Wednesday, December 31, 2008
This is my chart so far:
And this is sample number 1. It's 160mm x 65mm:
It's not quite the dimension I wanted, so I have added a few more rows to the chart to bulk it out a bit ready to try again. More fair isle practice I suppose...
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Visit the Wardrobe Refashion Blog
I failed miserably!
I plan to do much better this time, and pledge to do so for 6 months!!! Wish me luck!
On another note, I bought India Knight's The Thrift Book: Live Well and Spend Less. I haven't finished the introduction yet and am already inspired....it's what made me think of the Wardrobe Refashion again.
I am a bit of a chronic spender. If I have money I WILL spend it. I have recently got into the habit of recycling and have been known to make pickles, chutneys and jams to use up fruit. So I am hoping that this book will help me better manage my money and curb my spending.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I have already started thinking about my new years resolutions - and I think they'll be the same as last year...and the year before...and the one before that! :) Although this year I don't have a wedding to plan and can concentrate on my crafty side - this now includes knitting, cross stitch, baking, cake decorating and cooking in general. My sister is a jewellery designer, just coming to the end of her degree in London, and is looking to come back to Wales to set up for herself. Would be great to make a go of it, and with my marketing background I can help her get sorted. My mum was always interested in fashion, knitting, surface pattern so I reckon this could be the year we launch our fashion house! Watch this space!!! Work has been a bit crappy lately, so it would be really nice to spend time (and maybe earn some money) doing something we all enjoy together.
Anyway - Merry Christmas all!! I am in work next week, and will be able to post photos of the christmas presents we have made. Just hope they turn out ok!!!! :)
Friday, December 19, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
I still have no studio, I still have my crap strewn throughout the house (just ask hubby) but I have kept up my blog and I have done more crafty stuff. I am now on cross stitch. Unfortunately I can't blog about it much because it's all for Christmas presents, but come back in the new year and I'll post all I have done.
I am looking forward to Christmas! Hoping to pop out after work tonight to pick up the final bits and pieces...or at least the major final bits. Wrapping paper, cards, etc. Anything else will just be added extras. I hope.
Few other updates -
My yarn STILL hasn't come from Angel Yarns. I ordered in in SEPTEMBER and I had an email on 28th November to say they were waiting for delivery.
My shop still isn't finished - maybe for next Christmas....
I haven't done anywhere near as much knitting for Bobath as I wanted. :( Can't believe the time has gone so fast.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Friday, November 07, 2008
For a friend's birthday I made a cake to reflect his gardening habit - his garden, including shed and wormery!
Monday, November 03, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Bobath helps Children in Wales with Cerebral Palsy via a number of therapy treatments, including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy, and the email I recieved today asks that we "Join the Flock. Knit for Bobath!" So that is what I shall do.
There are Christmas patterns available on their website for you to knit and sell to your friends, or you can donate them to the centre and they will send them for you. http://www.bobathwales.org/downloads/Christmas%20Knitting%20Patterns.pdf
So I am going to have a go on the weekend and see how many I cam make....anyone fancy a challenge? Ready. Set. GO!!!!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
This weekend I will be hopefully starting on Christmas cakes, probably 3. I have also been asked to make a cake for a friends birthday, so I think I'm going to go for a garden cake, with shed, fence, patio and vegetables. quite lookign forward to it. Will post a photo when it's done.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I have started my Christmas knitting, will post details after Christmas just in case. And I am still waiting for my Baby Alpaca Yarn from Angel Yarns so I can start Camden. I am getting a little annoyed - the service is usually great, and I ordered at the end of September. I wanted to get the jumper done before Christmas. :(
We're not sure what happened with Hobbes (kitten) he just came in one day limping, with his leg at a funny angle, and now needs a minimum of 7 weeks cage rest, could be up to 12 weeks. He's currently in a rabbit run in the kitchen so he has room to spread out and all his ameneties, but he has to wear a collar to stop from licking his stitches and cries all the time. Poor bugger. I feel so sorry for him, but it's for the best. We do get him out when we can and take the collar off, but he's very fast and doesn't understand that he's not allowed to jump!
So busy, busy....
Monday, October 06, 2008
Anyway, I knit this corsage on Saturday morning before going to the rugby. It's my favourite so far.
And this one I knit on Sunday among making pea soup, washing and tidying. The flower shapes are actually one piece. I knitted the petals separately and kept them on a spare needle then joined them all by knitting across then decreasing til they form a circle. I had no pattern nor idea, and this is what happened. A bit of a knitting epiphany for me. Was quite proud of myself! :)
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Knitting with beads. I consulted a few websites and books and produced a mini swatch.
A mini cable swatch, trying to get to grips with how and why the cables go the way they do. I don't think I was any more informed when I finished. Will need to do more experiementing.
A stitch pattern called 'The tree of life' from a knitting sticthes book my mum used to use. Reminds me of a Christmas Tree.... Looking at how purl and knit stitches can make a subtle pattern.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
And I have decided I am going to knit a jumper. For myself.
I have chosen Camden from Knitty http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall08/PATTcamden.html as I love the bobbles and the fact the sleeves come off - looks good and is functional. I have even purchased the yarn and am very much looking forward to it arriving so I can get started. If it all goes to plan there may even be a post on substituting yarn soon as I wasn't able to get the Knit Picks Andean Treasure the pattern asks for, so I have gone for Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk DK. It has very similar 'stats' to the Andean Treasure but I guess a swatch will tell! :)
I have also started a knitting sketchbook and have purcased 'Inspired to Knit' by Michele Rose Orne. Can't wait!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Stuffed eggs & Smoked salmon and cream cheese rolls Carrot cake
Mini vanilla cupcakes
And even if I do say so myself - it was pretty good! :)
Friday, September 19, 2008
In the meantime I don't know what to knit next. There are a few jumpers I want to knit, but I'll need to buy yarn and it'll be about £30 per jumper so need to wait until payday I think...I just want something quick I can knit as a background task but there are so many choices I can't choose. :( Wondering about starting knitting squares for a baby blanket as I am going to be an auntie March next year. Or I can start Christmas presents - but still have to decide what I am going to knit. I have lots of yarn in my stash just can't decide. Maybe it's just that Friday evening feeling and I'll be inspired in the morning. It's nice to have all weekend with nothing but knitting (and a night in with the girls) planned. Hopefully I'll get something started tomorrow, or I'll end up buying yarn for a jumper. Although I am making canapes tomorrow for our night in... we shall see. G'night all!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Following my doodles I drew out a pattern on graph paper I made myself. It is not made up of squares as more often than not knitting stitches are not square, but rectagular. This way you should get a better image when knitted.
To test the pattern I got some standard double knit yarn I had lying round the house and 4mm needles and knit myself a sample. I am not great at fair isle knitting, it all gets a bit tight, but as I plan to felt the final piece and it doesn't need to be particularly stretchy, I know I can get away with it!
It actually worked better than I thought and while i know I need to make a few adjustments to the pattern - make the dots more round, tidy up the smaller flowers a little bit, move the big flower over a bit.... I was quite happy with it. I have started my felting swatch with Wool yarn from Knitting4Fun and hope to finish this off tonight. I can then felt this swatch and check guage, sizes and how the pattern turns out - maybe the dots will round themselves out in the wash!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
They need a bit of finessing, and were a little bit fiddly. Definitely not a project to be knitted with a glass of wine! All in all, quite pleased with them though.
Below was something a bit simpler practicing my decreasing and seeing how much difference a 2 stitch garter border would make - quite a bit!!
Friday, September 12, 2008
So I went for something a little smaller in garter stitch. This one is about 4cm top to bottom. The middle is tied together with some leftver yarn.
A small victory, I know, but still something I am quite proud of. It does make me realise that I can design and knit an object. It's getting the inspiration I struggle with. Baby steps...
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
There's also the Knitting and Stitching Show in London in October - which I really fancy going to.
SO much knitting, so little time....
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: I am going to try selling my knitting, and hopefully patterns, online. Starting with my corsages and mini accessories and going from there. I have started designing the shop, just need to sort out the transfer of my domain and get the shop set up. Then get knitting to build up my supplies and get designing so I have some patterns to sell. Hopefully I'll get it up in time for Christmas...but you know how these things go.
Watch this space....
Monday, September 01, 2008
On another note, I made the nicest vanilla cupcakes for my friends birthday on the weekend. We were bought a KitchenAid mixer for our wedding, and it's the best invention ever!! You just chuck in all the cakey ingrediencts and let it go. But the end of the mixing the mixtire was so light and airy, like mousse and this made FANTASTIC cupcakes. Even the rugby boys agreed. My top tip (well 2 actually) for today is...
1. Substitute half caster sugar for vanilla sugar for a light but delicious vanilla flavour, somehow more subtle than using vanilla extract.
2. When baking your cupcakes half-fill in any empty holes with water, somehow this helps the cakes make more evenly. Can't remember where I heard this, but it works!!! :)
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
(My wrist warmers are about 6 inches long now! Will need to do some serious knitting to get them done this week...plus I want to knit a corsage for my friends birthday...there goes my cooking time again!)
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
(Just please excuse the insipid pink DK yarn I use for experimental purposes!)
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Haven't done any more corsages because I plan to go through my wardrobe soon and sort out what I need to do with all of my clothes. I am also reading Victoria Beckham's 'The Extra Half Inch' which will hopefully help me decide what I am actually never going to wear again. Plus what I need to make to help me make the most of my wardrobe. Planning to start tonight....wish me luck!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
1. My first Aplique
This is actually the front of a needle case I made to test the sewing machine I borrowed from my mum. There are a few issues, as my Dad likes to say "Measure twice, cut once" which I need to work on, but generally am pretty happy with it.
2. First time knitting with Wire
Trickier than I thought, but in time i reckon I can get it tidier and have some plans for wire, bottle tops and beads.....
3. First Proper Sock Knitting
I have knit one sock before (didn't even manage a pair!) on straight needles that ended up about 3 times the size it should have been. I found this yarn and free pattern and got the right size needles free with Let's Knit magazine so figured it was fate! Will see how we get on.
4. First Time seeing Pixie in my Yarn Basket
I don't know how long she's been sneaking off for a quiet moment in amongst my yarn, but she looked so comfortable...and at least the kitten couldn't find her in there!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
I then had to go out for lunch and shopping, and spend Sunday in Ikea. However I wore both corsages on my bag to the pub Sunday evening and had a lot of people asking where I got them and showing a bit of interest, so there may be something in it. Will need to design my own though... I'm thinking of an orchid....watch this space.