Friday, 5 December 2014

Consolidating the WIPs

I don’t know where the weeks go, but this week I can see that I have at least made progress with the unhealthy and overwhelming Work In Progress pile (or as Toby says my stash of doom…)

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This is the designing pile sat in front of me, as I try to watch TV or have a cup of coffee… I am terrified to put any of it away, because I will forget it and move on to something new…

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This is the pile to the left of my chair, and if you look down in the left hand corner you will see where I sit – YES, it is that high…. not the angle I took the picture…

So – deep breathe…. and I took this last pile apart on Monday…. and in no particular order…

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Joshua’s Gardening Gillet – I have now spun and knitted the Chest in Welsh Wool, in a mock cable pattern which I spotted on Create and Craft when I tuned in on Sunday.  I have heard of it – but this particular way of knitting it, I haven’t come across before and can’t find it by googling…

  • So knit a few stitches (I chose threes, because that worked with my number of stitches). 
  • Put your right hand needle between stitch three and four, wrap wool around on the wrong side of the work, and pull through a new – false – knit stitch.
  • Keep this stitch on right hand needle, knit three more, and then cast off, by carrying over the “false” stitch over the the three.
  • Knit three stitches, and then repeat

I then knitted three rows in stockinette stitch, and then repeated this, using the alternate “three” stitches. – It then resembles a smoking stitch, and also reminded of brooks bouquet in weaving.

All I am waiting for now is to measure this up against Joshua to check length, and also I now need to spin some more wool. 

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Some sample swatches – the top is the lilac that I am now going to use to finish off Bruce's Fishing Jumper.  I had some beautiful denim wool in my stash, but only enough for a small jumper.  Knowing this, I cast on for body warmer for Bruce.   But as I went along, the design changed, and now we have thoughts about shawl collars and short sleeves. 

I tried to match it up with a blend from WOW, but unfortunately it is proving more blue than the original.  Fine in it’s own right, a lovely colour, but looks too much as if it is a mismatch or wrong dye lot for this project.  Then my lilac was spotted…

This is a mixed fibre from Wingham wool, which I had earmarked for the High Plains Project – a throwover I was making for myself.  Oh well, I can have the leftover blue wool I suppose !!!

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Then I found Toby’s Fishing Gillet.  This has been a head scratching affair.  Because of the way that Toby sits in his wheelchair, I have had to construct this very differently than I would normally to cover all the bits of him that get cold, without leaving a great bundle of knitted stuff in his lap…

As you can see in the photo, I have got around this by some patchworking.  I have also used different colour mixes, changing each mix just slightly each time. 

I have fallen in and out of love with this project a number of times now… but am presently quite happy with the “Green Finch” type blend I have knitted the front with (not photographed).  I will have a go at explaining this, for those that are interested when I have moment… 

I used the mock cable that I had fallen in love with on Joshua’s gillet and it looks really good… just the Live stitches on the front to pick up and a collar to knit – and hopefully I will have enough wool to finish without spinning any more.

Has been a lovely spinning and blending project though, and have learned so much. 

Finally I finished off my Máthair Chríona Cowl. I unpicked the blue and refinished it with a Russian Bind Off – far stretchier, then I went along and bought another skein of the fantastic wool in another colourway – Autumn Leaves from Alterknit, and knitted a third piece, which was wider and shorter than the other two.  Perfick – just wide and long enough to go over my head with the others remaining around my neck, but thickening the cowl out so it no longer just sort of sits on my chest…

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I also finished off both the Frozen Cowls for my granddaughters, and am starting on some other projects for other members of the family…not forgetting the baby poo due in March…

No wonder I haven’t had time to think about anything else… but I can now see the side of my chair – without being too concerned about the avalanche…

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