Oh Delight!

Today, while hunting for 6mm DPNs and circulars, we found a delightful shop! I say “shop” but “Emporium” would really be more appropriate! Aladdin’s Cave in fact! Halfpenny Home is magical, to be totally honest.

Greeted with immense warmth, even though we’d never been there before, we were even offered a coffee/tea, as Nic (the owner) was just making herself one.  Oh bliss!  I was frozen on this cold, rainy day (yes, I’d forgotten to put on my posh new mitts!) and my fingers were totally numb!  Poor Jenny was still in shock, trying to take in the fact that she really was in this magical realm!  I must admit, I was equally awed by the hundreds of delectable bamboo needles, and yarns, and buttons, and…..  well, you get the idea! :D Coincidentally, too, Nic heard Jenny call me “Steve” and instantly knew that I was KnitSteve from Ravelry!  Nic’s another Ravelry member…

OK, so I didn’t find any of the 6mm needles that I needed, but Jenny did buy me a skein of gorgeous yarn (Colinette‘s Hullabaloo, Shade 146, Popsicle – Aran weight) and a pair of 3.75mm bamboo straight needles.  One thing I’m sure off: we will be going back!

As for those bamboo needles?  Well, I finally got to try some and I have to say – I love them!!  This sweater is growing much faster with those as they are so superior to the metal ones I was using, and the joints of my hands aren’t hurting anywhere near as much!

The 6mm needles are now on order from an eBay seller…  The hat will get completed!

WIP-ping up a hat – Episode 3

I’ve had to slow down with this project, as I’m lacking the 6mm DPNs needed at the end.   I’m now working the decreases anyway, so the end draws close.

This project has gone very smoothly so far.  I just hope that it continues like that!

WIP-ping up a hat – Episode 2

I love this pattern!  It knits up so quickly!  I’m galloping (for me) and am already nearly half way.  I’m beginning to wish I hadn’t dodged knitting in the round!

Smocked Tam - WIP-2

Smocked Tam - WIP-2

I’m now on the second increase round.  And here I have to say what a pleasure it is to not be confronted with “dec x sts evenly across the row”!  That kind of pattern instruction annoys me so much…

WIP-ping up a hat

As I had 300g of the Stylecraft Life Chunky (Mixtures Cranberry) yarn left over from making the belted tunic, Jenny asked for a Tam (or similar) to go with it.  After some searching and reading, Jenny’s preferred design was Blackberry Surprise, by Thea Colman.  I’ve started on it today, finally daring to knit a piece using circular needles!

Smocked Tam - WIP-1

Smocked Tam - WIP-1

Not only does this mean using circular needles from scratch (there’s also some DPN work towards the end), knitting-in-the-round, but I’ll also be learning to “smock”.  Should be interesting!

Leaping Ahead

When I saw this pattern, I just had to make it!  The actual pattern is in Finnish but a combination of Google Translate and guesswork sufficed for me to dare it.  Why was it a “must do”?  Quite simple:  our daughter is nicknamed Frog (my doing, when she was little).  She collects frogs too.  It was challenging, and needed a few adjustments here and there, but it was fun and didn’t take long to make.

I’m now working on a pair of mittens to go with the beanie


Two very different makes…

I finished this hat a while ago, but have only just managed to get a photo of it:

Kuzco hat

It’s based on the Kuzco pattern published in Let’s Knit magazine (Issue 38, January 2011).  The tassels in the original weren’t wanted and the colours and intarsia design were altered to suit.  The intarsia designs are my own and are meant to represent leaves.

This morning, I finished a Koala baby:

Koala 1

Based on another Raynor Gellatly pattern, this cute little fellow is fun to make!  In the past, I’ve had problems sewing yarn eyes on toys but I think I may be getting there now.