Friday, September 23, 2011

Steady progress

Mum loved her knitted scarf and has worn it constantly. Have got on track with the cable bag by using a row counter. I think the issue is having a repeating pattern of four mainly moss stitch rows either side of a non-repeating cable (& bobble) mid section. I forget which row I'm on and somehow am unable to identify which row of the cable I'm on. Anyway I'm on the second side over half way up and just a gusset after that to do. Gusset is such an odd word.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Fiddly fuschia bag

Oh my goodness. The Debbie Bliss bag is very tricky. Usually I'm knitting/crocheting in front of a film with my DH. We subscribed to Picturebox a while back. The films are at times rather obscure but with a regularly updated non-bank-breaking 36 to choose from we can usually find something. Anyway, have had to undo the whole piece twice and redo small bits three rows back (hard). SHOULD knit up very fast in Chunky yarn and size 8 needles (I need to go one size smaller to get correct tension). More focus required! Bought the most gorgeous lining material from local shop Poppy Patchwork. It's a Kaffe Fasset design. Envisaging quite a lot of time will be spent on this latest project! But I do so want to replace my battered old green suede work bag with this bright smile-inducing home-made creation in time for the winter months! Ahh just had a sudden realisation - my diminished skills are more down to a fuzzy brain derived from wine-drinking than distraction of "The Darwin Awards".

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Stash Crochet Cushion

Have figured out how to upload photos - from my computer rather than my smartphone. I'll work on the latter.
Granny square cushion is complete and found crochet easier on my shoulder (old sports injury - played way too much badminton a couple of years ago). Think I will pick a crochet project next (well have a number lined up so that will probably be Spring time.) Joining the little bits of tapestry wool was annoying but pretty much constructed this whole cushion with tapestry remnants from the cat cushion. Rather pleased with this.
Also finished three simple garter stitch flannels, unravelling the moss stitch rectangular ones (photo in earlier blog).

A vast improvement and doing the moss stitch wasn't totally wasted. My fushia bag uses moss stitch (and cables and bobbles). My cables are going the wrong way so have had to consult "The Knitters Bible" by Claire Crompton to set me right!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Name tags take over

Rather busy with school trousers hems and sewing on name tags since my last post. Didn't distract from my projects though - knitted a further baby gator so I could send 2 to my friend for her anniversary this weekend. This was at the in-laws house over the bank hol. Also whilst there used up the remnants of the DB yarn making two face cloths but now think garter stitch in stripes would have been better since both face cloths are rather small - DH's comment was "but its not square". The rather gorgeous reverse double moss stitch was lost on him. Back to work a fortnight and found half an hour before returning to our borrowed nanny & the kids to peruse books in the library - what a delight. Haven't mentioned before that I adore books. Just loving The Gentle Art of Knitting by Jane Brocket. I share her ethos entirely. What an inspirational book! Wonder how long I can renew it electronically before it gets reserved. The front cover looks rather trad but its bang up to date published this year and even summarises blog trends. Impressive. She also has a pattern for crocheted granny squares which ties in with recent project - increasing the size of my granny square cushion cover..... will devote next post to that.