Arm Yarn Holder

I managed to do a spot of sewing a couple of weekends ago. Whilst my parents were having cuddle time with our baby boy, I put together this arm yarn holder.

wrist yarn holder

I’d been knitting at Mum’s recently and was having to balance the ball of yarn on my lap. It kept rolling off and I remembered seeing these yarn holders on Pinterest.

So I did hunt around for some tutorials and patterns and found a few different ideas. I eventually decided to download a yarn bag pattern from this site.  At the full size, it was too big for my needs, however I printed it out at 60% and this brought it down to a much better size.

I didn’t bother with the pocket and I did actually change the curve shaping slightly when I cut it out. Unfortunately I didn’t follow the assembly instructions carefully because I thought I had it in my head but I kept thinking back to a different tutorial I’d read and as a result, ended up mixing up both tutorials and needing to fiddle around to sew it up properly.

But the end result is fine!

The fabric was from our stash and I found this button in the same colour green which I thought would decorate it nicely. (I was originally looking for a knitting themed button I know I have somewhere, but couldn’t find it.)

arm yarn holder

 

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Striped Baby Blanket

I have finished the baby blanket! I used Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino DK yarn and the pattern is from Sublime Little Hand Knit Book 600.  It was a nice easy mindless project to knit, especially with my baby brain at the moment!

It varies slightly from the pattern, in that I’ve used 6 colours, not 4 and I’ve done mitred corners on the border.

Doing mitred corners was easy. I picked up stitches along the edge of the blanket and then increased into the first stitch on every subsequent row.  I then mattress stitched the corners together.

striped-baby-blanket

Baby’s First Cardigan

I’ve finally finished knitting our baby his first cardigan.  I started it before we had the 20 week scan so we didn’t know if it was a boy or girl.  I knitted it all apart from the button band and then had to wait till mid-February to know which side to put the buttons and buttonholes on.

Trouble is, I lost momentum then and started knitting something else.

However I picked it up again recently to finish it off and thought to myself that it was look quite large, for the 0-6 months size.  When I measured I found that it was a bit too big in places, so I had to undo and shorten both front pieces and the sleeves. (The length of the back was fine!). Don’t know how I measured them before but they were longer than they should have been.

Finally sewed it together and put on the buttons this week and I’m pleased with the outcome.

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The pattern is a Sirdar one: #4423 Cardigans in Sirdar Snuggly Baby Cotton DK and that’s the yarn I used too. Sadly it has now been discontinued, but any DK yarn could be used instead.

My 10th Blog Anniversary

10th-birthday-balloons-11-inch-latex-ball1359_th2Wow! It dawned on me today that yesterday was my blog anniversary but I hadn’t twigged until just now that it is the 10th anniversary of starting this blog, and therefore 10 years ago when I started knitting in earnest as a keen newbie. I almost wasn’t going to write a blog post as my crafting mojo has been very up and down this past year or two. I still love knitting and sewing but what with renovating a house for 18 months and finally moving into it in the summer and running your own business, I just get in from work and don’t have the energy to do anything.

The past three months though, I’ve had a good excuse for feeling extra tired… we’re expecting a baby in July! In fact today, on my last day of the Christmas holiday break, I went shopping in Exeter to try and buy some maternity trousers. All my jeans and trousers are getting a bit tight now.There is a distinct lack of maternity wear around in the shops. What are women meant to do? I did get a pair of maternity jeans in JojoMamanBebe. They are way too long though and the waist is a bit high, but they’ll do and I can take up the length. I get the feeling they are catering for taller women.

I’m not going to bother to do a list of what I achieved last year and my aims for this year. With a baby on the way, who knows what I’ll have time to do.

I have however started some baby knitting – a plain white cotton cardigan. We won’t know if we’re having a boy or girl for another 6 weeks but I was dying to knit something, so plain white it had to be.

FO: Baby Blossom Cardi

We have a new yarn in the shop for this coming Autumn from Sirdar. It’s called Baby Blossom Chunky and it arrived just a few weeks ago.

It’s a really clever self-patterning yarn, which gives the appearance of an ombre effect in one colour and then a field of flowers!

I decided to knit a v-neck cardigan from one of the accompanying pattern leaflets to see if this would work for me… And it did!

baby-blossom-cardi

I did actually knit 3 front pieces, because when I did the second, no blossom pattern appeared. It was just about to start at the point I finished the front. So I reknit it, and used the yarn from the “spare” front for a sleeve, because I didn’t mind if that wasn’t patterned.

Ingenue Sweater

I feel like my crafty mojo is returning. 🙂

It’s been quite a while since I’ve enjoyed knitting something. I’ve had several knitting projects on the go for some time, which I’ve not finished because I wasn’t enjoying it for one reason or another.

I have a couple of lacy patterns that I’m doing – a cardigan in Rowan Summerlite 4 Ply and a beaded scarf in Rowan Kidsilk Haze. They’ve stalled because of the concentration needed to follow the patterns. I can’t take them to Knit ‘n’ Stitch nights because I will go wrong and then in the evenings at home I’m too tired to concentrate on anything difficult.

I’ve even stalled on knitting a teddy bear jumper because I’m making up the pattern as I go to fit the teddy.

Then there was the sweater in Sublime’s Evie, which started out well but then I wasn’t happy that the neckline suited me, so I tried to alter it and I stalled on that for months until a couple of weeks ago, I decided to scrap the alterations, knit it as written and be done with it.

All the extra thinking involved in either following or making up the pattern was putting me off doing any knitting at all.

So I decided I needed to find a project that would inspire me again. Something that I can knit without thinking too much about it, but not so boring that it becomes tedious.

That project has been the Ingenue sweater which I started in July.

A few years ago I was given a copy of Custom Knits by Wendy Bernard but I’d never tried any of the patterns, even though several appealed.

This book is very much about giving you a pattern and also suggestions for making it suit your body shape better. Looking on Ravelry there were some lovely variations of the Ingenue sweater and so I thought I would try something similar.

My version has a lower ribbed neck and 3/4 length sleeves rather than bell shaped sleeves. I’m knitting it in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran and it will have some coral coloured stripes at the ends of the sleeves and below the waist.

It is also knitted top-down, which is great. I love being able to try it on as I go.

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I have a slight fear that I’ve made the neck ribbing too wide and as that’s the cast on edge, it won’t be easy to fix, but it is possible from what I’ve been reading. So I’ll wait until the end and see how it feels when it’s finished.

It’s nice to be enjoying knitting again though!

Yarn Bowl

My husband is lovely. 🙂

For Valentine’s Day this year he gave me a lovely yarn bowl which he’d made himself. It is fab and a perfect present because of the love and thought he put into it.

yarn-bowl

Ted

Teddy is finished and I’m so pleased with him 🙂

He’s knit with Sirdar Touch yarn, which is unbelievably soft. He mades Ted so cuddly. He’s quite a big ted actually, especially as I only did the small size too!

The pattern is a Sirdar pattern, which you can buy as a downloadable PDF if you want to make your own.

teddy

I’m now making him a tank top from a ball of the new Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino Tonals yarn, an ideal way to see how this new yarn knits up I reckon.

FO: Drift in Sublime Natural Aran

I’ve finally finished the jumper called Drift that I’ve been knitting in Sublime’s Natural Aran yarn.  The shade I chose was a new one for this Autumn called Minky – a lovely dusty pink colour.

The pattern is in the The Second Sublime Natural Aran Hand Knit Book (687) and was fairly straight forward to do as it’s basically just 2×2 rib.  The cabled ribbed detail on the front had to be done by following a large chart, which I find ok as long as I have a ruler up against each row so that I read it correctly.

There were two adjustments I had to make though. The armholes weren’t big enough. When I tried it on it was just too tight, so I had to make them bigger than the pattern suggested. I also changed the neckline. The neck shaping in the pattern is such that it gets higher in the middle so felt like it was almost choking me and it was also a bit tight to get my head through and I don’t have a particularly big head! I don’t like anything tight up against my neck, so I changed the shaping completely so that was higher at the shoulders and made the neck opening larger.I’m much happier with it now and will hopefully get lots of wear out of it this winter, although it is so mild at the moment, I’m not sure it’ll ever be cold enough!

drift jumper

The Hitchhiker Scarf is finished

I finished the Hitchhiker scarf at the weekend. As I got closer to the end, the rows took longer and longer to complete, but my husband was watching three games of rugby back to back on Saturday afternoon (Rugby World Cup), so I just sat with him to the watch the matches and was determined to get this scarf finished.

I’m really pleased with the outcome. The colours of the Araucania Puelo yarn are really me.

It’s currently on display in the shop, but I’ll probably end up wearing it around the shop as the weather gets colder.

hitchhiker scarf