Sunday, 22 April 2018

A Year of Projects Update - week 43

England seems to have bypassed Spring!  Summer has suddenly arrived (I'm not exactly complaining, although I don't really like the heat), but I suspect spring may be back.

Despite the heat I have made some significant progress.
Last week I completely forgot that I had made quite a lot of progress on Thomas's Christmas jumper.  So this week, I managed to finish it.
This is in John Arbon Textiles knit by numbers and is pretty much tenderheart by Tincan Knits (in Heart on my Sleeve).
I have also made progress on Quiet Stars by Joji Locatelli.  I have done the back to the armpit ad am now making my way done the right side.  The pattern is lovely and easy to memorise although looks much harder.  The yarn is metelsome by Amy Florence at Stranded dyeworks.
So as I said it has been lovely in the UK at the moment, so we have been barbecueing  and going out.  We have also had the class bear so lots of photos have been taken!


 I'm sure the weather will be back to normal next week, so have  lovely week.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

A Year of Projects Update - Week 42

I have a little bit to show this week.  Somewhat helped by the fact I missed last week and I have been on holiday the past two weeks.  I probably ought to get going then!
FO's
I finished Zinone about 2 weeks ago. It is still unblocked but I will get to that soon.
This is knit in Blacker Lyonese which is a linen blend, I love it and the colour.
I also finished my Winter Rose socks which is the first socks in the handmade sock society by Helen Stewart.

I finished these a while ago too and really should be casting on the second socks but have yet to do so.  These are knit in the Knitting Goddess Wensleydale and shetland.
WIP's
I cast on Quiet Stars by Joji Locatelli and have been making good progress.
This is in Stranded Dyeworks in Metelsome (I can't remember which base), I am loving both yarn and pattern.
I have also been making progress on my gift mittens.
These are in stash yarn which is an alpaca so it is so soft.
And finally, I have been making great progress on the socks for Thomas.  Again these are in a Knitting Goddess yarn in the colourway tiger feet.
I have turned the heel and am now making my way up the leg.
So there it is!  I hope everyone has a great week.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

A Year of Projects Update - week 40

Ah we finally made it to the Easter break.  I think we are all over the various illnesses that have befallen us.  Thank you everyone for your good wishes last week, we are all feeling much better with no ill effects.

I think I have a little bit of everything this week.
FO's
I finished my Reflections shawl by Veera Valimaki from Interpretations 5.  I love this, it is very squishy and cosy and I wore it out today.
WIP's
I have made progress on most things this week as well.  I am very nearly finished on my Winter rose socks and my Zinone.  I have no photos this week of those, but hopefully, next week they will be done and I will have FO shots for you.
I have cast on some mittens for my niece.
These are in some alpaca yarn I have had in stash for a while.

I also finally got round to dying some yarn I had this week.  I bought some undyed yarn a while ago.  I dyed some for my breathing space, but had lots left over.  This has coincided with me having a bit of a glut of red onions!  So last week I made some red onion marmalade and then used the onion skins to dye some skeins.  I decided I wanted a sweaters quantity and I am very happy with the colour I got.  I followed a blog post and thought I would get a much greener hue, but this is a lovely brown colour that I am very happy with.  I do not know what I am going to do with it yet, but I am hoping that it might become something from Interpretations.
And I think that is it for a moment.  We went to the wildlife centre this morning and saw a polecat for the first time for a while - he was just peeking out!
Hope everyone has has a great week.



Sunday, 25 March 2018

A Year of Projects Update - week 39

This will be a short one this week.  The cold I had last week turned out to be flu and me and Thomas have spent the week feeling very sorry for ourselves and lounging around the house.  I seemed to do lots of knitting, but made little progress.  I was also able to do lots of dream knitting and online shopping. 
I think I will start with that.  I was watching Joji's journals the other week and she showed a cardi she had designed for the Curious handmade retreat.  I am now in love with it.  Joji made it with 2 strands of laceweight held together and so I have bought some Blacker BFL laceweight from Brityarn who are closing down so have the yarn on sale.  I am going to make up the second strand with some drift from Amy Florence of Stranded Dyeworks but I am gong to wait for the pattern to be released so I can see how much I need - Joji said May!
I have been working away at Reflection.
And have finished the penultimate ball of yarn on Zinone.
And I have turned the heel on the Winter Rose socks.
Next week is Easter and we have some holiday coming up so I am hoping to finish some if not all, of these.
Now I am going to rest up some more - have a great week.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

A Year of Projects Update - week 38

I'm feeling a little under the weather today, but it has meant I have done a fair bit of knitting.
We have also had a little more snow. 

I completed three more little socks for my advent calendar this week. 
I have made progress on the winter rose socks.
The yarn is a Wensleydale Shetland blend from the knitting goddess.  I am on the heel now and am going to add a fish lips kiss heel.
I have also made progress on Zinone but it looks much the same so will report next week on that project. 
I have cast on socks for Thomas in another yarn by the knitting goddess in tiger feet. 
and I have added the next bits to reflection - I decided on a contrast colour as I think I will run out.
 I love this shawl, and I'm not really a shawl person!
Anyway, I'm off to bed now!  Hope you all have a good week.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

A Year of Projects Update - Week 37

I have been making a little progress on everything this week so lets just jump straight in! 
I have been doing a little on Thomas's Christmas jumper and have started the sleeves.
I'm really hoping these will fly by as he has thin arms!

I have been making progress on the winter rose socks by Helen Stewart.  I really like this pattern so far and each pattern repeat is nice a easy to memorise.  I am using some yarn from The Knitting Goddess.
I am also loving Reflections by Veera Valimaki - this is very addictive and is going to be so squishy.  I think I will need some more yarn so have picked a pink from stash!
I have also been progressing on Zinone but have also realised I will need some more yarn for this - I think I was a bit optimistic when I ordered.  Anyway I have ordered another skein from Blacker.
In other news I have been making progress in the garden - I am going to build a barbecue doing the Easter holidays.  And it was mothers Day here in the UK today so I got some nice bits from the boys including chocolate and coffee so I am happy!
Have a great week.





Sunday, 4 March 2018

A Year of Projects Update - Week 36

It's been a bit of a week here!  On and off snow all week, enough for snowballs, but no snow day!
I have an FO this week and two cast ons.  I wanted more, but have refrained.
FO is my Christmas socks.  These are an improvised pattern and Little French Meadow yarn.
As a result I have cast on my Helen Stewart socks.
I'm using my Knitting Goddess yarn that I was using for my pumpkin spice mitts.
I have made some progress on Thomas's jumper, and some progress on my Zinone.

I have also made a little progress on my garland socks.
I recieved my copy of interpretations 5 yesterday.  And if I didn't want to cast everything on before, I now definitely do.  I have wound up lots of yarn in preparation.

I have cast on Reflection by Veera Valimaki out of my Riverknits yarn, which I am now having trouble putting down.  Also in the pile of yarn is my Stranded dyeworks yarn which I will be casting on Quiet stars by Joji Locatelli with.

I must finish my Zinone before I cast on Quiet Stars and I want to finish the garland socks before I cast on some socks for Thomas (that is the orange and black yarn in the picture).  Let's see what next week brings!  Have a great one.