Thursday, December 11, 2014

1 A Sneak Peek.

Hello,
it truly is winter now. Long cold nights and dark days. I had decided that I was going to have a break from knitting. That idea lasted probably less than a day before something else was on the needles. However I just haven't been organised in daylight hours to take photos. So I thought I would show you something else.

Way back in the summer, I took part in the RowanTree exchange on ravelry. This time rather than casting someone else's pattern I had an idea. I was rather obsessed by the Game of Thrones Books. That and I had some delicious Wollmeise Sockenwolle 80/20 Twin in Pesto in my stash. I started drawing out ideas and dabbling with beads? A few weeks and a lot squared paper later and I cast off my little idea. It had just been going to be for the exchange but people started to contact me, they also wanted to knit my little idea.



What about you? could you tempted?

Ax

Sunday, December 07, 2014

1 Go Team Christmas!

Hello,
Well here they are. Three Christmas sweaters whoop! whoop!
I had hoped for snowy day pictures as that was what was predicted for today, but it wasn't to be. Bone numbing cold and blindingly bright sunshine was the order of the day.


These pictures were taken in my front garden, it almost looks green enough to be spring.


I love the fact that although they are all the same design they all look so different.


My son has the one closest in size to the original pattern. Although I left off the waist shaping for him. I wish I had made him the next size up because although he is a skinny boy, he is very broad in the shoulders and I honestly don't know if it will fit him this time next year.



The girls both have longer arms than the pattern suggested. These are a little too long on O and slip down onto her hand, but E claims they are the perfect length so hopefully it will be soon that O says the same.





They seem perfect for cosy, Sunday afternoon lounging which all teenagers love to do gadgets at the ready, pretty much any day of the week.




but sunshine at this time of year is at a premium so instead we ventured out and had a lovely mooch around Leeds admiring all of the shops and then we had a wander around the Christmas Market. Gorgeous street food, Bratwurst, Chips and pancakes all of which we sampled. Smells of mead and flavoured coffees which we didn't although I was tempted by both.

I loved these Christmas trees. I always insist on a real tree at home as I love the smell but I thought these were amazing, although my pictures don't do it justice these were great towers of sparkling baubles. Very festive.


Lovely stalls of Christmas Decorations.


Aren't these little NutCracker Soldiers so very cute? Maybe next year's Christmas Jumpers should have the NutCracker on them but then maybe I am getting ahead of myself.


Till next time

Ax








Tuesday, December 02, 2014

1 Nearly there!

Hello,
So are you feeling festive? I am ! We haven't got a tree yet but the advent calenders are hanging, lights in windows are sparkling and all of my little reindeer are racing around the yokes of my sweaters. Yep,I can't quite believe it but I am nearly finished, Three Christmas sweaters! I must admit the six sleeves was a bit of a struggle, by the last one I was definitely slowing down.


I was knitting merrily away on Sunday morning fixing the last of the last of the sleeves to the bodies and M finally asked how many sweaters I was actually making. I had assumed that he had realised that amount of yarn in a basket would make a lot of sweaters! Indeed I pretty much have enough for another very stripey sweater for me not that I think I want a stripey sweater but you get the idea.


I just love these little reindeer don't you? They are so cheerful and I can't wait to give you a proper look at the sweaters at the weekend just after everyone has tried them on.


Enjoy the rest of your week
A x

Thursday, November 20, 2014

0 A little update...

I know, I know twice in one month it is almost un-heard of on this blog! But I am really excited about how these little lovelies are progressing and I wanted to share ( well actually I wanted to share every five minutes but I thought you might get a little bored)


The dark grey yarn and the rest of the white arrived on Saturday and I knit as fast as I could over the weekend hoping that I would get it all finished for Monday. It didn't happen but I am really happy with the results so far. I am hoping for a sleeve a day so hopefully by this time next week I will have started the first yoke.


Here are some close ups of the beginnings of the fair isle tops. They all look quite different though on the light grey there is a reason for that....


Can you see the deliberate mistake on the top of the light grey one? I answered the door as I went onto the next round and didn't realise until I had finished what I am now calling the snowballs. I like the fact that it is different it makes each of them unique I just hope I can re-create it for the top of the sleeves.


The red one is the most true to the original pattern, two shades of the same colour very subtle.


Anyway till next time happy knitting
Arianwen x

Thursday, November 13, 2014

2 The Holidays are Coming!

Hello
 I know such a long time between posts. But we are moving towards my favourite time of year.


I have made Christmas cake and mince meat and more importantly, I am knitting again!! Though I think I have taken on more than is humanly possible. I have promised Christmas sweaters, not one but three. I am using a drops pattern 122-43 ,I just love the reindeer and as the drops Nepal is a bargain at £1.50 a ball I am using it. I have to say I am really impressed. It is warm and cosy with great stitch definition. It is also knitting up really quickly so unless I lose momentum I might actually make it.


It seems to be going further than the pattern indicated so maybe I will have time for the odd Xmas hat. So for those of you infused with the Christmas spirit, happy knitting!
A xx

Sunday, March 02, 2014

1 Creeping Back

Hello, it has been a while. A little less knitting , sewing or indeed anything crafty or at least nothing that I felt inspired enough  to blog about. But I have a couple of things to show you.  
Boreal by Kate Davis made twice , one for each of the girls. the yarn is Arucania which is finer than the artesano that the pattern suggests but is really pretty. They did take me quite a while but,I did love making it which is just as well as I miscalculated the size so will have to make another larger one. I
have also started another crochet blanket. The pattern is Flowers in the SNOW
, it is pretty and easily remembered so I might get a few done every night. As of this evening I have 32 , I need 256 so long as I don't run out of yarn. Till next time
A x

Sunday, April 21, 2013

1 Don't Panic!!!


Hello,
Were you wondering where I got to? March and April turned out to busy old months.

I finished my crochet blanket and it has been universally loved by everyone who has snuggled under it.

Warm, cosy and very, very heavy. Oriana wraps it around herself using it as a cloak.

Whilst the rest of us wrap it over our laps on chilly spring evenings. A few more weeks and maybe it will venture outside.

March had school snow days, several of them so I spent one or two finishing off my crushed biscuit cardigan.
I say mine - it found a new home with Elenya before it was even off of the needles. The colours of it are just what I was hoping for and I definitely want to make myself something similar soon.

Then came Easter and I cast on a gorgeous cardigan for Oriana, based on the one Hermione wears in the first Harry Potter film. I knit the hood and that was o.k then I started the Fair isle yoke.

It was supposed to be a raglan increase. Not Good! It didn't really explain how you were supposed to do this whilst keeping the pattern straight and mine looked a mess.

So I read some of the other project notes on Ravelry and many of them had increased around the yoke. So I thought I would try that. Hmmm I knew it wasn't right virtually straight away, but the pattern looked o.k so I persevered. I finished the yoke and blocked it held it up against Oriana whilst it was still on the needles and it seemed like it might fit. Anyway to cut a long story short it didn't.

I finished the body whilst she was away and when she got back we tried it on.The yoke was too long, it came to her elbows and it wasn't wide enough there was no way that she would ever be able to do it up. So I had a change of plan it may or may not work but at this point I have nothing to lose.
I knit the sleeves separately and decided to cut the cardigan apart at the yoke.

I have thought about it for a week and this evening I took out the scissors.
Anyway till next time happy crafting
Arianwen

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