Knitting, WIP Wednesday

Experimenting With Colour, Shape and Texture

Sometimes I get so wrapped up in my knitting that I forget that knitting is my freedom and my meditation. I’ts an easy thing to forget… especially when you’re already stressed and wound up.

I started a project months ago after seeing an episode of Skeindeer knits where Elli had completed and interesting shaped shawl. Something about that shawl sparked my imagination and a need to experiment. I have a small collection of Wollmeise yarn that I purchased about 5 years ago when you cold only get grab bags in an update from them (Unless you were super quick and knew exactly what you wanted). So, using a 150g skein of my favourite green Wollmeise and a 100g sock black from Stranded dye works I set about experimenting with colour and shape.

I really enjoyed playing with different textures within the colours I had chosen and finding out what patterns really made the colours sing. I am purposefully not writing a pattern for this shawl so that I really can just play with it and knit what I want to into it. It’s a brilliant way of freeing my very cluttered mind at the moment! Knitting meditation!

Hoping to have it finished fairly soon!

Nu xx

Knitting, WIP Wednesday

Pebbles & Leather

I am really fond of this pattern, it started about 6 years ago and is yet another one of those patterns that I never had the chance to write down. I love the bobble pebble texture of these mittens and how they fit, so this is my motivation to get them finished and the pattern written up at long last… Ready in time for winter hopefully! The pattern will be available in fingerless and as a full mitten (when I get round to writing it up).

The yarn is integral to these mittens, they’re fabulous mini skeins from Riverknits. You can spend hours playing with different colour combinations (and I have!)… I love these tones and shades and how they work together. They’re really special.

Knitting

A New Autumn Cast On

I’ve been completely caught up in the autumnal feeling at the moment. I love this time of year it really speaks to me as a red head. All of the colours are changing and the world is brown, reds and oranges.

I’ve taken this opportunity to indulge in some autumn design work and greasy from the inspirational chaos that was my weekend at Yarndale I’ve gathered by thoughts and I’m ready to start!

I thought I would just give you a quick peek at some of the incredible colours I’m going to be using. All BFL and all hand dyed in a UK based floating dye studio (I know right!… how and where do you find the space to dye as well as live! Amazing!), these autumnal masterpieces really hit me and wanted to work together.

As you can see form the pictures the colours work so beautifully together I’m hoping this is just going to be one of those projects that clicking onto place!

Have a great weekend everyone and happy knitting

Nu x

Knitting, WIP Wednesday

WIP Wednesday – Father Cables

As part of today’s WIP Wednesday I thought I would introduce you to my latest project…

So I’ve been carrying around a white alpaca pom-pom and a hank of ‘The Fibre Company’ Cumbria DK for over a month now waiting to turn them into a Father Cables hat by YOTH. I’ve been toying with the idea of coming up with a way of knitting a top down version as I want a deeper brim and as little waste as possible. Instead though I’ve opted for a preliminary cast on and I’ll go back after finishing the chart and knit as big a brim as I can and use up what’s left (hence the interesting stripe of bright green along the bottom of the hat)

I’m not sure if this is going to work but there’s only one way to find out!

The Yarn:

The Fibre Co – Cumbria DK – A blend of masham, merino and mohair… It’s turning out beautifully. I have recently been trying to experiment more with different types of fleece and yarns so that I can further my knowledge and develop a better understanding of what’s available. I’m really enjoying this voyage of discovery and it’s opened my eyes to a lot of sheep breeds that I wouldn’t have been aware of.

The Pattern:

As I used a different cast on method that I’ve going back to later it seemed like a lot of stitches but the cables really do start to pull everything together quite quickly. This pattern is available for free on the YOTH website. I was drawn to it because I really like the open cablework in the middle and the lack of repeated cables and generic braids. There is noting nicer to sit and knit on a cool autumn day than a few cables!

Although it’s the random movement of the cables that first drew me to this pattern I’m finding it a more involving knit than most of the hats I’ve knitted. This isn’t a bad thing as it keeps you involved in the pattern but it’s not knit night knitting as you do need to follow the charts and mark out clearly where you are.

As with a lot of repeating patterns I am finding that stitch markers in this case are essential to keep track of my progress…. Especially when knitting and TV watching!

Techniques Used:

Cabling without a needle:

Crochet cast on over your needle

Supplies:

Yarn – The Fibre Co, Cumbria DK purchased from A Yarn Story in Bath

Needles – Interchangeable LYKKE needles

Stitch markers – Bulb pin stitch markers in a variety of different colours available from Riverknits

Pattern – YOTH Father Cables available from their website

Pom Pom – Super soft white fluffy alpaca Pom Pom (not yet pictured) also purchased from A Yarn Story

I very much doubt this will be a finished object this week as I’m about to start switching for another project but you never know!

Hope your WIP’s aren’t getting you down,

Happy knitting

Nu x

Knitting, Socks

WIP Island… Socks

I am working on a fair few projects at the moment… Each one has a story to it and they’re all steadily progressing but I think it’s time to impose some deadlines on myself so I actually start clearing the backlog. Not because I mind having things languishing on my needles but because most of them are projects that I really want to wear. As Autumn is now upon us in the UK (In the middle of August!) It really is a good excuse to wrap up warm in some fabulous knitwear. So in the spirit of sorting the WIP’s out I thought it would start with my collection of unfinished socks.

Squirrel Socks 

Yes you read right…. Squirrel Socks! Dyed by the fabulous RiverKnits UK this colour way is just me! It’s her Indian Red Squirrel on BFL sock and wow…. I didn’t know it was possible to fit that many gorgeous tones and colours into one skein of yarn! I’m hoping that i’ll have a little left over too so I can knit bump a wee pair of socks as well. I also purchased these fabulous needles from Becci’s onling shop too and they have completely changed my opinion about mini needles and Addi! So for all these positive and wonderful reasons I just can’t wait for these to warm my toes… They’re not far off being finished.

Poor things… Half finished socks still on the needles always look so misshapen and sad don’t they! (Best get them finished quick!)

Ziggy Zip Zeberdy

So I need to own up… I think I currently have 5 pairs of socks on my needles (different needles of course). With plans for many more socks to be knit I need to start clearing the backlog. I am planning on spending the latter half of my pregnancy in comfy boots and hand knit socks to keep me warm and so I had really best start finishing them!

These were paused for a few months as I completely fell out of love with them I’m ashamed to say. The yarn I’m using to knit with is a bit of a disappointment and as a result I’ve had to contact the dyer (Still awaiting a response). I’ve worked with their yarn in the past and so this was a real surprise for me to find that it was unevenly dyed and covered in bare patches. Every other yarn I bought from them I’ve loved and so I’m really hoping that this issue can be resolved amicably… Until I hear back though these socks are in a bit of a limbo.

Loughrea Socks

If you aren’t already a member of the Everyday Knitter Facebook group I highly recommend it! Fun, friendly & enabling, the group is populated by knitters from all over the world and run by Louise Tilbrook the sock queen! Once a month challenges are set within the group to knit something using different techniques… August is Cables and so I picked these socks & purchased the pattern. I got off to a bit of a false start but I can honestly say that I really had forgotten how much I love knitting cables from a chart! these socks are knitting themselves!

Hand Dyed and Happy

I’m using my very first hand dyed yarn for these puppies… Blue and ecru colours with speckles of coral and coral heels and toes… They’re only going to be shorties as I died tiny amounts but they’ll be super toasty none the less.

January

These were supposed to be the first entry in my Box’O’Sox Kal submission…. They’ve just not happened that way and they’re still on the needles… Every now and again I grab them as I’m running out the door and put a coupe of round on them in the car whilst waiting for an appointment or for the rain to stop! I will get round to finishing them as they’re Wollmeise yarn and it’s some of my favourite for softness… Until then these ancient 2AAT grannies can wait for just a little longer!

Notes:

If you are interested in any of the yarns used or would like more detailed notes and information on these projects you will find that the title of each is linked to my Ravelry page.

 

Thank you for reading, I hope to have some of these finished by the next time I write!

Nu xx