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It’s Finished!

Hurrah! I’ve finally finished the shawlette for Laura. Admittedly, I had to pause for a bit in order to try and start and finish arm warmers for Rian, but it just wasn’t possible to do that. I did about 60% of the arm warmers before Rian arrived for her weekend visit. I’ll have to post them out to her, probably with her Christmas present now.

Anyway, the shawlette. I realised while I was making it that I hadn’t gone the whole way around the loom. I was pretty annoyed at myself, because that had been the plan, and when I realised my error, I was about 45% into it and didn’t want to frog it and start again. So considering that, in the end, the finished project looked heaps better than I dared to hope. Mum was my shoulder model again, and I have to say, the shawlette worked out really nicely.

I used a mohair yarn for this one, the Kuka Yarns Magic Mohair in red/brown/tan (Rav link: http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/kuka-yarns-magic-mohair) and the pattern I used was the awesome large shawl pattern for the knifty knitter by H. S. Schulte, here: http://kniftyknitterweekly.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/large-shawl.html

So now, the photos!

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Posted by on October 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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It’s an update! Stop the presses!

It’s been a wee while since my last post. It’s not been a particularly good few months, after my father died, a lot of other things happened and subsequently, I haven’t really had the energy or the desire to do much of anything except sleep.

So this is just a quick update. My good friend Laura recently sent me a Mirrix loom, which is currently sitting by the entertainment unit. I’m not sure what I’ll make on it yet, but I will use it, oh yes. I also got a second inkle, which I think I posted about and told Claire, a good friend who is a spinner and weaver, that she could have my little one, and she was thrilled about that. I bought some more yarn, because I am weak and yarn is pretty. Still haven’t started the clapotis, though the loom and yarn are sitting here, judging me.

I did get some great photos from my friends with their finished products, though. You may recall that over the last summer, I was weaving a wrap for my friend Vayshti who currently lives in the UK. I expect she and her partner will be there for some time, though they’re coming back to Australia to visit friends and family in October, and I’m looking forward to catching up. Anyway, she sent me a photo of herself wearing the wrap I did for her, and here it is:

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The next photo is from my dear friend Erin, and is of her new son with the hexagonal baby blanket that I wove for him. She’d shown the photo around to mutual friends and they all commented on the blanket, which did give me the warm fuzzies and show that yes, I’m making some nice stuff, so that’s much appreciated. Anyhoo, here’s the photo:

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And that’s it for now. Hopefully I’ll have something more to post soon.

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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One Baby Blanket–Finished!

Yay! Finished and ready to send to my buddy for her soon-to-be-born baby. 

 

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Posted by on March 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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New Project.

I’ve started the baby blanket for Erin, take three. The first two go rounds I frogged for various reasons, and I’m not sad I did that now. The first one, the pattern was too hard for novice-me to follow, the second, the yarn was too thin, and now this one, the third, the yarn is just right! The pattern is Charity Windham’s hexagon baby blanket and Kristen at GoodKnitKisses has put up a VERY helpful loom-along vid on YouTube which has made this process SO much easier. Honestly, those vids are life savers. So I’m about a quarter into it, and I’m quite enjoying it. Here’s a photo of it in progress. The cat had *just* turned his head as I clicked, a nanosecond beforehand, he’d been sniffing at the loom, hahaha. 

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I’m using Lion Brand Jiffy Thick and Quick yarn in Salem, and a cheap $2 blue I got from a shop down the road. The blue is 8 ply, so I’ve been using two strands at once to compliment the 12 ply chunky of the Lion yarn.

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Finished Wrap.

FINALLY! LOL! I finished the wrap I started last October for a friend for Christmas. It took me so long due to moving and then we had the heatwave from hell and there’s really no joy to be had in doing anything when your days are 40oC/114oF *every day* and the nights aren’t much cooler. There were also a lot of awful bush fires, which had the whole country worried, but finally there was a cool change which brought *lots* of rain. We went from one extreme to the other in 24 hours–hot and awful then pouring with rain and flooding. Talk about four seasons in one day! 

 

Anyway, I finished the wrap. To recap. I used the stitch work of the pattern Oz Twisted Beanie and that was the base for the stitch work for the wrap. I used the long straight Knifty Knitter loom and the yarn I worked with was a James C. Brett DK Marble in colourway #9. I’m very pleased with how it worked out. I used an entire ball for the fringe, so if you’re going to do a similar piece, keep that in mind. I used two strands of yarn, folded in half for each fringe. I can’t tell you how long they were, as I used my inkle loom as a way to measure out the yarn strands for the fringe, so just go with what you feel is right. 

 

And now, pictures! One finished wrap!

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Here’s the blocking process, pinned to a towel on the breakfast bar. It worked!

 

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Close up of the stitch work during the blocking stage. 

 

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The finished piece, fringe and all Yay!

 

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Detail of the finished piece.

 

So there we go. All finished, chalked up as done. Basically?

 

It’s a wrap. (I couldn’t resist!)

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Loom Knit Arm Warmers

I’m quite chuffed. I made a pair of armwarmers, using James C. Brett Marble DK, colour 33, for a friend who is going into hospital as a small get well soon pressie. (I’ve also got her a bottle of relaxation blend essential oil.) Anyway, I looked through what felt like ten million loom patterns and YT vids, and finally settled on a pattern, the Figure 8 Fingerless Gloves pattern by Heather Dellinger. It was refreshingly easy (once I reminded myself how to do the figure 8 stitch), and it took me 2 nights to do a full pair. I tweaked the pattern a little to suit my needs, as the pattern gloves only reach to the wrist and I wanted them to be longer. So I did the figure 8 stitch row count a second time after the u-stitch, then did 5 rows of u-stitch, then bound off. All done. And so here’s a picture, not a great one as I can’t take pictures of my own arm too well, hahaha. 

 

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I’m planning two infinity/moebius/cowl scarfs next, as gifts for two friends for Christmas as they live in very cold parts of the world and having a warm neck is a very good thing when you’re cold! XD And maybe I’ll finish my scarf shawl thing before winter ends here. Fingers crossed. 

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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