Thursday, 29 August 2013

Adjustable Poncho Complete

I have finished the Adjustable Poncho from Bergere de France. I finished it on Tuesday, then got to work blocking it.

Adjustable Poncho in beige by Bergere de France
Under my bed was the only flat surface that was big enough to block it and it was a struggle getting it under there.

Adjustable Poncho in beige by Bergere de France being blocked
Now it's blocked and sitting in my wardrobe until I get buttons. I tried to get buttons in Monday, knowing it was a bank holiday but not registering in my mind that it meant that the shop was likely to be closed, and it was. They don't open until Friday, so I'll have to wait until Saturday to get the buttons. My other option is to get them from John Lewis, but I don't have the energy to take these three soldiers to Oxford Street and chase them all around a huge department store.

I've also order the yarn for the gilet, which I have christened "Elise", though this name won't be official until I've completed the piece. I'm hoping it will arrive today so I can have it ready to hopefully wear to church on Sunday.

The King Cole Kitty Cardie is almost complete too. I started the left from yesterday now all I've got left to do is to work the sleeve section and then the shoulder shaping, then join the pieces and block it. I'll also add a crocheted applique to the front.

If all goes to plan that's three projects completed in one week. Huzzah. 

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Romani Shawl PDF Pattern

I've been a very busy bee today, I worked two rows on the gilet collar, but then had to stop because the yarn left wouldn't have been enough to complete the row. I'll have leave it until I get some more. This is annoying because everything is taking shape, the collar is looking good and I can't wait to see the piece complete.

So, as I couldn't work on the gilet I decided to write up the pattern for Romani. I started by working on the chart, this was the easy part. The hard part was copying it into a word document. Each time copied and pasted, the chart would overlap pages and I couldn't adjust the size. After about half an hour of fiddling about with Paint and Wordpad, I finally did it.

The next step was to write up the pattern and the bits and bobs that go with it. When the whole thing was done, I then uploaded the PDF to Etsy, Ravelry, and Craftsy. I'm yet to load it onto MISI, I'll probably do that later this evening.

The house is in a bit of a state so I've got to some cleaning to do, actuallly a lot of cleaning.


Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Gilet Update: Collar

As stated in my last gilet update, I started working on the collar. Initially the bottom half was fanning out too much, so I've adapted this to keep it even. So far it looks like it will resemble what I see in my head, but only time will tell.

I've adapted the original pattern slightly, using up more yarn than initially anticipated. I'm on my last ball and I doubt it will be enough to compete the collar. I don't want to order another online unless I'm buying other stuff as  offers free p+p for orders over £25 (I love  Deramores).

There is a small haberdashery not far from me, though I'm not sure if they stock the yarn I'm using, Debbie Bliss.

Another alternative would be to head to my nearest John Lewis, they will definitely stock it but I'd prefer to support a local business.

See how this piece has developed.

Gilet Update 1
Gilet Update 2
Gilet Update 3
Gilet Update 4

Monday, 19 August 2013

I Don't Want To Go To Toilet

"I don't want to go to toilet" said my DS#1. A couple of minutes later he was trying to climb my lap not wanting (in his words) " sit down"/"...relax". At the time I was working on the adjustable poncho by Begere de France. I put this down and allowed him to climb up. He was only sat for a few seconds before standing up again, trying not to fall asleep. I ignored him and attended to DS#2 who was trying to relax.
Once DS#2 was comfortable I looked up at DS#1 who was looking at me with a far away gaze in his eyes. "Not again", I thought and asked him if he had wet himself. He nodded and then I realised that he was standing over the poncho, he had just peed on the poncho.

All I could do is pick it up and out it in the radiator, I can't wash it because it's not finished. I'll just have to buy something like Febreeze, to spray on it until its completed.

Thankfully I'm making this for myself, so I'll think of him every time I wear it. 


Saturday, 17 August 2013

Gilet Update

A few days ago the correct shade of yarn for the Gilet arrived. I got to work straight away, and completed the side panels. It took two attempts, the first time round I had too few stitches so it looked very puckered as you can see below.

I ripped out all the stitches and worked out a sequence of stitches that would even things out, as pictured below.

I have now completed the bottom edge and have started the collar. I won't know whether the stitch I'm using for the collar will give me the drape I'm looking for until I've worked a few rows. Hopefully everything will go well as I'm eager to get this pattern out.

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Baby Joy PDF

The Baby Joy Blanket has got to be one of my favourites. I am pleased to say that it is now available in PDF format either by clicking on the 'Free PDF' tag or heading over to my Ravelry or Craftsy stores.

I've had great feedback about this pattern and I hope that now it's in a PDF format, it will be a lot more convenient for people to use.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

No More Baby Makes

For a long time now I have been making blankets, booties and hats for the babies of family, and friends, and I'm not complaining about that, the problem is that I haven't made a a garment for myself (except the gilet I crocheted at the beginning of the year).

I feel it's time to begin making things for myself, like cardigans, jumpers and socks. Last week I leafed through my patterns folder. There are so many patterns there that I've taken out of magazine, then there are the patterns I've downloaded onto my phone, Ravelry projects queue and Pinterest board.

The only way I'm going to get through these is to forget the babies and treat myself to a handmade garment. There are three that I've currently got my eye on, on of which I've already got on my needles, and that's the 'Adaptable Poncho' by Bergere de France.

Adaptable Poncho
The other two are the 'Allegro' shawl by Purl Alpaca Designs and a Cape pattern by Martin Storey that I found in Simply Knitting magazine.

Once I've finished the King Cole Kitty Cardie that I'm making for my friend's twins, I'll start with Allegro and then start the Cape when I've finished the Adaptable Poncho.
The other items I would like are pictured below, these have been taken from Simply Knitting, Let;s Knit, and Knit Now magazines. Patons' pattern books, Bergere de France magazine #164, Purl Alpaca Designs and a pattern from the internet. The patterns were in plastic wallets when the pictures were taken, that's why they look a little hazy.


Monday, 5 August 2013

Near and Yet So Far

A couple of days ago I decided to continue work on the gilet. It's been ages since I last worked on it and it was constantly begging me not to relegate it to the WIP bag, which is currently stocked with various unfinished pieces.

I had to look at my notes to remind me what I had planned to do, I started working a single crochet panel on the side that would be joined to the back. After a few rows I decided that this wasn't working so I began trying various stitches. After a few attempts I settled on one and joined the side panel to the back.

The fit was really good and the stitch pattern worked well with the rest if the garment.

Before starting on the other side panel I hunted down the extra balls of yarn I had purchased a couple of months ago. I opened the bag and somehow the yarn didn't look right, but I shrugged it off and settled to get back to work. If all went well I would have been able to finish the other panel that day leaving just the collar which I could finish over the weekend.  The plan was to then spend this week writing up the pattern ready for sale. 

Sitting on the sofa, garment on my lap and yarn and hook in hand, I sighed proudly. A second later I realised why the yarn had looked funny, it was a darker shade to the one I had started with. It was also a lot finer.

I ran back to check the order sheet, I had purchased Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino instead of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino. I was so mad at myself for not opening the package when it had arrived, and now it was too late to exchange it.

So I've got to wait until the end of the week before I can order the correct yarn. Whilst I'm waiting I'll write up as much of the pattern as I can. I'm still not sure whether I'm going to do it in multiple sizes or just one (size 10). This is the first garment I've written a pattern for so I'm not confident in my sizing just yet.

I'll also have to decide what to do with the Baby Cashmerino yarn.
Any suggestions?