I know it’s been a very long time…. blame it on the lifestyle :}
However, I have not been idle!
I’ve been knitting for charity…. Another of the marvelous Surplice jackets, E Zimmerman’s pattern made with stash yarn, as were these – a Five Hour baby coat, another jumper and various hats and scarves… . I also made a shawl for me (which is fairly rare!).
Over the holidays, I’m trying to get a bit more organised… taking a cue from lovely people on Ravelry and also a few other places, I got a fisherman’s rig wallet – it’s amazing! It holds all of my circular needles, and all of my interchangeables, and cords – and all my crochet hooks, and stitch markers and everything! It’s not small (it’s pictured on a two seater sofa, for scale) but it’s going to be very handy!
There are times that you just need to make something that is pretty, light and, well, pretty!
This is made of Debbie Bliss Angel – the periwinkle colourway. It’s *lovely*!
It’s a remarkably simple thing to do (even if it did fascinate the young boy in the seat in front of me on the train the other day – he kept turning around, looking through the seats, staring at what I was doing. His mum didn’t seem to mind, he wasn’t disturbing me and I kept smiling at him, cause, hey, the more people interested in making things, the better, right?). 🙂
I think I cast on for five repeats of the feather and fan motif, and knit this in the round. Some of the photos are quite dark but I’ve left them here because they show the pattern better than the light photos….
You may remember that I was making a scrumptious shawl – the lace is called scrumptious. 🙂 There’s a post about it here.
Well, FINALLY, I got round to blocking it today! It’s drying as I type… I was worried it might be too small, but, um, well… That’s on a king size bed!
I’ve used blocking wires for a long time – but this was the first time I’d used the springy, bendy ones that come in the pack – and am I ever so glad they’re there! The shawl is a pi shawl – so it’s a basic U shape. The bendy wires allowed me to run the wire through the border, and just puuuuullllll them gently out till the shawl was, in fact, U shaped. 🙂
And, of course, the entire thing took place under the watchful eye of her majesty of quality control…
Every so often, I decide that I need to knit something other than fine lace. It doesn’t tend to last long, but while it lasts, I knit DK.
And I’ve wanted comfort knitting for a while – I’m in the process of changing jobs (eep!) and buying a house (eek!) and so on – comfort knitting, for the win! Miles and miles and MILES of garter stitch, please.
But not in just one colour.
So – glorious garter creations…
First, covers for an IPad. I have an IPad one, which is being used to model these covers. The first is ribbed, then garter, the ribbing… The second, is all garter, but is envelope shaped, and is sideways. Or, it’s the right way up and the first one is sideways – whichever.
I also finished another baby envelope or cuddler, but as it looks very much like the first one, I’ve not put pictures in.
I did, however, finally block the grey shawl – I’m quite pleased with the result.
Well, technically, it’s a baby envelope, but I like the term, “cuddler”.
When I saw the pattern, I really, really wanted to make these for the shop, so I contacted the designer to ask if it would be ok to sell things made from the pattern – and she agreed! 🙂
So, here is the first completed one, made with all acrylic yarns (so that they stand up to the sorts of things babies do…). I figured that miles and miles and miles of garter stitch in one colour might be a bit boring – to knit and to look at – so I did this one in stripes… It’s a funny looking thing in the photos, mainly because this house lacks a baby but does have an old, much loved and therefore rather fuzzy teddy bear, who kindly consented to be my model. Here is Ted, all wrapped up.
And this is how he got that way 🙂 The wrap has one loooong arm, which goes on the outside, and one short arm, which goes on the inside and loooooonnnggg legs, that get wrapped up over the baby’s legs, before anything else happens. I really enjoyed making this, and I can see many more in the future – after all, I’m going to have a LOT of drafts to read after Easter! 🙂
I’ve finished a couple more scarves – one out of the wondrous Poems Superba and one of the sparkly, frilly scarves. The photos are ok for now but should we ever get actual sunshine (rather than greyness, reflected off snow), I will update them… This is the blue, sparkly scarf…. It’s actually quite long – hence the photo with it wrapped around! The colours of the superba are, well, superb – this is a picture of the recent shawl and the scarf, both blocked and sitting on the blocking mat – this is in the sun, so you can see the colours a bit better These are of the scarf – it’s come out really well, I think, though I clearly need to pay more attention to the background in photos (she says, seeing the duvet cover sliding off the radiator in back). The scarf is a simple razor shell pattern – it seemed to work.