Yarnalong - July

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Joining yarn along on Ginny's blog today for July.

I'm still working on the Silvermine shawl, and long rows of 388 stitches. I've developed a bit of carpel tunnel (or similar), from the long purl rows especially, so it's very slow going with 2 or 3 rows per day, usually at lunch time.
In the evenings I'm working on another Happypotamus as a gift for later in the year. It's a good project for this lovely summer weather we're having, with small shapes in lovely cotton.
During this past month I made two Baable hats, thankfully before the heat set in! My first time doing stranded colourwork and working with a colour in each hand which I found so easy and thoroughly enjoyable. I finished the first one, the grey, and dear husband instantly claimed it, so I decided to do one for me too. It was all in the name of learning and mastering the colourwork in anticipation of doing the Birkin sweater! I don't have yarn for it yet, but that is easily remedied!

Reading. I started Emma by Jane Austin as a 'I really want to read a classic' project but I found it way too hard going and didn't get far at all. It's abandoned, for now.
I finished Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman over the weekend. What an AWESOME read that was. WOW.
And then started The Break by Marian Keyes.

Thanks for stopping by and if you're a yarn alonger, thanks for sharing your knits and reads!

C xx

Yarn Along - June

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I'm joining Ginny and the Yarn Along crew today.

This is the Silvermine shawl, that I'm knitting in Amano Ayni yarn. It's a beautiful knit!

Last night I finished the first instalment of The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman. It's quite a scary book considering it's for late teens/young adults. I can't wait for the next book to come out now, although I think that may only be in the spring of 2019.

So looking forward to looking at what everyone is working on this month!

C xx

Welcome 2018 and welcome back to Yarnalong

Jan yarnalong

I spent the last 13 days of 2017 (and the first 5 days of 2018!) with a cold. A yucky cold that is like a boomerang and keeps coming back. Blog plans had to go on hold!

Anyway on to today and the first yarnalong of 2018. Thank you to Ginny for bringing it back to your lovely blog.

I am currently knitting the Kim Hargreaves Darkness Hoody. I made a summer version back in 2016 and had always planned to do the winter version. I've started with the sleeves, 2 at a time, as they are my least favourite part of a garment to knit.

Thanks as always for visiting.

C xx

Frog it

Frogging post

When I removed the Winter Whispers cardigan from the blocking board I knew straight away that I was going to frog it. In fact I should have done it when I joined the arms to the body. Before the 40 odd yolk pattern rows. I knew then already.

Knitting and crochet is not a cheap hobby, not if you use small batch 100% hand dyed wool. Wool for a cardigan like this one can set you back in the region of £160.00. So getting it right is absolutely key!

I'm pretty sure that everyone coming across my blog is already a member of Ravelry (cause you probably came here from Ravelry!), and know the benefits of the magical resource that it is. And this resource can save you time and money if you just use it. This of course I should know having found wonderful advise while knitting Dear Husbands Ranger Cardigan (see previous post). But for some reason I didn't trust the notes people had written on their project pages for this Winter Whispers cardigan. For that I apologise. Whole heartedly. Because of course here I now sit, re knitting a cardigan that WAS ALREADY BLOCKED, and ready to wear.

So, why did I frog it? Well it was pretty unfortunate that the photo of the cardigan on the lovely model was in fact 2 sizes too big and I thought that this was the fit of the cardigan. ie you knit it in your size and the ease is built in. Now normally a pattern does talk about ease, this one didn't. Assumption = frogging a cardigan that WAS ALREADY BLOCKED, and ready to wear.

Having two skeins of yarn left when you've finished knitting is normally a sign that something in WRONG. Being on top of your yarn usage {as you knit} is kinda important.

Taking the time to measure and check the cardigan schematic before you settle on a size, saves time and money. Laziness = frogging a cardigan that WAS ALREADY BLOCKED, and ready to wear. 

Are you getting the picture?

Now I don't mind making mistakes, when it doesn't cost me too much time and no money. This one cost me a bit of time but really in the grand scheme of things it's really not a biggy. No money was lost as I have rewound the yarn and have started again. Did I learn a lesson? YES.

In fact I learnt a few and am pretty proud at how my knitting ability (the actual knitting) has come a long was in the past year and a half. And sometimes those wins over shadow the mess ups that we occasionally make.

I'm so looking forward to adding this lovely cardigan to my wardrobe. I'll be sure to share when it's done.

Thanks for stopping by.

C xx

Ranger cardigan for darling husband

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Ranger cardi 6
Ranger cardi 6
Ranger cardi 6
Ranger cardi 6
Ranger cardi 6

In May, just in time for the warm weather to arrive, I finished darling husbands Ranger Cardigan. This was such a great knit with lots of learning. I'll admit to being very nervous about making a garment for DH, I was worried about fit and if he would even like the finished article.

So here are the details:
Ranger cardigan is from Brooklyn Tweed and can be bought from Ravelry or the BT website.
I used Brooklyn Tweed Shelter yarn, in colour Truffle Hunt bought from Loop London.
Gauge was set by the pattern and I used the recommended needle sizes, without making any changes to the numbers of stitches or advised measurements.
Top tip: Read the whole pattern including the notes on the last page before starting your cardigan. I had a tough time figuring out how to keep the pattern when increasing the sleeves and abandoned sleeve one to work on the body having only knit about 10 rows.
On my Ravelry project page I have referenced a lovely knitter, who has the most comprehensive notes, without whom I might not have finish this project.

I'm so thrilled with how this cardigan turned out and it has given me a good sizing reference for future projects.

C xx

A field Bag

Fringe field bag 2
Fringe field bag 2
Fringe field bag 2

I bought my field bag from Fringe Supply Co last year and have been meaning to share it here on the blog for months. This is such a great on the move project bag. The perfect size for a shawl or pair of socks that you can work on while out and about. Mine is always set up to grab and go at a moments notice.

Inside there are pockets. On one side the pocket is a good size for holding a pattern, this pocket has eyelets too. The other side is separated into 4 pockets. Three slim, for a pen, scissors and needle holder and one larger. The bag comfortably holds two or three balls of yarn and your working project. The leather handle will soften with use as will the rope tie pulls.

I have a little collection of pins on mine. One from Brooklyn Tweed (from EYF2017), two little wooden MAKER pins from Beyond Measure (from EYF2017) and two pins that I bought years ago from I can't remember where.

Fringe are based in the US, so if you're ordering from the UK (or anywhere else in the world) there are a few things to consider. Shipping as we know can double your order value so have a good look around and perhaps save your pennies until you can afford to buy everything you want at once. There is a (UK) custom charge which will add £20ish to your order too. These are annoying facts about ordering overseas but at least you can factor them in before ordering so it's not a surprise.
Edited to add: Before this post went live I discovered that YAK in Brighton is a supplier of some of Fringe's bags!! YIPPEE

This really is my favourite project bag.

these opinions are my own and I have not received anything from Fringe for this post

Thank for visiting.

C xx

Sock mania

And joining Craft On with Frontier Dreams

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On Monday I finished the second pair of Marlee Socks and cast on pair 3 which are for darling husband. He is getting contrast colour toes on his.

I think this could be the year of the sock!

In the evenings though I am working on the ranger cardigan and it's now knitting up pretty quickly. It may even be done by the end of April!

Happy day!

C xx

Two different projects

And crafting on with Frontier Dreams

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I have been working on two very different projects. A ranger cardigan for dear husband and socks (for me). I have never managed to knit two different things as once. Normally if I cast on something new the first project is abandoned until the new project is finished and then (hopefully) I pick it up again. But I needed a more portable project while I tackle the looooong rows of the ranger cardi now that the sleeves have been joined to the body.

I also like to keep a project together, ie all the yarn, the working piece and a bag of notions. So carrying the cardi into work each day (I'm a lunch time knitter) was getting rather tedious. Now it stays at home and it's my evening TV knitting project and the socks travel with me. This is another pair of Marlee Socks, I shared pair one on the blog last week.

My lovely husband gifted me a $200 voucher for Brooklyn Tweed last week and I am itching to spend it! What a great gift :)

C xx

Marlee Socks Voila

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Marlee socks 2
Marlee socks 2
Marlee socks 2

Love, love, love, these super soft and slouchy socks by CabinFour called Marlee socks. I took the yarn and needles with me to Edinburgh Yarn Fest and although I was too distracted looking at everyone else's beautiful knit wear at the fest to knit even a single stitch, I did make good progress on the train home.

This is the third pair of socks I have knit. I'm a fan of plain socks in plain colours, although I think the effect of self striping sock yarn is pretty cool, I'm not keen on the multicolour yarn. But I do like mis-matched socks so I'll need to give that a try soon.

A few details:
These knit up quickly with Quince & Co Chickadee yarn on 3.25mm needles.
The pattern is easy to follow, well written and there is a row count for the rib cuff and leg. I found the rows very easy to count with this yarn. I always prefer a row count to an inch/cm length reference.
I did make a note of the row count for the foot of my sock so I can refer back. If I make some for dear husband (who incidentally has already asked for a pair) I will note the row count for his size too.

Please note, opinions here are my own and I have not received anything for these comments

Always on the hunt for sock patterns :)

C xx

knit then unknit

and joining Crafting On

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I finally managed to get a better 'natural light' photograph of darling husbands Ranger cardigan. We had a little hiccup this week, when I knit 10 rows of 'short row' pattern and then made a mistake and couldn't fix it (I did try!) and had to unknit (then rip out) the 10 rows and start again.

Anyway, last night I got to the point where I join the sleeves to the body and as it was nearly 10pm (and close to my bed time) I decided to leave that for another day. I will life line all three pieces before I start. Just in case!

In between, I'm knitting another pair of Marlee Socks. There is a Voila post coming next week of pair number 1. This is a nice portable project and one that I can knit as few as 16 stitches in a spare moment :)

Looking forward to another inspiring day following yarn crafters.

C xx