Still Clicking Away

Things have been busy here so I have been rather quiet on the blogging front, we have been lucky with fantastic weather so we have been here, there and everywhere, but the needles have been clicking.

We took a trip to Glastonbury a few weeks ago, I sat at the bottom of the Tor knitting while my tribe climbed up it with some friends we bumped into. With the odd knit here and there and some work on my WIP’s (work in progress) I have kept clicking.

baby cardi pink

pixie faery knit

pixie faery fairy autumn cardi
pixie faery autumn cardi

lace flower knit

Lost My Bloging Mojo

I have somewhat lost my knitting mojo, at the moment I am not sure what to blog about, I have not had a great month with health and family things, along with the usual EDS and the allergic reaction I had the other day. I have also had swollen gland doctor thinks it is an infection somewhere but my body it doing the right thing so just waiting it out for now.

All this time I have been knitting my colourful knit, I am loving it, although I do wish I did not have quite so many ends, seems to be a lot to tie in, I am about 75% through on this one, really happy with the colours but I am still not quite sure about it, I think it is one of those items that you are not sure about till the end!

Having said that I must be fairly happy with it as I am already thinking of making another one! Hopefully someone will want one…

colourfull festival knit b

colourfull festival knit c

The yarn I am using is really nice to knit with, it is a cotton and bamboo mix, I think I will have to track down more yarns with bamboo as it is really smooth and lovely to knit with. It’s really warm and almost comforting to knit, I think that it is giving me a happy feeling on dull days with thoughts of what is to come during the warmer months and on bright days it really is making me think of fun sunny bright days, the knit itself rather looks like the colours you may see on a lovely sunny summers day, on a day trip, I am looking forward to more days out 😀

I have found myself thinking about other knits I could make but have not noted them down yet, never a good idea as I forget till it is too late and have run out of time…. wander what will be next!

My Colourful Mystery Knit

We’ve had a busy week and weekend so not much knitting stitched here,

I have managed more on my colourful knit, I am liking the variegated yarn a lot

Here is my progress –

colourfull festival knit a

colourfull festival knit mix

centenary stitches

You may have heard me mention the pattern book for the items I have been knitting recently, this is for the film ‘tell them of us’ many people have put a lot of work into this pattern book and it looks like it is going to be fab!

There are loads of pictures to look at and loads more have just been added, just a taster of the knits that you will be able to knit up yourself have a look for your self in this lovely Gallery.

Knitting Ages Well!?

My husband has an amazing jacket that is knitted and lined in fleece, unfortunately i did not make this for him but i did buy it! this jacket is quite old now, a good few years and he has worn it most days, it was a bright vibrant jacket very stunning, green with rainbow striped arms a real eye catcher.

As time went on the jacket faded but we never noticed, it has not gone bubbly or snagged even though it has been trough so much – gardening, playing about with kids, it has really stood up to the strains of daily life, but the other day we were looking at it and hubby commented on how old it was looking.He was right it does look very different now to what it did when I bought it, but it does not look old or faded it just looks like it is pastel colored rather than bright, it looks as if it is meant to be this color, if you didn’t know how bright and vibrant it was, you would never know it has faded now! perfect!

a few months

a few months

faded but looking good

Now faded but looking good

Now you may wonder why I am rambling on about an old jacket…it brings me back to our trip to bath.

I remember seeing many pictures of the yarn bombing out side the  Kaffe Fassett exhibition, the lamps in particular….they were bright and colorful and so stunning against the green bank behind, when we went the knitting was (so i was told) a bit more faded, the sun and the rain had made the bright knits lighter in color, BUT they were still so amazing and stunning and you would never know that they were faded at all!

 

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They were lovely bright colors and so pretty to look at, still super colorful, I can only imagine how amazing they were a few months ago because they were fantastic when we went!

The closer you got the more stunning the yarn was,

Kaffe Fassett exhibition- bath American museum, yarn bomb bright colorful lamp post Rosie wilks Kaffe Fassett exhibition- bath American museum, yarn bomb bright colorful lamp post Rosie wilks

Putting things outside really is great, they age well and still catch your eye after months outside, this idea of aging items has given me some inspiration!

Another idea to add to my list of things to do…one day!

“One Size Fits All”

The Knitted crossover I posted yesterday really is “One Size Fits All”

On an adult it feels more like an extra warm Knitted shawl it keeps you much warmer than a shawl and is snug,almost like a shawl being warped around you but you don’t have to pit it, or worry about it falling off!

On a child it is more like a jumper, that feeling every mother wants to give to a child when they are cold, just wrap them up all snug and warm in a blanket, this gives that sort of comforting and loving feel!

What I like about this garment is that it is so comfortable to wear and it does not restrict movement at all. You can wear this doing almost anything, often shawls can slip or restrict how you move but this is great!

Great for busy mums, or people who move about a lot, in my minds eye I can see a farm girl milking a cow or going about farm work in this!

I really do love it and I look forward to making more of them for people of all ages!

This is on an adult

Debbie Bliss yarn, wool  knitting garment for 'tell them of us' WW1 film, knits in wool, Knitted crossover back, Victorian, vintage shawl/jumper crochet edge

This is the crossover/ shawl on an 8year old, as you can see it fits nicely and he can move his arms about fine, and on a child the back really is more shawl like, similar to the triangular shawls (he didn’t seem to mind the edging but said on his he doesn’t want edging…seems i am making him one!)

Debbie Bliss yarn, wool  knitting garment for 'tell them of us' WW1 film,child, children's 8 years knits in wool, Knitted crossover back, Victorian, vintage shawl/jumper crochet edgeDebbie Bliss yarn, wool  knitting garment for 'tell them of us' WW1 film,child, children's 8 years knits in wool, Knitted crossover back, Victorian, vintage shawl/jumper crochet edge from the back

And finally how lovely it looks on a 3 year old, I think this looks really nice, like a really snug jumper, I can see a mother in the early 1900’s, walking along with a cold child in the wind,taking her knitted crossover off and warping her child in it so they stay warm.

She could really move about in it too!

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I was a little worried that it would restrict arms but it is fine

Debbie Bliss yarn, wool  knitting garment for 'tell them of us' WW1 film,child, children's 8 years knits in wool, Knitted crossover back, Victorian, vintage shawl/jumper crochet edge from the back

And it looks lovely from the back too

Debbie Bliss yarn, wool  knitting garment for 'tell them of us' WW1 film,child, children's 8 years knits in wool, Knitted crossover back, Victorian, vintage shawl/jumper crochet edge from the back

I love this because of so many reasons, but one that sticks in my mind is that I can make it for children as well as adults and for children it will last them their whole life! a lovely item that will stay with them as they grow!

I will be sad to send this off for filming, but then I have said that about every item!

Knitted Crossover for WW1 Film

I have been fairly quiet lately, this is (partly) why.

As you may have read in some of my older blog posts I have been knitting for a WW1 film ‘tell them of us’

So far i have knitted a shawl for ‘Grace’ another shawl for a ‘villager’ and a jumper that will be used along side the film for some related events, all these items have been made with patterns from the period, every item I have made i have loved and this one I defiantly did, it is a very clever pattern and fits really nicely!

I am so loving being part of this project and very lucky to have knitted so many lovely items, I was asked if I would like to look for a pattern I would like to knit and I kept coming back to this one again and again, when I mentioned this everyone seemed excited so it added to the joy of making it,

It was knitted in lovely Debbie bliss yarn.

Debbie Bliss yarn, wool  knitting for 'tell them of us' WW1 film

When I started out it looked like bunting!

Debbie Bliss yarn, wool  knitting garment for 'tell them of us' WW1 film

And I hit quite a few knots in the yarn!

Debbie Bliss yarn, wool  knitting garment for 'tell them of us' WW1 film, knits in wool

But I enjoyed knitting this a lot!

I ran out of yarn not too far from the end! so I had a search around for some yarn, I eventually found some but it wasn’t the same dye lot, which was a risk that payed off very well, you can ont tell so i was/am soo happy!

The pattern was lovely but it did take a little adapting but really was easy to follow and as you can see it is all garter stitch, so just plain knitting!…with a few increases and decreases!

This is the main part finished

Debbie Bliss yarn, wool  knitting garment for 'tell them of us' WW1 film, knits in wool, Knitted crossover, victorian, vintage shawl

Debbie Bliss yarn, wool  knitting garment for 'tell them of us' WW1 film, knits in wool, Knitted crossover, Victorian, vintage shawl

And the start of the crochet edging on the knitted garment,

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I wasn’t too sure about the edging to start with

But as it went on I quite liked it!

Debbie Bliss yarn, wool  knitting garment for 'tell them of us' WW1 film, knits in wool, Knitted crossover, Victorian, vintage shawl

and this is it un-wrapped

Debbie Bliss yarn, wool  knitting garment for 'tell them of us' WW1 film, knits in wool, Knitted crossover, Victorian, vintage shawl

Finally one of it completed and on me! and I now love that edging I wasn’t sure about!

Debbie Bliss yarn, wool  knitting garment for 'tell them of us' WW1 film, knits in wool, Knitted crossover, Victorian, vintage shawl front

this is the back!

Debbie Bliss yarn, wool  knitting garment for 'tell them of us' WW1 film, knits in wool, Knitted crossover back, Victorian, vintage shawl

I can’t tell you how lucky I feel to have been part of this project and knit this lovely item,

Find out more about the film, the project, and the fabulous knits here Orkney to Omaha!

Lovely yarn Gifts

I have been a very lucky girl in the last few months! I received a package from a Lovely lady… with yarn needles and patterns, sending a big THANK YOU to Sam Obrien Currie of Rainydaysunsetknits

These are the lovely items she sent…

When I opened the package I found this on the outside of an envelope

loom bands with letters for name

And inside some lovely items to keep me occupied

lovely stylecraft yarn, wooden needles and patons pattern 3790

You wouldn’t believe how soft the grey yarn is, it is a Stylecraft Yarn and we just can’t stop feeling it! my son loves it and has asked if i can make something for him with it, we will have to see but I get the feeling I won’t get away with knitting something for someone else with it!

Something else I got a while back was a whole load of knitting needles crochet hooks and other knitting bits and bobs.

These were my great aunts who sadly died just after my daughter was born, most of my family sew, they sew a lot, my nan was a dressmaker and taught people how to sew she also worked in the big ladybird factory sewing and teaching there until it closed down.

The stories I hear of all the family sewing together and trying to get dresses made in time for ‘The Dance’ .. and how they made clothes in the war when their tiny island was occupied by the Japanese!… I really love listening to these stories!

My nan often makes dresses for my daughter and up-cycles items to make her dresses,without a pattern! Most of my family can sew..I don’t even remember learning to sew, my first memory is being sat at my nans (pfaff?) machine practicing!

My family can knit and crochet too but not all too much, so my family thought it would be best for me to have all my aunt’s needles hooks and bits, and I feel lucky to have these, I was told that my Great Uncle worked for Sirdar so use to bring my aunt lots of bits home! how lovely and dreamy would that be!?

These are the knitting items I inherited

knitting needles, crochet hooks and knitting accessories

Some of these hooks are tiny, they are for such fine tread!

lots of these needles are plastic and although I shouldn’t use metal needles much they will come in very handy, for teaching my children and for ‘holding’ knitting work on, I feel very grateful that my family felt I should have them 😀

 

T.B.K Finally Learns To Crochet!

I don’t do much crochet, I have admitted a fair few times that I am no good at it, so when I was asked to do a couple of crochet items I was a little worried, but me being so stubborn when it comes to yarn craft thought I would be fine, and I was 😀

I took to my hook and crouched up these two items, a mobile phone case and a camera case, made to measure

made to measure mobile phone case and camera case

I do a fair amount of crochet around knitted items on edging and things, as well as playing about with items and ideas – they just don’t always go quite to plan, but I do feel I am improving!

Something I didn’t really struggle with was roses for a wedding, I was asked to do them and I have really enjoyed it, I really loved making up the pattern too, patterns is one part of knitting I love and it turns out I love making them in crochet just as much!

All together I needed 14 but did a fair few more, add to that the ones my daughter (of 3) kept steeling for herself….well I lost count!

yellow and cream wedding roses

I just need to sew the band on to make them into corsages – these are also great for brides and bride bouquets and bridesmaid posy’s.

with these recent items and some others I have worked on over the last few months (like on my wheels) I really feel I can crochet yaay!

I may still find it hard and I have an awful lot to learn but I am glad I kept trying because now I can crochet 😀

 

Can Knitting In the Round Reduce Pain?

I absolutely love knitting in the round, I hate seams,  mostly because I am lazy! I thought it was just a lot easier not having to sew up seams and time saving too, as well as that I have a son who hates how seams feel against him so it ticks all the right boxes for me!

I have been knitting a jumper this week that has seams, it’s no problem I am confident sewing them up and it can be quite therapeutic, but after doing half a side seam I did notice that my shoulder was aching quite a bit and my neck has been playing up! The more I sew the worse it is getting, I think this is because I am looking down a lot so I can stitch in the right place , it is a bad position for my neck and that then means it is pulling on my shoulder too! I tried having my work higher but then my arm and shoulder ached more, but my neck did improve a little, I wonder if it is the same for others or if it is because of the unusual things my body does? (because of my EDS)

Also knitting with metal needles lately (as I mentioned in my last post) may not have helped, but I do think I am mostly recovered from that now 🙂

In conclusion – knitting in the round, so that I avoid sewing seams, defiantly reduces my pain, and is well worth it for me.

Just another great reason I love my circular needles 😀

for more on knitting needles and pain and a little of my story;

Knitting Needles For EDS & Pain

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