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Sandrine Shawl #2

Sandrine Shawl by Gäelle Henriett

A ‘v’ shaped shawl crocheted from the centre outwards.

Started: 20th April 2020

Finished: 2nd August 2020

Pattern Link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/crochetwithgaelle/?ref=share

Yarn Used:

West Yorkshire Spinners – Gem (Double Knit weight)

756 yards / 697 metres

Colourway:

Pink Quartz – 439 yards / 405 metres

Moonstone – 317 yards / 292 metres

Tools Used:

3.5mm hook


A mini-blog

This is my 2nd Sandrine Shawl and my crochet confidence grew even more making it. Despite being an avid fan of the Toft amigurumi animals I’ve never made a garment, and when learning to crochet I have fond memories of everything I made being wonky – I struggled to crochet in a straight line!

The pattern is really intuitive and very easy to follow, there are also videos for each section of the pattern that Gäelle filmed to really make things easy for the crocheter.

This is a great stash buster as the crochet eats through the yarn, I used just under 3 skeins which is approximately 750 yards (700 metres) in the WYS yarn I chose.

This is going to be gifted to Mark’s Mum, I’m sure she’s going to love it.

Mountain Mist

Mountain Mist by Tin Can Knits

A simple round neck sweater with a colour motif.

Started: 1st June 2020

Finished: 19th July 2020

Pattern Link: http://tincanknits.com/pattern-SB-mountainmist.html

Yarn Used:

Rowan Pure Wool Worsted (Aran weight)

1256 yards / 1148 metres

Colourway:

Ivory – 818 yards / 748 metres

Raspberry (contrast colour 1) – 219 yards / 200 metres

Candy (contrast colour 2) – 219 yards / 200 metres

Tools Used:

4.5mm interchangeable needle, 16″ for body plus 9″ for sleeves

5mm interchangeable needle, 16″ for body plus 9″ for sleeves


A mini-blog

Mum was here for lunch one day and flicked through some knitting books and found this pattern. She asked for a slightly adapted version of the main pattern with just a cream body and two contrast colours in different shades of pinks.

This was a pretty quick knit which was a joy to do on 5mm needles! It’s very satisfying seeing the project develop with minimal effort.

The colour work yolk is knit in the round using the fair isle colourwork technique. The jumper has short row shaping at the top of the yolk on the back, which raises the neck line. There is also some shaping around the waist which will help the overall fit of the jumper.

Another fantastic pattern from Tin Can Knits.

Unbearable Hoody

Mini Unbearable Hoodie by Max Cyr

A gorgeous colourwork hoodie knit in the round featuring the cutest bear motif!

Started: 29th June 2020

Finished: 12th July 2020

Pattern Link: This was a test knit, the pattern isn’t available until the Autumn 2020

Yarn Used:

West Yorkshire Spinners – Colour Lab (Double Knit weight)

Size 1 knit

394 yards / 360 metres plus small amounts of contrast colours

Colourway:

Main Colour – Citrus Yellow

Contrast Colour 1 – Silver Grey

Contrast Colour 2 – Stormy Grey

Tools Used:

4mm interchangeable needle – 16” for body, 9” for sleeves

5mm interchangeable needle – 16” for body, 9” for sleeves


A mini-blog

I saw a call for test knitters for this new pattern and I jumped at the chance to take part.

The pattern was really easy to follow and is very clearly laid out, I really like the style and branding of the pattern from Max (and his partner Vincent. Their company is called Les Garcons.

I offered to make the first size which is UK child age 2-3 as it would be perfect for #niece2, you can see from the pictures she looked very happy to be wearing it!

There is more information about this project on my YouTube channel, where I blogged about my progress https://youtu.be/1IHsUXqz3No

Flower Girl Cardigan

Flower Girl Cardigan by Jenny Watson

A cardigan with simple floral lace pattern.

Started: 17th June 2020

Finished: 28th June 2020

Pattern Link: https://www.wyspinners.com/Bo%20Peep%20-%20Story%20Book

Yarn Used:

West Yorkshire Spinners – Bo Peep (Double Knit weight)

245 yards

Colourway:

Magic – 245 yards plus odds of yarn from stash for button bands

Tools Used:

4mm needle


A mini-blog

A simple cardigan as part of the baby set I made for friends. I pattern matched the yarn throughout so had loads of ends to sew in at the end, but the effect of the stripes being consistent throughout was perfect.

I made age 3-6 months which will be perfect for a British winter!

Stardust Cardigan

Stardust Cardigan by Jenny Watson

A simple baby cardigan , perfect for a new born.

Started: 21st June 2020

Finished: 28th June 2020

Pattern Link: https://www.wyspinners.com/Bo%20Peep%20-%20Story%20Book

Yarn Used:

West Yorkshire Spinners – Bo Peep (Double Knit weight)

147 yards

Colourway:

Tooth Fairy – 98 yards

Tin Man – 47 yards

Tools Used:

4mm needle


A mini-blog

I wanted a quick knit so used this pattern as a schematic, but didn’t do the bobbles or follow the purl design.

Knit as plain stocking stich I made the 2nd size which is for a newborn.

Knitted Chevron Baby Blanket

Knitted Chevron blanket by Jacinta Bowie

Super squishy baby blanket in soft farmlands wool, perfect for a new born!

Started: 13th April 2020

Finished: 28th June 2020

Pattern Link: www.wyspinners.com/Bo%20Peep%20Knitted%20Zig%20Zag%20Baby%20Blanket%20Kit

Yarn Used:

West Yorkshire Spinners – Bo Peep (Double Knit weight)

735 yards / 672 metres

Colourway:

Sea Horse – 352 yards / 322 metres

Tin Man – 235 yards / 215 metres

Tooth Fairy – 147 yards / 134 metres

Tools Used:

4mm needle


A mini-blog

I’m a big fan of West Yorkshire Spinners and their Bo Peep range is perfect for baby knits, combining squishy wool which is also machine washable – no new parent wants to be thinking about hand washing as well as looking after a baby!

I made this for our very good friends Johnnie and Andreea, it’s part of a package of baby gifts made before their new arrival.

Isolation Project #1

As we approach the end of week 4 of the lockdown in the UK I’ve found myself turning more and more to knitting and crochet.

My Ravelry page tells me I’ve got about 10 projects on the go at the moment, but none of them were jumping out to me to get finished, and the bigger projects on the needles are definitely weeks away from being done.

So what to do… cast-on a new project of course!

We’ve been setting up a home office over the last few months (little did we know how handy that would come in!) so I thought a cushion for the chair would be a nice woolly edition. I found a pattern from Rowan Yarns which was designed by Martin Storey and I ordered some super chunky wool from Ammonite Yarns in a dark grey (Filanda Again). With the lockdown there are so many businesses who will be impacted so it’s great to be able to support as many as we can at this time. Ammonite Yarns’ physical bricks and mortar shop is closed, but the online shop is open and parcels are being sent out for as long as the Post Office remains open.

Worked up on 10mm needles I really enjoyed seeing the way the cables and bubbles emerged and I managed to finish the front in just two days!

The back is simple stocking stitch which worked up equally as quickly, but if I’m honest I’m not really a fan of big needles it turns out… I think it’s quicker to knit on smaller needles even if the fabric doesn’t grow as quick!

The longest part of this project was waiting for the cushion inner to arrive so I could sew it up, but I made use of that time to block it to get those crisp edges! To finish the project I used mattress stitch to sew three of the edges together and then close the final seam when the cushion was in place.

I’m really pleased with the finished object and I’m sure there will be a few other finished projects during the lockdown.

What are you working on while you’re safe at home?

Until next time, happy crafting.

All the bubbles…

My last post was in January… where has the time gone?

It’s April 2020 and like most of the World we’re in lockdown. Not only is this the best way to stay safe it also means I’m getting lots of extra hours of crafting done – more on that in future blogs.

Today’s post is all about the bubbles (as the title suggests!) and my first big project completed this year was my Bubble Cowl by Stephen West. Those that have been reading for a while know of my love for a West Knits pattern, so moving on from the Bubble Sweater I made last year I added this straight to my queue when it was released.

The pattern is the same as for the jumper, elongated stitches every seven rows create the bubbles, the only difference was this was the entire cowl rather than just the top of a colour work jumper – a mammoth effort and one I’ll admit to tiring of towards the end.

Mark chose the colours which match a hat and glove set he brought from Burberry a few years ago. The cowl is double thickness as it was knit in the round and then seamed together at the end. I used Cascade 220 100% wool which means it is super snug and warming, perfect for a Nordic winter (and hopefully a cold UK one too!). The other perfect thing about this project for a knitter is it’s just a big tube – so no need to sew I many ends, just tie them securely and leave them! (The inside is almost as pretty as the outside I think!)

I finished this in March just in time for a trip to Kraków with great friends, the last time we really went out before the lockdown.

This was one of my ‘9 for 2020‘ projects so a great start to the year!

Until next time, happy crafting.

New projects, lots of planning!

2020 started with a click of the needles and another new cast-on!

So on top of the six projects I started over the Christmas break I now have another item on the needles – and there are another eight to come too. I spent some time over the last week looking through patterns for projects I’d like to make in 2020 if I was to look back at the end of the year and feel pretty darn chuffed with myself!

I came up with my ‘nine for 2020’ which is going to be no mean feat to tackle… but hey, there’s nothing like a challenge. My 9 projects contain no less than 7 jumpers and cardigans which on their own will be a challenge, plus a cowl and a shawl. Nine projects in 12 months sounds achievable at the start of the year, that’s just over a month per project.

“But what about the projects you cast-on over Christmas I hear you ask?” well they’re still in the background and if you read back over the ‘Christmas cast-on’ blogs you’ll see they’re all smaller projects which are perfect for out and about knitting.

At the end of the day this is a bit of fun, as you know from some of my recent blogs I want 2020 to be no fuss and focused on the knitting. But if I can work up even half of this list I’ll be really happy!

So…. with that in mind I’ve already cast-on one of these and I’ve brought the wool for a 2nd!

The Bubble Cowl (middle left)

Being a sucker for a Stephen West pattern as soon as I saw the new Bubble Cowl I wanted to start it straightaway and fortunately I already had the required wool in my stash – what are the chances!? Mark had picked the wool up for another project which was quickly repurposed – I need to do 59 bubbles and am currently on 14, my plan is to finish this in January so I’m on track!

Marled Mania Sweater (middle bottom)

Another Stephen West pattern and this one is definitely going to happen. I’m so excited about this project it’s been a while in the planning – there will be a separate blog about this one and perhaps even my first vlog, but in the meantime check out the bright colours that I’m going to be using for the body using hand dyed yarn from Carolien who is Colourful Creativity over on Instagram.

What projects have you got in plan for 2020? Let me know!

Until next time, happy crafting.

2019 – my year in review

Where did 2019 go?

One minute I’m knitting in a coffee shop in Manchester and planning a blog, next minute I’m trying to work out if I need to sleep in order to finish some projects to hit my target!

I’m really pleased with my crafting efforts in 2019 despite not hitting both of my self-imposed goals!

2019 objectives:

As well as knitting (or crocheting) every day I’ve set myself three challenges for new projects:

  1. A top down yoke jumper

  2. An “Aran” style jumper

  3. Steeking

1. A top down yoke jumper was a big tick, in fact I did three top down jumpers in 2019 – how good is that!

2. An ‘Aran’ style jumper – well I cast one on and knit the first 2 rows of the cable pattern, realised that it wasn’t easy TV knitting and put it in the hibernation corner. It is still an objective though so returns on the 2020 plan!

3. Steeking. I’m half ticking this goal off… I did a steeking course, and I’ve learnt the basics, I feel confident enough to tackle a full project now – there is steeking on my 2020 plan too!

Finished Object target

I wanted to knit or crochet 31 items in 2019 which was basically my 2018 tally + 10%. I ended the year on 26. I’m not disheartened. There were some turbulent personal times during the year and I didn’t do much crafting, I didn’t have the headspace to knit!

Check out my Ravelry page for a complete listing of all my 2019 #FOs.

But I pushed myself on projects and some of my finished objects are amazing (if I say so myself!) with a particular highlight joining in with a Stephen West KAL and learning how to Brioche!

2020 objectives

So I’ve set my plan for 2020 with three objectives again:

  1. An “Aran” style jumper (it’s already cast-on, I just need to knit it!)
  2. Steeking (a full project – I’ve got a cardigan pattern already in mind!)
  3. Design my own pattern and publish it on Ravelry.

All of these are achievable, there will be a few separate blog posts for the 2nd one as I’m taking a jumper pattern and steeking it into a cardigan – I’m so excited about this it’s one of my January projects! For the 3rd one it’s something I’d like to do to tick off my knitting bucket list, I’ve got some ideas already and I’m doing a ‘designing colour work’ course in February so watch this space!

As for a number? It’s 2020 so would seem remiss of me not to go for a round 20!

What are your plans? Whatever you’re up to, happy crafting!