02 July 2020

Crochet

Around 40 (!) years ago I learned to crochet and I hated it! I already knew how to knit, and was quite proficient, but I really couldn't get the hang of crochet; we were using a tiny hook and very fine crochet cotton to make doilies (I never saw the point of doilies but that's another story).  After a break of several years, I started knitting again properly about 15 years ago, at the same time I started seeing amazing crochet design popping up all over the internet,  and although I adore the colour combinations Lucy at Attic 24 comes up with I wasn't tempted to pick up a hook.

Until now :) I enjoy watching the Fruity Knitting podcast as was intrigued by the blanket Andrea is making by British designer Jane Crowfoot. I love the designs Jane has created and I immediately fell in love with the Arts & Crafts May Morris  Fruit Garden inspired blanket.


 As most of you know I adore the Arts and Crafts Movement and live in an Arts & Crafts style cottage



The design is fairly involved and it will probably take several years to complete! However there is help available and Jane has videos showing each step. So I bought the yarn kit :)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC14P3eXzHZwo3TdHtgxLv4A

I mentioned to a quilting friend that I wanted to learn Crochet, and she found an amazing local teacher for us, I contacted Jo at Grace and Cable and we had an online Zoom lesson last week, I need to practice but I think I'm getting the hang of it.  I'm having another lesson on Tuesday, it will be a while until I feel confident to tackle my Blanket Kit but it is fun learning something new.


I bought me this beginners book a few months ago and after a lesson with Jo the pictures made sense!




In the meantime I am knitting, I am really enjoying this modern Fair Isle design by Mary Henderson
Ravelry notes here https://www.ravelry.com/projects/suller/green-lane


I took a gamble changing up the colours but I think they work


One more sleeve to knit and then you join both sleeves to the body to knit the yoke





11 June 2020

Knitting

I have been doing quite a bit of knitting these last few months, I find it is really helping the arthritis in my hands :)

I finished 'Daffodil' by Marie Wallin, I loved knitting this in Rowan Felted Tweed, it is a lovely cosy jumper for spring, but I did have to concentrate on the pattern, it was so easy to go wrong! Ravelry Notes here https://www.ravelry.com/projects/suller/daffodil



I decided to knit something simpler next, as we were going to Cornwall for a weeks holiday, we came home just before the country went into lock down so we were lucky to be able to go.  It was nice to knit something relaxing in our cottage after walking parts of the costal path.



I chose 'Imagine When' by Joji Locatelli, I had been saving this special skein from Dye for Yarns for I don't know what :) so I decided to use it and I'm so glad I did, I love the colour and the wool/camel blend makes for a very soft beautiful wrap.




I heard that Craftsy/Blueprint have gone bust, so I have been watching all my classes again in case they disappear! Does anyone know if you can download them to keep?

I signed up for a Fair Isle class as I really want to get better at it, but I didn't like the class project so didn't start. I subscribe to The UK Knitter magazine, they have nice designs that appeal to me. I cast on Green Lane by Mary Henderson from  issue 146 and I am watching the class videos as I work. 

I didn't like the original colours so I changed them :) After looking at the photos I swapped out the Lilac for a darker Purple which I think works much better.



It has a lovely lacy rib edging which I really like, some of the traditional Fair Isle designs look a little old fashioned to me.



The colour work is taking a long time as I am finding it awkward to knit the background colour English Style (my preferred method) while holding the contrast colour in my left hand Continental Style.  It's knitted in the round and then steeked so it's all knitting no purling, hopefully I will get faster :).

P.S. I am no longer afraid of steeks (cutting your tube of knitting to make an opening) after completing the Icelandic Cardigan last year - This was another Craftsy Class that I loved, it's such a shame they are no longer in business.