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Herd of Elephants

Flo the Elephant

I finally finished all my elephants (and they are safely at their new homes), I figured it was time to post some photos of my finished projects.

Flo the Elephant

First up, Flo from Knitty, I moaned before about the sewing involved in this pattern as it takes as much time as the knitting, but it does look amazing when finished.

Flo Tail

I love using the contrasting colour for the stitching on the ears and feet, which I also added to the tail to add to the hand-made look.

Elijah Twins

The other patterns I have knit has been Elijah by Ysolda. This pattern is the complete opposite as it involves no seaming – it’s all knit on the round with picked up stitches.

Elijah

Like with all of Ysolda’s patterns in attention to detail is amazing – each increase or decrease stitch is part of a design, the increases in the head form the guidelines of the faces and the decreases in the foot forming this circular pattern.

Elijah - Foot

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WIP_Flo

I have become a creature of habits with my knitting, I tend to knit the same patterns, Gretel berets or monkey socks. As baby gifts I have made a gang of Poppy dolls and am slowly making a new herd of elephants.

A few years ago, I knitted a Flo the Elephant for Jason’s cousin – when she announced she was pregnant again I wanted to knit twin, knowing she was having a boy I figured this time I would do a blue version. Before I cast on, I looked at my Ravelry notebook and then on this blog to see if I could find any notes from my earlier project and it turned up blank.

Flo's Parts

I don’t even seem to have any decent photos of the finished project, all I seem to remember was the pattern was pretty straight-forward – but there was a lot of sewing. So now a year later I am at a loss,  did I just follow the pattern? What modifications did I add? Did I knit or crochet the feet? What about the tail?

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New Gradient Yarn

Breakfast at The Wolseley
Breakfast at The Wolseley

Instead of our normal crafty afternoon, a few weeks ago Ling arranged a brunch at The Wolseley, it was also an excuse to check out the latest yarn in the Whimzy gradient sock yarn collection. I have been a little obsessed with ombré and gradient yarns at the moment, so was extremely excited to see Ling’s version.

Whimzy Yarn - experiments
Whimzy Yarn – Experiments

 

Whilst waiting for us, Kate mocked up a few colour samples using water colours, and they seemed to match up with Ling’s creations – obviously both ladies are on the same colour wave length. The blue/purple creation on the left is very much my first choice, and although the on the right is not my normal colour palette, I love the boldness of the yellow with the  grey and purples.

Citron
You will have to wait to see the full Technicolor version!!!

 

One skein complete stood out, as soon as I saw it I knew it was destined to become a Citron shawl. The yarn looks and feels like cotton (which I love), but it’s actually a merino/nylon mix – with great stitch definition. If you follow me on instagram, you will have seen some of my WIP photos, but you will have to wait a few days to see the shawl in all it’s glory.

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Updates…

Day 3: Transport - Emirates Air LineDay 3: Transport Emirates Air Line London.

This month, I have decided against posting all my #yarnpadc photos each week, instead I will post them daily on my tumblr (as well as instagram) and try and post each week about what I have been knitting (yes I actually have done a little knitting lately).

Experimenting with planned pooling.

Earlier in the year, I was having a chat with Ling, about how I would like to experiment with planned pooling for a scarf. At the time Ling had just released her limited edition Star Trek yarns – after reading the pdf, taking photos of the yarn, I eventually cast on an simple stocking stitch cowl – however, I got bored!

Sallah Cowl

So last month in an attempt to kick start my knitting, I cast on the Sallah Cowl from Knitty, no fancy planned pooling – just row after row of rib! However, it should be a wearable item soon.

I wanted to add again, thank you for everyone who have joined in with #yarnpadc (even if they fell of the wagon), over 3000 photos were shared in September on Instagram. Which still amazes me – I never expected it anyone to join in, I have loved seeing everyone’s interpretations of my prompts and all the creative photos you have taken.

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Socktopus Toy

As any reader of my blog will know whenever a friend has a baby girl, my go to pattern in Poppy as a gift. When Alice announced that her little blueberry was in fact going to be a pinkberry, I figured yet another doll to be made, but having thought about it I knew I wanted to make something extra special for this little baby. After a quick search on Ravelry I found the perfect pattern – Socktopus!

Socktopus Toy

I adapted the pattern a bit to knit it with sock-weight yarn and make it a decent size – mainly with the increasing and decreasing. I also knitted the legs separately than then grafted them on to the main body, as it was VERY awkward knitting with so few stitches and all the legs flying around!

I actually finished it in January – but waited until the little one arrived before posting it. As I had some time to kill and some yarn left over (I think there is enough for another toy), I thought I would finally knit a pair of Saartje’s Bootees.

Saartje's Bootees 02
I loved this pattern so simple, I did try and make the the normal way – but as I was so daunted my all that seaming, I opted for Fleegles’ Version, which is knitted on the round with a Turkish Cast On. I think I will be making a lot more of these in my future – a great way to use up all that left over sock yarn.

 

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A tale of two Clapotis

When we went to New England back in June of 2008, in one of the yarn store I saw am amazing Clapotis shawl made in Blue Heron Rayon, I had never seen the attraction to the pattern until that point, but I brought the yarn and a few weeks later I had completed my brown shawl, which I affectionately call the Shreddies Shawl (I was knitting it around the same time as that advert first aired).

This shawl became a stable of my wardrobe, thrown on over jeans and a t-shirt during summer evenings out with friends, draped over my shoulders at a wedding and even wrapped snuggly around my neck under my coat. Every time I wore it, I always got comments about how lovely it was – annoyingly it got more complements from muggles than some of my lace shawls that took ages to make! The shawl and me were very happy for a whole summer, until my sister borrowed the shawl, now she wears it over a t-shirt whilst shopping, or wrapped around her neck and gets all the comments about the Shreddies Shawl.

Then last year at Ally Pally, Mum and I saw some more Blue Heron Rayon, I mentioned to my Mum that I had used it to knit the Shreddies Shawl, and how much I missed it, she offered to buy me another skein to knit another shawl, we saw a skein, that I was convinced was navy and Mum thought was black, but either way I knew it was perfect, reading the label we discoved it was Aubergine. Last month, I cast on the second Shreddies Shawl, whilst watching one disc of Battlerstar Galactica Season Two, I managed to complete all the increase rows and one repeat of the straight row and I realised how much I love this simple pattern.

Clapotis III
In September of 2008, I saw another to-die-for-Clapotis at the iKnit day, this time knit in Knitwitches Silk Laceweight, so again I brought the yarn and according to my notes in Ravelry I cast on the project the next day. This time my love affair with the knitting didn’t last so long, I soon got bored of all the stocking stitch and wanting a challengle the project sat at the bottom of my knitting basket for months. Occasionaly I would look at it, knit a repeat or two and then get bored again.

Clapotis II

So last month, when I fell in love with the Clapotis pattern, I figured it was time to  re-connected with my old shawl. So I put the Shreddies Shawl on hold and started knitting. Much to my surprise the shawl was long enough to start the decreasing rows (why had I left it for so long?) So finally, 893 days after I cast on, I have finished my oldest WIP!

Confess how old is your oldest WIP? Do you plan on finishing it? Why have you left it so long?

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Skewed Construction

As I mentioned before one of the reason I loved the Socktopus Sock Club so much was the “interesting” construction of each of the socks. So when I saw a pattern with the most amazing heel, climbing up the ranks of the most popular pattern ranks on ravelry, I had to knit it!

Skew Sock Toe

As soon as I finished my Rumpled sock (photos to come), I cast on Skew! I normally don’t care too much about gauge on socks – but I read on ravelry it is extremely important in this sock – and I am glad I read that as I needed to go up a needle size to get the right tension.

In effect it is really just a stocking stitch sock with clever increases and decreases so it knits up pretty quickly, but I love the unusual construction – I keep stopping to try the sock on to see how it fits and get an idea of what part I am currently knitting!

Skew Sock - heel

Once I got to the heel – I was completely amazed – it is extremely clever the way to all fits together! One this I would add is before casting on this sock save the yard of yarn for the grafting stage, I didn’t and had to temporarily use another yarn which I will unpick and re-graft once I have finished knitting.

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The ‘Shires

Clapotis

I am planning on getting around to posting about my adventure in America, however I have been kept away from the P.C. So far since I have been back I have been to Kent, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, and then back to Buckinghamshire.

What little time I have had to myself I have been working on my Clapotis (This is my current Viral Knitting Project). I can’t believe it has taken me so long to knit this pattern… Am I the last knitter on earth to make this shawl?

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Fetching

Fetching

Yarn:Knit Picks Andean Silk in Navy.
Pattern: Fetching from Knitty Summer 2006.
Needles: 3.75mm DPN.
Notes: The write up for this pattern on Knitty calls these gloves an “instant knitting gratification” and I have to agree, I sat down over the weekend to watch a few movies and my the credits of the second movie I had a pair of fingerless gloves.

After reading some comments on Ravelry, I discovered it is adviced to knit this mitts with 3.75 needles rather than the 4mm the pattern suggests. I also added an extra set of the 4×1 rib and cable row, just to make the wrist part longer. Because of the modification, I ended up using a little over one ball of yarn for these mitts.

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Spring Fling

Spring Fling

Yarn: Paton’s Cotton DK in Sky.
Pattern: Spring Fling from Knitty Spring 2005.
Needles: 3 mm and 3.75mm.
Notes: This was a lovely easy lace pattern – great for a beginners, and the pattern looks very affective.
I decided to knit the body section as one (I hate seaming), I cast on 200 (for the small), leaving off the 2 stitches from the back and one from each of the front. I also slipped the first stitch at the start of each row, for a neater edge – as the edge is not worked into a border.

Personally, I didn’t like the hook and eye fastening – so I made two i-cords (about 70 rows each), and attached them to the first row of the neck decreases.

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