Sunday, November 23, 2008

Stash Busting Across the Universe!

Well actually across the spare room. I decided it would be a good idea to use up some of the odd balls before going off to Harrogate. I thought it would take me a few projects but I could be at this for a while as I think those odd balls have been breeding. There were a few balls left from Inigo and Oriana's hat and gloves and I had promised them a scarf so I cast them on using Adrian Bizila's hiking scarf pattern.
I have to say I found them fairly mundane to knit and I am glad I knit them at the same time.They would have probably ended up stuffed in a corner but Inigo kept rushing up to measure them every morning. At the same time as this Woolly Wormhead lauched a mystery Beret which used up yet another ball. It is really pretty a lovely horseshoe pattern.The yarn isn't as wonderful as some of the yarns she suggested but it is warm and cosy and I am pleased with the results though the red was a devil to photograph.

I have about 300g left of this yarn and intend to make a scarf to match.
It is my neice Esha's birthday next week she is going to be 9. !
200g of Cashcotton left over from my juliet was just enough for a pair of gloves, scarf and a wonderful Rose Red by Ysolda Teague.

I love her hat patterns and I cast on another for me on the train to Harrogate yesterday. It is the balls of kidsilk Aura that I originally bought for the melon I made for my Rowan Exchange. It is really fluffy so I hope the pattern won't get too lost with all the fluff.
Harrogate was a fun day out but, I found disapointing. No one had any Debbie Bliss cashmerino Baby. Or the Debbie Bliss or Kim Hargreaves books that I had been hoping for Indeed no one had much of anything unless you were into card making. I have a Noni Bag in mind and had two balls of lopi in keeping with my stash busting. I managed to get handles from a quilting shop and two balls of a felting yarn from knitting4fun. I also managed to get some perfect fabric for Inigo's Quilt it is a shame there are only 24 hours in the day.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Two weeks of Immediate Gratification.

I really enjoyed the fact that the poppies were so quick to make up and as Oriana needed another glove I pulled out the pattern again and cast on. It wasn't until I had finished it and put a cord on that I realised that I had made a woman's glove instead of a child's.
Far too big for Oriana but,perfect for Elenya so then I made another two, one for Oriana and one woman's for Elenya. Everyone now has gloves anyone who loses them now does so on pain of death!
I was more than ready to knit me something and Verity by ysolda had been calling to me for a while.The idea of a hat that would used one of my grandmother's buttons really appealed to me. I had a ball of wool left from my ladies sweater that I had wanted to use but when I looked at the yardage I decided I probably didn't have enough so had bought two gorgeous hanks of Brigantia when I met debbie bliss.

I love the flower though the stitch used on the band took a lot of concentration at the start as I kept wanting to moss stitch.It was a super quick knit less than a day and it took less than a hank, leaving enough for a one skein scarf.I do love sets:)
A weekend spent knitting stuff for me was all it took to get me geared up to make Oriana's pirate hat. she has been told if she loses it that she will be in big trouble. I asked Inigo if I should nail it to her head. In all seriousness he replied that it would hurt it would be better to use super glue. I think he has watched Matilda a few too many times!
I finished it last thursday and thought as we were going away for the weekend another Verity with the original ball of yarn from the ladies sweater.

I really sweated this one finishing it with less than 30cm yarn left and was mulling over contingency plans as I came down the homeward stretch. If you are wondering why I would want two virtually identical hats...I don't I am giving the second one as a present.I have slowed down a bit last week casting on Woollywormhead mystery beret and starting scarves for the twins.

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