Wednesday, 26 September 2012

FO: Watercolour Mitts


I had a lovely little thank you present the other week. It was a set of 4 mini skeins from Skein Queen, which in my excitement to knit with them, I forgot to photograph. I pondered a bit on what to do with them and thought they were too special to use as part of another project so I designed a little fingerless mitt pattern which I hope shows them off to their best.



I split each skein in half so I could use up as much of the yarn as possible. 3 of the colours were of a similar type and I've marked where the colour changes are on the photograph. 


The stitch pattern was just purling when I got to a darker bit of the pattern and a turned hem for the start, moss stitch cast off on the hand part and linen stitch on the thumb. There's a whole mix and match of stitch patterns going on but think it adds to the whole arty feel of the mitts. 
Just need some cool wintry weather to try them out, now!


Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Garden Song


Oooooo, pretty knitting goodies. 

Fell in love with this fabric recently and Nicsknots made me some lovely bags with it.
They've already been out and about with me and it's really nice to be able to separate my projects - stops a big jumble of yarn! Thanks Nic.

Miya Miya Bag


Small drawstring bag

Zipped purse

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Weekend dyeing

I had a wonderful day at the weekend. I spent the entire day in the back garden with my dyeing gear and my burco. The weather was gorgeous and it was really good to be out in the garden which I haven't done much this year.



It's my first go at handpainting yarns and I made a complete and thorough mess even though I had my gloves and apron I seemed to have more dye on me than the yarn did!






I dyed 3 lots of merino sock yarn (or at least I think it is as it wasn't labelled and from a bargain bin on the bluefaced.com stall)




The yarn turned out like I wanted but I had a few problems with the fleece. I did something wrong somewhere because the pale greeny one was meant to be bright blue so it either needed an extra wash before hand or I didn't put enough citric acid in.
The purple is wensleydale and silk and turned out as intended though.





Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Delft Inspired


This is my most recent piece from the ceramics studio and I'm decidedly smug about it. It's to replace a Commemorative Birth plate that was broken. The original was a transfer with the details painted in and I'm very happy I've been able to paint fine enough to replicate it. I thoroughly enjoyed painting this one and think it's one of the nicer pieces I've made.