Thursday, 31 January 2013

Quick to Knit Cardigan KAL

Over a the All Things Vintage group on Ravelry we are having a 3 month KAL that started on 1st Jan. There was a choice of tops - a striped jumper or a Quick to Knit Cardigan from the 1950s and I choose the cardi.

Although the original was knitted in a double knit wool, I've decided to go with an aran weight as the pattern stops at 38" and I certainly have bigger bumps than that. The tension was 6 stitches to the inch and I got 5 to the inch so think that I should be okay.

The back, both sides and one arm has been done and because I was a little concerned about it being too small but it fits
So I shall now crack on with the rest of the knitting and then I just have to sew the whole thing together (which I am not looking forward to.

Monday, 28 January 2013

Bus knitting

This is my bus knitting project for the week (and probably beyond)
I started it yesterday evening and it was at this state this morning as I got onto the bus at 8.20. I'm only going to knit it while I'm on the bus, or waiting for the bus - which is a bit tricky at the moment as it's so cold that my fingers freeze the second I take my gloves.

This is my January lunar socks for the UK Sock Knitters: each full moon through the year we're doing a different sock pattern based on different cultural associations and using 3 keywords to limit our patterns. It can be either a direct pattern name link, or the designer's name, or maybe the yarn you're using or some vague way to the word. This month it's Wolf, Ice or Rowan.

I'm going with Ice so have chosen Pond Ice Socks by Meg Croft Designs and is a free download through Ravelry. The yarn is Regia Design Line  Kaffe Fassett. I wasn't entirely sure if the yarn was okay for the pattern but it's growing on me so shall stay.

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Resolution: The First

A New Year, A New You!
Before
After

At the beginning of the year we are assaulted by articles, images and suggestions on how to be better, stronger, more healthy, wealthier, thinner, fitter, more attractive, taller but there seems to be an overwhelming amount of pundits who can make us all better - if only we follow their advice. So we listen to them and make resolutions that we will eat this and exercise with that and sleep for 9 hours a night and have less stress in our lives and find the ideal partner and save a third of our incomes and donate to charity and be able to fit into the size 6 dress by the weekend.

I'm not much of a resolutions type of gal: far too lazy and easily distracted to stick at something but even I am planning on trying to do things that make me a happier with the things I have and to sort out those things that are less agreeable.

My first resolution is to write more - that's it. Nice and simple. I plan to write every couple of days (so be prepared for some of my ill-informed ramblings) about what I am doing and how things that are happening in the world affect me. Yes, it is self-centred but it's a starting point and if I go on who knows what I might be able to come up with? Okay, we both know that it's likely to be mostly about knitting but I also have knitting patterns trapped in my head that want to get out, there's a story or two up there too that escapes periodically so this could be the year.