Tuesday, 6 February 2018

February knitting

In January I bought this blouse in Sainsburys, it isn't my usual sort of thing but I want to make some changes to my wardrobe and what I wear. It'll go very well with a denim pinafore dress I bought, also from Sainsburys, as well as my usual jeans.

As I want more hand knits in my wardrobe I decided I would use this blouse as a base for a colour palette of hand knit garments to go with things already in my wardrobe and to go with things I purchase or make in the future.

I've cast on 3 cardigans, all in different weights of yarn. This gold one is Drops Karisma (52 Dark Mustard) which is a DK (100% wool, £2.00 per 50grms) weight. The cardigan I'm doing is 'Scollay' by Karie Westermann . This is a paid for pattern

The nest cast on is 'Harvest' by Tin Can Knits. Again I'm doing in a Drops yarn - Nepal, 8905 Deep Ocean (£2.10 per 50grm ball, 100% wool, Aran weight). This is a free pattern.

Last but not least, is 'Stockbridge' by Ysolda Teague. As I love Drops yarn (apart from 'Belle') I'm using Drops again but in Flora (05 dark grey, 4ply, 65% wool, 35% alpaca, £2.10 per 50grm ball) This pattern is a paid for one.

I like to have several knitted projects on the go at once, especially if they are in different yarn weights as my arthritic hands don't like the heavier weight yarns so I can only knit on them for short bursts, my hands like 4ply the best so I am enjoying the Stockbridge the best. I am trying to rotate which garment I work on each day but I'm not rigid about it.

I buy garment quantities of yarn from Wool Warehouse - they are both online and a bricks & mortar shop, based in Leamington Spa. They have a fantastic range of yarn, great service and ship internationally!

Over the weekend I spent some time looking at all my WIPs, in all craft groups - quilting, knitting, crochet, cross stitch and crochet. I had a good look at everything and decided which I really wanted to work on and use, the rest have gone! This beaded piece is my oldest WIP, started in 1994, it was to be a small low round footstool. In between the beading is to be tapestry. I have gone completely off it, I wouldn't use that type of footstool and it would look wrong in my house so it hasn't escaped the cull!

This book has been popular in recent months, I have read it, enjoyed it and would like to pass it on, if you would like to read it please leave a comment and I'll draw a name and pass it it on (I will ship internationally)


mamasmercantile said...

Love all three of your cardigan knitting projects. It must have been hard to cull all your projects I know how I felt when we moved here, downsizing and sorting out so many years of stashed possessions. I would love to be put into the draw, it is not a book that I have read.

Sue said...

Wow, I admire how you're getting rid of unfinished projects that are no longer appealing. I should do the same. I've been trying very hard to finish each item before starting another. So far I've been moderately successful.

Lucie said...

I think change is as good as a rest. So using your new blouse as a colour palette for new cardies is a great idea. I love the wool colours you've chosen x

Happy Room Diana said...

Wow three starts at once! I think I would get very confused but then I usually have a few different crafts, knitting, crochet, quilting etc. on the go at the same time. I would love to read the book you are offering, plus I need to have my own cull!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I like the colors you have chosen. I love yarns, but, can't knit or crochet.

Diane-crewe said...

LOVE the colours you have chosen for the cardigans xx