Saturday, March 24

Entrelacking good!

Well as ever, I haven't learnt my lesson.. I switched down from 5.5mm to 4.5mm needles and knit the largest size thinking it would end up a tad smaller because of the needle shift. When will I learn to knit tension squares? possibly never. So anyway I soon realised that my cushion was definitely far wider than the 18" stated in the pattern so rather than frog the lot I decided to fold it in half and make it a dinky cushion. Meaning the entrelac pattern was on both sides of it rather than just the front. Here is a pic of the blocking so you can see length of the beast.


One other thing I should mention about the pattern was the number of cast on stitches seemed to be wrong.. at least I'm not sure how it was supposed to work if it was right. I couldn't understand how it would work unless the cast on stitches were a multiple of 6 which they aren't in the pattern so I made a change there and it worked out perfectly.

Izzy allowed me to use her as a size comparison for this pic of the finished item. I fastened the edges at the back with 3 buttons (sorry I neglected to take a photo of that) so that the insert could be removed when it needs a wash.
I'm really quite pleased with the end result and I found the entrelac technique really quite good fun and in a strange way it has lessened my hatred of picking up stitches (who knew that would ever happen?)
Here's a closer view of the detail, ignore the blurry moggy in the corner.

It's Chris birthday on Monday, I spent my entire week trying to hunt down a Nintendo Wii (games console) for him. Typically I decide to buy him something which no shops anywhere have in stock! After finally admitting defeat and telling him my plans had fallen through (and me feeling awful for not having a gift for him) I hit a stroke of luck! I found a 2nd hand console on Ebay and the person just so happens to live nearby so I'm collecting it and will have it in time for his birthday! phew!

Thursday, March 22

Knitters Treat Exchange Questionaire

Knitters Treat Exchange Questionnaire
Ive linked this questionaire in my sidebar under the KTE button so my pal can find it again.

1. What's your favourite type of yarn?
Anything with natural fibres! I'm a big fan of Alpaca.

2. What's your least favourite type of yarn?
Those crazy acrylic fun fur and eyelash yarns that are out there and anything that has such a high level of acrylic that it squeaks. yuk!

3. What's the first thing you do when you visit a new yarn shop?
Look for anything new that I might not have seen before then I go around touching everything soft and woolly.

4. What other crafts do you do / would like to do?
I'm fairly new to the world of spinning, I have an Ashford traditional wheel which I love to play with. I would love to dye my own yarn, that's something I have never tried before. I would also like to learn crochet.

5. What magazines do you currently subscribe to?
I subscribe to 'Simply Knitting'. I often buy the Rowan magazines when they are released too depending upon whether I like the content.

6. Put this type of magazine in order of preference:
Knitting / Crochet / Other Craft / Food / Home / Fashion / Celebrity Gossip / Garden
Knitting/other craft/home/celebrity gossip/food/crochet/garden/ fashion

7. What items do you like to knit / crochet?
I really enjoy knitting for babies but I don't get the opportunity very often at the moment.
I enjoy knitting things which involve me learning a new technique.

8. Are you allergic to anything?
Not that I know of.

9. What do you like to* smell of?
(*This is not a typo. The question is: What do you like to smell of)
I'm a huge fan of Lavender because of it's soothing aromatherapy qualities but I also like sweet scents like vanilla.

10. What's your favourite way to relax?
A nice hot bath with a relaxing blend of essential oils in and candles around the edge.

11. You're stood in front of a Victorian style sweetshop, an Italian cafe, an old fashioned bakery and a dainty tea room. Where do you go first?
Probably the Victorian style sweetshop.. i think I'd be lying if I said I'd go elsewhere.

12. What do you come out with?
A bag of shandy pint pot jelly sweets.. I used to love these as a kid but they seem to have fallen off the face of the earth.

13. Where do you go next?
The Italian cafe, I spent a month in a rural part of Italy on an archaeological dig while I was a student since then I've been hooked on espresso.

14. Any other words of wisdom for your pal?
I think the only thing missing is my favorite choice in colours; I'm a big fan of rich berry colours, blues, purples, reds and I like sea greens. I don't like pastel shades, I like my yarn to be rich and vibrant (although obviously pastel shades are useful for knitting for little ones - just not on me)

Friday, March 16

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

My blog is 2 years old today.. doesn't time fly!

Thursday, March 15

Look! Actual knitting content!

The last issue of Simply Knitting had a booklet for a few household items one of which was Entrelac cushion covers. Entrelac is a technique Ive always admired and it stirred up my curiosity. I basically just wanted to have a go and see how difficult it was but I'm finding it strangely addictive! Its so easy to pick up and do a few blocks then put down again. Plus I'm using Noro silk garden so I find the colour progression fun too. Anyway here is a quick peek at the progress so far, sorry about the cats feet she wouldn't leave me alone to take a photo. This is the only one that didn't go blurry when she head-butted my camera.
Progress on the Juno cardigan is steady but I must admit to neglecting it a bit of late. I can however reveal something I had been knitting secretly since it has been delivered to its new owner now. It was this cute little tank top from Debbie Bliss' Baby Cashmerino 2.

I forgot to take a finished photo before wrapping it for Jen's baby shower but you can see it in this photo that Jen took (middle right). I love knitting for babies, everything is so adorable and you get that quick sense of satisfaction for completing something.

Finally I leave you with a gratuitous stash photo, two skeins of Socks that Rock sock yarn! Nodding violet colourway on the left and Covelite on the right. Everyone has been raving about this stuff so I figured it would be a wise investment to make me feel the love of sock knitting.


One last thing... Can everyone out there send me some good luck vibes please! I have applied for a job, it's something I really want so any extra good luck you can send my way is appreciated.
Applying for jobs and getting knock backs was a main factor in my recent 'blue phase' so the fact that I have applied for something again feels quite significant. I refuse to talk to much about this job though because I am trying not to get my hopes up. Cross your fingers for me.

Monday, March 12

Meet Zach..

The latest edition to my sidebar (you have to scroll down a bit). He's quite cute, feed him a fly he likes them.
You see this is what happens when you spend way too long surfing the net.

If anyone needs a smile check this site out, www.cuteoverload.com full of pictures that make you go AWWWW!

Sorry I dont have anything more productive to bring you today or anything knitterly related.

Sunday, March 4

Another Spinning Saturday..

When I bought my spinning wheel second hand on Ebay it only came with two bobbins making plying any yarn a bit difficult. So I invested in a couple of extra bobbins and decided to have a play this weekend. I pulled out the Natural Alpaca fibre I bought at Woolfest last year (drool). Ive been saving this fibre for when I felt I was skilled enough with my wheel to do it justice. I probably didn't do the best job in the world but there is something about producing the yarn yourself that makes you love it no matter how random it turns out. So here it is laying next to the gorgeous deep red merino/silk blend I showed you from last weeks spinning sesh.

And here is what the Alpaca looks like when you bury your nose in it.. should you feel the urge.

I keep laying them together thinking how nice they would be knitted up together but there is also a side of me that is eager to play with dyeing the alpaca. I still have several lumps of the Alpaca fibre to spin up but it's lovely to spin with. I think I'll definitely be investing in more Alpaca on this years visit to Woolfest.

No pics to blog about on the knitting front, I feel like I'm taking two steps forward one step back with the Juno cardigan. I had to frog the front that I was almost finished with because I suddenly realised I had far fewer stitches than I should have had. In frustration I decided to cast a sleeve on instead. The pattern for the sleeve stated to keep increasing every 10 rows till I had x amount of stitches. I reached that amount and checked the pattern which said to knit straight until I have 47 cm worth of sleeve.. So I pulled out my tape measure to see how far I had to go only to find I had 51cm already. hmmm.. Careful checking and rechecking ensued and I simply cant see any mistake in my increases. In the end I got so frustrated I just finished the sleeve as it was despite the extra inch and perhaps I will see what happened when I do the other sleeve. By that point I might be in a better mood to frog the damn thing and start over. If it turns out exactly the same then I will have to assume it is the awesome power of the knitting gods telling me this particular jumper looks better with slightly longer sleeves.. (please just humour me)