A Break From the Jumper! Cobweb Scarf.

I’ve loved this Boucle alpaca wool for years and have made several scarves with it….

I like using fat needles, in this case 15s, to make a cobweb effect scarf.

It is so unbelievably soft and lovely. I’ve used the full spectrum of browns and now have splashed out on ten balls of the dusty pink which I love.

I’ve reluctantly put this on my etsy site as I’d quite like the keep it!!! Oh well, I can also make another one.

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Odds and Ends jumper continued…

So, I’m at the setting in of the sleeves stage:

I have a problem! My sleeves are too big.

I’ve worked out why, I’ve been far too generous with the seams up the side. Disaster! Good job this is just a practice…..

I have an option though… perhaps I can do a kind of 1940s puffy sleeve?

It could look ok… but lesson learnt for next time.

I do like the neck though. It was so easy!

I’ll update you on the finished sleeve and let you know if it works!!

Odds and End Jumper

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So my Practical Knitting book suggested I make this gay “odds and ends jumper”!

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I love a project that uses up all those little half balls of wool you have lying about… This is only my second completed jumper and it’s a very good pattern for the beginner jumper maker… I used greens and yellows which is what I had to hand; the pattern suggests interspersing each row with black which probably looks really good, but I didn’t happen to have any. I improvised with my stripes:

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It’s come up massive as I am so bad at doing tension squares. I always think I know what the sizing is going to be like. I don’t. So don’t do this! But I am just doing this as an experiment so I am ok with it and have learnt my lesson for next time!

It’s got a really simple fold over collar which is so much better than the fiddly picking up stitches nonsense when you are new to all this!

Is anyone else sad like me? This is simply my favourite bit of the whole operation..

Now you see them –

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Now you don’t!

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Clearly I am a saddo.

If you’d like to try the pattern, here it is:

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Have fun!

 

New Neckwarmer Design

So I’ve been working on a new design for a neckwarmer. I love making them as they’re quite quick. They also provide an excellent excuse to use up my rather extensive button collection!!

I chose grey as the base colour and knitted three garter to each stocking stitch.

I then crocheted the red border which sets the whole thing off I think.

I found three of these big black and grey buttons I’ve had forever. I think the red thread also just sets things off.

I’m going to try a few different colour permutations for my etsy site. What do you think?

Stylecraft Senses

So I found a load of Senses wool in a recent sale. I snapped it up as it’s gorgeous. But I’m not a big sock knitter or lace fan.

Instead I’ve used it together with regular acrylic in order to give it a bit of softness and depth, for instance in this scarf which I have just finished. It also makes great fringing.

I’m going to use some of the pink senses to create the same effect in a nice pink tea cosy soon so watch these pages for how that turns out…

Meanwhile I’m quite pleased with the scarf. I also used up different shades of oatmeal and yellow to use up some half balls. The Senses going through it gives it a bit of unity.

Well I like it. 🙂

Winter stock!

So it’s time I pulled my finger out and built up the winter stock! A friend of mine gave me a whole bag of this great orange chunky.

Really sweet of her. I immediately set about scarfing. It takes much longer, but I do think scarves look lovely in seed stitch….

so here’s the finished product. What do you think??

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Blue Blanket Heaven

So, I’m a slow one, but I do eventually, determinedly (is that a word) finish projects. And here is where I am with the blue blanket I started about two years ago:

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Its a mixture of crochet with some knit panels down the side as I realised it wasn’t wide aenough for the bed in the spare room.

I’m actually quite pleased with it. I’ve just started a dark blue border round the edge. Nearly there!!

Harrogate Find

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The Pump Room Museum Harrogate

So on a recent lovely sunny trip to Harrogate I made a book find: a book I’ve been avoiding buying on the internet as it usually seems to be about £20. I went to an amazing second hand bookshop Books for All and was magnetically drawn to the craft section where I found a copy of Practical Knitting for £3.50!

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SO HAPPY!

It was published in 1947 and has all the wonderful pictures of staid looking chaps, that you would expect:

 

This baby looks happier than I would:

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I think my favourite page is this really sinister looking peasant doll. Can you imagine giving this to a child?

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I’m currently trying out a simple “odds and ends” jumper using up all your old bits of wool. Very make do and mend. I shall report on my progress!

Yorkshire Arboretum

So, thanks to Groupon, I have discovered a little (well quite big) gem, only 30 mins from my house- the Yorkshire Arboretum. It’s basically at Castle Howard for anyone semi local. It’s absolutely beautiful.  

We took Elvis but could not explore all of it due to his gammy leg as it is a huge 120 acres! 

The trees in the Yorkshire Arboretum come from all around the world, and started with a collection of trees purchased in 1979 from Hillier Nurseries, in Hampshire. 

Many trees were grown from seeds brought back by collectors, many from the 19th century. I like the fact that there is a map and they are all labelled. 


Lots of the trees are ‘reserve’ trees for Kew Gardens, in case rare trees there are damaged or affected by disease. 


I also enjoyed some of the lovely flowers….


And I can highly recommend the cafe as well. It’s all dog-friendly (have to be on leads in places) and basically smashing. We will be going again soon!