Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Long Time No Post

I haven't posted for ages but I have been knitting. For the last few weeks I haven't had access to a digital camera and to post without pictures is pointless. It's been sunny today and I have photographing just about everything I could find that I have knitted or crocheted. This is in an attempt to make my ravelry page look a bit healthier - I have made stuff, honest!

Photographing my stuff has made me realise how bad a photographer I am- even some of the garments I really like look a bit rubbish. I may get around to posting details of previous FO's here at some point but I'll concentrate on what I have worked on since my last post for Today.

Anise Jacket: this has been sitting almost finished for weeks and I finally got around to doing the collar and finding buttons. I pretty much followed the Rowan pattern but I made buttonholes- I'm not a fan of poppers. I used 7 skeins of Rowan Big Wool in Lucky which I'm told pills a lot but for the moment it looks good. The wool cost me £1.99 a skein from Hobbycraft so it was a bargain (I wouldn't have paid full price for this yarn). At the same time I bought 9 skeins in Latte for the same price so I have to decide what to use that for. I've got a few ideas but can't make up my mind.

Beret: I've become a fan of Let's Knit magazine and that's where I got the idea for what to do with some leftover Big Wool from Anise. The Renee Beret on 20mm needles is so quick to knit and the big needles make it a bit of a novelty. The patterns actually calls for Little Big Wool but the Big Wool knits up nice and chunky. I used 9mm needles for the brim and crown and decided to knit in moss rather than stocking stitch for a bit more texture (I love moss stitch and double moss stitch). I like the result and it's a comfortable hat to wear. The pattern is free on the Let's Knit website here.

Wish Scarf: Another pattern from Let's knit. I was in Hobbycraft in Glasgow a few weeks ago and saw Rowan Tapestry yarn. I remembered a pattern from the magazine which needed only 1 skein so I bought one, got home and started knitting. It's quite a fun pattern with lots of wrapping yarn around the needle but as I knitted I realised I would never get a full length scarf out of one skein. So, I had to go and buy another one, which was annoying but I've ended up with quite a nice scarf. The yarn is interesting, a wool and soy blend, with a sort of delicate sheen.
I also finished the Ranco Multi socks from the previous post, having put them aside to work on the projects above and I knitted one Big Wool mitten. I'm not sure why I did this as I don't like mittens, especially big chunky ones and I doubt I'll ever knit the second one. I have also started two more projects which I will post details of later- I don't want to overdo it on the posting front after such a long lay off!