Sunday, June 28, 2015

Jumpers for little people

I'm not really a baby person. But I am a baby person for my friends who are having babies, and knitting for a baby is pretty much instant gratification! Isn't this little jumper so little? Just tiny!

 I started this Camilla Babe a week and a half ago, then dropped a chunk of stitches as I was joining the sleeves, so I started the body again on Wednesday and finished it at around midnight last night. No time for a wet block, so I gave it a quick steam this morning and it's all ready for the baby shower this afternoon. 

I'm really happy with how this came out - Carrie Bostick Hoge's patterns are just so clear and beautiful. And I'm even happier that I've managed to use the leftover yarn from my Chuck jumper, so now we can match!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Grey days

We've had an amazingly clear few days. No clouds, no rain, plenty of stars and stunning sunsets.
Frost is on the grass in the morning, and noses, ears and fingers feel the chill.
This is the kind of winter I love, where the air is crisp and you need a coat, and the colours are a little dimmer than summer. 

I'm trying my best to avoid Auckland's winter uniform of black, but I've found that with the more bright yellows and blues I wear, it can be quite hard to accessorise without looking a tad clashing.
And clashing is great, but there's a fine line in the workplace.

So this semi-circle shawl is going to be the solution to all my problems. I say that about every knit, but this time I really mean it. 

The pattern is something I'm improvising from other semi-circle patterns I've read, but the yarn is the most exciting part. 

I'm using Dark Harbour Yarn's Port merino Mare Vaporium Gradient - a kit of six fingering weight skeins, with each skein slightly darker than the one before. Every colour change adds this different dimension - it's like a storm of dark clouds slowly rolling in. It's beautiful to knit with and I'd really recommend checking out more of Dark Harbour's indie dyes. 

I'm about half way through and I'll just keep going until I run out of yarn. Can't wait to get this one finished, hopefully in time to wear in this cold patch.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

What warms my winter?


The decorating of Bledisloe Pocket Park has begun! If you're around Auckland CBD over the next couple of weeks, why don't you pop in from 12pm-2pm to knit some squares for yarn bombing? You can also join us on Thursday evenings from 6pm-8pm for the next three Thursdays.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Winter Warm Up in the City

What are you up to for World Wide Knit In Public Day?

I will be getting warm at Bledisloe Square this Saturday to help Sew Love Tea Do yarn bomb the space - come and join us!

Bring some knitting needles and some friends and enjoy a day of celebrating knitting!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Finished Chuck!

I am beyond happy with this knit!
With the unraveling, the re-knitting and the four days it took to dry and block, I would have been a bit disappointed if I wasn't totally happy with it when it was finished. But I love it. 
Red Riding Hood Yarn's Riche Worsted is just so nice to knit with and Andi Satterlund's patterns are so well written! Highly recommended and this one will definitely get a lot of wear. One thing's for sure, I really enjoy knitting cables and I need to knit more!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Extra Curricular and an inspirational interview

The thing I love most about Extra Curricular magazine how I get to talk to some incredibly creative and inspirational people. This latest issue is no different, and it's probably been my favourite issue to work on. The issue's theme was around mess, and the tendency for creative people to live in a bit of organised chaos. I am no different, but my habits and behaviours are something I am beginning to pay more and more attention to, and this includes the way I craft and use materials. 

A few weeks ago, I mentioned I was reading a very interesting book called Stuffocation. I'm really starting to challenge my relationship with my stuff, doing my best to buy local and handmade, and donating stacks of no-longer-needed things to charity. But my relationship with my craft supplies need more attention, and having a very long chat with Felicia Semple of The Craft Sessions really opened my eyes to the reality of my consuming. Felicia set herself a personal challenge to be more conscious of her stash and her making, and instead of constantly looking for new materials, fabrics, yarn, she is making sure she uses things she's already stashed. 

I've said before that I tend to knit whatever I want without thinking whether the final product will fit with the rest of my wardrobe, or I go out and buy yarn and get home to realise I'll never use it because it's the wrong colour or weight. So after a very inspirational chat from Felicia, I've decided change is needed. I have enough sock yarn to keep me happy for quite a while, yarn for two jumpers that I'll actually wear, and definitely something in there I can turn into a new winter hat. I'm pretty sure I'll be buying more stuff when I got to Knit August Nights in August, but I hope those purchases will be considered. 

Felicia has really inspired me to make some of these changes - chatting with her was just what I needed to get an extra push in the right direction. I recommend reading her great blog and the feature I've written in Extra Curricular - grab your copy here!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Clemence Skirt - more lesson learning, this time with sewing

My third project from Tilly and the Buttons' Love at First Stitch. Intoducing my Clemence Skirt!

Lessons I have learned from making this - read the pattern instructions!

I wasn't carful with my cutting, and instead of cutting one piece on the fold for my waistband, I ended up cutting two pieces that weren't on the fold! Luckily there was a bit of fabric left over from my excellent $3 Fabricabrac Wellington find and we managed to piece a waistband together. It's meant that the side seams of the skirt and the band don't match up, and I had some serious zip installation issues, but I finished it all and am wearing it proudly! No one else has spotted my mistakes just yet...