Funnily enough I’ve not been spending much time knitting lately. I find knitting harder to do in 5 or 10 minute bites and so I’ve been putting more effort into sewing lately. At the moment naptimes are inconsistent and the big kids are on school holidays for another two weeks. Once they go back to school there’ll be a block of time in the mornings where it’ll be just me and baby. While I’m not expecting miracles and there’ll be household stuff to do too I’m hoping that I’ll be better able to manage some knitting time then. (More sleep would help too.) In the meantime I feel like I have too many projects on the go.
I have a pair of sneaky socks. Sneaky because they are living upstairs and I’m squeezing in a few rows here and there. They are plain socks in yarn from Flying Tiger. A black yarn with bits of several colours through.
I’ve cast on a shawl, the Estuary shawl from Handmade in the UK by TinCanKnits. I’ve only just got started and hope this will be easier to make progress on once I get past the increase section and there is more repeating of pattern. I’m using Wollmeise yarn from EYF2016.
I’ve had a pair of gloves on the needles since April last year. I was making progress before we moved house and I got pregnant when complicated projects stalled. I haven’t made much progress recently but am trying to knit a few rows here and there. The cabling is fiddly and currently there is much looking at the charts. I’m working up through the thumb gusset now though so I’m slowly getting somewhere. The yarn is Cascade Heritage Silk in the denim colourway and the pattern is Glacier by Julia Mueller.
Sometime towards the end of last year I started a cowl for Wee Man out of handspun blue merino. The pattern is the Honey Cowl which I’ve used before for Hobbity-boo. I think I mostly got distracted from it because I was making baby things and then have not picked it back up. Hopefully I can manage to get it done for him for this winter.
Also on the needles are two long term blanket projects. The first is using up my leftover sock yarn. Each square takes about 9g so this is a slow process as I have lots of scraps to use up. I’m knitting centre-out squares with kfb increases. I don’t know how I’m going to join them together at the moment but while the squares are fun to do this is low priority so that’s a problem for another year.
The other blanket is an ongoing pile of Vivid squares. Vivid is a blanket pattern by TinCanKnits and I’m making the squares out of JC Rennie 4ply. I’ve 6 colours that were originally going to be a Fair Isle vest so I’m working through those getting 6 or 7 squares per ball (some yarn was lost in the frogging). I’ll have a reasonable idea of how much more yarn I’ll need to get a bedsized blanket once I’ve knitted the current yarn up. Squares are taking 7.5g so this would be a good use of miniballs.
This is a mostly for my own reference post for stash dash planning. I’ve listed my current wips and where I hope to get to for Stash Dash 2016. There are 9 projects to finish, gloves to finish one of and 2 blankets to make some more squares for. I’ve not done a yardage calculation but I do expect to knit some other projects as well as those listed below.
Hitchhiker: last row and bind-off to finish
Garden Socks: 2″ and cuff of sock 1 and sock 2 to knit
Blue Regia Hand-dye effect socks: leg of sock 1 and sock 2 to knit
Hitofude: Charts D and E to knit
Pine Forest Baby blanket: approx half knit, to finish.
Sea Foam Tee: currently 2/3 of the way up the body, to finish body and bodice.
Double layer cowl: currently one layer knit, second lace layer to knit and joining them together.
Glacier gloves: currently on row 20 of the hand of glove 1. Finish glove 1.
Steggie: 26/65 motifs complete. Finish completely.
AhTop: 26/50 motifs complete. Finish completely.
Scrap blanket: 4 squares knit.
Vivid blanket: 11 squares knit. Knit 5 more to finish the green.
And I have spinning to ply so that I can count that yardage too. I’m don’t think I’ll be able to finish any other spinning so might just take a break for a bit after I finish the plying. Plus I have sewing I want to do too even though that definitely doesn’t count for Stash Dash.
Time for a WiP update.
The Thistle Pullover is almost finished, just the cuff of one sleeve and ends and buttons to sew. It’s getting elephant buttons (or as Wee Man says “a-bump butt”).
My Hitchhiker now has 20 points so making some progress there.
I’ve finished the sleeves and joined them up for my Hitofude. It looks a bit of a mess at the moment due to the unblocked lace but I’m hopeful that it’ll sort itself out with some weight on it.
I have gloves on the needles. The plan is to get them finished for next winter but given that we’ve had snow this week perhaps I should be aiming for sooner. The pattern is Glacier by Julia Mueller.
My plain socks are still unworked and I’ve just got the bare minimum past the cast on for a linen tee in purple. I hope I’ll have more to show on that next time.
I’m having a hard time resisting casting on all the things at the moment. Having a bunch of new yarn, a re-organised queue and a sort through of the ready to go projects is leaving me with a lot of enthusiasm for new projects and not so much for the older yarn and wips. I think I need to make it a goal to finish an old project (yarn purchased pre EYF2016) before casting on another new project. I have however just finished a hat with the Old Maiden Aunt Aran I purchased at EYF2016 so I’m not completely resisting. (It’s currently blocking so photos another hopefully lighter day.)
On the needles at the moment are two pairs of socks, one is a basic plain pair in Regia Garden Effects for those moments when only straight forward socks will do. The other pair are for a gift and are the Nutkin pattern by Beth LaPensee. I have also cast on a Hitofude cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu but it’s only a few rows past the cast on at the moment. My final on the needles is a rainbow dress for Hobbity-Boo knit from the leftovers from my rainbow of socks. The numbers are based on the size 4-6 Flax Light by TinCanKnits but otherwise I’m making it up as I go. I’ve just started the orange section and will then just have the red to go.
In other news Hobbity-Boo is all better but her chicken pox have walked over to Wee Man who has been rather miserable this week. He seems to be having a worse go of it but is hopefully on the mend now.
I’ve been slower than I’d like knitting these two projects (I keep procrastinating) but I’ve got 4 rows to go before dividing the sleeves and body on the blue linen Camellia Tee and I’ve got just past the cast on of the second Rainbow Hedgehog mitt so if I can get some momentum going I’ll hopefully still finish these both before the end of the month.
The mitts are my own design (and yes they are living in a hedgehog covered project bag) and are being knit in JC Rennie mini balls and one large skein of the grey from Wee County Yarns. I picked up the yarn from Edinburgh Yarn Festival last year and it’s the only things I haven’t yet knit so I definitely need to get them off the needles in the next month.
The Camellia Tee I have mentioned before. It is knit from the top down with raglan shaping with lace on the shoulder panels. It is an essentially sleeveless design. After separating the sleeves the body is knit straight until you reach the desired length. Then a few rows are worked on each sleeve and the neckline (previously provisionally cast on) before binding off. Once I get these last few rows finished it will become a much easier knit as I won’t need the chart or a way to keep track of rows. I am using a heavy laceweight linen from Midwinter Yarns.
I’d originally planned on making a Windswept sweater (by TinCanKnits) for Hobbit for this winter, decided she needed a cardigan instead, thought about doing a cardigan version and then decided on a completely different pattern instead. The Olearia Cardigan by Georgie Hallam has several versions. They all start with a gathered bodice which can be continued through out a whole long cardigan, stopped just after the armholes to make a shrug, or (as I am knitting) continued in stockinette to a long length. There are also options for short or long sleeves with gathers or without. The pattern comes in sizes from 1 to 8 and is incredibly detailed with lots of stitch counts for various sections. This does lead to a long pattern but she has used multiple colours to highlight the different sizes and it is easy to follow.
Thus far I have reach the end of the bodice and am now working in plain stockinette down the body. The yarn I am using was a gift from my mother-in-law last Christmas and is pure wool in a beige colour. There should be plenty for this pattern. I’ve just started the third ball as the bodice gathers use quite a lot more yarn than would be expected.
I realised on going through my blog posts to add them to Pinterest that I’d not actually blogged about most of my project bags or the stitch markers I’ve been using lately so I thought I’d try and include those in WiP posts for a while. All my project bags are sewn by me and are various sizes based on noodlehead’s Open Wide Zippered Pouch tutorial. This particular bag is knitting themed fabric (from Frumble Fabrics) with a grey base and lining (fabric leftover from my Tote Bag) and grey zip. The width is approximately the same as the medium pouch in the tutorial but I have lengthened the bag quite a lot to make room for bigger projects. There is a removable zipper pull made from beads from my stash.
The stitch markers I’ve been using for this project are unintentionally matchy (though I frequently try and match on purpose). They are made from ‘antique copper’ head-pins with wire wrapped loops. The stones I no longer remember what they are. There are four with a single stone, one with a plastic pearl as well and one with a lobster clasp. This works out as a good set as you have a different one to mark the end of round or in this case the beginning of a right side row and the lobster clasp is a removable one for crochet use or for marking progress.
So in the last 3 weeks I’ve been sick, had my parents visiting and moved house. Yes, moved house again. We got notice in April that our landlord was unexpectedly selling the house we were living in and so we had to find somewhere new. We’ve found a similar house in a slightly better location and our now all moved in. It did make life rather stressful for the period in which we knew we had to move but hadn’t yet found somewhere and also had to deal with the realtors and house viewings. The above photo is the kids in front of the new back door. Hobbit will still attend the same school for the next two weeks until the end of term (which is now further to walk each day) but will be attending a much closer school next term.
You might guess that I haven’t been doing much crafting over the last wee while, I did cast on the second green sock today and I’ve got the needle/thread/walking foot combination sorted out for quilting Hobbit’s new quilt. She’s in her new big bed now that we’ve moved. The baby blanket is not making much progress at all.
I’ve also just set up instagram and twitter accounts – lilgreyhedgehog. I don’t think I’ll be posting too much but we’ll see how I get on.
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