WIP Wednesday

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This should hopefully turn into a cardigan. ..

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Sugar, Oh Honey Honey

Just off the needles my latest attempt to keep out the cold!

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This is The Beehive Hat by Flowerpot Designs. Its a wonderfully simple design which knits up fairly quickly.  I used the same combination of James C Brett Marble Chunky as for my Mary Jane Slippers

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Its a lovely soft yarn and I can fit my hair inside it without those telltale lumps I’d get on a regular beanie hat.
I would definitely make this again so watch this space!

Happy Yarnings!
X

Jewel Glittens

After going through my ‘nice yarns’ stash bag. I found this lovely Drops Delight 4ply.

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I’ve been wanting to make myself a pair of proper mittens or gloves for ages. I’ve only ever made mitts in the past like these

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I love my super chunky alpaca mitts and they are really warm despite having no fingers.

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The navy ones are far too big in the hand fit although the colour combo is amazing (I may remake these!)

Many moons ago before I even knitted (was there such a time?)
I had a pair of fingerless gloves with a little flap that turned them into mittens. That was my inspiration for these.

Apparently they call them “Glittens”…love it!

It was almost impossible to find a pattern that suited both my yarn & needles so I searched for an adaptable ‘basics’ pattern. 
Enter Knitty.com with Mittens 101. A bit of measuring and some calculations and I was away. The pattern uses waste yarn for the thumb, which is a new technique to me ; but I like it!

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Waste yarn on the palm for making the mitten flap.

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Here’s the 2nd mitten, I love how vivid the cuff is on this one.

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After both gloves were done. I removed the palm waste yarn & started the ‘conversion’

Ta da!

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Super happy with these and I’ve already cast on another pair!

Coming Soon
My Glittens Pattern

I’m just perfecting the pattern and reading it through for errors. I’ll publish it here very soon!

New F.O

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So here’s another hat from the same She Makes Hats pattern being modelled by yours truly.
Its made from Drops Lima which is 65% wool & 35% alpaca.

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Its actually for A, as a few weeks ago he proclaimed ‘you never make me anything’. 
I’m so pleased because he LOVES it …hurray! 
He’s wearing it (indoors) right now.
I am considering doing a stash bust for 2015 so I will be forced make use of all the lovely yarn I have. I don’t know about any of you… but sometimes I buy nice stuff & just hoard it.

Happy Yarnings!

Un capello amici

I finished the Italy hat!

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Its looking pretty good for my first attempt at vertical stripes. The pattern was from “She Makes Hats”, its a great simple ribbed beanie. I made it flat rather than in the round so its pretty versatile. No reason for that really except I cast on the hat before I fully decided which pattern to use.

I’ve decided to carry on making squares for my blanket,  after a good long break from it I’m now finding loads of colour combinations I hadn’t thought of before.
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I’ve liberated some yarn from a few “kits” which I won’t use otherwise (baby hats etc..) and I’m onto about 25 squares now. I’ll have to stop for a “weaving in” session soon but I’m not looking forward to it :/

Happenings

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Autumn is upon us, bare trees and crunchy leaves. Cold blue days and dark evenings indoors. Its a beautiful season and I’ll be taking lots of pictures like these to capture the full pallet.

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Last month while it was still technically summer, we went on our annual September jaunt. This time we branched further afield to Somerset.

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Poole Bridge campsite is situated right in a valley with a river running through it and plenty of rambling country nearby.
We stayed for 4 nights to make it worthwhile as the drive there took 4.5 hours (and the drive back took 7!! )

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The site was gorgeous, very quiet and the owners were super friendly but were only there twice a day or sometimes not at all!

The only problem we had was the fox which kept trying to steal our food! We’d already seen the sign about the marauding ninja squirrels (I’m not kidding!) but this fox really wanted in. One night I made the mistake of leaving a pack of teabags out after dark and she made off with them! 40 teabags ruined with fox slobber!

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On day 2 we decided to walk into the nearby village of Porlock. Let’s just say I think we took the long way round. About 1.5 hrs trip and some of the steepest hills I’ve encountered. After avoiding eye contact with some cows and accidentally startling a grouse we made it to the village.

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This is The Ship Inn on Porlock High St. I had two pints of gorgeous Pear Rattler cider which really hit the spot after that walk. OH had Cheddar Gorge, an incredibly strong looking orangey cider.

The walk back was shorter but so much harder. It took that record for steepest hills I’ve ever encountered and stomped on it!! My knees & thighs were screaming as were everyone else’s. We stopped midway for a rest and I was so tired I didn’t even care that the log I was sitting on was covered in spiders!
Needless to say the next day we had a chilled day at the site.

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On day 3 we visited the pebble beach at Porlock Weir.

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It was a gogeous view as you can see and well worth a visit.
All in all a wonderful holiday.

Yarnings

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Actually not much new on the knitting front. This is an Italy hat I’m knitting for a former colleague. My leaving finally prompted him to buy the yarn but try as I might I couldn’t quite finish it for my last day.
Think I’ll whip up a side of mittens with that! This is my first attempt at vertical striped rib, its not looking too bad at all.
Other than that I haven’t done that much apart from carry on with the heart eyelet wrap.
I’ve been distracted from new projects by the return of Walking Dead, Homeland and AHS, plus when we went on holiday I got back into Animal Crossing…where’s a girl supposed to fit it all in??

Yarnings and Sewings

Well hello lovelies,  I’ve been a bit silent on the blog front the last few months but I’ve got things to show you!!!

Yarnings

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I’ve joined all my granny squares together and the blanket is resting in one of my project bags until I feel like making more.

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The heart wrap is still in progress although I haven’t picked it up in a little while.

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This is Patrick, he was a present for my sisters uni results.  I haven’t made an ami in a while but I really enjoyed whipping him up!

I got a new book called Crocheted Wild Animals and have started on one of the critters.  He’s coming along really well, here’s an early picture. 

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As usual I had to make the colouring a bit more jazzy!

Here’s a swatch of cabling I started. I’m using Rico Micro Creative DK, its the same yarn I used for my chunky bangle.
The yarn has great stitch definition and really works for cables.

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Sewings

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This week I got some new throws and a couple a bargain cushion covers. The palm tree and the watercolour ones are from La Redoute. The purple one, I made today.
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I’m immensely proud of this one, its the first time I’ve ever put a zip in and I think it looks pretty good.

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Then there’s the cute little mushrooms in the top corner! Get them here

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So many projects so little time! There is still more things in the pipeline because ( as I’m sure you know if you read regularly) I always have a billion things on the go at once. I’m really enjoying making stuff for the house right now and I’ve been very inspired of late. Who knows where it could lead? Thats half the fun!! I share a lot of my daily inspiration and lovely stuff from the web on my facebook page so please show me some “like” here
Til next time
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Reduce, Re-use, Recycle

Well hello there lovelies…
So as you know its the end of June already…when did that happen?

World Cup fever has been and gone for me(tip- a pessimist is never disappointed)and Wimbledon is upon us.
The problem with this… is that is severely impacts my knitting. Oh I get a project out alright,  I hold it in my hands…poised…for the duration of the match because I can’t miss a shot!
I do love my tennis. Shame I’m working the whole tournament cos I booked the wrong week off.

So..knitting.
Still working on the heart eyelet wrap..or trying to.

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Its looking great, I’m really loving the yarn. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this already but its just so pretty and soft.

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I really want several more skeins in several more colours. I don’t have much ‘summer’ yarn really so I’d like to stock up.

In direct contrast to this I’ve realised recently,  as many knitters do, that I have a serious stash problem.
I did well using up my scraps bag on the granny squares but I need to do more.

Therefore I think I will have to do a stashbusting exercise. 
Although this is going to take some planning, it helps that my stash is now in some semblance of order.
More on that story later…

Other Projects

•The navy sweater is in hibernation… for now
• The granny squares I will keep on making as part of the stashbust

Sewing

I’ve done a few no sew tshirt alterations.  I have many awesome promo tshirts from my retail days but they are always mens fit.
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I hate the necklines on most mens tshirts so I’ve been cutting them off for a more feminine fit.
I’ve also made this slightly too big girls one fit better by cutting lines into the back pulling the loops through eachother.
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I fashioned this loose fit vest out of an old skirt.
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I got the method from a Pinterest tutorial, its very loose and I just tie it at the back. It only works with another vest underneath but I do like it.

I’ve made a new Pinterest board for sewing and customization to keep track of all the awesome ideas out there.
Lack of cash has given me this push to make the unwearable…. wearable. I’ve been trying to customise my clothed since I was a kid, I think I’m finally getting good at it!