Well, I’ve been quiet over here but it’s not because I haven’t been busy knitting! Brand new for Spring, I’ve been working on these little baby gift sets. The indecisive perfectionist in me (a terrible combination, right?) has made getting this finished a NIGHTMARE, but finally they are now available to order.
All the details and colour options are over on my Etsy shop now 🙂
If you follow me on Twitter you’ll have seen me tweet about mini Christmas stockings. I’ve been thinking of making these for a while but as I’m not used to knitting socks and am quite the perfectionist, it took many many many attempts before I came up with a pattern that I was happy with. And when I did, I knit. A lot.
I think I’m a convert to socks – miniature ones, anyway. I can certainly see the appeal of knitting socks, but trying to make a full-sized matching pair that will properly fit actual adult human feet is still well beyond me. No, I’m happy to stick with the miniature. They’re FAR more adorbs, anyway (I won’t admit to how long I spent squeezing stacks of these stockings, squealing at how utterly cute they are, but it was a loooong time).
These, as well as a selection of mittens, scarves and fingerless gloves are now available in my Etsy shop 🙂
Well life’s gone and done that thing again where it all goes a bit tits up. My response to this has been to knit. A lot.
My favourite online yarn shop shut down recently (just to clarify, this isn’t what’s gone tits up, but life sure does like to pile it on, right?) and so they had a big clearance sale. And I can’t resist a good yarn bargain.
I realised when it arrived that there was 4.4 kilometres of yarn here O_O
The Cascade 220 was always destined to become winter mittens and hats, but the Malabrigo and Manos del Uruguay at the back were more of a chance; I didn’t really have a plan for these, other than “really effing lovely stuff”.
The lovely violet Malabrigo has become 95% of an Ishbel – I say 95% because I started it in June, knit my fingers off, and then floundered at the very last repeat. Naughty Smurf.
The Manos lace has become summer scarves. Yeah.
Now I know the idea of wearing a scarf in August probably sounds ridiculous, but I’m British, and sry2say, August does not preclude the need for knitwear. A case in point:
This picture was taken on the FOURTEENTH OF AUGUST. A good 2-3 inches of hail fell (or rather threw itself violently out of the sky) in about half an hour, the fog afterwards was ridiculous and I could see my breath in the air. It was DEFINITELY the wrong day to sit outside for lunch.
I absolutely love the concept of Manos del Uruguay yarns; they are kettle-dyed by craftswomen in rural areas of Uruguay, working as part of cooperatives to provide economic, social and cultural opportunities for themselves and others. Plus, Manos is certified by the World Fair Trade Organisation, and that can only ever be a good thing. And I haven’t even mentioned that the lace yarn is baby alpaca, silk AND cashmere, and is ergo amazing.
I thought I’d let the yarn speak for itself and stick to a simple pattern, and so I had my first go at knitting on the bias. I think it really shows off the natural colour variations, what do you think?
I love this time of year. It’s dark by 4.30pm, the weather is obnoxious and my feet are perma-cold – and yet it’s still my favourite time of year. Not least because I get motivated to knit again!
My first big project of the winter was this *ahem* football-inspired scarf. Definitely not for me… But it was lovely to knit. It was so simple I even managed to do a fair amount of it in lectures 😀 It was knit in the round so it’s lovely and thick, and has a bit of an old-school feel to it. Most importantly, the recipient LOVES it 😀
Next was a Cerus Scarf-inspired scarf, using up lots of ends of yarn that’ve been lingering around all summer. Very satisfying, that. What is NOT satisfying, what I truly hate about knitting, however, is this –
The fact this only sat in this sorry state for a couple of days is something I am quite proud of – I could easily have left this languishing in a corner all winter, such is my hatred of sewing in ends. Alas, it is finished!
It’s not as thick and squishy as I had hoped (maybe I’ve been ruined by the glorious pillowyness of the football scarf…) even though I cast on more stitches and used bigger needles than suggested, but it’ll certainly keep me warm before I need to bring out the big (scarf) guns.
Currently on the needles are some chunky mittens, which are growing nice and quickly even though I’m making the pattern up as I go along (that always makes me very nervous…)
Last but not least, I’ve updated my Etsy shop, with more items to follow shortly!
Rather an odd mix, by most standards, but I suppose that sums up my personal taste really – not in the slightest bit cohesive! I’ve been wearing dresses with knee-high Dr Marten boots lately, for example, which is a bit of an odd combination I suppose. I think I would wear a less dressy dress (you know what I mean) in that outfit though – I think it looks too lovely on its own to cover up with hoodies and wear day-to-day.
These are listed in my Etsy shop. I enjoyed making these – I was faffing about at my desk today and saw a pot of magnets I’ve had sitting there for months, and started playing around with them. I really like how they’ve come out 🙂 Hopefully I will have some more different shapes and colours available in the next few days.
And another! I had fun playing with different bead shapes for this one 🙂
I got some heart and star shaped mini cookie cutters this week! 😀
A shot of Amanda Palmer at her gig on Wednesday night in London – amazing gig, had a fantastic night!
Feeling pretty good at the moment! *touch wood* I’m spending Valentine’s weekend with Mr Y in London, I’m very excited! And I feel rather pleased with myself that I’ve managed to update my blog more regularly (again, touch wood!). If you’re reading this, leave me a comment to say hello! I like to know who’s reading 😀
I am having a manic Amanda Palmer sesh at the moment – I’m currently listening to her doing a live set on BBC Radio 6 (Hopefully it will be available to listen again online!) which is getting me VERY excited for seeing her on Wednesday at the Electric Ballroom in Camden 😀 You can listen to some of her stuff here! She also does an amazing cover of Creep by Radiohead on the ukelele.
Anyway, fangirl moment over…!
…And another 🙂
Been on a bit of a roll with these! I’ve got a huge stack of clay to be getting on with now, and some cookie cutters on the way in the post. Hopefully some new jewellery ideas on the way soon 🙂
I’ve been thinking, it feels weird – I got into craft by way of knitting and sewing, it seems odd to be doing lots of stuff with clay and nothing with yarn or fabric. I guess I have a short attention span when it comes to crafts haha.
Hopefully I can get some more bracelets done tomorrow whilst in a sedative-induced fog – I’m having a wisdom tooth extracted. Eeep. Bit nervous, I don’t like needles. But apparently it’s just like feeling drunk, haha.