BIG project

I follow Coldspring Mills on Facebook so I was informed of their regular delivery of discount bulk yarn offers. Very tempting.

I bought a few big bags of cream Aran yarn with the intention of making a sampler blanket to learn and practice lots of new to me stitches and patterns.

I started off with a stripe of basket weave.

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A cable. Five strand.

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Then I tried smocking. I like this one. I’ll be doing more of it when I can.

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Then a reversible four stitch square.

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Triple twist cable.

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I’m still knitting!

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Lace Rib and Vine Lace Zig Zag

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Mistake Rib

I’ve still got more of this yarn so there will be more pics to follow.

Knitted bag

Circular knitting.

Weird.

But good.

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The biggest benefit of circular knitting is that you don’t lose your other needle down the side of the sofa.

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Stitch markers. Vital!

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A three needle cast off.

A THREE needle cast off!

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Apart from fulling and then attaching the button…and maybe a lining…it’s finished.

Bit scared about fulling so I’ll park this project for now.

After trying to full by hand which involved the bathroom sink, lots of hot water and an aching back I gave up and chucked it in the washing machine with fingers crossed. The result is okay I think. I can still see the stitches and thus the pattern so it’s not over fulled.

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I could still lose little things like crochet needles and tweezers through the sides of the bag so I going to have to line it and if I’m feeling brave I’ll add a few little pockets to store these things. If I’m really brave the pockets will have zips 😀

The lining is an old pyjama top which is far too beautiful to just throw away.

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I’ve deconstructed the pyjama top with a sharp pair of scissors and I’ll think about the design…

Cables

I’ve learned garter, stocking, and ribbing. I can shape by increasing and decreasing, and I can make up. I need to learn cables.

My daughter chose a yarn and a pattern.

Gulp.

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I can do this!

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I made a mistake. I had to pull it out and start again.

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I can do this.

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AAARGGGHHHHHH!!

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I couldn’t keep pulling my work back so I searched online for a quick fix. I’m not sure it’s quicker but by using double pointed needles I can take back just the section of cable that is wrong, correct it, then knit back up. As you can see it leaves your work looking a bit baggy.

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AAAARRRGGGHHHHHHH!! Noooooooooo!

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Fixing an incorrect cable. Traumatic stuff.

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At last! The cabled front is complete.

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Making up.

Haha! No, it wasn’t for her. It was for her big sister.

My first jumper

I’ve had enough of scarves. A woman can’t just expect her family to wear scarves. It’s time to learn how to read a knitting pattern and turn the yarn and the hieroglyphics into something warm.

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Ribbing and stocking stitch. I can do this.

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Pockets were tricky. Still feeling confident though.

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Front, back, and a sleeve completed.

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I did it!

My first jumper!

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I probably shouldn’t guess at the size though…

To knit or not to knit?

I’ve always shied away from knitting. It looks hard. The patterns look complicated. But I can’t avoid it, I can only try and learn it. After a brief tutorial from my mum I tried it. Something simple, with inexpensive yarn…something to just try.

We found some pink sparkly wool so I set about making a pink sparkly scarf…with no pattern. Can’t be that tricky can it?

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So far so good.

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Okay, starting to understand knit and purl, and garter and stocking stitch.

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Then hide all the mistakes with crocheted roses.

It took weeks to make! I need to rethink this knitting thing.

Knit?

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Occasionally, well, often, I find beautifully inspiring yarn. I need it. I have to have it, but I have no idea what to make with it. It could be the colour or it could be the texture, or it could just be a bargain. A person can only knit so many scarves.

I’ll add it to the stash.