WIP Wednesday 24.10.18

Current WIP count: 8

After pretty much nonstop knitting for two days at the weekend, I have made some serious progress on my nautilus shawl. Not that you can tell with it all bunched up on my cable.

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Apologies for the photo quality. It’s a dreich day in Glasgow.

I’m just over two thirds done and getting excited about reaching the finish line.

I’ve also made a start on a little robin bauble for my Mum. She loves robins, as they’re a reminder of her Mum (my Grandma), so I’m thinking of making a wee set of three for her.

It’s a very different experience to amigurumi, I must say. Lots of blindly following the pattern without really understanding where it’s going, then having an AHA moment when it all comes together. The sewing up is still definitely my least favourite part though.

Hobbycraft supplied me with some enormous skeins of cream yarn so I can get back to my Roses for Grandma blanket again. I want to make some real headway this week. It would be good to aim for some form of completion, like ‘make all of the roses’, but that’s a bit difficult as I don’t know what size I want it to be yet. Maybe I’ll focus on completing all the squares I’ve started so far.

So that’s what I’m working on this week. What’s everyone else making? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 17.10.18

Current WIP count: 6

I bought some yarn from Mothy and the Squid, colourway Zombie Bloodmoth, with the intention of knitting it into a Hitchhiker for myself.

I even cast on and did about 50 rows, but for some reason I wasn’t entirely feeling it. Looking back now I know it’s because my needles were veeeery slightly too small, so the resulting fabric was stiffer than I like. I mean you couldn’t have knocked nails in with it or anything, it just didn’t have the same flowy drape of my first Hitchhiker.

Then I came across the Nautilus shawl by Orla Howard on Ravelry and the interesting shape intrigued me.

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(C) Ainewillow

It took no time at all to frog the start of the Hitchhiker and cast on (with slightly larger needles) a Nautilus.

This is another easily memorise-able pattern that I’ve been working on while watching various films and series on my laptop, but it has one feature that I know will put off some of my knitting friends: the even numbered rows are almost entirely purl stitch.

I can already hear the groans! But I actually quite like the purl stitch, in fact I feel like I can purl faster than I can knit. Tell me I’m not the only one?

Roses for Grandma has stalled a little, as I ran out of the cream yarn. The plan is to run to Hobbycraft during my lunch break at some point this week, taking a square with me, so I can get a good match for the colour and make use of the 3 for 2 offer they’ve got on at the moment. I shall try very hard not to get distracted by all the other yarn on offer while I’m there…

So that’s what I’ve been working on! What’s everyone else up to? Got some WIPs to share? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 29.08.18

Current WIP count: 7

Yes, I started another WIP. No shame. It’s a skirt for myself, which I mentioned in my Griddle Stitch post. That was only yesterday so there’s not a great deal of progress to show since then (#fatgirlproblems!)

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So far I’m a little worried that the fabric is not quite…solid enough, if you know what I mean. I may yet end up lining it when the crochet part is done.

I’ve also been working on that amigurumi I mentioned a while ago. I left all the fiddly little bits til the end so of course it’s going much slower than I thought it would when making the easy peasy body, but this Friday is the deadline so I’m going as fast as I can.

It’s a copepod, in case you’re wondering. (I had to google it too).

Roses for Grandma is also bobbing along nicely, although I’m a wee bit worried the cream yarn is going to run out before I’m finished. This might call for a trip to Hobbycraft with one of the squares on hand so I can get an exact match if I buy some more.

Not that a trip to Hobbycraft is ever a bad thing!

So how’s everyone’s week going so far? What you working on? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Thursday 23.08.18

Current WIP count: 7

This week I’ve been focussing on my broomstick cowl and Roses for Grandma blanket. The cowl is now finished crochet-wise so my next task is finding some suitable buttons for it. I’m thinking dark grey would look good, but I don’t know for certain that I’ve got any big enough in my button stash so I might have to make a trip to the fabric store and buy some. What a hardship!

The logical side of my brain keeps telling me that I should do each stage of Roses for Grandma one at a time; all the roses, then all the leaves and so on. But the childish side gets bored far too easily so I’m chopping and changing between them all, as and when I feel like it.

So far I’ve got 3 complete squares, 4 roses with leaves, and 4 roses on their own, plus my playing around with forget-me-nots. I’ve got a ways to go, but I’m still not bored with it!

What’s everyone else working on? Are you having a good week? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Forget-me-nots

As soon as I said forget-me-nots couldn’t work in the roses for Grandma blanket, my brain started whirring. There might be a way to fit them in, but first I had to work out how they could be made.

A reference photo, as I realise they might not be called forget-me-nots everywhere

I had an idea

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That in reality turned out to be pants

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So then I started experimenting, and these are the results

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Three

My question for everyone is which do you think looks best? I am slightly leaning towards one of them, but my mind could yet be changed!

So one, two or three? Or do you know of a better way to make them? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 15.08.18

Current WIP count: 7

I’ve already mentioned the broomstick lace cowl I started at the weekend, but here’s a slightly better photo of it.

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Wow my camera is struggling to focus on this thing!

There’s been a wee bit of progress with Roses for Grandma, the most of exciting of which (to me) was the discovery of a more suitable yellow in the depths of my stash.

Mum told me that Grandma loved yellow roses so I had to include at least one. Mum also sent me this photo of the last china set Grandma bought.

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Using that as inspiration I’m going to add in a few roses using this colour:

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And possibly a pale blue one. Forget-me-nots are mine and Grandma’s favourite wild flowers, I love that we had that in common, but I’m not sure it’s possible to work those into the blanket so I might just go for a forget-me-not-coloured rose.

The only other progress I’ve made this week is caking yarn to better fit into the new storage I got. It’s so much handier than the six different cardboard boxes I had before.

So that’s what I’m working on. What WIPs has everyone else got going at the moment? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Roses for Grandma

I was quite close to my Grandma. When I was in college I went to her house on the mornings I had late lectures, she was the inspiration for some of my assignments at uni, and she cried at my graduation (although not as much as my Mum). When I lived in Crewe she was only ever 10 minutes away, and even when I moved to Glasgow I would always make time to see her during my visits.

Grandma passed away about five years ago, and honestly I still don’t think I’ve recovered.

Last week I had a dream about my Grandma. She was in a warehouse full of everything I’ve ever lost or forgotten, trying to understand why she was there. I cried when I woke up. Of course I will never forget her, but it hit my heart and I decided I want to make something in memory of her, something to remind me every time I see it how much she meant to me.

I remember Grandma always smelling of roses, and any hint of rose scent brings my memories of her into focus, so I wanted whatever I made to feature at least one rose. I also knew I wanted a blanket, to comfort me as Grandma did so many times.

A long, looong Ravelry dive (and a nudge from Tony) brought me to the Leisure Arts pattern Roses On Lace, and I instantly knew it was the one.

I’ve only got this far and I’ve already cried three times; it’s always bittersweet remembering the people you’ve lost. But every time I work on it I feel that as long as I remember my Grandma, she will never really be gone.

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