Friday, 24 October 2014

FO: The 80s-type Drop Shoulder Sweater

I finished something!! :D

Last year I was given some balls of mohairy/angora type yarn from a friend, and I decided to stripe it with black acrylic to make an 80s-inspired oversized boxy sweater.  I used the drop-shoulder pattern from Ann Budd's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns and this is the result:

There was so. much. sewing!  This pattern is written in pieces, which I thought would be perfect for the stripes, but not so much.  I'd been putting off the seaming for ages and realised while I was sewing it up why patterns are mostly written in the round nowadays!  These are all the ends that I had to sew in:

I'm super happy with the sweater though!  It's nice and comfy and cosy and warm.  Perfect for the colder weather :D

I still have some of the fluffy yarn left over - maybe I should make another one? :)

Saturday, 18 October 2014

FO: Rapunzel's Tower socks

I finished these socks!!

Pattern: Rapunzel's Tower by Becky Greene - rav link:
Yarn: Regia Color 4 ply
My ravelry project page:

These were a very fun knit - the cables and panels kept my interest and worked very well with the yarn, I think.  I definitely enjoyed knitting these, and will probably knit them again at some point :D

The cuff is shorter than I would normally knit (at about 4.5" compared to my usual 6" or so) and I was worried that they were going to be too short, but they turned out perfect :D

Now for FO pic overload :D

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

In A Blue Kind Of Mood

I often find that unintentionally and unconsciously I'm drawn to a particular colour when I'm crafting.  I won't notice till I look at my ravelry page, for example, and then suddenly there's a big block where everything is the same colour.  Today I was taking photos of what I've been up to, and it's all blue :)

Pattern: Rapunzel's Tower by Becky Greene - rav link:
Yarn: Regia Regia Color 4 ply
My ravelry project page:

Not much to say about these other than I'm really enjoying the pattern.  These are a lot of fun to knit.  I made the cuff a bit short and am going to have quite a bit left over, but that's not a bad thing.  I can make some more socks or mitts with the leftovers and continue the blue theme.

And this is some light blue merino (from Scottish Fibres) that I'm spinning.  That ball is 25g and there's another 75g there to spin.  I like to spin in 25g increments then each plied skein is 50g.  Nice round numbers.

I'm trying to spin the merino quite thin, and the fibre is so soft and fluffy that it's quite easy to draft it out.  My plan was to barber-pole it with a organgey-brown that I've already spun into singles, but the blue is coming out so fine that they may end up being different thicknesses.  I'll spin up all the blue and then decide :D