Thursday, August 28, 2014

Now Available: Modern Princess

A few months ago, my pattern, Modern Princess was part of the first Red Riding Hood Yarns Ladies of Luxe Yarn club. It was such a fun design brief, and I posted about my inspiration here if you would like to read it.


They are a pretty sock to knit and a lovely sock to wear. These were knit with a gorgeous sparkle sock, but they work in any sock yarn!


And now you can buy the pattern and knit them too!  (and you totally should!)

I am off to a knitting retreat tomorrow, and there are a lot of people that can't make it - so I'm sharing the love and discounting this pattern by $1 for the weekend - I wish you could all come, but have a sock pattern instead ;) 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

My Weekly WIPS #6

I've been knitting monogamously this week - on my new version of the Zagging skirt. The new version is going to have a much more A-line shape and of course a general tidy up and update.


I actually have been avoiding knitting a little this week. I've been getting sore wrists lately, not while I am knitting, but I often wake with them. Which scares me a little, so I've been resting them a lot. I am also trying hard to have better keyboard posture when typing, I think I got a little lazy with it on my knee.


As well as my knitting WIPs, I've finally made some progress on my office! Its been at a bit of a standstill, waiting on the builder to build my cupboard. But he arrived today and nearly got it finished!

 Just the shelves to come and then this is going to have ALL my yarn in it! And some other stuff too.

Just some plaster and paint - which I am going to have a go at..... These photos are taken on slightly odd angle, the walls and cupboard are actually straight!!

As well as that I got a new couch for my office too. As this has taken over our spare room, it is a fold out couch. One that is in desperate need for some bright cushions - I think they will be next on my plan!! I can't show you that though as its still in a box after a mis-delivery this morning and a redelivery this afternoon!

I finally bought some undercoat to go over those lovely walls too, and hopefully I will get a chance to get stuck into that next week - cupboard done and kids at school! Then I will really see it start to come together!

And as you can see from my old post, I've managed to get rid of lots of stuff - the bed, bookshelf and books are all gone (although some of the books are in my garage waiting for me to get some motivation to do something with them).

Hopefully it won't be too long till I can show you the Finished product!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

FO: Settler Shawl Test Knit

I don't do a lot of test knitting these days, as much as I would love to, my needles are almost always too busy to volunteer for more deadline knitting.

However when the lovely Libby of Truly Myrtle posted her tester call - well I couldn't look away. I just love her new design and I had to volunteer! Its my kind of shawl pattern, with enough interest that I don't wouldn't put it down and forget about it, but not so lacy I can't actually keep my place and lose stitches willy nilly. You see, lace knitting does not come naturally to me.

The textured border stitches on this shawl suited my knitting style perfectly, they are really rather easy once you get going!



Its a lovely shape and size, perfect for some gentle neck wrapping. I was pleased to be wearing this outside for photos, Spring is attempting to come, but its still bitterly cold!


I believe this shawl pattern will be released very soon, and I will be sure to link it when it is!
Mine is knit in Socktopus Sokkusu Original in 'Dyepot baby' which is just a perfect green yarn in my opinion, so many beautiful shades all working together.


Unbelievably I cast off another project yesterday, my new girls design, you may have to wait just a wee bit longer to see that one though!

Friday, August 22, 2014

FO: Scott Base for the Husband (finally!)

In June, I cast on some socks for my husband. I was so sure I would get them finished in June, but its nearly the end of August!

 
There is no reason at all they took me so long, except for other things taking precedence. They were also my easy swimming sideline knitting which means they didn't often get any attention at home. Regardless, my husband is happy with his socks and it means I can knit myself a pair now (or perhaps I should finally knit some for my son.... as I promised)


Pattern - Scott Base Toe Up
Yarn -Schoppel-Wolle Admiral (4 fach / 4 ply)

I have another FO to show you, but I need a bit more nice weather, the sun attempted to peek out today but it was still bitterly cold!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

My Weekly Wips

This week I have managed to finish and cast off 2 projects, I'm rather pleased! And it means I can finally get back to, and concentrate on a cardigan I cast on a few weeks ago and haven't looked at since!


Its a lovely soft yarn, which I know is going to be really pilly once its finished and being worn, but I think it might be worth it!

 It is knit contiguously, which I really rather enjoy these days....

But as you can see, I have rather a long way to go!

Finished knits coming soon! :D

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

My Weekly Wips

This week I have cast on a new WIP - one that wasn't on my list of things to knit this month. But then the lovely Libby of Truly Myrtle posted a tester call for her newest design and I just had to sign up.

That very morning I had been picking through my collection of scarves and wraps and bemoaning them, I am definitely in need of more long, wrap-able shawls in semi solid colours.


I am really enjoying the knitting - its rather easy so far, but not boring - and I'm looking forward to the textured section at the end.


I am trying to get it knit quickly, so I can wear it and also so I can return to my rather fully August knit list!


I'm knitting this up in a long stashed skein of Socktopus Sokkusu Original  in the colourway 'dyepot baby'. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

FO: Wethersfield

I finished my new cardigan last week and it is lovely and cosy and so comfy to wear. I don't think its the most flattering thing I have ever knit but I keep throwing it on, which makes it a winner in my wardrobe!

I added some waist shaping, due to the pattern not including any and I think it helps a little, but I possibly could have included even more!


It is possibly slightly too big for me, and I adjusted the sleeve shaping so they weren't so tight, but I possibly could have done an extra few decreases towards the wrist as they are a little loose there.


I had a terrible time with photos of this knit, the inability to go outside didn't help (RAIN) but still, I apologise for the lack of good photos!

I knit this with Cascade Eco+ which I am a fan of, finding heavier weight yarns much trickier to source, and I know I will get a lot of wear from this one! Finally my Aidez will get a rest!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

FO: 5th Birthday Party!

I'm counting it as a Finish - its not a knit but its been taking most of my brain space lately, so I'm stoked it was a success!

My darling, gorgeous, funny daughter turned 5 on Friday.
She was rather excited, we have had a daily countdown since we hit 85 days to go!
Today we hosted a 5th birthday party for her. It was a little chaotic, our house is not huge, but it was good all the same.






She is very excited about School tomorrow!! (as am I...) No photos of her friends here, but there were 16 children in total, so it was a busy time!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

My Weekly WIPS

Its a new month, and I pretty much (half a sock to go...) managed to finish off all my July knits, which means some fresh new ones for August, we will just pretend we aren't nearly a whole week in!

I had a yarn winding session yesterday and I'm set to go!


I've finally cast on a new girls design that has been wound and waiting to be cast on for about 6 months. But I lost the swatch, then changed my mind a little. Now its ready to go, pattern is mostly written, and its on the needles.


My daughter is obsessed with skirts. I only have one skirt design, and I've been wanting to fix it up a little for a while, I'm not in love with the shape of it (although I still love the concept) so I will be working up a new Zagging Skirt, with this pretty blue and a pink zig zag. The pink is the leftover from my Poppy and my Britney skirt. Its getting a lot of love! The colours are rather a bold choice but my (nearly!)5 year old was adamant this was the right combo, and as she will be wearing it, I'm going with it!


This is my 'Grey' for my Nested - it doesn't look so grey here, and my swatch is definitely a bluey/grey - its yummy. I'm hoping its not going to knit up too stripey!


So there you go, my August knits. I also have a knitting retreat weekend at the end of the month so I am quite likely to start something new for that!

What are you working on at the moment?

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

FO: Poppy

I finally blocked the wee Poppy hat I knit for my friend's daughter, and here it is!






This used such a minimal amount of yarn (Red Riding Hood Belle in Homecoming Queen) that I still have some left for my next project.. which I will show you later!


Thanks for your opinions on my next me-knit, I'm going with a Grey Nested for now. Swatch currently drying and casting on soon!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

What's next?

I love knitting for myself and I really love wearing my knits. I'm very tempted to start a new design for myself, but I'm not sure I have the brain power for that just yet, perhaps when my daughter starts school in a week and I have a few hours a week of silence!

So as I come to the end of my Weathersfield, its time to decide what to knit myself next.

OPTIONS! (feel free to tell me what you think - they will all be knit, but what first!?)

Nested
I would knit this one without the panel of color work on the back, just a plain open fronted grey cardie - which I think is something I can never have enough of. 

Grace
This one would be a lot brighter, and I'm not sure how much I will wear this in the middle of what is still winter here for quite a few more months, but the colour is also tempting me!



Or do I do my Boden?
This is another winter sweater.

I think the pink is calling me after knitting a grey cardigan, but I can see the other greys possibly getting more wear currently!

I am also starting to write up a new girls design, I love it in concept, hopefully I'll love it as much once its done!

Friday, August 1, 2014

FO: Little Umberto

A friend of mine had a baby in November last year. I was excited and knit her a gorgeous wee baby set.... that was TOTALLY the wrong season for her baby once he arrived.

Recently I messaged her and asked if I could please have his measurements so I could knit him something, since I was so slack at the time of his arrival. She was rather pleased by my offer, which only made them both more knit worthy!


I decided to knit an Umberto for him and I'm rather pleased with the finished knit. Hopefully my friend will be too! Now I just have to get it in the post... sometimes its where my intentions really fall down!


Knit in Bendigo Woollen Mills Classic 8ply in Denim Mix.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

My Weekly WIPS

This week I am still working on some of the same things that I was working on last week, but I have a new project too!

My Wethersfield is humming along nicely, although I had to knit this sleeve twice to get it right. Its perfect now though, and I'm still hoping to have this whole thing finished by the end of the weekend. A sleeve and a band to go, surely that's possible...


I cast on a Poppy hat yesterday, joining in with a hat KAL for Just Jussi - I haven't knit one of these for a few years, but when my friend mentioned her baby had outgrown the hat I knit for her, it was the perfect chance to knit another!

I've actually knit a lot more since I took this photo, this morning, its a really addictive and easy knit!

What have you got on the needles this week?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sleeves

Sleeves are funny things. They can take an incredible amount of time and are often the left over thing to be done on a sweater. The least exciting. The least inviting.

I had an epiphany about sleeves recently. They really are not that bad.

Shut down the laptop, put something good on TV, and knit! And before you know it, the sleeve is longer! A kids sleeve really does not need to take me weeks. I can knit it in an evening.

That is until you finish a sleeve, cast off, try it on and discover your gauge was out. Your sleeve is too tight, and will definitely need to be re knit!

Then it goes back into the dreaded sleeve category.




Thursday, July 24, 2014

My Weekly WIPs

A while ago I shared a photo of the things I was planning to cast on -  (ok so it turns out I didn't, that must have been on Facebook, I have been negligent, sorry Blog!). It looked a little something like this, on the 8th of July.


And now they look like this

My Wethersfield

Body complete, sleeves and bands to go!


And like this - a wee Umberto

Body done, 1.5 sleeves to go and the neckline.

The green is yet to be cast on - its a new design and I know exactly what I want to do but it does mean some thinking!
I like to have things finished by the end of the month so I can start a new month with fresh, multiple, cast ons. Its a bit weird, but its how I like to do things. So hopefully I will get both of these finished (and most of a sock!) by the end of July!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Umberto

Introducing.....



I am so excited to release this pattern! Designed especially with the boys in our lives in mind, its a classic cabled V neck sweater, OR VEST!


Oh yes. First I wrote the pattern to be top down and raglan. And then I rethought it. After all this really is the perfect design for a vest too. So I scrapped that pattern and started again from the bottom. With the set in sleeves, it is the perfect base for a vest, and of course the instructions are included for that too.

I know a lot of people prefer top down, and I get that. I really do. However with this one, bottom up is actually WAY easier. By the time you get to the V and armholes the cable is a total breeze - and I've used the cable to follow and shape the V, which I personally think is a lovely design feature.

The cable is both charted and written, so whichever way you like to do it, this pattern is for you.
I had a wonderful group of test knitters on this one, and a wonderful Tech Editor, and between us, I think you are going to love this pattern - its sized from 3m -12 years.
And you can find it on Ravelry RIGHT HERE - pop over and show it some love <3. An automatic $1 discount will be applied until midnight 25 July 2014.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Stash additions...

After my cold sheeping effort for 3 whole weeks, I have been enjoying the fun of not trying to resist the yarns.

I haven't photographed and added anything to my Ravelry stash for a few weeks, and here they are, ready and waiting!

 One of my favourite sock yarns - from Vintage Purls - this is 'Gobbo' and 'Silence'.

 Delicious 'The Bismark Sapphire' DK weight yarn from Feather Brush - so pretty!

All the remaining yarns that follow are from Little Plum Yarn - some of these are from a preorder paid for ages ago, but some were just impromptu Facebook purchases. I LOVE them all!
 'Sweet Peach' Sparkle Twist sock - hopefully you can see the sparkle!

'Lavender' Supertwist Sport

 'Intensity' BFL Lush Sock - this really is as delicious as it looks!

'Steel Grey' Worsted Superwash Merino (destined to be a Boden)

That should keep me going for now ;) - I have a couple of other preorders in the works, but I'm trying hard to save my money now, for a Knitting Weekend at the end of August in Napier - the market which I loved last year, is destined to be even bigger this year!