Sunday, 24 March 2013

Episode 35 - Spring is in the air - not !




Hello, and welcome to Episode 35

If you are looking for me on Ravelry I am knittynatterzena and the group is knittynatter-podcast group where have a monthly share you Lols thread to enter all of your finished objects whether they be knitting, crochet, spinning, etc.

Chatter
So much for the first day of spring this week! We have snow and its Easter next weekend!!  Snow started here on Thursday night and hasn't really stopped yet!

LOLS
I knit a snuggle this week for my kitty's, and I am going to try to knit more of these.  This was stash acrylic and I held it double (one strand of each colour) on 6mm needles.  Followed the format for grandmothers favorite dishcloth

Nattering Away

I have made great progress on the Ink by Hanna Maciejewska ($6 pattern of Ravelry).  I am using Rowan pure wool 4 ply which is a superwash wool and the colour is sage.  I am using 3.25mm and 3.75mm needles which is one size higher than the recommended on the pattern and I am knitting the 34' size. I have one arm complete and was pleased that it only took one ball of the wool so I should have plenty to finish the cardigan.

the beatnik (free pattern on Knitty/Ravelry) by Norah Gaughan.  I am using Rowan pure wool aran, which is 100% superwash wool in a dark red colour.  I did some maths with this is I was between sizes and felt that a 4" difference in sizings was too much.  I will add my notes on what I did to my project page.  Working on the back, have done the waist decreases and now working straight until I need to increase again. Only managed one more repeat on this this week

I did cast on another project, with is tank top from Little Sweet Peas book from Sirdar.
I am using Sirdar snuggly DK in an apple green colour and this is a ball I had left over from the crochet blanket.  needles sizes are 3.25mm for ribbing and 4.00mm needle for the body.  I am on the back.

No whispering to me, tongue twister or speech therapy this week


Hope you all have a fantastic week and I'll see you next time

Bye Now
:)

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Episode 34 - At Last!




Hello, and welcome to Episode 34

If you are looking for me on Ravelry I am knittynatterzena and the group is knittynatter-podcast group where have a monthly share you Lols thread to enter all of your finished objects whether they be knitting, crochet, spinning, etc.

Chatter
This week I focused on trying to get one of the larger projects done and I don't seem to have much knitting time in the week.  I did have a lovely relaxing massage on Tuesday which really helped with the tension in my shoulders, with knitting and working at a computer or driving for the majority of my days it can build up so I think I will try to have on at least once a month.

Yesterday we went to an indoor water park which is about an hours drive from here and had a fun time in the slides and chutes and then watch John Carter movie last night.

I also must be feeling the onset of spring as I have been bitten by the de-cluttering bug again and was up early this morning sorting through clothes and other stuff clearing out those things which I havn't worn for a while and anything that either doesn't fit quite right or is not particularly flattering.

LOLS
I finally finished the Ripple Crochet Blanket!  5.0mm hook and the yarn is a mix of  Sirdar Snuggly DK and Patons DK. There are more detailed notes on the pattern on my project page for the blanket here

Nattering Away

I did some more work on the Ink by Hanna Maciejewska ($6 pattern of Ravelry).  I am using Rowan pure wool 4 ply which is a superwash wool and the colour is sage.  I am using 3.25mm and 3.75mm needles which is one size higher than the recommended on the pattern and I am knitting the 34' size. 

Two new casts ons this week :)

the beatnik (free pattern on Knitty/Ravelry) by Norah Gaughan.  I am using Rowan pure wool aran, which is 100% superwash wool in a dark red colour.  I did some maths with this is I was between sizes and felt that a 4" difference in sizings was too much.  I will add my notes on what I did to my project page.  Working on the back, have done the waist decreases and now working straight until I need to increase again.

I also cast on the Spring Shoots sock by Alice Yu out of hte Socktopus book I received as a gift for my birthday.  I am using Highland Handmades sugar maple sock in Boardwalk Roses colourway.  This sock had a slightly different toe construction to one I have used before and also is worked with an afterthought leg, so I am looking forward to trying that.

Vanilla Hobbit socks haven't seen any work as all of my knitting has been done at home this week and so I have worked on those projects that are not portable.

No whispering to me, tongue twister or speech therapy this week


Hope you all have a fantastic week and I'll see you next time

Bye Now
:)

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Episode 33 - Not much knitting but there is a Poem




Hello, and welcome to Episode 33

If you are looking for me on Ravelry I am knittynatterzena and the group is knittynatter podcast group where have a monthly share you Lols thread to enter all of your finished objects whether they be knitting, crochet, spinning, etc.

Chatter
Work is still busy and I have been focused on trying to get one of the larger projects done this week so I don't have much 'knitting' to show you although I do try to make up for it with a poem :)

It has been a good week for watching movies though with Avengers, Captain America and Thor or watched this week.

Happy Mother's Day for those celebrating it today.

LOLS
I do have a LOL which I finished this week and that is the pimpelliese (free pattern on Ravelry) with Countess Ablaze, Studentknits colourway.

I knit this on 3.5mm needles and loved the construction of this and the fact that you can make it as big or as small for your preference or amount of yarn.  I have been having a few designing ideas popping into my head so I am start playing with a few ideas.

Nattering Away
I have only worked on one other project this week which is the Ripple Crochet Blanket, I am pleased to say the end is in sight. I am using a size 5.0mm hook and the yarn is a mix of  Sirdar Snuggly DK and Patons DK. There are more detailed notes on the pattern on my project page for the blanket here

No love given to the Ink by Hanna Maciejewska ($6 pattern of Ravelry) or the Hobbit vanilla socks

Whispering to Me / Speech Therapy
I bought yarn yesterday (Rowan 100% superwash wool - aran) for the beatnik (free pattern on Knitty/Ravelry) which I have decided to be my next cast on.  I was considering making this with stash DK but I have other things planned for all of my Dk and really wanted this to be a little bit of a more substantial jumper.

Poem at the end in honour of Mother's Day 

Hope you all have a fantastic week and I'll see you next time

Bye Now
:)

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Episode 32 - I need to get stuff finished!




Hello, and welcome to Episode 32

If you are looking for me on Ravelry I am knittynatterzena and the group is knittynatter podcast group where have a monthly share you Lols thread to enter all of your finished objects whether they be knitting, crochet, spinning, etc.

We have a drawing for the February share you LOLs thread in the Ravelry Group.

Chatter
Its been a busy week changing jobs so I will be doing both for a while which has meant longer hours, and less time for knitting, hopefully it will settle down but suspect it is going to be a good couple of months before I can relinquish fully my previous role.

LOLS
All that said I do have two LOLs this week

I finished another knit snuggle completed out of Patons Big Fab Colour (which was intended for slippers but since frogged).  This was garter stitch , with a slipped stitch edge just to give it a finish.

I have also finished the color affection with artesano 100% alpaca 4 ply in Argentina, Colombia and Forget me Not.  4.00mm needles.  The bind off wasn't as loose as it ideally could have been but it works for me.

Nattering Away
The rest of what I have worked on this week:

The Ripple Crochet Blanket has seen a little bit of progress. I am using a size 5.0mm hook and the yarn is a mix of  Sirdar Snuggly DK and Patons DK. There are more detailed notes on the pattern on my project page for the blanket here - I have started the colour sequence again.

I managed to get probably just one repeat on the Ink by Hanna Maciejewska ($6 pattern of Ravelry) and this was given to me as a Birthday Gift by LittleRiaHen.  I am using Rowan pure wool 4 ply which is a superwash wool and the colour is sage.  I am using 3.25mm and 3.75mm needles which is one size higher than the recommended on the pattern and I am knitting the 34' size. 

Vanilla socks on (known as my hobbit socks on 2.25mm needle - up to the gusset increases on the first socka yarn is Gemini Knits - dark eyes 100% merino

New cast on this week is the pimpelliese (free pattern on Ravelry) with Countess Ablaze, Studentknits colourway I am loving this pattern its on 3.5mm needles.

Tongue Twister
I have still have some fibre on the wheel but not touched it this week.

Whispering to Me
I want to get either the sweater or the blanket close to finished before I start anything else so I am going to try to work on these for the next couple of weeks.

No speech therapy this week

Hope you all have a fantastic week and I'll see you next time

Bye Now
:)