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Friday, 23 June 2017

Maggie Sefton Challenge

I picked up a knitting mystery book by Maggie Sefton Knit One, Purl One.  There are 14 books in the series, the latest one was publised 2017. The stories are light reading, perfect to read and knit, or when it gets too hot to knit just read. 😎  At the end of each story is knitting patterns and recipies of things which were part of the story.

In this book there are 2 patterns Kelly's First Scarf and Lambspun's Whodunnit Shell  (A shell is a short sleeveless top, which is a simple shape with a high neckline) and 1 recipe Maggie's Cinnamon Rolls. Kelly is the main character who is learning to knit so these 2 patterns are easy knits on chunky yarn.

For a bit of fun I have decided to set myself the challenge of knitting every pattern and make every recipie in the book before I move onto the next book.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

10 Reasons why I knit

Why do I knit? Why do I always seem to have a pair of needles in my hand? Spend my hard earn cash on yarn? Umm well let’s start at the beginning. My mum believed you should have a go at lots of things. Sitting around doing nothing was not an option, and watching the TV was limited. I learnt to knit, crochet, sew, embroidery, French knitting the list goes on. I have continued to dip in and out of each handicraft activity depending on my mood ever since. The only one I never liked is embroidery, although I do like cross-stitch.

So why have I ended up doing knitting more than any of the other crafts? 
1.     I can't sit still doing nothing: Basically I need to be doing something but that does not answer why knitting.
2.    It is portable: Ok when you get to the end of a jumper or shawl you can't really pop it into a bag, but a sock, hat or scarf goes nicely in to a bag. I confess I always have some knitting in my bag. This really started when I was in Spain. Queues are an everyday way of life; if you need to do an official paperwork expect at least an hour wait, possible 2 hours! You can even knit standing up!
3.    Different projects: I have at least 3 projects on the go at the same time, i) bag knitting ii) watch TV knitting iii) It's hard, I have to concentrate knitting. This means I never get bored, and during the day I use my brain but also do some fun knitting.
4.    You never stop learning: In knitting there are 2 basic stitches knit and purl. What you do with them is the fun part. There is always a new skill to be learnt, books to be read and things to try and do.
5.    You handle lovely, soft, amazing yarns: Its an excuse to go and find and use unusual yarns...Yak, camel, milk fibre, tree pulp the list goes on.
6.    I enjoy teaching:  I could teach any craft it just I have gone down the road of teaching knitting. I love it when somebody is so pleased with what they have done.
7.    I need to use my brain: One of my projects is either using a complicated pattern, or one where I have to change something, and work out new measurements.
8.    I can make things that fit me and they are the colour I want: Bought jumpers/cardigans are too long in the sleeve and too big from my shoulders. Things I knit fit me so I enjoy wearing them. Also since I have done Colour Me Beautifully I am really picky about the colours I wear so by knitting the item I can find the exact colour I want.

9.    You meet lots of interesting people: Craft fairs, knit and natters, knitters are a friendly bunch. Invariably I have my knitting out and people stop and talk.

10. Lastly I am earning money doing something I love doing: I need to do something to earn money while I take care of my mother so why not do something I love.

So that is why I  always have a pair of knitting needles in my hands.
Knitting on a cruise around Norway

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Baby Shawl is Finished

I am pleased with the finished result but I defiantly don't think the rose motif is worth the effort. Maybe with some changes, the pip stitches made an interesting affect but the rose as a whole, in my opinion, was lost. I want to make another shawl but I think I will carry on the diamond patterns and the if there is room add something else in the middle. 

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Rose Section in Cobweb Shawl

The shawl so far
 This is as far as I have got with the shawl. The rose section really does slow you down as there is something to do on every row. No easy purl row.  Thankfully I am half way through the rose.
Rose section

Here is the rose and the pip stitches in more detail. The truth is I am not sure if it is worth the trouble. We will see when it is finished.

I also received  A Legacy of Shetland Lace by Shetland Guild of Spinners. It looks like an interesting read. One thing I have read to dress a shawl you can rinse it with a weak solution of starch. Maybe not a good idea as it is for a baby.

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Cobweb Baby Shawl

Well the edge is finished.. at last it seemed to take ages. I soon found that it was a lot easier to use DPN and I tried the Knit Pro Zing and was very pleased with them. As I can't use metal needles I did wonder if they would be cold to the touch but they are advertised as warm so I tried them and I found they great to use. There was not snaggy parts and I love the fact that the needles are colour coded.

The finished edge
 Anyway I joined the edge up (next time I will use a provisional cast on and kitchener stitch), picked up all the stitches and started going around. I did not like working from the written instructions so I have started to convert them to chart form. So far so good as it really is repetitive.
The edge and start of the body

The corner

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Cobweb Lace Christening Shawl

I have been asked to knit this shawl. The kit arrived, there is no chart and the language in the pattern is different. Oh well a learning curve.

You start with the border and have to knit 96 points. Ok so the first thing is to chart this border, which was not too hard. Now to knit. As is normal with me I had to go down 2 needle sizes so I am using a 3.25 needle. The border is only 14 stitches at the point so I am finding it easier to use DPN's to knit with as you are constantly turning your work.

The Border.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Christmas knitting

Cartoon by Franklin Habit
I saw this cartoon on the Lion Brand Knitting Newsletter and I thought I would share it.

How is your Christmas knitting going? I have 2 scarves left to knit but as I have 2 Craft Fairs this weekend and they both are all day I should get some knitting done in between talking about my knitting.

I found a new website this week "A new Stitch a Day"  Full of helpful videos and new stitches.