Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Snip snip- seeking

I have been working on a cardigan for a couple of weeks. Since I am not keen on purling and have been wanting to try steeking for ages this seemed like a perfect opportunity.
I added seven knit stitches to the front of the pattern and joined it to work in the round instead of flat.
Once the body was worked I figured I could do the steek before the hood and sleeves, so if anything went wrong I had wasted less knitting time and yarn.
The internet, as always, was my guide for this. I had planned to do machine stitching, but reading up on steeks online I liked the finished edge of a crochet steek. I worked the crochet chains in a black sock yarn.
The chains didn't seem like much to hold it all together, so I dragged out my sewing machine, which was for once compliant- usually I end up with huge tangles of bobbin thread. Today the sewing went well, I tested it on a random swatch and if fed through fine, so onto sewing the cardigan! I added a line of small straight stitches either side of the crochet chain. You can see them on the photo below in blue. They don't actually show up on the cardigan because the whole thing is much darker than the photo shows it (flash! ah ah!).
Finally it was snip time. I used the smallest pointiest scissors I could find and worked up the ladder of stitches between the crochet chain.


Henceforth all cardigans might be made like this, because it is awesome. Totally works, leaving a nice neat edge. I haven't got up the courage to yank it about, but it does seem secure, and will be further stabilised when I put the zipper in.
Next adventure- putting in the zipper! I love learning new skills. 

Thursday, 15 May 2014


Making flapjacks today, delicious golden syrup required

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Froggy frog

My work in progress pile is a little out of control at the minute, so working on it by finishing or frogging something before each new project.
These socks are pretty, but I started them so long ago that my gauge will be way off, so frog it is.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Mmmm, cake

138g of handspun goodness.


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Variegated yarn

It can be tricky to work with, you never quite know how it will knit up. Sometimes, out of nowhere you get stripes.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Bullet journal

Having a go at the bullet journal with the playful day podcast. It is like the mother of all to do lists and I do enjoy a good to do list.
Of course a new notebook was needed.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Finished yarn

I wanted to get this finished over the weekend, so spent quite a bit of Saturday working on the final ply.
The last bit of single took some time on Sunday morning but I figured it would be ok to ply it that evening.
There's about 140g in a heavy sock weight, so plenty for the shawl I am hoping to make. It was going to go with the dress in the background but I am not sure if it will look too heathered.