Sunday, 23 October 2011

Fish and a Wrap

Quite a bit of knitting has been going on lately even though I don't have that much time for it at the moment. I was given the pattern for the lovely Swedish Fish Socks that I instantly fell in love with. That very same week I bought some undyed sock yarn from Bluefaced.com and finally found a good use for another multicoloured sock yarn I was given from a German RAKer.

I've not knitted with more than one colour before, at least not properly, so I wasn't sure how this was going to turn out. Luckily, the pattern is very easy and you don't need to have it with you while knitting the shaft. Just repeat what you've done before, and if you're unsure, check what you did in a previous repeat without needing to consult the printed pattern. Now I will be moving on to the heel and that's where it might get tricky because heel and sole also use both yarns.

On another note, it's been so freezing cold in the office that I decided I really need to knit more jumpers and wraps. So now I have started a buttoned shoulder wrap whose pattern instructions are annoying, to say the least. You have to guess a lot as to when you are meant to do what, and it drives me crazy. It will look good when/if I ever finish it. Thankfully, using Rowan Big Wool means it won't really take long. However, the bit you see in the image below is what I have to unravel again because I forgot something important about short-row knitting.

Of course it wasn't ever mentioned in the pattern and now I have some huge holes in there. Well, I might start from scratch and CO a smaller size anyway. I don't even want to think about how much yarn I might need for this. I bought all 6 balls of yarn that were in the shop that day and the image shows almost a complete ball already. That's not a lot of wrap for that amount of yarn. I should do it soon - preferably before I catch a cold.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

The Big Knit 2011


This year, I only knit 17 hats for The Big Knit as opposed to the 80+ from last year. Admittedly, I didn't even make them this year because these were hats I started right after last year's The Big Knit. Somehow I didn't feel like making any at a later point, so I could only hand in these 17. At least they are fun ones, most of them with googly eyes like the one above. I look forward to seeing all the little bottles with hats on in the supermarket next month!

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Refuge Blanket Squares


(Image: Simply Knitting)

Alice, a knit club member who works at Future Publishing, brought in a few balls of wool last week for anyone who wanted to help knit blanket squares for Refuge. Quite a few of us joined in an we all managed a few squares that made it to The Knitting and Stitch Show in London this weekend to be sewn up. I didn't take any pictures of my squares because I made up random patterns as I went along and there was hardly anything too interesting there. Had I known that there was actually a collection of patterns for this purpose, I would have had a much easier time of it! Still, they may come in handy some other time.

Mark's mother went to the show and she said she would try to take a picture of the blankets if she sees them. Who knows, I might recognise mine.

My First Jumper

I started knitting at the end of 2007 and, oddly enough, I taught myself to knit socks from the start. Some would say that is rpobably the most complicated thing to begin with and everything else is a breeze. For some reason, though, I never knitted a jumper and it was only this year that I found a pattern that I thought I could try: Rowan's Tender with Rowan Drift in the shade "Fire".

Of course it was impossible for me to just go ahead and knit according to the instructions. I don't know why I always keep changing stuff! However, in this case it was a good idea. I put the ribbing a little higher (seeing the picture below I would even like to have put it up a little higher than that to begin right under the bust) and lengthened the jumper. I also increased stitches in the lower section to allow for wide hips.

Yesterday I wore it for the first time and it was nice and snuggly warm. It will definitely come in handy in my cold office. Originally, the jumper was meant to fit very loosely, but I knitted size M which made it just the right snug fit. Mind, the chunky yarn has a lot of give in it.

I love the jumper! To me it doesn't even look like something I made myself, which is a good thing. I am very proud of it.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Fun with Numbers

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Press ctrl and F, type in 9 and select "highlight".