My crochet blanket was put on hold during the warm weather, however I have now picked it back up again and have now reached the end of the twentieth stripe, meaning that the blanket is now two third complete:
Only ten more stripes to go, I would quite like to get the blanket completed during October so that it is definitely done ready for the cooler months.
I haven’t had time to work on my coat today, so I thought I would give an update on the progress of the paper dolls jumper.
This is what it is currently looking like:
I have now done two sets of increases, five more to go and then knitting straight to the underarms.
My paper dolls jumper is coming along, I have now completed the decrease rounds:
Now I am knitting straight to the waist before starting so more increase rounds.
Yesterday evening my neighbour’s baby made her entry into the world. I knitted up the booties sometime ago, so today I just had to make a little box for them to go in. I got the box instructions here. This is the finished box:
I made two so that one could be used as a lid. This is the booties in the box:
And finally here are the booties…I love these little rabbit buttons:
The other day I started knitting up the Paper Dolls jumper after I re-found the wool for this jumper whilst decorating the office. I have continued to work on it and managed to finish the ribbing at the bottom and start the decreases for the waist.
This is how it is currently looking:
and a close up:
I am so ridiculously pleased with my alternate rib which I have never done before. Working on this project has reminded me why I love knitting on the round, it is so easy to pick up and put down (as long as I am disciplined in marking off when I pass my marker) so any spare minute I have I can do a bit of work on the project. This jumper has seven decrease rounds worked in until the waist I currently have done two so five more to go.
Sometime in 2010 I brought this pattern from Ravelry:
I brought it after I had downloaded the owls pattern that is also by Kate Davies. I loved the paperdolls and despite being very new to knitting at this point I just could not resist the beautiful pattern. I then asked for the wool to make the jumper for Christmas and S’s mum brought me the wool:
The main colour will be the grey with the dolls in the purple and the detail in the reddie colour. The wool then ended up in the back of my sewing wardrobe because try as I might I could not figure out alternate rib and you tube videos did not help me either. Then last weekend as part of the redecoration of the office (all my craft stuff is in there) I sorted through everything and uncovered the wool and decided that I really would give it another go.
Over the weekend I cast on using the i-cord method (Kate gives really clear instructions on this in the pattern), I can not even begin to describe how time consuming this is, but it is honestly worth it because the bottom of the jumper already looks really pretty. I then did my first lots of alternate ribs….and it worked!!!!!
Here is the start of the jumper:
And a close up…check out the i-cord cast on, very pretty:
As I posted the other day, I received news that my friend I have been making the baby jumper through went into labour, this lead to me frantically finishing the jumper so that I can post it off to her and the new baby.
Today I managed to sew it all together and knit the ribbed button band:
I also had these lovely little polka dot buttons that I thought would go beautifully:
This means the jumper is now ready to go, I am sending it off with the booties that I made in the holiday workshop:
Today I received news that my friend had started labour. This news meant that I needed to ensure that the baby jumper I have been working on is completed to send over to her. Today I completed the front, which is the last section of knitting. All I need to do now is sew it together, knit the ribs and block….hopefully not too much of a task to complete quickly.
Here is the completed front:
I will be sending this along with the booties that I made in the workshop on holiday.
Whilst on holiday I attended a crocheting workshop, resulting in a completed pair of baby slippers. I then decided that I would continuing with crocheting whilst away so that my new knowledge could be kept fresh. I previously brought a crochet kit for kids but struggled to rotate the pictorial instructions for my leftie ways:
Following the workshop on the slippers I felt that I could now adapt the instructions and work towards completing my first ever granny square. I waited until it was a lovely day (we were very lucky with the weather all things considering) and S, Little One and I sat outside. S with his racing post, Little one with her sun and I with the crochet kit:
Here is that start of my first ever granny square:
And here is the second row:
Here is my first ever completed granny square:
Whilst on holiday I managed to finish another seven, I honestly can’t believe how quick crocheting is. I managed to finish another square this morning meaning that I have now done all nine:
Now that I have finished the crocheting I just have to make up the cushion, which I think should be relatively straightforward and quick. Hopefully I can get it done one evening this week, although from tomorrow I will have to refocus my energies back into studying after I have had a week off.
I have been very quiet over the last week or so because I have been on holiday, it was my 30th on Monday so S took Little One and I away for the week. We have had a lovely holiday in Nailsworth in the Cotswolds.
Once we had settled into the cottage we stayed in we went off exploring the local area and the first shop we stumbled across was Mother Goose, much to my delight (and S’s dismay). We spotted in the window that they do workshops in knitting and crochet, upon venturing in an chatting to the shop owner it was agreed that an individual workshop could be run for me the next day. I was so pleased with this because I have always wanted to learn to crochet and had brought myself a child’s kit with the aim of teaching myself:
I previously used a child’s knitting kit to learn the basics of knitting (with the aid of S’s mum) which worked nicely but I could not understand the instructions in this kit, I think this is mainly due to me being a leftie and not being able to rotate the instructions in my head.
My individual workshop was run by Sophie Buckley and we aimed towards making some baby slippers. In Sophie’s studio are some gorgeous crocheted bags which are simply beautiful. I have never progressed beyond chain stitch before so aiming to produce a finished item that I could give as a gift gave me some focus. I choose to complete the slippers in red so that they would go with the jumper that I have been making.
We started off by cutting out the soles:
Add the punching the holes into the soles. I then proceeded to doing my first crochet stitch:
This is the slipper with more crochet work:
I have found out that I crochet very tight and I need to work on loosening my work so that I can get the hook back into stitches. During the four hour workshop i managed to finished one slipper completely and did the bottom part of the second slipper. I then took the materials back to the holiday cottage and completed the second slipper whilst it was all fresh. Here are the finished slippers:
I loved making these so much that I immediately brought some wool and sheepskin from Mother Goose so that I could make a pair for myself. I had taken the crochet kit away with me on the holiday so I proceeded to make some granny squares over the remained of my holiday (post to follow), I am so pleased that I have finally got the basics of crocheting because I have wanted to have a go for ages.
If you ever find yourself in Nailsworth I definitely recommend a trip into Mother Goose and if you find yourself with the opportunity to participate in one of their workshops (and they have tons) give it a go, Sophie was really clear with her instructions and pointed out bits to help me along (for example in triple stitch I tended to alter the direction of wrapping my yarn half way through).