Posts Tagged ‘knitting’

I finished my long fingerless gloves:

Colour is somewhat greener in real life but you can see the stitches

Really pleased with how they turned out, although in true Scottish fashion, the weather went from too cold to wear them with bare arms to too warm to wear them at all in a week! Still, it’s not like we can expect this glorious sunshine to last, I expect I’ll be wearing them again soon enough.

And here they are on!

My current WIP is the Spring Garden top which made a brief appearance in my last post. Now on the correct size needle, it is growing nicely, I’ve divided off the sleeves and am working on the main body now. Soon I’ll have the fun of working out what to do with the waist decreases given the pattern as written wouldn’t fit me even if my tension wasn’t off! I foresee a lot of putting it on waste yarn and trying it on in my future…

The last thing I have to show off is new yarn, which isn’t green! This lovely stormy petrol blue arrived from the Yarn Yard last week, courtesy of the Boy for my birthday. Now I’ve seen it, I wish there had been more to order, I think it would make a lovely jumper or cardigan. But even I’m not small enough to get a top out of 420 m of 4 ply so I shall just have to find another use for it, oh the hardship 😉

Yarn Yard Toddy (merino & nylon sock yarn) in Ink Blot


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Those of you who’ve been reading this blog for a while will remember that I’m a big fan of green glazes. My obsession with green is now continuing in my knitting – currently on my needles I have the second of a pair of over-the-elbow fingerless gloves in Yarn Yard Stanley merino:

"Kensington Mitts" by Annie Modesitt, pattern available from InterweaveStore.com

And I’ve also cast on for a Spring Garden T in apple green merino, although I’m going to have to buy a shorter circular needle before I can do any more on it. I was over-optimistic in thinking I could do the size 32″ on an 80cm needle (which is all I could get around here) – time to order some new needles online.

Spring Garden T by Alana Dakos, pattern available from Ravelry.com

Drops baby alpaca and silk lace from the Yarn Cake in Glasgow

And to complete the set, this lovely green lace is going to be a stole for me to wear with my wedding dress when I get around to making it. I’m currently thinking Dancing Cranes for the pattern, although I might change my mind, there are so many lovely ones!

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Recently, I’ve been making plans and decisions:

And I finally finished knitting my first lace shawl, which just needs the ends weaving in and blocking now:

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This post was supposed to go up yesterday but I didn’t get around to taking any photos in daylight. I’m busy working on my first lace shawl at the moment. I had left it for a few weeks because I kept making mistakes and getting frustrated but it’s going really well now. I have 2 rows to do on this pattern repeat and then I’ll have done 3/6 repeats of chart 1.

I love how my life lines highlight how it is growing so I decided to leave the ones marking each full chart repeat in until I’ve finished it.

Yesterday also saw the rainbow beret go on it’s way to my sister – I hope she’s pleased with it when it arrives! I was pretty happy overall as I made a better job of matching the stripes across the sections than I expected. My seams aren’t the neatest though.

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My sister loved the rainbow cheat’s mitts I made for her and requested a matching hat so I dutifully cast on for a simple beret pattern a couple of weeks ago. I immediately came up against a problem – the coloured sections in the yarn aren’t long enough to stripe on something so big and it looked awful as soon as I started the increases. Undeterred, I came up with a somewhat mad plan to do the ribbed band as one piece and then knit off it in 4 separate sections, each small enough for the stripes to work, and then sew them together. And it’s working:

Rainbow beret WIP

I just have the last section to knit and 2 more seams to sew and then it’ll be finished.  And I shall never have to knit a hat flat again – the more hems I have to do, the more I’m converted to knitting in the round.

Next week, there may even be something other than knitting to show off – I have some wire work to do for jewellery and I’m thinking of making myself some stitch markers at the same time. I’m going to be casting on for my first lace shawl for about the 7th time so they may come in handy!

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Recently, I’ve been making a hat

Fair Isle Effect Big Beanie WIP

and foot prints in the snow

Glen Doll in the Cairngorms National Park

How about you?

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Knitting update

My last pair of cheat’s mitts are just waiting to be sewn up:

These are cheat’s mitts twice over because all the pattern is in the yarn, which is called ‘Fair Isle Effect’. They are just stocking stitch with a purled border.


I’ve also started my first lace patterned shawl with the beautiful magenta merino I was given for Christmas. So far so good!

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