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!

 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!!!

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

Sunday, February 24, 2013

0 February Comfort

Did you wonder why I had been so quiet in February? No? Well I am going to tell you anyway :) I had planned that February would be called "Finish off Feb". I had photos of all the wips,a blog post written and a plan of how I was going to get through them. Hmm. It seems that I have absolutely no will power whats so ever. Whoops! The 400g of Cashmerino left over from Oriel was annoying me, I just couldn't leave it alone, what was I going to do with it maybe somebody would want it. Then I started thinking about the other balls of Cashmerino that were lying around the place white and lilac.
Maybe I could add them to the balls of Red Heart that I had bought last time I was in Canada. yes that was a good idea. I would add them to the great Granny that I had planned....I would start it at the beginning of March when I had finished everything. Yeah Right! Monday the 4th was knit night. It was snowing and I didn't want to venture out. The Granny just accidently fell onto my hook. I am a woman obsessed, my hands hurt, my elbows too but I just can't stop I am so in love with this blanket!!! The colours are my favourites and I fondly imagine that they look like a wonderful cottage garden.

M says it makes his eyes go funny in this photo but I don't care I love it. I am nearly to the point of deciding on a border.So brace yourself for lots more photos of it.
February has also been taken up with a blanket for someone else. Something to make the recipient feel loved. The RowanTree group decided that we were going to make a blanket for one of our own that was under the weather. I knit a square and waited for the others to arrive. They came from Canada, America, New-Zealand and from closer to home. In the end I didn't use my square as I had enough from other people. I just stitched them together and put the messages on the back. I love it when a plan comes together. It arrived with its new owner yesterday and I am assured that it is loved.
For our good friend Stash

Till next time

Arianwen xxx

Saturday, February 23, 2013

0 Oriel - A Belated Grand Reveal.

Hello, thanks for popping in. I just don't know where the time goes.
Oriel has actually been finished since the end of January ( so I am sort of on target for inswemodo2013 though Feb looks shakey) and I meant to get photos then. Indeed I even got Mario out in the snow with a camera only to realise it was out of batteries. Shame, as it was a beautiful day and would of made some really lovely photos. Mind you as it seems that Blogger will no longer let me have any size except small I may well just start taking them on my phone! Anyway last Sunday we went off to Shibden Hall for the day and as I was wearing Oriel and the camera had batteries.....

I am not quite sure what I am doing with my face but hey, least you can see the dress. It is another sucess story from Kim Hargreaves. I do love her patterns, though I wish she would make them a little longer. I added a pattern repeat to the bottom of this before the waist shaping and several inches to the sleeve length. Oh well I guess at 5"5 it is kind of nice to pretend I am really tall :) I changed the cables to proper barley twists because I prefered how they looked and I left the bobbles off of the collar as it was a bit too twee for me.I used the 20 balls of yarn specified but was left with several left as I had originally bought the yarn for something different. Those extras are alreay in use for something else but more about that later.


Till next time

Thursday, January 31, 2013

2 Taking a Trip on the Scrappy Band Wagon

When I first started quilting, I signed up to make a trip around the world quilt top at my local adult ed. I bought meters of lovely pink fabrics and looked forward to the course. Just before the day, the course was cancelled. The fabrics were used for other quilts and time moved on.
I have always fancied making a trip around the world, the one that got away..... Now blog land is a dangerous place. One little blog post here then I discussed with various quilty friends and then another post here and so many lovely ones here. I just couldn't resist any longer.

I rummaged through all of my scraps, beautiful fabrics from my mum's trips to Canada and some wonderful ones from my favourite shop in Brugge Delander.
Scrappy trip around the world

It is so simple you cut your fabric into 2.5" strips then sew them together in a row of six. It is suggested that you cut your strips 16" long I have made mine 17" just to make allowances for wonky seams.

Scrappy trip around the world

Then you sew the first to the last making a tube, cutting this into 2.5" rings.
Scrappy trip around the world

You then unpick the tubes at varying intervals so that your fabrics "step". I seem to struggle with this so keep having to sew my tubes back up but eventually you end up with pretty blocks. I am up to 10 blocks and I think you will have to agree they are looking pretty!

Till next time
Arianwen x
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