I haven’t posted on my blog recently so I thought I’d do a catch up post on what I have been up to.
So I decided to knit a cardigan…never knitted one before so did I pick a nice easy pattern? Hmm well easy is a matter of opinion. My pattern is Chimney Fire by Melissa Goodale.
Having got stuck I reached out to a couple of people who’d made it before and reached out to the designer, but with no replies and me getting frustrated by me not knitting it I had to resort to unravelling it.
Thank goodness for whoever’s blog I read that talked about safety line, I had put a thread through both ends of the collar so only had to unravel the upper body.
Okay so it was only 10 rows unravelled in the end, but I am still pretty disappointed and feel a failure. Plus this is the 2nd time I have had to unravel a section on this pattern.
If it goes wrong again the pattern may well be used to light a fire!
Wish me luck!
Some free acrylic yarn, a free pattern from Ravelry and watching some YouTube clips and I was ready to start my first Fair Isle knit!
I made some mistakes along the way…
A weird hole, not sure what happened here
I didn’t carry my pink yarn when I was doing the all purple rows, I just carried it up to the next mixed row.
You can see on the bottom rows of pink that the chevrons are much tighter, that is before I switched to holding it in my left hand. Once I switched to continental for my pink I was flying and it knitted up pretty quickly.
I am usually a tight knitter but I was consciously trying to knit loose…but when I got to the end of my purple 50g ball I started to knit ‘normally’ and so there’s a tighter row half way up the hat. This hat is too small for me anyway, perhaps I’ll give it away to someone with a small headed child!
What I learned…
- Using continental knitting for my accent yarn and English for my main colour works well for me
- I need to concentrate on keeping plain rows the same tension
- Its easier than I had thought!
A quick update on yesterday’s blog post.
I have knitted up the small amount of dyed ethereal ether into this wee drinks cosy! This was an early spinning attempt so its unofficial thick’n’thin! But I LOVE the colours! I need to try to repeat this in a larger batch and make something bigger.
Also I have spun the dyed fibre; I made a 2 ply (right of pic) trying to get different colours in each single, and with what was left on one bobbin I had some practice at Navajo (chain) plying (left). This gave me a nice break from spinning the purple and gold tops. I did have a slight disaster where I had z spun my singles and then started z plying them!!! I wish I’d had a free hand to take a photo of what that looked like when I pulled it off the bobbin!! Anyhoo, I managed to rescue it.
I have decided I am definitely going to spin up the rest of the ethereal ether and dye it, I just don’t like the original colours when spun, but LOVE the colour range when dyed. Fingers crossed it will work.
On Thursday I thought I would give dyeing a go! I had the very disappointing ethereal ether yarn I had spun that I thought I could brighten up, plus I have bought 100g of White 56’s English wool top to practice. This is a blend of (56?) different breeds of English sheep, so relatively cheap wool.
I picked two colours, and as it happens two different makes. Ashford wool dye in Hot Pink and KraftKolour Landscape dye in Opal. No idea how they’d blend or work together. I didn’t measure or weigh anything, just ploughed straight in and gave it a go.
And turned this…
I loved the colours so much I then pulled off some of the wool tops and popped those in the pot too, with random knots.
Once I have spun this I will post the finished yarn, but so far I am pretty happy with it…for a first attempt.
What I have learned
- Don’t just get a pair of rubber gloves out…put them on before taking off any lids! Yep, I have a pink thumb and forefinger!!
- Dyeing is fun, but a bit smelly as I used some white vinegar
- Worst case, the ethereal ether could still be spun and then I can just dye it all with the pink and blue…unless I think of something to wet felt with it.
- Patience is a virtue that I don’t possess, I couldn’t stop checking on the fibre…once it is dry I will see if it has felted with all my checking on it and re-knotting. I need a movie or something on to distract me next time.
Whilst reading MrsMcD918’s blog posts I came across the Year of Projects. I then went onto Ravelry to read a little bit more about it and joined one of the Ravelry groups. The ‘year’ technically started at the beginning of July but I am only a few weeks late.
So, what is on my list for the year?
- A case for my craft scissors
- A picture of my dog Ylva
- A loose casual waistcoat or top
- A project bag using the plastic loop handles in my stash
- A coin purse
- Make a fancy scarf or wrap using nuno felting
- A 3D animal…probably my dog Ylva
- Make up some more bug related fairies…to go with my ladybird one
- Spin all the commercial fibre currently in my stash on Ravelry @ date of posting!
- Spin 200g of alpaca fibre currently in my stash
- Master chain ply
- Create a fractal spun yarn
- Spin some tweed yarn
- Create my own wool and silk blended spin
- Create an official (not accidental) art yarn
- Dye some of the natural fibre tops in my stash
- Dye some my own spun yarn and the undyed bought skein I have
- Finish my Chimney Fire cardigan*
- Make my husband a pair of socks
- Make my dad something for Christmas
- Make up a matching accessory set from my perpetual purple paradise homespun yarn
- Make the shawl with my Rowan Lima yarn
- Make a 2nd pair of socks for myself
- Learn brioche stitch
- Learn fair isle knitting and knit one of the small fair isle items in my queue
- Make an octopus for a preemie
- Make a jellyfish for a preemie
- Get to grips with UK -v- US terms!
I think my husband was hoping for a pair of socks for his birthday, but with his big feet, me doing the Tour de Fleece and having started knitting my first cardigan I have had to bump those down the queue to be a Christmas present. I have the yarn ready in my stash.
So instead I made him a cowl with the remaining wool from the hat I knitted him last year. I didn’t follow a pattern as such, just used a 4×4 rib and on the side and back I moved the ribbing over 2 stitches so it created a wavy line, then on the front I kept the ribbing in line, so it is not as wide under his chin. Technically he can reverse it and have the narrrow side at the back. He can decide what works best when Autumn arrives. The yarn is from Wool and the Gang and is called Feeling Good Yarn. It is Aran weight but extremely light (Baby Alpaca 70% / Merino 7% and Nylon 23%). It is very fluffy, soft and hopefully warm. For the hat I made him in winter I did follow a pattern.