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So, I finally got around to picking up the Wedding ABC I started for a friend’s wedding in August (probably. It’s still being planned).

I currently have 6 (and a bit) letters filled in, which means I have 18 (and most of the 19th) still to do, along with the couple’s names and date of the wedding (when it’s been decided), along with all the beading (not too much) and framing (*nervous laughter*). At one square a week (yeah right!), that would take me to 29 June. That gives me a lead time of 5 weeks, plus then July to get it framed etc. I’m thinking that is unlikely in the best, especially given there are other things I also want to make at the same time. Ahh well. I will breathe (or at least try to remember to breahte!) and work on this, and finish it when it gets finished. My friend will understand πŸ™‚

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I have recently made….2.5 gauge swatches for jumpers. And then a little thing that’s alsmost a gauge swatch but I don’t care about gauge (so just a swatch???). And I finally got around to washing and blocking this gorgeous shawl.

 

Shawl first!

This is a Manos del Uruguay something (it’s in my ravelry but eh). It was very smooshy when it’s finished and I’m *really* hoping its wash didn’t stop that, but it really needed blocking so I’m kinda on tenterhooks here. It’s white and purple and green and I love it.

 

Double knitting! One of the members of my spinning group said that she wanted to learn double knitting, so I (foolishly?) piped up to say that I knew and I’d happily teach a class on it. So then I had to relearn how to double knit bc it was a while ago (ravelry says May 2017). It’s an amazing technique and now I’ve done some again I regret having abandoned it for so long (but not that much because I have no immediate plans to do something crazy like a double knit blanket.)

 

2.5 gauge swatches! The one on the left is for a 4ply jumper (full disclosure- the *pattern* is for a 4ply jumper. The yarn I got is 5 ply according to ravelry, so we shall see…). I swatched on 3.5mm and 3mm needles and I really hope one of them is good for gauge because the idea of knittingΒ  sportweight yarn on 2.5mm needles when the pattern says gauge on 3.5mm needles is slightly insane, however much I’m getting sued to the idea that I knit *very* loosely!

The top right swatch is actually this really nice green for a cabled aran weight jumper. That swatch is on 4.5mm, 4mm and 3.5mm needles and I think (measuring the pre-washed swatch) the 3.5mm needles are on gauge.

The bottom is half a swatch- I want to see how this chunky yarn behaves after washing before I continue the swatch. There’s no point carrying on with these needles if I’m wildly out, but it’s currently on 5.5mm needles which is one size down from the suggested needle size so I’m hoping I get gauge on this (or close enough to justify continuing this swatch).

 

I currently don’t have anything (interesting) on the needles because I only have one set of 3mm needles and I don’t want to tie them up in a project at the moment because so many of them will likely need it (the next shawl I want to do, a different other shawl I want to do, hopefully that 5ply jumper….). Lets cast on a pair of socks, that seems like a good idea πŸ™‚

Stars: the buttoning

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again I’m sure: it’s amazing how quickly things grow when one…works on them!!!!!!

Therefore, I have reached the button bands part of Stars πŸ™‚ This necessitated another gauge swatch, because I don’t follow instructions, and therefore can’t use the numbers given to me!!! I’m doing a garter stitch button band, to match the cuffs, hem and neckband. Therefore, I can’t use the numbers for the ribbing (which I couldn’t use anyway, since I lengthened the whole thing). A quick gauge swatch (after it finished lying to me) said 6 stitches an inch, so I prompted cast on 126 stitches for my 21.5inch long body. Which worked perfectly so yay me πŸ˜€

So now, audience members, my question to you: how many buttons???

Umm, so yeah…

I was planning on starting up the monthly goals again, but since we’re so near the end of January, it isn’t really worth it. I will briefly mention my current projects though, so I can get into it next week when I talk about my February goals…

My main piece is the ‘breathe’ embroidery. I had hoped to have it done by the beginning of January, but hey ho…I’m now hoping to get it done by the end of January. Fingers crossed this happens…

My other piece with a definite time limit is the cross stitch wedding sampler.

Sometime next week I will work out how fast I need to work on this to have it done by the end of June (I think the wedding is happening in August and it will need framing as well).

Finally, my current big knitting project is still cockatoo brae. I’ve fixed the neckline, and now am procrastinating over picking up the stitches for the button-band, so I will try to make a swatch to see how many stitches I need to pick up. That probably won’t happen until February, but we shall see…

Jacob and Florian, I love you very much but please don’t read this post πŸ˜‰

 

Ok, now that’s done, I can show everyone else—Jacob, go!—the super secret thing I had approximately one week to make over Christmas because I don’t own a sewing machine.

 

Baby quilt!!!!!!!!! It’s a bit brighter and more colourful in real life, and I love it. I had to do it over Christmas because I don’t have a sewing machine so I had to use my mum’s (she has said that I can have her Juki when I move somewhere I will have the space for it πŸ˜€ )

Now I have to send it off to get quilted, which I’ll look into when I’m back in Bristol. Any recomendations for UK quilters/things I should be looking for/anything I should avoid??? IT’s all very new and slightly scary because this baby is important so I want to get it right.

Another update on Stars

Wow so apparently when you pour lots of time into kntting things, things actually get done! Who could possibly have guessed???

Anyway, that’s probably enough of the sarcasm! I finished knitting my Stars! Well, when I say finished…I finished the body, and it’s now ready for a bath, which it will get today. Then it has a week to dry while I’m in Paris (yarn crawl!!!!!!), and when I come back I can do the button bands, steek and generally finish it. Very exciting stuff!

It doesn’t fit perfectly around the neckline, but I’m going to chalk that up to the colourwork needing a wash and relax and not stress about it. I can also do something clever with the buttonban if necessary (maybe???)

I also feel like I should’ve put in more short rows because the front keeps riding up, but again, that’ll come out in the block, right??? I love the length of the body and sleeves, so score for adding the extra length!

Well I haven’t been doing the Breathe embroidary, but I have been putting in many hours in Stars. Turns out that if I’m knitting, my parents stop hassling me to do something with them. Who knew??? And it keeps me calmer around them, which is another win really.

I (finally) reached the colourwork section. Very excited!

And then I always find the colourwork just whizzes along.

And I’m now on the second half, with all the decreases. It’s such an addictive pattern!

I would say I want to do more colourwork, but this year is jumpers, blankets and baby clothes (and baby is totally getting a small version of this cardigan πŸ˜€ ) and I’m not sure how many colourwork jumpers I really need…

Goodbye 2018, hello 2019

Soooooooo, 2018 wasn’t anywhere near as productive as I expected…oops. Having had a quick look at what I wanted to do, let’s not dissect that too much. Instead, let’s look at what I did finish!

11 projects on ravelry (7 pairs of socks, a cardigan, a bird, a pillowcase and a head band)

7 cross stitch projects- Preparation, the wolf and 5 cross stitch ornaments (none are finsih-finished and they’ll be staying in Bristol until they are done, so oops…)

Scissors keep.

Variety of spinning but nothing really worth mentioning I think

(I’m still aiming to finish Breathe before the end of the year…)

Hmm. B- in total I think. Really should do better next year.

Next year I need to

-finish the wedding sampler

-Baby things (this also involves working out what baby things I want to make…)

-Replacement blanket for a friend who had to abandon the last one I made (I told her to, this is definitely not indicative of her not being knit-worthy, please don’t suggest that in the comments)

-Socks for the mother’s presents

Not vital but really want to

-Paris sweater

-Stars

-OLAS cardigan

-Blanket I have to crochet

-Black cats cross stitch

In general I also think I want to focus more on larger projects rather than the socks/cross stitch ornaments I’ve been defaulting to. The knitting will be relatively straightforward I think (excpet for the 400g balls of yarn I have for OLAS), and if I ever go anywhere and decide to take cross stitch with me, I’ll take the little stockings I want to finish to make into an advent calender.

I’m also going to go back to the monthly goals. I really enjoyed being able to see how much I’ve done (or not done) and having a direction to go in in my crafting. I can’t remember why I stopped doing them, but let’s start them up again for January. So expect a blog post about that near the start of January πŸ™‚

 

Start it Sunday- 2019 edition

No, that isn’t a typo. I’m starting to really consider what I want to do next year (craft wise, this isn’t a mid-life crisis or anything like that!), and I’m trying to remember that my word for next year is ‘Breathe’, and so how best to think things through than by doing the embroidery I got for it?

So far I have just filled in one cloud, and it’s a lot easier than I was expecting/fearing. So if anyone is sitting on the fence about trying embroidery, (and you want a nudge into trying it!) then definitely do so! I really like this style, and might try something similar next year for next years word! It’s not something I want to do more regularly I think (it took me 20 mins to do that little bit..), but it’s new and interesting and not terrifyingly bad to get stuck in with πŸ™‚

Later on expect a blog post about this year in review and what I’d like to do next year! There are many plans, but I’m trying to be realistic (ha! I can try, at any rate!) so we’ll see what stays…

A spinning update

So, the crafting has been very quiet here recently, so this is clearly an excellent opportunity to catch you all up on my spinning.

I’m still doing the green/purple/copper singles for some scarfy thing. This is about 68 grams of it, and so far it comes to about 316 yards, which isn’t bad at all, me thinks πŸ™‚ (I love the disparity between my skein sizes!)

 

And I’m also doing some two-ply spun from the fold to make it nice and smooshy. I think I’m under-spinning and under-plying this, but oh well. It adds to the smooshyness. If anyone wants to comment on it, feel free πŸ™‚

 

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