Friday, March 27, 2015

Test Mitt - the 3rd one!

Happy Birthday Mitts by Yellow Mleczyk over at Ravelry - This was another test knit that I really enjoyed. These mittens in worsted weight(#4) yarn are so quick to work up. I was thinking that these may also look good done in black & white. Maybe even in stripes.

I knitted these using Herrschner's Worsted Weight yarn again. This pink though, is not a scratchy as the green. I'm sure these will become favourites in my mitten drawer! The bright pink ('Raspberry') colour is perfect to brighten up a grey winter's day.

You can find the pattern for these mittens in Dagmara's Ravelry store HERE

Happy knitting!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Bolero - For The Sweetest Little 'Strawberry'

This was an impromptu knit. A designer -Gabrielle Danskknit- over at Ravelry was looking for more modeled examples of her patterns. I thought the happy fresh and fun pattern will be perfect for 'Strawberry' the sweet girl of friends.
I found the perfect yarn at Michaels - Red Heart Gumdrop in the 'Smoothie' colourway. It knitted up really quickly. Granted I did have an audio book on the go, so that I was happy to sit still in one place for a few hours at a time to knit. It also helped that is was weekend and it is one of my favourite ways to spend a Sunday afternoon. I've never knitted garments like this on round needles all in 'one go' and it was interesting to see it grow in my hands.

Here's what it looked like - front

and back - aren't those puffed sleeves darling?

and on our little model...Mom took these gorgeous pictures of Strawberry in her new bolero. I hope it'll last her well, as it is a tad big and loose fitting at this time. Hopefully it will fit now in spring and again in fall when the weather turns cool.

Isn't she the cutest thing you ever saw?

You can find the pattern for this HERE
Thank Mama for the gorgeous pictures! Love you all lots!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Yearbook 2013 -Catching Up

I only have a couple yearly pages to finish for 2013. But there is the holiday section to add, and that has been the delay for me. Still, I'm plugging away at it and before long I shall hold the printed book in my hands!

The 2 September pages - click the images to view in the gallery!

September Left

September Right (Monthly free kit from the Gingerscraps blog)

I used Cathy Krenek's 'Lucky Go Happy' Kit for my September Left page

Monday, March 23, 2015

Year of Projects - Week 12

It was a busy weekend, so I never got round to posting this update -

I blocked the scarf and had hoped to add the buttons on the weekend, but that never happened- still 16 buttons to add is not really that much. All in all this project has taken way longer than necessary, but that is how it goes sometimes, right?

The 'Bernat Baby' blanket is all done. It turned out a bit bigger than expected, which is really nice. I'm pretty pleased with the result.

And I started work on a project that is taking a different route from what I originally planned. I was going to knit some with this variegated yarn and some of the dark blue solid that is in the variegated. Upon seeing this irl, I did not like the amount of orange and the yellow of the green, so I'm revising this project. I made a start with some squares and I have some sketches of roughly where I'm heading with it, but will see how it changes and grows from here. Right now I'm thinking of combining knitting and crochet, but we'll see how it all works out. Instead of being a straight forward kind of project it will now be a 'process' 

The third test mitten just went live this morning. You can find the pattern for Happy Birthday Mitts by Yellow Mleczyk HERE

This pink ball of Herrschner's Worsted Weight yarn is much softer to start with and I really like how these turned out. 

I hope to cast on for test mittens #4 tonight! Whoot!

I'll be revising my list for the year this week, adding more projects that I know I'll be doing/planning etc.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Vanilla Mint Cream

Not very original, but that is exactly what these colours made me think of!

This is the colour swatch for the Wrapping In Colour Challenge over at Plain Digital Wrapper, hosted by Kimberly Stewart Since I was ready to 'play' a little in Photoshop, I decided to make a mini kit for my challenge contribution.

Download the freebie HERE  and some feedback would be appreciated!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Test Knit - Mittens #2

At the beginning of March I got yet another chance to test knit a pair of mittens, by the same designer as the first pair I did - Dagmara. (See the first ones here and the pattern here)

This pattern is called 'March Weather' and you can find it here in Yellow Mleczyk's store at Ravelry.

I like the little detail created on the inside of the arm!

And here's my progress on the first night, with 2 pattern repeats completed. Ready to start the thumb increase on the next round.

And the first one done - trying for size!

All done and ready to wear. I think this pattern will make great mitts for men too. I do not like the yarn (Herrschner's Worsted Weight) at all though. There is quite a bit of discrepancy between different colour. This green was quite scratchy to work with although it did soften up after washing, which is good.So not all is lost...I think knitting the thumb in 'knit' would also look nice and the ribbed hand allows for a nice snug fit.

All in all I'm very happy with the result. The pattern is easy to follow and well written. And I just love how quick these are to knit up!