Heather Knits

Where Heather waffles on about knitting and anything else which crosses her mind.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Finished! Felted knitted bag

I've finally finished my felted knitted bag! I used 4 strands held together of 2ply lambswool from Uppingham Yarns and 8mm needles. The after finishing and sewing together I put it through the wash twice at 40 degrees on a cottons wash with my towels. This is what it looks like:

Felted knitted bag Posted by Hello

And this is it with the fold over flap lifted up so you can see the colour variation better.

Felted knitted bag Posted by Hello

I think when I sewed it up I made the flap over a little long and consequently the bag a little short, but you live and learn :-) I have started another one in purple now, and have plans to make a shaded purple and black one after that. Felted bags are such a great use for all those beautiful buttons you find but can't work out what to do with!

At knitting group on Wednesday we had an open session where people knit on whatever they like rather than a workshop on a particular technique, so I started another hat for Nanny, same pattern as before but in a mauve-y coloured yarn. I just checked my diary and discovered that though I was convinced Nanny's birthday was the middle of June, actually it is the middle of July so I have a bit longer for her hats.

In other news, the other half organised all his wiring and computer bits in the bedroom and you can now actually see the floor - shock horror! He now keeps looking at the pile of my wool in the computer room in the hope that I will organise it soon. I am getting there, some has moved, I am just a rather slow knitter! Not much blogging or knitting requiring brain got done last week as I have a nasty gnat bite on the foot and the antihistamines have a tendency to knock me out rather. I'm back in the land of the living now though, lots of things to catch up with.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

What a surprise!

Yep you guessed it, the felted bag has been languishing on the settee while I cast on for the hat for Nanny. The yarn was fun to work with though it took a bit of getting used to not stabbing the needle through the yarn (Schachenmayr Princess, 72% acrylic, 28% viscose) by accident. It was knitted on 4.5mm needles so zipped along quite quickly, and here are some piccies:

Hat for Nanny Posted by Hello

This one shows up the cable around the bottom well but the colour didn't come out at all realistically, so the following one is a much better colour match, but unfortunately you can't really see the texture detail.

Hat for Nanny Posted by Hello

The pattern is the Braid-edged Cap by Judy Gibson, I used 4.5mm needles and slightly thinner yarn than specified because Nanny has quite a small head. Also instead of casting on and casting off and then sewing the edges together I cast on on waste yarn and grafted the beginning to the end since I didn't want any seams. It was a fun knit, and I'm looking forward to doing another one in the mauve yarn I bought. I will hopefully borrow Annie to model it next week as my head is too big(!).

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Parcel from Elann

Much excitement here today as my parcel from Elann arrived this morning! (I ordered it surface mail so it took 6 weeks to get here) Here it is:

Parcel from Elann Posted by Hello

Still in its bag! It is a ladder yarn, I think about aran weight, and 72% acrylic, 28% viscose, it feels lovely and soft. The pink and the mauve on the top right are going to be a pair of hats for Nanny for her birthday (she will be 92 next month!) since she doesn't have much hair now and I thought this yarn might hopefully make a nice soft indoor hat. The navy blue is for me, but I haven't quite worked out what it is going to be yet. I shall just stroke it as I pass by and I'm sure I shall work out what it would like to be soon.

I am dying to cast on for the first hat, but am rather torn as I feel I should really do some more on the felted bag first before I start yet another new thing. Oh the dilemmas! So little time, so much fun knitting!

Monday, May 16, 2005

This and that

The weather is miserable here today, lots of rain and rather grey, at least the high winds have stopped though.

My parents came to visit at the weekend which was lovely, and we had a nice meander around the shops in Kingston. Mummy and I stroked all the wool in John Lewis but were very restrained and didn't buy any. Mummy brought down her cardigan she is currently knitting and it is looking very good so far. It is a pattern from a Rowan book I think and in a sort of orangey-red colour, the yarn is an alpaca and wool mix, and I think is Jaeger Luxury Tweed - though don't quote me on that. The moss stitch edgings are really nice and have inspired me to do something in moss stitch soon, I just haven't worked out what yet!

Yarn Forward are having a sale at the moment, 20% off if you spend more than £50 on yarn and kits. They have some lovely looking stuff, but I have decided I need to knit up more of what I have first before I buy anything new. All the yarn waiting to be made into things is getting a bit overwhelming, and I really need to streamline it a bit so I can get to everything.

The latest sock is jogging along, I have just turned the heel. I knitted a bit more on the bag to be felted today, 150 rows down, out of about 260 I reckon will make the bag the right size, so going well but still a fair way to go.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Yarn

I've started on the next pair of socks. This time out of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock yarn in colour rainbow, bought from Cnyttan Patterns. This is the first time I have used this yarn, and it feels quite different to the sock yarns I have used before (Regia, Opal and Fortissima). It is very smooth and sort of shiny, whereas the other sock yarns I have come across have been more hairy. It is really nice to knit with, I was thinking it would make a nice T-shirt type top too, being so smooth.

I've just found out that Get Knitted not only sell lots of sock wool including Lorna's Laces but they have their very own Get Knitted colourway in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock, I am quite tempted :-)

Here is a picture of the current sock so far ...

Sock in progress Posted by Hello

Monday, May 09, 2005

Yet more socks

Well the felted knitted bag is coming along, but rather slowly. I think I am about 2/3 of the way up the main part of the bag, and after that is the miles and miles of strap to do. In the mean time though I have just finished another pair of socks! These ones are made out of Fortissima Colori bought from Web of Wool.

Fortissima Colori socks Posted by Hello

I bought it because I just love the colour, and it is constructed in a different way to other sock yarns I have used. Instead of being one colour which has been painted, each of the individual threads which are twisted together are a different colour and they change gradually up the length of the yarn. Here is a close up of the knitting so hopefully you can see what I mean.

Sock detail Posted by Hello

The June edition of Knitting arrived a couple of days ago but I haven't had a chance to read it properly yet, hopefully soon.

Anyway, back to the grind stone. One reason for the lack of knitting is that I am attempting to write some more on my Plücker’s Mathematical Models write up, and rewrite what I have written so far into something more closely resembling English.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Happy Birthday to me!

Saturday was my birthday, and Liz and Mike sent me this fabulous knitting card:

Birthday card Posted by Hello

The sheep is purple, although is it a bit hard to tell due to my lack of skills with photography.

I had a lovely day, and got some wonderful pressies. My other half gave me The Pleasures of Knitting: Timeless Feminine Sweaters and my inlaws also gave me At Knit's End by the yarn harlot. I have dipped into both but haven't had a proper read yet, I think a nice cup of tea and a couple of the chocolates from my aunt and uncle and a nice read are what is called for this afternoon :-)

I finished knitting my sample of lambswool to be felted, this is what it looked like before it went through the wash:

Felted knitting, before washing Posted by Hello

And this is how it looks after it has been through the wash twice:

Felted knitting sample, after two washes Posted by Hello

This seems to be a good density for a bag, so I shall work out how many stitches I need and cast on today I think.