Sunday, 27 January 2013

Trying to get organised.

I've been thinking about how I use my blog and I've decided that I'm going to use it as a chronology of my knitting and quilting. I listen to a lot of podcasts so am going to use a similar format to the show notes they use.

On the sewing machine- I love the little project bags that are all over etsy but obviously as a crafter I though ooh I'll make one! Thankfully it turned out really well. I just basically made a quilt sandwich, attached the zip by following a tutorial on you tube and then ran seams down each end folded the corners in and made a little fabric handle. It's not as good as some for sale on etsy but I think it's pretty good for a first attempt. It's is now the project bag for my sock knitting which I take everywhere with me.
That's it for quilting really.

On the needles-
my first pair of socks!! Yes socks! I watch the yarngasm video cast and saw her knitting socks on a circular needle so I contacted her and she told me it was the magic loop method! I'd heard of this but had no idea what it was. Well off to you tube I went and then ordered some giaa goo needles from loop knitting shop and I'm half way through my first sock! It's so much easier than dpn's I love it- as the yarn harlot says be careful it's addictive knitting socks and I may just believe her now, but lets wait to see if I get second sock syndrome!! I'm knitting the socks out of easy knits deeply wicked. It's a lovely yarn, 100% merino and its knitting up to be really substantial. Also the colour is sort of making a swirl effect rather than a stripey look, I don't know if its meant to do that but it's lovely.

I also have an isbel shawl by ysolda Teague on the go in rowan panama and I must say its hard going on my hands. It's not wool!!! What was I thinking? Never again! I like the pattern it's very simple to remember and I put a big dent in it this weekend but I want to finish it now!!

I also have a hitchhiker shawl by Martina behm which I am using superknits Bessie for. If you haven't checked out Gemma at superknits yarn please do her colours are fab. I'm using the electrical storm colourway which is peach purple and its lovely.

Finally I have just started to cast on driftwood with my newly acquired knit picks pallets 4 ply in wallaby. This is the first time I've ordered knit picks so I'll let you know how I get on but it feels so soft!

Off the needles -
My boneyard shawl in skein queen voluptuous alligator colourway. This is one of the nicest yarns I have ever used. Well worth the money and its so warm and snuggley.

You can see all these projects on my ravelry page if you are registered on there and please drop me a line if you are my username is lindarose287

I'll update again next week with some more yarn arrivals too (naughty ):))))
Here are some pics

Saturday, 12 January 2013

New year lots of stuff

Happy new year everyone!!! Hope you had a fab break and festive season. I've had quite a lot of time to spend doing my hobbies but mostly I've been knitting. I'll show you first my knitting escapades. The first was my shawl I finished by jarrad flood Brooklyn tweed called terra. Here is a pic. I love this shawl but it really wasn't behaving and the lace pattern would not work properly so I only did one repeat.
The second project I did was the Romney neckachief by jarrad flood again this was a birthday present for my best friend. I love this pattern and will def do this again for myself.

I also did some wool dying. I had already bought some kool aid and my hubby bought me some undyed wool for Christmas so I tried it and i loved it. Here are some pics of the process.

I also made by husband a turn a square hat by jarrad flood again I'm a bit obsessed aren't I!!!

With regard to my quilting,,, I haven't done any!!!!!!
I did make myself 2 project bags out of my favourite fabrics so here are some pics of those too.

I have 2 more projects on the needles and have just treated myself to some gorgeous Bessie 4 ply from superknits. If you have not looked at her yarn please do its lovely.

I'll update some more next week I'm off to watch some episodes of the borgias now and carry on with may boneyard shawl with my skein queen wool :)))))