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posted by [personal profile] ina_jean at 05:33pm on 21/06/2017 under , ,
This is more of the Coldspring yarn that was originally intended for machine knitting - and if the machine wasn't in store (and I had space to put it) I would probably have frogged this and started again by machine.

The test square knitted up well and this is a rare variegated yarn (like the one used for Mia's coat) that doesn't come out in stripes; a feature of 1980s yarn that appears to have been lost. These particular colours are evocative of a Scottish moorland blue sky, purple heather, brown earth the tawny coat of a deer and despite this being intended as a summer shrug the colours and fabric work better as an autumn evening shoulder-warmer.

I ended up frogging the first attempt at a very lacy pattern as it is difficult to keep track with this yarn. The simple pattern of the blue shrug seemed easier to keep track of.

The back knitted up well - I shortened it by 10cm as the original seems a bit long for a shrug. It took 86 rows to the 30cm point where I started the shoulder inset and another 20cm to the top. All in simple stocking stitch.

For the Left Front I decided to curve the edge more than shown in the pattern - this meant charting the first 20 rows. The pattern asks you to make stitches on both knit and purl rows at the start. I tried this but the yarn does not lend itself to lifting new stitches into place, especially on consecutive rows. I eventually frogged back to the hem and did the extra stitch by YO on knit rows only. And because placing a marker on YO stitches is almost impossible by the 10th row I had decided to count the pattern stitches (20) every time and do the YO just before the pattern. This seems to be working thus far. The lace pattern is rather overwhelmed by the yarn fuzz but it does have a nice shape and texture. I continue in the hope that it will all come right in the end...
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Back to the old yarn in the back of the wardrobe! I have three balls of yarn, one predominantly pink, the other two mainly white, with a random dark pink twist that knits up into a sort of 'Raspberry/Strawberry Ripple Icecream' effect. They were sold as 200g balls with a band giving a pattern for a very 80s sleeveless top.

Casual top yarn

(Don't you love the hairstyle?)

I used the first ball to make up a crochet shawl when I started yarn-working again a few years back.

When I was in Louth I bought an old Lister pattern for a summer cardigan in a mohair-type yarn called 'Tahiti' which appears to knit up to the same tension as the Ripple (11wpi)- so decided to make it my next project (I need a lightweight cardi).

Tahiti pattern

Lister Lee Pattern no. K1804: Lady's Cardigan in Lister-Lee Five Star Tahiti or Giselle or Tropicana

This is going to be as big a project as the cable cardi - so I am splitting it into separate posts.
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posted by [personal profile] ina_jean at 02:44pm on 12/05/2016 under ,
When I was making Draco's green coat (in Drops Big Fabel Aran weight) I re-ordered some extra yarn in the same colour but made a mistake and got Drops Fabel instead - which is a very fine fingering designed for socks. I've also impulse bought some very fine yarn called 'Riot' in a shade of mixed red and brown called 'Volcano' which I'd sort of earmarked for a throat-warmer.

The circular short-row skirt I made up in some found laceweight yarn is actually designed for Drops Fabel. As it was so successful I decided to make up a version in the fine 'Riot' and looked for a plain black and a red in the same weight and mix (70%acrylic 30%wool) Despite being so fine Riot is listed as 'dk' but there is no plain colourway so I ordered some King Cole Moods in those colours to complement it.

I also ordered some plain green to go with the Fabel to make up into a top.

It all arrived yesterday and the black and red are much heavier than the 'riot' so I shall have to re-think that. On the other hand the Fabel is the right yarn for a skirt - and the Moods is the right yarn for the top I was going to use the Fabel for - so I have decided to swap them. Sill have no idea what to do with the Riot though :(
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posted by [personal profile] ina_jean at 09:04am on 05/03/2016 under , ,
Sometime in the late 1990s I bought a knitting machine and stocked up on a lot of lightweight yarn, mostly purchased at Coldspring Mills in (then) Keighley, to use with it. I ran up a lightweight top for Susan, and then we moved house and the machine went into store (I am not at all sure I still have all the parts and should probably send it to the tip). The remaining yarn went into the top of my wardrobe.

A couple of years ago I took two big packs of yarn down to the boot sale and assumed that was the end of it.

When I started on this hand knitting thing I found a Coldspring bag at the back of my wardrobe with a half-finished skirt (two panels) in it and some odd unlabelled laceweight slub yarn. I considered using the already knitted bits to make a new top, but hand-knitting doesn't work the same as machine, so I frogged the pieces and looked for a skirt pattern to use the same yarn and found 'Dance With Me', A lovely gored skirt in two colours (actually a dress, but I don't have to make the bodice).

The unnamed yarn (I suspect from Lister but long discontinued) knitted up to the correct tension so I have started on the pattern

It says to cast on over two needles - and then withdraw one to make a looser cast on. Since I have never used a hand-cast (tried it once and it really was too tight) I just used a large straight needle to cast on to the circular one. I have roughly the same amount of brown yarn and pink-and-white yarn so rather than follow the pattern colours I am using the pink for the plain knitting and the brown for the short-row gores. I am also working all the pattern from the waist so that I can knit both yarns together at the top and avoid having to break where the colours change (this means working one row of brown from top to bottom to work the first half of the gore.

After the fiddling of the cable cardi it's a relief to have to do nothing nut plain knitting (though I am making occasional gloves to break the monotony).

Test piece. laceweight yarn 1
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posted by [personal profile] ina_jean at 11:13am on 30/01/2016 under , ,
I finished the back and sewed the body pieces together. Then thought about the sleeves.

There is a way of working sleeves directly into the armholes, but I couldn't find any reliable advice on t'internets. Had a go at starting the cuffs 'in the round' but the increases defeated me. So went back to working from the cuffs up in the traditional way (incidentally why are sleeves worked from the bottom? It means you can't adjust the length if (like me) you're running out of wool.

I misread the increases at the start and had to frog back to the ribbing. I am now at the two-thirds stage and only have one ball of wool left. My supplier seems to have run out of this colour (though they do have a matching colour that would do for the trimmings - which I must order!)

Current plan is to finish the sleeve I'm working on and check that it fits. Then I need to unravel from the cuff up to have enough original yarn to finish the other sleeve. Will then buy three balls of the contrast yarn to finish the new cuffs and trim.

I hope it's worth it.
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posted by [personal profile] ina_jean at 02:22pm on 19/01/2015 under ,
Went to this event on Sunday, mainly to stock up on knitting needles and other equipment, but only one dealer had any standard needles, and those were second-hand - though since all my existing needles are second hand from Mum I rather like using old needles. Have filled in some of the 'half size' gaps and now need to make a needle case in which to store them. I was also looking for a DK weight black yarn, but failed to find any.

These are the yarns I browsed home.

P1010012

The DMC Starlet is another 'glittery' that is going to be tricky to work with, but should make some lovely sparkly things. Surprisingly there are very few patterns on Ravelry for this yarn. Given that crochet patterns used to be almost exclusively designed for 'lace' work I wonder when the focus changed to things that used to be knitted.

I also have two patterns for crocheting 'dragonscales' and some aran wool for Draco's next coat.
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posted by [personal profile] ina_jean at 08:06am on 15/07/2014 under , ,
About five minutes after I put a comment on Ravelry about using my nice hand-turned large wooden crochet hook for a new project (carrying slings for our agility jumps), I found it under the sofa. Draco is not in my good books at the moment. Back to steel...

chewed hook edit

And then, in November, he killed the blue yarn that I am supposed to be making a cushion cover out of...

Unraveled crop
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posted by [personal profile] ina_jean at 07:16am on 19/04/2014 under , ,
Eastercon this year was held in Glasgow and there was a 'Knit and Natter' session run by the people from The Yarn Cake who brought along a range of yarns. I had taken my circular needles and the trial square along, but was wearing a rather tired commercially purchased cardigan which needed a shawl collar added to stop it slipping off my shoulders. The girls found a ball of varigated sock yarn, Schoppel Wolle's 'Crazy Zauberball' which was a perfect match and gives a lovely striped effect. I had quite a lot left after this project and used the same ball for a hat and (half) a snood.

I have two of Mum's crochet hooks, a 2.5mm and a 3.5mm and used the former to add a border directly to the cardigan, putting the hook through the existing fabric to make a base chain from the bottom right, up round the neck, and finishing bottom left. Then worked a shell edging (5 trebles per shell) up the left side to the start of the ‘collar’. DC round neckline to end of collar. Do NOT continue down right side - you'll come back to that later. Turn, and dc back to within one stitch of the place where the shell edging stops. Turn, repeat, decreasing one stitch at end of each row until work measures 5” wide. End row on right side, and continue down the raw edge in dc to the point where it meets the shell edge. Turn continue making shell edging all round collar and back down left side. Fasten off.


blue cardi Rav
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