WIP Wednesday 01/02/17

Going by my stash on Rav rather than my original calculations, I have 4095g of Debbie Bliss Rialto left, and 15080g of Stylecraft Special DK left. I think that the Stylecraft includes a mas of waterfall, but still, that’s more than I originally had! Darn.

However, progress is being made, the Carousel CAL now looks like this:

imag2178

And I’m really just focusing on getting it finished now. I’m most of the way through the red bits of the current section (7/8 done) and will try finish that section this week [if Artemis lets me]

Totals from before the 1st of February:
Rialto: 4,095/4095g left (0g before this week)
SSDK: 15,017/15,080g left (63g before this week)

 

FO Friday – Sherbet Blanket & Hat for Baby

blanket2

blanket

It’s finished! Whoop! Baby has a blanket to come home from the hospital in. It’s actually smaller than I originally intended, but it’s the perfect size for the pram and car seat, so I’m really happy with it. I am hoping to whip up a big granny square or something over the next couple of weeks, but given that I literally have two weeks until my due date I think I’m pushing it slightly.

The colours are Stylecraft Special DK: Pomegranate, Spice, Citron, Spring Green, Cloud Blue, Lavender and Grape.

blanket1
There was some standing on small coffee tables involved here…

Project 5 out of 28 complete 🙂

Ravelry Pattern Page: Neat Ripple
Ravelry Project Page:
Nikki’s Sherbet Blanket
Direct link to pattern: Attic24 Neat Ripple Pattern

hat

I’ve also made a hat in the same colour scheme as the blanket, it’s just knit stripes rather than chevrons but it’s still cute, I’d like to attempt a matching cardigan too!

Project 6 out of 28 complete 🙂

Ravelry Pattern Page: Easy Hat (knitted in the round)
Ravelry Project Page: Nikki’s Sherbet Rainbow Hat

WIP Wednesday – 12/10/16

img_20161012_124609

So this week I have my usual two projects on the go still. I’m making some nice progress on the blanket, as you can see! I’m aiming for 5 repeats, which should make it around 90cm long, though I may stop at 4 repeats if it feels big enough, I want this one for the pram and in the car mostly, but it may be slightly too big for the car seat!

img_20161012_124703

And here is the jumper, which has both a front and a back now and part of a sleeve (well, a start on it!) I’m concentrating on the blanket at the moment as I realised that I haven’t actually made one for baby yet and so I’d prefer to have at least one finished by the time that they come along!

This weeks Rialto and SSDK totals come to:
Rialto: 4,374g left (4,382)
SSDK: 12,076g left (12,255)

 

WIP Wednesday (on Thursday)

I actually wrote this out yesterday and intended to post it with photos later on, then had a nice long nap and forgot to take the photos <<blush>> So, here it is, a day late!

Well I still have two projects on the go…. <<whispers>> but I may have added a third.

img_20160929_115308

The third project is actually just a little hat for my Mum’s colleague who is going on maternity leave at the end of this week. I have a load of pink Rialto (or “Fucking Debbie Bliss” as it has been christened in this house!), I’m not the biggest fan of pink to be entirely honest, but I was after some more reddish ones and just buying what was available to see what colour they were! Anyway, I digress, Mum’s colleague is having a little girl and is apparently big on pink, so I thought I’d run my stash down a little and make a little pink hat, maybe some mitts too if I get time.

Obviously I’m still working on my little Sherbet Ripple blanket and the jumper. The blanket has had no progress, I’m all crocheted out at the moment thanks to those ripple blankets and I’m really enjoying being back on the needles again. Though I am planning to crochet myself a relatively large basket soon as a WIP basket, probably out of two or three strands of DK, as I don’t have one and it may be nice to make one.

img_20160929_125504

The jumper now has a front. That’s kind of it really. I’ve made it a centimetre longer to cover a bit more of the back, I’m not sure if it’d be needed but I hate having a cold draft on my back so I wouldn’t want baby to have it! And that’s it for now! Until next WIP Wednesday!

WIP Wednesdays – 14/09/16

So, this week I am working on a new project and a project I started a week or two ago. I’ve finally finished my tension squares for the Debbie Bliss Rialto DK, my gauge is well off the standard as it usually is! But it has meant that I can now get started on some simple patterns! Very exciting!

sherbet-baby-blanket

My two current projects are a pram/car seat blanket for baby, it’s another ripple blanket though this one will be around 70cm by 90cm, and it’s made in Stylecraft Special DK, in the same colours as the blanket for my youngest charge, the Sherbet Blanket (as mentioned in this post). I’m using up the ball in each colour that didn’t get used for SC’s blanket.

noah

My second WIP is a jumper for baby, this is being made from Debbie Bliss Rialto DK, which is a gorgeous merino wool. I managed to raid Tangled Yarns for a significant amount of it back in February/March time when they were selling it all off half price, my personal bank account still hasn’t fully recovered from that one! I’ve managed to offload 4 balls of it to my Mother-In-Law to make a jumper for baby but apart from that I haven’t had a chance to touch it since then, so I’m enjoying using some!

This jumper is the Noah Sweater from What To Knit When You’re Expecting (Ravelry pattern page link), it’s a nice book but apparently it has a lot of errors, so always check the errata! I have also been told that the patterns knit up small, so I may frog it and recast on the next size up, just in case! I haven’t decided yet. If the weather carries on like this baby may not need a jumper for a while!

Long time no see!

IMG_20160808_084940

It’s been three months since I last posted, to the day. I have been pretty busy in that time and, to be honest, I’ve been working on the same project that entire time, so I just haven’t bothered updating as it was moving so slowly due to a mix of procrastination and genuinely being bloody busy.

News and updates I suppose. I’ve started maternity leave officially. It’s going to be a bloody long one as baby isn’t due until early November! However we have had to relocate for Nick’s work, so we moved back to Essex on the 1st of September and my last working day was the 31st of August. Nick has to head up to Coventry for his training tomorrow, so I’m being abandoned for two weeks whilst that occurs, which suits me as I have a lot to be getting on with!

I completed all three blankets with two evenings to spare. I’m really chuffed with them. All three are rainbow themed, GC (the eldest) has a standard bright rainbow, SC (the youngest) has what I’m calling a Sherbet Rainbow, which was more pastel colours, whilst CC (the middle) has a dark rainbow theme. They seemed to like them thankfully and I’m hoping that they will continue to do so! That’s 3/28 projects complete before I’m 28!

IMG_8928.JPG

For an idea of the size of these blankets, this was SC’s one on our double bed. This was over 150cm wide (whereas CC’s was 160cm+ and GC’s was just over 140cm IIRC). Unfortunately, I don’t have any wonderful photos of the blankets as the weather turned after I finished them on the Monday evening, I asked Nick to take them outside for me whilst I was at work on Tuesday whilst the sun was shining gloriously all day. He didn’t, so this is the best I have and the colours don’t show up at all, which is disappointing.

All three blankets were completed in Stylecraft Special DK and I used the Ripple Blanket tutorials over at Attic24 (Ripple Blanket Know-How and Neat Ripple Pattern).  Each blanket started with a 213 chain as recommended (though I got drastically different sizes!) and I only repeated each set of seven colours 6 times, I think that they ended up being about 120cm to 140cm high. They needed only just over one ball of each colour.

(Links to my Ravelry Project Pages for each blanket below)
The Standard Rainbow was made using: Matador; Spice; Sunshine; Kelly Green; Aster; Violet; and Plum.
The Sherbet Rainbow was made using: Pomegranate; Spice; Citron; Spring Green; Cloud Blue; Lavender; and Grape.
The Dark Rainbow was made using: Lipstick; Tomato; Mustard; Kelly Green; Petrol; Lobelia; and Emperor.

d+r

In other news: in July we had two new little ratties join our mischief (which now makes 9!), two boys who we have called Rygel and D’Argo, the last of our Farscape themed names! D’Argo is the mismarked hooded black and Rygel is the tiny Himi/Siamese. Rygel is a runt but he hasn’t got the special needs that Ashi did and is fine with other rats thankfully, though he has seizured so we’re keeping our fingers crossed that it was the ridiculous heat and not epilepsy, which is something that Ashi had. They were neutered on Tuesday so that they can eventually join the girls with Ben (who was neutered before we got him) once Howl passes away.

Howl seems to be going strong though! His tumour has stagnated in growth, his respi issues aren’t bothering him too much and despite the beginnings of Hind Leg Degeneration (common in old rats) he is still able to make his way around comfortably and happily. Ben is starting to show his age as well now and can’t seem to shake a nasty respiratory infection that keeps reoccurring, but given that he was over two when we got him that’s not surprising! One of our girls has a tumour as well which is growing steadily, it’s not at removal point yet but as she is now just two we’re currently undecided on how to proceed with that one, we’ll have to see how it grows and how she is, she’s very happy at the moment though! It’s making us rethink whether we’ll get girls spayed in future though, two of the three female rescues we’ve had have developed tumours, our younger two breeder girls (who weren’t spayed, unlike our older two breeder girls) haven’t shown any signs of them yet but they are both under a year so we’ll have to wait and see for them.

For those in the rodent world, we also bought a second hand Savic Royal Suite, which ended up being too badly corroded to save (to my husband’s dismay, he’s seriously upset about it!), so we’ve succumbed and bought an SRS brand new earlier today as our girls cage is currently being held together by fabric yarn O_O

I have also bought all of the yarn I am allowed to buy and am on stashbusting mode. Later this week I will be going through what I think is my entire stash (I think some is missing between moves but we’re not sure! I swear I had more chunky somewhere though!) so I’ll keep a running tally on here of what I have! It will help me with the 28 by 28 challenge anyway…

WIP Wednesday

I have two yarny projects on the go this week. One knit and one crochet! They are also the first two projects that will count towards my “28 by the time I’m 28” challenge 🙂

IMG_6793 (30%)

The knit one is another baby cardigan, blue again (though a different shade! Husbands choice this time!). I should finish it soon as I’m on the last chunk now, it’s my “We’re watching Hustle and I want to keep my hands busy.” project. With two baby cardigans on the go you may have guessed that I am expecting a baby! I’m due in early November and I’m trying to make as much as I can before it arrives!

My crochet project is a long running one. I have decided to make blankets for each of my three charges before I leave in September. Ideally they’ll be single bed sized but for now I’ll make each one 120cm x 120cm ish and if I finish all three in good time I’ll add the extra 60cm onto each at that point! Just to make sure that they are done!

So the one I am working on first is GC’s, it’s in rainbow colours as she’s also the owner of the Rainbow Stegosaurus and the Unicorn, so we’re following a theme.

IMG_6796 (30%)