Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Bendigo Wool and Sheep Show

Only 17 days left until I head down to Bendigo for the Wool and Sheep Show - and I can't wait!!  There are so many wonderful reasons why I love going down there:
  • I get to see my best friends again (whom I stay with while down there)
  • I get to touch and play with all of the lucious yarns that will be on offer
  • I get to meet new (and old) Ravelry friends
  • I get to build up my stash a little more
  • I get to buy more accessories that i need
  • And this year it will also be my first weekend away with my boyfriend, so it just makes it extra fun!
I have been thinking about what I want to buy while I am down there, and I thought it might be worthwhile putting a bit of a wishlist together, so that if I come across any yarns, I will know how much I need for a specific project.  This list (below) will see quite long (and expensive) but this is more of a just-in-case I find some yarn that will suit the project.

Project/Wish List
Ok here we go!!

Cables and Garter Cardigan

Yggdrasil Afghan
3x Luxury 4ply in Bracken


Honeybee Cardigan
approx 1400m


New York Cardigan
approx 1500-1600m

This is all I have for now aside from getting sock blockers.

Looks like a lot of wool, but the truth is, its more of a reminder so that when I get there I can buy the right amounts should I find yarn that I like

Monday, June 27, 2011

All on socks...

Last night I finished the Harris Tweed Socks for my Dad's birthday in just under 2 weeks.  I am really happy with how these have turned out.  I think that socks in an 8ply is really the way to go - I just love the texture and how they look especially tension-wise.  I really think 3.75mm needles are the way to go.

I made the Boyfriend Socks in a 10 ply, and I don't think I like the texture of them.  I think it may be the needle size, so will be trying to make another pair of Thuja's for my brother's birthday (also in under 2 weeks).

It was really hard to get a nice pic of the Boyfriend Socks - black just doesn't show patterns very well!!  I am doing my Brothers Socks in a Navy, so hopefully that will show the pattern a bit better.  I am unsure whether to up or down a needle size to get a similar texture to the Harris Tweed Socks.  I think I will make them on 4.5mm needles so that they are just a little bit bigger for my brother's gigantic feet.

Once these final pair of socks are completed, I want to finish off the Little Lady Bug dress for Nessa and I also want to complete the Top Down Jacqueline (so I can wear it to the Bendigo Wool and Sheep Show).  Once these are completed, I want to make another February Lady Sweater as a KAL, but not sure what colour I want as yet as well as another Yggdrasil Afghan which I want to make out of a 4ply as a baby blanket.

So many projects, so little time...

Friday, June 24, 2011

A Successful Project

What do you class as a successful project?  Being learning a new skill? Seeing it in use? Or simply knowing that you have done the best you can?
For me, I have to say one of my most successful projects is my Purple Dress which I made for my friends newborn, Jasmine, in 2009.  Why is this my most successful project?  Well, it's because I made this project 2 years ago, but it is still in use.  I love that this pattern which is originally a dress, became a tunic and is now a top. At 18 months, Jasmine is still wearing the dress and I get a sense of pride knowing that I made something that her parents love enough to keep dressing her in it almost 2 years later.  The pattern is simple enough, but just so amazingly versatile.  You can see from the pictures below how much use it has had, and how Jasmine has grown.  I have a feeling that there may be another Little Sister's Dress in Jasmine's future.

And my all time favourite photo

Thursday, June 23, 2011

It's been a while...

So, it has been a while since I have updated this blog.  I realised this morning as I was updating my Ravelry projects page that I tend to write so much in my projects pages, that I may as well start blogging again.  Admittedly, I have the worst attention span, so expect 3-4 posts and then crickets, however the mood has struck and here I am... again.

I decided to give my blog a bit of a refurb, which I think is quite fun :)

So, what has been happening with me in my little knitting bubble... a lot actually!  I have multiple projects on the go at the moment and have had a few successful projects which I have been proud of.  The biggest one is probably my Circle of Life Blanket for Tory and Matt as a wedding present:

I also recently finished the Academia Cardigan as a test knit.  I made this in 4ply Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury - it was a lot of stocking stitch!  It was actually not too bad because there is a spine up the back.  I don't have any pics of this, because I felt my butt looked massive in the pics! haha!!

Well, I think that is enough for now, I really should get some work done!  I seem to be on a sock binge lately, with socks made for the boyfriend, dad and brother. Although I have finished one pair, and half-way through the second, I need to finish these and my brothers by the first week in July... Lot's more knitting coming my way!