Archive for October, 2008

10 days … and so much knitting!!

Well, in the last 10 days the knitting has progressed, though not as much as previously as now I am commuting again by car!

Sometimes last week in the evening I have completed the baby jacket. The 5 buttons are attached and now all it needs it a good wash and iron. I will then take some pictures before I give it to Lucy for her baby girl.

The hooded jumper is also finished! I finished the hood on the 21st on the way home on the train and over various evenings I sew it all together. This was a very hard task again, with lots of doing and undoing! At the end I did not attach the pocket; I sew it on but it was not in the centre … and after taking it off I decided that it did not really need a pocket so I did not put it on!

Last week I have also started my new project, another baby jumper! This time for my 4 yrs old God-daughter. The yarn is a bulky green with a metallic line which changes colour, form pink to blue, via orange, salmon, yellow…. the yarn is very very light and soft and the finished effect is beautiful!! The pattern is fairly easy and it includes very little sewing, only the underarm seams!!! The jumper is built in one piece starting from one cuff and finishing at the other cuff so it is vertical rather than horizontal!


October 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm Leave a comment

Hooded jumper – hood completed (Maglia con cappuccio – cappuccio finito)

Well, not quite but only 1 more row and then bind off!

I found this quite challenging … mainly in picking up the stitches firstly from the next and secondly on the front of the hood as they were both picking up from a round shape to go on a straight needle! I found that towards of the row, the beginning was really stretching! Once I worked the first few rows than it was no longer a problem as I was working more on a straight than a round!

Should be able to finish the hood tonight on the way home and this morning I have also finished the pocket. What is then left to do is the sewing bit … though it should not be too much!

Beh, quasi finito! Mi manca soltanto piú un ferro e la chiusura e poi é finito!

October 21, 2008 at 12:25 pm Leave a comment

Knitting progressing … gardening is not.

The baby layette jacket is so so nearly finished … only the buttons are missing!

At the weekend I did all the sewing … sides and sleeves. It did take me a long time, lots of doing and un-picking and re-doing again … but I finished i on Sunday night and also attached the 1st button.

Not happy with it, I will take it off and do it again. Once done, all it will need it a quick wash and some pictures!

The hooded jumper is also progressing well. This morning I started the hood … again after a few false starts, firstly in picking up the correct number of stitches in the neck, then increasing them at the right spaces … but it is now well under way! I am so pleased this one will require much less sewing!

Last night I have also selected the yarns for my next 2 projects:

– Another hooded jumper in black as a Christmas present for a 9 yrs old boy

– Not sure what pattern, but the yarn is a beautiful chunky green wool mix with a coloured metallic line running thru’. This will be a Christmas present for a 5 yrs old girl.

Even thought the weekend was good, I spent no time at all in the garden! Now it will be a few weeks before I can dedicate some times to it … oh well, never mind!

October 20, 2008 at 11:42 am Leave a comment

3 needle bind off

I have learnt a new technique to join the shoulders whilst knitting rather than finishing them separately and then sewing them together. It is FANTASTIC!!!

The finished result is really neat and I do like the fact that there are so fewer loose ends and at the end of the project I will not have all the different bits to put together!

This was a bit tricky to begin with, probably because I was using size 8mm needles … the trick was holding 2 needles with the left hand! The actual binding off though was quite easy and straightforward.

Now that both front and back are finished I have started the first sleeve, unfortunately after knitting 8 rows I had to undo it as I did it wrong … silly me! Well, at least I have noticed early enough and I have almost caught up again.

This jumper is so quick to do!

October 16, 2008 at 9:06 am Leave a comment

Hooded jumper …

The new hooded jumper is fantastic!

I completed the back yesterday, did not start the pocket as planned, but today I have started the front and I am half way up already!!

Hopefully I should make progress tonight on the train again!

October 15, 2008 at 4:52 pm Leave a comment

Knitting is progressing …

I have now completed the collar on the Baby Layette jacket … so all it needs doing now is sawing it all together and adding the buttons!!

The new hooded jumper is also progressing incredibly fast! The chunky yarn is making the project very quick and even though I have only started it yesterday, with the few hours of knitting I have done on the train, the back is nearly completed!

Tonight on the train I should finish it and I may start knitting the front pocket as I can do it with the same size needle.

Note for self: Always take all the needles used on a project as I cannot start either the sleeves or the front as I do not have the smaller needles for the bottom!

October 14, 2008 at 5:28 pm Leave a comment

Tomatoes are up

One other big hobby I have is gardening and this year for the first time we have a veg patch in the back garden.

As it was my first year, I was very pleased with the results and I have also taken some notes on what to do differently next year.

At the weekend I have taken advantage of the beautiful weather and have done some work outside:

– Collected the last set of French beans and removed the plants. This was the 3rd set of plants and overall we had a very good production throughout from the beginning of August onwards.

– Collected the few tomatoes and removed the plants. Tomatoes were not very successful at all. We were late and planing them outside and due to the poor sunshine over the summer they only started to ripen towards the end of September and they were not very sweet at all. Also, whilst we were around in the first part of the summer I managed to keep them blight free, however they were completely black when we returned from our 2 weeks holiday in September!

The winter & lamb’s lettuce and the spinach are growing nicely, awaiting next February and March for them ot be ready o be harvested.

Still ready to be picked before hte winter comes we have:

– Lamb’s lettuce

– Gem’s lettuce

– Chicory

– Chard

October 14, 2008 at 1:17 pm Leave a comment

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