Thursday, June 30, 2011

Knitty Fall 2011 highlight

Enjoyed reading through all the patterns in the new Knitty Fall 2011 issue last weekend - such a wonderful publication.

For me this time the highlight wasn't a garment but a trail of interesting and inspiring links that started with the awesome Double heelix by Jeny Staiman
I progressed to her blog: Curious Knitter (which has many fascinating ideas), and ended up returning to my desire to make my crochet mobius mitts into a proper knitted version (instead of the less-awesome knit flat and then twist version.

Other patterns I liked the look of from the new Knitty were Dragon Wing and Dunes

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Dyeing dilemmas

Hmm finally cast off my Cosette Wrap last night, and now need to decide how to go about fixing the dye problem. My dyeing experiment turned out lovely (imo), but also turns everything it touches lovely (ie bright blue)
Apparently vinegar will work while blocking, but I already had quite a bit of vinegar in the initial dye pot - so I'm not sure how much of a difference it will make to helping the colour stick at this stage. If anyone has any awesome ideas please let me know - and wish me luck!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Fezzes are cool - small size

If you're not a knitter and wanted a pair for yourself, the small pair I made while writing the pattern is now up in my etsy shop
Enjoy :)

Fezzes are cool - convertible mitts

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Fezzes are cool - new pattern

“It’s a fez, I wear a fez now… Fezzes are cool”
(The Big Bang, 2010)

Flip top mitts featuring Matt Smith’s bowtie and favourite fez. This pattern idea to me in a flash and it made me laugh, so I just had to write it up - I hope you laugh too! Mitts flip towards front of hand & fasten with buttons so as not to obscure bowtie ^_^ enjoy!

Download free pattern

view/queue pattern on Ravelry

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Materials:
3.5mm circ + spare needle/waste yarn
2 stitch markers
2 buttons

Skills required
Being comfortable working on circular needle (or dpns)
knit
purl
inc – knit into front and back of stitch to increase
ssk – slip, slip, knit
k2tog – knit two sts together





Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Medley spinning

Despite not feeling any different, I think my spinning is getting a bit neater. I finished spinning this lovely Medley top from natchwoolie the other day. The reason I loved the look of this fleece was the question of how to combine the light and medium brown colours
In the end I went with the majority of each colour plied with itself and then a middle section where the colours are plied together
Not sure what this will become yet - unsure what this mingled brown colour would be best for - any thoughts?

Toe-up fixation footies

Have been meaning to show these for a little while now, but I was too busy wearing them :)
This is my second pair of knitted socks, and are less of a success than the ones I knitted for mum, as I didn't put in the care or concentration (many holes in my short rows), but I'm liking having a pair of my own.

These were knit because I wanted to try toe-up, and also 2 socks on 2 circular needles. I found this technique completely intuitive, but if I made another pair I would stick to one colour - as managing the 4 strands of wool was a complete pain

Pattern: Toe-up Fixation Footies by Sarah H Arnold ( blog pattern | rav pattern )
I wouldn't recommend this pattern for a beginner sock knitter - as the pattern is not designed to walk you through every step, but as a quick guide it worked fine. I like the look of the short socks shown on the pattern pics but even at the length I stopped at I'm finding these too short. If I ever knit more socks I'll make them nice and long (and use thicker yarn)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sneak peek

Can you guess?

Friday, June 17, 2011

Special handmade pressies

Look what my wonderful friend from SlightlySquiffled made for my bday the other week!
Skull and crossed knitting needles

Companion Cube from Portal!

and the Sheep that I like to draw everywhere
So happy!!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Sides of crochet

I've just been adding a few things to my Mobius Mitts pattern, including the video tutorials from my last post.

I added in a page about arranging mitts to show the front or back side of the crochet. Thought blog readers might also be interested in this. The below notes are based on crocheting through both loops.
Crochet has a front and a back side. Because Mobius Mitts are worked as a mobius loop, the side showing changes at the centre point (see above).

- The front of crochet looks like distinct chunky sts (above the line)
- the back looks like a tight slanted stitch (below the line)

Mobius Mitts are designed to show one side for the majority of the gloves, with just a
hint of the other side around the wrist. You can choose which you prefer, and then
access your preferred side by turning your gloves fully inside out between the two
options.
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And talking of mobius, check out these awesome Mobius Ships

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See more posts about mobius loops

Monday, June 13, 2011

Mobius Mitts video help

This post is being revised, please return in a day or two, many apologies for any delay in your project ~ 2 Oct 2011

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Spin spin spin

Such a lovely sunny wintery day today!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Ghost Train Gloves sample

Discounted sample mitts worked as a test for my updated Ghost Train Gloves pattern.
Only difference between right and left hands is a change in the thumb gusset where I was testing two different styles to find the best fit. Pop across to Etsy if you're interested

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Ghost Train Gloves update

Hi lovely knitters
I just wanted to let you know that I've added an option to this pattern for knitting the gloves in the round. I always prefer to knit in the round because then there's no seaming. There's also some improved images of cables and some general cleaning up of the pattern.

Ghost Train Gloves
Patterns page | Ravelry | Etsy

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Tubey!

My Tubey is done ^_^

Tubey (free pattern) by Cassie Rovitti
(view on ravelry: pattern | my project)

This was a time consuming knit! I lost motivation a little after the stranded section as the ribbing above it didn’t hold shape and created a puffy bit.
The original Tubey pattern has lovely stripes, but I loved the look of uncia’s Onion Pink Tubey (rav login required) with its stranded colour work os I made up my own chart
Feel free to use chart for your own tubey but would appreciate a linky - and make sure you note the troubles I had -> I solved the puffyness issue by hand-stitching in some lines of back stitch to pull ribbing together in that section and now seems ok. If I did it again I might decrease just under the bust to account for this before starting the stranded section.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Owlings

Here's a cute little gift whipped up for a special friend getting married. Was a bit late because I got sick just before the wedding but I think she likes them :)

Pattern:
Owlings by Kerrie James (rav link)

I kind of just made up the thumb because I was knitting on circs and the pattern was for dpns and I didn't feel like translating across
I ended up knitting two pairs because the first one I did was too small (so I've kept those for myself and they're keeping me warm in the mornings)
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