Yay, I finished it!
I seem to be knitting with a lot of blue at the moment. My latest finished object for the EpicKalCal is an As You Go shawl, coincidentally by a designer called Michele Blue. The yarn is the Babylonglegs Radiance from the previous post.
The top is supposed to be straight but in order to get this photo I had to blutack it to a white wall because it is so big. The blocked size is 80cm deep and 170 wide. The pattern was a little bit unclear, hence the non-symmetrical nature of the bottom section, but I like it anyway.
Currently in progress and hopefully finished today is a second Star Crossed Slouchy Beret to go with the green one I made a couple of weeks ago.
I have used the SMC Select Silk Wool again as it is a really nice yarn and gives a good slouchy effect when blocked out. I have used a size smaller needle on this one though as it is for a slightly smaller head.
My daytime knitting time has been slightly eaten into for the past couple of weeks as I landed myself a little part time job. I have to say it is a real chore going in actually because it is in a yarn shop. Hahahaha!! Yes a YARN SHOP!!! And my favourite yarn shop too, Stash Fine Yarns. I’ve been a customer for ages and it is also where I go for the weekly knitting group. It’s great actually. I am doing two days a week and alternate Saturdays, and this is my second week. I’ve been waiting a while for a vacancy to come up, and out of the blue it did. I’m really chuffed. A lot of the business is internet orders so I’m picking and packing for those mostly, but I am getting to be familiar with yarns I had not really paid much attention to before. The only downside is I work on the day of the knit group so don’t get to sit and knit with the girls, but I am still there and can pop out for a quick chat now and again. And I get paid to be surrounded by yarn all day, what more could a knitter want?
This is the yarn I am going to use for the second EpicKalCal shawl.
It is BabyLongLegs Radiance Sock and the colour is called A Thing of Complete Beauty – which it is. I think this plainer yarn will suit the project I have in mind, As You Go by Michelle Blue. Although saying it is plain is doing it an injustice. It is actually tonal, with a darker blue spun with the lighter blue and in real life it has a hint of green – perhaps it is more a teal than shown here. I’m really looking forward to seeing this knit up.
Did anyone spot the (deliberate – ahem!) mistake in my last post?? I called it FO Friday, but it was actually Thursday. I genuinely thought it was Friday that day!
Well I’ve double checked and today is most definitely Sunday, and I give you the first of my Star Crossed Slouchy Berets.
This is the first of two which are going as Christmas presents to two teenage sisters. The first has red hair so I chose this SMC Silk Wool in pine green, and the second is blonde so I’m thinking a nice Royal or pale blue? What do you think? If you have any suggestions for other colours leave me a comment, I love getting them.
This is a very slouchy hat, knitted on 6mm and 8mm needles. I think this size is ok for the older sister but I might go down to 5mm and 7mm needles for the younger one. It took me only two days and just over 1 ball of the Silk Wool (53g) for this hat, I wonder if the smaller needles would mean I would only need one ball for the other?
I’m not a fan of shawls but need to make two for the EpicKalCal so this is the first one.
Possibly the colour is too busy for the pattern. But it was quite a quick knit, and easy to remember the pattern after the first repeat.
It has finally happened! The latest issue of Clotheshorse online knitting magazine came out this morning, featuring MY first published pattern on page 76-77!!
I can’t for the life of me work out how to get the pictures from the site onto here so I’ve had to take photos of the laptop screen. So this is what their photos look like……..
And these are a couple of me modelling the samples before I sent them in…….
The magazine chose the colours and sent me the yarn to knit the samples. My original hat was in rainbow colours……
which I really liked, but they obviously had their own colour palette to fit in with the look of that section of the magazine. The rainbow hat is knit in Jamieson & Smith jumper weight, and the magazine versions are in Rowan Wool Cotton DK, using 2.5mm and 2.75mm needles for both. You don’t need a full ball of each colour, I had lots left over, so this would be a great project if you have some part used co-ordinating colours left from something else you have made. The patterns for the set cost $6 from the pattern page in the magazine.
The hat can be worn pulled down over your ears like a beanie or pushed back to give a slouchy effect.
Have a look through the whole magazine, there are some really nice patterns in there.
With Colin off on his course again today, I took a friend out to the golf driving range for an hour or so. I am quite pleased with my progress after my series of lessons, it really seems to be starting to come together now.
After lunch and walking the dog, I decided to make some cards using the kit from Papercrafter magazine. I made 5 in about an hour and a half.
I’m not keen on the one at bottom left, but I think the others are quite nice. I’ve got loads of supplies left, just have to get the imagination going.