With the amount of projects I’m about to write about (which to be fair is only four) I have to question why I am not writing about my projects once they’re complete. Am I falling out of love with writing about them? Is it because I’m not wholly satisfied with them? Or is it simply more baseline than that and simply run out of things to say as I am tired?
I don’t have the answer for sure, but I do want to get back into blogging regularly about my knitting, crochet, books and little adventures. Writing for me is cathartic, in much the same way knitting is. To be fair, over the last month or so I haven’t been very well. I had a couple of weeks off work, and in that second week I was hit with a stinker of a cold. Even know I’m struggling to know whether I am over it – and this morning I am erring on the side of no. It’s either that, or I was also hit with a viral infection of some kind, as I haven’t been very well.
You know what really sucks? Having a cold during a heatwave.
The other thing that been a priority for me is the fact that Artie hasn’t been very well, so I’ve been having to deal with that. More on that another time though as it looks like he’s on the mend now.
So before I dive into the summery of my projects I have officially hit the halfway mark on my challenge this year for number of projects to complete. I’m not optimistic for a 100 per cent completion rate, but that’s fine. It’s been a busy year of sorts.
Right then, the projects:
First up we have a test knit I completed for someone I met through Facebook. The idea behind the pattern is that there are loads of crocheted amiguri and dolls, but not quite so many knitted ones, especially humanoid dolls. The person in question wanted to create a knitted Doctor Who figurine as not everyone can crochet. I offered to test knit the pattern for her – my first time of doing so as well – and this is the result:
He’s a little David Tennant 10th Doctor. I changed a few things from the pattern – like the tie was made in iCord and I changed up the colours to what I had in stash rather than buying lots of new colours for it. The only colour I had to get was the fleshy colour which I got from Hobbycraft (and it wasn’t their WI yarn for a change! I think it’s a KnitCraft one, and definitely surprised me at how nice it was. I wasn’t expecting a great deal from it if I’m honest).
The pattern had lots of little fiddly bits but it came together well. It’s not the sort of thing that I usually go for, so was happy with how it turned out. I made a few mistakes along the way, but all that information was fed back to the designer. I think she was happy with how it turned out.
I gave this doll to someone, but for the life of me cannot remember who I gave it to. Seriously, I’ve been racking my brains to remember…. so if you’re reading this then sorry for forgetting that I have gifted you something! Also, make yourself known haha.
I’ll list these in completion order as at one point I had two projects on the go at once – really usual for me!
At work there was a competition running around the release of Jurassic World film. In light of that I decided I would try and speed make a dinosaur for entry to the competition. I only did that to try and encourage some of my team members to participate, but it didn’t really work out. A friend gifted me a load of Heidi Bears patterns a while back and ‘Puff the Magic Steggy’ was in there. Perfect.
With this one I decided to make each motif as I needed it rather than have them all made and then just join them at the end. I don’t know why but I felt that I was making better progress this way. It worked, and I was happy with the result. Because I was on a deadline I didn’t make the spines along the back, although I suppose as I haven’t gifted it yet I could potentially still do that. Yarn was the same KnitCraft stuff from Hobbycraft as in the 10th Doctor Knit.
Also, this thing came out huge.
My next completed project was a little Owligan. I have a few on these in my future but I had to stop what I was doing whilst I was waiting on some yarn for the next project in my list, so whilst I was stopped there I made this. A colleague of mine is going to be a first time Nanny so just had to knit her something in way of congratulations. I have a few other things planned but this little sweater is just too cute. It’s made from Hayfield Tweedy Aran weight yarn. Came out a little stiffer than I was expecting, but Hayfield softens up with washes as per past experience.
Lastly, we have the Haruni Shawl. This was very much love hate project. I loved the final result but hated the process of getting there. I tried to make this once before, at the beginning of the year but I was having some knitting funk/bad mojo and couldn’t get my head around the pattern. I decided that I as I had my last 150g Wollmeise in the stash that this was going to be Haruni and I was going to try again. The colour way for this Wollmeise was Femme Fatale.
So I did.
The first part of the pattern was fine, once I understood what was going on where, and how I was going to approach it. Except that no where in the pattern does it tell you how many stitches are in the repeats themselves, so when I was making it bigger I went over what I thought I would need. The answer, incase you’re searching for it, is 20 per repeat. Each Chart A has to be repeated in multiples of 2s in order to get the required amount of stitches to line Chart B up.
And yes, then there was Chart B. Pretty straight forward here if I’m honest. Not much to note I think, just mark off your progress as you go.
Chart C was more challenging. Mainly because I forgot about the fact that I would have to move markers when the chart changed, but I didn’t, I made the chart fit the markers… not the other way around. At least, for the first half I did. The second I changed. I got about 3 rows into the chart and saw that I wouldn’t have a lot of yarn left to complete the project to went back to the Wollmeise website and ordered some more. That’s when I decided to make the owligan above. Once it arrived and I finished the baby jumper I jumped back in… and that 23g of yarn last until the last 20 stitches or so.
I was very annoyed by that, you have no idea. My plan all along had been to put a contrast colour on the cast off, so to have replaced the whole yarn because I thought I was going to run out a lot sooner than I did and have the ending look really weird in an almost entire contrast, I got to the end pretty much. More than that it means I spent money that I didn’t necessarily have to. (It was still cheaper to order it direct from Wollmeise though, than to go to London on the off chance that Loop had it). You would think that I would be happy with the stash enhancement, but I’m not all that keen on Wollmeise. I don’t go crazy for it like others, that’s for sure.
However, I did pretty much make it to the end, so I got some similar coloured yarn to the red and finished those few stitches. I then blocked it almost straight away, it grew significantly, and then I gave it to the lady that runs the shop that really close to our flat. She’s really lovely, and although it was height of the heatwave she feels the cold in the winter, and it will definitely keep her warm.
So that’s it for now.
I feel a little lost for what to make next. I haven’t really crafted this week at all because of the weather, but I’m set on deciding something today. Maybe something lace weight as it looks like we’re not at the end of the weather yet.
What have you made recently? Any recommendations?