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Work in Progress Wednesday 5th March

I missed this last week so I have quite a bit of progress to catch up on.

First, I finished the Crazy Square Socks for Al. I converted the Binsenkorbchen pattern to toe up, and used the crazily bright Trekking Hand Art in Brazil as well as King Cole Zig Zag in a dark red.

Al's Crazy Square Socks

I finished the first sock, and started the second, of Nick’s Gimli.Nick's Gimli

This week Sock Madness on Ravelry began. There are seven rounds, each with a pattern we don’t get to see until the challenge begins. After the first round, only those who have finished their pair of socks within two weeks get to progress. Then we get split into teams, and for the remaining rounds only the first certain number of people to finish get to progress until we’re left with one person from each team competing against each other to find the winner. I know I’m not going to be in that final round, but I thought it would be fun and worth a go. So this is my first sock so far.Sock Madness 8 Round 1 Progress

I also started February Fitted Pullover. I’m holding Wendy Roam double and I really hope I have enough. I should, just about.February Top

I began another project which was a mystery knit-a-long shawl on Ravelry. I’m really not sure I like how it’s turning out though so that’s been put to one side, at least for now.

And finally, I began some sewing. Well, to be precise I started creating a pattern for sewing. I need to buy some appropriate fabric before I actually begin the sewing part, so I have no pretty pictures to show yet.

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Work in Progress Wednesday 22nd January

I’ve been busy this week. Rather busy indeed.

I have very nearly finished my Zora cardigan. Finally, after nearly a year and a half since starting it, it’s all sewn up. All that’s left to do is sew in yet more ends, and block it. Yay! It’s nice to finally have this done.Zora

I’ve also finished my Irate Squirrel socks. They’re a little smaller than my usual socks but they actually fit better so I might do future socks like this.Irate Squirrel

My new yarn arrived from Solstice Yarns. It’s Tidal Sock Yarn. The purple was chosen by Nick for a pair of socks that I promised him as a late Christmas present, and the gold/brown colours I couldn’t resist buying for myself. No idea what to do with it yet, but the colours were so pretty I had to get it.Solstice Yarn

Next on my list, is to finish my Thermal, and also get Nick’s socks started. I also want to do some sewing this week but I won’t talk about that much until it’s done!

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Work in Progress Wednesday 15th January

As anticipated, I managed to finish my Demalangeni Shawl. It’s washed, blocked and I wore it yesterday. It’s lovely and soft and warm and I love how it turned out. It’s made with Araucania Ranco.Demalangeni Finished

The socks I showed you last week for the Flora KAL on Ravelry actually got frogged. Again. I then started to think outside the box, and found the perfect pattern. I’m now almost finished on the first sock. The theme was that the pattern name or yarn name had to link somehow to dogwood, silver birch or witch hazel. I chose silver birch, for an amusing reason.

My mum told me an amusing story one day when I visited. My parents have a silver birch in their garden which is used to feed the birds. Their cat, Matt is quite content to watch the birds and not bother them. He does however have a strong hatred of squirrels. One morning, a visiting squirrel decided to try and steal some of the bird food. Matt spotted the squirrel and sat himself at the bottom of the tree. There are no other trees around that the squirrel could have escaped into, so it was stuck. If it came down, Matt was eagerly waiting for it. As the squirrel grew in confidence, it would edge down the tree to try and steal some food. Matt didn’t like this, and so made appropriate moves and noises to suggest to the squirrel that this was a very bad idea, and it should stay as far up the tree as possible. This continued until dusk, when Matt finally grew bored (or probably hungry) and decided to head inside and finally allow the squirrel to escape. No squirrels have been seen in the garden since. Here is Matt.Matt the Cat

This little story is why I chose the pattern Irate Squirrel for my January Flora Knit-a-long socks. Here is my progress. As usual, I’m using King Cole Zig Zag (I have a huge stash of it) in a conveniently squirrelly grey.Irate Squirrel

This week, inspired by my knitting group, I’ve finally picked up my Zora cardigan to try and finally finish it. So far I’ve done some seaming, but don’t really have anything to show. I’ve pretty much finished the knitting apart from the collar and front band, so it really shouldn’t take me too long now I’ve finally gotten around to it!

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Work in Progress Wednesday 8th January

I have a few things to show this Work in Progress Wednesday as I’ve been knitting quite a bit this week, especially Sunday when I allowed myself a day of knitting. During that day I finished my Rough Weather socks. I hadn’t even reached the heel at the start of the day so I think I did pretty well.

Rough Weather

The rest of the time I knitted my Demalangeni shawl, which is taking shape rather nicely. I love the stitch pattern, and also the colour which is odd since I’m not usually a great lover of brown. I’m hoping to get it finished before next week.Demalangeni Shawl

I’ve also started (about five times because I couldn’t get it exactly how I wanted) my first pair of socks for the flora knit a long on Ravelry. The theme is either dogwood, silver birch or witch hazel. Initially I wanted to make the pattern bare bark in a silver birch colour, but the few yarns I found that have been perfect were either too expensive or impossible to find. So, I’m actually knitting Branching Out with a grey background and red branches, which reminded me of the red dogwood.Branching Out Socks

 

I haven’t started any sewing yet, so nothing to show on that front I’m afraid. Hopefully I’ll have something by next week.

Tutorial – Simple Dressmaking Board

I realised that if I want to do proper dressmaking, especially when I’ll probably have to alter patterns, I’d need a board to do it on. I looked at the cardboard ones like this, then realised that for around £15 – £20, a bit of cardboard with some markings wasn’t very good value. I also knew that I’d probably break it pretty quickly.

I had a think, and realised the answer. I visited a hardware shop, and found a nice big (160cm x 120cm) piece of 3mm thick MDF for just under £5. Perfect. I got out my really long ‘joke’ Christmas present (a steel metre rule), my set square, my pencil and my sharpies.

I measured every 5cm along the top and sides of the board with a pencil, then drew on a grid with a black sharpie. I then drew the lines in with a black sharpie, making everything was straight and lined up. I then numbered each line.

I’m currently debating if this is enough, or whether I should also add 1cm lines in a different colour. Then, if I felt like it, I could add various useful angle lines such as 45 degrees. For now I’m going to leave it with the 5cm grid, then I can add things as I find them useful.

It was really easy, if a little time consuming to draw everything on accurately, but it was definitely worth it as I now have a nice, sturdy dressmaking board to use both for tracing/altering patterns, and cutting fabric so I don’t destroy the floor.Dressmaking Board

Sorry about the picture. It’s really hard to take good pictures of big things when there isn’t a great deal of natural light! Also, it’s my fault it looks slanted. It isn’t really.

Finished Object Wednesday

I’ve only been knitting my version of the Mirrored Fair Isle socks this week, and I’ve just finished them, which is why this is a Finished Object Wednesday rather than a Work in Progress Wednesday!Mirrored Fair Isle

I used the Mirrored Fair Isle stitch pattern, but that was as far as using that pattern went. I changed it to be toe up, and also to use the Fish Lips Kiss heel. It was my first time using it and I think it worked out really well. The second heel came out slightly better than the first but I think that’s to be expected when doing a technique for the first time.Fish Lips Kiss Heel

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