Monthly Archives: February 2012

Back to the knitting and a new book

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Well, I’m back in Manchester after having a lovely week in Ireland.  I’m going back to Belfast in a week for two days (work though, not a holiday this time!) so any crochet pattern recommendations would be much appreciated!  It’s lovely being back with my knitting, though!  I’ve been slaving away at the Frilly Jumper since getting back, and am over halfway there.  It’s not much to look at at the moment though, so I’m going to post a picture of  my latest purchase instead:

The background is the Frilly Jumper.  I got this brooch in St George’s Market in Belfast.  It’s a bit chipped, but I think that adds to its charm, and it was only £3!  However, I now really want another one, so I hope this doesn’t start to turn into some kind of collection!  I think it will go with my jumper, though, when it’s eventually finished!

I also bought a book which I thought I’d tell you about.  It’s The Knitting Answer Book by Margaret Radcliffe.  It’s great!  I’ve been flicking through it, and it has so many tips and tricks for beginning and more experienced knitters.  I’ve even learnt a new casting-on technique (I never, somehow, learnt the loop cast-on), and I recommend it to every knitter and aspiring knitter!  I’m certainly going to be referring to the Finishing section when I’m sewing up my jumper.  The sections are: Casting On, The Basics, Binding Off, Tools, Yarn, Reading Patterns, Pattern Stitches, Circular Knitting, Colo(u)r, Shaping, Fitting, Finishing and Embellishments.  So it really does seem to cover everything!  I’ll be back later this week with some pics of the jumper, hopefully.

Crochet Snood/Cowl – A souvenir from the USA – pattern here too!

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Well, I am currently in Belfast, and because I flew with no hold baggage I wasn’t able to take my knitting with me.  So I brought a couple of crochet hooks instead.  That’s why you’re seeing so much crochet on this blog at the moment!  I also find that having crochet with me gets rid of any flying nerves I might be having, and the only reason I actually took up crochet is because I fly quite often!

Anyway, another place I flew to  recently was America, and when I was there I decided I would get a ‘typical’ American yarn I’m always hearing about on the internet, as a souvenir.  I looked at Red Heart, and Peaches and Cream, but finally decided on a ball of Caron Simply Soft, in a really nice peacock blue.  I intended to knit a cowl, but since I was flying thought I might as well crochet it instead.  And I am really pleased with the results!  I started off attempting to make a moebius openwork cowl from a pattern (and I’m really sorry, but I can’t remember where that pattern was from), but, well I am a very novice crocheter and it didn’t go well.  So I set out to make a cowl I knew I could make.  It was also supposed to be a moebius, but I was in the car and couldn’t be bothered working out how to crochet into the bottom of the chain so I didn’t (how lazy) and so it has a double twist instead, which I think I like better, actually.

Apparently it can also be worn as a hood… but I don’t think I will.  I’m not sure I’m a hood person, I prefer hats.

Does it look like I’m in the jungle?  I’m actually in my boyfriend’s parent’s back garden.  His Mum is a brilliant gardener!  Anyway, here is a close-up of the cowl.

Anyway, so here is the recipe (probably more of a recipe than a pattern – as I said, I am no expert at crochet!)

All directions are in American, I learnt from American books and websites.  And the yarn is American so that’s fine!

sc = single crochet

dc = double crochet

trc = triple crochet

Hook size: 6mm

Yarn: 300m Aran weight

Ch 100

Sc into 2nd ch from hook, sc to end.

Twist sc chain and join in round.  Join so that you will crochet into top of sc if you want a double twist, or into bottom of starting chain if you want a moebius (make sure you have only twisted it once, however!)

Round 2: dc

Round 3: sc

Round 4: trc

Round 5: sc

I alternated the dc and trc rounds, with an sc round between each.  I finished with a dc round and then a sc round to make a firm edge, and then I did a crab stitch edging around both edges of the cowl.  Hope this all makes sense!

I have two days left without my needles and about 50g of DK acrylic so I’m off to find something else to crochet now!

I crochet some slippers yesterday…

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In Harry Potter colours!  Was just a quick fix, pattern here.  They did turn out very large, however, there was no hook size given and I only had a 5mm with me, so I added a strap and adjusted the pattern a bit.  I might make another smaller pair, but they will do for now, anyway!  Just made with some scraps of acrylic and wool I had lying around.

 

Do you think I my feet look like Gulliver’s feet?

Is your phone naked? I have the solution, no more cellular embarrassment!

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Here I present what my phone has been wearing for the past couple of weeks.  Well, if my iPod got clothes I couldn’t leave my phone naked, could I?

Yes, the bow is knitted, too.  (Shameless plug: you can learn how to make one of these after one visit to the knitting workshop I’m holding on the 4th March, detailed in the workshops tag at the top).

Bow:

The closure is just a piece of velcro – I didn’t want to risk scratching the phone with a button.  I used a bow to decorate but think a pale yellow one with a pretty cherry charm or something could look nice.  Or you could just leave it plain, I suppose, I just like embellishing things!

What’s your craft and why do you like it? Comments here please…

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Well, you can see from my quasi-manifesto in my ‘about’ page the reasons why I love knitting.  You can also see I dabble in other crafts, but knitting is my main one.  What is your craft and why do you like it?

Yet more sock stories

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Hmm, maybe I should rename this blog the sock blog.  Just thought I’d post a little pic of another ‘sock rescue’ I did for Christmas.

The centre flower was a purple sock made into a fabric yo-yo.  And then there is a layer of scrap lace, a layer of fabric I had left over from a ‘trouser rescue’, then scrap felt and finally more lace.  This one is a brooch I made for my housemate.  but I liked it so much I think I might have to make myself one!

Frilly jumper update:  I have started the sleeve shaping!  It’s a jumper that is knit in one piece, from the back up to the sleeves and then back down to the bottom of the front.  More pics in the next few days!

More Socks

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Artichoke Socks on the needles at the moment:

I think they’re turning out quite nicely.  The yarn is Wendy Happy, I’m hoping this time that they won’t grow as much as the last ones I did in that yarn, the patterns seems to be a bit tighter so we will have to see.

Unfortunately, since I took these photos my knitting needle has snapped, so these are going to be on the back burner until I can sort it out!  I’m hoping it can be a repair job with superglue and I won’t have to buy a new needle as these ones aren’t the cheapest.  However, they are brilliant needles, they’re Knit-Pros and there is no snagging over the join so I would fork out for another set if I had to!  I think these are the 2.25mm ones, but I also have a 2.5mm set for socks.  Oh well, wish me luck!

The Sock Rescue Mission

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I have a bag full of socks who have lost their friends.  I help these socks to find new friends by turning them into other things (they are knitted items, after all).  Uses for socks that I have found include: as a stuffing for a pin cushion, to turn into flowers to embellish things, and most recently to turn into an iPod cover.  Here is the result:

This was made from an insulated sock, so it protects the iPod quite well, and the ribbing at the top keeps it safely inside.  The roses are made from some scraps of fleece I had left over from Christmas crafting.

Arty shot from the side:

Frilly Jumper

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I’m in the process of making the Frilly Jumper from Jane Waller and Susam Crawford’s A Stitch in Time and I love how it’s coming out.  It’s a simple knit, and I think the effect is very pretty.  Here it is reclining on the sofa:

And here is a close-up of some of the stitch-work.  It’s from recycled yarn so I’m  glad it’s turning out so well.