An Easy Zig Zag Scarf and an Upcoming Fibre Lover’s Day

I fell in love with this colourway when I purchased this roving from Kathy’s Fibres and it’s called ‘William’. With two 100g rovings spun and plied together, I ended up with a generous amount to knit a scarf. William roving 02On one of my numerous searches through Ravelry’s pattern database I stumbled across the ZickZack scarf and was immediately taken with it. I do love the chevron pattern look and thought this would suit my William yarn as it would naturally self-stripe. William Handspun 03Once I knitted a few rows I could see I’d hit the jackpot with this pattern and yarn and others around me kept commenting on how great it was looking and asking me for the pattern. ZickZack William 07Because I wasn’t alternating between colours as indicated in the pattern, I simply cast on cast on 60 st  and repeated k5 k2tog k4 kfb to the end of each row. It’s that simple! If you want to change the width of your scarf all you do is increase or decrease by groups of 12 sts. ZickZack William 01Now it doesn’t get much easier than that does it?

ZickZack William 04 ZickZack William 03Just a reminder to those of you who live in the Brisbane area, the Redlands Spinners & Weavers 2015 Open Day is on Tuesday, 16 June at a brand new venue – Redland Performing Arts Centre, 2-16 Middle Street, Cleveland (opposite the police station) from 10am – 2pm. RPAC_Spinners_Weavers_DL_FRONTRPAC_Spinners_Weavers_DL_V6-2This year it promises to be a fantastic day with a few new traders plus all our other fabulous traders. If you’re into fibre and yarn and love mixing with like-minded people, be sure to come along. Here’s a taster of some of the traders:

Earth and Stone Creations – Kimberly makes stunning pottery yarn bowls and stitch markers and she’s even bringing along some pottery sheep mugs (I’ve already ordered two!!)

Yarn bowls 01Shorn Fibers – Angela is one of my favourite indie yarn dyers; I love her work! Now is your opportunity to stock up on yarn without having to pay for postage.

Shorn Fibers 02VivianneK Handmade Soap – I first discovered Vivianne’s soaps a few years ago at my first Open Day. I love it and buy it by the block. Vivianne also makes handmade lip balms, laundry cream and lot of other goodies. This year she’ll be bringing along some of her needle felted sheep and spinning / knitting pendants too. VivianneK soaps 2Vivianne-K Needle Felted SheepKnitting pendant-tilePlus of course, there’ll be Desley’s hand sewn and embroidered goods, Arthur’s stationery that features lots of sheep / spinning designs, a demonstration and display of Owen’s (who’s known as Wheelsmith on Ravelry) antique spinning wheels, Lindy’s yarn and Ashford goods, Chantelle from Fiberific, Ursula from BB Yarn Supply, the Gold Coast Spinners with all their fibre, alpaca fleeces, members’ goods for sale, second hand goods, a ragmatting and spinning demonstration, multiple raffle prizes and our fabulous fashion parade of items made by our members, with some articles for sale.

All this for a mere $5 entry which entitles you to a ticket in the lucky door prize and light refreshments. This will be a day to remember! I can’t wait!.

By the way, I had a fabulous day on Sunday at the Queensland Spinners & Weavers Open Day. I’ll show you what I bought in a future post 🙂

Until next time…

Melanie

 

Mel’s Marvellous Mauve Upstairs Shawl

A while ago I told you about the 10 spools of Bambu 7 yarn that I purchased from BB Yarns Supply. Well I’ve completed my first project using a beautiful shade of mauve.

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The Upstairs Shawl is a free knitting pattern on Ravelry.

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The pattern consisted of nine repeats across the width of the shawl. In hindsight I should have probably only knitted six as the 100g of yarn on the spool was not quite enough to make the shawl long enough.

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At times I tend to get a bit gung-ho rather than looking at the pattern and doing a bit of basic maths to work out whether there’ll be enough yarn. Oh well, you’re never too old to learn from your mistakes are you? Not to worry as the shawl makes quite a nice little scarf!

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So it’s not really a mistake; it’s just a matter of rethinking what to use the shawl for!

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I’ve got another one on the needles at the moment in red. This time I’m only knitting six repeats across the width so the shawl will be much longer. It certainly looks lovely from behind.

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It’s a beautiful pattern and quite easy to get into the rhythm once you’ve done a few rows. But don’t do what I did and take it to scrabble with your friends and forget to knit a K2tog and end up with one extra stitch in a repeat thereby necessitating knitting back two rows. Ggggrrrrrr!!!

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Perfect little lacy circles….

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I can’t wait to show you the red shawl. Suffice it to say I’m not sure when this will be as I also have another lacy scarf on the go! Never let it be said that I sit idle in my spare time!

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Bamboo yarn certainly drapes beautifully and is so light and airy too. Perfect summer knitting yarn. Now I just need to think what to knit with the other eight spools! One thing I am sure of and that is I am going to experiment with knitting with beads as I’ve never done this before. Can anyone recommend a good shawl/scarf pattern with beads for a beginner ‘bead knitter’?

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That’s my news for now. What have you been up to this weekend? Oh, I’ve also been plying some wool that I finally finished spinning. I’m now spinning some more on my Ettrick spinning wheel. My plied wool is currently hanging on the clothes line in the sun drying off. If it looks presentable once I’ve ‘niddy noddied’ it, I’ll show you!

Until next time…

Melanie