Monday, 30 June 2014

Cast On, Cast Off & on the Needles.

Hello Lovely People,

Well here we are again, Monday! My weekend has sadly passed by in a blur! I went to Woolfest with my Lovely friend Mrs. ID (and our wonderful hubby's) , we had a great weekend, but more on that one later in the week. Today is my Cast on, Cast Off and On the Needles feature.

Cast On…

I wasn't going to cast on any new projects this week but I didn't have any suitable projects for car knitting this weekend.  I cast on a white baby cardigan called the Rosebud Cardigan. The pattern is from 'Simple knits for cherished babies' by Erika Knight.
Its fairly easy to knit up although as its in 4ply yarn it is not a super quick knit. I managed to complete the back of the cardigan over the weekend. Mostly just knitting in the car and a little while in the hotel.
I will update you on this project later in the week (including pictures) with all the details of the pattern and the yarn used.

I am as always fighting the urge to cast on more projects especially after my woolfest purchases! To many projects and so little time. I am trying my best to keep only two knitting projects on the go at once.

Cast Off…

Sadly no cast off's this week, I was hoping to cast off my Ammolite Cowl but as it was not a portable project that didn't happen.

On The Needles (or Hook)…

I still have my two long term crochet blankets which will be WIP's for a while this is for two reasons:
1 - Its too warm for the blankets at the minute
2 - I'm very much in love with my knitting and only tend to pick up my crochet when I need an easy (no need to think) project.

I also have my Ammolite Cowl which I wrote about last wednesday, I was hoping, as I said earlier, to have cast this off by now, but I didn't think it would be wise to take it with me on my weekend away as there is lots of counting involved. I picked it up again last night and worked on it, I think I only have 6 rows of cabling left then a few garter stitch rows to complete it so I will be very disappointed if it is not finished by the next COCO post.

What have you cast on cast of or on the needles at present?

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Thanks for stopping by the Little House in the Corner.
Sx


Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Ammolite Cowl by Tincanknits

Hello Lovelies.

I wrote on Monday about my 'On the Needles' projects. I mentioned about a cowl that I am knitting.
This week I have been updating all my projects on Ravelry (why not pop over and friend me on there) so you can see how I progress on there with all my projects.

Any way The Ammolite Cowl is a pattern from Pom Pom quarterly and is a Tincanknits pattern. Any one who knows me, knows that I have not been knitting for very long (around 18 months) and I usually favour crochet over knitting so for me this project (even though its a small project) is a big deal as it involves cable knitting. I have to say the pattern is easy to follow and also knits up quite quickly.

I am also using a British yarn to knit this project up, which is a bonus since I have recently discovered the Knit British podcast (more on that later). I purchased the yarn from Coldharbour Mill in Devon, where it was hand spun and dyed. Its a beautiful Maroon coloured aran yarn that seems to be slightly glossy, its a total joy to knit with & next time we visit Devon I will purchase more of this yarn! The mill is a working museum and is such a lovely place, I am very lucky that the Mr's Aunt lives 5 minutes walk away from the mill so I can pop round whenever we visit! The only issue I have with this yarn is there is no yardage details on the band so I bought 3 skeins to make sure I had enough (it is looking like I will have 1 skein left, possible skein swap on this in the future).




So all in all I love the pattern and I love the yarn, it is a shame that it is summer as I know I will want to wear the cowl as soon as it is done! I do love Tincanknits patterns and I can see many more being knitted by lil old me!



Well a little earlier I mentioned the Knit British podcast, this is something which my friend mentioned to me. I wasn't aware that the yarn/knitting world was podcasting. I have to say I am now listening to a few podcasts and just love Louise over at Knit British and I love her ethos. I had never really considered where the yarn I use comes from until I listened to her podcasts and now find myself researching where the fibre has come from, where the yarn is dyed and where it has been spun. I'm very impressed at how vast the British yarn market it and the choice available. I will certainly be more conscious of the yarn I use and purchase more British yarn. If you want to find out more about Louise at Knit British, pop over and view her blog she is very welcoming and lovely.

Any way I hope you enjoyed learning about my Ammolite Cowl knit and thank you for popping by to read my blog.

Take care
Sx

Monday, 23 June 2014

Cast off, Cast on & on the Needles

Hello Lovelies,

The majority of my yarny activity happens over the weekend, I do of course work on my projects in the week but the major stuff happens over the weekend. So I hope to make this a regular Monday feature.

I'm going to start with my Cast Offs since I actually have some!



First Is Ted2. Yes I did say Ted2. This is a crochet bear using the Rico Bruno bear pattern. I have made this once before for my god daughter (before she was born). She loved him so much that his head has fallen off a couple of time as has his arms. So I have made another one (just in case). I used Rico creative cotton to make Ted2, I just love this yarn for toy making as it is such a sturdy yarn.

I have also made a Mandala for Yarndale again this is a crochet project. Have you heard about the Yarndale Mandala project? if not visit Attic24 for more details. My friend Mrs ID and myself both made Mandala's for the big display they are planning and they will be posted this week. I made mine using Stylecraft special DK, utilising scraps from previous projects. The pattern I used was from Crochet with Raymond. I love her blog although sadly she doesn't blog very frequently these days. She is my spinning and sock making inspiration!

Finally I have a little knitting project that was completed just yesterday. I wasn't joking when I said 'little', it is my first knitted newborn baby cardigan. My Brother-in-law and his wife are expecting their first baby in September so I had my first attempt at knitting a small person cardi. I found it very easy to knit but I did sorta take my time over finishing it as I was a bit scared about the neckband, to be fair I shouldn't have worried as it wasn't that bad. The little card is now being blocked. I can't wait to see little baby wearing it.

On the Needles (or hook) …

This isn't that bad actually. I have three project on the go:
1. Wooleater blanket
2. Crochet squares blanket
3. knitted cowl out of pom pom quarterly magazine.

I do love crochet blankets but at the moment the weather is a little too warm to think about them! Even though I am knitting a winter cowl using gorgeous Aran yarn made in UK. I love everything about this project. I will share more about this with you in my next post.

Cast on…

Despite my urge to start several other projects this week, I have resisted. This means I have not cat on anything new this week but I will be casting on something new mid week. A portable project since I am heading to woolfest on friday night and need something to keep my busy on the journey and during quite times. Are you going to woolfest?

I apologise for the long post on my projects, I know this feature is a little rough around the edge and I will refine it over the next few weeks hopefully. Also this weeks post was a little long but it will get shorter as time goes on.

Thank you for stopping by and staying with me to the end.
Hope you visit Little House in the Corner again soon.

Shelley
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Friday, 20 June 2014

An Apology

I will start with a apology, I have been away from this place much longer than I had intended. I have looked back in horror to see that my last post was in fact in March!

I won't bore you with the details but to say I have been studying and working for the last few months. I am finally finished and have enjoyed some down time recently with my knitting & crochet.

As much as I like to look back at my cast on's and cast off's I won't mention them now instead I will post my WIP's later so I can give them some attention. I do only have a couple of WIP's at the minute as time has been very limited so there isn't that much to tell any way. I also need to update my Ravelry page with my projects and stash.

I have been on a bit of a yarn diet for the last few months, saving my money for my trip to woolfest in just over a week, and although I have bought yarn it has been for specific projects and I have been very good in not adding any new yarns to my (ever increasing) stash!

So for now I will say good bye, I just wanted to stop by and say hello & I will now be blogging with my Yarn adventures, a new adventure and general chit chat. I hope that you are all well & I can't wait to catch up with you all.

Take care
Sx