Posts Tagged ‘Knitting’

There’s been a small knitting finish. This is a very small hat.

Pattern is Swirl. A great free pattern. I’ll be making this again in thicker yarn. The pattern comes in a variety of sizes. This Premmie one is going to a hospital in South Africa.

I recently spent some time cutting more fabric for the Very Hungry Caterpillar quilt that I’m making up as I go along. My foot has been much improved lately and I wasn’t too sore after standing and cutting for several hours. I think an end to the whole ordeal may finally be in sight (as long as I remember to do my Physiotherapy exercises). After cutting I had time to piece a border for one side.

I think I’ll need two pieced borders on either side and one pieced border at each end to make it fit Gorgeous Girl’s bed, but we’ll see how it goes. I have more of this fabric left over, so I have ideas for another (play mat sized) quilt floating around in my head. I’m pleased with how this one is turning out. I’ve also realised I could never write patterns for a living. My brain won’t do the maths. Hence the irregular sized blocks in the border.

What are you working on?

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While we were in Australia I made the front of this card. I’m pleased with how this turned out. Really must get some inks of my own next time I’m back there.

It’s more purple and less blue in real life, also more green than yellow… could not get this to photograph correctly.

I finally got around to sewing in the ends on a couple of hats for charity. I’m planning on knitting a few more and then sending them off to a lady in one of my South African groups on Ravelry for delivery to a hospital in Cape Town.

I would need to double check the stash, but I think this is the last of the orange striped yarn. I still have a ton of the blue yarn left, unfortunately it is one of my ‘what was I thinking?’ yarns. I might do some crocheting with it next…

After a long absence my sewing machine has been run through it’s paces. I’ve added the borders to Gorgeous Girl’s Very Hungry Caterpillar quilt. (Yes, I’m aware that she has no need of a quilt here. Occasionally she gets her quilts out puts them on the floor to play on).

I need to lay it on her bed to check the length. I’m making this up as I go along, so the next step is to add some more coloured squares on the sides to make it wider.


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I’ve done the after-thought heel.

As you can see from the photo the sock is stretched very tight across the front of the foot opposite the heel.

I’m wondering if I have started the heel in the right place, or if I should have made it deeper?


The sock from the front. Fits well on the foot portion.

Yes, I had to reknit a portion because I pulled the stitches out when I tried it on.

I finally put all the finishing touches on my oral presentation and written chapter that I have to submit as part of my thesis programme, so I rewarded myself by casting on a new project.

This is a crochet shawl in handspun.

It’s more purple than blue, but I can’t get the colour right.

The yarn starts out dark and gets lighter, so it will have a dark centre and a lighter edging. Yarn is a lace weight and I’m using a 2.5mm crochet hook.

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I finished two pieces of knitting recently. They are currently sitting on  a shelf waiting to be put into a ziplock bag and packed away for when we are in a colder place…

Firstly a linen stitch scarf from two balls of left over sock yarn. I love how this turned out. I keep eyeing the stash to see what other combinations I can put together.

Secondly, I finished a beaded silk cowl from handspun yarn. This was also left over from another project. It seems I’m all about using up the scraps at the moment.

I had the urge to sew this weekend. I added another two borders to the Very Hungry Caterpillar Quilt. No photos. My design floor is currently occupied with train tracks… and then because I didn’t want to do the maths required to add another border I played with some scraps.

Here’s the scrap block before trimming.

It looks like a bit of a dog’s breakfast. There’s some left over fabric from my quilt in there, some scraps Kate sent me a while ago, some Saffron Craig fabric I found in an Op Shop (thrift store) and some fabric that I received from retiring quilters. I don’t foundation piece these. I just have a template next to my sewing machine that I measure against – it’s slightly larger than the size I trim to.

Then the block is trimmed.

And at some point they will be sewn together.

I find it amazing how well such a random selection of fabrics go together. I have piles of fabric set up and take the first one that fits in the space. The only proviso is that I don’t use the same fabric twice in a block.

I also made some cards, but sealed up the envelopes before I remembered to take a picture. I’m a bad blogger.

In other news we finally got insurance approval last week (for the car accident I had on the 14th of May). Our next door neighbour actually used photos of our car at a presentation he was giving at a conference on insurance in developing nations. We were his example of bad practice since it had taken so long to be processed. Anyway, we dropped the car off this morning to be repaired. Hopefully it won’t take too long to get done.

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The garden is a work in progress. The cucumbers are doing really well. They’ve only been in for a few weeks.

The plants on the far left of the picture are zucchini. We also have tomatoes and rock melon in as well. This picture shows the garden in it’s full glory.

I love the banana trees. It’s the dry season here at the moment, so it’s very hot and dry.

There’s been knitting going on. I’m loving this beaded cowl. It’s from handspun. It’s leftover from a shawl I knitted in 2010.

Details on Ravelry.

Because beads and lace are too complicated to take out of the house I cast on for some take along knitting. I took these two balls of Nurturing Fibres sock yarn and paired them up.

The ball on the left is left over from socks and the one on the right is left over from a hat. I’m turning it into this linen stitched scarf.

At 400 stitches per row it’s taking a while to build up width. I have to admit that I’m loving this stitch and the effect of the colours shifting as I knit.

I also finished spinning some silk. It hasn’t been washed or set yet. There’s been fires around and I haven’t wanted to put it outside to dry.

I’m pretty pleased with this. I think it’s actually thin enough to embroider with if I was so inclined.


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Today is one of the hottest days we’ve had for a while (which is saying something, because everyday is hot here…). I’m hoping the neighbours didn’t see me in a wool hat standing on the balcony taking pictures of myself.

It was bright out as well.

Looking like my big 40 birthday is rapidly approaching. I don’t wear much make up here, it just sweats off, and I definitely need a haircut, but will wait another 10 days and get it done in Western Australia.

Here’s the top of the hat. I love the colours in this yarn.

Pattern is Runway . A donation of the pattern sales goes to a worthy cause. You can find more details about my hat here. 

I did this as a KAL. I might have been a bit too speedy, so far only one person in the group has posted a progress picture… I guess I have no life…

Because I’m not just a one trick pony, there has also been some sewing going on.

Finally working up some of those many placemat panels I bought before we left South Africa.

As you can see they don’t sit square – they are printed skew on the fabric. But I’m hoping that when they are around the table individually it won’t matter. These are earmarked for Christmas gifts.

Finally, one last batch of the purple merino measured and caked up. 173 metres to 75 grams.

It’s super soft and fluffy. Since I have a whole bunch  of this colourway I’m going to need to find a big project for it.

Father’s Day here today. We started the day with a cooked breakfast and will probably go out for lunch. We can’t go out for dinner because it’s too dangerous to drive back home in the dark. Gorgeous Man and Gorgeous Girl have been down to the lake to feed the giant fish.

In other news, yesterday I went for a walk with Gorgeous Man and Gorgeous Girl.  I managed. I did start to feel a bit sore on the homeward leg – and we didn’t go far…I did have to take some anti-inflammatories when we got home, but there were no major repercussions this morning. So I can see progress happening slowly.

This year we’ve planted a little garden. We’ve put in tomatoes, cucumber, rock melon, and courgettes. When I find some pots so that it can grow in the shade we’ll plant some basil. One thing that is a surprise to us is how fast things grow. The cucumbers came up three days after planting and I swear you can see them get bigger from one day to the next. I’ll take some pictures this afternoon when things cool down a little.

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I finished this little hat last night. I think it’s ridiculously cute.

The green is a little bit brighter in real life – late afternoon sun washed the colour out a little.

Green is more accurate here. I’m very proud of myself that the tension is even where I had to carry the yarn along the back and that you can’t see it from the right side of the work.

But the pink is off. Don’t you just love the little leaves. I can see a few more of these in my future. It only used 18 grams of the pink yarn and even less of the green, so it’s a great scrap buster.

I have tentatively earmarked this for someone I know. If they have a girl it will go their way, if not then I’ll donate it to charity.

I finally got seascape stole blocked, and only lost 2 pins which went rusty while the blocking was done.

I need a better blocking system. The edges are very wavy.

Yarn is handspun by me. 80% merino and 20% silk. Of course it’s far to hot to wear it here. I’ll throw it in my bag and hope for cool weather when I visit Perth in September.


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I finally sewed the buttons on this little cardigan. It’s going to be donated to charity.

The button band is straight really. I just downloaded the wrong photo from the camera.  The pattern is garter yoke baby cardi.

Also found here, if you are not on Ravelry.

I’ve been sneaking a few minutes here and there to work on Gorgeous Girl’s Very Hungry Caterpillar quilt.

The white is the quilting cotton I found in a store here in PNG (very excited about that because I didn’t have enough white in my stash to do what I wanted). I had originally planned to use the dots as sashing between the white, but I don’t have enough in the stash and this year is really about using what I have (plus I don’t want to wait until my next trip to Australia to get more of it). So I improvised by cutting fabric I did have into random lengths and making a pieced sashing. I also tried to be as random as possible when sewing it together, only proviso that two of the same fabric couldn’t sit next to each other.

A close up.

I think it will work. What do you think?


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Playing along with the Tour de Fleece this year on Ravelry has taught me that I’m really good at spinning every day the real Tour is on (when I’m near my wheel that is), but I’m terrible at taking photos every day and uploading them to all my teams on Ravelry. I think next year I’ll spin along but I won’t join any teams.

So, on to the yarn. The first yarn I spun for the tour was this lovely merino dyed by yours truly.

(In exciting news, you can see my feet at the bottom of the photo out of focus – normal shoes…) I only had 58 grams of this (just over 2 ounces I think) and so opted to keep it as a single.

I love the way the colours have turned out.

The second yarn that was spun up is 100% camel fibre.

I opted to chain-ply this one for a bulkier yarn.

Next I knocked over some Wensleydale.

This is feels quite itchy. It hasn’t had a bath yet, but I think this skein and the other skein I spun last year will probably become a bag.

Speaking of bags. When I was in South Africa, my friend Kerin sent me some sari silk. I looked around for a while for the perfect pattern for it. Eventually I found one, but halfway through the knitting of it I realised I didn’t have enough yarn, so I made up this little bag pattern from the top of my head.

In other news, I have quilting project paralysis. You know when you are eager to start a big project, but also a bit daunted by the prospect? I have chosen a pattern/design I want to use for Gorgeous Girl’s Very Hungry Caterpillar Quilt, but the thought of all the maths I will have to do to make it work is kind of holding me in place.

Yesterday I knit a sheep’s hoof twice and pulled it back twice. Both times my fault because I can’t count, not the fault of the pattern. Perhaps tonight I need to start knitting a little earlier…

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Morris now has a body. Legs and tail to follow soon. He has a two-tone body because I didn’t have as much of the dark yarn as I thought I had…

What is that interesting fabric Morris is sitting on? I hear you ask.

Well, today is a public holiday and so Gorgeous Girl had yesterday and today off school (as you do…). Yesterday she decided she’d like to do some sewing. So we put the borders on her little quilt top.

I found the green hippo fabric in an  op-shop (thrift store) in Australia at Christmas time. It’s lime green and is from IKEA. I kept a few bits for myself, but most went into Gorgeous Girl’s stash. These pieces were already cut into strips making it perfect to just add to the quilt. The borders are starting to wave a bit, so I think it’s time to convince Gorgeous Girl that it’s big enough and we should move on to quilting. I’m going to put the walking foot on my old machine (which she now refers to as her sewing machine) and let her go for it.

A very long time ago  I won a prize from Leah. I made the doll pattern pretty much immediately, but the blog roll pattern was tucked away for a time when my sewing skills were better. Last week hunting through the fabric stash I found the pattern and decided it was time (only 4 years later) to give it a whirl. I’ve started the embroidery section.

I only know how to do back-stitch. Really should look up how to do some other stitches…

Finally, admist all the scrapbooking, I took the time to make a simple thank you card.

Fussy cut flower from scrapbook paper and a die from my SMIL. If you look very carefully you can see that I’ve used my new bottle of perfect pearls (thanks Cathi) to edge the flowers.

In other news the camel yarn is plied and just needs to be skeined and washed. (Yeah I know, my life is terribly exciting…).

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