Posted By Liz on April 12, 2014
Having been away from my blanket knitting, it’s hard to get back into a routine where it’d an hour plus per row, that’s without furry interruptions, drinking tea or bio breaks.. So frankly it’s hard to do for a long period of time, and almost like any exercise when you’ve had a break from it, it’s hard to get going.
Someone on reddit and I were talking of fingerless mitts.. And being me the ever cold, I thought, well DUH make some for work! As my hands do get cold, but I need my fingers to type with, and sure I could do fingerless gloves but there’s so much extra work. So, I made this this morning, and about. Third of the other this evening.
In essense it’s a tube with a hole for the thumb. Nothing more complex than that. The palm side is stockinette, I thought a cable on the back would make it more interesting to look at.
Posted By Liz on April 11, 2014
So, ex hubby dropped round, so I managed to persuade him to put his jumper on and let me take a photo..MIT does look better on than flat, I should point out the neck is deliberately large and floppy looking, he doesn’t like things against his neck.
I’m glad to say he says he likes it
Posted By Liz on April 9, 2014
So. I apologise for the hideous photos, but
Meet my spinning wheel, and my first spinning on it, I did cheat and span the wheel by hand and then inched out more fluff rpt, but, small steps at a time…
So.. Now I just need 80 ton of fleeces to spin….
Posted By Liz on April 8, 2014
Ripping complete! Haven’t completed the whole return row, but have at least started the right colour and got to one end… I did count religiously as I went, so there should be no stitches missing, and, to cap that life line removed!!
Posted By Liz on April 7, 2014
Words cannot put how crappy I’m feeling ripping back on my blanket. The quilted stitches make it much harder to rip, and here you can see how this is going, as quilting stitches only happens every other row, the non quilted row rips back tidy, but ripping back around 10,000 stitches is hard when it lives to do this…..
Posted By Liz on April 6, 2014
So, I’m going to rip back to the correct colour, but before I did I thought I would try and take a photo if it all flat, as that’s the one thing none of us have ever seen. So here it is, all 90″ of it.. I apologise for a seriously bad photo, but to get it all in was like trying to so a selfie on a moving train
Posted By Liz on April 6, 2014
Now it’s done. I hate the way the sleeves are, it looks a bit better on, but they look horrid like this
I’m really disappointed.
Posted By Liz on March 30, 2014
So, of course I am talking sleeves, the only thing I have ever found odd is that the top of the sleeve is nearly always as wide as the front or back, you never think of your arms as half the size of your chest do you? So, when I get to the sleeves there’s me thinking, these will go fast… But with the shaping, and counting you end up doing, it takes as long as the other pieces.
So, once this last sleeve is done, all I need to do is sew it together and pray my sleeves match up the arm holes, and then do the neck.
I am tempted to try a different neck, but I will probably spoil it… So, maybe not.. I have most of a sleeve to decide
Posted By Liz on March 29, 2014
I’m addicted to yarn, wether I knit or crochet, so, I’ve decided to up my game.
How you ask? We’ve seen your wool stash, how can you get more up your game. Well.
This week I bought 2 cheap, but new toys.
Firstly, a swift. Following trying to work with a hank as it was resulting in serious yarn barf and swearing, so, tonight I got that out and had a go. Very nice. Forgive the mess, I should have done before and after pictures, as there isn’t much to see, but, I’d like to thank Staci of verypink.com for her YouTube video giving me the guts to try
Secondly, although I haven’t tried yet, I bought me a drop spindle, it’s the seriously poor mans spinning wheel, it is no more complicated than a rod with a hook at the end, with a disk a short way up, which you twist and once into the swing, allegedly you can dangle and spin the thing round and round and work more freely. Ha ah ha.. With the drop spindle, I also got some roving which is basically unprocessed wool fibres. It came with 4 coloured dyes I can dye it with. Why haven’t I played with it yet? Well.. The roving is so nice and soft, and so nice to look at, I fear I will make such a hash with the spinning of it, I need to work up to it.
Posted By Liz on March 24, 2014
So, as you can see, I’m not doing too badly. I’m about to hit the neck area for the front. All in all I’m pretty pleased with it, although I still think I would have preferred to make some additional alterations. The panel on the front is marginally too thin, I think, possibly assisted by the 2 side cables which don’t have that helpful defining purl column, it makes it look thinner than it really is, as it stands.