Life With Yarn

Archive for May 2012

I’ve had a lovely few crafty days as well as spending time with my family. I finished a non-knitting piece of work on Thursday (the work that actually helps pay the bills), which gave me a couple of days off before the next project arrived. So on Friday I spent time finishing off the skirt for my eldest. Here it is blocking:

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This morning, I weaved all the ends in and added some buttons so tonight it’ll be modelled when eldest gets home from school. I really hope she likes it. Then it’s pattern writing and sizing.

I’ve also been working on my socks. The final mystery clue arrives in the morning, so I’ve been devoting time to the other pair, which are now nearly finished. Hopefully I can get a couple of photos of them up tomorrow or Wednesday. I also wanted to share a photo of a blanket I recently knit for my friend’s second baby. I posted it to her last week and it’s now just waiting for baby to arrive.

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I also got some new books over the weekend, thanks to my lovely husband and an Amazon certificate from our anniversary. Included in the haul were 2 knitting books: Knitting on the Edge by Nicky Epstein and Around the World in Knitted Socks by Stephanie Van Der Linden. There are some lovely patterns in the sock book which I can’t wait to tackle – colourwork in the round is a challenge at times for me so I definitely need the practice, and Nicky Epstein’s book has already sparked a few ideas for future designs.

I have a big work project about to land which may mean my knitting is reduced in the next couple of weeks but hopefully there’ll be time for some more photos and a couple of new cast ons all the same.

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I used to be a monogamous knitter – one project a time, working just on that until it was completed. But that seems to have gone out the window these days. Right now, I have 4 projects in various states of progress, plus a couple of ideas noodling round in my head that I need to get down on paper and swatch for.

So on the needles right now are two socks; one is almost completed, it’s a mystery sock & I’m just waiting for the final clue next Tuesday morning so I can finish it off. The second sock has half of the foot done. It’s not that I’m not liking the sock, I am & the yarn, but it’s from a book and I find it a faff to have to have enough space to lay the book out so I can read the chart – not an easy thing with a 21-mth old climbing all over you, the sofa and anything that keeps still long enough.

I also have a skirt for my eldest. This is my own design, done to fulfill her need for a twirly pink skirt. It’s almost done but it doesn’t look great in progress – my husband called it the tentacle thing last night. I just need to do the final 20 rows and cast it off and then block it so it looks a lot less tentacly and a lot more twirly. I hope the design’s worked & that she likes it. I need to do a slight rewrite on the pattern and then a lot of maths for the different sizes so I can get it test knit and hopefully released at some point.

Finally, I have a Christmas stocking in hibernation. Again, own design, but for my youngest. I actually started it last autumn and then Christmas present knitting got out of hand (as always) and it got pushed back with the argument that youngest was only 16 months at Christmas, she’d not notice. But she will this year and I need to get on with it over the summer. This design has already been released so I’m hoping it’ll be popular this year.

In my head, I have a shawl idea that I’m still imagining and another possible idea for a competition which I really need to get on with if I’m going to submit it by the end of the month. But with a big job coming up in my other work, I’m not sure I’ll have the time to get it swatched, written and knitted in time. Sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day.

Following on from yesterday’s post about my knitting goals for 2012, I thought I’d post a few pics of what I’ve finished so far this year. Firstly, some socks. I love knitting socks – I love sock yarn in its many varieties and I love the portability of  sock knitting. It fits in my handbag and is great for some quick knitting whilst waiting for the school bell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This final pic is a hairband I did for my sister and then released as a free pattern on Ravelry. It’s pretty straight forward but seems to be getting a good few downloads on the site. Will have a go over the next few days to get the free patterns up on here as well.

Back in January (seems so long ago already, doesn’t it?), I made a list of 12 in 12 on a Ravelry group. I thought it’d be nice to share that here, so you can see what I’m working on and how it’s progressing. At some point in the next few days, I’ll gather together the pics as well. Anyway, my list is:

1 – 12 pairs of socks 8/12 – Starflower, Even Later, Strawberries, Tea Rose, White Flowers, Daughter Heir, Aragorn, Moiraine
2 – 12 shawls/wraps 1/12 – Tornved
3 – 12 things for my daughters
4 – 12,000 metres knit – 763.4m + 1259.2m + 594.2m + 1450.4m = 4067.2m
5 – 12 mitered squares (for the sock yarn blanket)
6 – 12 things for charity 1/12 – Sands Blanket 3
7 – 12 of my own designs 2/12 – Cable hairband, baby blanket
8 – 12 things from my queue/books I currently own 2/12 Grrlfriend Market Bag, Aragorn socks
9 – 12 FO using my sewing machine
10 – 12 gifts 3/12 – Tornved, cable hairband, baby blanket
11 – 12 pounds of weight lost 3/12 – Lost 3 poundsin April!
12 – 12 handknitted items sold

So after months of faffing, I finally have a knitting blog. Little bit about me; I’m Michelle and live in the UK, just outside Newcastle upon Tyne. I’m a happily married mum of two girls and have dipped my toe into knitting design. Designing has been a natural progression from my yarn and knitting obsession which began after the birth of my eldest daughter.

I’m going to use this blog to share news of my designs, what I’m working on, what I love in the yarn world as well as snapshots of family life, so, welcome. I look forward to getting to know you as you get to know me.