Making progress

13 02 2010

Another project I’ve been working on is a knitted blanket for Wrap with Love. It’s slow progress… every now and then I’ll finish another square. But now I feel like it’s getting there, and hopefully by the end of winter I’ll have this ready to send off.

The finished blanket will be 4 squares wide by 7 squares long, so 6 more to go!

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Woodland Scarf Progress

8 12 2009

I am three successful repeats into my Woodland Scarf! (If you count all of the aborted attempts though I have done much more knitting!)

I’m not fussed about the colour, which is navy (it doesn’t really look accurate in the pictures), since I don’t wear that colour much, but I had the wool and just wanted to try it out. We’ll see how it looks when it’s finished but I might gift it.

I’m also curious to see how big it gets when it’s blocked. It’s looking pretty narrow at the moment.





A start…

29 11 2009

My last post was full of excitement as I decided to start to learn to knit lace. I joined the Woodland Shawl KAL on Ravelry (my first KAL) and had visions of magically whipping up this wonderful shawl in no time at all, as others in the group seem to be able to do.

It has not been like that at all. I must have had about 10 abortive attempts to start this project, and each time I have not made it to even halfway through a repeat of the pattern before I have stuffed up a row somewhere and had to pull the whole thing out.  A couple of times I have changed and cast on a scarf instead of a shawl, thinking I might have been more successful with less stitches, but still I have mucked it up.

Anyway tonight I thought I’d try again. I hadn’t tackled it in a week or two, as I was getting incredibly frustrated with the whole thing. I cast on for a scarf width, and to my great surprise, I managed to make it through a whole 16 rows (one pattern repeat) without fluffing it! Lifelines went in every two rows, but I didn’t even need them!

Now to find some time to keep adding to it! Knitting a scarf takes me forever when it’s just knit and purl stitches, so with lace thrown into the mix, it could be Christmas next year before it’s done (and no, I’m not exagerrating)!





I caved…

26 10 2009

I caved and started a new project. It’s not like I needed a new project, but somehow it seems shinier and betterer than any old project lying around in various stages of completion.

I started the Woodland Shawl, a free project from Ravelry. It’s my first attempt at lace, my first project that’s done with circular needles, my first project with something smaller than 8 ply, my first project with a chart and my first project done through a KAL on Ravelry (through the Beginning Lace Knitters group).

So far, I’ve managed to cast on, knit the edge row and the set up row. Now to the pattern… I’m crossing my fingers! Best thing about the KAL is I can ask a million questions (cos I sure have a million, and no real like knitting friend to help!)

I’ll keep you posted on my progress!





Getting carried away

11 10 2009

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I always do it. I bite off more than I can chew. I have eyes bigger than my belly. It’s why I call myself “Halfway Crafter”. I pick projects that are so big that I lose interest partway through and never see them out.

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So when I picked the nice easy little project of making knitting stitch markers for the afternoon, I thought for sure I had made a smart choice… something that could be accomplished quickly and easily.

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Well, I was partly right. I have finished the project, but in typical me-style, I couldn’t just make one set for me to use. No, I had to use all of the tigertail and crimps I bought and just kept making them until I ran out of equipment! I now have several sets of stitch markers, all beautiful and much, much nicer than the knotted bit of yarn I was using up until now! So there went my entire afternoon… but at least I have several finished sets and not just another “halfway” project!

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These two sets below are my favourites. I bought the cloisenne beads especially. One set will be for a friends birthday in January. If I forget, remind me I made them, ok?!

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Alpine progress

26 08 2009

If you have ready any of my previous blog posts, you will be well aware of the fact that I do not need any more craft projects at the moment. I have many things that are part-way… including my quilted patchwork christmas ornaments, my Wrap with Love blanket, my babette blanket, my green Tumbling Blocks blanket, I could go on…

I often say to people that I only read novels when I am on holidays. That is because when I read a good book, once I start, I know that NOTHING else will get done until the book is finished.  I don’t clean, I microwave my dinner and eat it whilst reading, heck I often don’t get out of pyjamas whilst I have a good book on the go.

Well, it appears that my craft projects can be along the same lines! Despite all the other things I have to do, particularly for work, at the moment, I started another knitting project. I am knitting the Alpine Cardigan by Berocco, using a free pattern from Ravelry. And I can’t stop knitting it. Almost unheard of for me is the fact that I have completed the back and one front in just a couple of evenings!

It certainly helps that I’m using 12 ply wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills (in Earth) and it’s a cropped cardigan with short sleeves. Others who have knitted it have commented on what a quick knit it is, and I have to agree! Hopefully I can get the rest of the knitting done soon so that I can get some of the other things done that I need to!

Here’s my progress so far:

A start...

A start...

The completed back

The completed back

The back and half of the front

The back and half of the front

Close-up of the chevron detail at the front

Close-up of the chevron detail at the front





That old thing!

30 07 2009

I just got back to work from holidays, and I was chatting to a colleague, talking about what we did over the break. Both of us are crafty people, and she was telling me all about the blanket she had been making and was nearly finished. Then she asked me, “How’s your blanket going?”

Here’s where it gets embarassing… I had to ask her which blanket she meant! I really do have that many projects on the go! Then she clarified, and said the green one. It honestly took me a moment to work out which one that actually was! I started it perhaps 4 years ago, and it’s about 4 or 5 squares away from being finished. Too close to being finished to not bother.

But I just haven’t felt like knitting any more on it for ages and ages, and then I just sort of forgot about it, in the back of my linen cupboard in a bag.

Behind the wool stash in the darkest corner of the linen cupboard...

Behind the wool stash in the darkest corner of the linen cupboard...

... there lurks the bag that it is stored in!

... there lurks the bag that it is stored in!

Now that it’s been mentioned though, I might have to get it out and finish off the squares. I’ve only got a few to go… and I can’t even remember why I stopped in the first place!

Hmmm.... wonder what that could be?

Hmmm.... wonder what that could be?

See, the pile of squares is pretty big!

See, the pile of squares is pretty big!

I think I’ll take apart the bits I’ve sewn together too. I did that part before I learned to crochet… I think I’ll crochet around the edge of each square then join them so there is a bit of a border.

Three rows sewn together, more to sew in a pile

Three rows sewn together, more to sew in a pile

Of course, now that I’m back at work, I just have to find the time to do it all!

Close up... not sure if you can see the tumbling blocks pattern?

Close up... not sure if you can see the tumbling blocks pattern?