Sunday, June 17, 2018

Norwegian Sweet Baby Cap

Yarn: Red Heart Lisa DK
Composition: 100% acrylic 

Colour: Lilac (05691)
Pattern: Norwegian Sweet Baby Cap
Size: toddler
Needles: 4mm
Amount used:
Started: 12th June 2018
Finished: 14th June 2018

m1 - make 1 stitch
cdd - central double decrease - slip two stitches together knit-wise, knit 1, and pass the slipped stitches over.

Cast on 91 st on 3.5mm needles, join.

Work 7 rounds of garter stitch. Then change to 4mm needles.

1. K1, m1, k13, cdd, k13, m1, k1, m1, k13, cdd, k13, m1, k1, m1, k13, cdd, k 13 , m1, k1.
2. K.
Work these two rounds six times.

Then only work decrease and not increases until only 11sts remain. K2tog until only 3 stitches and thread yarn through those stitches and secure.

Make ties for the hat.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Pride Edinburgh

We were at out very first Pride march, in Edinburgh. The best word to describe was 'fabu-u-lous'!

It all started as we were taking the train into Edinburgh. We saw a young lass with rainbow striped over the knee socks, and rainbows painted on her face. A few minutes later, there was a woman with the most marvelous shoes, tiny half square triangles in a rainbow of colours. Sadly, she couldn't remember where she had bought them!

We joined the parade just outside The City Chambers whilst the speeches were being speechified. C talked with a few people. They were delighted to have C there, and got a little squee-y when we were introduced as the parents. It really was an incredibly welcoming and inclusive event. It was a very family-friendly event. We met probably the youngest person in attendance, George. He was two weeks old and was there with his mummies, although he didn't walk in the march.

It was incredibly positive, with compliments flying regarding outfits etc. It also had a great affected C. There were huge smiles when they realised just how many non-hetero people were present, and the number of non-cis. "These are my people. I have a place. I belong."

Feelings on a New Parental Home

This is a placeholder, and I'll write about it when I actually see their new place.

Friday, June 15, 2018

A New House, A New Lease of Life

Mam and Dad used to live at the top of a high hill. Dad has arthritis in his back, hips and knees. Each winter for the past 10 years they have been muttering about 'moving down the hill'. If the roads were not safe to drive on due to ice or snow, Dad was either stuck at home, or at the bottom of the hill. Thankfully, they have really good friends and relative with whom he could spend the night. 

Finally, finally, they took the decision at the start of the year to sell the house and move down the hill to a bungalow. This did not happen without a few hiccoughs, but just over six weeks ago they moved.

Getting ready for the move has meant they have decluttered a great deal. They have been active in the garden and doing minor repairs/decorating. This has continued since their move. Dad is far more active than he has been for years. Mam now has various walks available to her, almost all on the flat. They used to have newspapers delivered daily, now she walks to the newsagent and buys them.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Getting My Ducks in a Row

The ducks have now been stitched in place with the tiniest of stitching I think I have ever used.  The next step will be to hand quilt this panel, and later add in the water and the ripples.

It's stinkin' cute! I'm so glad I didn't try to make the ducks identical, but allowed each to have their own character. I'll probably use small buttons for eyes, stitch them in place, and superglue over the threads at the back.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Snuggly-wuggly Duck Ducks Quilt

My new holiday project has been started. I wanted to get the ducks made and stitched onto the background before I leave the house. The ducks are the tricky bit. After them, it will just be adding strips and the ric rac trim.

This project will combine applique, quilt-as-you-go, and hand quilting. Applique isn't a technique I've done before, and I wanted to give it a go. My intention is to try out as many patchwork and quilting techniques as I can.  Quilt-as-you-go is something I've done on the small scale, but want to try it on the scale of a baby quilt. Hand quilting is the area in which I feel most confident.

Reconditioning Knitted Wool

Many knitters and crocheters have UFOs, UnFinished Objects. Some projects can be picked up and finished. Others are best unravelled and the yarn used for something else.

With wool, there's a whole lot of kink going on when it's unravelled, and it requires a bit of conditioning to get it back in shape before the next project. If you don't recondition the wool it interferes with the tension of the project and can throw out the sizing. It's better to follow the steps below and regain some beautiful, non-kinky wool.

1. Wrap the unravelled wool around a book or a folder. If only part of the yarn has been previously knitted/crocheted, you only need to work on that part of it.

2. Tie the hank of yarn in a number of places.

3. Slip the hank off the book or folder.

4. Wash the hand is some cool water with a squirt of shampoo/conditioner. Rinse, and squeeze the water out. Don't rub, twist or wring. Hang the hank to dry. Use a weight of pull the yarn a little. I used a 500g weight a shopping bag.

5. When the yarn is dry, ball it up and use it in a new project.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Knitting the Italian Way

I'm going to be using an Italian knitting pattern for the first time. It is very much a 'get the gist of it and try to decode the rest' project. I was pretty sure it was 'Cast on 126 sts on 3mm needles, join. Work 1x1 rib for 2.5cm, Switch to 4mm needles, and increase by 6 sts. Work 9cm in stocking stitch.' Just to check, I popped it into Google translate, and was told that the increases didn't justify a press release. Also, I had to wash it til it was 9cm. 

Google is having problems with the difference between 'lavorare' and 'lavare' (to work and to wash). I'm going to go with my 7 hours of Italian classes and say it's 'work', not 'wash', and I'm ignoring the bit about increases not justifying a press release. My knitted increases are totally worthy of a press release!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Lilac Toddler Hat

Yarn: Red Heart Lisa DK
Composition: 100% acrylic 
Colour: Lilac (05691)
Pattern:  Toddler Hat
Size: toddler
Needles: 4mm
Amount used:
Started: 9th June 2018
Finished:  10th June 2018

Another hat bites the dust!