Friday, 19 April 2013

Vintage patterns

While waiting for my car to have new tyres fitted this morning, I had a bit of time to browse the shops.   I always have a wander through the charity shops,  and in one I found some old knitting patterns which are pretty much back in fashion.   These lace patterns are easily adapted , the only difficulty is figuring out what yarn to use. And they only cost 25p each!

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

More Stash Busting...

 My drive to reduce the quantities of yarn hiding under the corner table continues (the yarn long since burst out of the cupboard).  This is the first of two mitts in Debbie Bliss Donegal Tweed aran, left over from a previous project.  The pattern serendipitously arrived this week in a supplement from Knitting Magazine. Should use every scrap of the yarn, yippee!
 Next is a lampshade covering which I started last year.  My plan now is to work down to the bottom in mesh, put some kind of edging on the bottom in the pale pink yarn you see at the top and then place occasional flowers/shapes/whateverthehellifancy at various points across the mesh, taking care not to miss the point in that it is supposed to shed light...  The main yarn is a dk cotton, but I will still have more yarn left so will have to find another project.
 This is another project I started last year, a 4ply cotton lace sweater.  As we never got a summer, I lost interest and put it away.  But now it has to be finished, summer or no summer!  It's a 70 row pattern which is unfortunately printed badly with slightly blurry edges, making it hard work.  I always get things wrong running up to row 60 and have to spend time pulling back or counting very carefully.  There are no "purl" rows in this so it does require a lot of concentration. The back is done and I am now approaching the armholes on the front, so I am making good progress.  I'm sure it will look good once blocked, at present it looks a bit messy, like all lace does when you're working it.
These bags contain the next part of my stash which has to go, they are all 4 ply but I have more of some than others.  At present my plan is to find a pattern or two to use as much of the multi coloured yarn on the left, then consider my options with the rest.  I have a large number of 4 ply crochet squares already made, so I am considering whether to dedicate the remainder to that project.

Monday, 1 April 2013

Using Up the Stash

 I'm on a mission to use up a lot of my stash and on-the-go projects before buying any more yarn.  So here is a long scarf made from 1.75 balls of Rowan Lace which I had left over from another project.  I do like Rowan Lace, and its softness makes a scarf a perfect choice.  This pattern was in Simply Knitting, and I love the decorative edge the stitch pattern makes.
 Here's a close-up of the pattern, not difficult to do as long as you remember where you are!  But I must confess that I was ready to finish it as handling a python like project is a bit tiresome.
 It is very long, and since the weather is still so cold there's plenty of time to wear it!

 Here's another stash project finished this week, a crochet  jacket which I intend to wear with a short sleeved T shirt in warmer temperatures than we have at the moment!  This was light relief from the long scarf.
I had really hoped the jacket would use up the yarn I had left - this was an Ebay bargain, cost around £5 and so far has produced a lacy sweater and the crochet jacket.  Will it never end?  So now I have to find more to knit with this yarn...................