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Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Tuesday: Keep Calm Craft On




Even though I do like toy knitting (kind of instant gratification), sweaters are usually my favourites. I've started the 1st cardigan of the year, Old town. I'm using a beautiful local yarn, Blue Elephant sock, just crossing my fingers there's enough in my stash...




I've also finished a custom order, bunnies with shoes are my favourites.

By the way, last week I published a post about knitting tips for beginners. Suggestions, advices or general comments are very, very welcome :)

"The act of creating, in one form or another, preserves my sanity amongst the chaos of life. This explains why I always have more than one project going at a time as well as why my housework tends to fall behind. I enjoy seeing what others are working on and keeping calm with, too. What are you creating? What is keeping you going? Snap a picture or two and share it with the rest of us by leaving your link below. "
Frontier Dreams

Friday, 7 February 2014

Knitting tips: beginning


Last year I got asked a few tips on how to get started on knitting so I figured it'd be easier to write about it. I'm not an experienced knitter (at.all!!!) so this is just what has worked for me or wish I had known at the time.

1. Learn the basic: I got it all wrong at first, thinking purl was knit and otherwise (imagine the rest...). Since most pattern abbreviate, I had to constantly check on the acronyms, here is a very basic list:
- CO: cast on, how to do it on Youtube.
- k: knit, how to do it on Youtube.
- p: purl, how to do it on Youtube.
- BO: bind off, how to do it on Youtube.
- st st: stockinette stitch
- st: stitch
- yo: yarn over, how to do it on Youtube.
- kfab: knit front and back, how to do it on Youtube.
- m1: make one
- ssk: slip slip knit, how to do it on Youtube.

There are other ways to cast on, and many more techniques. My advice is, if you find a passage you are not familiar with, check it on Youtube :)

My 1st project ever was a simple scarf. I suggest starting with something very simple to get familiar with purl and knit stitches and yarn holding.

2. Needles and yarn weight Also something I didn't pay attention at first and really wish I did. I just grabbed some yarn I had at home, a pair of needles and started. Most likely, you won't be using bulky yarn with thin needles, but:

(Image from Pinterest)

Just a few tips:
- Always , always, check patterns indications. Especially if beginning, use the indicated weight (and make sure to take your measures first). I have a few first cardigans knitted in whatever yarn that are indeed way too loose, such a pity. The brand and fibre type doesn't really matter.
- socks usually call for... sock weight yarn.
- sweaters, cardigans, hats, cowls, scarves, gloves and mittens: can require DK, sport, worsted, aran or bulky, it all depends on the pattern. Take your time, make sure to take your measures first and then choose the yarn.
- Take some time to knit and check gauge, as every pattern indicates. I'm still working on this...
- Start with circular needles, especially if you don't like seaming. They were a revolution to me, I wouldn't go back to straight needles at all.


3. Ravelry: I highly recommend signing up, makes it much easier to keep track of your favourite projects and designers and there are tons of patterns, talented knitters and crocheters and knit-alongs.



4. Practice and patience: the first pattern I tried was the basic fingerless mitts. I would make a mistake and the idea of having to rip off even one line nearly had me quit. It takes time, a lot of trial and error.
In the end, it's not the amount of time and frustration that matters, but what you're experiencing while knitting (or whatever the craft). I've read hundreds of times knitting relax the mind, it really is some kid of mediation... enjoy the process and happy knitting!

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Tuesday: Keep Calm Craft On




Last week I decided to give this pattern a chance. Although this design is not my 1st choice of knitted toys, Fuzzy Mitten's patterns are always a success.




Here is my project's page with a few notes. I knitted it in cotton and stuffed it with soft wool, and now want to keep it for myself!




This cowl has been in my queue long enough. I'm not a big fan of lace patterns as they require a bit of concentration (and I usually knit in front of the tv or, more frequently, while studying!). But it's coming out pretty and I look forward to using it this upcoming autumn! I'm using a skein I was gifted of Malabrigo Lace in beautiful Sunset colorway, it's so soft!

"The act of creating, in one form or another, preserves my sanity amongst the chaos of life. This explains why I always have more than one project going at a time as well as why my housework tends to fall behind. I enjoy seeing what others are working on and keeping calm with, too. What are you creating? What is keeping you going? Snap a picture or two and share it with the rest of us by leaving your link below. "
Frontier Dreams

Thursday, 30 January 2014

January

First post of 2014! I thought I'd quickly share the latest knits, since it's been quite some time.




This week our temperatures finally cooled down a bit (20 - 28ÂșC) so I was able to finish my Ease sweater. It just needs blocking.
I could not be happier about this pattern, it's super easy and quick to knit, classy shape and very comfy.




To be honest, most of my summer knitting has to do with bunnies and more stuffed animals. I've been trying new patterns and have modified others for a better fit.





I am polishing up my Etsy shop, hopefully will have it all renewed by the end of summer. And this week I have decided to offer 10% off discount, see the shop for more details! :)

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Knitting Lately and Gift Along 2013

Long time no see! Once again I'm joining Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm Craft On.

I'm sure almost everyone who knits and is on Ravelry knows about Gift Along 2013, LOTS of gorgeous patterns - discounted! - and KALS (knit alongs are my one weakness, I'm currently taking part in 4 different KALs. I don't even care if there's a prize, I just join. Will have to do a post on this ;)
Anyway I'm pointing it out because I found quite a lot of new to me talented designers, it's definitely worth a look.

That being said, these are some of the latest knits (I've got so.many finished projects that still need to be photographed)



Vodka Lemonade cardi, unfortunately for me but luckily for my mum, it ended up being a bit too loose.




This lovely hat is part of my Gift Along projects, the hat is called Picton beanie (and it's been in my queue for months!) Instructions are just great, it's written for 4 different yarns and it's such a quick knit. I finished the purple one in 2 days and immediately knit another one (now finished, but not photographed).




Let's just ignore the fact it's been 25°C/ 30°C lately, because I'm now working on two projects that require Aran/Bulky yarn. It's madness, but it was instant love with both of these patterns: Quilted, a cowl and another hat (isn't it cute?).


Friday, 4 October 2013

The Handmade Fair!



I'm very happy to be participating to The Handmade Fair, along with other 13 bloggers! From today, and for 3 days only, we're offering some of our creations at a discounted price.
Big thanks to Chelsea for organizing the event!

Monday, 2 September 2013

Knitting lately

Today, beside KCCO over at Frontier Dreams, I'm joining Ginny's Yarn Along:



Judging by the last few days, it is safe to say spring is finally blooming here (a bit too early, considering there are still 20 more winter days ahead!). But I decided I was done with winter sweaters and CO something light for our upcoming spring time: Vodka Lemonade was perfect. I was obsessed with these bright red cotton balls, and never had a red cardi before.




I expect to finish it later today - it only took a week to knit! Mods and notes are already listed in my project's page.




I'm already thinking about the next project, East End. Gauge has been tested, looking forward to starting this pale yellow top :)

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