Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Jumper. Is. Finished

Well almost. All of the pieces are knitted. One back, one front, and two sleeves.

Now all I have to do it block and seam it, take it off the stitch markers and join in at the top with a collar.
Oh, and weave in the ends. I'm dreading this bit.

It looks like spaghetti. It will take ages. But I reached my goal for the weekend, so I'm not going to complain about finishing it off until next weekend!
And finally, a big thanks to my boyfriend for drawing me the awesome title banner for my blog. I hearts owls.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

I will finish the jumper. This weekend.

That's it. I've said it out loud, and that should mean I have to stick to it. This weekend, I will finish knitting the jumper. I've just passed the point where I start the decreases for the raglan sleeves, so each row will have two less stitches to knit.

This can be done! I probably won't seam it all this weekend (or weave in the ends - I'm seriously dreading that bit) but the actual knitting will all be on stitch markers ready for the finishing touches.

I may have to lock myself in a room with nothing else to do. But if it means I can finally show everyone my first piece of big knitting all finished, it will be worth it. Even if it doesn't fit. Then I'll just hang it on the wall or something...

Sunday, January 16, 2011

I made this ages ago

I found this hat in my closet today. It was the first thing I knitted that wasn't a scarf, and I made it early last year, before I started this blog.

It's a simple pattern that I found on The Guardian website, and you can find it here. I remember buying the yarn for this hat. It was my first purchase in a real yarn store. It is Naturally Aspire Super Chunky in Blue Print, and I remember falling in love with it as soon as I saw it. The soft, slightly fuzzy alpaca and Kiwi wool blend just said something to me - telling me that knitting was something I was meant to do.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Holiday Laziness

Happy New Year everyone!
I've learned something about myself this summer. When it's too hot, I don't like knitting. The heat makes the yarn annoying to hold, and I generally can't be bothered concentrating for long periods of time. Which is why my plan to finish the jumper over my summer holiday didn't quite work out as planned.

But it will be finished - I've banned myself from starting any new projects until it's done. And it will be done. As soon as it cools down a bit.

I have a few new goodies to share - firstly my yummy new yarn that Mum got me for Christmas!

It is Malabrigo Lace Merino yarn in colour 97, Cuarzo. And it is delicious. I have great plans for this yarn. It will become an awesome summer cardigan. Thanks very much Polly from Little Country Wools for stocking it! Totally made my Christmas!

And obviously, to knit on such amazing yarn, I needed new needles. A whole set if I'm going to be honest. This week my new Knit Pro circulars arrives at The Little Craft Store after a big hold up at customs. But they are here, and they are hard to resist.

The needles are Knit Pro Spectra Trendz acrylic - I picked them over the wooden and nickel varieties because I just like the feel (not to mention a lot cheaper) and they are entirely interchangeable. There are eight different needles sizes ranging from 3.5mm to 8mm, and four different cable lengths. Thanks so much Helen from The Little Craft Store, so excited to start using them. And I've just discovered that they sell a set of chunky Spectra interchangeables too, and I am a fan of chunky knitting. Will have to see if I can track down a set of those too!

But I must wait. The jumper will be finished!