Posts Tagged 'Olearia'

My Creative Space

I haven’t joined in with the Creative Space posts popular among many blogs that I read. But it seems like fun, and since I managed to find my camera (hiding in the depths of my handbag), I thought that I might play along today.

So, what is happening in my creative space today?

Some new stitch markers made some some beads that were threatening to become stash. I intercepted them just as they were trying to disappear to the bottom of  a pile in my sewing room. Lovely Swarkovski crystals and delightful butterflies which I am sure my girls will try to steal. They so love my stitch markers! And speaking of the girls, they picked me a bunch of flowers from the garden this afternoon – lucky me!

Moving on, and trying not to keep using exclamation marks, this is my easy project for when the girls are around.

It is yet another Olearia, this one is for Miss 2, she is super jealous of Miss 3’s new shrug with special buttons, and her own one is progressing nicely.  I will make a cardigan for her though, as I have another 100g hank of this yarn too which will be plenty.  I’m using some Woolly Wumpkins Aran weight organic merino – scrumptious, teamed with some bright purple Colour 4 Me to tie in with the buttons.

And on the selfish knitting side, I have cast on for the Alpaka Tunic which I fell in love with from last year’s Interweave Knits Fall issue.  I used the sleeves as gauge swatch, and now both are done.  I have even cast on all 264 stitches and joined them in the round to knit the body of the tunic, which I am adapting to knit in the round instead of in pieces. Waaay less purling, and no seaming. The perfect adaptation.

I’m using Berocco Ultra Alpaca , and it is working up nicely. And on 5.5mm needles, it should hopefully knit up fast too.

And that’s my creative space today. To check out more creative spaces, head over to Kootoyoo.

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Holiday Knitting

So, I was planning to have lots of knitting time while we were away. As usual, it took a bit of planning and thought to work out what to pack (knitting wise that is. Clothes, well, I just threw those in 🙂 ) The first thing I packed was the Tea Leaves Cardigan I am working on. With only an inch or two left on the body, I was fairly sure that I would finish it over the more than a week we were away.  Easy, right? Yep, sure is, if you remember the right needles for the sleeves. And if you don’t? Forget it.

Second up was a pair of Blackrose Socks. I was using these to alternate with the cardigan – long stretches of stocking stitch need breaking up somehow!  I was just  heel on the first sock when we left – and now I’m in pretty much the same place on the second sock.

So, what *did* get finished then? Something for the girls – much quicker!

For Miss 3…

Yet another Olearia – this time a shrug version.  I knit this in the 100Purewool yarn I recieved just before we went away on holiday. It is a worsted weight yarn and the pattern calls for DK, so I knit the size 2 on 3.5mm needles, for the garter section, and 4.5mm for the stocking stitch sections.  This resulted in a top almost exactly the same size as the DK weight size 3 I knit her.  

And when I got home, some gorgeous new buttons were waiting for me, all ready to sew on.  Yes, I must confess to ordering more buttons from Nicci’s new collection, which you can check out here.

Summary:

Yarn: 100Purewool 3ply worsted in Happy Rose and Quebracho

Needles: 3.5mm and 4.5mm Knitpro tips on 60cm cable

Time: 2.5 days. This includes knitting it as a cardigan, realising I didn’t have enough yarn, pulling it back and re-knitting as a shrug.

Mods: as above – changed needle sizes to accomodate a thicker gauge yarn.

Why yes, my child *does* have a slight shadow of kitty whiskers and nose on her face, why do you ask??

With the leftover yarn, I decided it was about time Miss 2 got a mummy made hat, and with no pattern and no internet access, it meant making up a pattern. This is what she has been given.

Of course, I should really have made the hat for the person who got the top – my knitting list is getting longer instead of shorter. Miss 2 is uber jealous of the top with the pretty buttons, and Miss 3 wants a hat with buttons. I guess that means I’ll be working out the hat pattern in a larger size. Watch this space.

And in the meantime, I’m knitting around and around with my new 4.5mm Knitpro short tips – yes, that sleeve is finally being knit.


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