Knitting

Day 7: all about blogtober

Well, I was hoping to show you what I spent all day yesterday working on, but, it’s still not finished, and it really has to be finished to get the full effect so I’m not sharing until then!

I do have a good excuse though, I was playing rugby with my amazing team the Deeping Devils and we won!  Once I get some photos I’ll get them on here so you can have a look.

So today I’ve decided to have a little look around the other blogs taking part in Blogtoberfest and put some of my favourites on here.

First of all Art by Serena Lewis, WOW, Serena’s sketches are incredible!

Wombats Picnic has some AMAZING felt timtams, they actually make my mouth water slightly….

Loukiarama made me laugh out loud a little bit (I think the cool kids call that lolling, but I’m not that cool and also like words spelt PROPERLY!)

Debbie does doodles is actually how I found out about Blogtoberfest and I would recommend having a look through her 30 days of lists posts.

Finally, I had to tell you about crayons and milk, technically, this blog is not taking part in Blogtoberfest, but it has the most amazing knitted toys you have ever seen!  Definitely one of my most favourite blogs ever! One of crayons and milk’s incredible creations!

Blogtoberfest day 1: craftanoons!

I know what your thinking, given my previous track record, the chances of me completing a blog post everyday for the next month is highly unlikely, but I’m going to give it a go!

So, today’s post is all about my craftanoons!

Technically, it’s a craftanevening, but that doesn’t sound as catchy.
Once a week me and my friend Lisa get together to do crafty things.

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We started off doing really well and were extremely productive, however, it didn’t take us long to spend more time eating, talking and drinking tea than actually making anything. The picture above is our dinner tonight, butternut squash risotto, very autumnal!

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See you tomorrow!

Early winter warmer

I know what you’re thinking, it’s only been a week since my last post, surely I can’t be writing another one so soon. Well, I’ve been very busy!
I’ve decided to do this whole post on my phone. All the photos were taken with my phone and I’m even writing this on my phone. Mental.

Anyway, down to business….

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I’ve had this little project in my head for a little while…

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It was a request from my cousin for her little girl. I spend ages trying to find a pattern, but couldn’t get one I liked so I’ve just made it up.

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It sort of turned out how I imagined, but after making my last project it was quite nice to not follow a pattern and just go with the flow.

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Ta da!!!!

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What do you think? My first hat of the wrap up warm season. I just hope it fits!

Corrie’s final thoughts
It’s so much fun posting from my phone! This literally took me 2 mins! You could be hearing a lot more from me….

C.x

summer’s over

Well, after my last post I promised myself I would do at least 3 posts a month, it didn’t quite work out that well, but who could blame me with the summer we’ve had!?!?!?

First of all, the games, probably the most amazing, inspiring, humbling event I have ever witnessed.  I was lucky enough to get tickets for 3 olympic events, men’s football, women’s volleyball and women’s football.  The atmosphere was incredible, I get goosebumps just thinking about it.  I also had tickets to the paralympics. WOW… what more could I say…

I managed to see 7-a-side football, wheelchair rugby and spend an evening in the olympic stadium.

One of the most amazing parts of the games were the volunteers, they were brilliant!  They were so enthusiastic and helpful, no matter what job they were doing, but possibly the best volunteering job ever was for these guys….

These guys got to drive a remote control car all night!!  The idea was that after a discus was thrown they would drive the car up to the official to put the discus in so it could be driven back to the next thrower, GENIUS!  And, in true sporting style, they did a proper warm up before all the action started and just razzed the cars around for half an hour.  This is definitely to BEST job in the world, ever, FACT.

I’ve also had a few little holidays too, a couple of days in the sun relaxing, a few days in Devon chilling and couple of days in Edinburgh drinking and laughing.

It’s about to rain in Devon, again…

In between all the sport (more watching than playing), sunshine and showers I have done a little bit of crafting too.

I tried a little bit of sunography.  If you’ve never seen this before the idea is that the fabric is treated with a chemical that reacts to sunlight and changes colour.  So, if you cast a shadow over the fabric, it will leave the pattern.  I’d been waiting to try this for ages then finally got myself organised to have a go.  I spent ages deciding how I wanted to arrange the sprigs and finally was ready to get the fabric out.  I had everything set up and only had to wait 10 minutes for it to develop, then, the only cloud in the whole sky positioned itself directly between the sun and my mini sunography studio!!!  I left everything set up for as long as I could without getting too impatient, but it wasn’t long enough, so no pattern, but I have a few more to try on the next sunny day! It’s a shame because it would have been quite a cool pattern.

I have also finished my first ever knitted jacket!!  It’s has taken me nearly three months to finish, mostly because I haven’t had five minutes to sit down in the last few months.  But now it’s done and I am so pleased with the results.  It’s being beautifully modelled by my favourite little person, it’s still a little bit too big, but should fit by christmas.

It’s a duffle coat pattern from this Debble Bliss book.  I love it!  It did take quite a long time though, longer than I thought, but I did learn a lot about constructing knitted clothes so I’m quite excited about my next project.

I’ve got a lot of ideas for my next few projects and I need to get cracking if anyone is going to get a Christmas present this year.  I’ll keep you posted with how I’m getting on.
C.x

A Ravelation

Just a quick post today, but I really need to share this vital information….

Ravelry.com is AMAZING!!

I did find ravelry a few months ago when I first embarked on my Internet/knitting adventure, but didn’t really. spend that much time looking around  well, i have recently discovered the yarn search function.  wowsers!

 

it’s complete genius!!

If you are anything like me you probably get sucked into every yarn shop you walk past and always end up buying a stash stock up but are never quit sure what to do with it.

well, now you can find loads of ideas!  this little part a ravelry lists every project every person in the whole ravelry universe has done with that yarn. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!

As you can probably tell I’m quite excited about this and I just wanted to tell you in case you didn’t know.

Anyway, it’s Saturday night and I’ve got a glass of wine that needs my attention.

C.x

(P.S. always drink responsibly)

 

 

Welcome back…finally!!

Well… it’s been a while. Since my last post a few months ago there has been…

1 house move, still unpacking boxes

1 new job, i’ve finally got the hang of it, i think…

3 new babies, none mine, but all keeping my knitting needles busy

1 amazing new discovery, stamford cheese cellar, cheesy heaven!

1 car crash, not too serious, but quite scary, all sorted now

4 overseas trips, all for work, not for pleasure, but summer holidays are coming up soon!

1 shade darker, hopefully a new hair colour will compliment my new tan, when i finally get some sunshine!

1 marathon – my amazing sister completed the moonwalk raising money for breast cancer wearing a crocheted bra…

1 new gym membership, so toning up nicely, but all the scones this weekend won’t be helping

1 weekly crafting club, which involves as much eating as crafting

1 rugby match, and pre season training will be starting again soon, yay!

and finally, most importantly… 1 internet connection!! i’m officially back!

The lack of internet for the passed 3 months has not been all bad, it has meant I’ve had a bit more time to do a bit more crafting. With all the babies popping out everywhere at the minute, i’ve gone baby knitting crazy!! I found this amazing bootie pattern on ravelry and been busy ever since.

This is my first attempt…

With the addition of a little bow, they were beautifully modelled by their new owner…

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I also made a version for a little baby boy too. I changed the pattern slightly and, as I’m definitely not the best knitter in the world, this ended up being a bit harder than it should have been, but I’m quite happy with the results!

What do you think?

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Well, now that I finally have the internet, it won’t be another 3 months til my next post., promise. Catch you later!

update

Here is the little man modelling the little booties, cute huh?

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A big old square!

Well, I’ve definitely picked the wrong time to start a blog!  I promise it’ll get more interesting once I organise my life!

I’ve had a crazy week!  I got back to the office this week after 4 months overseas and spent the week reviewing, presenting and reporting, all those busy office things, then preparing for my new job which starts tomorrow!  In between all the officey things I’ve been trying to find somewhere to live (NIGHTMARE!).  But I did it!  I found the PERFECT flat!!!  Now I can’t stop thinking about all the lovely things I want to make to put in it.  I’ve got to wait a few weeks before I can move in, so I’m staying with a friend until then.

But, in between all this fannying about, I did manage to finish my latest creation!It’s basically a little (28x28cm) cotton moss stitch square I’m planning to use as a wash cloth.It’s based on the pattern from here, but I decided not to use the border, but I think I might add one at some point, no sure yet.I really LOVE this stitch, it’s quite simple to do and has a really interesting texture.Now that’s all finished I have nothing else in my suitcase to start my next project, I think an emergency trip to Hobbycraft is in order tomorrow!

C.x

H.O.M.E

It’s been a long time since my last post, I’ve been meaning to write sooner, but I’ve just been enjoying being at home too much.

Well, after 34 hours and 3 flights I finally made it back.  I had quite a bit of time in the airport on the way so made a little map of my journey.

The view over the north of England on the way into Manchester was amazing!  Snow, frozen lakes and rivers, it was beautiful.  Just as we came through the last layer of clouds there was this really cool cross-hatched formation so I jumped for my camera.

Cool eh?

The first thing I did when I got back, after a really long shower, was put on my super soft new slippers I’d ordered the week before, get a massive cup of tea and watched the rugby.

Bliss…The cat was more interested in eating the tulips.

But now, the moment you have been waiting for…  In my last post I told you about my Autumn Bobble Hat number 1 and mentioned that I had also made hat number 2, well, here it is!I increased the number of stitches from 74 to 100 i think, and used bigger needles for the main bit of the hat, so it fits much better that the first one.  I’m very happy with how it turned out, so is my mum.The dye of the yarn made a really cool pattern too, a bit like a sort of camouflage pattern.  This was completely unintentional, but as I was knitting it just started to develop, and kept going.  It was actually a bit exciting just seeing how it turned out, I’m a total geek I know.

Well, I’ve got a very busy week next week, I start back at work in the morning, and have to find somewhere to live, but I’ll try and keep you up to date.

C.x

Project 1 :: Autumn Bobble Hat 1

Well here is my first finished project! (Technically not my first official project, I spent 4 MONTHS making my sister a scarf last year and now she keeps it screwed up in a ball under her bed, grrr…..)

It is being beautifully modelled by my translator Catherine, I gave it to her for all her hard work over the last 4 months. I’m really quite pleased with it, although it’s a little bit too small, but she seems to like it.

I didn’t really use a pattern for this, I had a little look at a few patterns just to see how the basic shape of a hat is constructed and watched some videos on YouTube to teach me how to knit in the round and then I just got stuck in! I do think the knit sticks I used were a little bit too small though. This has made it stick up like a pixie hat, which is quite cool, but it also seems to have left big gaps where I changed needles, not so cool. But I’m still happy with it for a first attempt at knitting in the round.

Autumn Bobble Hat Number 2 has also been completed, with a few changes made to make it a slightly better fit. But I can’t unveil that until it’s lucky recipient (my Mum) gets when I get back to the UK at the weekend! But trust me, it’s worth waiting for!!

I also thought I’d show you a picture of a few people I met at work this week. I’m quite lucky with my job that I get to travel to rural China and I met these guys outside the building I was staying in.I’ve had quite a crazy time while I’ve been here, but I’ve packed my bags and I’ll be starting the 34 hour (urghh..) journey home tomorrow!! I’m really looking forward to getting back and seeing my friends and family and having a CHEESE SANDWICH!! It’s funny the things you miss when you are away, most of the stuff I miss seems to be food related.

Catch you later!!x