I haven’t really been that active on the crafting side of things the past couple of weeks, however I have been chipping away at a little cardigan when I can!
I have also decided, in my quest to rid myself of all of this yarn, that I will attempt the Carousel CAL, I had all but two balls, so for the greater good I went and purchased Aspen and Clematis on Monday from my local yarn shop (The Wool Cabin in Clacton-on-sea, it’s a lovely little shop and the staff are always helpful and friendly!) and I hope to start this blanket as soon as I’ve finished this cardigan.
The cardigan has the body complete, so I just need to do the sleeves now, which I’ll do in the next few days hopefully. I intend to do the sleeves on DPNs because of my massive hatred of stitching up, so we shall see how that goes.
This weeks Rialto and SSDK totals come to: Rialto: 4,254g/4382g left (50g this week) SSDK: 12,217/12,255g left (+200g this week!)
I have finished the Sherbet Blanket! I will post all about that on Friday though. Currently I am just trying to finish this jumper before starting on something else, though I’m not sure what to work on next! I have a few projects that I have bought the yarn for but haven’t started yet but I will wait and see what I’m feeling after this jumper is finished. I now have a sleeve for it and am just starting on the second sleeve. The problem with knitting is that it doesn’t use up much yarn compared to crochet!
This weeks Rialto and SSDK totals come to:
Rialto: 4,358g/4382g left (16g this week)
SSDK: 12,017/12,255g left (59g this week)
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!
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)
Not your usual WIP today. My WIP for today has been sorting out my Stylecraft Special DK collection. I think that I managed to find all of it (though knowing me there are a few balls lurking in other places!)
It’s all been organised into under bed storage boxes by rough colour margins (reds, pinks and purples; blues and greens; naturals and white/grey/black; and yellows and oranges), unless it’s being used for a current project. I have 72 balls with the band intact, and 5055g of part-balls. So, in total, I have around 12.25kg of Stylecraft Special DK! I’m actually going to keep a running tally of how much I’m using in order to spur me on I think!
I’ve also tallied up the Debbie Bliss Rialto DK and I have 87 balls + 32g. So that makes 4382g of that too.
I really can’t store any more yarn at the moment, which means using up a lot of this stash. I knew that I had a lot but I’m somewhat surprised with the figures! Obviously I’ve challenged myself to make 28 things by my 28th birthday (May the 20th next year) but I have a feeling that a few of those projects will have to be big yarn-eaters! This isn’t even including the yarn that isn’t SSDK or Rialto, of which there is a bit of that too!
So this weeks totals on the Debbie Bliss Rialto DK and Stylecraft Special DK (which I will update each week from now on!) are:
I do love this pattern, it’s really simple, easy to knit up, very quick and very adaptable. This is the same pattern that I used for the Minion Hat in this post and it comes in a variety of sizes, not just newborn. Which makes it perfect really! I’m going to use it to make a few hats for my baby too next week as I’ve been told to take some in my baby bag, which I haven’t even started yet!
I was going to add a little flower to this but I’ve discovered that half of my books are still at the MILs, including all of my flower books (of which I have many!) so we need to get to Ikea, buy our bookshelves and install them ASAP so that I can have my books back!
Mum says that her colleague loved it and commented on how tiny it was, I don’t think she quite realises how small they come out!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!