Sunday, 31 January 2016

Pixelated Pullover: The End Is In Sight

Forgive my lack of posting, but I have been knitting. I'm sure you understand.

My first jumper is taking just as long to knit as I had expected and I have set myself a deadline that I hope I can meet. I want to wear my Pixelated Pullover at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival in March, so I better hurry.

That said, things are looking good! I have finished all hip increases, including some additional ones due to my size. Since I am a pear shape, the top of this pullover did not require any great changes, but my lower half is at least one size larger (very annoying when buying clothes), so I needed to double the increases and knit them at more frequent intervals than instructed.

I tried it on and, yes, it seems to fit. So right now I am knitting the final colour change to finish the hem ( I am so tempted to turn this into a dress) and then it is on to the sleeves. I wonder how they will turn out. Since I made the armholes a little bigger, I will have to be careful there. Should anything go wrong, I've still got my lifelines in this project, so ripping back will be easy enough.

There are two things that worry me a bit, though: I hope that the shoulder is going to stretch once the sleeves are attached because right not it is very short. If it does not stretch, I have to start all over again, right from the very beginning... So let's think positive. Also, I had to experiment with the collar because it rolled like crazy. The way it is now is fine, I hope, but I won't know until the pullover is finished and I wear it.

What's been keeping you busy lately?

Sunday, 17 January 2016

It's Happening: Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2016

Image: Edinburgh Yarn Festival

For the past two years I have been very jealous of anyone who went to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. Especially last year was tough as I looked at everyone's fun photos on social media and blogs. 

Since I live at the other end of the country entirely, getting to Edinburgh is always a bit of a trek and requires lots of planning and time. So this year we decided that we would go up there in time for the festival and make it our annual holiday. A full week in our favourite city! Wool! Scotland! I'm very excited. The hotel and train tickets are booked, so all we do is wait till March.

Unlike my previous yarn festival visits, I have decided not to bother setting myself a budget. I intend to BUY ALL THE THINGS! The list of vendors is just too awesome and international to restrict myself. I don't want to leave, regretting I didn't buy this or that. Some of the yarns from abroad would be hard to get my hands on any other way. It's all coming with me!

To make this happen, I will be taking a small empty suitcase with me. I may also have to post some things back and I will most certainly need another big storage box for all of my new purchases. My existing three are already full to bursting, believe it or not. 

So there goes my resolve to knit from my stash before buying new yarn, but then again I had no idea I would be going to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. That's a valid excuse, right?

Are you going, too? We might bump into each other. Please don't be shy and say hi if you recognise me.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Thomas Joseph, "Handwash Only": A Card For Wool Lovers

Last year, I was sent this fun card with an illustration by Irish artist Thomas Joseph that I thought I would share with you today. woolly readers.

It's the perfect card for anyone who loves wool and, of course, sheep in particular. His illustrations are available on a wide range of products and all of them feature farm animal, sheep being the main characters, and funny captions.

There are so many great illustrations that it is hard to choose which one I like best. My favourite product is the sweet tin with the "Wish ewe were here" illustration, though: typical weather!

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Needle Keeper Déjà Vu

Yes, you are right, you have seen this before. Last year I bought a gold coloured needle keeper from FiberToFabricMagic on Etsy and I needed another one for my current project, too. I am starting to think I need to get all the colours...

This time I went for my favourite colour, red, but I was very tempted by green, blue lavender and purple (not to mention pretty much every colour other than black, silver and brown).

I definitely recommend these if you are looking for a way to keep your circular knitting needles safe while taking a break from your WIP. So far the tubes have been great to work with. What do you use to keep your needles safe?

Saturday, 2 January 2016

2015 Knitting and Crochet Round-up

Happy New Year, everyone! Can you believe it is 2016 already? 

A new year means it is time to look back at 2015 and see how our knitting, crochet and spinning went in the past year.I am ashamed to say that my spinning has been atrocious: I started with the best intentions during the Tour de Fleece, but never finished. So I don't have any handspun to show you, I'm afraid.

However, I did manage to finish 20 knitted and crocheted projects (unfinished WIPs are not included).

Not bad at all, if I say so myself! Four of these projects were not for me and one I have no idea what to do with yet. The #knittinghour sock KAL resulted in beautiful socks made from cashmere, merino and nylon 4-ply I purchased from Handdyed by Kate.

I am very proud of The Daughter Heir socks, but they are in need of repair at the moment because I wore them over Christmas and snagged one on a nail in the floor. I haven't had the heart to assess the damage in detail, but it looks like an easy fix so far. I just hope I won't have to reknit that sock entirely.

What are your knitting and crochet (and perhaps even spinning) accomplishments of 2015? Have you had any disasters or are you especially in love with a particular project? Let me know in the comments.