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MD Lace Scarf & WIP

I must be on a role because this is the second FO I’ve managed to get done this long weekend! Gosh how I love long weekends : ) don’t think I’ve mentioned this beauty before but I decided to knit a lovely mohair blend lace scarf for my mum this Mother’s Day – she’s a big fan of the thin mohair feel type scarf. She had a similar one (store bought) in a simple pink colourway a few years ago that she loved to wear but sadly it tore so I thought I could make a handmade newby. I initially started with a simple st st pattern but decided that was too easy and I needed a challenge so I found a delicate yet simple pattern. I started the scarf a few weeks ago and although she was a quick knit I stopped halfway through for some reason (distracted by socks I think). Anywho I picked up the pace and here she is:

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Pattern: Rabbit paw print scarf, from:
Yarn: Cleckheaton Studio Mohair – 50% Mohair, 50% Acrylic
Colourway:Pink blends into a grey and a brown, not what I would usually go for but I think it works
Needles: 7mm
Modifications: I didn’t follow the pattern specifically since the yarn in the first place was the wrong ply. So my needle size and gauge was different
Thoughts: A pretty nice pattern, I liked the effect of the 4 ‘rabbit paws’ and the repeat was pretty easy since it was only 4 rows!
Blocking?: The scarf curled in quite a bit so I tried to block it afterwards which did help a bit but didn’t completely solve the problem.. I wonder if it was my tension or the wool or simply the pattern – any ideas?

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Here is a photo of it all wraped up! Complete with one of my handmade tags a nice big bow and some simple cream gift paper – well in time for Mother’s Day!

Now for a project…
Yesterday I was down at my LYS and I had the oppertunity to stock up for my next project, in the back of my mind I was looking for a lovely aran weight yarn, but I was taken away with all the sock wool I could experiment with, and then I saw all the feltable wool and my head went into spasms with all the possibilities – then I saw it, Debbie Bliss Casmerino Aran I hadn’t even heard of it before! I was just taken away by it’s softness and the aray of colours I got to choose from! I knew what to to with it and I knew what colour I would do it with (a soft pale pink) and I tell you – I don’t know how I lived without this yarn!

Working away on Slouchy Socks from Easy Knitted Accessories with the yarn of my dreams, I must say knitting socks on two straight needles after my epic 5 needle socks is quite different! Part of the reason for choosing to knit these was to see the difference in the structure and make-up plus compared to dpn socks and they look awfully comfy! I’m only up to the ribbing (still) but I’m enjoying working on it and hopefully they should be finished soon!

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Before I go to continue working on slouchy, I shall order some Rowan All Seasons Cotton in Pistachio for this cosy thing: Swank by Kim Hargreaves
– I’m pumped : )

Happy knitting xx

Why you shouldn’t leave your knitting on the floor…

Heaps and heaps of knitting has been going on – including the completion of my very first socks! Now I wouldn’t say these socks have had an easy making, in fact these babies have lived through some horrific events (more info below). I decided to make these using a Rico knitting kit, not knowing very much about the brand I bought a sock kit incl. 5 2.5mm dpns, 2 balls of Rico ‘Hobby Print’ sock wool and instructions.

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I will admit I was nervous about knitting on dpns as I had tried before and my attempt was… I don’t really have a word for it – but lets just say I gave up that dream. Months later I see this kit and say to myself ‘I can do knit it’ and after about 5 cast on attempts I did! I was soo pumped I finished the first sock in about 4 days and started the second one straight after hoping my sock knitting will improve and to some extent it did. But my problems with the pattern didn’t. I hate to bring down patterns or brand/labels but this really frustrated me… I didn’t realise until purchasing the product that it was primarily in German will small captions of english beneath – this was my first issue. My second one was that it wasn’t very specific and would have to be the vaugest knitting pattern I have ever read, usually this would of been ok if I knew what I was doing but not this time since I had never knit a sock in my life.

I guess these are my mistakes and picking up a kit without glancing at the pattern first is my fault, I got swept up in the moment and the site of yarn who doesn’t?
Anyway before I make more excusees for myself I’ll go on with my story.. I was about 1/4 the way through my second sock and stopped knitting at around 9:30pm to watch some tv and relax I placed my knitting on the floor next to the sofa I was sitting on and forgot all about it (I know I’m naughty..) I went to sleep and was woken up a couple hours later with a cry of pain! It turns out my dad had tredded on my not-so-carefully-placed-sharp-metal-dpn-knitting and poked his foot! Now don’t worry – he’s alright I reckon it was the shock of it more than anything but that was enough to make me be very,very careful about where I leave my knitting and think about investing in some not so sharp bamboo dpns.

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My first attempt at blocking also came along with this project and I must admit I do love it! It helps sort out the proper shape of your knitting and not very hard to set up, it really helped give a better finishing shape to the cuff of my sock especially.

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Pattern: Rico Socks (came in a knitting kit)
Yarn: Rico sock wool 65% Superwash (The specifics are in German, sorry)
Colourway: Hobby Print – (Quite nice but not my first pick)
Modifications: Well since it didn’t really tell me how long to make the cuff I sort of made it up as I went along, it also said to pick up 29 selvedge sts before knitting the gusset, I did so on the first sock and it didn’t look right at all so I only picked up 24 on the second and the result was much better
Thoughts: All in all it helped me achieve my finish product and they fit like a glove but I thought the pattern wasn’t suitable for a begginer at all. I also didn’t like their choice of heels the ‘German Strap Heel’ maybe it’s just me but I didn’t really fancy it. I wouldn’t knit it again or recommend it for a begginer knitter, I had a lot of problems with it, it was nice to have them completed

I have a couple of more WIP on the way which I will update you with shortly!

Happy Knitting : )

Casting On

Earlier yesterday I was searching the net for stich dictionaries (books that explain the various knitting stiches) I came across a few that could be shipped down to Australia and one of them that I narrowed down to was Super Stiches Knitting by Karen Hemingway. I liked it because not only was it a stich dictionary but also a knitting guide at the start, plus it included over 300 stich patterns!
I would just like to know (if there anyone out there reading this :] ) if you have a stich dictionary, and if so which one?

Getting on with my knitting, I have decided to knit up a baby blanket using a simple sugar cube stich with a garter border.
I visited my LYS today and picked out a beautiful Moda Vera ‘Chantilly’ yarn in a butter yellow. It’s incredibly soft and is made up of 70% Acrylic & 30% Milk. It feels nothing like acrylic and would be lovely for any bub. Despite my love for it’s texture I wouldn’t say it’s the easiest yarn to work with and caused me alot of trouble when casting on. Do you sometimes get a really big first row when you cast on using the 2 needle method? I often get that problem, but never as bad as today maybe it was my tension, or the needles were wrong but nothing seemed to work! In the end I frogged my first 5 rows and cast on with smaller needles then went up to the big ones for the first row. This somewhat fixed my problem but I still have a weird gap at the start.
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– I have only completed around 2/5 of the scarf -

I have a couple of photos of a lovely Herdwick Dell scarf from a Lion Brand hat and scarf pattern. I started this set late last year and the hat was a very quick knit, the scarf however is still sitting around waiting to be finished and I just can’t bring myself to finish it. This was my first attempt at cables, and I’m hooked! I still haven’t decided who it will go to.

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Happy Knitting : ]

helllo : )

This is the first blog I have created and I’m sure it ill be a good experience, I really enjoy knitting so I would like to share with you what a come up with and a few patterns of my own eventually!

Holidays have started so lately I’ve had lots of spare time for new creations. I recently finished  my first sweater type thing for my dog.
I used Talking Tails Sweater Pattern for the basis of my sweater, but since Cabana, is a mini sausage dog (dachshund) he won’t fit the standard XS sizes so I had to adjust the measurements. I wouldn’t say it is my finest work, and later on I would like to follow a more set pattern, as I work best with those, but at least it fits him and will keep him warm this winter.

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You can see a bit of an electric blue collar I also knit up for him

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Right now I’m knitting up really thick multicoloured blanket/one piece afghan using 9mm needles, I just started so it may take a while.

Happy Knitting

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