Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Monday, 29 October 2012

More spinning

I made some yarn! Proper yarn. Don't look at it too closely and it looks fairly impressive, I think. I even managed to twist it up pretty neatly.

Towards the end of spinning this yarn I was starting to feel like I had the knack of it, it would go wonderfully for a bit, then I'd stuff it up, then I'd have another while of it going beautifully, then it'd go too thin and break and the spindle would go flying across the living room and startle the cat. But I think I'm ready to start the pretty roving I bought in London now.

Joining in with Handmade Monday again, do go and take a look!

Friday, 26 October 2012

Crochet squares

I recently found some 6" blanket squares that I made back when I was first learning to crochet. A lot of those got used up in the Big Blue Throw but there were still a few left over.

I looked around online to see if any charity would want them but they all seem to take 8" squares, not 6" ones. Fortunately that was not too difficult to sort out!

Now I just need to decide where I'm going to send them.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Monday, 22 October 2012

Linen Stitch Scarf

So I have started a new knitting project, but it doesn't use any of my new yarn! That is still being looked at and swatched and pondered over. In the meantime, I've started a linen stitch scarf using the contents of my 4-ply and sock yarn stash box.

I love linen stitch; it's time-consuming and grows slowly but it makes such a lovely fabric. And I love how you can take a big pile of yarn in all different colours, like this:

And end up with all the colours mixed beautifully:

This will keep my fingers busy while I'm thinking about all the lovely things I could make from my new yarn! And it's easy to pick up when I have a few minutes.

Linking up with Handmade Monday again, go and take a look at all the lovely blogs!

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Reasons to be cheerful

(via Mum of All Trades)

I'm somehow between major knitting projects at the moment, which means I could knit ANYTHING. I've been doing some swatching with my new yarns and there is so much lovely potential.

Mark made two delicious ginger cakes last night.

Emmy snuggling up for a kiss (very flash-y, sorry)

Laura is happily making robots, Emily is drawing, I'm about to put the kettle on. Happy Sunday morning!

Monday, 15 October 2012

Knitting & Stitching Show 2012

So on Saturday Mum and I went to the Knitting & Stitching Show at the Alexandra Palace in London. We've decided this now has to be a regular annual thing for us as we both have such a good time!

We got the tube to Wood Green then the W3 bus up to the Alexandra Palace. There are shuttle buses for the show but they were very busy so we took the normal bus (we both had Travelcards so it didn't cost us anything). At Wood Green station I spotted this lovely grill on the platform and couldn't resist taking a photo:

The show was brilliant. So much too look at, our main focus was the yarn but we also saw many pretty buttons, ribbons, fabric and accessories. My lovely husband had saved up some spending money for me so I was able to get a few things, they will probably see me through to next year's show to be honest!

We had our dinner at the Pizza Express opposite St Pancras. The old building, which has now been completely restored, looks so beautiful. The inside of the station is stunning too. Much nicer to arrive there on a Thameslink train than previously when you alighted in a basement at Kings Cross.

And now most importantly, what did I buy? Lots of pretty colours!

James C. Brett Moonlight Sonata in a blue/green/yellow/sparkles mix. I love the glittery bits, which aren't showing up in the photo unfortunately. This will be a scarf.

Drops Delight in a pink/purple mix. I've seen the Drops patterns online of course but never seen the yarn for sale in the UK before. This stall was very popular, after picking up one ball I got elbowed out of the way and had to fight my way back to the shelf to get the second! This will be socks.

Malabrigo Sock in Tizano Red. My first Malabrigo! I've heard a lot about their yarns but not seen them in person before. Gorgeous yarn in a beautiful red. Destined to be another pair of socks.

And finally, some dyed wool tops for spinning. They had a huge range of colours and it was very difficult to choose! I have 100g total so hopefully that will be enough for a scarf or a hat.

I do have a couple of things I want to finish before I can dive in with this new yarn, so I've put it all on the shelves above my desk so I can look at it and enjoy it until I have a chance to use it.

Friday, 12 October 2012

In which I prove that I actually did the things I said I would do

Laura's jumper!

Laura loves the jumper and wants to wear it all the time. Still love that flower.

And Emily's sleeves!

I was sure I was using the same yarn to extend the sleeves, but it really doesn't match, does it? Has the cardigan faded that much? Or is it in fact a different ball of yarn? I really don't know. The sleeves are both the same though so I've decided to let it go. It's not as if Emily cares, and now she has warm wrists.

And tomorrow we (me and my Mum) are going to the Knitting & Stitching Show! I'm very excited. Last year we had such a great day out. I hope this year is just as good. I will tell you all about it on Monday.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Monday, 8 October 2012

Monday jumpers

Laura's jumper is nearly finished, just needs sewing up. Hopefully I will get that finished today and she can try it on later. Always a bit nerve-wracking making an item of clothing for someone.

Very long time readers may remember this cardigan I made for Laura back in 2009. Emily wears it now, and it still fits her fine round the body, but the sleeves are too short. I have more of the yarn so later today or tomorrow I'm going to cut off the blue sleeve edging, pick up and knit the cream sleeve longer, then add a new edging. I still love that little cardigan - so simple and quick, but so cosy and easy to wear. Definitely worth the time to make it fit a bit better.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Emily's Trousers

Emily is a bum-shuffler. Her preferred method of locomotion is to sit on her bum and pull herself along with her feet. She's been doing this for over a year now and, as you might imagine, it has rather a detrimental effect on her trousers.

(she very rarely wears dresses - bare legs on the floor get sore, and tights develop holes after a couple of wearings)

I'm loathe to buy her new trousers, as she will surely be walking soon (surely) (oh please) and then I can buy new ones knowing that they are safe from holes. So I collected her best, warmest pairs of trousers, and found some thick bits of fabric, and made some patches.

Then I sewed them in place with three rows of coloured stitching. By hand, because using the machine on toddler-sized trousers seemed far too fiddly.

Emily is helpfully showing you the new patches. 'Trousers!' she says. It's a good job she's so adorable.

(and to forestall some of the comments, yes, her doctor is aware that she's not walking. It's all under control)

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Monday, 1 October 2012

Happy October!

I've finished the front of Laura's jumper. Here's the flower:

Just the sleeves to go.

I made some bread this morning because I found a half-used packet of seedy bread flour in the cupboard. I just used the recipe on the packet and it turned out quite yummy although possibly I should have left it to rise for a bit longer. I don't really have the patience for bread I think. But it was nice with soup.

I'm linking up with Handmade Monday again, why not take a look at all the lovely blogs linked up.