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30 day Knitting Challenge: 3/30

Do you have any other WIPs (works in progress)?

So yesterday I showed you the 2 projects I currently have on my needles. In terms of other WIPs, there is  one blanket that has been on the go for quite some time which I really want to pick up again and finish one day (I have about 10 more squares to go I think and it’s all joined together, ends sewn in so goodness knows why I haven’t finished it!) 

My other works in progress are all in my head…  I’m thinking about my brother in law’s crochet blanket, I have brought the yarn (see above!), I just need to work out how to make what he wants. I am also thinking about a jumper for James which he saw in a shop and I’d like to recreate something similar- but we haven’t found the right yarn for that yet.

I also have 2 designs that I have written up but not quite finished and we have a redesign of my blog that James started over Christmas last year which we still haven’t finished. We have also designed a WIP bag which I love and I’m sure we should be doing something with this design - infact we are taking a screen printing course on Sunday :D

I haven’t even started any of my annual projects this year… changing job and thus my entire routine (plus working on the epic blanket) has really affected my knitting plans, more time on the train means less time for more creative knitting, I just need stress busting knitting that can be done with jostling noisy people around. 

30 day knitting challenge: 2/30

What is currently on your needles?

I’m knitting 2 projects at the moment, and thinking about a few more… 

My current projects are Rock Island, the lace shawl that has a lovely long edge which requires full concentration… and Spirited which is also lace weight - a cardigan which I’ve just brought a new skein of lace weight to finish off because I hadn’t picked a pattern when I brought the yarn and the size of the fronts has meant that I didn’t buy enough.

The current thoughts in progress will come in tomorrows post - good thing I am writing these in advance or I wouldn’t have anything to write tomorrow!

30 day Knitting Challenge: 1/30

What was your first finished project?

I had a few failed attempts at making things in my teens, but most of those I do not have pictures of… so there is no evidence of the scrappy garter stitch scarf - shame that :S and no evidence of the mittens that were completely different sizes… 

I restarted knitting in about 2008, my first project was a 1*1 ribbed scarf, I made it for my hubbie (then boyfriend) for his Christmas present that year. He never really wore it, it was too thick or something… so recently I frogged it and remade it into the forge blanket you can see above. This is a much better use of the yarn, the cats love it (and I think James does too….) .

The other interesting thing about those 2 photos,… is the quality of the picture, I imagine the first one is taken on a point and shoot in our old living room, the second is a more thought out shoot with a much better camera. So I guess it shows that we have both grown, my choice of knitting pattern to fit recipient and yarn has improved, while J’s photography is now amazing! 

30 Day Knitting Challenge

theherocomplex:

Day 1: What was your first finished project?

Day 2: What is currently on your needles?

Day 3: Do you have any other WIPs (works in progress)?

Day 4: How did you learn how to knit?

Day 5: How long did it take from the time your learned how to knit, to finish your first project?

Day…

So I think it’s time I started some sort of knitting related blogging challenge because I’m useless at keeping my blog up to date! So here goes for the 30 day knitting challenge. 

I have started another WIP… (and I’m a day late for WIP Wednesday!)
This WIP is the lovely pattern Rock Island by Jared Flood, I’ve wanted to knit this for a long time and finally brought some lovely yarn to do it justice at the Bristol Wool Fair. The yarn is Squeaky Elliot Elfyn’s Lace, in a beautiful navy blue. I really struggle to knit this at knit night or when I’m watching Strictly, it takes lots of concentration, but I am more than half way through the edge repeats. 
I’m also still working on my lace weight cardi - this is much better for TV knitting - lots of stockinette. I’ve nearly finished the body, but have brought some more yarn to do the sleeves… I think I will want them at least 3/4 length of more and am very close to the end of the ball just having knit the body - the fronts on this pattern are massive which is why I’ve used more yarn than I anticipated! It drapes beautifully and I can see it being worn a lot, but boy is it boring (yet fiddley) to knit! 
Along with all this I have been a naughty girl and brought yarn for a blanket for my BIL, 2 books (from a friend) and I might have just had to buy a pattern I’ve been admiring since it came out… To Grandma’s House by Dandelion Girl. I have no one to knit this for, but it’s such a cute pattern I’m sure I will find someone who will love it! It was 50% off so I really couldn’t resist. 

I have started another WIP… (and I’m a day late for WIP Wednesday!)

This WIP is the lovely pattern Rock Island by Jared Flood, I’ve wanted to knit this for a long time and finally brought some lovely yarn to do it justice at the Bristol Wool Fair. The yarn is Squeaky Elliot Elfyn’s Lace, in a beautiful navy blue. I really struggle to knit this at knit night or when I’m watching Strictly, it takes lots of concentration, but I am more than half way through the edge repeats. 

I’m also still working on my lace weight cardi - this is much better for TV knitting - lots of stockinette. I’ve nearly finished the body, but have brought some more yarn to do the sleeves… I think I will want them at least 3/4 length of more and am very close to the end of the ball just having knit the body - the fronts on this pattern are massive which is why I’ve used more yarn than I anticipated! It drapes beautifully and I can see it being worn a lot, but boy is it boring (yet fiddley) to knit! 

Along with all this I have been a naughty girl and brought yarn for a blanket for my BIL, 2 books (from a friend) and I might have just had to buy a pattern I’ve been admiring since it came out… To Grandma’s House by Dandelion Girl. I have no one to knit this for, but it’s such a cute pattern I’m sure I will find someone who will love it! It was 50% off so I really couldn’t resist. 

Nurmilintu - giving my hands a break on Flickr.So the lace weight cardigan hurts my hands, so on my off days (and when I leave my knitting at work so I can run home) I have a second project on the go! This is currently my WIP Nurmilintu shawl.

Nurmilintu - giving my hands a break on Flickr.

So the lace weight cardigan hurts my hands, so on my off days (and when I leave my knitting at work so I can run home) I have a second project on the go! This is currently my WIP Nurmilintu shawl.

My Hitotude cardigan using the lush fyberspates yarn I brought at unravel. I loved the pattern and the yarn and both together. But my swatch lied and this is a little too big, or the blocking opened out the whole garment more than the swatch. Nevertheless I really love this cardigan.

The structure and thus the fit is a bit unusual though so not sure I will be using the pattern again. It’s not as comfy as a cardi with shoulders it’s more shrug like which I find difficult to wear. 

That being said the pattern was easy to follow, and I adore the colour of the yarn (even if it bled all over my fingers and even when washed with vinegar still continues to leak! 

On posting my WIP yesterday, I realised that I hadn’t shared the pretties that I brought at the first Bristol Wool Fair! And even worse I hadn’t shared that I had been to the Bristol Wool Fair. How remiss of me!
Nearly 2 weeks ago I went to Clifton Downs in Bristol for the first time to visit the Wool Fair. I had a lovely day with my friends from Knit2together, we looked at yarn, we ate (msg) sausages and we looked at some more yarn, then we did our stint at volunteering where I was stewarding the knitathon - so much fun! This involved 20 people knitting one long piece of material in a row.  I only came away with the book and the red and blue skeins of yarn.
This made me feel a bit unfulfilled so I went back to the fair on Sunday and found a bargain bin at Rosie’s moments and the pink and purple yarns joined my collection. None of them match, but I love them! I’m sure they will become something beautiful. I also got some sheeps icecream and had a lovely afternoon with my hubbie :)
I really hope there is another Bristol Wool Fair because it was so much fun and nice to have a local wool fair where we can discover new yarns that are being produced locally. Amazing! 

On posting my WIP yesterday, I realised that I hadn’t shared the pretties that I brought at the first Bristol Wool Fair! And even worse I hadn’t shared that I had been to the Bristol Wool Fair. How remiss of me!

Nearly 2 weeks ago I went to Clifton Downs in Bristol for the first time to visit the Wool Fair. I had a lovely day with my friends from Knit2together, we looked at yarn, we ate (msg) sausages and we looked at some more yarn, then we did our stint at volunteering where I was stewarding the knitathon - so much fun! This involved 20 people knitting one long piece of material in a row.  I only came away with the book and the red and blue skeins of yarn.

This made me feel a bit unfulfilled so I went back to the fair on Sunday and found a bargain bin at Rosie’s moments and the pink and purple yarns joined my collection. None of them match, but I love them! I’m sure they will become something beautiful. I also got some sheeps icecream and had a lovely afternoon with my hubbie :)

I really hope there is another Bristol Wool Fair because it was so much fun and nice to have a local wool fair where we can discover new yarns that are being produced locally. Amazing! 

Wip Wednesday :) working on a lace weight cardi… it’s painful!
The pattern I’m following is Spirited and the yarn is adriafil zephir 50 which is 50% wool, 50% acrylic. I’m not sure why the yarn hurts so much but it’s going to make a lovely light cardigan in my favourite colour :) 
I think this will have short sleeves due to the fact I only purchase 1 skein of this yarn (1367yards), so I’m really hoping there will be enough. The pattern calls for 2000yards in my size, so I’m hoping that the sleeves will be a good proportion of this. 

Wip Wednesday :) working on a lace weight cardi… it’s painful!

The pattern I’m following is Spirited and the yarn is adriafil zephir 50 which is 50% wool, 50% acrylic. I’m not sure why the yarn hurts so much but it’s going to make a lovely light cardigan in my favourite colour :) 

I think this will have short sleeves due to the fact I only purchase 1 skein of this yarn (1367yards), so I’m really hoping there will be enough. The pattern calls for 2000yards in my size, so I’m hoping that the sleeves will be a good proportion of this.