Looking back to my last post about finished projects which I couldn’t post at the time as they were gifts, well today I can post up pictures of them as they have been gifted to the birthday girl (technically its her birthday tomorrow, however I got to see her today and won’t see her tomorrow). I figured my best friend deserved some lovely handmade goodness for her birthday. So here goes, this is the Autumnal Leaf I knitted for her.
The pattern for this shawl is on Ravelry and is called Maple Leaf Knit Shawl it is by Natalia @ Elfmoda. I really love this pattern I found it very easy to follow and I really enjoyed knitting this shawl. I love how it has turned out and also I love how happy my best friend is with it. I knitted this shawl in Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball the colourway I picked is Kleiner fuchs and I purchased it at Tangled Yarn UK. The yarn is lovely and I am extremely pleased with how it knitted up.
Additionally I decided that my friend needed a convertible Yarn Bucket/bowl, so I used some leftover Creative Cotton Aran by Rico Design which I used to crochet my My little Lenny bunny. instead of trying to find a pattern which suited what I was intending to make I chose to improvise. So I worked out how many increases I would need to make while crocheting in the round to make a circular bag, then I had to work out how I wanted the handles to look.
This is the end result:
With the top rolled down it can be used as a yarn bowl.
I am very happy with how this little bag has turned out. I’m even happier with it because I made it up as I went along and wasn’t sure it would look how I imagined it to until I had finished it.
This week I’ve been organising my Ravelry queue in preparation for starting to make Christmas gifts (yes its that time of year again), I like to get ahead so that I have time to make at least one handmade giftie each for my friends and family.
I will leave you with pictures of a couple of naughty bunny rabbits trying to be cute.
Echo doing her best to avoid a picture.
Freya didn’t like the hot weather.
This is the look I get when I suggest that Echo might prefer to go in her hutch because its started raining.
Freya has the most adorable face.
I have to say I’ve been busy knitting quite a lot lately. So much so that I’ve neglected my gaming hobby, and I love gaming nearly as much as I love knitting, but not quite as much, hence it gets neglected. Anyhow, as a result I have finished two more gifts, one for my future mother-in-law, and one for an auntie of mine.
This is the shawl I designed and knitted for my mother-in-law. It is knitted from three different yarns, all three were left over from other projects and I couldn’t decide on what to make with them. That was until I remembered someone who likes purple nearly as much as I do, and then I thought if I modify the shawl pattern I designed for someone else, then it should work beautifully. This is the result and I am really pleased with how it’s turned out. This will be a Christmas gift for my future mother-in-law. I hope she likes it.
The second knitted gift I finished recently (yesterday), is also a shawl, but this one isn’t a Christmas gift, as my auntie doesn’t do Christmas. I wanted to make her something, and she loves cats and pink, so I knew I had to incorporate both into what I knitted for her, the pink part was easy to do. I found a gorgeous dusky pink yarn with hints of purple, I used Eden Cottage Yarns Bfl sock yarn in Raspberry. I knew I wanted to make a entrelac based shawl, but couldn’t hit on a stitch pattern until I came across cats paw lace stitch, which is perfect. This is the result. I can’t wait to give it to my auntie.
Also my wedding dress is finished. My mum added the last of the flowers on Tuesday. I will take pictures of it soon. I won’t have any of me wearing it until after the wedding though. It’s super exciting knowing I have my dress all ready to wear. I am currently knitting lavender flowers to have poking out of my leafy lace wrist bag, I didn’t want a standard bouquet.
Anyhow will return at a later date with more knitting news and pictures.
I’m close to finishing off the main gift I’m knitting for my other half :D, just a few more rows and I think I’ll begin casting off, then I’ll see about knitting his second smaller gift. And I’m not saying what these are just in case he happens to read this.
After I’ve finished off that I’ll carry on with knitting the cardigan for my dad, I’ve the first sleeve to finish off before I move on to the second, and after that I can sew the raglan edges together and pick up stitches for the collar. I’ve never picked up stitches before, but I know I’ll need to work out how to pick them up evenly along the neckline of the cardigan, so this will be interesting for me. I’m sure it can’t be that hard, and I’m sure it’ll go reasonably well. I’m quite looking forward to it. I’m enjoying working a pattern as its testing the knitting skills I already have and its helping me pick up ones I’d passed by as I didn’t need them for what I was doing at the time with my knitting. So its encouraging me to look back through my knitting books and see what I need to do for particular things. As I’ve been knitting nearly a year now, although I’ve not been able to do it as often as I’d like and occasionally I’ve not felt up to it due to feeling ill, I don’t feel I’m doing badly as far as my knitting goes.
I must start knitting my older brothers gift as well, seeing as I’ll be working from a pattern again, I’m sure it won’t be terribly hard. But I do need it all finished before Christmas. So I’ll be knitting double time when I can. Its hard when you want to spend time with people, but also want to get on with knitting something that you know you can’t really knit around anyone as you don’t want to end up making mistakes.
Well time to break off and finish spending time with my lovely Freya.
Right thats the scarf I’ve knitted for my best friend entirely finished, so about time I posted up some photos of the finished project.
This photo shows the scarf after I first started it.
And another photo of the scarf not long after being started, the good thing about super chunky wool is it knits up really quickly.
The photo above was taken about two weeks ago, when I’d finally restarted the scarf and got back to knitting it.
The photo above was taken a week ago while I was on holiday from work, after seeing the Cruxshadows live :).
At this point the scarf became too long for me to photograph it entirely unless folded over.
The finished scarf photographed folded over a cushion on my sofa.
And hanging off the back on one of my dining chairs as well, its much too long to photograph the entire length of it now.
I’m so very pleased its finished, I’m carrying on knitting the scarf I will be giving as a gift to my mum, and thats going quite well. I hope to have it finished shortly then I can start something new. Also I’m trying to work out how best to put the Cruxshadows logo on to my knitting, I’m sure I’ll work it out.