Saturday, 27 August 2011

Finished objects and work in progress!

Crochet FO!

My brothers birthday was this August and so I made him a star blanket, my fourth star blanket! He loves the colour blue and so I went for a sea and sand theme. This is most definitely the biggest of the blankets (I measured) showing that after a long time of crocheting non-amigurumi things my tension has become much looser! I sent the blanket down to him (with the other brother) and got a very happy phone call off him! He was very pleased with it :D 

Crochet WIPs

The toast scarf that I blogged about in what seems a very long time ago has been making very slow progress as I keep frogging it. But alas I have made all 15 slices with the crusts on, so they only need to be buttered and sewn together.

A very squishy looking loaf!
I should really try and finish it but there are currently other projects which I want to do much more. So sadly my toast scarf will stay in this state for a while longer. Poor poor buttered toast scarf!

My favourite crochet project at the moment is my 'Lime'shawl which I'm making in a pale silvery blue. I'm making it from Debbie bliss Angel and it is soooo soft and silky. I love it! The pattern is from issue 20 of inside crochet. It's a slow project as its linked crochet which takes me a while to do! Here is my progress so far....

Only another 31 stars to do and then 27 minor motifs! YIKES
Its definitely a project that will need to be blocked! Maybe this time next year I will have finished it :S I really like the star motifs though and they will really show they shape when they are blocked!

Looks lovely and soft and fuzzy!

I almost forgot (as I haven't touched it in a while) I'm also making a cushion cover using african flower hexagonals!

Knitting FO

I have fallen in love with Tiny Owl Knit designs! I love they fairy tale influence in the designs as she definitely has a great imagination. I started the Beekeepers quilt that I blogged about last but I needed something to store my DPNs in, but don't worry Stephanie had the answer to my problem. Her Gnome homes for DPNs! So I made a gnome home and I LOVE it! Its not quite finished as I need to add elastic to keep the hat on but it works a treat! It was my first time hand felting (so I think I will make another which will hopefully be better) but I am so pleased with how it turned out! So with out further ado may I introduce my Gnome!

Sadly he is currently nameless!

He fits all five of my 3.5mm DPNS nice and snugly :)

I have also got TOK's pattern for Fairy castles to store all my DPNs in and I can't wait to get started on it (yarn bought and ready to knit!).

picture from Tiny owl knit project page linked above

Knitting WIPs

OK so I have mention the owl jumper several times before and well I have started it! I have knitted both the sleeves and I'm about to start on the body. It knits up so fast and the yarn is so soft .

They don't look the same size in the photo but trust me they are. I made the cuffs extra long so I could put a thumb hole in. 

As a first jumper as a beginner knitter I am so pleased with them and can't wait to finish it. It will be a super snug and warm jumper. Hopefully I will finish it in time for the cold weather :D

Finally my last WIP is the beekeepers blanket, I have now made 11 in total and I'm half way through my twelfth. I thought they would be really difficult to make and at first I did find it really fiddly and difficult knitting on 3 DPNs but 11 hexipuffs later and its a breeze and I love making them! So he is a load of pictures of them :P

Rowan kidslik haze hexipuffs, they are so soft and squishy 
I'm going to lots of hexipuffs with little pictures on them
I love the yarn which varies in colour :)

I keep them all neatly in a case which I can use to travel, as its such a great project to take on travels and knit when waiting around.

all the tools to make a hexipuff
Full of all my hexipuffs!
And finally a picture of my hexipuff in progress 

Well there you go all my work for a while! Hope you liked them!

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Owls and Bees (Knitting)

I don't usually post without pics of FO's but today I have seen a project which I think will be perfect for me whilst I'm away! Its by Tiny owl knits and it the Beekeeper's quilt. Its made up of little 'hexypuffs' which are all joined together in a honeycomb pattern. I'm so excited at the prospect of being able to knit a little hexy a day in my spare time or just before bed. I think it will be a great way to wind down from a study packed day (which will be needed if my masters is as stressful as my final year of my Bsc).
The picture below is from Tiny owl knits finished project linked above. Its so cute and from the video she did on it they look so puffy and cuddly! I definitely thought I should share this for those of you who are busy and like the satisfaction of finishing something, as each 'hexypuff' is a mini project in itself. On the tiny owl knit Ravelry group there is a  KAL for the quilt and a discussion thread where people share their picture charts they have come up with for a 'hexypuff'. 
I'm even more excited now about starting my masters this October!

On another note I have ordered my yarn for the O w l s jumper I mentioned on a previous blog post and my circular needles came today! I am really excited to start it and can't wait to cast on when the yarn comes next week. I'm making the jumper in Debbie bliss donegal luxury tweed chunky  (splashed out a bit!) in a nice teal-ish colour!

I will post some crochet FO's in the next few days :D


Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Gnome dome take two!

I made a second GNOME DOME :D and I LOVE IT!!! Its made in Noro silk garden chunky and I held to strands together to give the right gauge.  It matches my scarf made in same yarn. I can't wait for winter now, sick of summer so bring on the cold! The yarn is so soft too. I also added a few (four I think) knit rows before the decrease because the last felt too small. So it fit great and I am thrilled with it. Cue pictures...

and with the scarf...

and beautifully modelled by Holly...
bless she is so patient :)

Hope you like it, would be great to see more gnomes walking around this winter :D


The Fruits of my Spinning

If you keep up with blog you may have noticed that I did some spinning a while back. I spun the remainder of the roving into a much thinner yarn than my other two attempts and it varies from worsted weight to lace! Oops! I guess spinning evenly is a skill I will gradually learn. I have booked myself on a spinning course in hope that will help :) Well I dyed the yarns and crocheted with it! I dyed the yarns using Dylon handwash and the colours I used where Bahama blue and ocean blue. Sadly these weren't the colours the yarn turned out to be. So I have made a note to self next time not to use dylon for my yarn. SO here are the result!

And for close ups!

This is the first yarn that I spun and it was dyed in ocean blue but came out as a lilac :( its a nice colour but not what I wanted.

This is the second yarn and I dyed it bahama blue, which I expected to come out as a deep turquoise, but its very pale.

For my final spun yarn I draped half of it in both dyes.

And then hand wound it into a ball :D

I had a lot fun spinning and dying it even if the colour wasn't what I wanted and will definitly do it again. But I couldn't leave the yarn untouched! so I crocheted as much as I could with the small amounts of yarn!

I hope this inspires you to give it ago yourself if you haven't already done so! I got a great deal of satisfaction when I was crocheting knowing that I had spun and dyed the yarn that I was using.