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Monthly Archives: August 2011

Busy bee

I’ve been getting through quite a lot lately, but still not as much as I’d like! I finished and blocked Ishbel. As usual neither of my cameras could capture the brightness of the green properly!


I’m a fair way through Coraline which I’m making in Drops Alpaca. I had a bit of a problem with the sleeve, so I ripped it back and started again. I’ve never been too happy with DPN’s, but using this fluffy, soft alpaca it made stopping ladders between the needles even harder. So I switched tactics and took to moving the stitches around the needles so the stitch between the needles is in a different place each time. Far better!

And I also tried out my new Jacquard dyes and my first attempt was to get a colour close to one I fell in love with in Copenhagen.
Copenhagen



As usual my camera (or maybe my shoddy photography skills!) failed to capture the orange, which on my monitor at least looks redder than it does in reality. I’m in love with orange and autumnal colours at the moment. Maybe that’s because it feels more like autumn than summer here!
But to balance it out I tried out a really bright yellow

I’m not sure how it looks on different monitors, but the yellow is like highlighter bright.
For now it’s back to work on finishing up a few projects so I can get started on some more before the real autumn weather sets in.

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Planning

For the past few days I’ve been trying to make a list of the things I want to make by the end of the year. I even started thinking about Christmas presents I could make for my cousin’s kids (thank God baby clothes are quick projects!). My queue of things to make for myself is so huge it’s been really difficult to whittle it down and decide on a few that I can probably finish by the end of the year.
For the newest family addition I’m thinking a little cardigan like this

This dress is a potential candidate for the 6 year old girl. So that leaves me with a boisterous 9 year old girl and a squishy 2 year old boy to find cute things for.
As far as things for me, I know I’m not going to be able to resist some Nordic jumpers. I haven’t done colourwork in a while now and I love it!

I really want to make this jumper but I’ll have to try and find the pattern book when I’m in Scandinavia.
I’ve been planning to make a Still Light Tunic for ages now. I doubt it’ll suit my body shape, but even if I only wear it indoors, it looks like it’ll be really comfy.

So that’s plenty to be getting on with! Aside from that there are several Drops jumpers I want to make, all of Little Red in the City by Ysolda Teague and about a hundred other projects that I know I won’t get through by Christmas.

Lots of blocking

The problem with having 2 fast and easy projects on the go at the same time, is that they’ll probably both need blocking at similar times too and I don’t have enough floor space. I’ve started by blocking my newest jumper so that I can assemble it and put on the collar easily. I really like the cable pattern on this, and the whole thing took me less than 2 weeks to make. Very easy to follow pattern too.

I also finished my 3rd Ishbel last night. I had enough of my hand dyed yarn to finish it, yay! I’ve even got a little bit left over that would make a nice accent on something small. Once again, I couldn’t be bothered to spend hours trying to capture the real bright green colour of the shawl, but will make the effort once it’s blocked!

In non-crafty news I went running outside for the first time in years, and thought it would be far harder than on the treadmill. Not only could I run for almost as long as I ever did on the machine, I actually ran a whopping 3km/h faster and therefore a bit further. There may be hope for me yet!

It’s pretty mad in London at the moment. Right now I can hear sirens, and that sums up what’s been going on. I saw a fire in the east end last night from my balcony. Looked like it was somewhere in Hackney or Canning Town, and if I can see it from here it must’ve been pretty huge. The smoke coming off it drifted all the way over St. Pauls and the London Eye. It’s amazing how little it takes for order to break down like this. Quite terrifying. What if something widespread like a natural disaster happened?!