Friday, July 25, 2008

I knit and I sew!

Ive been knitting a little bit but of course in this sticky heat we have been having Im not getting loads of it done.
Top down raglan sweater knitting it on 2.75mm circular needle using some coned wool I got off of ebay to knit Sorrano with but didnt like the way it turned out after sewing the zip to it. So that got frogged and now Im doing this. Holding two strands together to get a thicker look. Im planning on knitting it all plain until I get to the bottom and adding a hem to it that is tthe same stitch pattern as the scarf I made below. Will do the same for tthe arms plain to the cuff and then ruffle stitch look. I will be making this a big ole turtle/cowl neck as well if I got enough wool. Again using the same stich pattern as I did for the scarf below. :) In my head it looks really pretty so hope it turns out that way as well. :)
Then Ive been sewing a bit here and there as well making my Pay it Forward thats going to be heading to my Mom. She said I could post pictures of it on here so Iam.
Thats the start of the place mats I am making. They are from Amy Butlers In Stitches book. all I have to do is sew the back (the bits on the bottom) to the fronts (those on the top) and then they are finished Ive just not gotten around to doing tthose just yet.
These are the matching napkins Ive done to go with them. Again from Amy Butlers In Stitches book. My mom like her cloth napkins and she uses place mats so I knew these would get alot of use from her. The napkins are double sided, thats why you can see two of them folded there one showing the flower side one showing the plain side. I am very happy with how these turned out lets just hope I make no mistakes sewing the placemats down huh? :)
Right off to try and knit some more on the sweater.. or should I go sew? HMM!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Juno for Amy

Im able to show off my Pay It Foward gift I sent to Amy. :) I was waiting for her to receive it in the mail so I didnt ruin the surprise...
I knit Juno from Knitty I didnt want to send this when I finished. I wanted to keep it all for myself. Sorry Im stubborn sometimes! HAAHA :)
I used Sirdar Luxury Soft Cotton 4 ply 3.5mm needles and knitted this from June 25th to July 10th.
The cotton is so soft so thought it was perfect for this scarf/wrap for spring/autumn time.

Now I am working on my Moms PIF and have half of it finished. Once I get it finished Ill show pictures of that as well. :) In the meantime Ive read Danielle Steels Sisters who my mom and I think now have people who write for her becauses that book just didnt have her old style and flair in it. Now Im reading Jodi Picoults Keep Faith. I also started to knit a top down sweater dont know how thats goinng to turn out becauases its being knit on 2.75mm needles do you realise how long thats goinng to take?!?!!?

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Misty Garden revealed

Okay so my secret project has been sent off to Amy who should get it hopefully end of this week begining of next week so Ill be able to show it off and I made sure to get some photos of it before shipping off..
However I did knit a scarf over the weekend that I can show you now!! :)
For my birthday I got Scarf Style but havent made anything out of it until now! :) I made Misty Garden by Jo Sharp from it. I used 2 skeins of Hacho 100% Hand Dyed Merino Wool in shade 303. Each skein is 50 grams which turns into 125m - 137yds. I used 4mm needles.
Arent the colours lovely? :)

Yeah they are the same dye lot and the same shade yet one skein had more yellow in it and the begining of the other one was badly faded. But to be honest I dont care. I still really like tthe way it looks. I should have swapped between the two through out to get it to look even but again I couldnt be bothered by doing that either. Lazy I know!

Its a shortish scarf but will be perfect to throw on and run out tthe door with. :)
My overall feelings? I love it!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

mini update

I have been here, Ive just not been able to show what Ive been doing. The secret project is finished Im just adding a few bits to it so hopefully Ill be able to show that off shortly.
I started myself a scarf. Ill show pics on Monday of it. Its pretty.
I read Mercy by Jodi Picoult as well. I still love her books! If you havent tried reading anything by her I will urge you to try and find her at your library and borrow a book. Im sure you will enjoy reading one of hers just like everyone else I know whos read does. :)
Ive got myself some material got things cut out of it already for my mom Ill be able to show that off when I finish them. And I need to wash and dry the other lot of material and cut it out before I can start sewing everything together. Im also making a skirt but Ive yet to trace out the pattern for that one.
Like I said hopefully monday Ill come in with pictures of my scarf. Until then. Have a lovely weekend!