Tuesday, 1 September 2015

A busy week

This week has managed to feel both quiet, and yet very, very busy at the same time. And annoyingly I can't share all I have been up to, because the main part of my week has been grading a pattern that has been submitted, so it has to stay secret until I get a yay or nay.

I do have quite a bit to share though, between spreadsheet wrangling I have been doing crafty bits to keep myself sane!

On the needles:
I have a rather neglected Touch the sky in some beautiful alpaca/silk/cashmere. I had a bit of a wobble on this, I am past the sleeves and heading down the body but then couldn't decide if I really like it. In spite of the garter stitch on the edging it rolls under and I couldn't decide if I should frog it. 
In the end I have decided to keep it, but it is having a bit of a hiatus while I work on other things.

The project taking up most of my time is a sample knit. The Let love grow pattern has been out for a while, but I have always planned to make a blanket sample to go with the cushion. The yarn has been sitting waiting for a long time so I finally got to casting on. It is well under way, five and a half squares down out of nine.



Off the needles:
Hmm, nothing really unless I can count the blanket squares, but they are project bits, so I guess not really.

Designer goodies:
I mentioned my big project above, it has finally been submitted so now I just have to wait on that. 
Much more excitingly I have a freebie released this week. Affogato is a speedy aran weight mitt pattern designed to use up leftovers.


In case you were wondering about the name, it means "drowned" in Italian, but is referring to a type of coffee that has a scoop of ice cream (or gelato) covered in a shot of espresso. I don't drink coffee, but the coffee fans in my knitting group get very excited about it. 

Other crafty pursuits:
This week I have been wet felting, trying out some colours to see how they felt together.

From this:


To this:

I also made my first attempt at a wet felted picture, inspired by the aquatic theme of the piece above I went for a fish.


A couple of details were needle felted on afterwards, overall quite pleased with how this came out.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Catching up

Hi everyone!

I hadn't actually realised how long it had been since I last posted, but it is good to be back. Work sort of took over and I was finding I didn't have time to read blogs, or do much crafting, which meant I had nothing to blog about so it just fell by the wayside.

Things have changed a bit round here, so I am hoping to be back on a regular basis and share some fibrey goodness with you all.

I got a new job in the spring, now I work with these guys:




This is Dylan, Thorn, Jasper, Renaissance and Jonny. The others were having the day off and were hanging out in the field when I took the photo. 
I teach people about the alpacas and take them for a guided walk around the farm (It is Charnwood Forest alpacas if anyone wants to see more)

I did both jobs for a few months, but had to stop working at the stables after a while, it was just too much to do it all. 

At the minute I am working part time with the alpacas. The rest of my time is spent catching up on some overdue jobs, like pattern writing and dyeing yarn. I have a couple of shows to prepare for in the next few months.

The website has had an overhaul too and I have relaunched the Etsy shop, more to go up there in the next few weeks, hoping to take photos of yarn today. The Facebook page (A Little Bit Sheepish) is getting some more love and I have joined the world of Instagram as well (also as alittlebitsheepish, unsurprisingly!).

Pattern writing wise is always difficult to share news of, it generally has to stay a secret until publication. I have been making my first forays into the world of garment design though and hopefully will be able to share some things with you soon.

Having a bit of extra time has meant I can try out a few new crafts too, there are going to be some new crafty pictures to share with you as well as photos of knitting, spinning and dyeing.

Here is a little felty teaser:


Needle felted using merino, not bad for a first attempt.

Speak to you all soon 

:-)

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.


 

SO. MUCH. FUN!
 
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

Sticky

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.

Tasty!

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.