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3 Things This Tuesday

Happy Tuesday to you all!

3 things I have been looking at/ pondering this week…

Knitting Magazine…lots of vintage inspired patterns

Lace weight wool only a ¬£1 a ball from Boyes…bargain!

Pattern and wool was free with a magazine a few months ago for a simple scarf. Think the scarf would be a good practice first time one to start with lace, but horrible choice of watermelon colours. So, since lace wool was a quid from Boyes….

Also, I have been deciding whether to knit a ballerina hippo. As you do.

Have a happy Tuesday everyone! ūüôā

A Plethora of Grannies

Today’s post will show you a plethora of grannies.

But first…

(Incidentally have you seen The Three Amigos? It was one of my favourite films as a child! I’m weird I know…but it’s really funny). By the way, I don’t think I will EVER find a clip from a film that is relevant to an obscure and underused word of the English language, so I’m feeling pretty pleased with myself (especially as it came from memory and not a Google search).

What is a ‘plethora’? According to the online Cambridge dictionary it¬†is: ‘…a very large amount of something,¬†especially a larger amount than¬†you need, or can deal with.’

ANYWAY…

Here is a little pic of what I have been making to try and get rid of some of the freebie magazine yarn.

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These ones below are obviously smaller and instead of 4+ rounds they have only 2 and then a round of double crochet (single crochet in US terms). I saw this pattern for¬†a blanket made from squares like this in a book by Nicki Trench called Cute and Easy Crochet. I have a few balls of really soft yarn left over from YEARS ago, right when I started crocheting and didn’t know what yarn to get (so in my kind of style I ended up with 8 balls of it to practice with!). I will do as many of these diddlers as I can with the wool – no labels of course, I think it was Sirdar Snuggly but can’t remember- and then see how many I have. They feel really soft and snuggly and not as rigid as the others above.

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So there you have it kids. A new word and some new grannies. Does it get better than that? Actually it does…I can smell the chocolate¬†cake my wonderful mother is making ūüôā

March WIPS

Progress updates:

WIP 1 Knitted Spring Bunting

This is almost done, just one triangle to go. Will post more pics when ready, not much change since last update.

WIP 2 Lizzie’s Housewarming Blankie

I am nearly finished first ball of wool and onto second, it should take about 3 200g balls. Good but slow progress, no pics yet because it’s not finished!

WIP 3 Knitted Wristwarmers

Back in November or December I started a pair of knitted wristwarmers and I had to adapt the pattern big time and make it up as I went along. I haven’t done any more to them, but want to get them off my needles and finished so I can use the needles for other projects!

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As you can see from picture before – no progress. But the yarn is pretty and now I realise this type of yarn you have to wind into a ball before you start…not really used hanks before, well lesson learned!!

WIP 4 Crochet Stormtrooper Blanket

I am exactly 6.4% of the way through as I calculated this morning. Had a sausage butty in caf√© this morning and managed to get 3 squares done there! In case you are wondering, 6.4% of 625 squares is 40, so not bad at all I think. No pics as it’s all just what you’ve already seen….white, grey and black squares. So this one is a positive.

WIP 5 Use up all old stash

I am making even more granny squares when I have a spare minute to use up old wool and the freebie wool you get with magazines but never end up doing the projects (I hate just throwing it away!). I have donated a huge bag of this type of wool to a charity shop before as they want crafty stuff, but this time I’m going to use it all up productively, maybe into a blanket, maybe donate the squares to charities that make and donate blankets, I don’t know yet but this is ongoing¬†with no end date.

I know Woolly Hugs accept squares in UK and possibly Post Pals too, I can’t remember.

Actually Post Pals is a really sweet (but often sad) charity. Basically they have a list of very sick children (and their siblings who can often feel left out) and sometimes terminally ill children too. People write letters to them and send little packages, maybe little toys, homemade things, if it says on their profile page that the child likes lego then there are lots of small figures/ kits to send. You get the idea, Fearne Cotton is patron of this charity. Here is the link:

http://www.postpals.co.uk/

I can’t get onto the woolly hugs site, I think they are experiencing problems with their server, but they have a variety of projects, they make blankets for children in UK hospitals, blankets for children of Chernobyl who visit each year and other things like baby memorial gowns -I think. I may have posted about it somewhere else on the blog, can’t remember, but anyway two good charities to send things to.

Ideas for future projects:

Use spare wool to knit myself a cowl

Make another cushion

Knit that double knitting star wars scarf on ravelry

Knit a hat and socks which I am dying to do and I found some sock yarn today as well, so I know where my local shop keeps it now!

Knit/ crochet a shawl

And finally…BASICALLY ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING ELSE THAT IS KNITTED OR CROCHETED!!!!!!!

Ellen xx

A Granny A Day

You know what they say – a granny a day keeps the boredom at bay!

After all these months learning how to knit and then discovering the actual JOY of knitting, I have suddenly made a U-turn and decided to do some crochet for a little bit. I was sorting out my stash drawers, and put all the yarn I wanted used up asap because it was ugly or horrible into bags.

When doing this I found some yarn which I thought would look good as neon granny squares. YES, I said NEON grannies!

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The white one you see in the background was a test one for size for another project I have brewing in my head…a nerdy one that needs 675 squares…so I need to think about that before I say anything more here.

Had a thought that the green and orange squares would be good for a Halloween blanket as I was making them, HOWEVER, I am not going down that route. I thought a small-ish granny funky cushion. With  maybe small squares on the front and either a bigger one on the back or stripes. I have seen granny stripe blankets which look quite good and are quite quick to make up (being a tall treble stitch and lots of gaps.

I only did 3 rounds, 2 in colour and 1 in black.

The only thing I would say is that I tend not to do chains on my grannies! I do 3 chains to make the first stitch as normal, 2 chains in the corners and that’s it. I find just doing your trebles into the spaces between your stitches makes a much neater and tighter square (that will mean NOTHING to people who don’t crochet!).

Anyhoo…

The freebie yarn from different knitting and crochet magazines is being made into practice knitted squares, as I said in my previous post. Yesterday I completed a double rib square, but now I realise when doing ribbing it pulls the work together quite tightly so I know to cast on more next time.

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Are those colours just the most hideous ever?!

And I am slowly continuing with the bunting and other projects.

Hope you all have a crafty weekend planned!

Ellen xx

Waffle Knit Stitch

Yesterday I knitted 2 squares – 1 a simple knit stitch and the other a simple waffle pattern.

I find that when I buy knitting and crochet magazines they come with free kits, but ones that I would rarely want to have a go at (Willard Whale being an exception). So, what to do with all that free yarn? I have given some away in the past, either to my local primary school or to local charity shops.

But now I have an idea. I’m going to use all that cheap and nasty free yarn and use it¬†for my experiments – Muahahahaha!

By¬†which of¬†course I simply mean I shall use¬†it to practice new stitches with. It knits up¬†quite tightly and stiffly, so would be good for things like coaster, place mats and floor mats, randomly¬†enough! And I hate throwing things away without using up as much as I can…

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The colours are bright and horrible, but it’s just a trial. I figured out on which row to change colours now so you don’t get that extra row of colour. I forgot to take a pic of the back, but the back¬†looks quite interesting too.

Maybe if I do enough ‘trials’ I might have enough for another blanket!¬†Or maybe a picnic rug or something!

The waffle stitch is really easy to do as well. There are lots of variations of this stitch out there, so see what you come across when you type it in.

I am trying to keep all my squares as close to 40 stitches (cast on) as possible so they all line up when I come to sew them up (if I get that far with the small amounts of freebie yarn I have left).

I have seen versions where you slip stitches or wind yarn around needle many times. It’s up to you which one you go for. I think basically it is a combination of whether you do a couple of rows of knit before or after your couple of rows of single rib.

Here is another version with bigger squares: http://newstitchaday.com/waffle-stitch/

And one I found on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHLlNxePCe8

I think this pattern would be really good with thick chunky wool, maybe cream or grey or brown…in natural colours.

And best of all, if you’re not a knitter, you can do a waffle stitch in crochet too…which would be SOOOO much quicker to do, methinks!

Ellen x

Works In Progress

I am currently working on 4 things at the moment.

-The Knitted Spring Bunting which I have posted about previously.

-Lizzie’s new house blanket which is taking me WAY longer than I expected…sorry!

-The Knitted Wrist-warmers which I have also posted about but I have sort of drifted from this WIP a bit. I WILL finish what I started even if it takes me months to do it.

-The Knitted Crochet Hook Holder. Yes, it’s knitted and it’s for my crochet hooks but you know, knitting seems to be my favourite hobby now. Since that’s ALL I have blogged about lately…I am just surprised how easy it is and how I have taken to it!

I have already knitted the main body of it. Need to block it and then sew the inside where the hooks will go, but that will take just an hour or two.

Here is a little pic.

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The fabrics are just fat quarters from a pack and the wool is Carnival Chunky 2483 Venice¬†– I think that’s Style craft? Obviously I threw the label away and had to look it up online…I think this is it here…

http://www.woolwarehouse.co.uk/yarn/stylecraft-carnival-chunky-venice-2483-100g

So…that’s what’s on my needles at the moment!

Ellen xx

 

Knitted Spring Bunting #2

Thought I would post a quick update on the knitted bunting I have been working on.

I never seem to be able to take pictures in daylight so they don’t look as they do in natural light…it’s always in the evening when I get the¬†urge to take pics!

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Knitted spring bunting

 

I am using Stylecraft Special DK with a pair of 4mm needles.

I am going to do 3 each in 4 colours – Blue, Pink, Yellow and Green for a total of 12 triangles and see where that gets me before I think about doing any more.

I experimented with different ways of decreasing¬†and got a little confused, but now that¬†I figured out you need to cast on an odd number of stitches I am much quicker at it! Also I decided to only use a simple knit stitch since I couldn’t work out how to do a stocking stitch with a simple edging and decrease into a nice triangle shape, but having found other patterns in books and online since starting this project, I now think it wouldn’t be too hard to figure out. What was I saying in my previous post about stop thinking of myself as a beginner knitter?!!

I did try using a decrease on every line (k2tog at start and end of each line) but the triangle was tiny and twisted and weird. I found two lines of knit stitch and THEN a line decreasing worked better.

As well, I need to think about a runner or banner of some kind to hang the bunting from, maybe a crochet one which would be firmer? To think about at the end of the project.

This is what I decided on in the end…

I casted on 31 stitches

Knit 2 rows

Next row k2tog, knit until last 2 stitches, k2tog

Repeat these 2 rows until 1 stitch remains and pull yarn through loop and tighten before cutting yarn and weaving in ends.

I am going to crochet an edging around the triangles, I thought do one triangle with each of the other colours (i.e. for the 3 pink triangles do one with a green edging, one with a yellow and one with a blue). I was thinking one row of double crochet (single crochet if you use US terms) around the edge with maybe 3 stitches in the point at the bottom.

They obviously haven’t been blocked yet so they are a bit twisty and all, but I’ll do that right at the end in one go.

A project like this would be great to use up your odd bits in your stash – maybe a striped one with different colours- or as new baby/ wedding/ birthday present with personalised letters on. Don’t worry Lizzie – I’m not knitting you a set of white wedding bunting so don’t panic! Although…hmmm! How about a crocheted wedding cake? With a pair of crocheted Lizzie and Reg figures?!! lol…be scared!

Hope you’re having a crafty evening whatever you’re all doing.

Ellen x