Saturday, 20 May 2017

My snowmelt shawl

I mentioned last time my liking for knit and crochet a-longs this year, and I think this was the first. The MKAL (mystery knit a-long for those sitting wondering) was organised by Helen Stewart of  curious handmade for a knitted shawl... and other than that it was a mystery. Well, not quite - we were given some information beforehand including weight and amounts of yarn needed, and maybe the end shape of the shawl, though I can't quite remember if that was revealed as we knit along... Oh, and I think we were informed that this was going to be a big shawl.

Yarn was purchased in January when the weather in Suffolk was misty and grey with occasional glimpses of a wintry blue sky. I so wanted to make a shawl inspired by this wintry weather (I think mainly I liked the idea of cosying up inside with candles, knitting and coffee looking out on this beautiful weather) and so I set to looking for appropriate colours. I also wanted affordable yarn, as the mystery part of the a-long made me wonder whether I would love the finished shawl, and who wants to use precious hand-dyed loveliness on a never to be worn shawl? Silly really, as Helen's patterns are beautiful - I have knitted a Spindrift (hmmmm, have I shown that yet?) and so want to knit her Pebble Beach Shawl. Dreamy looking. Anyway, I thought drops merino would be just the thing but sadly not available in the colours I by now had decided this shawl just had to be made in, but drops alpaca did have suitable colours - light and medium grey mix, and turquoise
I even managed to co-ordinate the candle. 

Such a lovely way to spend some cold wintry days, and by spring I had a rather large shawl. The knitting was fun as so varied, the finished shawl whilst not a favourite (choice of yarn maybe, or colours, or maybe I'm not such a lacy person though I do love eyelets) is certainly one of my most worn shawls as it is so cosy.

The Snowmelt has proved tricky to photograph especially when I'm on my own at home, so I'm afraid a few chair and floor photographs are the best today!



Monday, 8 May 2017

A lion for Leo

I did consider giving Leo the gorgeous Jane Foster kit unmade, for his crafty Mammas to sew. But then thought that maybe with a toddler even a crafty Mummy would appreciate a gift that required no assembly. Which meant that I had all the fun! Sorry Lou and Rachael...
 Such a cheery lion... Hope Leo is giving him lots of cuddles.

I seem to have had a cold, followed by another cold for weeks. Yuk. But what with feeling worn out and lots of watching P swim I have had lots of crochet and knitting time. So much time, that I decided I could join in with two alongs, both of which are now in various stages of near completion. Both alongs have been organised by lovely bloggers, one by the lovely Sandra of Cherry Heart blog together with Sam of Betsy Makes and the second by the delightful Jooles of sew sweet violet. Sandra and Sam have a crochet along (still time to join in!) for a particular pattern - the hotel of bees shawl #HOBCAL, while Jooles has a sweet bee happy along for any craft, for anything bee related. This is one of my shawls entered into the bee happy along - the Arrosa shawl from the spring issue of pompom. Gorgeous pattern, dreamy yarn... the colours and softness of Cosmic Strings yarn is so very, very beautiful. I'll show the finished shawl soon

Friday, 28 April 2017

Bobble hats and birthday cake

Continuing with the woolly makes in Spring, though again grey and chilly in Suffolk today so not feeling too silly. Not sure bobble hat weather...

Until my current must make shawls all the time phase, I was enjoying the challenge of trying to use up all those bits of yarn leftover from various projects. And the chunky wool became a hat
Using wool until it ran out, I knitted the Finley Beanie by Marissa Post. It was the deep band of rib that made me choose this pattern on my Ravelry search and it is a good simple, chunky, quick knit... 

Once knitted, I wondered who to gift it to. The pattern suggests that the smaller size will fit children two to ten, so quite a range, but as I knitted a few less rows on the top section - when I ran out of yarn - a quick try on P showed that it was quite shallow. Wide but shallow. So a smaller head on a smaller body was needed. Just the thing for a lover of hats, five year old Merle. Who happily really likes her new hat.

The next hat is another chunky knit
This time the Slush hat pattern by Allison O'Mahony. I love this hat and so want to knit myself one, maybe next winter...  Unusually I did as the pattern asks for and used Lion Brand Wool-Ease thick & quick in charcoal in the hope of making a hat acceptable for wearer of black, newly fifteen Maisie.
From Bobble hats to birthday cake! P thought that a pizza birthday cake would be rather cool this year and had fun providing ideas for construction and toppings. While desperately making me understand that he didn't want a real pizza as his birthday cake... Yum



Monday, 24 April 2017

Wintery mittens for Miss Ethel

Yet another seasonally inappropriate make (though have you been out there this afternoon? It is freezing here in Suffolk. Wintery even. So maybe this knit is slightly appropriate). Oh, and Miss Ethel is our kitt...
 This pair of mini mittens were a Christmas present for Miss Ethel and have withstood robust play since December with an ever willing P
Red Heart's free mitten ornament pattern was just the size for a pair of kitt mitts, knitted in some teeny scraps. I have been trying to use up all yarn oddments, some of which are teeny balls, and have questioned why I would keep such small amounts of yarn left over from various projects. I can quite understand my keeping of dreamy hand dyed yarns, but some of the everyday bits? I thought I had decided that if a really small amount is left at the end of a project then I should use for present wrapping or simply dispose of. But then I wouldn't have had these scraps waiting to be made into teeny mittens. Complete with a string...

Monday, 3 April 2017

A mustard Calorimetry... for me!

Finally I knitted myself a Calorimetry... for the winter when it didn't get oh so freezingly chilly, so it has remained mostly unworn. I needed an easy poolside make, and I think this was my second project  since P started swimming training, so this was made possibly October time
 The calorimetry is a free Ravelry pattern by Kathryn Schoendorf, with these changes by Moolala as the original makes too big a knit for my, or any of my friend's, heads. Maybe we all have small heads...
The wool is Rowan pure wool aran in banana. Not mustard. So this should be my banana calorimetry, and actually the shape pictured above is sort of banana-bent shape. Though this shade is most un-banana like and most definitely mustard. I think this wool may sadly be discontinued now, this was purchased an age ago - for this very knit - when there was still a yarn shop in Woodbridge. Which there hasn't been for years. Oh, and a vintage button

Friday, 17 March 2017

A chillly March morn, so I'll quickly show you another woolly cowl

It really has been a beautiful week here in Suffolk, though today was certainly cowl wearing weather again on the walk to school. Whilst this cowl may be cosy the colour is certainly springlike. Not that this has stopped me wearing it constantly this winter... I love it
 A dream to knit... my favourite moss stitch which took no time at all with this wool and chunky needles. The pattern is the (free!) Marian cowl by Jane Richmond knitted in Stitch and Story's chunky yarn.
This wool is deliciously squishy and oh so soft. I used up all of two balls of lime yellow knitted on 12 mm needles. The pattern suggests a chunkier wool and 15 mm needles, so mine is just a chunky cowl as opposed to the super bulky cowl of the original
I would love to make myself many more using some other gorgeous Stitch and Story colours. The only negative thing about knitting this was Mr R asking if I could make less noise. Apparently those chunky wooden needles are just too click clacky. Small price to pay I say for such deliciousness.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Cosy cowl

It may be March, yet there is still a definite need for cosiness and these cowls are just the thing. I first saw the pattern for the Carloway cowl in issue 83 of Inside Crochet and it was one of those must-make-this-right-away makes. The colours of the original, the fluffiness of the alpaca, but most of all the shape - this is a tight fitting, sturdy cowl which stands up and covers ears with no danger of flopping down.

A quick pop to the local yarn shop later, and I had some Ella Rae cozy alpaca
The colours are natural, teal and grey. This is an oh so soft baby alpaca blend with actually a large proportion of acrylic but without a hint of squeakiness. So I set to and made myself a cowl
 Which I loved so much for its cosiness and ability to stay up around my ears that I decided to make one for my sister's birthday too
 Mr R recognised just how snug I was looking in mine on a particularly chilly walk to school sometime before Christmas and said that he would very much like one. But not in those colours. So, armed with more suitable charcoal Debbie Bliss cashmerino aran
 I made my third, manly version for Mr R's Christmas present.  I still do love those original colours, so maybe there will be a fourth one sometime...