What to do with some pale mint green 2ply

A few weeks ago I pulled a skein of Mayhem and Chaos Polwarth/silk/cashmere out of my stash and started thinking about what to do with it.  I wasn’t 100% sure about the colour (it came from a yarn club years ago).  I got onto pinterest and started looking at photos containing that colour so I could determine what I liked and what I didn’t.  My conclusion was it was a background colour and needed something bright in the foreground to set it off.

20140720_143320With this in mind I decided that whatever I made had to be plain so that it could be worn with brightly coloured scarves or jewellery.
I’m most of the way through making a top with it.   I’m using the Mohair Minimalist pattern but I’ve added bust and hip shaping so that it doesn’t pull anywhere.  This one has a lower neckline than my mohair one and my tension is 16st/10cm instead of the 14 I used last time making it a little bit less see through.  It is fitting really well and working out just as I wanted it to be.

Here are a few shots with scarves so you can see what I had in mind…

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A change of climate.

I haven’t written for a while because I have moved house; well state actually.  I now live 1600km/1000miles away from where I grew up.  The climate is much warmer and more humid.  It is winter here and I am wearing a t shirt and shorts!  Even the locals are saying it has been unseasonably warm so far this year.  It may get cooler as we move into winter but nowhere near as cool at the minimum 4C, maximum 13C that I am used to for winter.

At work on friday someone commented that I had ‘got out my winter clothes’, I was wearing things that I would have worn in Spring; a dress with a long linen jacket and silk/cotton scarf.

I arrived at the start of April and so far from my hand made things I have needed:

  1. Light scarves and wraps
  2. Sleeveless tops
  3. Light cardigans

At night it cools off, so woollen wraps and jumpers work well.  It hasn’t been cool enough to need any heating in the house.  I certainly don’t need anything heavier than 8ply.

I’ve spent this weekend going through my Ravelry queue and deleting everything that will take longer to knit than the wear it will get.  I can’t see the point of spending hours making a  jumper or jacket that will be worn once  a year, especially as I already have some nice winter woollies.  I’ve also gone through my library and queued items that I will wear here that would not have got much wear previously.

So the plan for the near future is 2ply – 8ply, 3/4 length sleeve jumpers, cardigans, sleeveless tops, light scarves and shawls.  I will probably change the planned neckline on the fitted 8ply jumper I have on the needles so that it isn’t so snug around my neck.

The other big project on the needles is an 8ply tunic in a wool/cotton that was planned for summer; it will now be a great top for winter!




Taking stock – knitting projects

On the needles at the moment:

cabled strapCabled bag strap.  A made a bag to play with colours in weaving then felted it.  I’m using the leftover yarn to make a bag strap that is cabled and will be felted to match the bag and make a thick comfortable strap for it.  Unfortunately I ‘borrowed’ the needles from it to make the Memory scarf so it is waiting for its needles to be finished.


20131124_113056Memory Scarf.  A quickish mindless garter stitch cotton/stainless steel-silk scarf for summer.  The only difficult thing about this one is that using 2 strands; I have to make sure I pick up both for every stitch.  As it was a kit the 2 threads were wound together on one cone so no problem with tangled yarns.


aubergine sweater

Aubergine sweater. Body and 1 sleeve completed; 1/2 a sleeve and yoke to go. Long term readers of this blog will remember that this is a long running saga, finding a pattern to suit the yarn, false starts, using 3 200g balls to blend the colours, weight gain meant it didn’t fit, losing weight and continuing…well maybe this is the year to finish it.


wpid-20130102_112549.jpgV neck tunic.  I started this with great gusto intending it to be a quick project that I could wear this summer.  That enthusiasm drained away though so it is up to the bust and sitting in a drawer at the moment.  It will be a good top for summer so it need to get back to it.

log cabin
Log cabin blanket.  Another long term project that gets worked on occassionally.  I started this to test the technique, it is good mindless knitting, growing slowly.  I’m in no hurry to get this finished.


purple summerMatter and Void.  I’m making this in linen for summer, another thing I had hoped to have finished by this summer but next year will do.  It is about 40% done and generally comes out for a few rows when I’m waiting for something.


cable3 Button wrap.  I started this experiment a long time ago and I have really lost interest in it.  Weaving a warm winter wrap is so much quicker to do!


black diamondBlack diamond.  Another old UFO that no longer interests me.  It was also an experiment that I don’t want to finish now.


scribbleDreamtime shawl.  This is the most difficult yarn I have ever tried to work with.  This project has already been frogged 3 times due to dropped stitches that I couldn’t pick up.  I need to concentrate so I can actually make this work as it will be a lovely wrap when finished.  Maybe a small needle than the recommended one will help, the fine yarn on the large needles is definitely part of the problem.  I’ll have to try something!


So only 2 out of the work I have in progress that I no longer want.  Now to get some things finished before I find new things to start…


Time for something different.

At the end of the year and ready for the new year, I’ve changed the look of my blog.  I hope you like the new look.

I was at Dad’s yesterday and picked up a couple of tablecloths that were half finished.  The last time I remember Mum working on these was about 1976! She was a brilliant embroiderer as well as a knitter and crocheter.  I hope I can get my stitches good enough to complete her work.  Here is the design I will be working on; Willow Pattern.

I haven’t done any embroidery for at least 20 years other than sewing names into kid’s hats so it will be my challenge for 2014 to get this finished.