Tuesday, 25 April 2017

knitting down the rabbit hole

 
Hello, hello, hello lovely readers - it's been a little bit of time since we last exchanged words across the vast world wide web. How have you been? I've been busy, mildly stressed, but pretty cheerful all things considered. Oh heck, and hope you had a lovely Easter!

Now that the pleasantries are over, let's get down to knitted tax - namely a little project I knitted up a while ago, and can now share with you. This Alice in Wonderland set is available with Knit Now issue 73 as a free kit, and it's so adorable.

The pattern is designed by Sachiyo Ishii, who's knits are the absolute most darling things I have ever seen! As soon as I saw the pictures of the set, I couldn't knit them fast enough. Alice in Wonderland is such a wonderful book to read, and such a well-known, iconic story filled with imagination and, well let's face it, weirdness. But awesome weirdness!!
 

 
There is a lot of shaping in the patterns, which makes it a lot easier when stuffing to get the lovely little details such as the cheeks and eyes. Sachiyo gives a lot of instruction when it comes to stuffing and shaping, and also sewing in the eyes. The eyes are French knots on both Alice and the White Rabbit, nice and simple but they work. The Cheshire cat is simply embroidered on, and the construction of the cat is my favourite; he has such a big butt and cute pointy legs!


The watch is pretty nifty too, and has a small cardboard circle to help keep its shape. I really enjoyed knitting these guys, and love to look at them sat at my desk at work! 

Next on the knitting list (that is already 7 strong) will be the next stage of the #EnchantedCottageKAL - colourwork blocks! These are in the same issue as Alice and friends, and I think I will cast on while watching Vikings and eating Easter chocolate - mm mm mmmmm.

Oh, and make sure to watch out for some reveals from the #biggeekyswap - I can't wait to share the Poison Ivy that I crocheted.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

#EnchantedCottagKAL 2

The next issue of Knit Now came out this week, which means it's part 2 of the #EnchantedCottagKAL! I told you all about the beginning of the knit along last month, which will result in a lovely finished blanket (I am sure - technically a mystery KAL after all). There are 3 options of blanket to choose from, and I am knitting the Hyacinth Blanket - which of the three is the more advanced of the blankets. I am knitting it in West Yorkshire Spinners Illustrious which is luuuuush! Last month we launched with the galaxy spiral square, which was so, so much fun to knit - I could only hope this month would be just as good.

Oh yes, yes it was! You see above that I have knit the knots & berries square. This month is all about cables, and let me tell you these cables were pleasantly challenging! If you look at one of the cables and count the 3 strands, in order to have the middle strand visually snaking up and down in between the other two, 2 cable needles were required, and after bringing one to the front and the other to the back, you have to knit, then swap them round, and then knit the cable needles in an order that I can't even remember it was that interestingly complex. Don't let that put you off though, it was well worth it and I've never done cabling where more than one cable needle was needed. 

I think you will also agree that the finished effect is lovely. The berries are made by increasing 5 stitches into one, turning, and reducing them again before carrying on. My only issue is with the finish - it is very difficult to block this square into, well, a square. I had this difficulty with the galaxy spiral as well, so I am curious how my finished blanket will turn out if all of my squares are just not quite squares ... but it will be consistent! And if I can nail my seaming technique I am certain that they will gently shape each other into squares. 

So, two months in, 4 squares done - so far I am enjoying this :) I have seen the next 2 squares to look forward to (the perks of the job, eh?) and they look just as fab so I am very much looking for to continuing this! In the meantime, I fancy starting my own take on Lucy's Attic24 granny stripe blanket, so that will be today's job, and tonight's while Ben and his friend watch Wrestlemania (anyone else into that? No? Ah well!) 

If you are taking part, make sure to say hi and let me know which blanket you are knitting! If you fancy joining in, you can buy issue 71 and 72 (parts 1 and 2) from www.moremags.com 

Oh, and before I go, HOW is it April already?! The year is gushing past But the sun is out right now so I am very pleased with this :)