FOs: Rainbow Scarf and Fingerless Mitts

You might remember a couple of days ago I told you about the Rainbow Scarf with Clouds and how it was too big for Chloe. Well I needed to whip her up a replacement pretty quickly, and it needed to be a rainbow scarf with pink in it (I know, I know).  I had seen this Rainbow Scarf pattern on Ravelry when I was looking before, and since it was so simple I decided to give it a go. I had it whipped up in a evening, but put the tassels on the next morning.

Lovely rows

Chloe's version of Rainbow colours

With tassels

Little Miss

As you can see from that last photo, There was a pattern to make matching Fingerless Mitts too. I went ahead and made them in an evening, I just doubled up on the rows to make them a bit longer.

Can you spot the mistake?

Yeah, I forgot to do a row of double pink on the glove on the right – oops! Never mind, easily rectified.


They look really smart with the scarf too;

Looking good together

Chloe loves it all

Chloe went out to play in her new ensemble and actually kept it all on, her gloves usually come off at the first opportunity, I’d say that was  a win!

Your knitting and crochet time 2KCBWDAY7

Write about your typical crafting time. When it is that you are likely to craft – alone or in more social environments, when watching TV or whilst taking bus journeys. What items do you like to surround yourself with whilst you twirl your hook like a majorette’s baton or work those needles like a skilled set of samurai swords. Do you always have snacks to hand, or are you a strictly ‘no crumbs near my yarn!’ kind of knitter.

I usually do things like knitting and crochet sat on the sofa while watching something on the TV. Now,  I must admit, this does have it’s pro’s and con’s. It is more sociable than disappearing into another room, so I can sit and do it while I chat or whatever. Unfortunatly, if  I’m holding a conversation I can’t concentrate too much on a pattern, so I need to be making something reasonably simple.

I don’t like to eat while I am working, I would be devastated if I got something dirty before I had even finished it – and I would… I do tend to have a drink to hand though, thirsty work this needle twirling stuff!

Next to the sofa I have a box.  It has grown in size since I first learnt to knit. Just a little.  It is one of the large, clear 70L storage boxes that doubles as a handy table for me. Now when I first thought about writing this blog post, I took a look at my working area, it was somewhat cluttered to say the least. Bits and bobs of tools that I had left on there (yarn needle, scissors, stitch markers, etc…) and a UFO.  Next to this is my bag (my starter storage space) which was full to the top… Not good. So, this post has made me decide to clean up my act. I’m to start no new projects until I have finished one of my other ones.

So far these consist of;

  1. A Pacman Wristband – needs photgraphing and sewing up (and photographing again).
  2. A Panda Hat – needs sewing up.
  3. A scarf – on the last skien, just needs finishing.
  4. Socks – think this might have to be a WiP (work in progress), I’m not enjoying knitting them on DPNs so might have to try the magic circle method instead.

There, I don’t think that’s too bad. I’ve already tidied up the other bits and bobs in case you were wondering. 😉

There will be an exception to this and that is Sam’s blanket, purely because it is going to be done over a period of time, and when I tried to buy more yarn on Thursday they had ran out of one of the colours, so it’s a bit enforced really.

Granny Squares

The Granny Squares are piling up...

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Something to aspire to – 2KCBWDAY6

For those of you that don’t know, this week has been the 2nd annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 28th March – 3rd April 2011.  I’ve been rather lax in participating for a number of reasons, but do intend to blog for each of the seven subjects, it’s just going to take me a bit longer. I am starting with todays blog suggestion which is;

Is there a pattern or skill that you don’t yet feel ready to tackle but which you hope to (or think you can only dream of) tackling in the future, near or distant? Is there a skill or project that makes your mind boggle at the sheer time, dedication and mastery of the craft? Maybe the skill or pattern is one that you don’t even personally want to make but can stand back and admire those that do. Maybe it is something you think you will never be bothered to actually make but can admire the result of those that have.

Well one of the most recent things that I have learnt to do is crochet.  As with knitting I’ve started with a simple square,  and just progressed to a ‘granny square’ so far.  I know that sounds a bit naff, but I’ve successfully made a whole blanket – I even managed to make a pretty edging!

George Pig is comfy!

Now I’ve managed to set myself up a bit here, as firstly I got asked to make a pillow to go with it, then secondly number two son has asked for a larger version to go on his bed. Not pink. I don’t mind, every square I make gets me more efficient and proficient with the crochet needle, and it’s nice to be able to make something for someone that I know they actually want, will like and appreciate.

What I envy I suppose, is when people can take these, what are really quite basic stitches, and make a ‘thing’ out of them. It’s doesn’t matter what exactly, just something a little more practical, something that people can comment on as being unusual, and then they can be envious when they find they can’t just head to the high street to get their own.

To this end I have been flicking through the book that I leant to crochet from; The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller (the same person that taught me to knit fact fans!) and have come up with what I hope is going to be a simple challage, a pair of fingerless gloves.

Lovely Fingerless Gloves

What’s that next to the book I hear you cry?! Well, I had to go shopping didn’t I? As much as I like the fishnet effect using the black, I thought I might like something with a little more colour, so that is what I brought! Also, I have been making a lot of things with acrylic recently, and thought that my gloves should be something a little better at least.

Lovely Fingerless Glove Yarn

It’s just a basic 30% wool, 70% premium acrylic blend by King Cole, but it is lovely to me and I can’t wait to work with it.

I have the bed blanket to finish first though (unless I run out of yarn and don’t have time to buy any more of course…) so watch this blog for further updates!


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