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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!

 

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.