Posted by: darkdreamer | Monday 6th January 2014

Finishing FOs

Something I not good at is finishing my projects, I’ll ok at the knitting bit but once I’ve finished the fun bit I just don’t seem to get round to those last little tasks that complete the project. So to kick off the new year I decied to get some that have been languishing for a while and finished them off and off of my list of current projects.

Now I can start some more new projects 😛

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Posted by: darkdreamer | Wednesday 11th December 2013

Ok I give up…

Xmas tree… it can be Christmas. I try to resist Christmas to begin with, partially now it keeps starting earlier and earlier (they had the Christmas lights on in Leeds for over a month now), but as it’s only two weeks away now I’m happy to get into the spirit of things. So the tree came out and went up at the weekend, I’m quite glad actually as it really brightens up the flat particularly as it gets dark early now.

I’ve also got stuck into my Christmas knitting, I’m only knitting one gift this year, a pair of fingerless flip-top mitts for my boyfriend.Fingerless mitt I’ve made a lot more progress then shown in the photograph since I took it at the weekend, I’ve now got most of the hand completed on the second glove. I haven’t finished the first glove yet as I still need to knit the flip-top and sew in all the ends (which there is a lot of 😦 ) Hoping that I can get them both finished off by the weekend (or early next week).

Posted by: darkdreamer | Monday 25th November 2013

Book Reviews – Sweaters and Lace

Recently I got two new knitting books; The Rhinebeck Swearer & Victorian Lace Today and since I’ve been enjoying them so much I thought I’d share them with you.

Sweaters and Lace books

I’ll start with Victorian Lace today, this book been round quite a while now and I’ve wanted to get it for some time, which I ‘d last week. The first thing that strikes you as you flip through is all the lovely pictures of beautiful knitted lace pieces, the book’s almost worth it just for the admiration factor. I have to admit I’m not sure I’ll knit a great many of the patterns in the book but despite how stunningly complex the finished items look, the patterns are actually quite simple. Who knows, one day a yarn might come along that will be perfect for one of the smaller patterns (not sure I’ve got it in me to knit a circular shawl with a diameter bigger them I am tall).

There is more to this book however then just 40 lace knitting patterns, the author, Jane Sowerby, also delves into the history and development of knitting in the Victorian period. It was in the Victorian period that knitting patterns began to be publish and that many woman where freed up from the need to go out to work, knitting became a hobby for many (rather then a paid occupation). I also love that in the pattern help in the back there is help and instructions on things such as knitted-on borders, understanding charts and designing your own lace patterns.

On Saturday I was browsing in my LYS and saw Ysolda Teague’s latest book and well I just couldn’t resist getting it then and there. I think I have every book she’s published, I love them all, and this one’s no exception, though it should be noted that only one of the patterns is by Ysolda, with the other 11 by different designers. As always with Ysolda’s books you get a code in the back so you can also download the ebook, always good if like me you like a paper coy of a pattern you can write progress notes on. The first half of the book is a combination of photos of all the patterns in the book and stories about the production of yarns and interviews with the producers, there is even a recipe or two. I’ve really enjoyed reading the different stories, there is also a description with each pattern photo with the designers reasoning behind the design and some detail about the designer.

The second half of the book is, of course the patterns, I’ve not got that far yet, I’m not sure which of the patterns will make it into my queue but I’m pretty sure that I’ll be knitting some of them at some point. On issue I have noticed though is the yarn, as this is a pattern book about The Rhinebeck Sweater, which is a tradition for many of the knitters who attend the New York Sheep and Wool festival to knit a new jumper for the event, the majority of the patterns use yarn weights more common across the pond then here. I’m sure the savvy knitter will be able to substitute (or even find the odd imported yarn in the right weight) but it does make it harder when for say a worsted yarn pattern you need to work out whether the DK you have in mind would work or if you’d be better off finding a Aran.

Reading through The Rhinebeck Sweater has put me in a jumper knitting mood, only problem is I’m still ploughing through the jumper I’m knitting for my Dad and I’ve promised myself that I won’t start another jumper project till I’ve finished it. So at the moment I’m directing that desire to knit jumpers into that, it’s working well so far I might be able to get to the armholes of the front by the end of the week. 🙂

Posted by: darkdreamer | Thursday 31st October 2013

Yarn Bombing In Leeds

 

Heading to the pub last night I spotted something that made my night, knitting on a street sign

Yarn Bombing

Sorry for the poor quality picture as I wasn’t expecting to be taking a photo I only had my phone. The knitting was labelled with a wordpress website which I had a look at as soon as I got the pub and connected with the WIFI. Turns out there have been loads of yarn bombing all over Leeds, along with loads of other places, head over to guerrillaknitting.wordpress.com and have a look.

I was a bit disappointed though because in the same post as the knitting I spotted above there was also some knitting outside the Corn Exchange. I pass the Corn Exchange every morning, had I miss that all this time? I checked this morning… no knitting, someone must have removed it, no wonder I didn’t see it 😦

So if ever you’re in Leeds (or anywhere else for that matter) keep an eye out, you never know what you might spot 🙂

Posted by: darkdreamer | Sunday 27th October 2013

Half Way There

Having completed the back and a sleeve for a jumper I’m making for my Dad I’m now half way to finishing, it’s only taken me a year to get this far, oh dear 😦

1/2 finshed jumper

I bought the wool for his birthday in March 2012 and promised him that he’d get a finished jumper for Christmas that year, well that didn’t happen. I didn’t even get round to starting it till October, at which point I said I’d finish it for his next birthday and, well, you know that didn’t happen either. I’ve stared on the front so who knows maybe it’ll be ready for Christmas… yeah right 😛

started front

Posted by: darkdreamer | Sunday 20th October 2013

Don’t you just hate it

When you’re happily knitting along, you’ve nearly reached the end of the row when the yarn slipping through you’re fingers feels funny, you look down and

Yarn Knot

there’s a massive knot in the yarn 😦

Posted by: darkdreamer | Tuesday 1st October 2013

Sew Finally

Finished top

Here it is my first finished sewing project, I managed to finish the arm hole edging and hem the end before I had to return the sewing machine. I’m very pleased with the results, it even fits properly. I’ll have to wait awhile before I can have another go at sewing but I defiantly will next time I can borrow my mum’s sewing machine, maybe I’ll even get the Meringue Skirt to fit.

Posted by: darkdreamer | Saturday 28th September 2013

Yarndale 2013

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Today was the first Yarndale and oh what fun was there to have, it started with a simple set of instructions; ‘follow the yarn’, who can say no to that? So we set off through the park following the yarn.

Having been to Woolfest earlier this year I didn’t really need to get a whole lot but I couldn’t come away empty handed. I got some of the Yarndale merchandise (a shopping bag and a pin badge) and the spring/summer 2013 issue of the Debbie Bliss magazine (mostly for the 20s style ‘Gatsby’ patterns (love a vintage pattern)). I also bought a spindle by Sheepfold Wheels (I’ve already had a quick spin on it and it’s amazing, spins forever) and 100g of ‘Galaxy’ 4ply yarn from Sparkleduck (I loved the look of it but when I saw the name of the colour-way, Figgy Pudding, I just had to get it). All in all a great day out, already planning next years trip 🙂

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Posted by: darkdreamer | Monday 23rd September 2013

I did that

Do you ever do something and when you’ve finished up pick it up, look at it and go ‘Wow, I did that :D’. That’s how I felt after finishing the bias facing on the neck of my Sorbetto top.  I’ve made a little bit of a mess of it at the back but it’s at the back so no one will notice, but I’m just so pleased with how it looks.

Sorbetto in progress

I need to bind the arm holes and hem the bottom edge, hopefully I’ll find the time to do so before I have to return Mum’s sewing machine on Sunday, then I’ll have my first wearable finshed sewing project.

Posted by: darkdreamer | Monday 26th August 2013

Sew what…

The last few weeks I’ve been working on something new, I’ve borrowed my mum’s sewing machine and started to learn to sew and so far so good 🙂

Skirt

ZipIt’s not finished as yet, I’ve still got the scallop hem to sew and I’ve already realized I’ve made the wrong size, it’s too big for me, but I wasn’t expecting it to be any good. It’s actually better then I thought it would be and I was surprising easy, I did worry that this would be another failed attempt to learn to sew but I quite enjoyed making it. I’ll finish sewing the hem for the practice but I’m not worried that it won’t fit, I wasn’t expecting I’d be able to wear it, luckily I’ve still got enough material left to have another go but next time I’ll make a smaller size. The material was on sale so I’m not too bothered if I manage it make a wearable skirt (though that would be nice) but once I’ve got the hang of I plan to get some more material and make one (or a few) I can wear.

The pattern is the Meringue Skirt from the Colette Sewing Handbook, I wasn’t sure about the scallop hem at first but figured that as it was my first attempt at sewing that I should just stick to the pattern and maybe make changes at a later date but the scallops grew on me. Once I’ve done the hem I plan to have a go at Colette’s Sorbetto top before I have to give the sewing machine back to my mum.

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