Monday, 23 April 2012

Arundel Gloves

The gloves are finished! And it used up every single bit of the yarn. Just had enough to weave the end in. The second glove is blocking upstairs but the first one is already done so I took a few photos of the details.

The gloves have lace around the wrist that makes little points.

And a pattern on the back of the hand, made from twisted stitches (which are like little miniature cables).

I'm very pleased with them! Now I just need to finish up the pattern and get it ready for sale. Hopefully it won't take too long!

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Designing patterns

I'm still working on my Arundel gloves. Two more fingers and a thumb to go and the wool is holding out so far. I'm trying not to think about whether it will be enough or not, if it is then it is, if not then I'll unravel the swatches. Simple. No worries.

I bought some yarn at Hobbycraft a week or so ago, to knit a cardigan for Emily. She only has one cardigan and she's not a very neat eater so it spends a lot of time in the wash. Laura was with me when I bought the yarn and she thinks she (Laura) needs a cardigan, even though she has two, and two jumpers. So I will knit Emily's first but I can see myself making one for Laura too before the summer is out.

I designed a cardigan for Laura last year (she's wearing it in the last photo on this post) but it didn't turn out quite how I wanted and the fit wasn't quite right so I got annoyed and didn't do anything else with the pattern. I'm a bit more experienced at pattern designing now so I think I can make it work. That is what I shall knit for Emily, once I've spent some time sorting it out. It's a really pretty cardigan in my head, so I hope I can live up to my own expectations this time!

Monday, 16 April 2012

Weights and Measures

So I knit a glove, to my new pattern, which I have called Arundel because why not. I wasn't sure if there was enough yarn left in the ball to knit another glove, and my kitchen scales are not accurate enough for that kind of thing (when they break I'm getting electric ones). Then I had an Idea.

Glove to the left, rest of the yarn to the right, and it balances! Probably actually there will be enough yarn to knit 98% of a second glove and I will have to decide which finger I want to be cold. Actually I have some leftover yarn that is the same somewhere so I should be able to finish the glove. I'd like it to use only one ball, though, for the sake of the pattern. We shall see.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Trooping of the Colours

Last night I laid out all the colours of double-knitting yarn I have, to see if there's anything I need (yellow, I think) and just because. Because sometimes you have to lay out all your yarn* and look at it.

*this is not all my yarn. This is all the DK yarn. I think all knitters will agree, though, that it counts as 'hardly any'

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Happy Easter!

There are lots of recipes for nest cakes out there - mine is basically two heaped tablespoons each of golden syrup and butter, with a heaped teaspoon of cocoa, melted in a big saucepan and boiled for a few minutes, then mix in as many rice crispies as will go nicely. Then spoon into cases and add a couple of mini eggs.

Laura has had the chicken pox over the last ten days or so but she's all better now and her spots are nearly cleared up. We're still waiting to see whether Emily has escaped or not.

In other news, I recently started a Zazzle shop, using some of my doodles and drawings. I'm going to add more things as I go along. Let me know what you think!

There are changes afoot in my Etsy shop as welll - more on that soon. Once I have actually made the changes.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Three to Read

Via Jennifer's Little World - three blog posts that I've read this week and particularly liked. I don't think I read any new blogs this week, so these are all from blogs I read regularly.

Attic24 - Gently. I always love Lucy's posts, not just for her fabulous photos and use of colour but also because she always reminds me to pay attention to and enjoy the everyday, home-y things. And I hope she is feeling better soon.

Swistle - Cat-Inspired Thoughts on Death (Good Morning!) . This post made me cry. And I reread it just now and it made me cry again. But it is a very good post and you should read it.

Whoopee - I would hate to go out with me . And this third one is from much longer ago than this week but it's very funny, as is her whole blog. It's not updated much any more but you should still read it.

So there we go!