Sunday, June 28, 2015

Jumpers for little people

I'm not really a baby person. But I am a baby person for my friends who are having babies, and knitting for a baby is pretty much instant gratification! Isn't this little jumper so little? Just tiny!

 I started this Camilla Babe a week and a half ago, then dropped a chunk of stitches as I was joining the sleeves, so I started the body again on Wednesday and finished it at around midnight last night. No time for a wet block, so I gave it a quick steam this morning and it's all ready for the baby shower this afternoon. 

I'm really happy with how this came out - Carrie Bostick Hoge's patterns are just so clear and beautiful. And I'm even happier that I've managed to use the leftover yarn from my Chuck jumper, so now we can match!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Grey days

We've had an amazingly clear few days. No clouds, no rain, plenty of stars and stunning sunsets.
Frost is on the grass in the morning, and noses, ears and fingers feel the chill.
This is the kind of winter I love, where the air is crisp and you need a coat, and the colours are a little dimmer than summer. 

I'm trying my best to avoid Auckland's winter uniform of black, but I've found that with the more bright yellows and blues I wear, it can be quite hard to accessorise without looking a tad clashing.
And clashing is great, but there's a fine line in the workplace.

So this semi-circle shawl is going to be the solution to all my problems. I say that about every knit, but this time I really mean it. 

The pattern is something I'm improvising from other semi-circle patterns I've read, but the yarn is the most exciting part. 

I'm using Dark Harbour Yarn's Port merino Mare Vaporium Gradient - a kit of six fingering weight skeins, with each skein slightly darker than the one before. Every colour change adds this different dimension - it's like a storm of dark clouds slowly rolling in. It's beautiful to knit with and I'd really recommend checking out more of Dark Harbour's indie dyes. 

I'm about half way through and I'll just keep going until I run out of yarn. Can't wait to get this one finished, hopefully in time to wear in this cold patch.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

What warms my winter?


The decorating of Bledisloe Pocket Park has begun! If you're around Auckland CBD over the next couple of weeks, why don't you pop in from 12pm-2pm to knit some squares for yarn bombing? You can also join us on Thursday evenings from 6pm-8pm for the next three Thursdays.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Winter Warm Up in the City

What are you up to for World Wide Knit In Public Day?

I will be getting warm at Bledisloe Square this Saturday to help Sew Love Tea Do yarn bomb the space - come and join us!

Bring some knitting needles and some friends and enjoy a day of celebrating knitting!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Finished Chuck!

I am beyond happy with this knit!
With the unraveling, the re-knitting and the four days it took to dry and block, I would have been a bit disappointed if I wasn't totally happy with it when it was finished. But I love it. 
Red Riding Hood Yarn's Riche Worsted is just so nice to knit with and Andi Satterlund's patterns are so well written! Highly recommended and this one will definitely get a lot of wear. One thing's for sure, I really enjoy knitting cables and I need to knit more!