working on a knitted skirt, Skating Queen, from knitty.com’s Fall 2004 issue.  It’s taken me 2 months to knit, and all that is left is sewing over the drawstring casing.  I’ve also been quite addicted to making finger knitted flowers; very easy, cute and versatile.

Finger knitting is fun!

Finger knitting is fun!

The blue flower is sewn onto a ring, but could be made into a little pin or any kind of embellishment.  The white and pink one is a bracelet.  They are both made out of Sirdar Big Softie yarn.

I made a blanket out of Sirdar Bigga and it just sheds wool everywhere and it didn’t take long for the blanket to look a bit worn and natty.  I think it is being discontinued, which I am not surprised about.  So, I hope I don’t have the same problem with the Big Softie; however, they are are so easy, a replacement could easily me made.