Friday, 30 March 2007
Wednesday, 28 March 2007
Excuse my lame attempts at handballing - it's not the tidiest lot of wool I've seen. It didn't help that one of the balls (the blue one) kept coming apart as I skeined it before dyeing - I was quite annoyed since it was a brand new ball with the ball band still in place but as soon as I skeined it I found half a dozen poorly spliced joins that just split apart as I skeined. I figured dyeing the broken ball with the solid colour was the best option to avoid breaking up the colour pooling when I knit with the varigated wool. The new varigated ball turned out more vibrant than I imagined it would, and very green. I think I like it anyway, and took the pic of all three balls together so you can see how they work together. The pink varigated will not be on the same garment as the green varigated but both matching garments will have the blue trim. Still not telling though! You'll just have to wait and see.
AND I am frothing at the mouth waiting for this wooly mail! Come ON already!!
Signed, the impatient knitter!
Tuesday, 27 March 2007
I have thought of the perfect project for that little ball I dyed with jelly a few weeks ago, and had two matching cream balls in the cupboard that were just asking to be dyed to match it.
While I won't reveal what my plans are just yet (just in case the giftee pops her head in here), I can tell you it requires a contrasting variant and a solid. So I tried to match the blue with another packet of jelly, and also dyed a third of the second skein with it. This time the water went absolutely clear like I never believed it would, and the yarn is a bit lighter than it came out the first time (probably because I was dyeing more wool), but that's fine as it will still work well with the first ball. Then, with the remainder of the second skein I got to business blending jelly and food colour, and came out with a gorgeous teal green. It looked more blue in the jelly water (just divine!), but came out more of a green on the yarn, so there is a lesson for me. I still like it though and just have to remember to try and keep an open mind when dyeing - I can try to make it the colour I want, but in the end I just have to be happy with what comes out of the pot, and really that is half of the fun of it. It's like a surprise!
I'm still itching to try real dyes so will be arriving home with baited breath again tomorrow night. The yarn I dye with those will be turned into my secret pal's scarf for ISE4. I bought the colours I want to use rather than just buying primaries and mixing myself. They won't be as versitile, but less risky until I gain some more confidence. I like the same colours so will be happy to use them again on a project for me or Austy.
My scarf pattern has been developed, taking an existing pattern and swapping the lace pannel for a cable pattern I liked and adding a few extra stitches. I'm really happy with how it looks (tested with the remainder of Austy's capri pants wool) and am looking forward to starting it with my very own hand dyed wool.
Austy's pants are almost done (just have to graft the gusset, darn all my ends and add the elastic) and the good news is, I tried them on and they fitted him nicely, despite my gauge dilemma. Looks like making them two sizes too big and length to fit was a good idea. Pictures to come soon! I'll wait till my new vibrant baby wool is all balled up and post them all at once.
Now I really need to get myself to bed before I crash. Austy hasn't been well, he has had a nasty virus since last week, and this morning woke up at 4am wanting nothing but Mummy-milk. I gave in since he is sick, and hasn't been eating or drinking much other than water (he normally just gets Mummy-milk at bed time and we are weaning him off it as I have pretty much lost my supply since going back to work full time.) Then, my head hit the pillow at 4:45 only for my alarm to go off an hour later for work, and I swear I got no sleep in that hour, not for lack of trying...
Just before I go to bed... look what I found: This knitter is amazing with plenty of free patterns to boot!
Sunday, 25 March 2007
The colours are pretty accurate here as it was taken in natural light, unlike the pics in my previous post which are a little yellow from the downlights in our loungeroom.
Friday, 23 March 2007
So, having learned my lesson I have started the cotton one in a size 2-3yrs so, while it will be okay for the warmer Autumn days if I finish it before Winter, it will fit him best NEXT Spring/Summer. Think I will do the same with the brown chunky knit I want to make him, and make it to fit this winter (it will be a nice thick, warm, woolly 10ply so good for our ski
trip) but fit best next winter as he already has the 4ply hoodie for this winter.
Monday, 19 March 2007
OOOPS! Forgot to say... I hate anything tweedy. THe little lumps make the yarn look pilly and dirty imho, so I would never wear it. I can't believe I forgot to mention it - it's really my only yarn peeve.
Now for the promised bunny bum... It's been a busy household the last few days and my little man has been super exhausted by bedtime and not a very cooperative model. As a result, I only have these substandard pics to show off, he just won't stay put! Oh well, here they are:
And a FO from December last year that I just love on my boy (photos are from just a week or two ago - he's growing up!):
I was making it for last winter (it's a nice soft and warm Sirdar Snuggly) but was a bit slow, so it's a good thing I made the 12-24m size as it will fit him this winter (thank goodness he stopped growing rounder, and he's only sprouting legs now!). He hasn't had much chance to wear it as it's been so warm here, but we've had the odd cool night at the inlaws house for a BBQ dinner out the back. I love the hood and teh little pockets on the front. The buttons were $1.10 a piece and teh lady at the shop asked me if I was sure, but they were the best buttons to suit the hoodie and there was no way I was putting something cheap and nasty on my knitting after spending all that time (I hate knitting hoods - the jumper looks almost finished at that point but there's still so much more knitting to go with the hood! At least hoods look super cute though).
Thursday, 15 March 2007
My pattern (basic pattern, add stripes and embroidery as you choose)
SIZE: XL – made to fit my tall 15m old who is 13kgs. Will fit him for a long while yet so I’d say 12kgs to toilet training.
8ply treliske organic wool – 2 x 50g balls - Try Ecoyarns, that's were this lucious stuff came from. I have used on e ball cream and one ball silver.
Cast on 37sts.
1st row rib: k3 *p1 k2* to last stitch, k1
2nd row rib: k1 *p2 k1* to end
Work 1st and 2nd rows 5 more times then 1st row once more (13 rows rib in total)
Maintaining rib pattern, increase 12 sts evenly across row (approximately every 3rd st). 49sts
Next row: K2, m1, k3, m1, k to last 7 sts, m1, k3, m1, k2. 53 sts
Starting with a purl row work in stocking st until work measures 17cm from start of st st. End with a purl row. (Remember to knit first and last st of every row for selvage).
Start of rib pattern:
K8, *p2, k3* to last 5 sts, k5
K1, p7 *k2, p3* to last 5 sts, p4, k1
Repeat both rows once more then begin leg shaping, continuing with rib pattern as set.
Cast of 5 sts at the start of next two rows (43sts)
Next row:k2, k2 tog, pattern to last 4 sts, k2 tog, k2
Next row: Pattern to end.
Repeat last two rows 5 times.(31 sts)
Next row: k3, k2 tog, pattern to last 5sts, k2tog, k3
Next row: Pattern to end.
Repeat last two rows 2 times.(23 sts)
Continue in pattern until work measures 22cm from start of st st, ending with a WS row.
**Next row: K2, m1 pattern to last 3sts, m1, k2
Next row: Pattern to end**
Repeat last two rows once more (27sts)
Continue in pattern for 4 rows
Repeat from ** to ** 3 times
Cast on 7 sts at start of next two rows (47sts)
Work four more rows in pattern, then switch to plain st st for the rest of the front.
Work until length matches back (between leg shaping and waist band ending with a knit row.
Decrease purlwise ten times, evenly across row (approx every 4th sts) – 37sts
Complete waistband to match back
Pick up and knit 62sts around legs and work in double rib for 10 rows. Cast off loosely in rib.
Using back stitch (or preferred seam stitch) stich side seams.
Thread 3 rounds of shirring elastic though waist band to fit child’s waist (and leg bands if desired). Elastic avoids the need for a drawstring and helps the wool keep some elasticity in the bands. While organic merino is wonderful for softness, wool allergies and comfort overnight any 100% merino will lose it’s shape a little over time so the shirring elastic helps the soaker keep it’s shape and stay put.
*please note - this pattern has not been heavily tested, I just used it once to make the soaker pictured above.
Wednesday, 14 March 2007
So there I sat, pondering. Sock turning, bunny embroidering, or start something new (but what? I have wool for longies/shorties but no needle). Then came the inner voice... "Finish that bunny now Joy, or you'll never be allowed to knit another thing!" As a result, the bum of Austy's organic soaker now has not only one bunny but a pair of them keeping each other company (the bunnies were an embroidery design from a vintage pattern book and remind me of traditional "bunny" rugs). But wait, there's more! I even completed one leg cuff, because now that the bunnies are there, I was able to do the easy knitting again in a double rib along the leg. The second leg would be done too, but a girl has to eat and go to bed at some stage. Hopefully I can keep my promise and will be able to show you my cute bunny bum boy by the weekend, and make up a new forum signature with the pic to promote "Reusable Nappy Week".
Thursday, 8 March 2007
I think I like the first one the most but Austy's minimink hat (modelled below - he's also wearing an outfit I made him in that pic at about 6 months old) will fit him perfectly this winter so I would like him to be able to wear it with the chunky jumper since they will be about the same colour. So hard to decide... any help much appreciated!
Tuesday, 6 March 2007
...and just like that, a certain little person ran off down the hall with my precious sample. Not to worry I figured, I'll get him into bed and pick it up when I come out of his room (after his bedtime feed). That would have been fine, but in the meantime a certain furry friend decided to be playful (9yr old Siamese - Gryffin, my other baby) and the end result was a tangled mess that I am STILL trying to ball up, hours later...
Another knitting advance for me tonight (last night's was the dyeing) - I learned to graft, and completed my first sock. I mean REALLY completed it, and it's currently keeping the toes of one foot warm. I will make another one I promise, but I need a break from 5 needles. I love my new sock though and have finally decided that I love the colour too.
Monday, 5 March 2007
Sunday, 4 March 2007
Monkey socks (knitty) - my first ever adult sock!
A closeup of the lace pattern - colour is a little off - somewhere between the two photos.
I took Austy's bunny soaker with me to finish it off too but forgot my bunny graphs so that just came along for the ride with no progress. I could have stitched up the side seams and made the leg bands but thought it would be easier to embroider flat so it's still sitting there as the socks are more fun than knitting embroidery.
Back to my hectic life tomorrow with my work week commencing again, but I am halfway through my study for this semester so I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and more time for my craft (I also sew and scrapbook). Our next trip away will be to the snow in July so I have been planning to make some snuggly warm things for my little man and the son of the couple we are travelling with (to share babysitting duties so we can all get to ski). I have decided that Austy NEEDS a chocolate brown chunky knit jumper to go with his brown eyes so am thinking I might splurge on some DB Cashmerino! Always wanted to try that stuff.
Must run now as Austy wants only me and is crying in the lounge room while my hubby is sitting on the couch telling him to stop...