Wednesday, 27 April 2016

FO - toddler summer cardigan

toddler cardigan yoke drips design colourwork baa baa brighouse brew clifton yarn pink green knitted baby cat dress george asda

Two good things happened this month (Well, relating to this post anyway.  Way more good things than that actually happened)  I received a lovely, squishy, yarny gift from Baa Baa Brighouse and my favourite small person turned one year old.   Obviously, Matilda wasn't getting away without a hand knitted gift on her special birthday, so the two good things collided and turned into one great thing - this cute little cardigan.  And then I found a cat print dress in Asda, and a fluffy cat-shaped toy, so that parcel was a whole bag of awesome by the time I was done with it.

toddler cardigan yoke drips design colourwork baa baa brighouse brew clifton yarn pink green knitted baby

Pattern - a combination of the Seed Stitch Toddler Cardigan by Brought up by wolves and Drips by Bethany Hill

Yarn - Baa Baa Brew in Clifton and some leftover mint green DK

Needles - 3.5mm

Notes - I was a bit apprehensive about testing new yarn.  What if it was rubbish?  What if the colour was horrible?  What if I pick the wrong pattern and it looks dreadful?  In the end, it turned out I was being overly dramatic (nothing new there) because this yarn is all sorts of gorgeous.  Here's a list of reasons why...

- It's soft.  Delightful for running through your fingers with each stitch and perfect for toddler-wear.
- It's made from 100% British wool.  Because who doesn't love locally sourced produce?
- The colours ebb and flow beautifully.  Pink is not my favourite and even I wanted a piece of this.
- One skein can make this whole cardigan.  You know, if I wasn't me - I just had to drop in another colour.
- It comes in the prettiest packaging.  I'm a sucker for a good ribbon tie.
- The other shades are gorgeous too.  I think Brookfoot would look lovely in place of my green.

The construction is a little different than the original cardigan.  I really just used the pattern for the yoke section then, when it came to splitting the back, front and arms, I did the sleeves first to ensure I had enough pink yarn.  With the body, I knit down until I felt the length was right for the pattern to begin.  I had to do some calculations to make the design fit, adding two stitches to the needles to ensure it would fall evenly, then I just carried on with the green yarn until the overall length looked proportional.  Matilda has a pretty long body so even if it looked a little cropped, I figured the sleeves being short would help it look like I meant that to happen!

Has anyone tried this yarn?  Or been knitting for kiddies lately?

Linking up to Ginny's Yarn Along.

*my pink yarn was provided by Baa Baa Brighouse for the purpose of review.  As always, I speak the truth!*


Tuesday, 26 April 2016

FO - crochet lace scarf

crochet lace scarf pierrot triangular shawl pattern finished object pompom coloured yarn turkey wool alpaca lanoso alpancana

Yup, another lace scarf.  I can't help myself, I just love the simplicity of this design and how easy the project is to cart around on public transport.  This scarf is actually my third but the second (made mostly on the way home from Orkney) was never blogged - I had intended it to be a Christmas gift but couldn't decide who to give it to, so maybe this year it'll make it out of the gift drawer!

crochet lace scarf pierrot triangular shawl pattern finished object pompom coloured yarn turkey wool alpaca lanoso alpancana

Pattern - Triangle Shawl by Pierrot

Yarn - Lanoso Alpacana (200g inc pompom)

Hook - 5mm

Additions - Pompom made using small yellow Clover Pom-Pom Maker*

Notes - I got this gorgeous yarn from Tam's mum last year.  She found it in Estonia when she was on a cruise to Russia, although the yarn is actually made in Turkey.  It might be my most well-travelled piece of knitwear!  It's a wool/acrylic/alpaca mix and it's very fluffy.  I did a lot of the crocheting on the train when I went to visit Sarah last month and by the time I arrived, I required a good brush down before I could show my black dress in public again.  Because of course I had to be wearing black when I got yarn attacked.

At this point, I have nothing new to say about the construction.  I like how the colours have spread and pooled at different points, and that there was just the right amount of yarn left at the end to add a wee pompom.  This might become a feature of all future scarves - you guys know about my thing for pompoms, right?  I even have a dedicated board on Pinterest.

Although I always turn to this pattern when I only have a couple of balls of yarn to use, I'd like to try it out with an extra ball or maybe a contrasting border, so there will definitely be more of this pattern in future.

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Monday, 25 April 2016

Photo an Hour - April

vintage milk bottle windowsill blue riband charity shop

reading library book cinema paradiso bookmark postcard

09.44 - Another sunny day!  It didn't make me leap out of bed exactly (in fact I slept through my alarm) but it was easier to get up knowing I could go hang outside at some point.

10:51 - Mother was at work so I got to eat breakfast and read without Judge Judy in the background.  I'm having a hard time getting into this book (the last in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy), maybe because it's so much bigger than the previous two.

what I'm wearing today outfit jeggings cashmere jumper M&S plimsolls shoes

sunshine scotland trees outside

11:28 - Dressed and ready to walk.  I dug out my summer jeggings and shoes (both M&S) and even went without a jacket, although cashmere and a scarf were necessary - it was freezing in the wind.  A bit of music while I faffed about was nice company.

12:36 - Back home with a few zips I'd hoped to find in the charity shops and something for lunch.  It was still sunny in the back garden but the wind had found a way round there, so I ate inside.

pompom colourful scissors sewing supplies

upcycled bunting vintage fabric charity shop

14:28 - Missed an hour.  Too much eating.  I was in my sewing zone at this point - Mother's being very nice about me taking over the giant kitchen table with all my crafty bits.

16:50 - And again.  Time passes quickly when I'm creating!  Here's some bunting I made the other day.

zips sewing collection charity shop thrifted second hand

nice biscuit mini pin cushion nikki mcwilliams sewing

17:37 - My zip collection, all thrifted.  I thought I'd make some pouches out of fabric scraps, which went surprisingly well, unlike the dress I was trying to alter last week...

18:28 - Mother came home so I made some soup for dinner (meaning, I moved the bowl from fridge to microwave) and relocated to the living room in an attempt to be sociable.  My friend got me a little  Nikki McWilliams craft kit to say thanks for some knitted gifts, so I finished it off with some stuffing.  I love it, maybe even more than I love Nice biscuits.  Just a point to note for anyone that has one - I originally hand-sewed it together but it frayed terribly when I turned it the right way round so I had to redo it on the machine.  Luckily I make small seam allowances so I didn't lose any of the pretty print!

crochet granny square couch yarn

green tea dunder mifflin andy mug crochet granny square

19:20 - I have two knitting projects on the go but I took a notion to make some granny squares.  Another good part of living at home is a boosted knitting stash - Mother has about twice the yarn I do so I didn't need to go shopping for a complimentary yellow yarn!

21:32 - Missed another hour.  Oh dear.  Mother went back to work for the night and I made tea.

stripes knitting leger espace tricot cotton yarn

book minion slippers pyjamas

22:34 - I switched back to knitting.  Might as well cram in as many crafts as possible.  I'm knitting L├ęger by Espace Tricot as part of the TTTKAL and it took me forever to get my gauge, but I'm hoping it's all going well now, even if it does look kinda big...

23:23 - The laptop died and I couldn't be bothered fetching the power cable, so it was time for bed.

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