Helen Knits

12 jumpers in 12 months and other knitting adventures
Buttons and yarn purchased in Hanoi, Vietnam. The buttons were from Homemade Tailor and the yarn was purchased on Dinh Liet Street where there a few yarn shops. It’s not the best quality yarn but it was amazingly cheap and is knitting up into a lovely cardigan!

Buttons and yarn purchased in Hanoi, Vietnam. The buttons were from Homemade Tailor and the yarn was purchased on Dinh Liet Street where there a few yarn shops. It’s not the best quality yarn but it was amazingly cheap and is knitting up into a lovely cardigan!

jamescharlick:

Dancing Asparas (by jamescharlick)
Banteay Kdei, photographed here in the warm dawn sunlight, is a Buddhist temple in Angkor, Cambodia. Built in the mid-12th to early 13th centuries AD, it is in the Bayon architectural style, similar in plan to Ta Prohm and Preah Khan, but less complex and smaller. Its structures are contained within two successive enclosure walls, and consist of two concentric galleries from which emerge towers, preceded to the east by a cloister. Banteay Kdei had been occupied by monks at various intervals over the centuries until the 1960s.
An Apsara is a female spirit of the clouds and waters in Hindu and Buddhist mythology. Apsaras are beautiful, supernatural female beings. They are youthful and elegant, and superb in the art of dancing - usually in the palaces of the gods, entertaining and sometimes seducing gods and men. As ethereal beings who inhabit the skies, they are often depicted taking flight or at service of a god, they may be compared to angels.
A simple shot to start the post-holiday processing, I’m currently copying 44Gb of raw files onto my computer taken over a month around Asia. This should keep me busy for a while!

So, there might have been a reason for the lack of posts over the last month or so… we went on holiday to Asia for a month and I didn’t take any knitting with me! James is uploading his images of our holiday slowly, so here is the first one :)
Not taking knitting was a surprisingly hard decision to make since this is definitely the longest I have gone without having a project on the needles in 2.5 years, but I decided that I’d have more space to buy wool there if I didn’t take any with me… also I’d come to the natural end of a few projects so there wasn’t any need to finish anything. I did consider taking a lace project but I decided I wouldn’t have time to knit, and in reality I really didn’t! It was an amazing, epic holiday and it was good to have my full concentration on enjoying my surroundings. 
Did I buy wool while we were away… umm… yes of course! I also brought some lovely buttons. The wool was brought in Vietnam in Hanoi, it’s not the best quality wool but it was so cheap that I brought 1.5kg of it (and managed to fit it in my backpack!). I’ve already cast on and am part way through the yoke of the BlueSand cardigan which has been top of my wish list for quite some time. I thought it was time for some easy knitting, and while so far I have had to follow the pattern pretty closely I’m enjoying a relaxing knit. I’m looking forward to some more train knitting in my schedule since I start a new job on Monday and will have an hour a day on the train, compared to the current commute of 1.5hours in the car. So hopefully Dad’s birthday socks and a present for my neighbour will be complete by the end of the month… as well as the cardigan for me!

jamescharlick:

Dancing Asparas (by jamescharlick)

Banteay Kdei, photographed here in the warm dawn sunlight, is a Buddhist temple in Angkor, Cambodia. Built in the mid-12th to early 13th centuries AD, it is in the Bayon architectural style, similar in plan to Ta Prohm and Preah Khan, but less complex and smaller. Its structures are contained within two successive enclosure walls, and consist of two concentric galleries from which emerge towers, preceded to the east by a cloister. Banteay Kdei had been occupied by monks at various intervals over the centuries until the 1960s.

An Apsara is a female spirit of the clouds and waters in Hindu and Buddhist mythology. Apsaras are beautiful, supernatural female beings. They are youthful and elegant, and superb in the art of dancing - usually in the palaces of the gods, entertaining and sometimes seducing gods and men. As ethereal beings who inhabit the skies, they are often depicted taking flight or at service of a god, they may be compared to angels.

A simple shot to start the post-holiday processing, I’m currently copying 44Gb of raw files onto my computer taken over a month around Asia. This should keep me busy for a while!

So, there might have been a reason for the lack of posts over the last month or so… we went on holiday to Asia for a month and I didn’t take any knitting with me! James is uploading his images of our holiday slowly, so here is the first one :)

Not taking knitting was a surprisingly hard decision to make since this is definitely the longest I have gone without having a project on the needles in 2.5 years, but I decided that I’d have more space to buy wool there if I didn’t take any with me… also I’d come to the natural end of a few projects so there wasn’t any need to finish anything. I did consider taking a lace project but I decided I wouldn’t have time to knit, and in reality I really didn’t! It was an amazing, epic holiday and it was good to have my full concentration on enjoying my surroundings.

Did I buy wool while we were away… umm… yes of course! I also brought some lovely buttons. The wool was brought in Vietnam in Hanoi, it’s not the best quality wool but it was so cheap that I brought 1.5kg of it (and managed to fit it in my backpack!). I’ve already cast on and am part way through the yoke of the BlueSand cardigan which has been top of my wish list for quite some time. I thought it was time for some easy knitting, and while so far I have had to follow the pattern pretty closely I’m enjoying a relaxing knit. I’m looking forward to some more train knitting in my schedule since I start a new job on Monday and will have an hour a day on the train, compared to the current commute of 1.5hours in the car. So hopefully Dad’s birthday socks and a present for my neighbour will be complete by the end of the month… as well as the cardigan for me!

jamescharlick:

Away With The Faeries (by jamescharlick)
I’ve not been out and about much recently due to saving for and planning an upcoming trip, but the one thing I’ve been waiting for is fog.
It was due to be foggy overnight so I dragged my beautiful model out of bed at 5am to head to a local woods to have a play before work. Unfortunately the woods seemed to keep the fog out and it wasn’t nearly as dense as I would have liked.
Still, knowing that for next time will help! Time to try another location, and hopefully not on a school night.

Payment for all the knitting photos - in return I have to wake up at 5am, hike into a forest and freeze wearing just a dress in -2C temperatures! Not sure who gets the best deal here!?

jamescharlick:

Away With The Faeries (by jamescharlick)

I’ve not been out and about much recently due to saving for and planning an upcoming trip, but the one thing I’ve been waiting for is fog.

It was due to be foggy overnight so I dragged my beautiful model out of bed at 5am to head to a local woods to have a play before work. Unfortunately the woods seemed to keep the fog out and it wasn’t nearly as dense as I would have liked.

Still, knowing that for next time will help! Time to try another location, and hopefully not on a school night.

Payment for all the knitting photos - in return I have to wake up at 5am, hike into a forest and freeze wearing just a dress in -2C temperatures! Not sure who gets the best deal here!?

FO: Old Forge Blanket

This is probably my favourite blanket and luckily also James’ since it became his birthday present. I made this from wool I reclaimed from a scarf I made for James when I first started knitting… and then had to add a couple of extra balls to make a whole blanket!

The brown/green yarn is James C Brett marble dk, and the beige yarn is Gedifra Riana Color. I used a pattern by Stephen West (one of my favourite designers), and it’s called Old Forge.

This is a much better use of the yarn since it looks amazing in the blanket, while the scarf was knit far too dense to be wearable.

We found another wigwam in the woods, and decided it had to be in our photos. It was muddy in the woods today, slippery, wet and muddy. But we found some areas that were not destroyed by a million dog walkers, and this was one of them. Lots of beautiful moss and bracken, ready for a cosy home; the sun was so warm on my face while I was having a little snooze.

smudge playing peek a boo under the new blanket :)

smudge playing peek a boo under the new blanket :)

Appreciating the knitting - all of the shawls :)

Appreciating the knitting - all of the shawls :)

New Favourite Patterns

Brooklyn Tweed 4 has been launched and my favourite pattern is Landfall. Gorgeous cables, love the chevron ones, in a cosy long cardi. 

Other patterns I’ve been admiring:

If only I had the time to knit everything I want to knit! 

WIP Wednesday - this is my current work in progress :) it’s the old forge blanket designed by Stephen West, which I’m making for James’ birthday present (which is tomorrow and it’ll still be a WIP then too…). I’m loving this knit, I started it over Christmas so it has been on travels. It’s recycled yarn that I originally brought for James and made into a scarf, but he never wore it (it was too thick), so I unravelled it and decided to make this beautiful blanket. I think it was the right decision. I don’t mind unravelling something that doesn’t function as I (or the recipient) want if I get to reknit it into something I (or they) will use! 

WIP Wednesday - this is my current work in progress :) it’s the old forge blanket designed by Stephen West, which I’m making for James’ birthday present (which is tomorrow and it’ll still be a WIP then too…). I’m loving this knit, I started it over Christmas so it has been on travels. It’s recycled yarn that I originally brought for James and made into a scarf, but he never wore it (it was too thick), so I unravelled it and decided to make this beautiful blanket. I think it was the right decision. I don’t mind unravelling something that doesn’t function as I (or the recipient) want if I get to reknit it into something I (or they) will use! 

Cranberry sauce, a pattern I quite like, but it always seems to turn out on the small side, so might adjust it next time I decide to make it. Again made out of leftover kathmandu yarn.

This is how to recycle a cardigan, allbeit a cardigan I never finished because the shape just wasn’t working for me. I took the piece of knitting, chopped it up a bit and made it into a cushion to give to my lovely neighbour for Christmas, I like the cushion a lot more than I liked the cardigan!