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Last Post!

I have decided to end the Without Seams blog. Over the past few months I haven’t really felt like posting updates. I tend to keep my project page on Ravelry up to date, and it feels like an extra chore to keep the blog up to date – I suppose that after  two years, blogging has lost it’s novelty for me!

I will be moving all the patterns over to Ravelry over the next few weeks (my Ravelry username is milobo), so if you would like any of the patterns, you should either download them now, or you will be able to find them over there if you have an account.

I will be disabling comments in a couple of weeks, but if you have a question about a pattern you can PM me on Ravelry

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April is for……Alpacas!

alpacas

Alpaca has definitely been my fibre of the month this month. I was lucky enough to be able to visit  The Naked Sheep during our stay with my parents in Northamptonshire at Easter. It’s definitely worth a visit if you are ever in the area. The Apacas were lovely, and although I was disappointed that there wasn’t any fibre available to buy, I did come away with some nice laceweight yarn.

 lace weight alpaca

I finally finished spinning up the grey alpaca silk blend from World of Wool.  This was spindle spun. I started off using the ply on the fly technique, but  ending up finishing the rest of the fibre, by spinning singles, and then Navajo plying on my wheel.  I decided to make another Storm Cloud Shawlette with this. I really like the pattern, and can see myself making a few more of these.

alpaca silk shawlette

I’ve been doing a lot more spindle spinning this month – I got a lovely alpaca/merino/silk blend from LimeGreenJelly. I’m spinning this very fine – hoping to end up with a 2 ply laceweight

alpaca merino silk on olivewood spindle

Last but not least on the Alpaca front, my sister has requested another pair of wrist warmers. I met her in Loop (just around the corner from where she lives) and she choose some Blue Sky Alpacas Melange ( a nice tweedy DK weight).

I found a nice free pattern from Drops Designs . The yarn is slightly heavier than the recommended yarn, so it’s producing a fairly dense  fabric, but I quite like it like that. Here’s my progress so far.

wristwarmer progress

Chevron Lace Cardigan – Pattern

The pattern for the Chevron Lace Cardigan is now available. Many thanks to those who tested it. If you have any questions about this pattern (or any of my other patterns) please email me at withoutDOTseamsATyahooDOTcoDOTuk

chevron cardy cropped

I’ve also started a 3 hour sweater in Sirdar Blur.

 3 hour progress

 This is the second time I’ve made this sweater. The first time I made it flat (as written), but
I’m modifying the pattern to make this one top down. The top down version is going very quickly – it will still take me a lot more than 3 hours though! I will post my modifications if it turns out O.K.

Hemp cardigan – progress

A quick post to show my progress with the Hemp summer cardigan. It’s coming along quite nicely.  hemp cardy progress

I haven’t worked on it for about a week, so I’m not sure when it will be finished. I’ve actually got a grand total of ten unfinished projects at the moment – 2 blankets, 2 toys, one pair of socks, two shawls, 2 cardigans and one cowl. I’m going to try not to start anything else until I’ve finished 2 or three more things.

Hemp Swatches

I haven’t made much progress on the olive cardigan this week, partly because I went wrong, and had to rip back quite a few rows, and partly because I’ve started a couple of new projects.

In my last post, I mentioned that I was thinking of crocheting a summer top out of the lanaknits hemp yarn. I decided to try my own design in the end, so I’ve started swatching with the yarn. I’ve never worked with hemp before, and I was surprised at how tough and string like it is. My swatch was initially quite rough and stiff…

 hemp swatch before

… but after washing it softened up, and the drape improved considerably.
hemp swatch after

I’ve written a rough pattern, and will post progress photos as I go along.

I’ve also started yet another pair of socks. In this picture you can also see my little index card with my basic sock pattern instructions which I have attached to my sock bag.

 colourful sock wih notes

I really enjoy having a pair of simple stocking stitch socks on the go -they’re easy to travel with and require minimal concentration!

More Socks

I haven’t had much knitting or crocheting time recently, but I am still in sock knitting mode. I tend to do my knitting after work when the girls are in bed, but I have been so tired recently, that I can only manage a few rows every evening.

I’ve been working on some plain ribbed socks in Schoppel sock yarn. I’m using a Knit 3, purl 1 rib for the cuff, then just plain stocking stitch for the foot. I’ve finished one sock, and I’m about half way through the second.

schoppel sock

Red Pesto Sock

The first red pesto sock is now finished
red pesto sock

I’m really pleased with it. I am really enjoying knitting these. I think it’s because I’m doing a simple stocking stitch pattern, with minimal ribbing – a nice simple mindless project with the variegated yarn providing some interest to the knitting.

I will be spending all my available knitting and crochet time this week trying to finish the Spring Shawl. I need to get it finished by Friday night, so that I can block it in time for my mother’s birthday. I think I am about halfway there at the moment.

 sping shawl 30%

I really hate knitting or crocheting to deadlines, as I usually fail, and I find that it takes away a bit of the fun. I know my mother will love this shawl – she really appreciates my handmade gifts, so I will make every effort to get it done in time!