New Cardigan!

I’ve finally finished my Captivate cardigan from Kim Hargreaves North book!

Those of you who have been following me for a while may have noticed that I’ve been saying this is nearly finished for quite some time! May has been a busy month for me so this has been sitting in my knitting box waiting for me to pick up the neckline, sew up and block. I actually really enjoy making up (strange – I know!), but I think you need to have lots of time and a relaxed mind so that it’s not rushed.

It doesn’t have buttons yet – I’m thinking some little shell buttons would be perfect.

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I’m really happy with my choice of colours. I used Fine lace in cobweb and Kidsilk Haze in majestic – which has a slight purple tone to it, so overall it creates a nice warm grey. I can’t describe how lovely the combination of these two yarns is. It was a joy to knit – even though it was on 2.25mm and 2.75mm!

I had the perfect opportunity to wear it on Thursday, when I was the guest on a Create and Craft show with my book Cute Little Knits. Live TV is somewhat daunting so I haven’t been brave enough to watch it back, but I hope you enjoyed it if you saw it!

I’m setting you a challenge for June – get out those garments that just need making up and get them finished! If you’re stuck – you could come along to one of my professional finishing techniques workshops and I’ll teach you the joys of mattress stitch! x

Yarn provided by Rowan

My Favourite Cardigan…

They say you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone – and that is true with this cardigan. It’s missing and I miss it so much!

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There have been so many days since it went missing, that I’ve put on a dress and thought ‘my lovely Teal cardigan would be perfect with this’. It just went with everything and was beautiful and warm and comfy and cosy and the best shade of Kid Classic ever!!

I’ve asked around the obvious places where I might have left it –  but if you’ve seen it or can remember seeing me wear it (last sighting was Sept 14) – please let me know!

So now I have the quandry of whether to knit it again. I always think that I will re-knit things that I love – but what if I make another and then I find it? That would be time that I could have spent knitting one of the other millions of cardies I want to make!

wpid-img_20150324_112511.jpgFor now I’ve decided to knit a summer version. This Kaneshon pattern by Sarah Hatton has a similar shape with the waterfall front and I’ve got the Cotton Lustre yarn in the lovely Cornflower blue shade. This will be next on my needles and I’m really looking forward to it! It’ll be nice and quick. I’m enjoying knitting my Captivate cardie from Kim Hargreaves North – but I’m looking forward to knitting on something bigger than 2.25mm and 2.75mm!

My missing cardigan was from Kim Hargreaves Winter Blooms – so I could get the yarn and re-knit it for winter. But I think I’m going to wait and see if Kim does any lovely new Kid Classic patterns this year before I embark on a re-knit.

wpid-img_20150324_114203.jpgI’ve also been lusting after Comfort from Kim’s Still book. It uses Kid Classic and Kidsilk Haze stranded together. It would be eleven balls of Kid Classic and seven balls of Kidsilk Haze for the XS – so quite an investment and not something I would want to lose! But I don’t think I would ever take it off so I’d be unlikely to lose it.

So what do you think? Should I re-knit or move on? If only I had time to re-knit the things I love that have been lost or worn out AND knit new things – that would be the dream!

 

 

 

Making Diary

A couple of weeks ago I decided to keep a visual diary of my ‘makes’ over on Instagram. I often reach the end of the week and feel like I’ve not achieved much. This diary has taught me that my expectations are maybe a bit high- I make a lot!

Monday

I spent most of the day doing some secret work knitting- sorry! I’d love to show you, but I need to maintain an air of mystery. I then spent the evening working on Kim Hargreaves Captivate from her new book North. It’s all a bit grey!

Tuesday

More secret work knitting and making up during the day. Tuesday is knit group night, so I did a bit more of Captivate and then caught up on my mood scarf when I got home.

Wednesday

Final touches on my secret work knitting during the day, followed by a bit of Captivate knitting in the evening whilst watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This is getting a bit repetitive isn’t it?

Thursday

After finally finishing my secret knitting, I had a bit of an admin day on Thursday, which included making some buttonhole samples in preparation for a workshop. Being the first Thursday of the month, it was pub-knits in the evening, so I did a bit of Captivate and a mood scarf catch up in the Roundhouse.

Friday

Friday was supposedly my day off- but I spent all day knitting my new workshop mascot ‘Ted Bear’. And watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer!

Saturday

I hosted the monthly Rowan coffee morning at John Lewis Nottingham and then spent the afternoon merchandising their Rowan wall. After a hard day of playing with yarn (!)- I spent the evening working on my rag rug and watching  The Muppets (excellent film!)

Sunday

As well as a mood scarf catch up, I did a bit of Captivate and also decided to make some lampshades with old yarn. I might add more yarn before popping the balloons so I can’t show you the results yet. Blog to follow!

If you decide to keep your own making diary please share it with me! x