Blog Archive for the tag 'KAL'
January 21st 2009
Filed under 101 Things, General, Socks
aka Socks the Rock Knit along….
I first about this knit along on the Socktopus Board on Ravelry and I fell in love with the concept rather than a normal KAL (one pattern and any type of yarn), this along only uses Sock the Rock yarn, with each person using a different colourway so you can see all the effects. I am using Thistle in Medium weight on 2.75mm needles.
The pattern is the amazingly simple Leyburn Socks, as Yarnharlot mentioned these socks practically knit themselves. With very little effort I have managed to nearly finish one sock.
I have started writing my 11 major (life changing) things to do in 101 days, I found a great support/encouragement group on Ravelry and it even inspired me with a few ideas for my own list (watching all the films in the AFI Top 100 list). Hopefully this weekend I will have a major push forward and achieve a goal or at least headway on something other that decreasing my stash.
July 14th 2006
Filed under General
It is very hard to update at the moment, as I am unable to talk about a lot that is going on. I am working on a something major and until it is all finalized, I can’t talk about it. As for my current knitting project, that currently for my One Skein Secret Pal, so I am unable to post about that either.
My World Cup Cardigan is still on hold, as it is too big to carry around with me (I am busy travelling a lot this week). After that, I think I will finally start knitting the Felted Tote from the One Skein book, oh and another pair of socks
July 10th 2006
Filed under General
Well I have to admit defeat – as hard as I tried to finish my World Cup Cardigan, I am nowhere near finishing (I have about 30 rows more to do on the body). Like the World Cup final, I need extra time and possiably a penlty shot-out.
Unfortunately, I an busy over the next few days and have very little knitting time so I doubt it will be finished this week
My excuse for failing this task – I forgot I was a football widow became obsessed with being a WAG and watched far too much football in the pub, rather than staying at home and knitting! I guess there is always Euro2008.
July 3rd 2006
Filed under General, Swaps
Without a doubt the best thing about this weekend was the arrival of my One Skein Secret Pal Package, from the moment I saw the parcel with the Hawaii postmark I was smiling.
Inside, was a ball of Mohair Premier, I have never seen this yarn before, it seems to be a thicker version of KSH, and is amazingly soft. My pal informs me it is from Japan and pretty hard to get hold. As soon as I saw the colour, I thought of our bedroom walls, as it the shade I am hoping to paint our room later this year. So obviously, this yarn will have to become something for the room, I am thinking a cushion cover.
Also in the package was some Burt Bee’s Hand Salve, as a fan of their lip balm, I couldn’t wait to try this (The yarn also smells on this which adds to it’s yumminess). The yarn was also gift-wrapped with a lovely knitted flower, which I am going to add to my felted clutch (when I finally get around to making it).
In World Cup News, not only was this weekend a bad time for the England team, it was also a bad weekend for my knitting. I am still on the second sleeve and am pretty sure I will not met the deadline . But I am going to keep trying.
June 27th 2006
Filed under Project Spectrum
As the World Cup entered it’s second round, this weekend, I began the second stage of cardigan. As I am knitting this cardigan top-down, I am now at the stage where you stop all the increases, as you do on the mini-sweater.
I am unsure what to do about the sleeves whether to make them full length or three-quarter lengths, so I am starting to sleeves first – over the weekend, I managed to complete over half of one sleeve so hopefully, I should have them both completed by the end of the week. Ready to start the main body during the quarter finals.
June 19th 2006
Filed under General
Part of the rules of the Knitting World Cup, you have to choose a project you will find a challenge. So what is challenging about my project after all it is a cardigan and I have knitted a few of them before.
Well first off, completing a project in 30 days is a major challenge for me, but most importantly this is the first project I will be knitting without a pattern. I have made a few items before where I have adapted a pattern but this is totally out of my head.
Originally, it was meant to knit the Chanel Jacket (pdf file) from Knit Scene, but I figured that wasn’t enough of a challenge. I love cardigans that are knitted top-down, as they knit up so quickly, so I figured this was the way to go, to insure that I will complete it in time… And it seems to be working!
June 12th 2006
Filed under General, Project Spectrum
This pretty much a “bear” representation of our weekend, Friday afternoon, Jason began his month long marathon of watching football matches and I started knitting, I manage to cast on my cardigan during the Germany/Costa Rica game, and did a little more over the Poland/Ecuador match.
Saturday was devoted to enjoying the sun, watching the England game and catching up with friends. On Sunday, I started knitting some blue squares for Knit-a-river, perfect for stash-busting and also for this month Project Spectrum.
May 30th 2006
Filed under General
I had a wonderful weekend helping my sister celebrate her birthday, on Saturday we went to Bicester Village, for some extreme shopping, my poor credit card. Then on Monday, we watched Friends with Money and had an amazing meal at Harlem (corn bread and mac and cheese).
Not much knitting has been done, I started the sleeve for my striped sweater, I am going to have cap sleeves, all in wine with raglan sleeve. I am hoping to finishe both of them this evening whilst watching TV.
I have also signed up for World Cup KAL, as I am already a football widow; it is just like the Knitting Olympics, only over 30 days rather than two weeks. I just need to think what I am going to make, I have some lovely Navy Aurora 4 Yarn that I have wanted to make into a cardigan, something like the Chanel Jacket (pdf file) from Knit Scene I guess I could make that in four weeks, or I could make the crochet dress (but this is meant to be a Knitting KAL). Once I have sorted out that dilemma, I can move on to my next one should I watch England in the final or complete the KAL (Yes I do Believe).
April 26th 2005
Filed under Finished Projects 2005, Sweaters
I have been unbelievable busy trying to get my pet project up and running, that I have been unable to update my journal…
However last weekend, Jason finally managed to take a few photos of me in Lucky Clover Lace Wrap. As I was trying it on, I realised I have sewn the neckband on wrong and the tie was on the right instead of the left – but being left handed I thought it was kinda apt that it was cack-handed – and so I left it. Well the honest truth was the sewing was all done with a wing and a pray that I doubt it would work again.
I knitted the smallest size and although, I didn’t constantly check my gauge, when I blocked the pieces they were the right size however the whole cardigan is a little larger than I was expecting, however, I think it will look great when teamed up with a dress.
The close up here shows the inside tie and yet again shows it is on the wrong side… This is also a better photo than the one I took the other day as that was on my phone camera and this is with a decent camera. I was hoping to get a darker colored ribbon, but this lilac color looks good and I guess no one will see it.
Now I need to get started on my next creating. I am hooked 4-ply cotton, it is seems silly knitting With heavy wool in the summer, so I have planned a few summer cotton projects.
First I am knitting my sister a cream borelo with gold beads – it’s a cross between two patterns in Vintage Knits the bolero and beaded sweater that both have the same gauge.
After that I am planning a little delicate sweater for myself, I was hoping to get it ready for the end of May as I have a naming day to go to and I thought I could wear one of my projects with pride – but it looks like I don’t have enough time.
April 15th 2005
Filed under Sweaters
Last weekend, I managed to get back to knitting my Lucky Wrap, now I had all the wool and the time. I managed to finished both sleeves over the weekend.
Having put in so much work making this baby – she has become like my little child over the past few weeks, I was determined to make this wrap entirely mine, I bit the bullet and forced myself to sew.
Once the sleeves were finished it was then time to begin the mammoth task of the belt/collar thingy, 62.5 inches – that is almost as tall as me.
Knitting 13 stitches in rib is a pretty boring task so I decided to start seaming the other parts as well, to mix it up a little. I would knit 10 inches and then join the arm to the back… and finally, I finished the 62.5 inches and measure it up against the cardigan to find out it was too short, I actually ended up knitting closer to 70 inches for the belt.
Just to neaten it up I started to decrease a stitch on the outer edge on the last 13 rows so I ended up with a straight edge on the inside – even though it will be hidden. I guess that perfectionist in me reared her ugly head again.
Looking back now it was quite funny that I was so concerned about the knitting the collar as the biggest task ended up being weaving all the ends… I just didn’t realise how much wool I ended up using.
Unfortunately this morning, my efforts at photography are awful, but you can just about make out how amazing the front looks once the collar has been added.
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