Is enough, enough?

I’m knitting the band and collar for my Sparkle cardi, but I’ve just started the last ball of wool and I’ve got that horrible feeling that I might not have enough to finish it.  If you’re a knitter, you probably know that feeling.  You try to ignore it and think everything will be ok and you’ll have plenty of wool to get the job done, but you know that feeling is there, deep down, niggling…

We shall soon see I guess!

I also made a skirt at the weekend.  It is pretty unheard of for me to sew; it scares me.  But I’m determined to conquer my fear and I started with an A-line skirt made from Amy Butler fabric.  I finished the hem tonight and am very pleased with how it turned out.  It fits great and I didn’t have to ask Mum too many questions about how to do it!

Will take photos and blog about it later this week.

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FO: Passionflower top

Yay! I’ve finally finished something. The passionflower top is done and I love it! It fits really well and is probably the best item of clothing I’ve knitted so far.

The yarn was Sublime Soya Cotton DK in pomegranate. It’s a nice yarn to work with but I have a feeling that there will be quite a lot of dye coming out when I wash it. My fingers had a red tinge to the them as I was knitting!

The pattern, which was featured in the August issue of Knitting magazine, was very straight-forward and it knitted up quite quickly – I only started this a couple of weeks ago. Initially I didn’t swatch and used a whole ball of yarn before I realised that it was turning out a bit bigger than it should, so I had to undo it all and start again on smaller needles. I think I also made a mistake in the number of rows I did in reverse stocking stitch on one side. Both the back and front came out to the right measurements and holding them together they were the same length, but the point where you switch from reverse to normal stocking stitch wasn’t quite in the same place. Whoops! Didn’t matter too much though as I was able to ease it together correctly when I seaming.

I also learnt the proper way to do mattress stitch on two pieces of reverse stocking stitch. (The Knitter’s Bible book to the rescue.)

I would quite happily make this top again.

Now… time to finish the blanket.

New projects on the horizon

I’m very excited about the next three projects that I’ve decided to do.

Firstly, I cast on for this cropped cardigan on Friday night. I’d seen in on Ravelry whilst looking for something that I could use my 8 balls of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky that is in my stash. It’s a lovely light teal colour and I got it half price in a John Lewis sale a while ago. I was struggling to find a pattern for a cardi that was the right gauge for this yarn though and wasn’t looking forward to having to adapt one. My brain is too tired at the moment to do that.

Finally found this one though and I think that pattern is extremely cute. It’s knitted on circulars in one piece, top down. Never tried knitting a cardi like this, so it’s fun to have the challenge of a new technique too. Lots of people who’ve knitted it on Ravelry recommended following the designers’ modification for a smaller neckline and it can have the tendency to fall off your shoulders. I hate tops that slide off my shoulders so I definitely decided to make the smaller neck too.

The second project that I will be starting soon is this tunic dress from Debbie Bliss’ new Coastlines book. It’s made in Pure Silk, which I’ve ordered in lilac (a new shade for 2008) from Spin a Yarn. It’s expensive but beautiful and I need a new outfit for my cousin’s wedding in August! I’m hoping she’ll get it in sometime this week and I can go and pick it up at the weekend.

My third project is actually a sewing project… Shocking I know! Mum reckons that if I learn to do patchwork and quilting it will help me to learn to sew. So I’m making a satchel type bag. We went to a quilting show in Exeter on Saturday and I bought some fabric and have started to cut out some shapes and sew a few together.  All going well so far!