Sunday, 19 August 2012

Works in Progress

Hi everyone

Not got anything finished this week so I'll have to bring you up to date with my WIP's.

You may remember from a previous post I bought 3 balls of Kidsilk Haze Stripe.  Well I just couldn't resist making a start - despite not having a clear idea of what I was going to make.  I searched high and low for a suitable pattern but nothing ticked all the boxes.  I wanted something sloppy and snuggly.  I needed something to keep my interest but not too complicated so the colours would be lost in the pattern.  And to cap it all a lot of the garment patterns appeared to need more than the 3 balls I had bought!  So what did I do?


Well I decided I would design my own, but as I didn't know how much yarn I would need I decided to start off making a wide scarf to see how far the yarn would go.  I chose a chevron/ripple pattern to give me a bit to concentrate on but also show off the colours and I liked the wavy edge!

As I progressed it looked as though the yarn was going to go a fair distance so I have now decided to turn it into a cardigan/jacket (I made sure the scarf started out wide enough for a jacket from the beginning).  I am a good half way up the back and probably no more than half way through the first ball so hopefully, if I use 1 ball for the back, 1 for the front and 1 for both sleeves I may just get away with it.  I can always buy 1 more ball if push comes to shove!


I think you'll agree the colours are looking rather scrummy and it feels lovely and snuggly on my lap when I'm working with it! Hopefully I should have a bit more to show you over the next few weeks.

I'm also about to start another hat.  I did one for when I demonstrated crochet in the new Hobbycraft Store in Kingsteignton but for some unknown reason I didn't take a photo!   The pattern came from the book Love to Crochet and was the Sloppy Joe Beret.  It's crocheted in Rowan Cocoon, a lovely soft dk yarn.  The previous one was in blue but the lady I'm doing this one for chose cream.


Cream should go with a lot of things and it should look lovely when it's worked up.  Once again I'll show you a bit more in a few weeks.

One thing I did finish today though!  It's a bit Heath Robinson, but it will do the trick.  We are trying to get organised for a camping trip and our camping cooker has been packed in a very tatty cardboard box.  Each year it gets tattier and tattier.  It must be about 15-20 years old now.  So today, I got my sewing machine out and made a 'bag' for it!  We had been given some waste yurt canvas which is perfect for something like this, is very strong and doesn't fray so no need to finish edges and seems (nice and quick!)  I did have to stitch a few pieces together to get a big enough square of fabric and the same with the straps as not one piece was long enough, hence why it's a bit Heath Robinson!



But I think you'll agree, as I said at the beginning, it does the trick!

Well that's all from me this time so I hope you have all had a good week.  I'm off over to Handmade Monday now to see what you have all been up to :)  Bye!

37 comments:

  1. The bag looks great, that yarn does go far and the cardigan definately looks snuggly :)

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    1. Thank you, I'll let you know my progress over the next few weeks :)

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  2. The scarf and cardigan both look yummy!

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    1. I can't wait to get it finished, but have started on the hat I mentioned as I need to get that done.

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  3. The cardigan is looking lovely and snugly

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    1. Thank you Emily. I just couldn't resist the colours :)

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  4. I love the colours in your cardigan. I think that you are being a bit coy and hoped that it would work into a cardigan from the start. Does it matter what the bag looks like? Surely it is better than the box and surely it simply has character. No-one else will have one like it! Hope you have a good week, looking forward to seeing more of the cardigan.

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    1. How did you guess about the cardigan?? I really hope it works :) The bag is definitely far superior to the box and I love your idea about it having character :)

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  5. The yarn looks so lovely and fluffy. I don't really knit, but find myself just wanting to buy some as they are so soft. I have recently used Rowan yarn to make hair for my dolls.

    How is the demonstrating in Hobby Craft going ?

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    1. The Rowan yarn I have used so far does seem to be very lovely, I bet it's great for dolls' hair.

      I shall be demonstrating again in Hobbycraft on 1st September and I should be doing a short workshop with them on 14th September. I'll let you know how I get on. Thanks for asking :)

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  6. The cardi looks scrummy, and the bag looks very serviceable and will last a lot longer than the box did. I agree with Knitrun - it is a bag with character!

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    1. I like your choice of words - serviceable - a perfect description for a very characterful bag!!! Lol!

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    1. It is! Any bit of breeze lifts the strands and plays around with it in the air, making it a bit difficult to crochet outside!!

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  8. The colours are definitely scrummy - look forward to seeing it made up. Great bag - nothing like putting your own stamp on yor work to personalise it. Hope you have a good week.

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    1. I think my sister-in-law may refer to the bag as 'organic' !!

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  9. that bag is just the job! :)

    i love how the colours of the wool have turned out for the cardigan and it does look super snuggly - perfect for when things start getting a bit chillier... hopefully it will be ready to wear by then! x

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    1. I'm hoping so too! It's definitely warm and snuggly on my lap at the moment :)

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  10. I can't wait to see the finished cardigan, the yarn does look absolutely scrummly! I bet you will have that bag for the next 15 years. I hope Taffy and Chester enjoy camping xxx

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    1. I think the bag may outlive my camping years!! Taffy may have a few adventures as Uncle Martin will be around again! Lol!

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  11. Cardigan and scarf are looking great, i really like you're bag i'm sure it will last a long time, enjoy the camping trip :)

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    1. Thank you, it's definitely a cardigan now, even if I have to give in and buy one more ball!

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    2. Live the cardigan wool, looks so soft. And the bag is definitely better than a box.

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    3. I agree the bag is definitely better than a box!

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  12. I'm loving the look of that cardigan,beautiful colours.

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    1. I can't get enough of it, can't wait to wear it!

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  13. it is amazing sometimes how far those fine yarns go! will be back to see how the cardigan turns out...

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    1. Yes, I have been surprised by it. I shall look forward to seeing how it turns out too!

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  14. Love the look of that wool reminds me of the Autumn, very pretty

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    1. It does look like Autumn, I wonder if I can get it finished in time Lol!

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  15. I am loving the colours in your cardigan. It does look very snuggly and warm. Can imagine a huge blanket made of it for the upcoming winter.

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    1. Unfortunately I would have to take out a second mortgage to make a blanket in Kidsilk Haze Stripe!! Great idea though:)

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  16. The bag is great, but the cardigan is going to be to die for. I love those colors and it looks like something you could cuddle up and sleep with! OOO..... :)

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    1. I'll let you see my progress, hopefully it will be to die for, but who knows! I've not actually got a pattern to follow!!!

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  17. That yarn looks sooo warm and snuggly, cant wait to see the finished result!

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  18. wow your knitting looks amazing, i like especially when the colours merge in one weave :)

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  19. Thanks to both Planet Penny and Martha for your comments. It's a bit longer than it was and the colours are looking even more gorgeous now!

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