I love a good sunny day and thankfully I’ve been blessed with many during my week off!
Here’s a quick look through what I’ve been up to these long lazy days!
worshiping the sun with a ‘Happy’ Birthday cake
enjoying my new bike with Cycle Routes Map
and a cycle to Crystal Palace to see Darwin and the Dinosaurs
perfect weather to roast a chicken
and to work on a new design
pottering around doing some potting
enjoying the fruits of the raspberry bush
and kicking back in the evening summer heat making cushions and drinking local craft beer
After a mere nine weeks, my Larch cardigan is ready to wear! This project actually started way back in the depths of last year when I contacted Lyndsey from Countess Ablaze to ask her if she could custom dye me some of her DK-weight blue-faced Leicester, Bluefaced Baron DK. We back-and-forthed over the colour for a few weeks until she hit upon the single most amazing emerald you have ever seen.
This is the emerald that makes you think of rolling hills and mythical creatures and burial sites full of untold riches. It is lush.
I knew almost immediately that it had to be a Larch cardigan. Larch, for the uninitiated, is an Amy Christoffers design. Amy occupies a place of deep affection in my heart. She is an incredible designer. (I’ve heard several people say that it’s like Amy designs just for them, but they’re wrong. She designs just for me.) Her cardigans are exactly my aesthetic.
I did a few small mods that others might find helpful.
- I tend to find long, loose cardigans gape around the small of my back (because my bum sticks out and I have little natural waist), so I spread the decrease stitches evenly rather than at the sides where they would traditionally fall (every 50 sts for the first set and then immediately above [i.e. so they’re stacked] following Amy’s row count). This seems to have worked very well.
- As usual, I knit my sleeves until I thought they were long enough and then added an extra inch and then added ten rows. This seems to be the only way I ever manage to get sleeves that fit. NOTE: I did NOT do this for my Acer or my Tinder and my sleeves for both projects are definitely a bit too short. I think it works rather well with the vintage feel of the Acer, but I have a good mind to hack into the Tinder and add some rows.
- I extended the sleeve caps and arm holes by about 6 rows. Amy’s main criticism is that her sleeves tend towards the tight side, which I noticed in my Acer. These sleeves fit perfectly. They are deep enough to be able to comfortably wear a couple of layers underneath (which is totally necessary at the moment! When will it be spring?!).
- Amy suggests using a double-knit BO around the shawl part of the collar, which is super stretchy but looked very unfinished and amateurish when I attempted it. I stuck to my regular BO (k2, sl 1st st over 2nd, * k1, sl 1st st on right needle over 2nd, repeat from *), but looser than normal.
I am very pleased with the result.
On the needles now: not another Amy (I just couldn’t decide!), but my long-awaited Perfect Christmas Jumper! About time, no? Lou finished her’s years ago.
Following on from all the love that was Valentines Day yesterday, I decided to share pics of a couple of things that I’m loving loads at the moment!!
First up are these fab fabric prints I’ve ordered from FabricWorm
Can’t wait till they arrive as I have big plans for home furnishings!
Monster Mash – Robert Kaufman
Jacqueline Savage McFee – Hot Chocolate
Unfortunately this little beauty was out of stock
Joel Dewberry – Primrose Midnight
Since we moved house last year we have been gathering together bits of furniture and this bookshelf has been on the wish list for a while
From Etsy seller A Little House in the Country
I would also love a pair of these sofa legs from Pretty Pegs to give our Ikea couch the final touch but just can’t decide which colour
I’ve been knitting my brother some birthday socks with this amazing skein of Wollmeise yarn. It’s a Nobody’s Perfect skein of Twin in Grapes for Sheri.
I’m excited to finish the socks however so I can cast on the Inspira Cowl by Celery Stalk as I’m in love with it’s depth of warmth and cosiness.
This final item only made my love list yesterday and unfortunately isn’t for sale as its an Ikea Hack!
Ikea Hackers – A Tertial Chandelier
With everything that has been going in with the move, the DIY, unpacking, the paperwork and all of the dull boring things that go along with changing address I’ve not had a lot of chance to knit anything or begin any new projects so when I realised that me and my love had a weekend free to ourselves I took the opportunity to cast on a gorgeous little baby vest top that I’ve had in my Ravelry queue.
It is the Stripy StashBuster Baby vest by Sheryl Greenfield and it was a quick pleasurable knit!
I didn’t even mind sewing in all of my colours!
I went for a 70’s style colour pallet using the left overs from Emmm’s Wedding Lamp and a purple merino I found in my scraps drawer.
What a cute little top! And it’s got me back knitting which was the main thing!
I’m now continuing on with the tie I was knitting as a thank you gift for a friend before the crazy-mad-new-flat-buying-craziness’ started!
This is made using the left overs from my other wedding lamp!
It’s going to be a long ongoing project but it’s fun to knit and is slowly but surely shaping up nicely!
I’ve been working on this set of cosy mitts, funky hat and toasty leg warmers for a while now. Still can’t come up with a name for them so winter woolies has to do for now!
It has certainly felt strange knitting winter woolies when I’m still trying to believe it is summer however it really has got me in the mood for a cosy winter!
I’m being a bit premature there I guess as we still have a lovely London autumn to look forward too!
Anyway, the new patterns originated from a cable chart I modified a few months back which I’m obsessed with!
It looks like a logical cable from afar but up close you see that things don’t follow the pattern you believe they would. A few twists and turns takes the cables into a great labyrinth!
Agh that’s their name!!! Labyrinth! Knew it would come to me!!!
So yep, ‘Labyrinth’ started as a design for a thigh high sock however after a few problems with the yarn (see future post) I couldn’t face knitting the entire sock with it. After one repeat of the chart I gave up, joined the two sides together and made a hat!
The rest is history!!
To go with the hat I’ve done mitts using the same chart and to complete the set is a pair of very high leg warmers and all with the option of adding buttons!!!!
Perfect for the winter months!
I’m still working on the leg warmers but will be getting the whole set test knit ASAP!!