Yarn House knitters

Ongoing projects and yarn mainly originating from the Yarn House in Caterham, Surrey.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

I think I already know the answer....

I'm just finishing up the back of this sweater when I notice that the next ball of yarn is not exactly the same color as the one I'm working on. I keep going and then decide to alternate the skeins for the rest. I know vaguely that I should have done this to begin with but I honestly didn't realize that they were that different. There were only 8 or 9 skeins and I thought they were all done at the same time. I need to rip the body out and start again, don't I??

You can see it better in this photo.


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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

New Projects

Couldn't wait to cast these on!

Wraparound is going slowly. I had to size down to 3mm to get the right tension. I'm on a roll now with tension squares and seem to do them before every project. Maybe I'm maturing as a knitter!

And Sarita. This was taken without a flash and seems to reflect the colors best. I started with the bottom which is one long strip. I thought it would be easy and I could use it to see the pattern for the other sections.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Yarn from America


Thought you might like to see your yarn! Only a few more weeks to wait. The silk garden is like a 4 ply. Will make a gorgeous scarf. If anyone else wants some silk garden lite - order in the next couple days from Webs so it gets delivered to me before Simon leaves for the UK!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Knit & Relax Sun 21st Jan


Here are 3 of the things being knitted on Sun.

Baby hat in 4ply snuggly by Sheelagh for her neighbours new baby, arrival imminent.

Back of Butterfly from Noro Knits by sam in Kureyon.

Snake in 4 ply sock yarn in cotton by Helen. My limited computer skills mean I was unable to turn picture round, so you will have to crick your neck. Note to self all future pictures to be taken landscape not portrait.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Sorry, forgot a photo

Silly me, here is the photo of Phoebe's cardi.


I have had a run on finishing this week. 3 items since Sunday. I think this may have something to do with the fact that I have got 2 pairs of socks and a KSH scarf to knit by the beginning of March for presents. I haven't started any of them and am in denial.

Anyway photos of 2 of finished objects.

Rolling Thunder socks from the last Knitty in Lornas Laces Shepherds Sock Gold Hill. I really like them lovely and soft and the only problem I had was on the first sock. The top of the sock is doubled over. You start with a provisional crochet cast on, knit the inside of the cuff followed by the outside and then knit the live stiches together with the ones from the provisional cast on. Only trouble was I had started knitting at the wrong end of the cast on and it wouldn't unravel smoothly so I had a dreadful job unpicking the waste yarn. I did not make that mistake on the 2nd sock.

Crochet cardigan for Phoebe, using Cashsoft 4 ply. What I lovely yarn, I have never used any cashsoft before but I certainly will again. The pattern is in November 2006 Knit Today, and ther was a sample on a dummy at Ally Pally. The pattern was marked easy. It certainly was not easy. I should think I ripped a third to a half of what I actually crocheted. The shaping was the problem coupled with the pattern not being particulary clear. Still it looks nice on her now its finished, but I will not be doing that particular pattern again.

Also finished is a scarf for Phoebe using Phildar yarn brought back from France for me by Katherine. Three different yarns, tape, eyelash and funny fluffy bobbles different colours spaced along a fine thread. Knitted with 2 yarns together always the tape and 4 rows alternately of the eyelash and bobbles. No photo I am afraid as she has worn it to school.

I got a very nice Kim Hargreaves kit for christmas. http://www.kimhargreaves.co.uk/acatalog/Charm.html
In colour phantom. I want to start it but also want to finish a few other things first, plus the 3 persents take priority.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Knit and Relax Sunday 7th Jan

We had a good time yesterday. Present were: me, Sue, Debbie, Helen, Sam, Maria and Sharon. I was finishing a waistcoat (pattern courtesy of Sweater Wizard) and starting Susan from Naturally Noro - why haven't you done this yet, Katherine? I am going to make the shoulders wider, they are a bit strappy. Sue was doing Issy from (?) 29 in felted tweed - looks gorgeous. Debbie started a sock, Helen was doing a shrug from Erika Knights new book in Louisa Harding silk and wool. Sam - well Sam had a tragedy! Her Christmas present - DB cashmerino DK in navy, the dye came off on her hands. So she now has to wait for some more to arrive before she can get on with a jumper from the RYC baby alpaca book - sorry don't know the name. Maria did a sleeve of the front cover of the new Noro book - hurry up Maria I need it for Doris! Sharon has the sock bug BAD and is doing her umpteenth sock since Christmas - she has done a pair in tapestry which look wonderful.

No gossip as such BUT we have had a bright idea to have a weekend away - no date yet, but a relaxing weekend of knitting and chatting is definitely on the cards! It has to be cheap, near enough to get to on a friday night, but far enough away from families, with a handy pub for food or a takeaway that delivers (although Sam has offered to cook....)

We missed Katherine, Philippa and Helen, but no doubt they will be around for the next installment on 21st.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Rolling Thunder

I should never have cast this on at all. Even though Mum's socks for Xmas are finished I am only part way up the first front of Phoebe's cardigan & I wanted to finish it for Xmas. I have an evre expanding sock yarn stash and certainly did not need to buy any more. I really like the other Lornas Laces socks I have knitted very soft and comfortable.

Yarn Lornas Laces colourway Gold Hill exactly the same as on knitty but totally different colours. Very bright on Knitty pinks etc, much more muted on mine greens reds golds purples. The colour is fairly accurate from the photo. I prefer it, should have the welt finished this pm and be on to the rib.

The colours don't seem to be pooling on 2.25mm needles which is really good as there was a certain amount of pooling going on with the previous pair.