Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Adventure Time!

 This little guy was made by special request of Millie to take on her school trip.  You may recognise him as Finn the human from the cartoon "Adventure Time." He is knitted in Stylecraft Special Aran and is a very splendid fellow.  There is loads of yarn left over from this project which needs to be made into something.  it was important to use exactly these colours so I couldn't raid my stash and had to buy some more. Here he is having an adventure in our garden...

 My socks  on two needles have at last got finished and sewn up - just in time for the heatwave! I am quite pleased with them. The seams are hardly noticeable and the knitting is much quicker on two needles. I used about a ball and a quarter of very cheap sock yarn purchased at "Tiger".  Considering it was only £1 a ball it is pretty nice.

 I love this pretty top in Rowan Savannah.  It was very simple to knit and only took two evenings on size 8mm needles. The crochet trim round the neck is the perfect finishing touch.  I plan to make another of these  and will add a few inches to the length - it is really a bit short for me.

I have mostly been working on my crochet blanket this week - it's looking beautiful and I can't wait to finish it.

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Scarves and Sunhats

Still no sign of Summer arriving, although we are promised hotter, sunnier weather in the next few days.  I am ready with a crochet sunhat...

The Ewa hat is one of my favourite hat patterns of all time.  It is simple but turns out a beautifully shaped hat every time. The simple design is also crying out to be embellished with some sort of amazing crochet flower. For the hat, I used RYC Cotton Silk and for the flower Katia Degrade. I have made this design many times now and it never fails me.

I recently took part in the Summer Song Shawl Knitalong hosted by Tinyknitter on Ravelry.  I chose Rico Creative Designs Reflection for my shawl and used 4mm needles.  For the smallest size shawl, I used about one and a quarter balls. I do love the finished shawlette but if I made another would use larger needles for greater drape and stronger coloured beads for greater contrasted. The beads were added as I went along using a very tiny crochet hook. It only took a few days knitting to finish this one and it is lovely to see the other versions that are now appearing on Ravelry.
I had to block the shawl well to open out the lace and get the lovely pointed edges.  The blocking also increased the size of the shawl quite a bit - I was worried it was going to be too small when I was knitting it. Turned out really pretty.

Here's a scarf that I started ages ago.

It is the "Just A Whisper" scarf  that I previously made in a bright green sequined mohair from Ice Yarn. At last, the lovely ball of Kidsilk Haze Stripe has been knitted up into something very wearable. Using extra large needles makes one 50g ball go a very long way and still produces a soft , fluffy, warm fabric. I had quite a bit left over - maybe as much as a third of the ball.
Happy knitting!