11 December , 2013
Oooooh! This layette is giving me a little grief! The pattern says:
“Keeping continuity of patt., dec. once at each end of needle in first 3 rows out of every 4 (as before) until 73 sts. remain (10 part. repeats). Cast Off.”
Not for me it seems – not sure what I am doing but I have a “jiggle” each row to get it as only a 2 stitch decrease so often I am having to rip it back to fix up where maybe there are 2 decreases – very frustrating.
The up side is that if I write it down for this quarter the next 3 should be a breeze right?
10 December , 2013
Almost there and then you wont have to put up with dishcloths!
I LOVE this cotton. It’s left over Anchor Magicline colour 1454 that my sister in law used to knit Sophie some overalls back when she was little. I loved those overalls!
4 December , 2013
There are babies on their way. Not imminently, they are still growing bones, putting on weight – I think one is probably only just past cell division – and getting ready to make the journey out of nice warm wombs into the world. I know that a couple are being planned for and I am planning on being prepared.
About 6 weeks ago, after knitting some bootees that still need sewing up, I started a layette. The centre panel was nice easy knitting – every row purl – which was great to whip through while at a conference but the outer part consists of 4 sections of lace. It’s not difficult lace but it still takes concentration and at Row 23 there was an error. Not a pattern error, a knitter error. Row 23 – this actually meant that the error was below Row 23. You’d think by now I’d know to use Life Lines but, alas, I was lazy yet again and didn’t put one in. I have spent 3 hours last Saturday slowly picking out the work and getting back to where the stitch count is correct. Needless to say a life line is now being added at every stitch count.
At the end of the 28th row there will be 241 stitches – that’s a decrease of 42 stitches over 28 rows. I get to cast off the first piece at 73 stitches, that means I have got 168 stitches to decrease. That equals a lot of rows – I have a baby shower on the 21st so I think I’d better get those bootees sewn up as I don’t think the shawl will get done in time……
1 December , 2013
I realised last week that I had not blogged the Wonderland socks I knit from the first Ixchel Bunny Sock Club I received earlier this year.
The reason I guess is that until today they were not really finished and lying around in the WIP basket. The ends are now darned in and they have been put into the sock draw.
Pattern: IxChel Bunny Wonderland Socks
Yarn – Ixchel Bunny sock club July 2013 (I LOVE this yarn – it is so lovely to feel and knitting it up was a dream!)
Needles – 2.5mm DPN
Gauge – 8 sts/inch (I think)
Timing: 16 August 2013 – 30 September 2013 (but maybe 24th November technically)
Yards – I had a little left over but not much.
Modifications – none!
I am going to wind the next sock club yarn later today ready to cast on when I have finished the brown Moda Vera Noir.
Today’s the day we put up the Christmas tree – so lots of fun to look forward to this afternoon!
29 November , 2013
A finished spinning project! I can hardly believe I have finished something.
Fibre: IXCHEL Bunny Fibre Club July 2013
Metres: 725ft = 220.98m (not sure why I got a yarn measure thingy that measures in feet!)
Plan: Who knows – I wan’t too impressed with the yarn on the bobbin – the colours as singles were stunningly beautiful (I think I should have navajo plyed them) but the family all like it – Pete suggested maybe a scarf, I’m thinking some gloves might be nice. The yarn is a pleasure to touch – soft & enticing. Any suggestions?
My insistent model!
26 November , 2013
This is the dishcloth from Mid-September. One of the good things about knitting dishcloths is that you get to try out new stitch patterns and then repeat them over and over again but still start and end the project within a short period. It can be quite satisfying at times but sometimes I put so much pressure on myself to achieve something it can be a bit tedious…. I have been a “bit behind” in the KALs this 1/2 of the year but I am catching up - I just have to remember that it’s only a dishcloth!
24 November , 2013
Another full weekend but rewarding all the same. We went to a great workshop today on woodlands – quite inspiring & we came away with some nesting boxes for some local wildlife – I am hoping in 6-12 weeks I might have some photos to show!
I did get a bit of work done on sock two though: