wee update

I’ve been busy with uni-related stuff lately, so no knitting happened. But I did look at knitting and yarns… in fact, the number of favourites and items in my raverly queue has grown out of proportion!

A little overview on what I’ve been up to:

Knitting

I’ve completed my Lazy Sunday market bag, included a strawberry ribbon and crocheted extra hanging leaves. I just have to saw the leaves in. I’ll include the details in a future post, once I have the FO pics. Meanwhile, if curious, you can have a sneaky look at my raverly project (no raverly log in should be needed).

Patterns

…an ever growing list! Currently, I faved over 200 patterns and in total over 300 things including projects and designers. The queue is heading towards the 3-digit size. So much for being a new-be in the Ravelry world… I wonder what other users’ numbers are, not that it’s a competition of any sort. Perhaps a “more making, less looking” approach would be beneficial. At the top of my queue there are now mostly decorative items (strange of me), geeky patterns, and sheep-themed patterns (surprise!). I would post the pattern pictures, but not sure whether this would be causing any copyright issue.. anyone that knows about it?

Yarn

I acquired more yarn (as if it was ever needed..).

  • Loop the Loop by Stylecraft: this is one of big ♡. Nicola, a generous and extremely kind raveler, donated me six balls in the cream shade (and even sent a pattern!). I can’t tell you how nice it is of her! As a little thank-you, I am making a donation to a charity. Further, I got hold of Loop the Loop in black and ruby. I’m in woolly heaven…

Loop the Loop in CreamLoop the Loop in RubyLoop the Loop black

  • Other pure wool yarns: I like to have a bit of variety, so with current budget restraints I buy less renowned or sought after, one-off deals!

Emu Superwash Tweeds DK Wendy Kintyre DK Green

Blog awards

A few kind fellow bloggers have nominated my blog, and a thank-you post is due sometime soon! I value your nomination, but I’m sorry to say that I’m really bad at this, especially with question answering and asking… Please don’t be upset that I don’t follow up on the nominations!

Other crafts

I’ve been looking at weaving and sewing resources and tutorials, as they always held a fascination on me. But I just don’t have the time and energy to start right now…

I think that’s it for now! Have a great rest of the week

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The small bag is almost a FO!

The market bag is nearing completion 🙂 I’ve knitted the upper part of its body and the green handles. Note the lifeline (safety thread) included just under the green part for possible unravelling need.

The small market bag is almost complete!

The small market bag is almost complete!
Can you start seeing the strawberry theme?

It still needs to have ends sewn in. I’ve also been thinking to add some leaves-like green bits, to keep in tune with the strawberry theme of the bag. Something like the small green bits that are on the crown of a strawberry (see picture below). What do you think?

Strawberry crown leaves

Strawberry crown leaves (source: digitaldesktopwallpaper.com)

And once the project is complete, I will add a FO gallery to the blog. I have other small FOs that have not been documented yet.

I also added a few rows to the Thistle scarf, but not much – hence no pictures.

Finally, when this is done, I may have space for a new project (or two?)…. a large project (the herringbone thing from my previous post), the fractal shawl, a sweater, a smaller project? As usual, knitters have about a zillion ideas in their wish-list!

knitting work in progress…. and other projects

My small market bag has gotten further to the point where the red pink ends and the green handles start. But before I knit that, I want to pass a “security thread” through the current row, which will help unravelling in safety, should that be needed 🙂 I’ll post some pictures when the bag gets to the next milestone, to avoid cluttering up the blog with photos of mini-progresses…

Along working on the items currently on needles, I’ve also been thinking further on the large knitting project I briefly mentioned in my previous post… pondering details and whether to undertake the project at all… it would be such a long-term task that is a bit scary, to put it mildly! A little teaser photo:

Small sample in Shetland wool

Small sample in Shetland wool… It may become a long-term project.

Finally, I undertook a home de-cluttering project – it’s not knitting related but I’m proud of making some progress in tidying things up! I brought donations to local charities and passed on stuff through Freecycle to new homes. I love that things can get new homes and a new life, instead of going to landfill!

The small market bag hits the first milestone (WIP)

You may remember the small market bag I started a few days ago; maybe you also recall that I only have had two balls of the Loop the Loop yarn

As work progressed today, I hit the end of the second ball…. it was worrisome to see the yarn getting shorter and shorter… would I be able to complete the current repeat?? This is what it looked like in the end:

The small market bag: 60 cm (less than a yard) of yarn left!

The small market bag: 60 cm (less than a yard) of yarn left at the end of the repeat!

The main body of the bag should be approx. 25 cm, so it’s 8-9 cm short. Early today, I dug out from my stash the plain BFL wool in a similar colour. The plan is this: complete the remaining body with the plain wool (that’s the second milestone) and then proceed with the handle in a dark & pale green (third and final milestone). If that works, the bag colour-scheme should remind of a strawberry.

BFL plain wool and green yarn

BFL plain wool and green yarn to complete the bag

We shall see 🙂

New WIP: a small market bag

As a little side project to the Thistle scarf WIP, I’m giving a go at knitting a small market bag.

I picked up a random yarn that I had laying around, with the aim of just knitting and see whether anything decent would come out of it. The yarn, turned out to be actually nice, much more than originally anticipated: it’s a Stylecraft Loop the Loop in Ruby, a boucle wool made in the UK, 96% wool 4% nylon – really soft and squishy… it feels like petting a sheep!

I only have two 50 gram balls and may run out before completion – as an emergency plan I intend to complete it with a plain wool yarn in a similar shade from my stash. I also just found out by searching online that there may be some old stocks of this discontinued shade available out there.

In the excitement of starting the new item, I forgot to check the needle size requirements: it just turned out that I ought to have used 8mm (US11) needles, but I used 4mm instead…. (eye roll)

The bottom line is that the project is just a tentative work: it may get completed and look nice, or may not. I’m approaching this WIP with a bit of zen attitude 🙂

The photos I took of the WIP do not render the colour in any way, it’s not at all orange-y as it looks in the pictures. The real colour is THIS COLOUR.

small market bag, WIP

small market bag, WIP

I look forward to seeing the result. Fingers/toes/paws crossed!

PS I’m considering buying the same wool in another shade.. it just feels so great… look at this one: Loop the Loop in cream

Stylecraft Loop the Loop yarn in cream

Stylecraft Loop the Loop yarn in cream (source: TheWoolGallery.co.uk)