Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Spirit of Autumn

Wow I've finished my seventh pair of socks so now I've got enough pairs of hand made goodies to last for a whole week.

The yarn which I've used to make this pair is Schachenmayr Regia Design Line by Arne & Carlos in a shade called Twilight.

I got it months and months ago but saved it for the Autumn because the colours seemed right for the season, particularly in October with all the pumpkins about for Halloween.

Amazingly I managed to make these socks finish in exactly the same spot but only because I played a long game of increasing and decreasing my tension on the second one so that they turned out the same as each other.

I love it when things turn out as planned.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Red, Gold and Green

Autumn seems to get later and later and this year is no exception. September and October were very mild for the time of year and it has been calm with no real Autumn winds yet. Only in the past week or so is the season really taking a turn towards Winter with sharp frosts, fog and a bit of wet weather to help bring down the leaves. I'm loving the current traffic light display of colours, especially on sunny days, long may it continue.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Remembrance Day

I made a poppy for Remembrance Day to remember all lives lost in war, in particular, in this 100th year anniversary, all those who fell during the Battle of the Somme.

The pattern can be found in 100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet by Lesley Stanfield.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Tropical Delight Scarf

I've finished joining my tropical delight flowers (follow the link for the colours used) and I've turned them in to a scarf as planned but I'm not completely happy with the way it turned out. I might just be a bit over-picky.

Whilst I absolutely love the colours, the yarn isn't stiff enough to hold the shape of the braided join so I'll have to bare that in mind for future projects.

When I first started making these flowers it was still Summer and I was complaining about the heat, quite a contrast to where we are now.

With the clocks put back an hour at the week-end and our first frost this morning I'll be wearing my scarf as I get used to the drop in temperature and those long, dark nights.

I remembered to try and chart the pattern for the flowers and had to resort to a bit of typex to sort out the mistakes. Hopefully it's correct now.

Using the colour pistachio for the braided join I slip stitched in to the middle treble of a petal and used 8 chains between petals. When I needed to remove the hook to attach the working flower to another flower (or flowers) I used 4 chains both before and after removing the hook.

For the border I used 8 double crochet in each petal-to-petal chain loop and 4 double crochet in each half petal-to-petal chain loop.

I wonder what else I could make with these flowers?...

Friday, 21 October 2016

Frida on Friday: Part 3

I've already posted some roses and dahlias in part 1 and part 2 to show the colour combinations which I've used to make flowers for my Frida's Flowers blanket. Like the other parts, I've listed the colours for these final flowers underneath the photos, working from the middle outwards.

Saffron, lemon, shrimp, soft peach, shrimp,
fondant, apricot, clematis, wisteria, magenta and cream

Plum, clematis, citron, lemon, citron, shrimp,
fondant, candyfloss, saffron, apricot and cream

Apricot, shrimp, candyfloss, magenta, candyfloss,
citron, violet, wisteria, clematis, plum and cream

I enjoyed making these flowers so much that I broke my rule on sewing in the ends as you go along. There are around 700 ends to be dealt with. Oh how I wish I had taken my own advice earlier.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Squirreling Away

Throughout the year I've been squirreling yarn away so my stash is growing nicely. I have things in mind for some of it but not all of it.

I've bought some more Knit Picks Stroll Fingering for socks...

...in these gorgeous colours...

...Big Top Hand Painted, High Tea Tonal and Northern Lights Hand Painted.

I've also bought some more Boyes 100% Mercerised Crochet Cotton in rich cream and iced pink shades. It is destined to be turned in to doilies and filet crochet but I might come up with some other ideas. I'd quite like to try one of these pretty shelf edgings or something similar.

I love how bright these Stylecraft Life colours are. My plan is to use them to make the Circles of the Sun Mystery CAL 2015. Yes, I'm a long way behind the rest of the crochet world and my plan might change given that I've already got a couple of blankets on the go.

I've also got some more Rico Superba Circus, in Turquoise Mix and Salmon Mix, for yet more socks unless I come across something else that takes my fancy.

I really splurged out here on some Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk. It's absolutely gorgeous and so soft against the skin. My plan is to try to learn how to knit with more than one colour and to make a lovely pair of patterned mittens or gloves. If I manage to make it that far then I might go for a matching hat too.

My last yarn is Stylecraft Senses Lace which I bought with the intention of making a shawl. There are a few free patterns on Ravelry that I like, the Butterfly Stitch Prayer Shawl, the Mediterranean Lace Shawl and the Lacy Pineapple Shawl.

So I'm spoilt for choice and I've got plenty of ideas to keep me busy once I've finished everything else that is currently in my crafty pipeline.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Blueberry Waffle Socks

At the end of last year I bought some inexpensive Marble double knitting yarn by James C Brett, in a shade simply called MT6, to attempt to make my first pair of socks. Unfortunately I didn't get very far and my first sock was abandoned shortly afterwards.

The yarn resurfaced earlier this year after I'd mastered the art of making socks and I wondered what to do with it. Someone on Ravelry recommended the Blueberry Waffle pattern by Sandy Turner which is made using a double knitting yarn.

I started making a pair but soon found that they were way too big even though I was using smaller needles, 3.5 mm, so I reduced the number of stitches that I cast on to 44 and winged it from there. Very brave of me, I thought, and I'm pleased to say that it worked.

Being 100% acrylic they won't let your feet breathe so I don't plan on wearing them for walking out and about in. Instead I think that they'll be great as an extra pair of socks to pull on in our ever increasingly chilly evenings whilst lounging about in front of the telly.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Frida on Friday: Part 2

This week I've continued with my version of Frida's Flowers by making some more Frida's Roses and Dahlias. I absolutely love these patterns and enjoyed picking new colours to add to the small but growing collection of brightly coloured flowers. Starting in the middle, I've listed the colours which I've used beneath each photo.

Shrimp, apricot, fondant, candyfloss, fondant,
plum, clematis, lemon, citron, saffron and cream

Fondant, soft peach, plum, magenta, clematis and cream

Candyfloss, fondant, lavender, violet, lavender,
lemon, saffron, soft peach, apricot, shrimp and cream

More flowers to follow another time.