Monday, September 29, 2008

Inspired to Knit

Yay! My Inspired to Knit book has come today. Can't wait to sit down and look through it, although am meeting a friend after work tonight so will need to wait until I get back before I can read it.

Ooooh - exciting times!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Knitting Plans

This week has been pretty busy in work, with hiring a sales man and I have been exhausted coming home so have done very little knitting - I did manage to bake another carrot cake on Thursday though. I experimented with a cream cheese frosting but I think it needed a little more sugar. It was very well recieved in work!

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

My first Carrot Cake

On Saturday our friends came round to watch our weding DVD and for some nibbles. I got a little bit carried away and ended up spending all of Saturday cooking - which I thoroughly enjoyed. The menu included:

3 kinds of Sushi
Thai style pork meatballs with sweet chilli dip & BBQ Chicken Bites


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

What to knit...

My felting sample has been through the wash twice and still isn't properly felted, so it'll have to go through again tomorrow. Will post a photo when it's done. So far it looks as if it's pulling a little bit and I'm not sure how it will look when done...only one way to find out I guess!

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

Designing & Planning

I am in work early all week, so have plenty of time in the evenings to do some knitting. Last night I started designing my Phone Cozie based on some doodles I have done.

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

Experimental Knitting

Still determined to design something I have knitted myself - but with no idea where to start I picked up the needles last night to knit some beads from Domiknitrix.





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

My very first designed knitted piece

I have designed and knitted my own corsage! Having looked at current fashions, I have noticed a lot of bows and wanted to knit an alternative to flowers. So took this as an opportunity to design my own knit. I know bows aren't the most complex to knit. They are after all made of one long strip of fabric. But I decided I wanted pointed edges and chose moss stitch so the fabric is the same on both sides and doesn't curl like stocking stitch does. So I planned the increasing and decreasing - in moss stitch and have finished my very own design!


However, it is a little on the large site, it is about 9cm tall. The middle bit is a strip of garter stitch to hold it together.

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...

More flowers

I think this is one of my favourites:
I am not sure what to do with this one....it needs something else, but I'm not sure what. Ideas on a postcard....
All of the flowers knitted here are variations on a pattern from Fun & Funky Knitting by Emma King.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Multicoloured Petals


Petals I have knit for my flower corsage. Just really like this photo.
Considering a piece of knitted art maybe...these would look fab in my bedroom!

Inspiration

My Let's Knit magazine has arrived today. I alsways get so excited and inspired by it - I would happily give up my day job and knit all of the time. Unfortunately, I don't think I'm that good yet!

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

Crafty Shop

I haven't been neglecting you, but planning my online knitting empire! :)

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

Cupcakes

I won't get my camera back until tomorrow, so you'll have to wait to see the fabulous wrist warmers. :(

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!!! :)