Monday, 23 February 2009

Closed for business...

In an attempt to not have a million blogs on the go at once, I'm consolidating. All the knitting updates will now be on My Main Blog from now on. They'll all be tagged with "Completed Knitting" (as long as I remember) for easy searching.

So head on over there instead!

Saturday, 24 January 2009

Forest Canopy Shawl

Pattern: Forest Canopy Shawl by Susan Lawrence

Yarn: Fyberspates Scrumptious in Peonies (She doesn't have this colour at the moment, but it is lovely isn't it?)

Needles: 5mm x 60cm Addi Turbos. Fantastic to work with.

Modifications: Not really, I worked a few extra repeats to make the most of the yarn, with only 15g left. That was 13 repeats.

I really quite enjoyed this. It's been interesting enough to keep me entertained, but not so complex that I couldn't watch TV too. I found it too complex for knit-night though, no knitting and talking for me!

I can't rave enough about the yarn. It's soft, smooshy, vibrantly coloured and just generally lush. Scrumptious is a name which almost does it justice.

Thursday, 8 January 2009

(Mostly) No Purl Monkeys

I finished my Mostly No Purl Monkeys last night. I’m really pleased with the toe-grafting I did on this pair, it’s much neater and more invisible than past socks – I’m really getting the hang of it now!

No Purl Monkey


Yarn:Texere 4ply Lambswool, originally on 400g cone, wound into 100g skeins and hand dyed by me. This is “Wrath of Kool Aid”.

Needles: My trusty surina wood dpns from Knitterbabes on Ebay.

Modifications Oh yes.
  1. this is the “No Purl” version of the Monkey, except not. I did the cuff as normal, but missed out all of the purls on the chart and knit them instead.

  2. I continued the pattern down onto the heel-flap as I knit it. this meant adding an extra knit row between the two repeats I needed (or figuring out all the decreases on a purl row, which I confess is beyond me right now, one day maybe!)

    No Purl Monkey

  3. I did 6 repeats of the pattern on the foot instead of the 5 I did last time. the previous pair fit well, but the lambswool isn’t quite as voluminous or stretchy as the alpaca blend was. As it is, these are slightly long, but only a row or two (room for me to shrink them by accident!)

No Purl Monkey