Sunday, October 19, 2008

Feather and Fan scarf

Feather and Fan scarf
Originally uploaded by Pollianicus
A work in progress that fits nicely into my bag at the moment.

I'm using bamboo circulars and bronze coloured yarn - ONline Linie 135 Goby - which is lovely to work with. As it gets longer this scarf is draping really nicely. A lovely, simple knit that I no longer need the pattern for .

Planning on taking this to Ireland with me as I hope it will get through airport security...

This is going to be a Christmas present for someone - so look away if you are likely to be getting a present from me this year *giggle*.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Finishing things

Lots of things been finished off today - so thought I'd blog about them too. First up - here is my first Baby Surprise Jacket

I absolutely loved knitting this. It's not perfect - I lost track of some of the increases and decreases but it was fun and I think it looks great. I used Debbie Bliss' Cashmerino Aran - which was a dream to knit with. I love the contrasting stripes - makes it look super smart. The buttons are originally from my Grandmother's button tin.

Next up is another Baby Surprise jacket knitted in Kraft Koala's Aran:

I'm not as happy with this one - think I prefer BSJ's in single colours - rather than variegated yarn. Sewed the buttons on today - after emptying my button tin trying to find something that looked good. Think the brown ones are perfect - love how the yarn used to sew them on changes colour from button to button.

Next is the lovely pinwheel blanket.

I made this back in July on the way back from France. I used Peaches and Creme 100% cotton - which is quite thick to knit with. I love the pattern on this but stopped too soon - I was eager to finish it. I should have kept going. I may give this to Orla to use as a toy blanket. I still need to block it as the edges curl.

I love the detail on the centre though - the pinwheel itself - will definitely be knitting more of this - with wool next time I think.

Finally I have my Christmas Stocking.

This has been made for a swap I am involved in. I am making for a lovely American lady so I thought I would go overboard on the 'Scottish' theme. I used just two colours - a lot of the patterns I looked at were full of bright colours and made me feel quite ill. I like the simplicity and the contrast of just two. I put saltires around the top and the just used simple patterns down the leg and foot with plain heel and toe. I put i-cord around the top and used that to add a loop. It is not as neat as I hoped - but I still need to block it which I am hoping will squash the heel and toe into shape a little more. It was a fun knit and if I get time before Christmas I may make another.

That's all for now folks...

Umbilical Cord Hats

Umbilical Cord Hats
Originally uploaded by Pollianicus
Yes - more hats - I seem to have an endless queue of friends having babies at the moment including two lots of twins. The second lot being born this week - so the knitting has been fast and furious. Also - I love making these hats.

I strayed from my usual 100% silk to using Noro's Silkgarden - it's such a dream to knit with. I love that no two of the hats are the same.

I bought two skeins and didn't realise until I got home that they were different colours - but for these hats it didn't matter. Each skein yielded two hats - and still some to spare. I think I can get another hat out of the remnants - will try later.

Just need to wrap them and post them off to their new owners.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Ra Ra Ravenclaw

Originally uploaded by Pollianicus
Finally got round to finishing off Ruaridh's hat.

He didn't want Gryffindor like his brother, instead he wanted Ravenclaw. I really like the colours in this one - the book and the film have different colours - I think the book is bronze and navy and the film silver and navy - so this is the film colours.

I have enough wool to make them both a scarf and will start on them once I have found the right circular needle - they all seem to be missing at the moment.

I used Cascade 200 wool - which I love knitting with - so nice and chunky - and fantastic colours too.