Monday, 31 May 2010

A busy crafting week

I've managed to get lots done this week - the French Open tennis being on TV has helped, as while I love tennis I can't sit there doing nothing. So I finished this cardigan, ideal for the cold spring we have had. I saw this yarn (Patons Vintage) earlier this year in the bargain basket of my local woolshop and toyed with it every time I went in. Eventually a couple of weeks ago I decided to bite the bullet and bought 14 balls of it, almost all that was left and then looked for a pattern to use it. It's an aran yarn, so a quick knit. I should have knitted the smaller size though - in UK sizing I tend to knit a generous size to ensure it's wide enough up top but I forgot that American sizing is already generous!
This finally arrived - my Mum bought a subscription to The Knitter magazine as my birthday present, and 2 skeins of The Yarn Yard fuschia yarn were the welcome gift. We waited and waited and it didn't arrive, so they eventually sent a replacement. Have no idea what I'm going to do with it, but will think about it for a while.
I'm trying to clear the decks and get through my stashbusting projects before the next winter, so this week I also finished off these granny squares with left over 4 ply, mostly from socks over recent years. I've only little bitty bits left now, so this will go in the back of the cupboard until I accumulate more yarn.
And this yarn - Bergere de France coton a tricoter - was also a bargain basket buy. I got 5 balls of this some months ago, and wanted to use it this summer, so hunted round to find a pattern. I found one in French on Ravelry which I really like, so got another couple of balls of the yarn (the last ones!) and have started on it this week. I'll translate the pattern as I go, it's not difficult and the top will be a bargain at £5.25!

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Sheep with a Hat

So there I was, trudging uphill to the post office with my parcels when I spotted a lamb which had an unusually dark head and neck for the sheep in this field. I took another look and thought his head looked a funny shape. Can you see what it is yet? Look closely, I mean really close. You see? Yes, this little lamb was clearly standing in the wrong place at the wrong time this morning when his mother felt the call of nature. She seemed rather unconcerned about having dumped (literally) on her offspring. Still, by now I expect it will be drying off nicely and it will come off then.

Speaking of local animals, I recently discovered some alpacas in the area when on one of my rambles. I got in touch with the owner and enquired about fleeces, so I now have a local source for alpaca and sheep fleece. I'm rather pleased at that!

Friday, 21 May 2010

Spring Mesh Cardigan

This week I finally finished the crochet cardigan I've been working on for a couple of months and I'm really pleased with it.

It's an easy pattern, with the body worked in one piece to the armholes. The sleeves are very wide - I thought they might be too wide, but actually the fabric folds really well when you wear it, draping nicely. So the sleeves were fine after all. The sleeves in the photo are fairly long, but could be just 3/4 length. All in all a very successful project, worked in Patons 100% cotton 4 ply, which is a simply gorgeous yarn.

I'm also very pleased with the photo; it has taken me two attempts to get my Other Half to take a photo in focus, with me (roughly as you can see) in the centre of the frame, not miles away as in all his previous efforts. I think we've cracked it..

The pattern is available to buy as a download ($2.50) on Ravelry (you don't have to be a member):
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Saturday, 8 May 2010

More Crochet Flowers

I've been doing more flowers from the CAL, above is Daisy.
And this one is Hawthorn. I now have four in my drawer, and plenty of yarn to make many, many more. I'm going to work through them to the end of the CAL and then decide what to do - I may choose one motif to use in a larger project, or mix and match, I really don't know. I like motifs because they fill up a spare half hour really easily.

I need to go and collect more yarn from the shop to finish my crochet cardigan, but in the meantime I'm working on a knitted skirt I started a few months ago. No hurry, won't be wearing it for a while yet!