Wednesday, September 2, 2015

August- Where exactly are you hiding?

There was a little knitting action in the craft space.

There was finishing and plenty of starting!

For the OPAM record, a couple of days late, 7 finishes last month.

Three of them are the same design worked up in different yarns for wonderful effect, as I worked the first one in an Angora mix the working name of this design is fluffy bunny colour. Ha! In the picture they are the white(angora mix), the green(100% alpaca) and the orangy/pink one that is a beautiful merino single.

The red cowl is another new design, Deloras will be ready for testing shortly.

The father's diamond socks went down a treat after I rushed to get them finished when the celebrations were moved forward a week so the parents could enjoy a trip with my brother and his truck. They're currently enjoying a little outback adventure. 

A pretty pink headband accompanied me on a run around kind of day, it's a fabulous project for on the go.

The mythical wings shawl, that's the one with all the bright stripes is a test knit for the Gabrielle. A very clever design that gives a nice triangle shape without all the stitches of a top down design.

It was a big month of knitting and finishing, the needles are currently waiting patiently while the hooks are having a turn. Haha!

Hope your days are sunny and bright.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

So what exactly does 5 kilometres of yarn look like...

when worked up into fun (or not so fun) projects?

Stashdash is a fun challenge organised by the KnitGirlllspodcast.
Red cowl/scarf in Bendigo woollen mills vintage
Just like any fun challenge there are various goals – this year the choices included, 3k, 5k and for the organised dashers there was a 10k. The challenge includes WIP's so those in the know line up a whole lot of almost done projects for finishing during the 7 week challenge. 
As a new comer this year I was very unprepared with only a couple of small projects on the needles at the beginning of the challenge, but a little crochet project put me in the running for the 5k so I just knitted through all the hours to make the goal a reality.
I know you've seen this before - Pastel star blanket in Patons Big baby 4ply

The rules are simple, there are no restrictions on using old yarn or finishing old projects, any yarn in your possession is considered stash, no matter that it came into your possession during the challenge.
The white collar - fluffly like a bunny - Bella baby angora mix - beautiful

I was pleased with my finish including finishing The Father's socks which pushed me over the finish line on the last day.
Diamonds on a sock for The Father - Bendigo woollen mills Luxury 4ply Denim colour
 Everybody has their own strategy for keeping up the momentum over the challenge period.

Red Vest - in Moda Vera Faith
I could have made the challenge a whole lot easier by working on tried and tested patterns instead of playing around with new designs.

Next year I may even be ready with several WIP's lined up at the starting line.

Diamonds for Helen in Bendigo Woollen mills Luxury 4ply - Lake colour
13 - Projects completed – Diamonds were a huge part of it – Dad's Diamond socks, Diamonds for Helen shawl, Diamonds in a Hat, there were diamonds on a headband (or four), Moon beams, Holiday Affection, Pastel star blanket, Fluffy like a bunny collar, a red cable cowl, my new red vest, my socks with hearts, the second sand tracks scarf, and a headband featuring the cable design.
All together here - lots of squishy yarn fun and no serious dent in the stash
Love me some yarny fun.
Hope your Wednesday is wonderful.


Saturday, August 15, 2015

What a different view today!

This was my view when out walking this afternoon, makes me want to play with some pretty pastel colours.


Lucky my new project is a pretty green with a little blue.
And very soft, squishy alpaca yarn.


Wishing you all the pretty colours in your world.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Blues...

The socks I was working on remind me of the colours the water turns when skies are grey.


A beautiful blue grey colour in lovely soft yarn.


Seems I have a diamond fixation at present. 


Then there were two.


Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury in denim colour. 
Little needles and lots of stitches.
Ready for gifting to the Father this weekend. 

Hope you have time for stitches this weekend.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Three

Finishes in July.

Two of those were big!
I have enjoyed wrapping up in my Color Affection already, I love the colours and the generous size of this one.
The top one is a design I am playing with. This version is off to a friend who lives in a cool place so should be useful for a few more months.
My moon beam was just a fun knit and used up leftover yarns. Bonus! 

There are more projects on the needles creeping towards the finish line, you can see some of them keeping the moon company. 

A new month with all the possibilities ahead. 
May your needles be busy.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Ooh, fluffy!

I stayed with the long rows project from the previous post- I admired the shapes as they appeared and took a break cooking up yummy's in the kitchen. Walking the neighbourhood looking for hardy blooms.


While I picked the needles up, put them down again and carried them everywhere for a week, all the stitches started adding up. Before I knew, it was time to start something new to drag around.


Did you see that... I cast off the thing of many stitches. Yay.
Then I cast on something white and fluffy, just like a bunny!



A beautiful, if cheap, wool/bamboo/Angora mix from Spotty, it was a dream to knit. So soft! Unfortunately this yarn is discontinued. Yes, that past tense is correct I cast off this afternoon.

It has been a very good knitting week.

Hope your needles have been busy, too.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Shawls

Have jumped to top priority with the recent cold snap.
So I spent some time last night weaving in the ends on my latest Color Affection, I  did sewing at FNSI. This one is slightly larger than the previous one I made as I moved up a needle size.
It is perfect for wrapping up in.

Bendigo Woollen mills Luxury 4 ply in African Violet, Leaf and Sangria, 4.5mm needles
 I really want this next one finished in time to send to a friend next month, so I need to stop neglecting it. The rows are long and require concentration. I worked two rows last night and will attempt to maintain this pace.

Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 4Ply - Lake and 4mm needles

It has my favourite-cables. If it works as I envisage it will sport large diamonds. 
It doesn't look like much yet but I am halfway through the chart so I should be able to see the shapes appearing soon.
Back to it, for todays rows, maybe I'll find my rhythm soon.

Hope everyone is staying warm.