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New Year & Hedgehog Mitts

26 Jan

I haven’t blogged for a while, however I’m not feeling guilty about it or beating myself up for not keeping up with my ideal 1 blog post a month. I have been busy crafting; knitting, needle felting, sewing and much more. I have just been spending more time doing than documenting/reflecting in blog posts. I have been  posting the occasional Instagram WIP photos when I’m busy making and doing, still acts as a good reminder as what I’ve accomplished. That said there are finished project I do really want to share and I do still an enjoy blogging.

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I got quite a bit of knitting done in 2016 (unlike 2015 which I wrote about here). I have had a different approach to knitting this year. I’ve only had one larger project on the go at a time, and knitted several smaller things in between and along side. Sometimes for practical reasons, like not wanted to take a whole garment to knit club or just getting inspired by something.

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I started my hedgehog mitts after a spark of inspiration having treated myself to Ann Kingstone’s “Stranded Knits” book at Yarndale back in September. I fell in love with the Hedgerow Cardigan when saw the book at the first Yarndale but thought I’d never get around to knitting something that complicated, but I’m started to think it’s achievable (eek) it is stunning (though it  might end up being a 2018 project – once I’ve collected another yarn – so many colours) – isn’t it beautiful?!

 
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But for now, needing new mitts and loving the fairisle Pleiades Mitts in stranded knits, I thought knit them as a good pause mid Puffin Sweater, however I decided to change the motif slightly.

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Taking the same hedgehogs design from my adapted paper dolls jumper and playing with different stripes. I also managed to knit these mitts using yarn entirely from my stash – always a bonus, and then I can feel less guilty for buying more yarn!

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I completed these back in October and I have been wearing them loads, which you can tell from the slight pilling that’s already occurred – ah well, you can be too precious about these things – they are very woolly & warm and there’s not much point in knotting things you aren’t going to wear.

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Completed Brick Jumper

6 Feb

Anyone who follows my blog (or part of Knit in Notts) will know that I have had a Jumper in the making for over a year now. It was started at Christmas time in 2013, created from an old frogged cardigan that just hadn’t quite worked (odd shape and lack of yarn meant it had strange short sleeves) so I re-thought the whole thing, decided to make a jumper instead and add in stripes to make the yarn go further. I have had a few pitfalls along the way…

frogged cardigan yarnThe first mention of the jumper, based on a pattern called Brick on Ravelry, was back in January last year where having started the jumper which I’d decided to knit with a lovely deep red colour just looked too Christmasy, so I ripped it back and decided to knit it with cream instead.
Beginning of Brick Jumper 2I got well on the way with the jumper and soon discovered that as I had introduced a little fairisle into my stripes I had made the overall jumper a bit too sung around the arm pits, so I ripped it back again so that I could add a few more rows and increases before separating the sleeves and body. This is why I LOVE knitting top down jumpers in the round, I can try it on as I go and rectify my mistakes before I go too far. Although the problem was easy to rectify, I was a little fed up  having already ripped it back twice, the Jumper was hibernate for several months. It gave me a chance to finish my colour affection shawl.
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Back to the jumper – I was close finishing the body and tried it on and decided I really didn’t like my choice of stripes, looking back I’m not sure why I’d decided to do stripes just at the top – I think because I was only adding in the cream stripes to make  the grey yarn go further I got a bit hung up on the idea, so with a big sigh I ripped it back for a third time and reintroduced the stripes down the whole of the body.

I continued on and knitted the sleeves, which always seem to take an age, with just 3 more cream stripes to go I completely ran out of yarn, (after a trip back to Knit Nottingham) I completed the sleeves, then I picked up 100 stitches around the neck and finished the neckband – Just blocking and I was done! Or so I thought… After trying on the jumper to ensure it fitted well I discovered it was a bit short, eeek! I also decided rather than adding more ribbing, it would be far more effective to add another two stripes. So I ripped back the ribbed edge, all 25 rows of it, added two more stripes and then ribbed the waist band, again!
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Despite my trials and tribulations I have actually enjoyed the knitting of this jumper. I had purposely search for a simple jumper pattern so I had a starting point. Brick provided just that, I knew I’d have several alterations to do as I usually have extra waist shaping to accommodate my wider hips but I hadn’t quite anticipated how much adding a relatively simple bit of fairisle would alter the fabric of my knitting, so it has been quite a useful learning curve. I can’t help but thing that had I planned a little better I could have avoided several of my pitfalls, however that’s not really my style I tend to just throw myself into these things and learn and adjust as I go – knitting can thankfully be rather forgiving with this approach.
Me in My Jumper - Nettynot BlogNot the best photo I know – but it does show off the good fit & it is so cosy!

Festivities

30 Dec

I’ve been a little quiet on the blog front recently, mainly due to all the wonderful festive stuff that happens this time of year. I have had several craft fairs which were great fun (if a little cold) & was thrilled that my shabby chic Christmas wreaths went down well. It was lovely to meet so many people, crafters and customers alike! Thank you to all who popped by & said hello!

My stall at The Vintage & Handcrafted fair on the 2nd Dec at Southwell Garden Center.

My stall at The Vintage & Handcrafted fair on the 2nd Dec at Southwell Garden Center.

I love the run up to Christmas and all the festive activities from Christmas parties, decorating the tree & home, making homemade cards, organising presents and the excuse to bake at every possibility.

These were my melting snowmen cupcakes, great fun to make, inspired by an image of biscuits on Pinterest.

These were my melting snowmen cupcakes, great fun to make, inspired by an image of biscuits on Pinterest & they went down very well!

Of course the last few days before Christmas I spent (not quite frantically) finishing my sister’s knitted jumper, while she’s been out, and sewing ends in sat up in bed late at night, so she didn’t see it before Christmas morning. All was fine – it was wrapped up & under the tree by the end of Christmas Eve.

It got the appropriate ‘ooooh & ahhhs’ when it was opened & fortunately it fitted well & only need one minor adjustment; I’d purposely not fastened off the yarn when I cast off the neckline (just in case) which was a wise move – it needed just two rows taking back and a slightly looser cast off – all sorted by lunchtime! The pattern I knitted was, by drops – I adapted it slightly from a jacket/cardigan design to a jumper – I’ve added the finished project to my ravelry page with additional notes (if you’re interested, search for nettynot).

Hand knitted fairisle jumper I made for my sister - as requested joey, I chopped your head off the photo, althought it felt a little mean! :P

Hand knitted fairisle jumper I made for my sister – as requested joey, I chopped your head off the photo, althought it felt a little mean! : P

Not to mention Christmas itself, this year it was spent at my parents, with my sister & two hairy little border terriers and a recent addition of a newly installed log burning fire. Christmas dinner was epic, crunchy roast potatoes and (controversially) lovely chicken (we all prefer chicken to turkey – so why not)!

Lovely food & check out my parents 70's arabesque crockery - very retro (it was a wedding gift, that they've added to over teh years).

Lovely food & check out my parents 70’s arabesque crockery – very retro (it was a wedding gift, that they’ve added to over the years).

We’re now recuperating from the over load of eating and socialising with a few quiet days (with some selfish knitting) before back to the real world in the new year. Before that we have fancy dress outfits to make, ready for a New Years Eve party (more on this to follow)!

I just had to share the Christmas card my boyfriend had made for me - that is my very grumpy cat, wearing a santa hat (it's not photoshopped in) which probably explains the expression! I love it!

I just had to share the Christmas card my boyfriend had made for me – that is my very grumpy cat, Chip, wearing a santa hat (it’s not photoshopped in) which probably explains the expression! I love it!

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