Today I thought I’d have a go at making curtains for our camper. Nay, better than that I thought I’d get the girl involved. I had a couple of pillow cases and planned to make some nice kitch curtains.
While I was hatching this plan I had completely forgotten that my sewing machine is completely bleddy temperamental. So fast forward a bit, the needle is way over to the left, there’s no way of getting it back where I want it, the top thread keeps breaking, even though the tension is where it normally is add to that 3 needles broke and the girl lost my needle threader (‘look Mummy it’s got a head on it I’ll put it somewhere ……’)
So, my perfect little curtains turned in to that’ll do let’s just get them done and in the van curtains…..ho hum. The girl quickly escaped leaving me in my own to let out some truly colourful language. I bloomin hate sewing right now. I learnt on an industrial machine, maybe I expect too much of my domestic model. I like hand sewing much better. So now I’m going to soothe my soul with a bit of knitting …..
I’ve really enjoyed knitting these loose fitting hats. The pattern is for an Aran weight yarn, or any yarn that works well on 5mm needles. That means some of the more interesting DK yarns can work well too.
The hat suits long or short hair which is unusual as hats are usually either or. Also multi-coloured yarns work really well, I’m not usually a fan of yarns with a wide variation of colours but I love these. And they use around 50g of yarn which is ideal for using up stash yarns. This hat pattern is a keeper for the book I’m putting together.
With summer just around the corner (ok we we shin deep in snow last weekend with more forecast for Easter) I’m turning my attention to some lighter weight knits. Let’s be honest though, it’s a rare day in the UK when you don’t take an extra layer ‘just in case’…
So I’ve done the tension square and sums for a loose and lightweight jumper. Now we all know my sums can be a bit off so I’ve checked and checked again and I’m pretty certain it’ll be a nice fit for a UK 10- 14 …. watch this space …..
I LOVE this yarn. I’ve knitted the cable ear warmer and am making a start on the hat.
My brain was jangled after a busy day and I needed some quiet after the girl went to bed. In the quiet of the living room I sat on the floor and worked out how the decrease might work. I say might because things can sometimes change in the actual knitting. Feeling already quieter, I did some yoga with my favourite YouTube channel yoga with Adriene …. and now I feel positively serene!
Have I mentioned that I LOVE this yarn. The picture doesn’t do the colours justice ( I’m all about colour). The cable looks amazing and I’m actually inspired to knit a jumper… anyway now to keep the quiet in my soul with a bit of knitting ❤️🙏🏼
This is a wonderful Italian chunky wool/ alpaca/ acrylic yarn on 6.5mm needles. I’ve knitted the tension square to help me with my design for a close fitting hat with detachable ear warmer.
I really love the definition of the stitches and the soft mossy colours. It’s funny, I react strongly to colour. A while ago I was using some brown chunky yarn. On the face of it the yarn was attractive, and I’d knitted other items in differences colours of the same yarn. Once I started with it I was disappointed but I just couldn’t put my finger on why. Eventually I realised, there just wasn’t enough warmth. So anyway I’m really looking forward to working with this yarn.
I’ve had this lovely black and green yarn for ages, my husband bought it for me. It’s DK so I’ve not been sure what to do with it.
Anyway I’m trying out my Boho hat in DK on larger needles that the recommended 4mm. The trick here is to keep the tension consistently gentle…. let’s see how it works out….
In other news I sorted out some of my yarn stash…..
It’s been a while since I’ve written anything ; I’ve not been idle. A few things have come up so I’ve had to think creatively. Some of the colours in the super chunky range have been discontinued by the supplier. The blue, the orange so I’ve been looking at other colour combinations and also another suppliers of a similar yarn and seeing how it compares. So far it’s very favourable, working through the patterns,making sure they knit up the same size, feel good, look good.
I’ve found a really rich red, and a powder blue that sing to me and work well with the other colours. Also I’ve been working with some different chunky colours. Also I’ve been working on some new designs. I can’t help feeling somewhat distracted, disconnected. It’s not a great feeling but sometimes I think we have to sit with our feelings. See where they lead us, Sometimes I learn more this way, new things present themselves, things I wouldn’t have found otherwise. There is also a risk however that I take a route that has no benefit at all other than to be a mistake to learn from!
So while I dilly and dally (or at least that’s what it feels like) I’m working on nice little lined summer bag and I’ve been asked to knit a hat for a friend. I’ve got a new design in mind – aran weight knitted top down. I’ll share the pattern when it’s finished.
When I was growing up the cast of Grange Hill released a chart topping song warning about the perils of taking Heroin. ‘ Just say NO!’ They sang while horrible images filled the screen. Like falling into quicksand, I thought avoiding heroin dealers would be a much bigger problem than it turned out to be. I guess I’ve been lucky. Not once however was there mention of the perils of unwanted knitting requests (UKR) during any textile and fashion class.
There are things I really do not enjoy knitting. For example, you will never hear me say “oooh I can’t wait to get started on the floor length lace poncho” not unless I was on some desert island, mysteriously washed up with 101 balls of lace yarn, some needles and a pattern. Actually I’d be more likely to try and fashion some sort of raft with it…
We all have our NO list. Mine includes anything thinner than Aran weight yarn, anything with more than a 6 row repeat, blankets, baby clothes and scarves. The thing is I have quite a strong aversion to knitted them as I discovered when my Mother In Law asked me to knit her a nice long scarf.
My first response was ‘F**k NO! I’d rather poke my eye out with a Sh***y stick’. Luckily I managed to keep this response in my head as, while there are some people would I could say this to, my MIL isn’t one of them. However that fateful pause while I tried to articulate a more appropriate response was taken as tacit agreement.
So that’s why I’m knitting a ‘nice long scarf’ and why? Because never role played what I would say when faced with an UKR. I didn’t have a response ready. If you belong to a knitting group I’d recommend regularly role playing your responses to UKR’s. if you’re a solitary knitter you’ll have to make do with practicing on your own but believe me it’s time well spent.
Even better, let your friends and family know what you ARE willing to knit (and how long it takes) and whether or not you’ll supply the yarn (gift yes, random knitting request, no) which will also avoid the perils of being hoodwinked into knitting with alpaca yarn, spun on Peruvian mountains by elves at £50 a ball ….. this might seem a bit mean spirited but think about it… if your hobby was betting your life savings in online poker games and a friend or family member asked you to bet your house on their behalf, you’d probably say no. This will also avoid those awkward request which will either involve ‘letting someone down’ or staying awake for 3 days straight to knit a bridal shawl for her coming wedding that weekend….
anyway, best crack on… I’m knitting a ‘nice long scarf’…. 🙄🤢
I’ve just finished the second of the fairy tale cosy collar – still working out the fastening when my husband comes in the room….
“Oh look” he chuckles “Ming The Merciless” …. Oh. I guess he might have a point if it was red and black…. which of course I am going to have to try now, I’ve got some red, I’ll get some black next time I’m in town.
A super successful trawl through the charity shop button box! A bit of a clean and they’ll look good as new. These are quite different from the buttons in the shops right now and often things like this inspire the designing process.
Next time you’re out why not nip into your local charity shop. They often have all sorts of haberdashery items and knitting needles at a fraction of the price, saving precious world resources AND you’re helping a good cause.
A friend of mine buys pure wool jumpers and unravels them to make new ones, now that is commitment! The only thing I steer away from is old balls of wool which could be riddled with moths etc. Having said that I take yarn in that I know I’m never going to use rather than it sitting in my stash reminding me of my bad yarn choices!
Also, lots of the charity shops have knitting groups making things to sell in the shop. Often they’ll stash the yarn that people bring in and dish it out to the knitting groups to use. Everyone’s a winner!
We bought this beauty after Christmas. I’ve had a few plays with it but that’s about it. To avoid arguments it’s put away while the girl is around …. (I’ve just deleted hundreds of pictures of Mia and Me on the tv, chins, noses, random carpet shots… etc etc for my phone, and wiped the weetabix off the screen)
So anyway, after making a clothes drying rack which I’ve been meaning to do for ages I’ve made a nice cup of earl grey and got the camera out. I’ve already failed on two counts, the book says have the manual alongside the book and the battery is really low. Still undeterred I’ve had a bit of a read in the peace and quiet of the wood and played around with the settings to see the difference it makes.
I’ve watched some YouTube tutorials and info on the camera and I think I’m getting to grips with the different terms, what they mean and what they do… mostly in theory! And now I’m reading about white balance….
All of this might seem a bit off subject but since I take most of the photos of my stuff myself I want them to be the best photos I can achieve. And anyway I love learning, even when I don’t get it, even when the words swim around the page, even when it feels like a foreign language I keep going because slowly but surely things fall into place.