Archive for February, 2008

Beach Knitting

It was a lovely sunny day here yesterday, and very warm for this time of year. As I had a day off work (the girls are on half term this week) we decided to go down to one of our local beaches for a picnic.

I’ve decided to make my mother a pair of blueberry waffle socks for Mother’s day (2nd of March this year) so I took my yarn and needles, cast on, and had a very pleasant couple of hours knitting in the sunshine.

beach knitting 2

It’s really nice, simple and enjoyable pattern. I should hopefully have them finished in time.

Talking of presents, my sister was visiting us recently and expressed interest in the alpaca wrap. I promised it to her for her birthday and was sure I could get it finished in time, as it was about 80% finished. I picked it up to finish it last night, but noticed that I had managed to pick up an extra 10 stitches on the way, so have ended up ripping it back to nearly the beginning. It will now obviously not be finished for her birthday (in 2 days time), but hopefully she  won’t mind the wait.

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Mini Cardie – Update

Here is the finished article!
mini cardie

And here she is wearing it (over her pajamas!)
mini cardigan eva
I used the the same method as the Top Down Round Yoke Cardigan Tutorial (see sidebar), but choose the cropped option for body length, and just worked one row of double crochet (= US single crochet) for the sleeves.

Mini Cardie

After my recent splurges, I have decided to try to not buy any new yarn for the next few months.  I was therefore excited about the recent yarn swap to mark the second birthday of my local knitting group. I took the left over alpaca yarn from my Top Down Round Yoke Cardigan, and I got 2 balls of Rowan Damask in return.

I decided to make a mini version of the Round Yoke Cardigan for Eva. As I only had about 200 metres of yarn, I’m making a cropped, cap sleeved version. It’s coming out really nicely, and I should just about have enough yarn.

mini cardie progress

It’s working up really quickly. I started it 2 days ago and I am now on the button band. I will post pictures of her wearing it when I have finished.

Manos Shawl

Finished the Manos shawl. I used my Carmen’s Shawl pattern with a 7mm hook and managed to get a reasonable sized shawl out of one 100g skein. 
Manos shawl
 I added one row of double crochet (single crochet in US terminology) to the edge, and I think this gives a nicer border to the shawl. I’m thinking of frogging the lace weight version, as I think the pattern works better with a heavier weight yarn.

Manos Silk Blend

We went to Bristol this weekend, and managed a quick visit to Get Knitted whilst we were there. I have been a very satisfied on-line customer for some time (great service) but the shop is amazing. It’s really well thought out. There’s a children’s corner with books and toys, comfortable sofas with magazines, snacks and drinks, as well as toilet facilities and free parking nearby. It’s an aladdin’s cave of yarn – almost too much to choose from, but this really stood out.
manos yarn 2

It’s Manos Silk Blend. It’s beautifully soft and comes in really lovely colourways. Unfortunately they only had one 100g skein of my favourite colour, but I bought it anyway. I plan to make (yet another) crochet shawl with this – I’ve already started swatching.