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WIP Wed-Thur-Friday- jumper edition

Ok this post is a little late…it;s been a hectic week with induction events and looking after my landlady’s cats…

That is, the viva jumper edition πŸ˜›

Much much progress!

After finishing the sleeves on that thrice-cursed train ride (cheque is in the post), I finally got around to casting on for the body last Wedesday, at the Universtiy stall knitting group. Since then I have knitted quite a lot of it, which I’m chalking up to this amazing yarn sack my friend crocheted for me. I swear it’s giving me an extra 10% knitting speed or something!

(No idea about the yarn- maybe the new tweedy stylecraft??? Pattern is a crochet dragon egg, probably avaiable on ravelry…)

The only annoying thing about this pattern (other than the sleeve length but I’m still going to tlak about that later rather than right now) is that there are two cabled patterns. One is cabled every 4 rows, the other every 12 rows. And while I can tell whether I should be cabling if I’m working flat, I can’t in the round. Excellent excuse for more knitting goodies, methinks πŸ™‚ So I have acquired a row counter off etsy.

It’s taking a bit of getting used to, especially after using stitch markers of the ‘just slide it over’ cariety for so long, but I’m loving it! I’m also loving the gentle tinkling noise it makes, so I’m rather tempted to get some other stitch markers with bells on…we shall see. I should probably be saving more of my money after buying a rather expensive bike recently!

 

 

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Update on EVERYTHING

Holy strewth batman has it really only been a week (almost) since I wrote on this blog???? So much has been happening here. Major news first: my viva went really well (I loved it, my supervisor told me that the report he saw about it was excellent). So now I’m nearly officially a Dr- I just need to complete all the changes my two examiners suggested and send it to my internal examiner. And then some paperwork. I’m also quite tired still from all the stress leading up to the viva and the late nights after the viva while I was with my friends from the Uni. So I have no idea where htis blog post will go. I just feel the need to get it all out before I can get on with everything!

Right. Onto the crafting.

Cross stitch- I finished the ‘make today amazing’ cross stitch. I appear to have gone wrong somewhere- the edge stitches are out but it’s not noticeable and I’m not fussed enough to work out where the mistake is.

I then started this next one. It will eventually say ‘Hello!’, but I’m also kinda loving the ‘Hell’ that is somewhat currently going on! Not enough to leave it on hell, but it’s amusing while I work on it. This one is definitely more time consuming, but it will be wonderful when finished. If it’s done by the next time I go back to my parents, I can finish it in its hoop then (it should be). It will be mine in the end (I just love the colours!) When this one is finished, I will start the wolf one. Very Exciting too! (Then I’ll get back to the stockings. Promise…)

Knitting- so the rainbow cardigan is still waiting for me to get around to frogging the shoulder shaping. I’m guessing that will probably happen at the weekend now, since that’s my first big window of opportnity to do things…(I really should be sleeping now since I’m so exhausted). I don’t have any socks on the needles (shock horror!!!) but there is the scrappy pillow case which is slowly being added to. Technically that’s also not on the needles as there isn’t a square on-going, but semantics. (Picture of the rainbow cardigan with a button option I talk about later on)

So since the rainbow cardigan was in time out, I started cockatoo brae’s sleeves to take on the train- I couldn’t take nothing after all, and I *thought* I could remember the needles I used on the gauge swatch about a year ago (mistake #1). I also didn’t take any socks, just in case (mistake #2).My gauge is wayyyyyy off (well, according to the delights of working 4ply. I have 24 stitches at 3 inches. Gauge should be 28 stitches at 4 inches…) I haven’t quite given up on cockatoo brae with these needles- I will try washing the sleeves I have done so far, to see whether I just need to wash it to get gauge (slim chance but just in case…) If I still don’t get gauge, then I’ll try larger needles on one sleeve and turn that into the gauge swatch. (Pictured with buttons which I talk about later)

Naturally I learnt/figured this gauge issue while in York, with the prospect of a 5 hour trian ride back to Bristol (longer than normal due to track works between Parkway and Temple Meads. Great…). Answer: go yarn (and needle!) shopping. My first plan was to get some sock yarn since I had my 2mm needles from when I started cockatoo brae. Of course, first plans don’t survive contact with the enemy, and I ended up getting 6 hanks of aran weight yarn and a sweater pattern… I’m knitting with in a mostly mottled brown with flecks of orange and blue in yarn. Not my first choice, but they only had two of that yarn and I needed more than that!(Yarn picture later on)

My original plan was to come back to Bristol on Saturday, so that I had Sunday to catch up on sleep, go shopping etc…unfortunately I missed my train and my friend I was staying with suggested I stay another night and go back on the Sunday. A quick check of the train times said that if I caught the 9:33 I’d be back in Bristol by half 2, leaving plenty of time to go shopping before the shops shut at 5 (Sunday remember). So I happily cast on for my sleeves (two at a time, remember!) and set about starting the Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately, (there’s always an unfortunately, isn’t there?), there was a problem with my 5 hour train ride on the Sunday, and we got stuck for 3 hours outside this piddly little village because some idiot had stolen the copper cables of the line, so the signals were down. So, long story short, I finished my sleeves, didn’t have any scissors to cut the yarn (nor did anyone nearby)(note to self: acquire that nifty cutter thing that looks like a pendant), and missed the opportunity to go shopping that day. *lesigh*. On the other hand: finished matching sleeves! (I’ll discuss the weird sizing things with this pattern later, otherwise we’ll be here all night!)

Stash: the stash I mentioned in passing two blog posts ago finally arrived. But before the pics, I need to share the backstory to these two sweaters with you all. One of my friends got me into this fanfiction where one of the main characters(Remus Lupin) is a knitter, and knits a cardigan for his partner. It’s oversized, cabled and is grey with flecks of colour throughout. Ever since I read about that cardigan, I wanted one (maybe not oversized, but the rest of it sounds amazing). I figured that finding the right yarn would be the hard part, and then I’d find a pattern (I cannot possibly imagine a world where there are not millions of patterns for cabled cardigans in every conceiveable yarn weight). I didn’t tell anyone about my desire to find this yarn, it felt too personal. It was between me and the yarn. And it was hardly a pressing urge, I have plenty of other things to knit! Then I came to Bristol and walked into the first crafty store to explore how good it is, and there, right in front of me was a ball of Wendy’s aran in ‘dollymix’. Cream with flecks of colour throughout. Perfect (Ok it’s not grey but it still works perfectly). Now to find a pattern. I scour ravelry, and find one possibility. *facepalm*. Ok, one is fine, it’s all I need. I mention this to my friend, along with a link to the yarn, and she sees a similar colourway- this one blue with flecks throughout. It’s called Lupin. Talk about fate! How could I not knit them a matching cardigan in that colourway??? So I order 3 balls in each of the colourways, and they have arrived. Now just to find the time to knit them… (No pic of these in the end as I can’t get my camera to take a pic remotely true to colour. I imagine that ravelry has plenty :D)

 

Other stash- buttons! So the other thing I love about York is the button shop. I needed a button for the jumper I had just bought the yarn for and buttons for cockatoo brae. I wasn’t sure about sizes for the jumper button, so I got two and figured that I’ll find a use for the one I didn’t use. Then at another shop I found different contenders for buttons for the rainbow cardigan. So now I have two sets of tacky buttons to try on the tacky cardigan (friends words but completely true!) Again, I’m sure I’ll find a use for the buttons not used! I also nearly bought another set of buttons with the express point of finding a cardigan to go with the buttons, but I managed to resist the temptation of being ordered not to. Does anyone else find that as soon as someone tells them not to do something, you immediately want to do the thing??? Picture of the two potential buttons on a sleeve of the jumper.

Right, that is me now all caught up! Phew! What a ridiculously busy week! And the new students arrive soon, so now rest then!

WIP Wednesday- problem edition

One thing I have learnt from knitting is that sleeves hate me. Many of you probably remember from when I was knitting my first cabled cardigan that my gauge changed significantly between sleeve 1 and sleeve 2. It all blocked out, but it was a little strange.

Guess what’s just happened on my rainbow cardigan??? Got it in one. Now, the cabled cardigan I could excuse given the length of time between me knitting the two sleeves, but there wasn’t that long a time between them for the rainbow cardigan.

The sleeve on the left was knitted first, and I measured that after doing all the increases. Since I had reached the stopping point, I happily got on and knitted the cap. So when it came to the second sleeve, I remembered (and checked) that I hadn’t knitted beyond the final increase before decreasing, and so I went along my merry way knitting the second cap. Finish the cast off, line them up next to each other to take a picture and…oops. The weird thing is is that it’s only the row gauge which has changed. The top and bottom are still the same width as each other. It just really looks like I haven’t knitted the same number of rows between increases (I checked that, I have).

Having slept on it, I think that my best bet will be to frog to the last increases and just knit the extra length. It won’t be that noticeable, and I can’t be bothered to frog the first sleeve and reknit it, hoping that I get the same gauge. However, if anyone has alternative ideas, I’d be delighted to hear them!

In the meantime, while I mull over that some more, I think I’m going to cast on for cockatoo brae. Starting with the sleeves (two at a time. I can be taught!)

WIP Thursday- Omnibus edition and a bonus FO

Ok strewth this has been a busy *some vague length of time*. I feel as though I’ve been getting on really well with all my various WIPs, which may be because a lot of time has passed, I’m not quite sure how much time has passed (partially because I’m not quite sure when I’m counting from???).

So, I thought I’d do a thorough update of all my current WIPs. (I also looked at my ‘current WIPs’ page and was horrified at it…)

Firstly, the conservatory cross stitch- butterfly fairy. This is kinda not really a WIP at the moment- I had to put this scroll bars away beause my sister’s cat is here for the week and parked threads on the aida + kitty =bad idea. But I have still done some more on it since the last time I gave you all a photo of it, so here it is.This is a close up of the edge of the wing of the fairy. I’ve also been doing some of the large areas of stitching (but that involves blending filament so I’m sort of avoiding doing that…), so I’m more than half way down the right side now!!!

Quick question, looking at this. Would it be better if I rotate the pictures so they’re the ‘correct’ way around for you? I’m used to seeing them this way as I’m working sideways accross the design due to the size of my scroll bars?

I’m really looking forward to seeing the cat go (although he is an adorable cat, I think he’s put me off getting a cat when I’m older), so I can go back to work on this.

Then I have three WIPs in the sitting room… the blanket is officially on hold. I just can’t really be bothered to move it. Occasionally I’ll pick it up(in the evening, when it’s nice and cool) and do a few rows, it’s just too hot to work on most of the time. It’s my official completely mindless project! No pic because it’s impossible to photograph well and always just looks that same!

The cardigan is kinda-not really stalling. I’ve done the left front, but rather than use that momentum to see if these buttons will work, I’ve moved back to doing the sleeves. I had paused one sleeve to do the main body (easy way to gauge swatch, anyone?), so I’ve now nearly finished the sleeve cap ready to do the second sleeve. No photograph of this because I am upstairs and it is downstairs and I can’t stand the thought of having to go down and up the stairs again after my bike ride this morning (so unfit! Must do more cycling!). I had previously said that this appears to be knitting itself. I’m less convinced about that now, because all my energy is on the socks, so naturally they’re the ones knitting themselves now!

I did the heel turn!!! It really reminded me why I dislike knitting socks cuff down (I despise picking up the stitches along the heel flap, but there we go. Knitting and purling two together is so much easier than the wrap and turns used when knitting toe up, so swings and roundabouts I guess (where does that saying even come from???). This appears to be knitting itself since I’ve spent quite a few afternoons knitting while watching tennis. Very exciting sport for us Brits!

And finally, the WIP in my bedroom- Stained Glass. I finished a page on it!!!

This is page 6 out of 16, so I’m more than half way accross the second row now. I also started page 7, but I’m really thinking that I don’t want to keep working on it. When I started it, I had this grand plan to ‘colour’ the areas in different colours, but I’m not sure that I’d ever get around to it, and it’s really not ‘me’. Far too monochromatic. So I think I’m going to stick it back away for a while to see if I change my mind, and if not, just toss it. Life is too short to waste on things you don’t want to make and then dont want to use after it’s made!

Ok, I didn’t actually think I was going to type that all out, but then it happened! So I guess that’s going away again then, and I’ll find something else to start doing up in my bedroom. Hmm. Or maybe not, and if I’m up in my bedroom at a loose end I’ll start playing my computer games, which I have missed quite a bit!

And finally, the bonus finished object!It’s my mum’s birthday soon, so rather than trawl through card shops looking for something suitable, I decided to make my own card! Much less hassle, cheaper (if you take the cost of the card by itself, rather than the 10-pack), and probably didn’t take that much longer than the length of time I’d spend staring at cards hating life. Win all around really!

(Re-)start it Sunday

So, having finished my bedroom desk project, it’s now time to start a new one!

And what better thing to do than un-earth an ancient UFO and give it some more TLC? (By ancient: the last time I showed progress on this cross stitch was April 2015!!! Has anyone here even followed me for that long???)

But here it is: Stained Glass (round of applause please!)

This was originally designed as a SAL, judging from the layout of the pattern I have, but I doubt very much that I ever even attempted to keep up with it! Then we got the last 4 pages all together because the shop was shutting down. I still have a few other patterns from LoveThy Thread to do…*whistles innocently*! Maybe when this one gets done!

There is also a second half to this post, because I promised MrsCraft more stash acquisition photos (and because I rather maughtily started a new project…). When I bought the buttons which will hopefully be used for my cardigan, my mum suggested I pop upstairs to have a look at the sock yarn. How could I say no to such an offer???

So, naturally, I bought some sock yarn. Two zauberballs, and a skein of Head over Heels (Stylecraft).

 

And then, when I got the zauberballs home, one of them jumped stright onto my needles (after glancing through my sock books and settling rather forcibly on a pattern). And really, who am I to say no to such an insistend baby pair of socks??? (These are now being called fish socks for reasons I have yet to figure…)

The head over heels yarn may or may not become the reindeer cowl from twistedyarn…I am as yet completely undecided about that. It’s a very pretty pattern, but I already have one cowl I pretty much wear all the time and I’m not sure that I’d ever use it. We’ll see. At the moment it’s content to sit on my desk and be petted every once in a while!

WIP Thursday- cardigan edition

AndΒ  a question.

But first, about the cardigan. I’ve been getting on well with it (it’s too hot to knit the main project in the sitting room, so this has been getting some love).

I’ve nearly finished the left side, so I figured that finding buttons would be good before the project stalls as I can’t knit the buttonholes before I know what buttons I’ve got. That combined with heading into town made an excellent excuse to pop into Franklins. Lovely shop πŸ™‚

So I settled on these buttons (so bright and colourful!)

The problem is that they are a bit too big for the button band. While I was there, my mum suggested that I just knit the button band on the other side a bit bigger, since this buttonband would be hidden…which it will be, but I’ve also knitted up the neckline and that won’t be hidden. *facepalm*. So now what I’m thinking (and the question is: does this plan make sense???) is that I have three options.

Option 1. IF the buttons fit on a 3 stitch buttonhole (I’m planning a straightforward cast-off/cast-on buttonhole), then I can increase the buttonband to 4 stitches (it’s 3 on the pattern), and then use 2 of those stitches and 1 from the main body to make the buttonhole, and then on the first decrease at the neck edge get rid of the extra stitch in the buttonband.

Option 2. Knit vertical buttonholes. I’ve never tried this before, but I can’t imagine it being too bad- actually, this might be a right pain because of the colourings of the yarn. Maybe not this one then…

Option 3. My mum has to go to Southampton soon(ish) to find an outfit for my sister’s wedding. If I go with her, I can look through a bigger button selection in the John Lewis there. Alternatively, when I go back to York for my viva (very excited!!!!!!), I can have a trawl through the button shop up there.

So, what does everyone else think? Any other options I should think about?

On my needles right now…

I currently have 4 things on-going, all of which involve needles in some way.

Firstly, my scrappy blanket. I’ve added about another row now (I’m averaging about 1 square each evening which my mum and I watch various TV things from about 4pm to bedtime with a break for dinner), and it’s coming along well. I’ve nearly finished my bag of scraps and will then move onto the new bag.

Yes, this is the same pic as last time. I haven’t quite finished the next row and trying to take a photo of it is even worse than this pic. Better pics to come when it’s cool enough to work on this again!I’m not prepared to sit under a blanket with this temperature!

I also got around to starting a new cardigan. I’m making a v-neck thing in pieces and seaming it. Except the sleeves. They’re still getting done in the round.

This is just the first sleeve πŸ™‚

The whole body of the cardigan would be done like that but the row count on gauge is different so I’ll have to seam it. Lucky me… BUT- it’s rainbows and sparkly!!!!! Very exciting. This seems to be knitting itself, which is good because I also just started a new cross stitch project…*whistles innocently* But this has now become my evening knitting, so it hasn’t stopped altogether πŸ™‚

So yes, the third project is a large cross stitch piece. It’s a cross stitch HAED(charted for 14-count rather than 25-count), which hasonly just been started. I put the fabric on the cross bars (so much hassle, I dislike doing that by hand…), and I’ve worked out where to start, and acknowledged the fact that I put the fabric on sideways (by accident, but it’s also too wide to go on ‘properly’, so I’m calling that a win). Although this looks like the top left corner, it’s actually the top right. And yes, that does make it rather interesting to stitch! Every time I want a new colour I have to check carefully against the key!

And finally, some Christmas cards. Readers who’ve been here for a while will recall the form-a-lines cards I made a while ago for a Christmas present. Well, this year I’m making them to give as Christmas cards. So far the first 6 cards have been pierced (except for a little bit I seem to have missed), and one design (2 cards)has been completely finished, including gluing a ribbon bow on it. I haven’t stuck the tri-fold-y bit down yet- I’ll do that when all 6 are done. These don’t get worked on all that much- they’re up in my bedroom and I feel kinda awkward staying there during the day in case my mum thinks I’m being anti-social, so usually they get done if I wake up unreasonably early!

There are also two projects which are finished, but not finished-finished. I completed this elephant stamped emboidery in 2 days for my aunt’s birthday in July. All that I need to do now is glue the fabric to the hoop and then some felt over the back to hide all the knots and things. I just forgot to get the felt when I was in town yesterday… oops!

The other is the OUAT monthly SAL. Anyone here remember this?

I still haven’t gotten around to doing anything with it *lesigh*. I guess that’s what happens when you stitch something because it’s fun, rather than because you want it on your wall. I don’t really know what to do with it…my mum says I should get it framed, but even then, I don’t really have anywhere to put it *lesigh*. I also have this vague plan to sew the individual months as birthday cards, but I have far too many plans for the time I have…what a wonderful problem to have!

Then I suppose there are all the other projects (stained glass, socks, scrappy sock yarn pillow cover…), but they’re not really getting worked on at the moment, so they don’t really count in my mind. At some point I should create a folder or something of all my abandoned projects so I can go back and work on them when I want something but don’t want to start anything new! I would love to finished stained glass, now I’ve remembered I have it…oops!

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