And finally, here comes Thermal

Posted On February 6, 2011

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Thermal by Laura Chau has been a pattern that I have adored for sometime. It’s just so wearable, comfy and warm looking. There is no doubt that this is a very popular pattern as 1016 thermals have been listed on Ravelry alone, and sure it helps that it’s free. I’ve been waiting for the right time to knit thermal, I needed to know that my skills in sweater knitting were good enough to take on something so fitted and I really do think I’ve had enough practise with sweaters and sizing to give it a go.
Thermal WIP 1
The pattern calls for fingering weight yarn, but I had some Donegal Tweed in mind in a heavier weight, so I’m rearranging the pattern a bit so I can knit a thicker version.
Thermal WIP 2
I’m just loving working with this yarn, if you can see in the photo it has tiny flecks of yellow and orange mixed in this beautiful soft blue, it’s knitting up like a dream and I’m really happy I chose this yarn for the project. I can’t wait to see how this ends up!

Copy Cat Hat FO

Posted On February 6, 2011

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Hats, beanies, berets call them what you like, I’ve always had a love for the hand knitted variety. I have spent many afternoons sifting through the hat patterns on Ravlery adding more and more to my favourites. Despite this love for knitted headwear, I’ve only ever knitting 3! As I contemplated this, I decided that it needs to change – and there’s no time like the present, so I cast on for this.

{Copy Cat Hat} by {Terra Jameison}

Copy Cat Hat 1

Copy Cat Hat 2
It’s been a while since I’ve knitting something directly from a pattern without modifying it, and it feels good to know that the math, calculation and sizing are in the hands of someone else and all I have to do is just sit back and knit.

Copy Cat Hat 3
Hats are such a gratifying knit and I definitely want to have a collection of my own knitted hats by the end of this year.

Thumbs up for the Gloves!

Posted On January 31, 2011

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{Thumbs up Gloves}

After weaving in what seemed like a gazillion ends on these quite odd-looking gloves I am more than happy to say they are done! And I’m loving them.
Thumbs Up Gloves 4
These are definitely my favourite pair of gloves I have made for myself and I really do see myself wearing these a lot this winter!Thumbs Up Gloves 2
I basically used odds and ends of worsted weight yarn and striped them at random intervals. I had the idea for this for some time but I wasn’t really sure how I was going to go about it. Would I buy 50g worth of coordinating colours? Would I just use scraps? Would I stripe them exactley the same? I had a lot of options, but it did feel silly to go out and buy numerous amounts of skeins just for one pair of fingerless gloves, so scraps it was!
Thumbs Up Gloves 3
They ended up taking my a bit more time then I expected, but it was worth it and it seems some of my friends like the idea as well and I have a few requests for birthday pressies!
Thumbs Up Gloves 1
I guess I have to start saving up those worsted weight scraps! : )

And I cast on, and on, and on

Posted On January 23, 2011

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I needed a break from big projects that often take weeks to complete, so I looked through my bag of one skeins and went crazy casting on for simple accessories. I started with a pair of red gloves that a friend had ask me to make for her mid last year! It has certainly taken me sometime to knit these gloves even though they are basic stockinette gloves. Having cast these off I looked at them and it striked me that these needed something more than what was already there so I thought of embellishing them with buttons. My friend loves all things cute so when I saw these adorable mice buttons I knew they would be perfect!
Mousy Gloves 2

And a closer look at the buttons

Mousy Gloves

These finished quickly so I cast on for a pair of quite unusual worsted weight socks

Stripe those Purls Socks

I’m knitting these using the leftover Cascade 220 and the Plymouth Tweed worsted. I’m striping the colours while knitting garter stitch which is making for an interesting result that is quite fun to knit!

I also cast on for a pair of fingerless gloves for me, I am yet to knit a pair for myself that is soft enough to wear. I didn’t have the right amount of yarn to make pair of fingerless gloves so I used a bag of worsted weight scraps to make a pair of random stripey gloves, which I have taken to. I have just cast on for the second glove

Thumbs Up Gloves WIP

The only issue is, swapping those colours all the time can be a bit annoying and I have to carry the whole bag of scraps and scissors with me wherever I go with this project, hopefully I can finish it before I lose my patience ; )

Basic Chic Hoodie FO

Posted On January 19, 2011

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What a great pattern! So versatile, basic, neat and ahh seamless : )
This was more than a pleasure to knit and it almost finished all too soon. The yarn I used (Cascade 220) was so easy and lovely to work with and I can’t say enough good things about the pattern.

{Basic Chic Hoodie} by {Bonne Marie Burns}
Chic Hoodie 4
It’s quite a close fit but is ever so warm when buttoned up!
Chic Hoodie 3

Chic Hoodie 2

I love, love, love these adorable mini pockets! I debated about whether or not to put buttons in and chose not to since the pockets are so small

Chic Hoodie 1
Such a simple, classic sweater great for all Spring, Autumn or Winter!

mm treasure!

Posted On January 10, 2011

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When I was asked by friends and family, what I would like for Christmas this year only one thing truly came to mind. And as this is a knitting blog, I bet you can take one guess what I asked for….
Plymouth Tweed 2
Amoung the various amounts of yarn I recieved, a single parcel all the way from Webs in America stood out and as I ripped open the packaging a huge smile immediatley occupied my face. Inside this parcel (which felt like treasure!) was 300g of Plymouth Tweed (pictured above) and a sweaters worth of Cascade 220 Heathers in a beautiful teal blue colourway, I knew just what I wanted that yarn to become, and so I cast on!

I’ve had the Basic Chic Hoodie in my favourites for a while now and have been planning to make it before winter arrives this year so I have something casual to wear with jeans, plus I’m a sucker for hoodies! Cascade 220 was perfect for the sweater and so far, knitting up perfectly.Basic Chic Hoodie WIP 2
I am really enjoying knitting this, it is knit top down with raglan sleeves which so far seems the most appealing way to knit a sweater. I have finished the body and just picked up for the hood, which looks like it will take some time to knit. It also features these adorable pockets fitted in at the ribbing which will look so cute : )Basic Chic Hoodie WIP 1
I am so excited to see how this turns out, I just need to keep going – hopefully I can keep my interest and finish it without starting something else.

The year of the Sweater(s)

Posted On January 7, 2011

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I know it’s a bit late, but I hope everyone had a delightful New Year’s celebration and are all very excited about the possibilities 2011 bring. I went on a bit of a holiday just after the new year, so I haven’t been able to blog about my knitting. I actually have been knitting like a lunatic, and I’m not exaggerating! I have really been in the mood and it seems like finally – the sweater bug has truly got to me! All I have worked on, thought about and looked at the past few weeks have been sweaters so, for me, 2011 will be the Year of the Sweaters! 

I’ll start off with a FO, thats right I managed to knock off a whole sweater in one week : ) Though it was a simple stockinette, raglan in the round with some moss stitch trims, just something simple to get me started.

{Magenta Mossy}

Magenta Mossy 2

I have really come to love those raglan sleeves, they always fit just right and no seaming needed – perfect.
Magenta Mossy 3
But no, I didn’t stop there, I cast on for Annabel, a really simple garter stitch pullover pattern.
Annabelle
I really love the soft colours in this yarn, It reminded me of how fun colourful yarn can be – I haven’t knit with it in so ages because sometimes the yarn looks better on the hank then in does knit up with many variegated yarns I have come across. I have finished the body and just have to transfer the sleeve stitches on to needles and knit the 3/4 sleeves.

Double V FO

Posted On December 30, 2010

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Before I tell you about my latest FO, I would like to wish everyone a happy and joyful New Year and I hope everyone had a nice Christmas as well. Christmas for us was quiet this year but filled with delicious food as always, all the handknitted gifts were very well appreciated and I have already spotted my mum wearing the socks I knit for her around the house : )
Double V 1
{Double V Cardi} by {Mellisa Wehrle}
This cardigan was knit in Sublime Organic Cotton DK, and was my second sweater. I think I’m pretty happy overall but there are a few things I would of liked to change. My camera was acting up so I only have this one shot for you at the moment. I modified the sleeves because I didn’t want really loose fitting sleeves and I shortened the length of them as well, I don’t know if that was such a good idea though as my arms are quite badly sunburnt and tanned already! My seaming needs to be improved, but I’m hoping to knit more in the round sweaters because I’m really not one for sewing. But overall I am happy with this summer cardi and am excited about the prospect of knitting more ; )



Knitting and math??

Posted On December 24, 2010

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My shipment of Sublime organic cotton DK came in a few days ago, just in time for some Christmas knitting : ) I immediately started the Double V Cardigan   and gosh I am excited! I have knitted a bit more than the photo below, since I just bound off for the back.
Double V WIP 1
This is only my second ever  go at knitting a sweater and I never knew how much note taking, counting and maths could be involved in knitting. This pattern has you begin the neck shaping before the side shaping is completed and then the neck shaping continues while the armhole and shoulder shaping is worked. For me, a relatively new knitter this is a  lot to handle, but I’m happy powering through it and will be delighted when I’m done and can wear something I truly made myself.

I also cast on for a pair of bright pink anklets, but they will be hibernating for a while since I can’t stop knitting this sweater!
Pink Anklets

Completed Gloves

Posted On December 20, 2010

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I’m currently eagerly waiting for various amounts of yarn to make a few different things to come in, so while I wait I’m finishing off all my Christmas knitting, and dare I say it - everything, all sock, gloves scarfs and hats are done and I can happily cast on for something for myself – finally.
The lucky last gifts that had to be finished were…
{Tropical Gloves} knit from my handyed
Tropical Gloves 2

Tropical Gloves 4

Tropical Gloves 3

and…

{Target Gloves} by {Pixie Harford}

Target Mitts FO 1
So now that everything is nicely wrapped and placed neatly under the christmas tree or sent of to the recipient I can kick back and think about some sweater knitting for me!

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