Friday, February 25, 2011

FO Friday #2 - Camilla Challenge

They are Done!!! (finally)

Pattern: Camilla Mittens by SpillyJane
Yarn: Sandnes Garn Sisu
Needles: 2.5mm Harmony DPN's
Started February 3rd, 2011
Finished February 24th, 2011

I found this pattern to be a great knit. The instructions were very clear and the chart was easy to work off of.

I also found this yarn easy to work with. It has a nice wooly texture that I think will be great for mittens. Sisu has a reputation for being splitty but I didn't have that issue with my wooden harmony needles. I noticed however that the teal yarn was quite a bit thinner than the grey. They were both uniform throughout the skein but not the same as each other.

I learned a lot of new techniques with these mittens including using waste yarn for an peasant thumb, kitchener stitch, and a new way to hold the yarn for colourwork (but I can't do it with two hands yet).
I also discovered that I seem to be a "process knitter." After my last blog several people commented about the irony of knitting mittens while n Hawaii. I hadn't really though about it as I was just enjoying the process : )
These are definitely the most intensive colourwork project I have attempted and over I am pleased with my effort.

I do have a slight problem though...
One of these thing is not like the other...

It seems that as my technique improved, my tension changed.
I don't think blocking is going to fix this.
Oh well, I guess its a good thing I enjoyed the process.

I guess I need to pick out my free pattern and get an email off to SpillyJane!
For more fabulour Friday FO's check out Tami's blog : )

Cheers, Nikki

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

WIP Wednesday #6 - Come on Camilla

My family and I have travelled over to Maui for Part II of our Hawaiian vacation and have been joined by Nana (my mum) : )

This is our new view 

We have been here many times but this is our first trip with two kids. It is as lovely as ever.

I hope that my attempt at using cute pictures to distract you from the lack of knitting content in this post has worked ; )

I have been working on my Camilla mittens but after spending all day with two kids in the sun, I am usually exhausted by the evening. At most I've been managing a beer and a 30 minute knit while listening to ocean before I'm off to bed.

Now that my mum is here and my husband G's conference is over I should have a little more time. I will have more to show next week - including an FO Friday of my Camilla mittens. I will get them done by the 28th to get my free pattern!!

Check out Tami's blog for links to everyone who's actually getting something done!

Cheers, Nikki

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

WIP Wednesday #5 - Aloha

Needless to say, getting ready to take two small children on vacation has taken up most of my knitting time this week.

I am in the middle of the colourwork of my second Camilla mitten.

I did manage to start my Honey Cowl yesterday during our travels. I am using Madelinetosh's Pashmina in colourway Vintage Frame. It is a lovely mushroomy gray semi-solid.
This my first experience with Madelinetosh and so far it is glorious to knit with.

I don't have too much to show for my efforts. As I suspected, knitting was difficult to do on the plane with a 6 month old on your lap and an almost 3 year old vying for attention. My progress was also hampered by...

1. On the first try, I misjudged how much yarn I would need for a long tail cast on (of course)

2. On the second try, I realized halfway through the first round that something had gone wrong with the initial stitch to join the round (and by halfway, I mean after I'd knitted about 100 stitches)

3. On the third try, I knitted the first round with the cast-on tail (a specialty of mine)

On the fourth try, I finally got it right and am finally into the pattern.

Meanwhile, I am enjoying the view : )

Check out more WIP trough Tami's blog where I'm sure many other have made far more progress than I have.

Cheers, Nikki

Monday, February 14, 2011

Getting Ready (Priorities)

We are off on our Hawaiian vacation tomorrow so it is time to prioritize my vacation knitting.

Most of these are WIP's you may have seen before.

There's my "No Star" toddler sweater

My Camilla mittens (which I WILL finish and send a hawaiian photo of to SpillyJane by the 28th!)
I'm going to try and get a beach photo with my mittens on : )

My "Socks by the Pool" which I've sadly decided are on too big needles and need to be restarted : (

And a new project : ) Honey cowl with Madelinetosh Pashmina yarn. I hope this will be my travel project tomorrow. This may be a slightly ambitious (or perhaps delusional) hope as I am traveling with two kids under the age of three.

A greater sign of my delusional state may be that I am wondering if this is enough to take for a two week trip...

See you on the sunny side : )

Cheers, Nikki

P.S. Happy Valentines Day xxx

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

WIP Wednesday #4

Happy Wednesday!!

As I said I would last week, I have pushed everything aside this week to work on my SpillyJane Camilla Mittens. I almost have the first one done.

I have only ever made mittens once before and they were worked flat so these mittens have had a lot of new challenges for me.

  • worked in the round on teeny tiny needles (I'm a little worried about the tension between the the 1st & 2nd needles and the 3rd & 4th needles which occur mid mitten as you can see in the picture - maybe blocking will help even it out?)

  • colorwork throughout (inside out shot)

  • ribbing kitted into the back loop (which I frequently forgot to do)

  • knitting in waste yarn to pick up stitches for the thumb (definitely the toughest part so far but I think it's looking pretty good!)

  • kitchener stitched at the top of the hand and thumb.
  • The best technique I have learned so far is to slip the first cast on stitch onto the end of the last needle and then pass the last cast on stitch over on to the first needle before starting the first round. It makes such a nice tight join to the round!  
Two friends from my Craft Night are working on Camilla mittens too. It will be neat to see how they all turn out.

I did manage to pull myself away from the mittens long enough to finish the back of my "No Star" sweater : )

Now I am trying to organize how much space I have (very little - darn you baggage fees) and which projects are coming with me next week to Hawaii!

Hopefully, I will get a chance to send my next WIP Wednesday from here...

Cheers, Nikki

PS: See some fabulous WIP's through Tami's blog

Friday, February 4, 2011

FO Friday #1

My first FO Friday but my 3rd finished project of 2011.

I present to you...


Pattern: Cabled Scarf from Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine, Fall/Winter 2010
Yarn: Cascade Eco+ 
Colour: the incredibly imaginative 9448
Needles: 6.0mm
Started : January 7, 2011
Finished: January 30, 2011

A very simple pattern that comes together quickly on big needles. Would be a great first time cable project. 
I loved working with Cascade Eco+. I used the entire 250g skein and the finished scarf blocked out to about 20cm (7.5 inches) wide by 1.5 meters (6 feet) long.

I got the chance to test drive the scarf this week in our - 20 degree weather and it was very cosy and warm. I've enjoyed a few compliments on the lovely colour : )

One of these days I'll get a picture of myself with some make up on...

Cheers, Nikki

Click and check out more completed projects through Tami's blog. TGIF!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

WIP Wednesday #3

Wow. Wednesday again already!

Not too much to show this week (mostly because I'll be posting a completed Cabled Scarf on Friday - Yay!)

Other than that, it has been all about my "No Little Star" sweater for my almost three year old son.
I am within 15 rows of finishing the back. I am really enjoying the Bendigo Luxury wool and colour combination so far.

Thanks to everyone for their input. The sleeves will have stripes : )

I will however be putting the sweater aside for a while while I take advantage of SpillyJane's offer and try to knit up a pair of Camilla Mittens by the end of the month for a free Spillly Jane pattern!
I bought yarn today and can't wait to get started.

(Tonight, I'm hoping to convince my Craft Night girls to join me in a Camilla KAL)

As always, you can get lots of inspiration and see more WIP's at Tami's blog, who graciously hosts us all.


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Monday's Musings (one day late)

The fact this post is a day late is a good indication of how my week is going so far...

"Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted."
Randy Pausch

I have an (almost) 3 year old around here who's having a hard time getting a lot of "experience" lately.

Cheers, Nikki