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

mamasmercantile said...

I was thrilled to hear that I had won the giveaway and have tried to email several times but it keeps returning my mail. Maybe you could let me know an alternative email address.

The Cozy Quilter said...

With three knitting projects on the go, you will never be far from your needles. Lovely colours. I would love to read that book.