Monday, 1 February 2016

January Round-Up


We've already said goodbye to the first month of the year, it feels like just yesterday I was thinking of what 2016 would bring. The main thing I wanted for this year was to do a lot more knitting and crochet than 2015. I stated in my last post that I made 10 items in 2015, this is not acceptable and cannot be repeated.

So far this year I have made six items and I currently have three wips including an item I started in 2015.

Finished Objects

Socks

My first ever socks were Mina Phillip's This Way That Way socks in Regia Design Line Jazz. I really enjoyed making these, the pattern was very intuitive. I made a slight change to the orientation of the slip stitches, this was accidental at first because I miscounted my stitches, I didn't want to tink back, so I just went with it and slightly changed the design. I'm very finished with them, they are a little loose at the cuff so I may go down a needle size with my next socks.


Kids

There were quite a few kid's items off my needles and hooks in January. The first was the Baby Blizzard cardigan by Yarn-Madness using Wool and the Gang's Sheepaca. As with many of my projects, my gauge was a little tight so I started over and worked the larger size. Using the same yarn, I made a basic crochet hat to go with it. Both items were for little miss u, in fact, all the kid makes for January were for little miss you (sorry boys).


Next I made the Orchid Baby cardigan by RachySellsStuff, using that trusty Stylecraft Alpaca DK. This was a crochet pattern, which was very easy to follow. I made the 12-18 month size though little miss u is only 8 months, I think it's better that she grows into it rather than it becoming too small before she's got any use out of it.


Design Project

I made three design projects in January, all hats, all for little miss u. These hats will be part of the Hats Off To Ya Kid collection. I plan on making three or four more before publishing them.

Petals

Pippa

Ruffalo


WIPs

Socks

I haven't cast on any socks yet, so technically they're not wips. When I do they'll probably be the Lillith Socks by Megan Sanders. The yarn I plan to use is Knit Picks Stroll in the Sapphire Heather and Blue Topaz colourways.


Shawl

For January/February I am working on the Reyna Shawl by Noora Laivola with Skein Queens Luminosity Lace. The pattern is very straightforward but looks so good when finished.


Sweater

I'm still working on the 3-in-1 sweater by Atelier Alfa. I wanted to finish this in 2015, but other projects had to take priority. I'm now on the sleeves and hope to attach it to the main body soon.


Kids

With January's kid makes being all about little miss u, I decided it would only be fair to make something for the tripolatas. In May 2015 I started working on The Playground Shirt by Elena Nodel, one evening I was trying it on tripolata 1 and the needles snapped. They were my new interchangeables (Knit Picks Trendz I think), and since then the project has been sitting in my wardrobe. Instead of starting a new project, I'm going to redo this one, only this time, I'm going to add a bit of colour work. I'll be using DY Choice DK, the same yarn I'm using in the 3-in-1 sweater.


Design Project

My latest design will be a crocheted wrap vest.The yarn for it arrived over the weekend and I plan on working the first swatch sometime this week. You can head over to my Project Inspiration Pinterest board to see some of the ideas I have.


To help increase my crafty productivity this year, I'm taking part in some knit-a-longs. The main one is Winter Camp, a competition to see which team can knit/crochet the most in three months. Point are awarded based on the yarn weight and the weight of the finished item.

I currently have over 100 points, Winter Camp is really pushing me to knit whenever and wherever possible. I've also joined sock-a-longs, knitting one sock a month at the Bakery Bears and Caffeinated Knitting podcast groups, and a shawl-a-long at the Andre Sue Knits podcast group, all on Ravelry.

Other News

My new stitch markers are now in the Etsy store, each set is made up of three-five stitch markers and a progress keeper and come in a drawstring mini notions pouch. This month I'm hoping to make more mini notions pouches, which will also be added to the store.

   

So I guess that's it for now, before you go, here's a little question...

If you could redo any of your past crafty projects, what would it be and what, if anything, would you change?


Saturday, 30 January 2016

A Look Back at 2015

Mrs U Makes... Sunwalker Shawl

If you read my last post you would know that for the time being I will be posting on a monthly basis (with the exception of stash enhancements, acquisitions and shop updates).

Before I post my January review I thought I would tell you about the projects I finished at the end of 2015, these were the Chunky Man Cowl (by Marissimo) the Sunwalker Shawl (by Melanie Berg) and the Peekaboo Mittens (by Pensive Frog).

Monday, 25 January 2016

Ch...ch...ch...ch...changes


HAPPY NEW YEAR

It's been a while, a very long while since I posted anything. One reason for this is little miss u, this girl is like the tripolatas all rolled into one person.

The tripolatas loved sitting in their bouncy chairs and play nest and would voluntarily climb in and relax. She always tries to climb out of her bouncy chair and for the short time that she actually used the play nest she would stretch, wriggle and growl until she was set free.


She rarely plays with any toy or found item for long and, now that she's crawling, wants to go everywhere and pick up everything. To her, the laptop is an invitation to help me bash at the keypad or play with the cable. She's too much of a distraction.

The second reason is that I've been watching more and more podcasts and realised that many other people are watching podcasts more than they are reading blogs. I can see why as it's a lot easier to see someone talk about a particular topic whilst you get on with other things. You can also take in more information without feeling like you're reading an essay (like this post).

Mrs U Makes... Baby Blizzard Cardie and Basic Crochet Hat

One final reason is that I'm knitting/crocheting more. This year I've decided to organise my projects into five groups (socks, shawls, sweaters, baby/kids, and project design). I plan to have one item in each category on the go, so when I finish one project I know that the next project I will start will be in the same category. The exception to this will be socks and shawls, I plan to make one pair of socks a month and one shawl every two months.

 

As I'm knitting/crocheting more and baking less, I feel the best thing to do (at least for the time being) is to make this a once a month blog. At the end of each month, I'll write about what I've done and what I plan to do next month. I will on the odd occasion post in between if I want to show off stash enhancements, acquisitions, announce shop updates, or share a recipe.

As well as these changes to the blog I've also made changes to the Etsy shop. I will no longer be selling jewellery or knitted/crocheted items. I think it's best that I focus on one area so in addition to my patterns there will also be stitch markers.

Mrs U Makes,.. Stitch Markers

I've made a few sets of stitch markers, out of the stones I used to use to make jewellery (nothing goes to waste), which should hopefully be added to the store at the end of the month. I would have liked to have them in the store already but lighting isn't great at this time of the year and when I do have good light I have to contend with (you guessed it) little miss u.

If and when I do get regular free time I will go back to posting more frequently.

Please do come back at the end of the month/beginning of February for my January round up.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

A Trio of Chocolate Treats

Mrs U Makes... A Trio of Chocolate Treats #nobake @MrsUMakes

I'm not able to bake at the moment and as usual the tripolatas keep asking if I've made them any treats. I don't like giving them a lot of sweets and chocolates, they generally only get these when grandma visits (because she just can't say 'No' to her grand babies).

Monday, 16 November 2015

A Cast On, A WIP and Some Sewing

Mrs U Makes...A Cast On, A WIP and Some Sewing (Rosa Scarf)

I've been a busy bee this weekend, I've worked on the Infinity Scarf, started another project and made a bag.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

WIPs Update

Mrs U Makes...3 in 1 sweater

This is just a quick post to update you on my current projects. Since my last WIPs post, I've done quite a bit of work on the 3 in 1 sweater as you can see in the picture.
 
I have to do three more pattern repeats of the increase section before the sleeves need to be attached. The sweater has cinched a little where I've stranded the yarn during the colour changes though I should be able to fix this once I've finished this section. I'm now allowing a little slack when stranding the yarns.

The other project I have to show you is my latest crochet design, which for now I'm calling The Infinity Vest. Below is a teaser picture.

Mrs U Makes...Infinity Vest

I started on Sunday and managed to get a portion of it done, I only stopped because I had to calculate how much yarn I'd used and I couldn't be bothered to fish out my scales. Plus my elbow  has begun to get  a little stiff so it needed a rest. This pattern should be quick to make up, so if all goes to plan it will be finished by mid to late December, ready for testing.

I won't be making any Christmas gifts this year, I just don't have the time and can't be sure that all the recipients will still be using, let alone still have their gifts by the time summer rolls in. I'll work towards making something for my mum next year as she is the only person who I can trust to take care of a handmade gift.

What crafty gifts a you making this year?

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Goodies Galore


I've started watching a lot of knitting podcasts on YouTube, they're a great way of passing the time by whilst I'm knitting especially if Mr. U is watching something that I don't particularly care for (e.g. The X Factor). As I'm watching these videos, I find myself staring over their shoulder, looking at their stash of yarn piled into shelves and bookcases.

This got me thinking about my yarn stash and I realised that I don't really have much of a yarn stash. Even before giving away about half of my stash to my sister, most of what I had were either left over balls or yarn I didn't wish to use. What I'm left with doesn't inspire me and I really want to be excited by the yarn I have.