Stitching Sunday: Updates, WIPs and Yarndale!

Good Morning!

It was the end of which most people would class as an extra hour in bed but due to a horrible nights sleep I spent more time of the sofa and not really asleep. Oh well.

Onto the updates!

The that I posted about on Monday not looks like as a jumper.

I hoping this will be finished by Friday because it is going to form part of my Halloween costume. No I’m not going to be a pumpkin. If I get everything sorted I’m going to post pictures on Friday.

The jumper was actually a Yarndale purchase. Which believe it or not was actually 4 weeks ago. Doesn’t time fly when you’re working ridiculous hours having fun!

In fact when I saw the jumper it was a moment of pure love. I spotted it across the pens, a deep orange exactly like one I had been searching for, not knowing if it actually existed. And then when I held it, oh my giddy aunt, it was just so, so soft. was a shop I had never heard of before Yarndale but now I can’t recommend them enough. Even after spending about 15 minutes trying to make the payment I was still excited about the wool. Yarndale in general makes me happy but I felt like was walking on air by this point.

I also got several other Yarndale purchases;

Wool from Susan Crawford (possibly a knit for NaKniSwaMo, its only 5 days away people. She also reconised me from last year due to my awesome Lady and The Tramp jumper. Did I mention that she is my favourite designer??

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Cascade Jumper

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More badges.

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Wool from Baa Ram Ewe (my LYS)

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Toft (For a Giraffe! And other animals.)

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Originally I wasn’t going to get anything from Toft but then just three days before Yarndale Edward’s Menagerie landed on my doorstep and I just had to get started on it. And it was another case on when I felt the wool I fell in love. ITS SO FLUFFY!

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Totally what I act like.

Sparkleduck wool AND A DUCK!

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With some knick nacks.

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And so far I have been really good and only cast on the orange jumper because I wanted to make that for Halloween.

Last year Yarndale had some teething issues but they honestly seemed to be all ironed out this year. Yes you still had to queue to get in or to use the toilets but the cafes were much better and there was more choice in terms of stalls. Bring on an even bigger and better Yarndale 2015! If next year is more awesome I may combust from my squealing just so you are all aware.

Well as for my other WIPs I finally made a decision on the neck of the little boys jumper I’m making.

As I had enough yarn to make them with the hood and wouldn’t have had a clue what I would have made with the leftover wool (at the time, I’ve found a perfect stash buster) I decided to go with the hood. And I’m very impressed with the way they are looking. When I was having a bit of a blog tidy up I also realised that I never tracked the day of when I bought this yarn.

It was on Knit In Public Day and to celebrate a few of us from KNN made a journey to the next town over and made a visit to Texere. T was a great day out, I think we ended up spending about 2 hours there is the vast warehouse of a shop.

The yarn used to make the jumper was heavily discounted and I bought the two colour ways I am using for the jumper along with another two colour ways for other projects. One is for a Cardie for the goddaughter and the other I bought just because it was adorable and I couldn’t leave be last two balls looking sad and alone in the basket, so I bought them. Tell me honestly could you leave this all alone in a basket?

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So ok I had no idea what to make with it but then I’ve had a lot of friends announce they are pregnant and decided to have a bit of an experiment. And for a change it worked!

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Teeny Tiny Baby Socks! And my first successfully pair of sock (we are not talking about the socks in this post) In the future I can quickly see these becoming my go to project for quick, simple present and to use small leftover bits of yarn. Best of all it’s a free pattern of Ravelry.

Talking about patterns take a look at these I also got at Texere.

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And the large amount of yarn.

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I have also started to work on some of the poor neglected WIPs. Take George the bear. I don’t like sewing up. So I left him my needle bag for many months in many pieces but yesterday for no reason Ok that’s a lie I was fed up of the orange monster I decided to work on sewing him up.

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So he’s still not finished but he is looking more like a bear.

I also had to pause briefly on my Fair Isle top. As much as I wanted this to be completed by September I had an accident on the train that resulted in the needle been snapped. Now I’m not completely blaming to woman who rammed into me as the cause of the snapping but I totally am. Whilst it would be classed as murder it is definitely manslaughter! For an equally disastrous needle story read my friends blog here.

Finally had any one been watching the celebrity version of Great British Sewing Bee!? I think it has been marvellous and of course it is all in aid of a great charity. I think I am most certainly adding Pam Ferris to my list of people I would like to have a tea and Craft afternoon with, even if she did scare me half to death as Miss Trunchbill in Matilda when I was little (Shotput, Javelin, Hammerthrow)

Congratulations if you got to the end of his post, you also deserve a tea and craft afternoon.

Fun Friday: Gig Review: Katy Perry supported by Icona Pop at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena.

A week ago today I went to Sheffield Arena and saw Katy Perry. As is becoming more common with my Gig Reviews this wasn’t exactly my cup of tea. Whilst I enjoyed a couple of songs from One of the Boys I could not stand the majority of Teenage Dream and really, really dislike California Gurls. Just ugh.

However when my friend have my a free ticket I thought why not. And was actually was really looking forward to seeing Icona Pop. Whilst I only really knew one song of theirs, they really did get the crowd warmed up and I am now liking their songs like mad on spotify.

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Here’s a good point to show how excited my work bestie was.

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As I said I was looking forward to the night but she was hyperventilating with excitements at some points. And at some point in the night I got swept up too!

The show was split into parts, something even I was aware of as Ms Perry had posted this to her Instagram.

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Just my personal opinion but I enjoyed the Egyptian section the most. It also had the most unusual backing dancer I had ever seen in the form of hugely distorted Egyptian Mummies. I couldn’t get any clear photos of them but if you can google then the. I would highly recommend having a gander. The golden horse was pretty impressive too.

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I also admit I squee’ed at something probably no one else even noticed in the course of the show. At one point Katy entered the stage on a Giant Purple Ball of Wool! With HUGE knitting needles! Unfortunately this was the best photo I could get of it.

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The internet doesn’t really have any pictures either. It was also during this section I became slightly convince that I had somehow ended up at a production of Cats. You know the musical one. With tap dancing cats. Singing about Memory. Well honestly if you were there you would have felt the same.

Katy Perry has also been criticised in the past for her shaky vocals whilst singing live but I can honestly say that I didn’t notice any flat or bum notes. This could have especially stood out in the acoustic section of the night but if anything the singing became stronger. I especially like the mash up between The One That Got Away and Thinking of You in this section.

All in all a fantastic night was had. The only decision that I have made is that I am now too old to stand at large concerts. In total we were stood in an area that we were unable to move from for about 4 hours.

Here have some more pictures!

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WIP Wednesday: I WANT TO START A NEW PROJECT!

And the bad thing is I don’t even know where all my current projects are.

Off the top of my head I have Vine Cardie, Aaron’s Hayfield jumper, Feathers McGraw, My Hearts and Flowers Jumper, Dennis the Menance Socks, lacy shawl, the Baa Ram Ewe Cowl, the extra tiny leg warmers, poor old Tut’, Art of Crochet blanket, a couple of other cross stitch (Cleo and a wedding sampler), beaded bag and…..no wait that’s it. I think. Maybe.

And yet I want to start something new.

Maybe it’s because my plan on Monday was to have a wool, craft, fun day! Yes it went a bit awry but I did buy some goodies. I bought some Scrumptious 4 ply by Fyberspates that at the moment is just for stroking. Seriously I’m say here petting it like a silky little animal.

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Plus it matches my nails at the moment.

I also found mountains of white wool in the charity shops in Headingly and decided to try kool aid dying again. Except I forgot the bit about only animal fibres. Now I know why they say animal fibres only. Luckily I only used a small amount so I still have yards and yards of white wool in various weights just itching to be used. More for me to cast on. More temptation.

So, I have decided I should finish at least one thing before anymore is cast on. Also my limited needle supply demands this happens. But what to finish? Well I’ve mostly been working on Little Vine (with the silly slippery needle), Heart and Flowers (Just starting Fair Isle section so not practical as a travel piece anymore) and Feathers McGraw (Stupid toy in a thousand pieces, on tiny needles, it’s a good job the friend I’m making it for is such a very good friend because I’ve been tempted to throw it in the bin at points). So these are going slow because I’m grumpy. As to where the others are I have no ideas.

On the other hand I did a bit of mathematics yesterday during a quiet 5 minutes at work. According to my library on Ravelry I have 1,155 patterns. So if I was to retire at 65 but wanted to knit everything in my library before then what would be the time scales? Well I would have about 2 weeks per project and I would complete them all before my 65 birthday, just. I think this proves I need to add more projects, I mean I need to plan retirement pieces as well.

EDIT: I went hunting. Tut is behind the chair, and I’m thinking he might be unfinished forever more. The small leg warmers are in the ottoman. Aaron’s jumper is in a bag on the door handle in the small bedroom/craft room/ study. The socks were in my blue satchel. The Vine Cardie was in my black satchel that I had taken to work today. The Dennis socks and shawl were under the small bedroom bed, but the pattern is lost for the shawl. This may mean I may have to frog the shale if the pattern is not found. The Art of Crochet blanket is in the pink box by the computer in the living room. Feathers McGraw is under the side table in the living room. The random cross stitch and beaded bad are in the really useful boxes in the storage cupboard. I have no idea where the Baa Ram Ewe cowl is. I’ve searched hard and it’s not in any of the usual places. However the husband may have a point when he says my craft stuff takes over the house. Makes me more determined to finish off some projects and give them a good home.

Mini Monday: Disappointment.

Been unhappy with something doesn’t mean you had a bad day. In fact I had a lovely day. But I went to the LYS (Local Yarn Shop), which for me using public transport is more like an hour away, and I didn’t get everything I wanted. Then I went to two other craft shops only to find that they were shut because of the bank holiday. This means my plans for the evening are now ruined.

Ok I’m exaggerating a but but I was planning on using new wool this evening and starting a new project. Yes I already have too many projects but damn it I had a lovely day planned and it didn’t turn out like I wanted. And now I’m back to work tomorrow. Thank goodness the next bank holiday is in 2 weeks. I might have more knitting success then.

WIP Wednesday: The happiness continues….

So after been a grumpy gloom on Monday and happy (Easter) bunny yesterday I’m once again in a happy bouncy mood today.

I think the nice weather has helped again.

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Yes I am once agin writing this at my local train station but look at that sky! After several years of absolutely terrible weather regardless of the month it’s great to have some nice weather. And, fingers crossed, it means we should on track for a fantastic Summer.

In crafty news I haven’t really made much progress the last couple of weeks or so. The Hearts and Flowers Top is coming along but after thinking that the twisted rib on it was taking forever I know think the same about the stocking stitch.

I’m also making another from The Knitter in Little Vine.. However I made a mistake with this. I’m making it in Sirdar Snuggly White Whispers which is one of my bargains I picked up in Scarborough. It’s a lovely smooth yarn and I’m loving working with it but I started to pattern on metal needles which in reflection are just too slippery. Most people would just change to bamboo needles but I find my tension changes depending on which needles I use. So I’m sticking with the metal.

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I’ve not got far but you can really see the pattern start to form.

I’m also going to see a knitting friend from Thursday Night Knit and Natter tonight so hopefully will progress a bit further for next weeks updates.