Loved this one – it looks complicated but was really easy to get it’s rhythm. For more information, visit my Great American Aran Afghan Squidoo Page
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
At least now I’ve found a recipient for my blanket! Poppy is almost 9 months old now and still absolutely tiny! She loves my handknits but has an annoying habit of trying to lie on them whilst I’m still knitting! She also has a bear I knitted as a test which she carries around by one arm.
It’s amazing how big this blanket gets without any real effort though. It’s now got to about the size where I can lay it on my lap instead of leaving the weight of it to hang annoyingly from it’s ten stitches on my needles. I’ve already knit up all the yarn from my failed project and have almost knit up a further 50g ball as well. I have 250g left to use (which is only half of what I bought) but I’m worried if I’ll have enough to make a big enough blanket! At the moment one 50g ball goes around about one and a half times so I’m looking at maybe another sevenish revolutions, maybe less. Watch this space!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
This is what a Prosperous Plum Tank Top looks like when it’s been undone and reknit into a ten-stitch blanket. I’ve had to quickly learn how to do short row corners and they’re coming out pretty well, even though I’m still a bit under confident about doing them. The pattern gives a really easy method though so that’s really helped things along.
The yarn is Sirdar Denim Tweed in Hyacinth, which I bought from Dianne’s Knitting Yarn at a great discount, since the colour had just been discontinued. It looked great in the ball, but horrendous knitted up (especially in stockinette stitch) although the colours haven’t pooled as badly in garter stitch. Some of the yarn has gone to waste as it barely survived a first knitting, let alone a second. The yarn has a tendency to unravel as you knit no matter what you do, and even worse is that the plies break rather easily. In my balls I found little hard bits of cotton, a bit like you sometimes find in cotton wool, and you can’t remove them without breaking bits of the yarn. This was probably just a dodgy batch because Sirdar still produce the yarn in other colours besides hyacinth, so they can’t be all bad.
Monday, December 7, 2009
- I’m using Double-knit not Aran or Worsted like I intend on using
- I don’t want the curleyness of stockinette/reverse stockinette so I’m trying to use garter stitch with two stitches either side of the cable in reverse stockinette. complicated isn’t the word
- The pattern for the logo is too big, and finding/making something smaller is far too much brainwork for me right now!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
My mum is getting on with her toasty arm warmers as I write this and so far so good. She cast on, although I knit the first two rounds to show her what to do (she’s never knitted on DPNs before) and she’s done about an inch so far. I’ll take pictures as soon as there’s something more to show!
I keep eyeing up this little fella here with a view to knitting him. He’s by Jean Greenhowe from her “MacScarecrow Clan” collection, and he’s called Scamp. I acquired a number of her pattern collections quite a while ago, but apart from Blue Teddy I’ve not used them yet and I’m looking forward to having a go. FunkyKnitter over on Ravelry came up with a bigger version by both doubling the stitches and the rows, which looks like it has turned out well so i may try that. This I think will be one of my “no purpose” knits, but with Christmas coming up i don’t think it’ll stay that way for long!