So these are the hats I managed to do whilst I was away. Mum did a few and i did a few, mostly I'm trying to get rid of the icky cottony yarn stuff I've got! My favourite is the one that looks like a little sunhat, second from the left. My jumper still defies all attempts to count its stitches, and to calculate total number of stitches into some sort of pattern! It's well and truly in the naughty corner now!
I'd say it was that time of year again, but actually it's past that time of year again and I'm a bit late! i'm going away for the weekend tonight with Jennie and mum, and we've decided to do our bit by knitting as many of the big knit hats as we can. We've all got lots of scraps lying around that can be put to use, and frankly, I keep looking at my jumper and feeling guilty that i dont want to work on it just now. More about that when i get back!
I'm at that stage now where not only have I seperated for the sleeves (yay!) but I need to decide on what cable to include in my ribbing. I was digging through some of my books and decided that as pretty as some of the designs were, I was going to have to do this over and over across many rows. Some of the designs would have taken YEARS to finish!
So I have opted for a mock cable, which basicly looks like a cable but is made my cleverly increasing and decreasing in the right places. I've picked the mock cable pattern from a pattern in Stefanie Japel's "Fitted Knits" called "Saturday in the Park Perfect Dress". My idea is to have the "cable" alternate with a plain rib, hopefully it will look a little less busy and be a little quicker to knit!
I've actually added a lifeline before i start the cables and ribbing, which is a peice of yarn threaded through all of the stitches on my needle and means if I need to rip back to where I started, those stitches with the yarn threaded through won't undo and I can reinsert my needle without having to worry too much about dropping stitches. It takes the pressure off, worrying that this might not be the right combination of cables, and means i can go back and pick another if I need to.
When i bought the yarn for my jumper (which i'm close to seperating the sleeves for) I knew I'd have some left over. I'm not so sure how much yet, but I've a feeling it'll be about the same as when i knit "Amused" at the beginning of the year. Thanks to Yarn Harlot's sudden mittenobsession, I've been thinking along those lines, but for gloves. I found these on ravelry - they're by Drops Design, and they come with Drops' trademark lack of imagination when it comes to a name. I think they'd look quite nice in the slightly fluffy yarn I've got, and the cream would look so wintery, but be superwarm too!
So I've not updated this in a while, do we see a theme emerging?
That baby jumper, although it was well received, was a bugger to sew up because of that blue stripe - took two of us to do it! Must find a baby raglan pattern for future projects, any ideas?
I've not really been knitting over the summer (hence the silence), it's just been far too hot! Instead I devoted most of my time to my horse, my new puppy and my other hobby - Family History. Hopefully in the next few weeks I'll get my act together and start blogging about that too. I finally picked the needles back up when I went for a weekend of relaxation in Sunny Suffolk, and I knitted away at my Great American Aran Afgan. I Promise I'll go into it in more detail in a future post, hell - I could devote and entire blog to it!
While knitting squares for my afgan, I was also cruising for ideas for a new winter jumper (preferably one I could wear away from the farm!). The idea for my current project was born when I came across "The incredible Custom-Fit Raglan Sweater". Now as anyone who knows me will agree, I'm quite skinny and I find it hard to find patterns that include my size, so i thought I'd have a bash at this one. My plan is to knit a plain yoke, but start the ribbing a lot higher than normal, and intersperse cabling within the ribbing, similar to the Palindrome Scarf I finished last year. I'm also going to add a polarneck using that pattern, so lets hope I have enough yarn! Speaking of yarn, I've decided to use Patons Caressa DK in Cream (4550) which I found at http://www.kempswoolshop.com/ for 59p per 50g Ball - a huge bargain given it retails for about £3.50! Keep your fingers crossed for me on this one though, it's the first time I've mashed patterns together like this so I'm in completely new territory.