Time flies …

Hello again,

I am not sure where my time goes, but go it does and as I find the end of March getter nearer, I really have to get my ‘a into g’.

I have been very busy trying to finish of my many projects, as well as getting ready to open my shop on Etsy.

Peter the Penguin has finally been completed and I am really chuffed with the result.

It is his eyes that make him so distinctive. They are a real feature of all of Amanda Berry’s designs.

Arthur’s tank top is almost there (see Grammazoo’s good advice below).

I have struggled with this project because of the way the Alpaca has knitted up, but after reading an article about Alpacas and their wool, I understand the problem and why.

I still have some of this beautiful wool left for another project and am hoping with my new-found knowledge, I will manage a far better result.

The stock for the Etsy opening has been the main focus of my work this week. While the little items don’t take a lot of time to knit, finishing them off does, particularly when you leave them all to be finished at once …



This photo caught my eye and I was bemused by such an interesting combination – an uzi sub machine gun and a pair of knitting needles.

I found the image on Pinterest and the incongruity of it appealed to me.

I did go looking for a story, but could find none apart from the Pinterest caption which simply said ” an Israeli soldier knitting on the bus on his way to work”.

I wonder how many of our servicemen actually knit and whether they would be game enough to take it with them, on the bus, as they go to work.

The uzi … I hope I never seen one on our public transport.

 


Click on photo to download pattern.

This newborn beanie is just too cute for words. The pattern is sized up to early teens, so you could make one for each member of the family.

I would love to see it in green, as for me, I always imagine trolls to be green.

The pattern calls about 30 metres of 8ply yarn, 150 metres of fun fur, and about 10 metres of yarn for the bow.

The bulky fun fur yarn is a Lion Brand yarn which would need to be bought online, but I think it could be substituted for Moda Vera Jazz which can be purchased locally at Spotlight if you don’t want to wait.

There is lots of fun to be had with this pattern.


The loop stitch looks fantastic on cardigans and coats, and done properly, it looks almost like shearling.

Now shearling is a term I had never heard before, so over to Mr Google I went. Turns out, it is a sheepskin that has been tanned with the wool left on it.

Those beautiful suede jackets with a wool lining are known as shearling jackets. You learn something every day.

The loops are always made on a knit row and usually on every other stitch (or your project could get a little bit larger than it should be).

You actually create an extra stitch on every loop, so you have to make sure to transfer all stitches properly – that’s all covered in the video.

My little lion egg cosy didn’t really turn out like a lion, more like a mouse with blonde hair. I think I used the wrong colour wool to start with and there were a few too many loops for his hair, but you get the drift of what I was trying to do.

I need a bit more practice with the loops too, but that will happen with time.

 

Step By Step
1. Slip the first stitch.
2. Insert your needle knit wise.
3. Wrap the yarn clockwise and bring it forward between the two needles.
4. Place your thumb on top of the yarn and bring it back between the needles.
5. Without releasing either loop, knit the stitch againLearn to Knit Kits from knitpicks.com.
6. Then, lift the first loop up and over the stitch you just knitted and off the needle.
7. Knit the next stitch
8. Repeat steps 2-8 until the end of the row.

This little video is very easy to follow and explains the different steps quite clearly.


I have finally ‘finished’ Arthur’s retro tank top – well the main part of the knitting anyway.

I used 4ply Alpaca wool for this project and I am disappointed with how it has knitted up. I have used Alpaca before (many years ago), in an 8ply, and the result was much better than for the tank.

The fibre is so soft and not getting a good finish has really disappointed me. To try and improve the finish, I decided to find a very neat way to do the neckline and the armholes.

This little video from knitca.com was perfect as the sample the tutor was using was very similar to Arthur’s tank top.

The explanation was very clear and the way she divided the neck line made loads of sense.

I actually used the same method for the armholes which took a lot of the guesswork out of the picking up.

 


In this week’s video AJ teaches us how to do the Pyramid pose.

This is a standing yoga posture that combines the benefits of three major movements: Forward bending, backward bending, and balancing. It requires intense focus and a very calm mind to balance and stay in correct alignment.

Pyramid pose is an advanced pose and is excellent for relieving the tension in your shoulders and back. Enjoy!


To finish this post, I thought a little humour would go down well. This is 22 Things That Happen When You Get Into Knitting and it is hilarious.

I am sure everyone of us has done, or felt like, many of the images in this little collection by Katie Heaney from BuzzFeed.

Enjoy!

 

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