Friday, April 14, 2006

Bank Holiday - yey!

Yipeee...four whole days off work! I don't usually have bank holidays off as I work for a newspaper (people still expect their local rag to come out on a bank holiday!) but this year I've got the whole Easter weekend off!

Looking forward to a lazy weekend and lots of time to catch up on my hoodie and eat lotsa chocolate!

I've finished the pocket section on my hoodie. I'm really chuffed about this as I was a bit daunted by this part of the pattern. :)

Looking at some of the finished hoodies on display on the Craftster website I've decided that I will knit the sleeves the same khaki colour as the main colour of the body. I am slightly worried that I will run out of yarn though - lets hope my 400g ball will stretch that far!

Fingers crossed I will finish the front this weekend. Although I may get distracted by TV as the new Doctor Who series starts on Staurday! NO, I am not a geek! (well, just a little bit)

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Under the hoodie in progress!

I started knitting Under the Hoodie last week. I've been dying to knit this ever since I bought Stitch and Bitch but have only just felt brave enough to tackle a hood and a pocket (my first two jumpers are pretty basic!)

As I am in the UK I was unable to find the weight of yarn specified in the pattern. There are very few knitting shops in Devon, so I had to go to Exmouth to find something suitable and affordable! I decided to plump for aran yarn as this is closer to the guage needed than DK.

I planned to knit a version of the hoody in different shades of green. Unfortunately, there were very few colours available in aran weight and these only came in 400g balls. I found a really lovely khaki green from Styklecraft (20% wool) for the main colour and the best green I could find for the stripe is a turquoise blue/green, with specks of the khaki. I'm still not totally sure I like the turqiouse colour, but we'll see how it goes! I decided to do without the smaller stripe in the pattern as there wasn't another shade of green available and I couldnt afford three 400g balls!

I'm undecided whether to use the turquoise coloiur for the sleeves, or to do the sleeves in the main colour.

My BF thinks the huge balls of yarn are really funny and uses them as a pillow while watching tv! I dont mind as long as he keeps unravelling the yarn for me while im knitting!

Anyhow, i've posted what ive done so far. I've knitted the back in a week and started on the front. this hoodie seems wuite quick to knit in the aran wool, which is good as i get distracted easily..... ive ordered Debbie Stollers new crochet book Happy Hooker, so i need to finish this before the book arrives and I'm tempted by new projects!

A total Knitwit!

Last November (2005) it was very cold so I set off to town in search of a new jumper. After a whole afternoon traipsing around the shops I was totally fed up.... every time I tried on a jumper it either didn't fit, or was an unflattering shape. Maybe i'm just fussy, but if you are vertically challenged, curvy and haven't got a stomach like Angelina Jolie then the cropped jumper look isn't good!

Then, walking through WH Smith, a knitting handbook called Stitch N Bitch by Debbie Stoller caught my eye! Colourful an aimed towards young women it was full of modern designs in quirky colours and styles. So, inspired, I bought it immediately. I decided that if I couldn't find a jumper in the shops I'd make my own!

I'd been thinking about taking up knitting for a while, but had never really got round to it before. One of my earliest memories is of my great nan knitting when we went round to visit. As kids we always had knitted jumpers, hats & mittens made by my nan, my favourite being a green zip up hoody with a white stripe up the sleeves (very early 80s!). She never had a great deal of money, so this was a way that she could make us beautiful presents, and I was never embarrassed to wear them! Unfortunately, in the last few years of her life nan developed parkinsons, so she had to stop knitting, which was really sad as she was so talented. Recently I'd been thinking about this again and wanted to start knitting.

In the past i'd made some half hearted attempts to learn, but got frustrated easily- I never really got past making small squares, with lots of holes! However, Stitch N Bitch is a great book for learning to knit and helped me get p[ast the squares! Since buying the book in November Ive since made two jumpers, a sock ( I didnt make the other one as the first sock was really stiff - i think i used the wrong size needles), a baby hat and a one legged teddy bear ( I will make him another leg!)

At the moment i'm in the middle of knitting Under the Hoodie from Stitch N Bitch. Ive finished the back and started the front and will post sme pics soon!