Sunday February 24, 2019

Christina: Against all Odds - in the skein

Alison and I went to Unravel and somehow bought some luxury wools from Kettle Yarns. I have been eyeing up this specific jumper for about 3 years and finally decided I have both time and inclination to do it.

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And Alison was so taken with the beautiful colour combinations that she also became ensnared into what now may be a new knitalong.

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The sweater is a design variation by Isabell Kraemer .
My yarn choice is Beyul Fingering - a mix of Merino, Yak, and Silk, [100g;400yd/366m] in colours Black Quartz, Steppe, and Yurt.
Alison's choice is Islington
- a mix of Blue-Faced Leicester and Silk, [100g;400yd/366m] in colours Nutkin, Squirrelly, and Red Velvet.

Posted by Christina at 6:43 PM. Category: Against All Odds | Comments(0)

Sunday June 26, 2016

Christina: ...it is now

Posted by Christina at 1:42 PM. Category: Swallowtail Shawl

Friday June 24, 2016

Alison: On the way....

Posted by Alison at 7:52 AM. Category: Swallowtail Shawl

Sunday June 19, 2016

Christina: Lily of the Valley

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I finished the central lace chart and moved on to the Lily of the Valley border.
I felt I got on a bit better with the border charts. In the first part you increase hugely so it seems more and more of a chore. However by the time you have 200 odd stitches on the needles you are working "one row at a time" and the charts are only about 10 rows long so it was easier for me to adjust to that mentally.

The nupps are quite easy to make on the increase row but I did find decreasing them (purl 5 together) a bit harder - its very easy to accidentally purl 6 together, as the 6th stitch is a yarn over and longs to stay in the nupp. It's also harder working with black yarn. Throughout I never stopped counting the stitches between the nupps.

Overall this is progressing faster than I imagined it would. [But it's not all over yet...]

Posted by Christina at 9:31 PM. Category: Swallowtail Shawl

Thursday June 9, 2016

Christina: KAL variations with crochet

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Here is the final colourway evolved from Kaffe KAL 2014. Its a simple granny square version using the sets of 4 colours originally specified for each square - but I have reversed the colour order within the squares on some pieces and also randomised the layout. I also made some mistakes in the colour combinations on some squares which I left "in" the design.
It's resulted in a very colourful blanket - smaller than the original knitted versions as each square is smaller; I could have increased the size of the squares with extra rounds but I preferred the balance as it is.

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Posted by Christina at 10:08 AM. Category: Kaffe Fassett Rowan KAL

Wednesday May 25, 2016

Christina: Cast on swallowtail......

.... which is harder than it sounded when we agreed to do it.

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I focussed heavily on this (while watching news from the Chelsea Flower Show) but the stitches kept slipping off the needles and generally misbehaving - so the first 6 rows took hours, and then the next 6 in chart 2 were a bit quicker. Each repeat will get slower as the stitch count increases.

Note: have downloaded a stitch counting app for my phone - it seems designed for lace repeats, and now says "row 6 of repeat 1".

Posted by Christina at 10:24 AM. Category: Swallowtail Shawl

Tuesday May 24, 2016

Alison: Cast on and set up

I have cast on!
I knitted the setup pattern about 5 times. Now I'm going to bed before I make any more mistakes.

Posted by Alison at 11:29 PM. Category: Swallowtail Shawl