Good morning, I hope everyone has had a good week, I've been on a bit of a roll as far as Finished Objects are concerned. My goal for December is to finish my WIP's, I haven't got as many as I first thought as I've gone through them I decided to put a couple into hibernation while I decide whether I want to carry on with them or frog them. I frogged the Livingston sweater as mentioned in my last post. I have two crochet blankets which won't be finished in December and then I have this little Debbie Bliss Matinee Jacket which I plan to finish, I've only got one sleeve left. I will also try and finish the Henslowe Shawl as well as some Christmas socks. I'm not sure whether this is a bit of a tall order but I will give it my best.
I have finished my Pennycress socks, which for some reason have taken me months to finish, the pattern was a bit more complicated and I also changed it to toe up rather than doing top down. I love Rachel Coopey patterns and once I've got all my WIP's out of the way, I will try knitting another one of hers but next time giving top down a try.
I'm linking these to Tami's FO Friday, check out what everyone else has been finishing up this week.
I've also finished my first adult sized garment, it's the Anzen crochet cardigan from Pom Pom Quarterly Issue 7. I love the pattern but when I was working on it I wasn't loving the yarn which is Jenny Watson Pure Merino. It's not one of the most expensive merino yarns but it's not budget either, the balls of yarn felt quite nice but I found the cardigan very stiff not soft and squishy like other yarns I've used. After soaking and blocking though, it is a lot softer, perhaps not as soft as I would like but much better than before.
I love the actual look of the cardigan though, I'm sure I'll be wearing it a lot through the winter and spring, it will go with most things.
Good morning, I hope you all had a good weekend, it's a busy time of year and not so much free time on our hands but I have found time to cast on another pair of socks.
I've always got socks on my needles for a few reasons.........
1- I have lots of sock yarn that I want to use up in my stash, my goal for 2014 is to knit from my stash.
2- They are portable and can just throw them in my bag if I go anywhere.
3- They are quick to make, I love seeing my knitting take shape and very satisfying when you've finished a project.
4- I like to have a smaller project to work on when I'm knitting larger projects so if I start getting bored I can pick up my socks.
The pattern is Rosebud by Wendy D. Johnson and they are from the book, Toe-Up Socks for Everyday. I'm using Rowan Fine Art sock yarn in shade 302, Tawny. It is a variegated yarn and I know some knitters would perhaps do a Vanilla sock or less patterned as you don't really see the full effect of this pretty lace pattern. I prefer to knit a patterned sock and though it's hard to see the pattern you can see the texture which I love.
As you can see, I've started Knit the Season by Kate Jacobs, it's a fun read with the same characters from A Friday Night Knitting Club. I'm linking this to Ginny's Yarn Along, check out what everybody else has been reading and knitting this week
On the subject of sock knitting, I've decided I need to knit myself some festive socks and have just ordered some Malabrigo sock yarn in Ravelry Red, it should be here by tomorrow. I haven't decided on a pattern yet but I'm thinking something with cables.
I've also been working on my Henslowe shawl and have now started the lace edge, it's coming along quite quickly to say it's a 3ply yarn. The yarn has a very soft halo and is so warm without been bulky, I can't wait to finish it so I can wear it.
Check out other WIP's over on Tami's blog, enjoy the rest of your week and I'll be back on Friday with some Finished Objects. One last thing do you remember the Livingston cardigan I was knitting my nephew, well I've decided to frog it. He is 6 months old and he is growing rapidly, he is in 9-12 months clothes already It would just about fit him now but wouldn't last him a few weeks so made the decision to undo it and maybe knit him a cardigan instead.
Good morning, I hope you've all had a good week. It's been a busy week here, with lots of Christmas shopping and making Christmas gifts. I haven't been giving my hexagons much love lately and probably won't until after Christmas now.
I have been crocheting these Bow Tie Mug Hugs, filling an Ikea mug with a sachet of hot chocolate, marshmallows and candy canes. The pattern is from Simply Crochet Issue 11 and I used Drops Nepal, which is an Aran weight wool/alpaca blend. I added a few more rows to the pattern so it would fit the mug better. I think they are great fun stocking filler and quick to finish if you need to make a last minute gift.
I've also been working on my Anzen cardigan, it's coming along nicely, I've finished the body and have started the first sleeve. It's a DK weight yarn but crochet grows so much quicker than knitting.
This is my regular post for Chrisse and Marrianne's Bloomin' Crochet Along. I hope you all have a great weekend, I'm off to a local village tonight for the turn on of the Christmas lights, there will be stalls and all the pretty little shops will be open with hot Pimms and mulled wine. I love this time of the year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hello there, it's been a week since I last posted, which is very unlike me but I've been super busy , working on Christmas projects. I haven't got much knitting done again , I hope this isn't getting too boring for you, but these are my two projects bags that holds my projects that I've done a small amount on.
I'm on the home run with the Livingston Baby Sweater, I've never knit a jumper this way before and I'm having to take it slowly, reading the pattern over and over. Hopefully this will be finished for Adam before Christmas.
This Pennycress sock has had two rows completed since last week so probably doesn't look any different.
It's my favourite time of the year and I love to read books that are set around Christmas so I've gone through my books to see if I had any that I hadn't read last year and I found these two. I will probably read Knit the Season first, I'm linking this post to Ginny's Yarn Along, where you can share your love of knitting and reading, it's a gorgeous blog so I hope you'll check it out.
I'm also linking to Tami's WIP Wednesday, another great blog where you can see what everybody else is working on this week.
Thanks for stopping by, have a great week.
I haven't had much knitting time this week, most of my knitting is done over the weekend and as you saw on my previous post I was busy scrapbooking.
I promised myself that I wouldn't start any new projects until I had finished one of my WIP's. Ok, we'll that didn't happen, the thing is I've had a skein of Tickled Mink from the Skein Queen in my stash for sometime, it's so soft and warm and the weather has dropped really cold here in the UK so I fancied making myself a new shawl with it.I wanted more of a scarf than something to wrap around my shoulders. I started looking through Ravelry for patterns using a 3 ply yarn and came across a pattern by Beth King called Henslowe.
I first saw this designer in Pom Pom Quarterly and loved the shawl she had designed on the front cover of Issue 5. I love all her designs and have a few more of hers in my queue.
It's a simple construction starting with just a garter stitch body. This was perfect to take with me on the weekend for any spare time I had as I didn't need to read a pattern.
Also I haven't had much reading time, I'm still reading Take a Look At Me Now by Miranda Dickinson.What I have been flicking through is another book by Vibe Ulrik Sondergaard called Lullaby Knits. I loved Labour of Love and Lullaby Knits is just as good, full of gorgeous baby knits. It's on offer at The Book People for £4.99, another bargain as I will knit a few patterns from it.
Hi there, I hope you all had a good weekend, I had a great time spent with some fab friends at the ScR@p Retreat. We didn't think this retreat was going to go ahead but because of the lovely, kind hearted, determined lady named Tracie Hudson, the generosity of Bo Bunny, Echo Park, Simple Stories, American Crafts. Carta Bella, Stix 2, the designers, Jen Gallacher, Morag Cutts, Jane Dean and Ansty Hall, where we stayed, it did happen!!!!
Kerry and I arrived at the beautiful Ansty Hall hotel on Friday afternoon, where we went straight to our rooms to unpack.
My room was gorgeous, it was huge just for little old me but very comfortable, as soon as we unpacked we went downstairs to see who if our other friends had arrived. We saw Helen and Sarah in reception, so met up in one of the lounges for a coffee, our weekend had begun!!!!!!!
Registration opened at 4.30pm, so off we went to The Orangery where we would spend most of the next three days. We bought a raffle ticket and an American Crafts challenge kit which was lush, full of Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Fun Party, everybody who bought a kit was entered into a prize draw.
This is what greeted us as we walked in, isn't it amazing?!!!!!! There was a table decoration filled with yummy chocolate and little gift boxes with our names on, with goodies from the generous manufacturers.
There was lots of chatter and catching up with people until dinner , we all knew each other on our table, from Bromsgrove Crop. I can't tell you how much fun we had over the weekend, thank you, Kerry, Helen, Sarah, Sue and Dot for making this weekend so much fun and full of memories.
After dinner , the wine was opened and we started our first class with Tracie Hudson. It was a Simple Stories album, the kit we received, included the album and crammed full of papers and embellishments, they were so generous. This was the front cover finished and I added all my little journalling cards, ready to add my photo's and embellishments.
Next morning we had a class with Jen Gallacher from Carta Bella, she was such a nice lady and very sweet. The mini Christmas album was gorgeous, she is an excellent teacher, very patient and her written instructions were so in depth and easy to follow.
Our afternoon class was a double LO by Morag Cutts, we used Simple Stories 24/7 range, again so generous with their product and a great LO, perfect for our Harry Potter trip back in September.
After dinner it was party night with make and takes, a quiz and lots of door prizes given away, I won some Echo Park papers and some Crate Paper wooden bingo numbers. Of course, out came the wine again, this was such a fun night, I haven't laughed so much in ages.
There was a photo booth which was hilarious, these photo's sum up our weekend. FUN, FUN, FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much to Tracie's sister, Wendy who gave up her Saturday night to do this for us, everybody has been so kind and generous.
Sunday morning, up bright and early again, we were doing another class with Jen using Carta Bella Wildflower. I love this LO, the papers and embellishments are beautiful. I didn't worry about taking photo's with me, other retreats I've been too, I've spent so much time sorting out photo's then when I do the class they don't really go or were the wrong size.
As soon as I saw the finished LO, I knew straight away what photo's I'd be printing out when I got home. Last year, Paige and I took Olivia for a walk along the canal, I love the photo's I took of them especially the one where they are holding hands.
I've finished constructing the album and just need decorate the pages and add photo's, Bo Bunny were so generous with their products. This will be Paige's 18th Birthday album when it's finished.
Sunday afternoon, when the weekend was winding up, the pulled out the winner of the prize draw, first prize was a place on next years retreat, all expenses paid. You'll never guess what, I won it !!!!!!!!!!!!
Back in September, we didn't think this retreat was going to happen but thanks to Tracie's hard work and generosity of everybody, she pulled it off and it was better than ever, so a massive thank you to everybody who made this weekend what it was!!!!!!
Thanks for stopping by, have a good week.
Ok so I've only finished six measly hexagons this week and I'd already done the centres so really I've only added the borders.
I have been busy doing some crochet, though. I received the latest edition of Pom Pom Quarterly magazine last week, again it did not disappoint, I would happily knit/crochet every pattern in there. I was immediately drawn to the Anzen which is a crochet cardigan and I had the yarn in my stash to get started straight away.
I'm using Jenny Watson Pure Merino DK in grey, black and off white, the pattern uses a sport weight yarn. I'm using a DK and have just done a size smaller, that seems to have worked fine for me. I've never knitted or crochet an adult garment before and have made a promise to myself to start knitting more for myself.
I've also got my eye on the Aureus cardigan, I think I will ask the husband to buy me the yarn for Christmas. The photo is taken from the magazine and I love the colour that they've used, so will probably find a similar colour.
A little update on the vegan birthday cake that I had to make, yesterday. It didn't turn out bad at all, the cake was very moist in the centre, the outside was a bit crispier and a little bit crumbly but it cut up fine.
I mixed the ingredients for the cake, which you can find here, so far so good, the mix tasted very good and the recipe was simple.
My decorating skills aren't really up to scratch but in my defence I had 15 minutes to make the icing and decorate, you can find the recipe for the buttercream icing, here. My niece was thrilled with it and told me I'd got the job of making it from now on, even my brother who pulled his nose up at a vegan cake said it tasted good!!!!!
I'm Deb. I'm a forty-something mom of two beautiful grown-up daughters. I met my husband at school and have been married for 25 years. I love all types of craft but especially love all things "yarny". My blog shows my crafty endeavours and also a little bit of my life. Welcome to my world. X