Latest Craft Fair

Took part in the latest craft fair at the Catholic Hall in Swanage. the weather was a bit odd, lot of rolling sea mist but the footfall was good.

First time on display for my Noro (wool & Silk) Flower granny blanket.  It received a lot of attention, mainly due to the lovely colours.

I have invested in a sock display and the socks looked great.  I have also made some new labels for the socks.  I also used my wooden blocks.

I also took the opportunity to display my shawls in a different way.

Had a good amount of sales and had some sock commissions as well.

Looking forward to the next one on the 12th May

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Fingerless glove – 84 cylinder

Recipe for a Fingerless Glove – 84 cylinder using 4 ply sock wool

(Regia, Opal, Stylecraft, Drops Fabel, Scheepjes Invicta Extra etc.)

This glove has a hand knitted thumb and knitted cast off.

Will give an average glove, to make it smaller add Lycra.

Left glove without Lycra.

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Cuff

Selvage 1st row ribber in, 2nd and 3rd row ribber out.

20 – 30 rows 1 x 1 rib depending on length of cuff required

Lower hand

30 rows 3 x 1 rib

Thumb waste stitches

Stop machine at 3.00 o’clock change yarn to waste yarn, Knit 12 Stitches, change back to glove yarn.

Upper Hand

24 rows 3 x 1

Top Cuff

10 rows 1  x 1

Hand Knit the following

Before removing the waste yarn I use a sewing needle to sew a running thread through all the stitches that are about to be exposed by removing the waste yarn.  This will
stop the stitches running.  Not very clear to see, orange thread has been used

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As you remove the running thread pick up each stitch.

Pick up 12 stitches from lower hand ,  make 1 stitch in body of glove immediately before the waste yarn started knitting, 12 stitches from the top hand, make 1 stitch in body of glove immediately after the waste yarn was knit. (26 stitches)

Knit at least 12 rows of 1 x 1 rib, knit more rows if you want more of the thumb covered.

Cast off in 1 x 1 rib.

Hand Finish the Top Cuff

Sew a running thread around the last 1 x 1 knit row before waste yarn

As you remove the running thread pick up each stitch.

Pick up all stitches, remove running thread.

Standard knitted cast off in 1 x 1 rib.

Enjoy

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CSM fingerless gloves

Been asked to make some childrens fingerless gloves.

I normally make these.

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So I made the pattern but added Lycra and reduced the tension by 1 setting.

This is the result, a very stretch smaller pair of fingerless gloves.

Pattern

On a 84 cylinder, tension 6 for larger glove 5 for smaller glove (plus Lycra)

20 rows 1 x 1 rib ( 2 row selvedge)

30 rows 3 x 1

row 31 scrap yarn for 8 stitches (thumb hole)

20 rows 3 x 1

10 rows 1 x 1

Pick up cast off stitches and knit  a rib bind off.

Pick up top and bottom stitches from scrap yarn 8 stitches, pick up 1 stich for smaller glove or 2 for larger glove  either end giving 18 or 20 stitches.  Knit with needles 1 x 1 rib for 10 rows. Cast off in rib.

Crochet Motif Cardigan

 I came across this picture of a crochet motif cardigan a couple of years ago on a blog and fell in love with the cardigan but I had no idea where the pattern came from so I could not get hold of the actual pattern.

Every now and then I would search for it but without any luck until one day I came across it on Google picture search and this pointed to Ravelry, only to find out it is a Japanese pattern (no problem) but it was in a Japanese book (no problem), I could not seem to purchase anywhere (problem).  Having purchased Japanese books many times from this great etsy shop Pomadour24

I messaged them to ask if they could get it and guess what – they could. She has managed to get a couple of books for me previously just by supplying a picture of the front cover.

I duly started my cardigan but knew it would have to be a background task as making that many motifs would be a long hard slog.  I had chosen after a lot of deliberation to use Sirdar Heart and sole for the coloured part of the motif as it was quite hard to get co-ordinating colours.  I didn’t use the blue colourway.  For the joining I used Rowan fine lace doubled (from stash – yaah).

Many many motifs later ……

Before I started assembling the cardigan I used wooden skewers to hold each row of motifs in the correct order so I didn’t have to find the next one I just slid it off the skewer

To join all the motifs together I used a Join As You Go method of assembly which is great as you only get a couple of ends instead of two for each motif.

The cardigan is now blocked and is looking good, all I have to do is sew in all the coloured ends (yuk)

I’m so please with this even though its taken a year as  a background task

 

 

Weekend away

We have just returned from a few days away.

We got Julia to look after the dog.  Julia lives on a farm, looks after her own horses and stables others right in the middle of a forest, where the dogs have free roaming around the farm and stables.

On Thursday we travelled up to Bath and hit the shops and walked around town.

Pete bought a pair of Lee Jeans & T-shirt and I bought some shoes.  These may not be everyone’s cup of tea, I love the colour.  They are actually children’s shoes but Ecco often do children’s shoes up to size 7 – yippee, which means they are cheaper than adult shoes.  (I also think that they are VAT free)Ecco Shoes

I also visited the Bath wool shop and met two lovely ladies and their dog.  Fantastic range of wools, some unusual and lots of small knitted things for sale hidden in and around the shop.  Of course, I invested in some wool that I don’t sell in my shop.

Bath Wool Shop
Picture from Bath Wool Shop Website

I bought some Rico Poems (4ply sock wool) and some Adriafil Knitcol Trends (DK/Aran), no plans as yet but they’ll keep the stash topped up.

Adriafil Rico Poems

For dinner we went to a new Spanish Tapas restaurant La Perla.  Their food was marvellous, a modern take on tapas.

Friday we went to Whitstable driving through some awful rain storms.  We ran along the prom, went to a Junk/Collectables shop and went  for a pub restaurant meal.

Saturday we went to Canewdon, Essex to see some old friends and stayed overnight with them returning Sunday afternoon.

We picked the dog up Monday morning and of course he is ignoring us and sulking.

Book club read – well almost

Having been given Middlemarch to read for our February book – great a classic I thought, but it turned out not be my friends and mine cup of tea.  So after giving up reading we decided to cheat and watch the BBC series DVD.  So with over 7 hours of DVD watching ahead some knitting and crochet was called for.

Using a ball of Noro Kureyon Sock Yarn shade 185 and a great free pattern from Ravelry by Dawn Ellerd

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I adapted the pattern to make an infinity scarf and shortened the length of the scarf.

Book club tonight so I shall wear my new scarf and hide under the table with my glass of red wine when they discuss in detail all the descriptive writing in Middlemarch!!!!!!

Recently finished

I had a sample of Noro Silk Garden Sock Wool from my suppliers.  It was an underweight ball (which is probably why it was a sample) so I needed to knit something that wasn’t  too picky about the amount of wool required.  I decided a scarf was in order, so I knitted an everlasting scarf that could be doubled up to make a cowl.

The pattern is available at the following website http://www.knitpurlhunter.com/shop/item.php?pid=65

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Intarsia Gloves

Just finished my first pair of gloves.

Knitted in the round on 4 needles (Knitpro) with stripes and intarsia.

Knit Noro Pattern book
Knit Noro Pattern book

Knitted in Noro Silk Garden sock wool and Rowan Pure Wool 4ply, the pattern was for 2 shades of Noro but I think they have come out OK using a plain and a variegated wool.  The pattern is also a Noro Pattern from the Noro Knits book.

Noro silk garden sock & Rowan pure new wool 4 ply intarsia gloves
Noro silk garden sock & Rowan pure new wool 4 ply intarsia gloves