Sunday, 28 April 2013

Episode 40 - Special Guest



Hello, and welcome to Episode 40

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.

Etsy store is open, the store can be found at http://www.etsy.com/shop/Knittynatter  please contact me if you have any specific request and I will do my best to help.

Chatter
I am joined by a special guest this week you can find her on Ravelry as zeemarge :)

LOLS
I dont have a LOL this week but my guest does.

Nattering Away
I have also made good progress in the beatnik by Norah Gaughan (free pattern on Ravelry and Knitty.com).  I have just started the armhole shaping on the front, the back is complete.  This is a modified sizing to get to a 34" size.  I am using Rowan Pure Wool Aran on 5.00mm needles.   Front and back and one sleeve are done

Vanilla socks have been cast on with the Opal wool, 2.25mm needles and 60 stitches around

I haven't worked on Spring Shoots Socks from Socktopus by Alice Yu or the Evenstar

Whispering to me is a pattern out of Misty, Kim Hargreaves.  

No Speech Therapy this week

That's it for this week, I hope you all have a fantastic week and I'll see you next time

Bye Now
:)

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Episode 39 - It's all about the swivel !




Hello, and welcome to Episode 39

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.

Etsy store is open and I will be adding more stitch markers later on today, Sunday evening.  The store can be found at http://www.etsy.com/shop/Knittynatter  please contact me if you have any specific request and I will do my best to help.

Chatter
I had a pretty stressful seek with work but more than made up for that with a lovely day yesterday.  Stitch Solihull which is the LYS I talked about a couple of Episodes ago have started sip and stitch gatherings and I was delighted when I learned there was to be a weekend one.  yesterday I went along and spent a glorious couple of hours sitting and knitting and chatting and met some lovely ladies and was made to feel very welcome.  Thank yo to the ladies there for your company and chatter and I hope to be going along as often as possible.

LOLS
The Birthday Pumpkin Socks are finished.  I finished these up yesterday while I was sitting and knitting with my new friends.  Pattern is the  Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku (free download on Ravelry) and I used the Scruffy Gnome Base which is fingering weight 85% Sw merino and 15% Donegal Tweed and this is the Pumpkin Spice Latte Colour from Gnomeacres.  Size 2.25mm needles, two circulars.

Nattering Away
I have also made good progress in the beatnik by Norah Gaughan (free pattern on Ravelry and Knitty.com).  I have just started the armhole shaping on the front, the back is complete.  This is a modified sizing to get to a 34" size.  I am using Rowan Pure Wool Aran on 5.00mm needles.  One of the purchases I made at Stitch Solihull yesterday were some Hiya Hiya sharp needles and one of the sizes I bought was the 5.00mm as I wanted to try them on this project, especially as I am cabling without a cable needle.  I love them! the needles are lighter that the Knit Pro Nova and everything just seems a tad easier. The cable swivelling in the casing is a massive positive or me as this prevents them coming unscrewed and getting stitches caught in the gap.  I think that I will gradually be making the change over.

Unfortunately there has been slow progress on the evenstar-shawl by Susan Pandorf ($8 pattern on ravelry).   The yarn is from CountessAblaze and is the BFL lace in Dusk Colourway.  I decided to give up on the dental floss as it was driving me nuts and I was not enjoying the process.  thankfully my replacement crochet hook has arrived, I went for a slightly larger size at 0.75mm and I am hoping that this will make the border more enjoyable again.

I haven't worked on Spring Shoots Socks from Socktopus by Alice Yu.

Whispering to me is in a state of flux as there is so much I want to cast on but one thing that is a definite are some vanilla socks out of the Opal yarn I purchased a couple of weeks ago as I do not have any portable projects on the needles.  These will be my standard 60 stitch on 2.25mm needles.

Speech Therapy
Other than the 5mm Hiya Hiya needle I aslo went for the 4mm and the 3.75mm and two cables to try out.

I also bought two skeins of Schoppel Zauberball int he same colourway,  blues and blacks as I specifically wanted these for In the Pink by IzzyKnits (free pattern on Ravelry) although I will probably get the Evenstar completed before I cast this on.

That's it for this week, I hope you all have a fantastic week and I'll see you next time

Bye Now
:)

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Episode 38 - The return of an old friend



Hello, and welcome to Episode 38

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
I have opened at Etsy Store following some wonderful feedback and support from you all, thank you so much.  The store can be found athttp://www.etsy.com/shop/Knittynatter  please contact me if you have any specific request and I will do my best to help.

LOLS
The Vanilla Hobbit socks are done. These are in GeminiKnits dark eyes colourway on 2.25mm needle magic loop.  I did notice that the Geminiknits store on Etsy is closed at the moment as I believe she is off having a baby

Nattering Away
I picked up the beatnik by Norah Gaughan (free pattern on Ravelry and Knitty.com.  I have just started the armhole shaping.  This is a modified sizing to get to a 34" size.  I am using Rowan Pure Wool Aran on 5.00mm needles.

New cast on this week are the Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku (free download on Ravelry) and I am using the Scruffy Gnome Base which is fingering weight 85% Sw merino and 15% Donegal Tweed and this is the Pumpkin Spice Latte Colour from Gnomeacres.  I have made good progress with these, the first sock is done and I am almost to heel flap on the second so they should be done in time for May 1st. I cast on the large size (64 stitches) to allow for hte fact that I am usinf fingering weight yarn and the pattern is written for sport.

And we have the return of an old friend this week.  I picked up my evenstar-shawl by Susan Pandorf ($8 pattern on ravelry).  It has been quite a while since we saw this.  The yarn is from CountessAblaze and is the BFL lace in Dusk Colourway.  Minor disaster as when I seem to have lost my 0.6mm crochet hook that I use to do the beading but after a quick trip to the local supermarket to get some Ultra Dental Floss I was able to continue.  It is not my preferred method but it will get me through which I wait for my replacement crochet hook to arrive.  I only managed 2 edging repeats yesterday but that takes me to 7 completed.. only another 49 to go!! This is on 3.25m needles.

I haven't worked on Spring Shoots Socks from Socktopus by Alice Yu.

No whispering to me I am going to admit to and no speech therapy this week.

That's it for this week, I hope you all have a fantastic week and I'll see you next time

Bye Now
:)

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Episode 37 - It is done!




Hello, and welcome to Episode 37

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.
Drawing for March done and new thread for April opened

Chatter
3 Day week at work has meant time with my family and this weekend I have had a crafty productive weekend which you will the fruits of.
I went to my local bead store Spellbound Beads and bought a range of beads and I have been making some stitch markers,  I really enjoy doing this and I am considering starting to sell them on etsy, let me know what you think.

LOLS
The Ink by Hanna Maciejewska ($6 pattern of Ravelry) is done!.  I am so pleased to get this done and am really pleaded.  Its only partially blocked to stop the rib sections curling too much. I ended up using almost 9 of the 10 balls of Rowan pure wool 4 ply which is a superwash wool and the colour is sage.  I used 3.25mm and 3.75mm needles which is one size higher than the recommended on the pattern and I knit the 34' size with no modifications to the pattern.

Nattering Away
The Vanilla Hobbit sock saw some more work this week. I am on the second sock and just started the gusset increases.  These are in GeminiKnits dark eyes colourway on 2.25mm needle magic loop

Also done some more work on Spring Shoots Socks from Socktopus by Alice Yu, I am using Highland Handmades sock yarn in Boardwalk Roses colourway on 2.5mm needles.  I now have two feet completed and need to go back and do the legs on both socks.

Beatnik did not get any attention this week but it will back on the agenda now the Ink is completed.

Speech Therapy
I won some more beautiful Highland Handmades sugar maple sock in the Snuggle Up Colourway which was a prize with the Yarnivore Podcast and the Snuggle FAL KAL that Sadie did.

I also purchased some yarn from Gnomeacres which is for a gift knit.  This is the Scruffy Gnome Base which is fingering weight 85% Sw merino and 15% Donegal Tweed and this is the Pumpkin Spice Latte Colour.  This yarn will be knit into a pair of socks for a birthday gift for OH and need to be completed by May 1st,  I think I will probably do the Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku for a bit of texture but nothing over the top.

Quick flash of the stitch makers I made up with some of my goodies from the dead store.

That's it for this week, I hope you all have a fantastic week and I'll see you next time

Bye Now
:)

Monday, 1 April 2013

Episode 36 - Historical Weekend


Hello, and welcome to Episode 36

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.
Drawing for March done and new thread for April opened

Chatter
Hope you have all had a great Easter weekend, I have been off on a couple of day trips and a vivst to a new LYS which officially opened on Friday.

Stitch Solihull is located in Notcutts Garden Centre in Solihull and stocks, Easyknits, Malabrigo, locally dyed yarn and fyberspates and also Bergere, some beautiful handmade buttons, stitchmarkers, knitpro needles and I also spotted some hiya hiya shch I may have to get when I go back.  There was also a selection of fabrics and a lovely area for sitting with some awesome sofas.  I have a feeling I will be a regular.  More can be found out StitchSolihull on facebook.

Despite the freezing temperatures I also went to Kenilworth Castle which is a partly ruined castle where Queen Elizabeth I spent time during her "holidays' where she toured around the country, the longest stay in 1575.  It was where Robert Dudley resided who was rumoured to be in love with the queen and wished to marry her but it was never to be, although it is thought that Queen Elizabeth never married as she loved Robert Dudley but could not marry him as it would demean her position.

Today was a visit to Boscobel House which is a former hunting lodge where Charles II famously hid in a priest hole and then in an Oak Tree in 1651 to escape Cromwell's armies before finally escaping to France before returning to reclaim the throne.

LOLS
Finished is the tank top from Little Sweet Peas book from Sirdar.
I used Sirdar snuggly DK in an apple green colour size 3.25mm for ribbing and 4.00mm needle for the body.  This was knit in pieces and then sewn together

Nattering Away

Still working 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. Both arms are now complete so I just need to continue down the body.

The Vanilla Hobbit sock saw some love this week and I have now finished one sock and just started the second.  these are in GeminiKnits dark eyes colourway on 2.25mm needle magic loop

Alos done some more work on Spring Shoots Socks from Socktopus by Alice Yu, I am using Highland Handmades sock yarn in Boardwalk Roses colourway on 2.5mm needles.  Finished the foot on one sock.

Beatnik did not get any attention this week and I am not going to cast anything else on until I have finished either one of the pairs of socks or the Ink.

Speech Therapy
Purchases from Stitch Solihull - Opal Sweet and Spicy sock yarn
Eucalan in Grapefruit Scent
Bag of assorted buttons
5 10g balls of Opal for my sock yarn blanket.

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

Bye Now
:)