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.
A cable. Five strand.
Then I tried smocking. I like this one. I’ll be doing more of it when I can.
Then a reversible four stitch square.
Triple twist cable.
I’m still knitting!
Lace Rib and Vine Lace Zig Zag
I’ve still got more of this yarn so there will be more pics to follow.
The biggest benefit of circular knitting is that you don’t lose your other needle down the side of the sofa.
Stitch markers. Vital!
A three needle cast off.
A THREE needle cast off!
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.
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.
I’ve deconstructed the pyjama top with a sharp pair of scissors and I’ll think about the design…
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.
I can do this!
I made a mistake. I had to pull it out and start again.
I can do this.
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.
Fixing an incorrect cable. Traumatic stuff.
At last! The cabled front is complete.
Haha! No, it wasn’t for her. It was for her big sister.
Eager to emulate, my little helper wants to learn to knit too.
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.
Ribbing and stocking stitch. I can do this.
Pockets were tricky. Still feeling confident though.
Front, back, and a sleeve completed.
I did it!
My first jumper!
I probably shouldn’t guess at the size though…
MULTIPLE strands of yarn.
ONE evening only.
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?
So far so good.
Okay, starting to understand knit and purl, and garter and stocking stitch.
Then hide all the mistakes with crocheted roses.
It took weeks to make! I need to rethink this knitting thing.
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.