Being ‘creative’ at work

So I tend to spend a bit of my time at work doing ‘creative’ things with my charges. The other day my two older charges wanted to play with playdoh while the youngest slept, and the eldest suggested making clothes for Barbie. Sure, why not, I did that with her and the middle charge made Starwars things. This is the kind of activity I really love though, it’s such good fun and they are great at coming up with ideas I never would have thought of.

So I spent half an hour making a playsuit for my Barbie. Unfortunately there was only one colour available: murky brown. The result was bloody horrendous but the kids had fun as did I

 

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Wavy Moss Hat

I love [UK] moss stitch. Love it. It’s my favourite stitch despite the effort. I don’t often use variegated yarns but on the rare occasions that I have, I’ve used moss stitch. There’s something really magical about moss stitch, IMO. It’s very simple but it creates a lovely texture. It also properly brings out the colour in variegated yarn projects.

I was browsing Ravelry trying to find a pattern to use up some Cascade Rabat I bought in a sale a couple of weeks ago. I was eyeing up some colourful Noro Kureyon but it was double the price and whilst I wanted to treat myself, I wasn’t going to go all out slightly regret my sensible head talking me out of it now though. But, anyhow, I came across this pattern:

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Ravelry Pattern Page: Wavy Moss Hat
Ravelry Project Page: Nikki’s Cabled Moss Hat

It’s gorgeous! I love it. Beautiful and simple pattern and really easy to make. Though in hindsight I prefer the beanie to the slouchy hat, I think that I suit beanies more.

I was trepidatious about the colour changes in my yarn as the cable band is knit first and in the product the colour change would be horizontal. You then pick up the stitch on the ‘side’ of the band which form the top of the hat and that colour change is vertical on the finished product. I am also not a fan of cables being done in variegated usually, I love cables but they often get lost in colour changes or yarn that is too dark/light to really show it off. But it’s turned out nicely despite both of my concerns and they don’t bug me enough not to wear it. I now want to make a matching cowl. I don’t actually like the cowl that the same designer made to be this hats pair, I’m just going to modify the cable band and make it wider. Not sure if I’ll add another cable to it though yet. Decisions, decisions.

WIP Wednesday

Don’t you love coming back to an old idea? I do!

I frogged a project in 2012, a Binary Heart, because I just couldn’t get stranded colour-work to work for me. For a while I’ve been thinking of having another try at it and making it into a baby blanket, so that’s what I was working on on my day off yesterday. I managed to find the pattern notes in a notebook I’ve barely touched since then and have redrawn it and started putting notes down for it. I’m quite excited by it despite the fact that I still cannot do stranded colour-work!

I have started doing a tension square for it too, to get the sizing right, and I’m using the tension square as an experiment to try out different styles of numbers, well, zeros given that ‘1’ is simply a line! But I’m also testing sizes too.

I’ve also finished that hat, though it needs a button and I have none that are suitable so I’ll be popping to The Works tomorrow to see what they have.

I was going to post some pictures on here too but my darling husband seems to have changed the settings on our camera to save the raw images, and we don’t have a program that allows us to open those, so my photos are unopenable until he sorts it out tomorrow! Pain.