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I’m in a hurry this week – too much to do, too little time…

First up, I have no new photos, but I’m nearly ready to turn the heel on my Alpha sock, and I’ve nearly completed the lace section on my Cherry Blossom.

But all regular knitting was derailed a bit on Sunday, when I learned that the little Pippa bear that I gave to a special Small Person earlier in the year, had gone walkabout leaving behind a very sad SP.  So…

Pippa Bear #2 - cast onPippa Bear #2 – cast on

I’ve taken the opportunity to work some more on converting this pattern (knitted flat) to a knitted in the round pattern.  I’m still not very happy with the shape of the arms (I’ll adjust that for the next bear I make), but I added in a raglan-style top to the body, meaning that I had live stitches to pick up for knitting the arms.  I’m reasonably happy with how it’s working out!

Now, I need to get back to it… sew the head, stuff the bear and attach the head, sew on the face, and then knit the dress and shoes, attach them, and then add the accesories to the bear.  All before tomorrow!

Do check out WIP Wednesday at Tami’s Amis and Ginny’s Yarn Along to see what everyone else has been up to!

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It’s a bit of a different Finished Object from me today, and not one that I ever showed you in progress on a Wednesday, but here it is… a baby blanket with a difference.

The concept for this was borne in a tent in the little town of Uig, on the beautiful Isle of Skye last summer.  I taught K and the kids to knit, and everyone contributed at least one “square” to this blanket. Where possible we used recycled materials (although I do confess to buying two balls of yarn for the project).  I guess I should have taken more care to ensure similar weights of yarn were used, but I didn’t. I guess I should have ensured that everyone made squares approximately the same size, but I didn’t.

I guess you could call it a sort of sampler blanket – it includes some first ever attempts at knitting (by K and the kids), my first attempts at cables, and bobbles, and all sorts of other stitches. A complete variety of colours, and textures. It may not be perfect, but the result is a blanket where every square has its own story, and the whole family played a part in creating it.

I sewed it together, and backed it with soft blue fleece (leftover from the car back seat cover my friend made for me a couple of years ago).  We gave it to baby Peter for his first birthday earlier this week. It was supposed to be a “birth” present, but didn’t quite get finished in time!

Peter's blanketPeter’s Birthday Blanket

Peter's blanket keyPeter’s Birthday Blanket Key

A1 – made by Aidan. The blue stripes were leftover yarn from the pullover his Grandma knitted for him when he was little. The red was an eyelash yarn I had kicking around in my stash. He loved the textures.

A2 – made by me. Basketweave stitch, and knitted in the yarn I used to knit M’s Big Sister dress.

A3 – made by me. My first ever attempt at cables. Yarn was leftover from my Oddments knitting bag project.

A4 – made by me. My Buzzy Bee square. Yarn was leftover from my Oddments knitting bag project.

A5 – made by me. Shingle Stitch. Leftover yarn from Aidan’s pullover from Grandma.

B1-6 – made by me. All squares were knitted with yarn left over from my Oddments knitting bag project.

C1 – made by Megan. Her first ever piece of knitting 🙂 . All garter stitch, but white and lilac stripes. The white was from my Georgia sweater, but the lilac came from Blossom, the first ever dress I knitted her.

C2 – made by me. Charcoal yarn from K’s Decoder Hat, and the purple from my Sahara sweater.

C3 – made by Keith. Bored with knitting rectangles the normal way he decided to knit one in the round, making up the pattern as he went along. Charcoal yarn from K’s Decoder Hat, and the purple from my Sahara sweater.

C4 – made by me. Caterpillar Stitch. Red yarn purchased specially for this project.

D1 – made by me. Log Cabin Blanket-style. Yarn left over from my Oddments knitting bag project.

D2 – made by me. Simple Grille pattern. The white was from my Georgia sweater, and the pink/purple was from the Flying Geese shawl that I knitted for K’s mum a couple of years ago.

D3  – made by Aidan. One of his earliest pieces of stocking stitch – and with four colour changes. Yarn purchased by himself – two colour variations of the same yarn – one purple, one red.

D4 – made by Keith. Experimenting with knits and perls to make patterns – counting 1-15 in binary, and three chevrons. White yarn from my String bag.

D5 – made by Keith. Vertical bar line stitch. Green yarn purchased specially for this project.

E1 – made by me. Little Pyramid Stitch. Yarn from my Wendy Tank Top.

E2 – made by me. Practising making bobbles! Yarn from my stash. I think I knitted a scarf for M from it once upon a long time ago!

E3 – made by Keith. Simple stocking stitch with garter stitch bands; white edge because there wasn’t enough green! White yarn from my String bag and the green yarn was from some little Hand Warmers I knitted some years ago for K’s sister.

E4 – made by me. A Mitred Square. Red yarn purchased specially for this project, grey yarn from my Oddments knitting bag project.

Happy Birthday Peter!

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WIP Wednesday 83

It’s been a reasonably productive week, knitting-wise, I’m pleased to report.

Miss Kitty is finally blocking (but it’s been so warm and humid here that it seems to be taking an age to dry!).

Miss Kitty - blockingMiss Kitty – blocking

I’ve started the next stage of my Alpha Sock, and have started the cables on the main body of the sock.

Alpha Sock 2 - 2 cables downAlpha Sock 2 – with 2 cables done

And, I’ve cast-on for Cherry Blossom for Girls, a pretty little lacy cardi which is intended as a birthday present for a certain little girl that I know… As you can see it has a picot edge, which I’ve completed and will be starting the lace section next.

Cherry Blossom - picot edgeCherry Blossom – picot edge

Well, I’m off to check out WIP Wednesday at Tami’s Amis and Ginny’s Yarn Along to see what everyone else has been up to!

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Walk, first birthday, and casting on.

1) The long walk in the fresh air finally cleared the headache that had been nagging away at me for the previous 36 hours.

2) We went along to the new icecream parlour to celebrate his first birthday. Given his first birthday present of the day was two new teeth, he wasn’t really feeling up to much, but the rest of us had a lovely time!

3) Casting on a new project is always exciting 🙂 . I love the feeling of looking at the balls of yarn, choosing the pattern, and then beginning to see it taking shape.

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It occurred to me that I never did get around to showing you the completed Little Shells shawlette that I was working on back in July!  The good news is that I did remember to photograph it before I gave it away, so here it is!

Little Shells

Little Shells - complete Little Shells - pattern Little Shells - point  Little Shells - finishedLittle Shells - modelled

I’m pretty happy with the result, and the recipient certainly seemed pretty happy too 🙂 .

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Well, I’m very pleased to be able to tell you that I’m very nearly finished my Miss Kitty! There are just a couple of rows left to go before I can cast off. 🙂

Miss Kitty - nearly thereMiss Kitty – nearly there!

And I’ve also finally found time to cast on the second sock…

Alpha Sock two - castonAlpha sock – cast on

Well, I’m off to check out WIP Wednesday at Tami’s Amis and Ginny’s Yarn Along to see what everyone else has been up to!

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This last week, I’ve been mostly working on my Miss Kitty… I did have plans to cast on the second Alpha sock, but problems with Miss Kitty took up most of my time!

I decided to add a couple of extra vertical pattern repeats to lengthen the body, and then it was time to add in the sleeve edgings.  For those not familiar with the pattern, the sleeve edgings are 52 stitches cast on and joined to knit in the round, and then a further two rounds are knitted.  These are then joined in to the body on one round (i.e. you go from 6 horizontal pattern repeats, to 10).  The pattern warns that doing this might be “quite tight”, and that you might like to use extra circular needles at this stage.

Note to self: before starting a pattern in the future, read other people’s comments on Ravelry – it would have saved me a weekend of futile time and effort.

I tried using both DPN’s and circular needles, and took extra care, but I still ended up with a huge hole under each arm, and horribly stretched stitches.  In the end, I ripped it out, and reknitted each sleeve edging, but this time on the straight.  I would definitely recommend doing this – I will have a few centimetres worth of seaming to do, but this is a small price to pay for a result I’m much happier with.  As I said, had I read Rav before I got to this stage, I would have realised that I was certainly not alone in battling with the sleeve edgings!

Still, here we are.  There are four vertical pattern repeats before the yoke, and I’m on pattern repeat two.  So, I’m getting there, if somewhat slower than I’d hoped.

IMG_1272Miss Kitty – sleeve edgings

Right, I’m off to check out WIP Wednesday at Tami’s Amis and Ginny’s Yarn Along to see what everyone else has been up to!

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We’re in the last full week of summer holidays – hopefully more regular blogging will resume soon after the kids go back to school in the middle of next week!

Once again, I’ve not had much time for knitting, but I have made some progress with Miss Kitty. I’m about two-thirds of the way up the body now 🙂 .

Miss Kitty - progressMiss Kitty – progress is being made!

I’m planning to cast-on for the second Alpha sock later this week but, other than that, that’s all my news for now.  In the meantime, I’ll see you over at WIP Wednesday at Tami’s Amis and Ginny’s Yarn Along!

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WIP Wednesday 79

I’m stealing a few moments before running the kids to Holiday Club to bring you up-to-date on my knitting…

First up, thank you for all your lovely comments on my Alpha sock 🙂 . I haven’t yet cast-on for sock two…  as I’m a knitter who reacts to knitting with wool, means that my skin still hasn’t quite recovered from knitting sock one 🙁 . I’ll get started soon though!

I have, however, made progress with Miss Kitty 🙂 . I originally cast on for the M/L size (eight repeats), but after knitting a couple of pattern blocks, I realised that it was absolutely huge! I’m at the upper end of the S/M size (six repeats) anyway, so I started over with the smaller size, and it’s looking good so far. Sizing issues aside I’m loving how the pattern is developing!

Miss Kitty - cast onMiss Kitty – cast on

Miss Kitty - caston closeup Miss Kitty – cast on close up

That’s it from me today, but do check out WIP Wednesday at Tami’s Amis and Ginny’s Yarn Along to find out what everyone else has been up to…

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We’re in the middle of school holidays here at the moment, and I miust admit to finding regular blogging something of a challenge this year! Still, in knitting updates, I’ve mostly been beavering away on my secret knitting projects, so not much to show just yet – hopefully in the next week or so!

I’ve still haven’t much progress on my Miss Kitty, but that’s because my non-SKP time has been spent knitting another cotton shawlette.  This time, it’s for a friend who is having a special birthday this year.  It’s called Little Shells. The pattern calls for silk, but I had this beautiful colour of bamboo cotton in my stash which I think the recipient will love, so I’m going with that instead! I’m very happy with how it’s looking so far 🙂 .

Little Shells - cast onLittle Shells – stockingette section

That’s it from me today, but do check out WIP Wednesday at Tami’s Amis and Ginny’s Yarn Along to find out what everyone else has been up to…

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