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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:
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
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?
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!
Happy knitting xx
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.
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.
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.
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 : )
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.
– 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.
Happy Knitting : ]
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.
You can see a bit of an electric blue collar I also knit up for him