Friday, 1 February 2013

Knitting no fun? Try crochet!

Since I finished my Kim Hargreaves Tempt cardigan - which I still haven't got a decent photo of - I've been finding it hard to settle to a new knitting project. 

I do like to have at least one on the go at any one time, if no other reason than it gives me something to do while hubby is watching rubbish TV!

I started a lacy cardigan, Debbie Bliss's Sideways Knitted Cardigan, from the Rialto Lace book.



It's lovely, and quite a simple lace pattern, but I'm using dark blue yarn and my Knit Pro wooden needles.  They're dark coloured, and it appears that my 40 something eyes no longer like looking at fine, dark coloured yarn on dark needles in anything less than good daylight!  I'm working slowly on this one, but it's not winter evening knitting!

I then started a sweater - the Edge Hoodie - as part of a knit-a-long in the Anthropologie Knits group on Ravelry.  I'd got about 6 inches done when I realised it was going to be huge, so I frogged it and started again on smaller needles.  It looks better now, but I don't really like it.  Even though I'd decided to make it without the hood, it's not really me, but it fitted in with the KAL theme of "Sweatshirt Style".  So that's now on the backburner as well!

Rather disillusioned and not sure what to knit next, I browsed Ravelry for inspiration and came upon a gorgeous crochet wrap.  The Daisy Wrap from Blue Sky Alpacas. 


Isn't it pretty? 

I downloaded the pattern and made a swatch almost immediately. 


 I've now started on the largest size with some gorgeously soft cashmere/cotton/angora fingering weight yarn that was in my stash, and I'm loving it!  I'm so pleased to be working on something I'm enjoying, rather than slogging or struggling with one of the other projects. 

I will go back to the lace cardigan when the evenings get lighter, but I think the hoodless hoodie is heading for the frog pond again.

On another note, I've signed up for Scruffy Badgers Polka Dot Frock Fest.  She has around 20 bloggers making polka dot versions of New Look 6000 sometime during February.



I'll be using this fabric that has been in my stash since last summer.



It's a little bit darker than this in real life.  I only have 1.5 metres, so I'll be making view E, without the side pleats and will omit the cuffs as well.

8 comments:

  1. Your sample is lovely! And the dottie fabric is as well - your are on a winner here...J

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    1. Thank you. I hope so, I feel excited about both these.

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  2. Oh, that crochet shawl is going to be gorgeous!

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    1. I think so too, but then I might be a tiny bit biased!

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  3. Sam, I'm so in love with your crochet!! It's beautiful, and will make a fantastically useful and pretty cover up.
    Loving your fabric too!! Great that its a stash buster!! Enjoy the sewing!!!

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    1. Thanks Winnie. I'm loving the crochet too. I'm hoping it will go with the Vogue coat I made.

      Can't wait to start my NL 6000 dotty dress!

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  4. Oh my; your knitting projects are both exquisite. That lace pattern is so beautiful!

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  5. Oh I love the colour of your dotty fabric, looking forward to seeing it made up :)

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