Sunday, 9 July 2017

Week 2 - A Year of Projects - an audit

I thought this week I would do an audit of all the projects I have on my needles, to hopefully spur myself into action.

Whilst planning for the new list posted here, I cast on as many objects as possible.
So here we go.
Firstly, I cast on my July socks.  This is My Dearest Loveliest Elizabeth socks by Knitterarium.  I test knit this pattern and love it and think it is perfect for summer socks.  I am knitting them in Life in the long grass sock yarn in the arcade colourway - I defy anyone to tell me that isn't summer in yarn form!  These are being knit with my new needles - Addi lace 2.25mm.
 Secondly, while I was waiting for July to come, I cast on a pair of socks for dad for Christmas.  This is a sport weight yarn that is knitting up nice and quickly, I am up to the heel now.
 Next having planned that I wanted to have a cropped sweater, I got overexcited, found a pattern and cast on.  This is A cropped sweater for winter by Andi Satterlund. This is a free pattern and I had yarn in stash, so I went for it.  The yarn is de rerum natura - gilliatt - the yarn is gorgeous and the colour is to die for - in fact I may get more and knit a chuck sweater....
 Fourthly, my breathing space (yes I have 2 sweaters on the go!) which is coming along nicely.  I think I am going to do about 3 more inches of stripe then finish with the blue.  These are knit out of Travel Knitter yarn and my own dyed and using my Hiya Hiya interchangeable needles.
 Another new cast on is my Bon Bon mitts by Joji Locatelli from the latest Pom Pom magazine.  I am knitting these from Malabrigo Arroyo - can't remember the colourway at the moment.
 This is a long term WIP that I am determined to finish up.  These are my triangle socks.  I have one finished sock and now 1 and a half strips.  In all honesty, I now have no real desire to finish these, but I am not a frogger if I can help it, and anyway it is just lots of little bits of yarn, and I am not likely to every wear them as the fit is strange, but... I do not give up and I will not let them beat me - I will finish these this summer!
 Pen-ultimately, this is a new cast on.  This is a scarf/wrap called Sevilla from the latest Pom Pom.  I fancied knitting it and had some yarn in stash. This will probably be a gift in the end, but hopefully, will be a good stashbuster.  This is a bit slow going as the rows are so long as it is knit lengthways.
I do have one other long term WIP that I didn't take a photo of as I couldn't find it!  It is the Donder and Blitzen hat that is too small, so I was going to knit it for Daniel, but to be honest, is likely to be too small for him at this rate.  It is in a bag behind my seat and will drag it out soon!

So there we go - there is the audit.  Hopefully I will have made inroads next week!
Hope you all have a great week.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Week 1 - the new list!


2017/2018

This year, I have decided, is the year of the handmade wardrobe.  I have spent several years dabbling, and really want to make inroads to a me-made wardrobe.

Sewing
Skirts:
  • Gathered skirt 
  • Delphine skirt
  • button through skirt
  • yoked skirt
Tops:
  • Tunic top
  • t-shirt style top
Knitting
Sweaters:
Accessories:
  • Bonbon mitts - progress
  • Socks - I am not going to specify a pattern as new ones come up and I always want to do them
  • Shortie socks - to use up stash
  • Knees up
Other items
Gifts:
  • Socks - dad, Luke and a second pair for mum to do
  • Scarf - Sevilla - in progress for a friend
  • Bath bombs - for pressies and myself
  • Christmas jumper for Thomas - follow tenderheart as for me but add colorwork from Anders
Craft fair/other crafts:
  • Embroidery - develop to make myself some bags
  • Dog coats - knit some more
  • Hot water bottle covers
So there it is - the new list.  I am so excited about this year.  You might be able to tell that I have had a bit of a problem with castonitis this week - next week I shall show you all the projects and progress I have made!  If you fancy joining us, please head over to the group on Ravelry here.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

YOP 2017 Round up post

So it's that week.  As there is quite a bit to get through, I shall just get on with it.  Here is the list from last year and how I have done.

Garments - Knitted
Zinone - Andi Sutterlund
Buchanan - from Yokes - finished September 2016
Christmas Jumper - finished October 2016
Epistrophy - also from Yokes
From Way BackHanna M - finished February 2017
Miranda - Finished November 2016
Breathing Space from Interpretations 3
Christmas jumpers for me and Thomas based on Flax - using John Arbon Knit by Numbers
Summer top - own dyed
Sunshower by Andi Sutterlund adapted as a vest - Skein - finished February 2017
Jokull by Kate Davies - finished February 2017

I have done pretty well in this section - Breathing space is underway and the Christmas jumpers and Epistrophy will go onto next years list.

Gift Knitting
Hats for the boys - finished October 2016
Washcloths to go with the soap
Teacosies x2
Sheep by Susan B Anderson - 4 done
Flax by Tin Can Knits for Daniel - finished December 2016
Hats for mum and dad - finished December 2016
Hats for the teachers and Luke and Lily - finished December 2016
Thomas's Christmas Jumper
Socks for everyone using stash yarn
Shawl for Lois - finished February 27th 2017

Again, I have done well in this section - the bits that are left can go on the new list, mainly for next Christmas

Shirt dress, cardie & flat pumps by sewlittletime on Polyvore featuring polyvore, mode, style, Myrtlewood, ASOS, fashion and clothing:
Garments - Sewing
Trousers
Tunic tops
Coco top - Tilly and the Buttons
Knickers
Shirt dress as in the picture
Mimi blouse - Tilly and the Buttons

Not done as well, although I have been sewing. Some of my plans have changed, so some of this will move and some rethought.


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Socks
The Knitting Goddess Sock club socks
Patterns from New Directions in Sock Knitting
Lots of Blueberry waffle socks to use up stash!
Mercury socks
  • sock blank socks - blueberry waffle
  • smooth operator socks
  • Dalez
  • WYS bluetit socks
  • Own dyed socks - pebble Mina Phillips
  • Winter socks - blueberry waffle
  • Hermiones valentine socks
I have knitted many more socks than this, so this is a success but next year I will do this section slightly differently.


New Techniques
Put double knitting into practice - ?brioche
Buy and use a sock blank - bought - finished October 2016

Still haven't put my double knitting into practice, maybe next year, but I have knitted from a sock blank and I have mastered embroidery.


Finished Items
Zinone
2 tea cosies
4 sheep
Dalez - socks
Buchanan
Christmas jumper
7 hats
smooth operator socks
sock blank socks
Miranda
Flax for Daniel
Bluetit socks
Vintage Fairy Lights
Ciliegia
Winter socks
Hermiones Valentine socks
Sunshower
Dobbies hidden socks
To Darcy with love socks
My dearest loveliest Elizabeth socks
Spring socks
Boot socks
Easter socks
Jokull

I am pretty happy with all of that!  I have a couple of finishes this week as well. My June socks are done.
And my first shorty socks for me are done.  I love these - so much so I have yet to take them off since I finished them.
So that, is that.  The winds up 2016/2017. Next week I shall unveil next year's list, which is always exciting.  Can't wait to see everyone else's round up (that also finish this week).

Sunday, 18 June 2017

A Year of Projects Update - week 51

I am getting increasing excited about my new list!  I have ideas flying around I am finding it hard to concentrate on anything else!  If you are interested in joining us and want to start at the start of July, then head over to the group on Ravelry and join up.  Erin has come up with some great banners as always - thank you, Erin - I just need to choose which I will use.
A quick weather update - it is blazing sunshine here.  I am not a heat person but I am not complaining, although as a country not use to the heat we have no air conditioning - I am constantly sweaty (TMI - sorry).

FO's
I have two.  These were going to be a gift knit and a pair for Thomas, however, I think they will be too small for the recipient, so I have given them to Daniel.
WIP's
Breathing Space is coming along, but looks no different - so will report back in July when I shall hopefully, nearly be done.
I have a HO.
These are my June socks - which are Hermiones everyday socks knit in a stranded dyeworks sockblank in flamingo legs.

I also cast on some shorty socks out of leftover yarn - I think both yarns are by the Knitting Goddess.
 And that is it for this week.  I will be back next week with my round up post and then I shall be presenting next year's list - hurrah!

Sunday, 11 June 2017

A Year of Projects Update - Week 50

The end of the year is definitely looming - the YOP year that is!
We are all back to school here for the last half term and the weather this week has been very strange, even for the UK.  We had torrential rain to start the week and now this end of the week has been glorious sunshine again - still - not complaining.
WIP's
I have no FO's this week again, but  much progress has again been made on my WIP's.
My gift socks and Thomas's socks are the furthest along.  I have turned the heel and am now on the ribbing - I hope these will be done in the near future.
My Breathing space is also coming along nicely, I am on the endless stripes, but it is good fun.
And finally, my flamingo legs socks are coming along from the sock blank.  I am doing these one at a time as they are from a sock blank.  The pattern is Hermiones everyday socks.
You can also see in this photo my latest acquisition.  I won a prize!  I won the May Harry Potter KAL prize with Inside Number 23 with my Dobbies Hidden Socks.  The yarn is beautiful (from Sinister Yarns), and I've no doubt, will be a pair of socks themselves soon.

Actually just realised I do have an FO!  The test knit I completed the other week has been released - it is My Dearest, Loveliest Elizabeth by Knitterarium.  They are fabulous and I see more of these in my future.


Sunday, 4 June 2017

A Year of Projects Update - week 49

Despite all that is going on in the world, we have had a lovely week.  Me and the boys went camping for 3 days down to the seaside city of Brighton.  We walked to the marina on the first day after we had set up camp to have some tea.  And on the second day we got a bus to the city centre.  We had such a nice time I really don't want to return to work, but I have to bear in mind there are only 7 weeks left before the summer holidays and I am lucky to have a job that allows us to do these sorts of things.
WIP's
I only have wip's this week, but they are all coming along nicely.
I have moved Thomas's socks onto a circular needle together with a pair of gift socks that are the same size. I am just turning the heel on all four.
I can't remember what yarn the stripey is but the blue is from West Yorkshire Spinners.
I have cast on my June socks.  These will be done one at a time and are from the sock blank from Stranded dyeworks in flamingo legs.
And my third and final wip is Breathing Space by Veera Valimaki.
I have got to the end of the short rows and now am ready to do some stockinette!  The yarn is mainly by Travel Knitter with a contrast that I dyed myself
I did have some acquisitions this week - I got some yarn for Christmas jumpers from John Arbon Textiles, but I will show you when I have it ready.
Hope you have had a good week, happy crafting and stay safe.


Sunday, 28 May 2017

A Year of Projects Update - week 48

I'm at the start of half term break here.  My husband and Thomas have gone off to the play off final in London and so apart from going to Tilgate with Daniel and my sister-in-law I have a day of knitting.  Hopefully, I should be able to get a bit done in the week too.  We are going to Brighton camping on Tuesday for a couple of days - can't wait for that.

FO's
I finished the test knit in the week.  As soon as it is published, I will share the finished article.

WIP's
I have made it to the striping on Breathing Space as predicted.
This is such a lovely knit, I am using Travel knitter and some sock yarn I have dyed myself.  I have now split for the sleeves and am making my way down the body.
I have also cast on some new socks for Thomas.  He decided he wanted blue, so blue he has.  I am waiting to cast on some socks for me, but am waiting for the start of the month so I can make some June socks.
I think that is it for this week - hope everyone has a lovely week and if you have one, enjoy the long weekend.