Chameleon Bias Scarf

This was one of the projects mentioned in my UFO post recently. It is now finished! This is another Stitchnerd pattern and as I’ve said numerous times before, they’re easy to knit but also have some detail to make them interesting….as you can see. This is my Chameleon Bias Scarf.

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It’s not often I knit with a solid colour so I am very happy with the result of this beautiful scarf.

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It looks and feels so lush and snuggly.

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The garter stitch makes it a very portable project to take when you’re at a knitting group and you don’t have numerous pattern stitches to remember. The detail on the edge shows up so well against this cream yarn.

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The yarn I used is Cleckheaton Perfect Day 8ply which is a 70% wool / 30% alpaca yarn and is lovely to knit with. I used 4.5mm needles as the yarn is quite a thick 8ply. Five balls were used in this scarf.

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Here’s a picture to give you an idea of the size of the scarf. It’s asymmetrical too.

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I’m a little bit chuffed as the pattern designer (Susan Ashcroft) requested wether two of my pictures could be displayed on her pattern page. So if you click on this link my scarf is shown on the left hand side….2nd and 5th pictures.

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I’ve had a bit of a harrowing day as there is a water leak in my townhouse and my plumber has narrowed it down as being under the garage concrete slab! I now have a couple of holes in the walls as well as some of the pavers near my front door beside the water meter have been removed and a hole dug. A special part needs to be ordered before it can be rectified so for the next few days I have to turn my water meter on and off as I need water so that the water damage is not exacerbated. This is very painful to say the least. You don’t realise how many times a day you actually need to turn on a tap!

I keep trying to keep it all in perspective as in the big scheme of things this is not a major catastrophe and it will be fixed. I need to knit to keep me calm 🙂

That’s my weekend so far. Until next time…

Melanie

BTW, On the right hand side of the home page of my blog there are lots of interesting links. I’m not sure when you receive my weekly posts whether you see these links. If not, what you can do is click on the Home button which is at the top left hand side of the page. This will take you to the home page where you can view all the links plus the most recent post. One link also takes you directly to my Ravelry home page.

My UFOs are steadily increasing….time to take control!

It wasn’t that long ago that I had my UFOs under reasonable control but now they’re getting out of hand again. I don’t know about you but when I’m knitting or crocheting a garment I’m also thinking of the next item to make and suddenly I have to start it straight away. Hence the increase in my UFOs. And it’s even worse when I buy a new bundle of yarn; I’m instantly planning more projects.

I’m embarrassed to say that I started this Curly Wurly Scarf around January 2012. The yarn is from a job lot I purchased on Ebay. I believe it’s an acrylic yarn. I can’t read the ball band as it’s written in an Asian language. This was in the days before I started buying beautiful wools and alpacas so that’s why the scarf has been languishing. The colour is a bit dull too. If I finish the scarf I probably won’t wear it anyway. Might be okay for a little girl’s dress up scarf. The pattern is from an Australian knitting magazine.

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I started this vest in July 2012. I’ve finished one side and am about 1/3 of the way through the front. I’m dreading picking up the stitches around the armholes and neckline. And since I’ve found an easier vest pattern which I’ve talked about here, here and here, I’m so not interested in finishing this vest 😦

01 Mock Cable Vest 01These crocheted squares are modelled on the Starburst Flower Crochet Blanket from the book The Gentle Art of Knitting by Jane Brocket. I first made this blanket in acrylic and told you about it here and then made it with Cascade 220 10 ply / worsted wool and told you about it here. As you can see I am quite taken with this pattern. This is a long term project and I am in no real hurry to complete it. I’m not sure how large it will be; that will depend on how much yarn I bought.

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This is my Autumn Fern Moebius. I started this on 4 August 2013 and I have lost interest because the pattern needs a lot of concentration which I find hard going at times. I love the yarn from Dyed By Hand Yarns in the colourway Spotted Gum.

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This tubular scarf is made from the pattern on the band of the yarn which is  Moda Vera Chantilly a 70% acrylic / 30% milk protein yarn. I don’t have much more knitting to do with this scarf so I really should attempt to complete it shouldn’t I? I mean, it’s only knitting around and around in circles.

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I started this scarf on 14 October 2013 and this will be the third Samothrace Wings Scarf that I have made. Another Stitchnerd pattern. The other two scarves can be viewed here. The yarn is from Zen Yarn Garden’s ARTWALK series and it’s called Garrowby Hill. It’s Serenity Silk + which is a 75% superwash merino / 15% cashmere / 10% silk (lace 2ply). This yarn is simply beautiful. I’m pleased to say I’m making inroads and should be finished soon.

05 Garrowby Hill Scarf 01This scarf was started on 26 October 2013. The pattern is the Pleated Pattern Scarf and the yarn is Shorn Fibers Single DK which is a 40% Baby Alpaca 40% Merino 20% Silk yarn blend. The colourway way is called Autumn Leaves and it’s gorgeous. I’m still debating whether the colourway and pattern are clashing. I think maybe a solid yarn would be better to show off the pattern and maybe use the yarn to make a scarf that has a cable detail.

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The pattern from these socks comes from the book called Socktopus. These are my Rusty Rocks Socks although the pattern is called V Junkie socks. The yarn I’m using is Skein’s Top Draw Sock in the colourway Rusty Rock. I’ve finished the first sock and am knitting the leg part of the second one so I’m over half way through.

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This is another Stitchnerd pattern called Chameleon Bias Scarf and it’s knitted in Cleckheaton Perfect Day 8ply which is a 70% wool / 30% alpaca and is deliciously soft and beautiful. Technically, it’s not a UFO because I’ve finished it but I’m just debating whether or not to block it. You’ll be seeing this one featured very soon.

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And finally, I started this Ripple Stitch Blanket on 8 November 2013 using the recently purchased Panda Magnum Soft 8ply acrylic. Each ball of yarn which weighs 100g will do seven rows. I started with 241 chains. If you visit this website you are provided with an excellent tutorial on how to do this version of the ripple stitch. It is set out so well and very easily understood.

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How many UFOs do you have and are you determined to reduce them? I’m desperately trying not to start another project until I’ve finished at least three of my UFOs. Let’s see how I go will we?

Until next time…

Melanie

BTW, On the right hand side of the home page of my blog there are lots of interesting links. I’m not sure when you receive my weekly posts whether you see these links. If not, what you can do is click on the Home button which is at the top left hand side of the page. This will take you to the home page where you can view all the links plus the most recent post. One link also takes you directly to my Ravelry home page.

Not More Yarn!!!!!

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I guess you’re wondering whether I’ve been buying any more yarn recently hey? Well surprise, surprise….I have been stockpiling quite a few new purchases and thought it was about time I showed them to you. I am keeping Australia’s (and … Continue reading

My Gorgeous Citric Green Scarf

Well I’ve been talking about it for long enough so I thought I’d better show you the finished scarf which I completed earlier last week.

I love this scarf!!! It’s the Leafy Bias Scarf pattern from stitchnerd on Ravelry and I think it looks so gorgeous. This is the third pattern from stitchnerd that I’ve used and I can honestly say I love her designs.

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The finished garment looks so intricate and yet the pattern is relatively straight forward with lots of garter stitch so you’re not concentrating on every stitch. I took this scarf to my weekly scrabble nights and still managed to knit, play scrabble, talk, drink and eat at the same time! Look at the detail in those beautiful leaves!

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If you want a pattern that has an interesting feature, is easy to knit then this is the pattern for you.

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The yarn I used is Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend and the colourway is 3068 Citric. This is a 70% extra fine merino / 30% silk, weighs 50g, contains 135m (150 yds) and is an 8ply / DK yarn.

Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend 8ply Citric

Manos Del Uruguay was created in 1968 looking for a way to help women in Uruguay’s countryside to generate income. When developing their products they looked to the natural materials that they had to hand, wool in particular, and also to use the traditional skills that they had inherited. They spin, dye, knit and weave the products that are later sold in the world’s most sophisticated markets. Today, Manos is a co-operative of 400 women, but during peak export periods, they are working with as many as 1200 women.

Here’s a link to Manos del Uruguay’s website which contains lots of information about their yarns. These are the labels that came with the yarn which give you the name of the artisan who dyed each skein.

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A close up which is still a bit difficult to read…

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I purchased the yarn from K2TOG in Albury which is one of my favourite online yarn suppliers. You can see the list of all my favourite online yarn suppliers on the right hand side of my blog page. (You will need to click on the Home button at the top of the page which takes you back to the home page where there’s lots of information down the right hand side.)

Here’s a photo of the scarf which gives you an idea of the size of it. I used four x 50g balls of the yarn to complete it. Don’t forget; this is an asymmetrical shape.

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This is one of my favourite patterns!

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I hope this scarf encourages you to try the pattern as well. I’ve nearly finished another scarf by the same designer. The pattern is called Chameleon Bias Scarf. I’ll show it to you soon 🙂

Until next time…

Melanie

Quick Weekend Update

Just had to show you a couple of items I bought from the charity stall that’s held at least once a month where I live. I pass it on my way to work so it’s always an ideal opportunity to have a quick look to see what other crafty people are making.

You can never have enough of these very handy tea towels. I use mine every day.

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I haven’t even taken this towel out of its packet yet as it is so well presented.

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I can never resist these little goodies.

Yesterday I attended another fun-filled Knit and Knatter gather at The Artist Tree. I’m not in this photo as I was taking it!

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One of ladies made this gorgeous crocheted Afghan blanket for her grandson. It’s based on the Squaring the Big Circle pattern.

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Here’s some pictures of the beautiful vivid colours in the blanket. Aren’t they simply stunning?

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I took along some baby alpaca fleece that I purchased recently and one of the ladies showed me how to use a flick carder on it so that is my next purchase so I can start spinning the fleece. Busy, busy, busy. I just don’t have the hours in the day to do everything I want to do!

Until next time…

Melanie

“Will You Knit Me A………? I’ll Pay You To Do It”

Firstly, I just realised I’ve been blogging in earnest for about a year now and I’ve managed to gather 93 lovely followers. I would love to make it 100 followers over the next couple of days to mark the one year anniversary so if you have any yarn loving friends maybe you could encourage them to have a look at my blog with the hope they may want to follow it 🙂

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll realise that I have been churning out quite a few completed garments. Not any jumpers (sweaters) or very fancy garments but mainly lots of socks, scarves, hats and baby garments.

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I show all my completed knitting to my friends and family and am sometimes met with the same response “You should be selling your knitted goods”.

I guess if you’re a knitter you’ll understand how frustrating this comment can be as non-knitters don’t really understand that it’s just not a matter of charging for the yarn but it can also take hours to finish one item.

Some yarn is quite expensive but I purchase it because I love the colourway or the content (alpaca, silk etc).

I’ll give you an example. One of my friends has on a number of occasions said to me “Can you knit me some socks; I’ll pay you”. Well let’s dissect that statement shall we? Firstly, the cost of the sock yarn is generally around $10 – $25 so I’ll use $20 as a rough amount. Plus I’ll estimate roughly five hours to complete each sock which makes ten hours labour in total. AU$20 an hour is quite a cheap rate to work for. Let’s add that all up now: 10 x $20 = $200 for labour plus $20 for the yarn = $220.

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Next time I’m asked that same question, should I just reply “Sure I’ll knit you a pair of socks. It’ll cost you $220. Do you still want them?”. What do you think the answer will be?

I also struck the problem at one stage where I was continually challenged about how much I was knitting and how could I possibly need that many pairs of socks etc. It became a bit too much after a while as I didn’t feel quite comfortable about knitting as I felt I was doing the wrong thing.

I knit because I enjoy it immensely; it gives me great satisfaction to see the finished product; it relaxes me (even if I have to frog some rows!!); I love working with natural fibres; I love smelling my wool (as I do my books!); I love collecting beautiful wool and adding to my stash; I love meeting with my Knit and Knatter friends (I have met some wonderful new friends through knitting); I love blogging about my completed garments. I’m not hurting anyone am I? I’m not offending anyone am I?

What does it really matter how many socks I’ve made for myself. I don’t criticise others for what they spend on their free time.

Please don’t ask me to knit a whatever and then say “I’ll pay you”. You have no idea how much it could really cost you and I don’t want to offend you by saying that pair of socks will cost $220. I knit for pleasure and don’t like to feel pressured that I have to knit something as someone is waiting for it.

I have made garments for friends and given them as presents. Their responses have made it all worthwhile.

I have so many patterns and yarns to experiment with that I hardly have enough time to knit what I want to make.

Once I’m retired and have more time to myself I’ll also have more time to knit so that’s the time I may knit commissioned garments.

Do you have any similar stories?

Have a fantastic weekend. I’m off to my Knit and Knatter gathering tomorrow….can’t wait!

Melanie

Green Tea Socks………Pair # 31

A while ago I bought this lovely sock pattern book called Socktopus and have finally made a pair of the socks featured in the book.

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These are my Green Tea Socks although the pattern is called V Junkie socks.

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The very clever detail in the pattern occurs from slipping certain stitches intermittently every few rows with two rows of purling in between so it is deceptively easy to do.

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This is the very first time I’ve knitted a pair of socks without picking up stitches along the sides of the heel. This pattern calls for a number of wrap and turn rows. I was quite intrigued how the heel turned out. It was so easy that I’m tempted to incorporate this wrap and turn heel technique into other sock patterns.

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There is no ribbing around the cuff in this pattern which was a nice change; the pattern starts right from the top of the sock.

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The yarn I used in Skein’s Top Draw Sock in the colourway Green Tea. It’s a 75% superwash merino / 25% nylon 4ply / fingering yarn and is a delight to knit with.

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I’ll certainly think about knitting another pair of these V Junkie socks in the future as they look effective and are quite easy to knit.

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In fact I have just cast on my second pair in this pattern but you’ll have to wait a little bit to see them 🙂

Until next time…

Melanie