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Sunday, 24 April 2016

Progress!



::I feel as if I have been knitting and knitting and knitting but with very little result in the form of finished objects::

::I have been delighted with this Reagan edge to edge cardigan by Isabell Kraemar in sulka legato by mirasol yarns which is a light fingering/3 ply and is 60% merino, 205 silk and 20% alpaca, 251 meters per 50 grams in grey::

::this yarn was on sale in my local yarn shop and so this was a very economical knit::

::the cardigan can be worn either way up but I think is most comfortable with the lace at the bottom::



::I went to a quilting show at Duxford in March and picked up a pattern and some beautiful fabrics to make this craft bag::

::the handles were from an etsy shop in Scotland::they really make the bag sing::




 ::I have been enjoying wearing my frosted leaves wrap scarf which was a free pattern by Louisa Harding (you can make a donation to a cancer charity Louisa supports)::

::I used her amitola grande in 516 iceberg::

::it is an aran/10 ply 80% wool and 20% silk, 250 meters per 100 grams::

::it was an absolute joy to work with::




 ::I used yarn from my 'deep stash' to make the Kate Davies cardigan Manu::

::the shade is juniper and is the naturally dyed Shalisdair luxury and is a DK/8ply in 40%angora, 40% wool and 20% cashmere and has 340 meters per 113 grams::

::the only problem is that over time the natural dye has faded in places giving a strangely mottled look which is apparent on the sleeves::

::I have not worn it yet as I need to put on some buttons::

::the yarn has an oily feel which is not fully gone yet but the whole cardigan grew substantially when wet blocked::it looks and feels very cosy::



 ::Then there were the Christmas Eve socks, I posted about earlier,  which I made for a knit along with Dani of the Little Bobbin Knits podcast::

::we all cast on a sock project on Christmas Eve and knit on them over the holiday::

::this is the Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso yarn which is a fingering/4 ply, 75% merino, 25% nylon and is 422 meters/100 grams in the colour "Zombodys Kissing Santa Claus"::

::the pattern is the vanilla latte socks by Virginia Rose-Jeanes::




 ::Also mentioned earlier were these Jared Flood "Feathercrest" mittens which are now completed and were a delight to knit in Jamieson & Smith Shetland Aran in grey which I picked up in their discounted bin in their shop in Lerwick last summer::



 ::I have been enjoying making another blouse and improving my sewing skills::

::I love the collar on this simple three quarter length sleeve top::

::I bought the fabric which is Swiss cotton at a craft event at Five Lakes which is an hotel and country club in Essex::

::the pattern was "Mademoiselle" by Aimee comme Marie::

::I managed it even with my school girl French::



 ::And here are some future knitting plans which were all purchases from 'unravel' knitting event at Farnham Maltings earlier this year::

::Lake District Alpaca and a pattern for a blanket from Town End Yarns:: 


 ::A pretty little coin purse kit from Natural Knits::



 ::a gradient sock blank from Whimzy::



 ::two skeins of Coop Knit Socks Yeah::

::one skein per sock so I will mix and match heels, ribbing and toes to make some fun socks::



 ::I also bought some Knit Pro Karbonz and Zing dpns to try::

::and how cute is the project bag to commemorate the event::



 ::last but not least of my recent making is this bible cover::

::are you aware of the current craze for bible journalling?::

::you choose a verse of scripture to study and then illustrate it in the bible margins::

::I used a scrap of leather in grey to make a reinforced spine and scraps of fabric for edging and pockets::




::perhaps the feeling of not much knitting is because I have been crafting in other ways - sewing and drawing::

::well, whatever craft inspires, I hope you are having fun with your making::


::Teresa::
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