Saturday, July 25, 2009

3 more squares for the blanket

You know the drill by now, knitted on 4.5mm needles using Bendigo Woollen Mills 8 ply luxury.

#22 Turtle Square
#24 Snowflake Square
"Extra" Square Double Crochet Stripes

I am doing an extra 7 squares, to make the blanket bigger. It's supposed to be knit in 10 ply, but I am knitting in 8 ply, due to the fact that the colours I liked were only available in 8 ply. Mmmm.

Ishbel is finished!

Ishbel is finished! Woo!!

This was dead easy, I really should have done this as a “first shawl” project to get the understanding of shawl construction into my mind, instead of tackling a swallowtail first. Lol! Oh well.

Project Notes

3/7/09: Cast on.
20/7/09: Cast off.
Size: Small
Yarn: 72g of Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 4 ply in “Purple Storm”
Needles: 4mm Knitpro 80cm long circular

This was a really really easy knit, to the point where I was putting it down because I was bored. The stocking stitch done at the start really helped me fly through the first part. The pattern is extremely well written and would make a great first shawl project to cement the basics of shawl construction in your mind. This yarn is beautifully soft, blocks out easily and is lovely and warm.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Next two squares...

I've finished another two squares for my "Knitted Patchwork Blanket".

#35 “Cables and Bobbles”
#26 “Celtic Sun”

Both squares were knit with Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 8 ply in "Ruby" on 4.5mm needles.

#35 was a really good learning curve. I learnt how to knit twisted stitches and bobbles.
#26 was also good. I learnt that I do not like knitting a 165cm long i-cord! Sewing the i-cord into place took forever.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Ishbel: Purple Hug WIP

I am currently working on an Ishbel Shawl and I am making considerable progress.

I am knitting it on an 80cm 4mm knit pro circular and Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 4 ply in purple.

This is going to be the smaller version of the shawl and it is going to be my warm and cuddly scarf, something nice to put around my neck to keep the chilly Wagga Wagga wind out.

I love the lace, it's easy to memorise and so pretty.

Felted Fun

Over the weekend, I decided that I wanted to knit myself a larger bag and felt it. This is my big project bag, planning to use it for my knitted patchwork blanket in progress because it will be so bulky.

I knitted this bag in a day using the Fulled Lopi Tote pattern, 4 balls of Cleckheaton Gusto 10 in purple on 10mm addi turbo needles. It was seriously like knitting with rope and crayons, 10mm needles are so big and noisy! The yarn also had a habit of shedding all over me, thanks to the mohair content.

It came out quite big and my washing machine didn't really want to felt it very much. I had lots of fluff left in the machine after 3 hot cycles. I threw it through the dryer a few times. The fabric is not that dense, but the stocking stitch has closed up enough that my needles won't poke through, although I can still see the stitch definition. It's very cool. The finished bag is fluffy and soft and a perfect size for my A4 pattern folder.

Pre Felting:

Post Felting:

It sort of got shorter, not really narrower. I am happy with it.

Knitted Patchwork Blanket

I have started knitting a blanket. Ok, it might be a bit crazy taking on such a huge project, but it's very special. When I first saw the pattern, it reminded me of a patchwork blanket and I fell in love.

I love it so much because every square is different, and there are a lot of skills involved in knitting the blanket that I will get to learn as I go: Fair Isle, Intarsia, different types of lace, embroidery, duplicate stitch, reading charts and more.

I have finished the first 2 squares.

Here is the pattern.

This is the first square, #36, the basketweave square. Knitted with Bendigo Woollen Mills 8 ply luxury on 4.5mm needles in "Ruby"

This is the second square, #21, the cross stitch lace square. Knitted with Bendigo Woollen Mills 8 ply luxury on 4.5mm needles in "Ruby"

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Miniature Milo

I was invited to a baby shower for one of the girls who I work with, and last night I realised that I hadn't knit anything up. Eeep!

I decided on this pattern after seeing one knit up in pink and falling in love with it. I knit this in about 4 hours and I am thrilled with the results. It's just so soft, cute and quick to knit. I will definitely knit this again.

Project Notes:

1 skein Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK in White
4.5mm Addi Turbo's
Horseshoe Cable
Size Newborn

Seriously, this is how people get pregnant, touching tiny little hand knits. They make you so clucky! It's so sweet.

Jayden wanted to touch it too, so I let him. It's so soft! The best part is this yarn is machine washable! How cool is that?

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Rosebuds: Lily of the Valley Border

I've been knitting up a storm!

I've finally finished the Lily of the Valley Border and all of the beading - I used beads to replace the nupps in the pattern. All up, I believe there is approx. 168 beads!

I'm close to finishing now, I hope. :)

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