Monday, 7 August 2017

Stormy Seas and other projects

Hello there!
Before we get much further into August I want to share with you the other projects I was working on in July. Along with the cross stitch I shared in this post my main project for the month was Stormy Seas. Last time I showed you it (back here) I was just starting the sleeves and wondering if I had enough yarn.... well... I got down to a few inches above my elbow, weighed the remaining yarn and realised the answer was no! So I went back to my leftover Colourwheel & used some of the bright turquoise to knit two stripes, one of ten rows, one of five and weighed my yarn again. I hoped there would now be enough so I continued on down the sleeve working decreases every six rows. About 1.5" from where I wanted the sleeve to end I switched to garter stitch to match the border round the body and I cast off with the same picot cast off that I had used for the body too. I ended up with about 10" of yarn spare!!! Now to hope there was the same amount of yarn on the other ball for the other sleeve... Near the end it really didn't look like there was and I played a very nervous game of yarn chicken but thankfully I finished the last little picot bump with about 6"left - whew! So would you like to see my finished Stormy Seas?


Here it is spread out on the floor, I thought about blocking it but July has been chilly so I just started wearing it instead!





In fact some days seemed to have a hint of autumn in them and I was quite happy to curl up under this while I added another two rows of squares to it...


Finally I managed to get a pic which shows the richness of the dark purple! Not with the fancy camera with 1000 settings but snapped on my phone - go figure! Ten of the thirteen rows are now completed so I decided to double check how we were doing size wise. I spread it out on our bed and took a quick pic...


Yes, I think another three rows and a border will do it! This blanket is getting tantalisingly close to a finish and I am busy making more squares - as of last night nineteen left to go!! My goal is to get this finished during August so we can deliver it to dear daughter before autumn arrives for real!
Lastly it will come as little surprise that after finishing Stormy Seas I cast on ... another pair of socks! I was going for instant gratification so picked this pattern, last year I made socks for myself using another pattern by the same designer which were simple, speedy, and fun tv knitting. For these ones I used more of the Drops Fabel that I picked up in the spring sale, the colorway is 677 Green/Turquoise Print. 


This is a second pair for Hubbie and I was going to call them his Mr Weasley socks but as they grew the pattern started to remind me of bricks.... bricks in a fire place... and amongst the other rich jewel like colors the lime green jumped out and yelled "Floo Powder!" Perhaps these are Mr Weasley's everyday socks that he wears traveling to and from the Ministry and they have splashes of Floo Powder left on them? So I named them Magical Floo Powder Socks :-) I did warn you this pattern lets your brain wander lol They would've been finished within the week but one of my needles snapped :o I had to decide what I would get to replace them and then bump the order up to qualify for the free shipping (after all I did just completely finish two balls out of the stash, three if you count the first Colourwheel in Stormy Seas lol). After a three day break I was able to get back to them and they were my last finish of July. Here are Hubbie's happy feet modelling them for you...


While I waited for the replacement needles I took out a project which had been in a Timeout since March but I will tell you all about that next time... Until then I hope you have a lovely week with lots of opportunities to be creative!





Wednesday, 2 August 2017

17 ufos in 2017 - July update

Hello there!
Well here we are at the start of another month so it must be time for an update on the 17 ufos in 2017 project. At the beginning of July it felt like I had a lot of projects on the go so my main aim was to get some of them finished off, but I did find some time to pull a couple of my ufos out of the cupboard before the month was done! Number 7 on my Revised List was a crochet bag project for which I had made all the granny squares a couple of years back. This was when I didn't force myself to sew the ends in as I go, something I have since learnt makes life so much more bearable than having to spend hours and hours sewing them all in at the end... well you live and learn right? Even with only 27 squares in this project that worked out at well over 200 ends and before I sat down to tackle them I had a decision to make...
You see I had started this with the aim of it being a project bag for knitting projects but then I was gifted some bags and also some patterns for sewing some lovely bags to the point where I really didn't need this bag too! So was I going to pull the squares out or find another use for them? When I was making my ufo list back in January I decided to include this project because I was sick of seeing them just sitting there - I needed to do something with them!!!
Way back here I made a crochet bathmat that has been in daily use ever since. Unsurprisingly it has begun to look rather faded and I have been aware for some time that it needs replacing. But just two summers ago I made another one as requested by dear daughter and I'm always far more eager to start something new than revisit a pattern I have done already. Twice. And then it occurred to me. Could I use these squares to make a new bathmat? I had a play with them on top of the old bathmat and decided that if I made one more square I had a layout that would work. I spent a couple of evenings sewing in ends and then had a play to arrange the colors...


I joined them with a slipstitch seam through the back loops and then blocked them. Once dry I added a simple border, one round of sc in each of three colors that I had already used in the squares...  


Job Done!!!! It could probably do with another blocking but I think it will just get pressed into service in the bathroom instead... 
Maybe it's the weather we've been having recently but I am really itching to start some Fall/ Halloween projects. All those oranges, russets, and purples, they really are my most favorite colors in the world :-) Number four on the revised list is a Halloween project in fact it is a companion to one I made a couple of years ago. Back Here I shared with you my plan to make yo-yo's while we traveled and I have just realised I never shared a pic of the end result! He has been happily living in Aberdeen with dear daughter for quite a while now but here he is waiting on her bed in our house to be collected...


OK I guess for a spider he's pretty cute! Not only was dear daughter very happy to take him home (she gets her love of spiders from her Dad definitely not from me!) but he proved to be a perfect travel project so I decided to keep the second pattern in Yo-Yo Halloween for our next trip Stateside. So last year while we flew I was busy with little orange circles instead of little black ones and came home with all the yo-yo's for the pumpkin completed. In case you're wondering at no point on either trip was I questioned about the small sharp needle (the kind you do backstitch with on a cross stitch project?) that I took to sew them with. Anyways... when we get back it's always kinda crazy for a bit, then I got sick, so my pumpkin never got finished. Now he is back out on my sewing table and looking like this...


My plan is to finish him this week so hopefully I will have at least one finish off the ufo list for August!! 
I hope you have a lovely week whatever you're up to and don't forget to go visit some of the other folks taking part in 17 ufos in 2017 :-)