Recently

Just a few random things I’ve been up to recently…

 

We went to Scotland for Christmas – the long way! But it was worth it to see views like this on the way…

 

 

 

Rainbow over Loch Linnhe
Rainbow over Loch Linnhe

 

We had a lovely time with friends and family…the Wee Man went ice skating for the first time on his birthday…

 

Getting the hand of it
Getting the hang of it

 

…and we enjoying a few good dog walks in Lossiemouth…

 

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I tried air-drying clay presents for a few friends and Dylan’s teachers this year…

 

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I knit the Big Man his first pair of socks by me…

 

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(Sock pattern here)

 

I knit something for myself using Noro for the first time…

 

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(It ended up as a long infinity scarf with the addition of some solid coloured merino wool)

 

And finally…I’ve begun a new design…

 

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Which I will probably go into more detail about once it’s finished!

 

Happy 2017 to you all!

I’m not scared of arms anymore

I have finally made something that isn’t an accessory! (Runs round in circles and pats myself on the back).

Ok, I’ve definitely eased myself in to the whole ‘lady knitted top’ arena…and have to confess I’ve been a bit scared by the whole armholes/sleeves/set-in/drop/raglan etc etc etc area of tops. Buuuut…I think I may tackle it yet. I didn’t do it with this one, as it’s a straight up with added bit of armhole ‘trim’ but soon…

I did discover that knitting summer tops/t-shirts is a good way to get yourself into the whole knitted top universe. I feel I could tackle something more complicated now. I’m not scared of arms anymore!

Although, I have to say, this one wasn’t as simple as it looks or sounds. I tend to design things kind of on-the-go, I like to see how it’s turning out as I knit it and make decisions as I go along rather than designing everything to bits before starting. It bit me on the bum here.

The problem was: it’s a circular knit, bottom up, stripey top, with a 10-row repeating stripe pattern. Fine when I knit it for me and it fits perfectly. Then I go to size it for other people…(starts tearing hair out). I got there eventually, but trying to figure out how to adjust length for different sizes when you can only add/subtract 10 rows at a time to make it end on the right row…is tricky. Why can’t everyone be the same size and shape as me? (be a bit boring maybe…)

So, here is my first lady top thing…I called it Maidencombe after the beach we took these photos on…

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You can get the pattern on my Ravelry page.

 

I’ve already started on my next summer top. They are the new wrist warmers!

Happy knitting … tkm x