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FO’s

I Heart Bee’s by Vanessa Townley (Myself). My Project Page.

Every Flavour Stripy Socks by Olivia Villareal. My Project Page.

Turion by Linda Dubec. My Project Page.

First Stash Enhancement Segment
Lovely Package sent by Debbie of Downsheepylane
gifted a package for the #Harvesthatalong2016 and Gifted me a wonderful handdyed sparkle skein of Mudgeon colourway and a Pokémon Project bag. Please Check out her lovely etsy store where Debbie has more awesomeness!

Wips
Dave by Rachel Coopey (coop knits). My Project Page.

Adelie by Anna Maltz. My Project Page.

Angelus Novus by Renee Callahan. My Project Page.

Yarndale Chatter
I do apologise for not filming anything extra special of Yarndale I’d had a rough week and I wanted to fully immerse myself in the enjoyment of being there and meeting people, However if you would like to see footage of Yarndale there is a wonderful vlog here by Amy Florence of Stranded Dyeworks which you could Check out! 😀

Yarndale Stash
John Arbon Viola in North Sea Colourway intended for a Quadrillion.

Five Moons Gradient Mini Moons ‘Succulent’ colourway.

Truly Hooked Stripy Sock Yarn in ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ colourway.

The Knitting Goddess DK in ‘Charcoal’ colourway and Brit Sock in the ‘Coral’ colourway.

Hilltop Cloud WIP Tool for Checking spinning consistency.

Beautiful Illustrated Postcards from Pompom Quarterly.

Other Podcasters Mentioned
Dani littlebobbins of Little Bobbins Podcast.
Leigh Louleigh of Louleigh Podcast
and
Amy AmyFlorence of Stranded Dyeworks Podcast.

Also an Hello to Thuy fishgirl182 of Twisted Stitches Podcast.

We all know Ravelry is an amazing tool for planning projects, it has literally everything you need as a knitter. From logging your projects, stash, browsing yarns and chatting. However, I found an amazing reason to keep somethings written down and all in one place.

Spending my evening making my new knitting planner! Im putting my future knitting preparation in order and it's going to help lots when yarn shopping especially Yarndale!!! 💓💓 😁 I love being organised! #knitting #knittersofinstagram #knittingjournal #beingorganised #yarndale #yarndale2016

Last year at Yarndale, I had specific things in mind that I wanted to buy, but these things were for trying out and general wanting to squirrel certain dyers yarns away in my stash. This year I want certain things but not just for trying out sake. I want them to have an end result like a planned sweater or to be shopping with a project in mind.

Reception on phones aren’t always to be dependant on especially in countryside towns and farm buildings. I’d be very mad with myself If I weren’t able to research for a purchase. Like, checking the amount of yarn needed could be crucial if I didn’t get enough or what if I spotted yarn perfect for a project that I’d not thought of in a while? I don’t want my fun to be made more difficult. I can relax in my shopping venture if I have essential notes on me to refer to if needed, It doesn’t mean I’ve got to be strict and keep too it.

My Starting Point was to collect images of all the projects I’ve thought about casting on recently, either through my Queue or my favourites on Ravelry. Then allocating them a page each. A visual is really helpful if a project name isn’t a trigger enough to remember it or where you saw it!

Secondly, it was a good idea to weed out all those projects I had yarn for already waiting in stash by writing the yarn in. That way it’s spoken for.

Third, those without stashed yarn were good for further planning stages. Like noting your yarn ideas (if you have something in mind), weight of yarn, needles and tensions used in the pattern, Size (you’d make) and yardage. You could then even go a step further to work out a cost if you had yarns in mind. Which helps you with budgeting your spending for the day.

Fourth, Other than that, it’s great for adding project notes and postit’s when on the road, if you are shopping and see something perfect for a project but it’ll be for a later date then.. Write it down even clip in a business card as a reminder.

Basically these pages could be used to your needs, desires and general knitting operations..!

With mine, I’ve gone the none expensive route, it’s in the Pukka Pad stage and it works!! With the ring binding I can lay it out flat and open at desks or fold it back into a one handed effort when shopping. Plus you can take it a step further… I’m planning at the back of the notepad all my sewing plans and materials.

Who doesn’t like planning there creations right?!

I know I do!! 😀

 

I’ve been looking to replace an older store bought cardigan that is the ‘staple black cardigan’ currently in my wardrobe. It’s been on my mind this past year and I figured it would be easier to buy the yarn if I could choose the cardigan. Since then, I’ve become obsessed with Ravelry and searching for the perfect cardigan.

But how do you choose?!

I was firstly looking at them all as options but that was too difficult so I narrowed down some ideas by looking at key features of the cardigan I’m replacing.

  • Top Down or Yoked construction.
  • Fitted.
  • Large waistband and standard length.
  • 3/4 Sleeves.

The only other thing I wouldn’t mind adding to this list is that it’s not too plain. I’ve come to realise I’m one for a pattern or complex knit, it keeps me excited and interested, plus it keeps me distracted when I need it.

Here’s a few ideas I’ve collected…

 

I love the look of this it’s garter stitch but simple, it’s fitted with lovely long sleeves for the winter but it’s quite high necked! And although Carrie has written this pattern in different weights I think I’d prefer the light version.

 

I’ve always been a lover of Andi’s designs but I’ve only ever knitted Fizz which was a test knit a long while ago but she was a lovely designer to work with. This pattern is a recent release and I think the neat and simple lace detail would just be subtle and appealing in a black cardigan. It would just be enough interest to keep me happy and the fit and sleeve length is lovely enough I could wear through a few seasons.

Gemini by Cecily Glowik Macdonald

This cardigan most represents my old cardigan which is why I’d be tempted to pick it! but I’m not sure it’s interesting enough, the panel on the back is nice but I’m not 100% keen on the moss stitch borders and how they might gap slightly.

What do you think? Is there any you prefer the most or maybe you’ve also knit them? or could recommend something I’ve not looked at?

These are just a few I’m still adding to my options on my Cardigan Bundle on Ravelry if you’d care to check it out.

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It’s the first time in a long time that I’ve been inspired to blog post. Maybe it’s because I tend to knit more these days than work on other crafts, of course I have my podcast and Ravelry as my main platforms to share all that. I decided if I’m going to continue my sewing adventure then I should share my more detailed progress here and make truly good use of my blog.

Above are a selection of photos I took of my most up to date progress on my current sew work in progress. It’s the York Top by Seamwork Magazine, I got this pattern free and I found it via a post on Pinterest sharing it’s availability.

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Given the information on the pattern to use a light to medium weight fabric I chose medium weight cotton. Thus far I can already tell it’s more suited to a lighter weight fabric with more drape. I’m a newbie sewer and we learn as we go but it all seems glaringly obvious to me now; my bust is larger than the model and secondly the medium weight fabric is hanging off them like a sack of potatoes. As seen above in the right photo.

I’m not sure this pattern really is for me or my shape after I’ve gotten halfway through the sewing, so I’m going to make a few alterations in hope of making a more ‘me’ styled garment that I will wear and feel comfortable in.

  1. First thing to think about is altering the fitting of the top, especially under the bust and maybe add in some waist darts into the front and back to remove some of that excess unwanted fabric.
  2. The length of the overall garment is too long and with it being a fabric with lots of drape I think it could be cinched up so it rests nicely around my jeans pocket.
  3. The sleeves they bother me a little, they seem too long and wide to what I like. I think a shorter above elbow sleeve without the cuffs to give it a more delicate balance and maybe just a binding edge like the neck line. I may even alter my seam allowance to taper the sleeves in a little more.

What do you think?

I certainly don’t want to waste a garment so adapting it is my next option, which is one of the great parts of knitting and sewing your own clothing you can change something to your shape and style.

Overall I’m happy with my sewing. I’ve done darts previously on my Ruby Dress, which I will share another day and those were no real struggle. What was new to me was adding in set-in sleeves. I’ve added set-in sleeves before where knitwear’s concerned so I understand how to ease in the sleeve to the armhole but sewing in the sleeve is slightly different and so very interesting; it wasn’t half as hard as I was first expecting which was a nice surprise.

Creating two lines of ease stitching around the bell curve of the sleeve head you then tug them slightly till the notches match. So my method was to pin the centre point of the curve on the sleeve head to the centre of the shoulder. Then I pinned a little around the top curve of the sleeve head to keep it sturdily in position. This helped for when I needed to pull on those ease stitches so it was kept firmly in place. Then I placed the side edges of the sleeve and armhole together and pinned to the edge of the notch, this gave me a clear view of how much I needed to ease in the sleeve head. I then cinched in the sleeve head till it fit nicely by tugging on both ends of the ease stitching (make sure to leave long ends) and pinned the remaining sleeve head in position. Then with my seam ripper I unpicked both lines of ease stitching and my sleeve head was proudly in place.

Like Magic!!

Next Time // I’ll let you know how I get on with my alterations and see some further progress.

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Thank you to Shannon of Soxcetera Podcast for mentioning me and saying such sweet and lovely things about me and the show, Shannon was so kind and she is awesome if you haven’t seen her podcast go and watch here!
Thank you to a few kind knitter friends who this week as gifted me some of the sweetest pattern gifts after last week I received the Wildes Meer Shawl and the Fine and Dandy Socks.

FO’s
True Friend by Veera Valimaki used yarn from A homespun house and Zauberweise.
Harry Potter socks used yarn from London House Yarns etsy store.

WIP’s
Dads Cabled Sweater yarn from Sirdar Hayfield Aran 400g in navy.
Silver Birch Socks from Pom Pom Quarterly Winter issue 13, yarn from The Wool Barn. Tweedy sock in ‘Terracotta’

Podcasters I’ve been watching:-
Knitorious podcast doghairknits and thatknitlife
Charlotte and Gus Podcast beecharly
LoneLarch Podcast jentastk
Brooklyn Knitfolk jaclynsalem
Soxcetera shannonfisher
Yarn Junkie yarnjunkie6

Great to see back
Kemper of JunkYarn Wraybot
and
Lea of All you knit is love podcast freezeframe

Postman has been:-
Swap with Sarah of Reluctant knitter podcast.
Giveaway treat yarn bundle I received from The Farmers Daughter fibers

Giveaway winners announced for the Sweater KAL, Thank you to all of you who participated it was great fun and loved seeing all your progress and projects. And can the winners please get in touch with there shipping information. 😀 Yay!!

And thank you for coming by and spending time with me and hope you all have an amazing week! x

Welcome back here’s Episode 19 and better late than never. I realised I’d not posted it up yet Yikes!!!

Thank You’s
Eric eplutz ‘Sticks + Twine Podcast’ for Valentines swap
Lovely Katie misslavelli ‘Inside23 Podcast’ For mini’s swap
Sweetheart Amber yarnjunkie6 ‘Yarnjunkie Podcast’ For super kind belated birthday package
Beautiful Lara thefawnknits ‘The Fawn Knits Podcast’ For mentioning me in an episode where she gave thanks to everyone.

NOTES:-
Sweater Kal ends 31st March 2016 at 10pm GMT
If you are a Maker, Designer, Bag Maker, Fibre creator or anything along the lines of the creative fibre, yarnie or knitty needs and would like to donate to the Podcast for future giveaways or knitalongs please do get in touch via pm on ravelry.

FOs
Don’t get too excited I totally forgot to get out my True Friend sweater so I promise Next time…!

WIPs
Silver Birch by Louise Tilbrook
Yarn The Wool Barn on Tweedy sock in ‘Terracotta’. Needles- Knitpro DPN Zings. February Box of sox kal

Dad’s Cabled Sweater by Sirdar 9465
Yarn- Sirdar Hayfield Aran 400g ball in ‘Navy’. Needles – 4mm and 5mm straight needles (Pony) 40cm length.

Harry Potter Kal Socks
Yarn – London House Yarns in ‘Yule Ball’. Needles – 2.5mm Knitpro Zings DPNs in my Fawn and The Fox Project bag that my lovely Friend Lara so sweetly gifted me at Christmas.

This project is being entered into the #23harrypotterkal hosted by Inside 23 misslavelli, #stripeysockskal hosted by Pinfeathers & purls and March Socks for the #boxofsoxskal hosted by Yarngasm.

Brother’s Blanket
Just in the beginning stages I’m using sport/dk weight yarn and I’ve cast on 44 sts to make a 10cm square.

POSTMAN HAS BEEN:-
1 Skein of Fawn in ‘Grand Budapest’ colourway from The Fawn and The Fox Etsy Store (note:- There still some of this colourway available in the Alpaca Base)

Large Project Bag from Knit and Stitch Bits

1 Skein of Olsen Fingering in ‘In Bloom’ colourway from A Homespun House AHomespunHouse

THE POSTMAN CONTINUES..
My Lovely parcels
and an extra treat gift from my kind friend Stephanie of London House Yarns.
And Ravelry Postman Sent me a wonderful pattern gift from Mina mina86 of the Knitting Expat Podcast her ‘Les Molleaux’ or ‘The Squishy’ Brioche Shawl she’s recently finished it’s beautiful and can’t wait to give it a try. There is also a copy to be won in the Sweater Kal if you are taking part 😀 Yayyyy! Thank You Mina xx

FALLEN IN LOVE WITH:-
Wildes Meer by Voolenvine or Kristin from Yarngasm it’s this beautiful Fingering Weight shawl with lots of delicate lace detailing and these little shell like motifs around the border edge it’s stunning and she sold it too me with the mermaid and sea feeling and now I really would love this in my collection of knits. I do like the idea of more bead work which Kristin also has an amazingly good tutorial for apply beads too your knits.

I hope you enjoy and be warned I’ve had a rough one this time lol! But I’m in good spirits even so! 😀