Thursday, June 21, 2012

I love The Knit Kid

I spend a lot of time on Etsy. I've become a crazy vintage border, and it hasn't helped that it has a shiny new wedding section. But every now and then, when I'm not hunting for headpieces and bridesmaid dresses, I stumble upon something amazing. Today I found The Knit Kid. And oh my goodness, I want it all.

The patterns are beautiful in their simplicity, but the vibrancy of the colour combinations give all of these pieces such a fashion-forward edge. Seeing pieces like this just inspire me to be better at knitting, and also inspire me to find some extra cash around the wedding budget... my biggest issue will be picking which item I'd like to buy!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

On the hunt for as many vintage floral side plates as possible..

So we decided to move the wedding forward. It was in 2014, but now it's in December. We were going to do a really big event, ceremony in an art deco cinema and the reception in a fancy hotel. Then it got stressful and extremely expensive.

We've cut it right back, brought it forward (the only reason it was put off for so long was so we can save up to afford the big one) and now we are having a picnic ceremony and a back yard reception. 
I'm collecting floral plates from op shops, about to start making bunting and getting ready to acquire hundreds of metres of fairy lights.

I've also added to the cookbook collection - I think all weddings should come with cookies, and The Food Truck is such a great local show that I had to get the book too.

Monday, June 18, 2012

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Setting myself another insane knitting challenge

Lace knitting is not my strong point. I've been working on one lace scarf for over a year now, and I've only done half of it. It's pretty ridiculous then that I've set myself a challenge to knit myself a lace shawl for my wedding, which is in six months. 

Even I can see how crazy that is. It took that long to knit my Funchal Moebius, and it was technically just knit stitch in the round with two colours...

I enrolled in a Craftsy lace knitting class a few weeks ago, and tutor Laura Nelkin promises to help me get through making her Skywalker Shawl (the fiancĂ© loves Star Wars so that's quite fitting). If the Jedi Master can teach this padawan to knit lace, anything could happen. So, once I've finished the Cloud Snood and the new hood (really should look into starting that...) I will get started. 

Pic credit : Dyeforwool on Etsy

I've just purchased the yarn for it, a 70% 30% alpaca silk blend in the colourway Hot Desire from Dyeforwool on Etsy. I can't talk myself out of this. It will be knitted.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Procrastination and a tiny baby hat

I have a list of knitting I need to complete. After Funchal Moebius, I was supposed to start a Through the Woods Hood for a friend, who purchased the yarn for it nearly a year ago. It's been the running joke that he will now receive this hood in winter 2016. I wanted to prove him and everyone else wrong. The hank of Cascade Eco + is now wound and ready to be cast on. And cast on I did. But I cast on this instead.

It's a Cloud Snood that I purchased in a kit at Wild and Woolly Yarns last weekend, using Rowan Kidsilk Haze and Rowan Amy Butler Belle Organic DK.
It's my first time knitting with mohair, and I must admit I'm not really a huge fan - it's like knitting with cobwebs. It's all sticky, but on the needles it's really slippery. I don't know if I'd make anything else with it in the future, but I'll finish this project and maybe give it to a friend. I'm not a huge fan of pink but I quite liked these colours, so I'll see how it turns out. If I don't get too frustrated with the mohair, that is.

I will get back to the hood. I just feel a bit over them - I have knitted two before, and I feel like I still need a bit more time to move on from the last ones.

But I also finished this!

Look how little it is! I used Bright Colours Baby Hat by Roxanne Wood, and it fits the little man perfectly! Very pleased with the result for my first baby garment, and so quick to knit!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


Although this blog already looks like it has heaps of posts, this is brand new! I've moved here to my new blog home, where my writing and knitting will live more harmoniously together. I'm also planning to publish some patterns here and detail my adventures as I keep learning new knitting skills. I'm really looking forward to making everything homely here, and I hope you pop by for a visit soon!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Funchal Moebius - the marathon is complete!

This has to be one of my knitted crowning glories. It took six months, but this weekend I finished my Funchal Moebius - designed by Kate Davies.

Knitting the last stitch - a huge milestone in the project.

Putting the last stitches onto scrap yarn for blocking.

Unzipping the provisional cast-on and threading the stitches onto waste yarn - also for blocking.

Blocking time!

And both sides have come out quite well.

After blocking, threading the stitches back onto the needles for grafting.

The start of the biggest Kitchener Stitch project - 340 stitches to graft!

It took me over three hours....

But it was completed, with the twist and everything! 

So my grafting wasn't perfect, but overall I'm very happy with how it's come out.

This project has been a massive test of willpower, and a challenge to learn new skills. Over these six months, I've learned to dye yarn with food coloring, knit continental, master stranded knitting, figure out how to graft stitches, and learn the provisional cast-on. 
All finished, and just in time for winter too!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Crafty Girls Road Trip - the mini version

In celebration of the long weekend, my good friend Anna and I decided to do a very small road trip, inspired by Ann Packer's The Crafty Girls Road Trip. We didn't make it easy for ourselves - we had just over two hours, and had to squeeze in snacks. We decided to just go to yarn shops, and we went for two of the best in Auckland - Crafty Knitwits in Milford and Wild and Woolly Yarns in Devonport.

I only bought one thing - a Cloud Snood knitting kit from Wild and Woolly, full of yummy Rowan yarns in a nice pink - more of a red pink though, I'm not a girly pink kind of girl.
I fell in love with Wild and Woolly's huge stash of Rowan Big Wool, but at $22 a skein I had to resist. I only need to get six for a jumper though.. maybe next pay day!
It was a great morning out - next time I hope to make a day of it. Any other yarn stores around Auckland you could recommend to add to my list?