In which I finish something that I totally made up

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First things first, I finished this black sweater that I totally made up as I went along.016

I used the stitch count from a random Drops pattern to decide how much to cast on, but that was pretty much it. I just knew what I wanted, a long, loose-fitting, long-sleeved sweater to wear with my awesome galaxy leggings. So I kinda made it up, worked in the round up to where I thought the armscye should be and did stuff that made sense to me. I picked up and knit down for the sleeves (first one took four attempts, but the second one only took two attempts and they match!). It’s 100% acrylic (because I’m all class) so I steam blocked it.  Steam-blocking has softened it up really nicely and I will be able to chuck it in the washing machine. The other bonus is that I will never need to block it again.
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Oh yeah, baby. Check out my Forest Petals Shawl. I started this quite a while ago and made few mistakes (that were rectified more easily than I thought possible). So ten months later, finished shawl! There may be photos in situ later, but no promises.be246220-d772-4395-9d20-a6d6c79f549awallpaper

 

I bought some Noir sock yarn for Xmas knitting from a lovely Raveller. She gave them to me at an absolute bargain and I was totally thrilled. I’ve already divided one ball in two ready to cast on some toe-up, two-at-a-time vanilla socks. Wish me luck, because I’ve never done this before and I’ve always hated socks (but I think that is because it was the first time and I was knitting overly complex knee-high socks).

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I don’t always catch on that quickly

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I was just reviewing my blog. You see, I decided to upload some photos to my ravelry account after my daughter’s clicking frenzy and I wanted to see if there were any photos on my blog that I could slurp. But ALAS! I realised that though I had several mentions of my Drops 106-11 moss stitch cardigan there is no actual finished picture! Which is truly shameful since (for once) it turned out beautifully!

026It’s hard to see the detail, but it has turned out very nicely and I wear it often. OFTEN!

I was updating one of my other projects, the first sweater I made for my boyfriend, to a very sad face and frogged. It just didn’t look right on him, so I reclaimed the yarn. However it led to a very interesting discovery – I don’t know if you’ve seen it but the UGH!! page on rav will make you feel much better about your skillz and will keep you amused for a very long time.

Documentation of Historical Artifacts

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I mentioned the other day that K was on a photography kick, taking pictures of my previous projects. I thought I’d share some of them since I can’t really post the recent stuff due to the surprise factor involved.Image

PONCHO – no real pattern in Anna Mohair from ICE yarns

I used a Drops Design pattern to work out the number of stitches to cast on and increased every five or six rows until I thought – yeah, that looks about right. The yarn is very soft and has an excellent squoosh factor, especially given the cheapiness, and I really like the colour, it’s nice and neutral.

SATISFACTION: 4 out of 5 silky goats.

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JEN by Kim Hargreaves in Moda Vera Soya

I am a pretty big Kim Hargreaves fan. Her designs are lovely and romantic. I really let this pattern down with my yarn choice. There is too much drape and not nearly enough memory in the yarn, it stretches a lot with wear. I wanted it to be a light and summery cardigan, but it just droops too much. I want to make it again, perhaps in a blend that has some wool or other more elastic fibre. I’m also not a fan of the buttons. I mean, I like the colour and shape, but the shaft lets them flobble around unattractively.

I have a feeling this garment is destined to have it’s yarn reclaimed, but don’t tell K as she frequently co-opts it for her own use.

    SATISFACTION: 2.5 out of 5 soy beans

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Lace Nightie by Carrie Bostick-Hoge in black Cleckheaton Bamboo

Well, this worked out very nicely. I really love bamboo, it’s so soft and silky with great drape and just enough fibre memory. I’ve worn this a ridiculous amount of time, my only complaint being that I was too slavish in following the pattern and I really should have done more repeats before starting the waist shaping. I also should have done longer I-cord for the shoulder straps, but I really hate doing I-cord.

      SATISFACTION: 4.5 out of 5 panda treats.

Super Secret Squirrel Stuff

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As with a heck of a lot of knitting bloggers (so many that you are probably going to get sick of hearing about it), most of the knitting I’ve been doing lately is super secret for Christmas time.

However, there are a few people who already know what they are getting or who wouldn’t know how to find this blog if you gave them a direct URL to it and *those* things I can share.

That is, as soon as I can get to my camera. My darling little photographer is having an absolute field day taking pictures of projects that I did years ago, so the backlog will shortly be remedied.

*wresting the camera from child*

Ahem

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This is Gir, from Invader Zim. He’s an awesome little free pattern from April Draven, who is immensely talented. My daughter LOVES Invader Zim, but especially Gir who is charmingly dim-witted. He was supposed to be a Christmas present, but I have not managed to pry him from her grasp since I embroidered his quirky little smile, so I doubt very seriously he will end up under the tree.

013This spectacularly dark and undetailed looking creation is actually very nice in person (now that I’ve written that I think, hey – that could apply to some online friends).  It’s Jared Flood’s Smokin’ from Son of Stitch’n’Bitch in Ebano Dark Green from Ice Yarns.

I’m gonna be up front here, even with the errata and YEARS of knitting from pattern experience, some the instructions tripped me up – especially around the shoulder shaping. I was also very tricksy and knitted the button band and shawl collar on by picking up one stitch from the edge every row and then decreasing it away on the next row.

I’m surprised how nice the yarn is! I expected something a lot scratchier given the price but it is quite soft, I know that good wash and block will make it the perfect amount of squooshy.

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This is Drops 119-21, a cute knitted lace bolero that I made for my mummy. She wanted one of those trendy mint greens that are doing the rounds this summer, but I couldn’t find any! Funny how it’s fashionable in clothing, but you can go jump if you want to knit with it! Anyhow, I used some Bamboo Worsted from ICE yarns that I bought a while ago.

I had no problem following the instructions for this pattern, it’s one of Drop Design’s better written ones. It’s such a shame that ICE have discontinued this yarn, it’s so soft and delicious. If I had to say there was a failing to this yarn it would be a tendency towards splittiness.

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This was marked down at Spotlight on the weekend, $2 a ball… It’s a bit of a novelty thing, there were other colours that looked a bit weird to be honest. I think this will actually make a really nice “hitting-the-town-painting-it-pink” going out camisole or something. Hmmm….