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October? Really

So, it’s the 11th of October. Don’t know how that happened. I seemed to have missed a week in my blogging schedule of being accountable.

I’ve done a quick check of all my WIPs/unfinished projects and it’s scary. So……I think it might be best if I don’t cast on anything new until I have finished up 2 current projects – at least until I get the number down a bit. By “finishing up” I mean off the needles, so frogging a project will also count. The one exception to this is I have a shop sample I want to get done, so I may cast that on in the next week or so.

This week I have frogged. I ended up ripping out the double knitted scarf. I wasn’t happy with the look & feel of the fabric it was making so that yarn can go into my stash to become something I will enjoy making.

I’ve been working on:

  • my Worsted Boxy using the Skein speckle dyed yarn. I went on a bus trip to Brisbane to the craft fair so got a lot of knitting done on this. It’s great social knitting at the moment, just round & round, knit stitch for 17 inches.
  • I’ve done quite a bit of my secret project. I’m hoping to get this completed over the weekend so I can block it.
  • I also worked on a project that is getting close to completion but has been languishing for a while. (I’m dreading dealing with all the ends when I DO finish). It is my Paddywack (AKA Knicknack by Norah Gaughan). The original is in one colour but I was inspired by PassionToCreate’s version on Ravelry and am going with multi colours/yarns.

paddywack

  • I also knit some more mitred diamonds for my Sock Yarn Blanket. My “jinxed” yarn from a previous post may well be jinxed. No, that’s not fair. It’s just not suitable for this blanket and neither are a couple of Noro yarns that I tried. These yarns are all what I call a rustic yarn, ie. they are single ply yarns and are thick & thin. Because the blanket is modular construction I have to pick up stitches from adjoining diamonds. It’s not easy to do with these yarns and I’m also worried about their strength for this type of project. I won’t be removing the 3 squares I’ve already done but I’ve removed these yarns from the project bag. (the yellow is the provisional cast on & the red is the I-cord edging that will be added all the way around the blanket.

purple Noro brown Noro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve decided that the ideal yarn for the blanket is a smooth sock yarn with high twist, something like Koigu. I’ve been buying some mini skeins from etsy to supplement my current supply.

I mentioned that I went up to the craft fair this week. While I was there I picked up this book. I’ve just started reading it, so will let you know what I think later (although at first glance I’m impressed).

book

I’ve added a few yarns and some garments to my etsy store this week. You can click on the link in the side bar or just go here.

 

October totals

Cast on: 0

Completed: 0

Ripped: 1 (double knit scarf)

 

Grand Total (September 2014 – current)

Cast on: 8

Completed: 4

Ripped: 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Week That Was

Every evening I knit. I’m the sort of person who has to have my hands occupied. I find it difficult to just sit and watch TV and I think this is why I rarely go to the movies.

So you’d think I’d have lots of hand-knits to wear wouldn’t you? …. Um, no. I guess the reason is twofold. I do give away or sell a lot of what I make. The other reason is that I don’t finish everything I start. Shocking I know! All you other knitters & crocheters finish everything you start, don’t you?

So, what have I been working on this week.

I’ve added a few more rounds to the tank top in Recycled Photon Rainbow. I think I’m on my second skein. This is worked from the bottom up in the round.

silk tank

 

I subscribe to the SweaterBabe newsletter and have been going to knit a couple of her designs for a while now. She amazes me how she can keep bringing out new designs so frequently. Recently she announced a Mystery KAL – a one or two skein scarf. Yes I signed up (I think I was lured by the offer of it being free for a limited time). This week the first clue was released so I’ve cast on and have knit the first section. It was only 23 rows so it didn’t take too long, although it IS knit in mohair which I find a bit tricky (& I’m hoping I won’t have to rip back along the way). I’m using Debbie Bliss Angel in a gorgeous purple. No pictures of the scarf yet in case others are playing along. If you’re curious to see the design just check out the spoiler thread in her Ravelry group.

Debbie Bliss

Last month I attended a workshop held by Loani Prior in conjunction with her Portrait of a Tea Cosy exhibition at the local art gallery. During the workshop Loani taught me to double knit and I was really taken by her Window Pane scarf. You can find the pattern on her website and it’s also in her latest book. I made a comment about having the scarf started & finished so I could show her at the next craft fair in Brisbane – months away I thought, heaps of time. I ordered the yarn and then it sat. After all I had so much time. Um no, the craft fair is on in early October, I have about 4 weeks to get this knit and blocked. Probably not going to happen, but I decided last night that I had at least better cast on & see if I can remember how to do this double knitting stuff.

Noro

I’m using Noro Silk Garden Light in 2 colours – in colourway 2092 & 2038. I started out using the needles recommended but found the fabric I was getting on the 6mm was too uneven and the gauge was too open for my liking. I remember that I had this problem during the workshop too. I’ve gone down to a 5mm and it’s much better but, to be honest, I really don’t know if I like it. The colours aren’t doing much for me but there is a colour change coming up (love Noro for that) so I’ll keep going for now. (I’m also concerned about the drape, especially as I went down a couple of needle sizes)

 

 

September totals

Cast on: 4       (banana shawl, silk tank, Mystery scarf KAL, double knit scarf)

Completed: 1       (banana shawl)

Ripped: 0

 

Quota Craft Fair 2014

I have a 30 minute drive to work and then 30 minutes back home again, 5 times a week. Rather than listen to the radio I use this time to catch up on podcasts that I subscribe to. These are mostly knitting podcasts – no surprise there. One thing that nearly all these podcasts have in common is a “What’s On The Needles Section” where they talk about what they’ve been knitting during the week. I like how I can follow their progress, learn about new patterns that I might want to knit and it also has the effect of making them accountable in some way. After all, they told me they had cast on, so what’s happened to that particular project, did it get put aside, are there any issues, is it completed and cast off?

Now, I’m someone who may or may not have in excess of 20 WIPs (that’s Works In Progress) – yep, that means lots (& lots) of little bags & baskets laying around or stashed in cupboards and lots of needles that are not free. And it seems that most weeks I cast on something new.

Time to be accountable.

My plan is to check in here regularly & make a note of what I’ve been knitting on during the week. You guys can keep me in check, leave a comment if I haven’t mentioned a project in a while, ask what’s happening with that shawl, jumper, hat I cast on months ago, let’s see if I can get some knitting done & get some projects completed! I’m going to keep a tally for the month of projects completed and projects cast on.

This week started with the annual Quota Art, Craft & Garden Fair held in Alstonville. I think it’s been running for something like 14 years but this was only my second. Always a great weekend. What’s not to love about being surrounded by lovely yarns and chatting to people who understand my passion ( & who open their wallets to buy some yarn as well). I can’t believe that I forgot to get a pic of my set up but it was very similar to last year.

 

Quota Fair

So, for something like this I needed an easy knit, nothing where I had to concentrate too much on a pattern or worry about counting rows & stitches. I needed something that I could put down quickly to attend to customers and also something to show off some of the yarns that I was selling. I opted for the banana fibre – this turned out to be a good choice as I had so many people asking about the fibre, “did it really come from bananas?” was a common question. I used 5 colours and this really highlighted how well banana fibre takes up dye – the colours just glow!

Banana Fibre shawl

I’d actually started a couple of days earlier so that I could get into the pattern (a basic top down triangle shawl) and have something on the needles to start with. After the first day it was finished and is now listed in my etsy shop if you’re interested), so I needed another project for the second day.

Boho shawl

I decided on a bottom up, tank top, knit in the round using the Recycled Photon Rainbow sport-weight recycled silk yarn.

Recycled Photon Rainbow

 

A bit of garter stitch at the bottom then just knit… a great project to work on during a craft fair. This one is still on the needles, although I did add a few more rows during the week.

 

September totals:

Cast on: 2   (banana shawl, silk tank)

Completed: 1    (banana shawl)

Ripped: 0

 

 

 

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