Fandom, babies and Halloween

Hi there, how are you today? I hope you are doing good and that you had a nice weekend. I’m doing good, a little tired because I worked the evening shift yesterday and I will again this evening so I might sneak in a little nap between now and then just to be sure I will make it through my shift:)

Now you may be wondering what this post is all about, seeing the title. Well, it has to do with new projects and yarns.

First the fandom. I’m not a fandom knitter myself and I’m not a huge fan of films such as Harry Potter or the Game of Thrones series etc, however my older daughter is! She has always appreciated my hand knits and is one of my most knit worthy people so when she asks me to knit her something I always say yes.

So this past weekend, she asked if I would knit her a Harry Potter scarf in the Griffindor (I hope that’s how it’s spelled in English) colours. I did not have any dyed up so I chose a gorgeous Aran weight merino, cashmere, nylon yarn and set about creating the Harry Potter colours and I’m pretty proud of the results.

harry potter yarn What do you think? My daughter loves them and thinks they are the perfect colour so that’s most important.

I looked on Ravelry to see what others had knit in terms of scarfs and then cast on. I saw a free pattern where you knit *30 rows in the main color and then do 4 rows of gold/yellow, 4 rows of the main color, 4 rows of the gold/yellow * and repeat that through out. And that’s what I’m doing, or I might do more than 30 rows between the striped sections because she wants this to be quite long. I’m not sure yet, I’ll decide once I’ve done the next 30 rows. So here’s where I’m at now

harry potter scarf

This is going to be one looooong stockinette scarf! I was thinking of doing brioche just to keep it somewhat interesting but she wants this to be plain stockinette. I hope I won’t loose steam halfway through!

When she asked me to knit this scarf, I remembered that I actually owned a digital copy of the Unofficial Harry Potter knits magazine published by Interweave a few years ago. And I have never knit anything from it and I think I have not even actually read it! Shame on me! Anyway, I told here about that and downloaded the magazine to my ipad for her to look at. Boy did she love what she saw! She ordered 7 items from that magazine so there will be some fandom knitting in my future! She chose 2 socks, a shawl, a vest, a cardigan and a shawl and one more thing I don’t remember! I’m not sure when I’ll be able to knit her all these things as I already have a ton of wips I need to finish and another ton of MUST knits waiting for me to cast on!  I’ll try to knit on these in between my current and future selfish knits:)

So this made me wonder, are you a fandom knitter? Do you buy fandom inspired yarns and patterns? I’d love to hear from you on that if you care to share 🙂

Last week I showed you pictures of the Audrey cardigan by Jane Richmond that I’m knitting using a new to me yarn base in merino single ply. Well I’ve made good progress and I think I’ll finish the body by tomorrow evening and hopefully I’ll pick up the stitches for the first sleeve immediately after that.

I really love the yarn and how it knits up and the cardi is going to be beautiful. There just might be one little problem; I think I may be knitting a size too big.

I’m very tall and not skinny so I usually always go for the biggest size or the XL and that is what I did here. Of course I did NOT do a gauge swatch! but just cast on blindly and hoped for the best! Well, last night I tried the cardigan on and I saw that it was quite “roomy” and when I looked at the pattern I saw it is supposed to have 1″ negative ease! Well I think I have 2-3″ positive ease!

I checked my gauge last night and it turns out I’m spot on where gauge is concerned so it really is a problem of wrong size. But I’m way too far on now to even contemplate ripping back so this will just be a roomier version of the Audrey cardigan! I might have to cast on for a second one with negative ease as intended for in the pattern in the future!

Here are some pictures I took this morning to show you.

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ps- my mobile cover is home made by my youngest 🙂

So what do you think? I think it will be ok and instead of just wearing this alone or on top of a t-shirt, I’ll be able to wear a long sleeved t-shirt under this making this more of a winter garment. I think (hope) this will be fine. And more importantly, I hope this will teach me ONCE AND FOR ALL to do a gauge swatch for one and second to READ the size instructions and measurements AND compare to my size and measurements!

Are you like me? Do you just choose a size you think will fit and then just knit on hoping for the best? Or are you a serious knitter that does a gauge swatch and chooses the RIGHT size to knit from that? Any hints and advice on how to become a serious knitter will be much appreciated:)

And babies? Why do I mention babies in the title? I don’t have any babies, at least not officially as my youngest is 10 so not really a baby any more. Well, last week I watched Mina’s latest podcast (The Knitting Expat) and she revealed that she is expecting! That was such happy news and I could just see the happiness in her eyes! And she showed all the little baby things she has been knitting and they all look so cute and tiny! It immediately made me want to knit for a baby! Lucky me, a cousin of mine is expecting his first child this December. A little girl! Not to mention, my brothers youngest will celebrate her 1st birthday this October so I have 2 babies to knit for!

So I decided I’d cast on for the future baby first. I went on Ravelry and spent hours looking through patterns. I’m thinking I’ll knit her a pair of socks, a hat and some mittens and maybe a cardigan too. I also found a pattern for some super cute and cozy looking leggings that I’d love to knit. But as I do not have 48h days, I have only cast on for the socks so far.

And I’ve only done the toe of sock 1. Not much of a progress yet but here’s a picture so you see the colours I’ve chosen. I’m going to do a tube sock and am loosely basing this on the Tube Socks for Children by Jane Richmond (yes the one that designed the Audrey cardigan). I cast on 40 stitches and I’m knitting on 2mm needles. I’m going to do the toe and cuff in this chocolate brown color and the main part of the sock will be this nice pink with a little fair isle pattern using the chocolate brown every now and then.

baby sock beginning

That’s about all I’m knitting on this week.

Now on to Halloween. I’ve seen that a lot of dyers are dyeing up Halloween inspired yarns and people are knitting Halloween socks and so I decided I’d try my hand at that. I have dyed up  a few sock sets using my SOX base which is 75/25 merino nylon. You get 2 skeins, the main colour has 200m and the complimentary colour/skein for toes, heels and cuff has 160m. That is enough for an adult sized sock or maybe 2 pairs of shorties depending on the size you knit. I’ll be putting these up for sale in my Etsy shop today and hopefully these will sell. I’m thinking I’ll do something similar for Christmas because I know I enjoy knitting Christmas socks and I know I’m not alone:)

So here are some pictures of my Halloween yarns. I’d love to hear what you think, if you like the colours  or not. Constructive criticism is always good.

Trick or Treat yarn

I’m calling this set Trick or Treat. The main color is a mix of orange and black and the purple is the complimentary color.

abracadabra set

This one I’m calling Abracadabra. The main colour is the purple with green speckles and the orange is the complimentary colour.

candycorn yarn

And this last one is called Candy Corn. The main color is the orange and gold and the green color is the complimentary one. This colourway will produce small stripes, depending on the number of stitches and gauge. I’m going to knit up some sample to show people how this knits up. I think that if you knit 56 to 60 stitches you will get stripes but if you cast on 72 you will get more of a variegated effect.

These were fun to dye and I look forward to coming up with a similar concept for some Christmas inspired yarns.

Well, that’s all for today. I’ve got some yarn to wind up and an Etsy shop to update:) I hope you have a wonderful week and get lots of knitting time to make it even better. I’ll be back soon and until then take care and happy knitting 🙂

 

I think I’m ready for a SWEATER!

Wow! That is an unusual statement coming from me! But I really think I am. It’s been a while since I last knit a sweater. My last sweater was the Mesa by Stephen West. I had a bit of a sweater mojo in the winter 2013-2014 and actually knit 3 or 4 sweaters. Unfortunately I don’t remember which patterns I knit for the first 2 and I apologise for that but maybe the pictures will help you recognise the patterns. They all come from Ravelry and I believe all were paid for patterns.

So here is the first one, all are modelled by my beautiful daughter Anais.

www.knittinginfrance.com www.knittinginfrance.com this was a rather simple sweater but with lovely neckline details

Then came the asymmetrical cardi. The middle picture shows a nice design/construction detail

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And then I did the Mesa by Stephen West and I actually did 2 of those one for me and one for Anais. The above sweaters were both for Anais. So the Mesa was a really quick knit and Anais liked mine so much that I went ahead and made a second one for her but as I’m writing this I can’t seem to find the pictures of her Mesa so I’ll have to share those with you later but here comes mine, modelled as before by Anais.

First the yarns which are different types of yarns and from different yarn companies as well.

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And the sweater

www.knittinginfrance.com www.knittinginfrance.com  I’m bigger than Anais so it looks quite big on her but you get the picture:)

And like I said at the beginning I’m feeling the sweater mojo coming back. I’ve taken out 2 sweaters worth of yarns from my stash. Yarns that I bought as kits with Craftsy classes and now I just need to cast on and take the classes as I knit. But I’m not feeling those at the moment so I’ll share them later when I do feel like getting them going. No, now I feel like doing

Snowflake by Tin Can Knits This is a paid for pattern on Ravelry and I’ve seen lots of pictures of finished Snowflakes and they all look gorgeous. The only question I have is, should I make the button placket or not? I’ve seen both versions and both look good. Leaving the buttons out means knitting in the round from the beginning and that is appealing. Also, I don’t have any buttons in mind and this really does call for some nice and color coordinated buttons. So I need to think on that.

Here is a link to the project page of one of my virtual knitter friends, LazyBene and I really love her version and colors of the Snowflake.

If you are not familiar with this pattern, here’s a picture.www.knittinginfrance.com

I love the fact that the pattern exists in a large number of sizes from 0-6 months up to 4XL so no matter what size you are looking to do, it’s there! I also love the fact that you can do a 2 color knit. Of course you can do this in one color only but the 2 color version really looks good I think. And you can play with that idea and either do 2 tones of the same color or do 2 contrasting colors.

This is knit in a DK yarn so I’m thinking maybe I’ll do my DK sparkling yarn for the yoke and then my Cash’merino DK for the rest of the body. Both are gorgeous and squishy yarns. Of course, I do NOT have any yarn in my stash so I’m going to dye some for this project. So I need to find some nice color combinations. I’m thinking maybe doing greys or grey with pink or grey with turquoise.

Have you knit this pattern? Would you like to share a picture of your knit Snowflake and tell us about your experience knitting that? Or would you maybe like to knit along with me? Maybe we could do a KAL out of this and either use whatever yarns we like OR I could dye up some yarns for you – if you just give me your colors, that could be arrainged. What do you think?

And if not, if you are just too busy or simply not interested, do you have ideas for good color combinations or maybe have a picture of a finished Snowflake you particularly like colorwise? that might help me make my choice before I dive into the dyeing. Knowing myself, I’m not going to be able to wait very long and as the weekend is just around the corner, I’m guessing I’ll be doing some dyeing this weekend:)

Well that’s all for today. Thank’s for stopping by:) I wish you all a wonderful weekend and look forward to hearing from those of you who wish to share something with me and my readers on this subject:) Take care and knit on!