Sunday, 21 August 2016

Summer Knitting 2016

Earlier this year I snapped up some cheap 4 ply cotton yarn at a ridiculous price, so I have made a couple of new tops this year.  Difficult to photograph this one, it looks so much better worn!
 The pattern is called Sunspot, for obvious reasons.

 This cardigan pattern is by Martin Storey and was originally done in two colours, I used just one and lengthened the sleeves as well since I had plenty of yarn.  I'm pleased with this, it turned out well.  I did have trouble with the gauge for other of these.  While you can rely on the weights of woollen yarns, I do find cotton yarns are more unpredictable, with 4 ply by one maker not the same as 4 ply by another.  I had to knit a smaller size in all these knits to match up.

 The last one, a Pat Menchini pattern, was a reknit of some old yarn in a garment I don't wear anymore.  It hangs badly on the hanger, but stretches to fit nicely.
 Here's a close-up of the pattern, an easy knit once I got into it.  You can also just see the mottled yarn, Patons Linen Shadow.
 Unfortunately while the yarn I had should have completed the pattern it didn't stretch!  This yarn is long discontinued so I couldn't get any more.  After rummaging through a yarn store I found a contrast which happily is the same shade as the mottled part of the yarn though different in appearance and 50% acrylic rather than linen/cotton.
However, I do think it works quite well and since this is a sweater to wear around the home in the summer it will be fine.  At least I have reused the yarn, I don't like to keep clothes I don't wear.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Lacy Sweater

 Given the cold spring, light sweaters have been required.  I have wanted to knit this sweater for years, but finding the right yarn has been difficult.  In the end I went with Artesano Alpaca Silk Lace which is a total delight to knit with, soft and silky.  The original sweater was shorter, but I wanted more of a tunic length so I lengthened it.  It took just under 3 skeins - around 1100 metres.
 It's a fairly simple knit with a short lace pattern at bottom and top.  The sleeve construction is unusual, with stitches cast on either side of the body to form the sleeves, and then seamed at the top. It does allow the lace to run uninterrupted across the chest and sleeves.
A nice knit, pattern by Anniken Allis from the Ultimate Knitting Stylebook which was published a few years ago.

Friday, 11 March 2016

2 ply fairisle

I've never tried this before,  but 2 ply fairisle combined with lace is very effective and not too difficult.  Another stashbusting project!

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Insufficient Yarn!

I'm a very economical knitter, always have yarn over and so when looking at this sweater for my Mum, where we had 10 x 110m balls instead of 10 x 116m balls, thought that this would do given I was going to shorten the body by around 6cm and the sleeves by around 5cm.

After starting the back and getting onto my third ball I became concerned that the yarn estimate was inaccurate.  There are a lot of yarn overs in the pattern which always take more that a straight knit.  So I stopped there and knitted the sleeves to see what was left.  After doing the maths I worked out I had enough yarn for a sweater for a dwarf, or a sweater with a back and one-third of a front!  I do think the yardage is wrong for this pattern - Ghyll in The Knitter 78.

So I frogged it, the yarn is now awaiting Mum's decision on something else.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Recycled Cardi

 This cardi was knitted out of Noro (Silk Garden, I think) which I recycled from a top I no longer wear.  When you unravel a project, the books tell you to wash the yarn but I didn't bother, just balled it up and re-knitted it straight away.
Noro's a good quality yarn that will stand this kind of treatment, and the cardigan looks great, no kinks other than the ones inherent in the  irregular noro yarn.  And so warm....

Sunday, 15 February 2015

10 Year Blanket Project

Well, I think it's 10 years, but it may be longer!  This blanket started as a way to use up left over ends of sock wool.  I have knitted a lot of socks in recent years and there are 70 squares in this blanket!  The bag containing these squares has been sitting in a corner for some years and a few months ago I decided that the time had come to do something with them.

The hardest decision was how to arrange them as there are very different colourways.  Eventually I decided on doing them in themed blocks - in the photo you can see a blue corner bottom left, an orange/green middle and a pink themed top and right hand edge (I had a lot of pink!).  They were slightly different sizes which also caused problems but that has eased a little by stretching it while damp.  I used longer ends of 4 ply to do the border, again in alternating colourways which pick up the colours of the centre.

All in all a successful way to use up a lot of left over 4 ply.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Catching Up....

A long time since I posted, was very busy for several months but a bit more back to normal now.  My obsession this year has been lace knitting, and I have been trying to use up yarns in my stash, mostly coned yarns which I have had for some time.  So here are a few projects:

 This is a loose top which I can wear over other things, it is knitted in a fine alpaca yarn and the photos really don't do it justice sadly.  A quick knit.

 This is a crochet top from Dohra Ohrenstein's book, it's floating tee and despite the fact it took ages and was fiddly, it worked well!  Another remnant coned yarn, 100% wool but it drapes well with a touch of warmth from the wool content.

Ever tried taking a photo of dark brown yarn?  My advice is don't, nightmare. This is a shawl which I knitted out of an undyed 100% welsh black lace yarn, turned out really well and done in a week!