11 Nov 2019

It's Growing....!

And breathe.....!!!
Hello! Phew....I didn't think I was going to find to give you a little update on my latest project tonight. Time just isn't on my side at the moment. So much to do and soooo little time.
But....there's always time for a little making isn't there? 

So. Remember last time when I shared some stash yarn for a cheeky little winter make?


Some left over Scheepjes Metropolis and Mohair Rhythm.
I knew I wanted to make a scarf.... a knitted scarf....and I wanted to use these colours as I love the colour combination. And it also needed to be warm and snuggly as I really feel the cold and love being wrapped up nice and cosy! 

I love the effect of mohair held together with another yarn. It changes the whole feel of the fabric and gives a lovely muted finish to the colours. So I cast on and started knitting. 
Now I'm not a quick knitter. I'm left handed and have managed to develop a crazy style of knitting that works for me but I'll not win any awards on the speed front!

I decided on a nice repeating strip design with a little bit of moss stitch at the ends to help with the curling! 


It's been a fabulous TV project! Something simple and rhythmic to keep my hands busy. I was amazed at how quickly it grew! 


I love the marled effect the Mohair Rhythm gives the finished fabric...


I think this photo really highlights the lovely Mohair halo. 
I'm just keeping going until I've got a length that I'm happy with....no exact science. That's the beauty of this kind of project. 

Now the next question is.....to pom pom or not to pom pom!
Join me next time to find out what I decided 😉

Til then... x


4 Nov 2019

More Metropolis!

Hello! 

It's a cold and windy autumn evening and just the right time to have a dig around in your stash to make something new...ready for those cold winter days that are just around the corner!

I love starting a new project.
Usually I have new yarn to share. But that means more yarn in the already overstocked stash!
So this time I'm going to use up yarn that I already have!

In all honesty, I have enough yarn to keep a small nation warm and toasty for at least 2 winters!!!!
Time to use some up!

So I decided to use some of the left over yarn from my Dotti Cushion and some Scheepjes Mohair Rhythm  that was also lurking in deep stash.

Metropolis and Mohair Rhythm work really well when held together. It gives the finished fabric a lovely halo and adds a lovely contrast. 


 Mohair Rhythm is 70% Mohair and 30% Microfibre blend. 25g gives you 200m of a laceweight yarn whilst Metropolis is 75% Extra fine merino and 25% Nylon. 50g/200m which is a lovely fingering weight. The pair combined give a double knit weight that can worked up quite quickly!

Check back next week to see what this lovely selection of yarn is going to be...
Til then x

28 Oct 2019

Autumn Jewels Free Pattern

Hello and welcome!
As promised, tonight I'm going to share the free pattern for my Autumn Jewels blanket


The blanket was made using Scheepjes Our Tribe yarn and is beginner friendly. The only tricky bits are joining as you go but I've found a lovely You Tube tutorial that should guide you through! I haven't written a step by step tutorial for this pattern as time has sadly been on my side lately....where on earth do these hours go???!!!! 

Ok, ready to make a blanket????
Let's go!

Ingredients

Scheepjes Our Tribe (70% Merino Superwash, 30% Polyamide, 100g/420m)
Yarn A: 984 Old Bewick x 6 balls
Yarn B: 987 Excitement x 1 ball
Yarn C: 989 Optimism x 1 ball
Yarn D: 986 Energise x 1 ball

Size 3mm crochet hook
Scissors
Needle to weave in ends
Blocking materials

Gauge/Tension

Each square will measure 3" after blocking
Finished blanket size after blocking: 44" (112cm) x 56" (142cm)

There are no special stitches in the pattern and it is written in UK crochet terms.

Before we start I just want to say a few things about this yarn. Because it is a single ply construction it may have areas where the yarn is slightly irregular. It isn't a fault, just the nature of the yarn! So if you get some thinner or thicker bits just embrace it, smile, and carry on! This is also what I call "sticky" yarn!!! If you make a mistake and need to rip back a bit be gentle.... slow and careful easing apart is much more successful with this yarn than firmly pulling.

How To

With either Yarn B, C, or D ch4, join with ss to 4th ch from hook
Round 1 Ch4 (counts as tr and ch), into ring (tr, ch1) 11 times, join with ss to 3rd chef first st. [12sts, 12 ch-sps]
Round 2 Ch3 (counts as tr), tr in same st, ch1, (2tr in next st, ch1) rep 10 more times, join with ss to 3rd chain of first st. [24sts, 12 ch-sps]
Round 3 Ss into next st, ss into ch-sp. ch3 (counts as tr), 2tr into ch-sp, ch1, (3tr into next ch-sp, ch1) rep 10 more times, join with ss to 3rd ch of first st, fasten off yarn. [36sts, 12 ch-sps]
Round 4 With yarn A join in any ch-sp and dc, ch3, dc into next ch-sp, ch3, dc into next ch-sp, ch5 (corner), rep 3 more times, join with ss to first dc. [12 dc, 8 3-chs, 4 5-chs]
Round 5 Ss into ch-sp, ch2 (counts as htr), 3htr in same ch-sp, ch1, 4htr in next ch-sp, ch1, (3tr, ch3, 3tr) in corner 5ch-sp. Rep working 4htr in 3ch-sps and (3tr, ch3, 3tr) in corner ch-sps working a ch between each group of sts, join with ss to second chain on first st, fasten off. Weave in ends.

Block squares to 3". You will need to make 154 squares in total using Yarns B, C and D.

Just in case you were undecided whether to block or not...


Just look at the difference blocking makes to this yarn!!!

Joining

Lay your blocked squares out on the floor until you are happy with the placement - 11 squares wide and 14 squares long. I opted to go random! I just picked up squares and placed them. Then I took a photograph and changed it to greyscale so I could check that there was an even distribution of light and dark values....I actually only ended up swapping a couple of squares! 

Using a join as you go technique for granny squares, join the motifs together. Bella Coco has a fabulous You Tube tutorial on this technique HERE.
It looks way more tricky than it actually is and once you get the hang of it you'll be done in no time and ready for the border. 

*If you really don't want to join as you go, you can simply add another round of 3tr into ch-sps and (3tr, ch3, 3tr) into the corners to the squares and join with your favourite joining technique*

Border


Round 1 Using Yarn A, join in first st of any side, ch3 (counts as tr) and work a tr into every st. Corners are made by working (3tr, ch3, 3tr) into the corner ch-sps, join with a ss to 3rd ch of first st. 
Round 2 Ch4 (counts as tr and 1ch), sk st, *tr, ch1, sk st rep from * to corner. Work (tr, ch3, tr) in each corner (ensure you begin each side with a tr), join with ss to 3rd ch on first st.
Round 3 Ch3 (counts as tr), work tr in every st and ch-sp along sides and work (2tr, ch3, 2tr) into corners. Join with ss to 3rd ch of first st.
Round 4 Ch1, dc into same st, ch5, sk 2 sts, dc, ch 5, sk 2 sts. rep to corner aiming to work a dc on the last st of each edge and beginning of next edge so that you have a ch 5 over each corner. You may have to fudge this a little depending on your st count! Join with ss to first dc. 
Round 5 Ss into ch-sp, ch 3 (counts as tr) 2tr, ch2, 3tr.  Continue to work (3tr, ch2, 3tr) into each ch-sp around the blanket, join with ss to 3rd ch of first st. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Now block your blanket! This yarn really responds well to blocking and it gives great stitch definition and a beautiful drape!!!

I hope you enjoy making your version of Autumn Jewels! 
And as promised, here's the photo of the lichen clad stone on Old Bewick that inspired this colour way...


I'll leave with some more blanket pics.....




Til next time.... I have a new project in the making!!!! x

21 Oct 2019

Introducing Autumn Jewels Blanket

Hello everyone!
I've got a blanket reveal to share with you...
It even has a name.
I prefer to see the finished article before naming a project

So if you remember from my last couple of blog posts (HERE and HERE), I decided on Scheepjes Our Tribe yarn to make my blanket. 
There were couple of reasons for this...it's stunning yarn and also I wanted to showcase the Old Bewick colour way as I chose the colours!!! I was inspired by lichen on a stone and was completely mesmerised by the array of yellows and lime greens. I'll share a photo of the stone next time as I want this post to be full of finished blanket wonderness!!!!

So here it is.....


Autumn Jewels.

I found some great locations to take the photos. This one is at Gs workshop. He's an artist blacksmith (and hedge layer!) and has his workshop in a converted steading on a country estate just outside Kelso. The peeling painted door was a perfect backdrop!


I love how the yellow pops against the paintwork... but not content with a couple of photos we ventured on in search of more locations....


As we were out and about the light kept changing.... and likewise so did the yellows!
Depending on the lighting this blanket changes from golden to more lime coloured, but the jewel like centres stay true. 


I love the colours against the changing autumn leaves and the stone. 


Gotta love some blowing in the wind....


action shots....


it was VERY windy!


We found a delightful Church in Stitchill to take the final shots....



How's this for a perfectly positioned gate? Just blanket hanging ready!!!


I'll leave you with this close up of the simple but effect border.... this blanket is very much a beginner friendly project. Next week I'll share the FREE PATTERN! 

I hope you all like my Autumn Jewels blanket. I think it's one of my favourites!

Til next time x


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