YOP – Year 4 week 9

charly

Finishes for the month of August consist of

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Two items from the gift section – Rainbow Squares Blanket which has a FO post here and tealight holders

One item from the shawl section – Drops of Firelight which has a FO post here.

One item from the garment section – Caoimhe’s Sunday Sweater

One item from the design section – Flowing Uphill Cowl

Just like July 5 FO’s but this month they are larger.

Work on projects this week has consisted of,

Sporadic bursts of work but yet reaching the top corner of the Rainbow Corners Blanket, you can see I’m now decreasing on one side until I reach the bottom corner so it’s coming together quickly despite the small amount of time dedicated to it. I had hoped to have this one finished by now as I still have one more to complete but it’s nearly there.

Rainbow Corners Blanket
Rainbow Corners Blanket

I’ve also been working away on the Eole cardigan for Evelyn. I’m now further on than this picture, I’ve about a further 10cms left to go on the body before I can start on the arms, I do just want to check lengths against Evelyn before doing that.

Eole cardigan for Evelyn
Eole cardigan for Evelyn

I’ve been working away on the secret project this week, sometimes making progress and sometimes just ripping back all that was done because it wasn’t quite right.

If you are on my Celtic Knit Facebook page here, you’ll have seen some updates during the week about some of those designs. Over the coming months I’m hoping to work more of this end of the design section certainly until Christmas. I will be showing where I can both here and on the Facebook page.

For September I’m setting out a smaller mini list as I want to concentrate more on the design section, I do still have some items to get done first especially in the gift section so I shall continue at those, this will give at least some progress pictures weekly when I can’t talk about a design.

September Mini List – 

  • Complete Eole cardigan for Evelyn
  • Cast on Miss Marple cardigan for Elizabeth
  • Complete Rainbow Corners blanket
  • Start and finish the third and last rainbow blanket
  • Design section

I’ve updated my main list which you can see now and my project page on Ravelry is also fully up to date with notes and pictures where appropriate and can be found here, you might also see I’ve a separate tab on the project page  now for Celtic Knits. The new Celtic Knit design of Ériu is now listed on there.

To read more blogs taking part in the YOP year or to take part yourself, head over to the group here.

YOP- Year 4- Jul 14/Jun 15- List

Garments :-

  1. Sunday Sweater for Caoimhe – started 5th July 14- finished 2nd August 14
  2. Miss Marple for Elizabeth
  3. Eole for girls for Evelyn – started 19th August 14
  4. Gathering Stripes for Ruairí
  5. Gathering Stripes for Benjamin
  6. Featherweight wrap to knit 
  7. Ravello
  8. Paulie
  9. Old Romance
  10. Idlewood
  11. Old Town
  12. Lawrence

Shawls :-

  1. Drops of Firelight – started 31st October 13 – finished 19th August 14
  2. Carradal
  3. Ishneich
  4. Sonetto Shawl
  5. Kir Royale
  6. Dark Champagne
  7. Malgven
  8. Morvarch
  9. Taliesin
  10. Nine Maidens
  11. Ocean Breeze
  12. Kyna

Crochet Blankets :-

  1. Rose Gingham Blanket - started 19th May 14- finished 27th July 14
  2. Flanders Poppies Blanket – started 18th April 14 – finished 26th July 14
  3. Sam Entrelac Blanket – started 27th June 14
  4. Hills of Home Blanket – started 19th April 14
  5. Lavender Blanket
  6. Dahlia Blanket
  7. Sunflower Blanket
  8. Blackberry Salad Stripe Blanket
  9. African Flower Blanket
  10. Crayon Blanket
  11. Superhero Dreamcatcher Afghan
  12. Tetris Blanket

Designs :-

  1. Flowing Uphill – started 4th July 14- finished 29th July 14
  2. Equinox Stone – started 6th July 14
  3. Secret Project – started 23rd August 14
  4. Ériu – started 26th August 14

Gifts :- 

  • Rainbow Blankets x 3-
  •                                               a. – Rainbow Squares – started 2nd August 14 – finished 17th August 14
  •                                               b. – Rainbow Corners - started 20th August 14
  • Dishcloth sets x 6 –
  •                                         a. – Vintage Strawberry Ruffle Set – started 14th July 14
  • Baby Blanket
  • Purple, Black and Cream Blanket
  • Apple Ruffle Cloth - started 7th July 14 – finished 8th July 14
  • Tea Light Holders – started 20th August 14

Ruth x

Drops of Firelight

Drops of Firelight Shawl
Drops of Firelight Shawl

For FO post today I’ve got my Drops of Firelight Shawl.

This is from the Boo Knits pattern of Morticia.

I named my version of this Morticia shawl Drops of Firelight due to the Black 4ply alpaca yarn and the amber coloured beads I used.

Drops of Firelight Shawl
Drops of Firelight Shawl

The pattern called for lace yarn but I envisaged something a little heavier so opted for the 4ply yarn, I used a size 6 seed bead and then followed the instructions as they were making no further changes.

Drops of Firelight Shawl
Drops of Firelight Shawl

This was a lovely knit of lace and beads and I have a stunning shawl to now wear.

Ruth x

Rainbow Squares Blanket

Rainbow Squares Blanket
Rainbow Squares Blanket

This FO post takes a look at my recently completed Rainbow Squares Blanket.

This is the first is a trio of rainbow blankets I’m making for babies soon to arrive.

Rather than waiting for the new arrival to find out boy or girl I opted for gender neutral but with some colour and what could be perfect than every colour.

This blanket turned out bright and colourful just as it was intended.

For the centres of the squares I used Jan Eaton’s Sunray square pattern stopping two rows less than what her pattern called for.

I used Stylecrafts Special DK yarn which is an acrylic yarn making this blanket perfect for being washed as you know all things baby need to be at times. I used shades, Lipstick, Saffron, Meadow, Turquoise, Bluebell and White. I had some Ice Yarns Gonca range in an orange so I used that, this is a similar weight and type of yarn as the Stylecraft and both can be swapped round as needs be.

Rainbow Squares Blanket
Rainbow Squares Blanket

When all 48 squares were done (8 squares of each colour) I edged all with one row of white tr crochet (US dc) joining them together as I went.

Rainbow Squares Blanket
Rainbow Squares Blanket

The join as you go method meant the blanket as a whole came together quite quickly.

Rainbow Squares Blanket
Rainbow Squares Blanket

For the border I wanted something simple so as the colours shone through and yet fun as well in keeping with the overall feel of the blanket.

Some weeks ago while reading ayarnyrobin s blog I spotted a bobble edging she had used on a blanket she’d made. She very kindly posted the tutorial for it on her blog, remembering this I headed over to check it out and it turned out to be just the perfect edging for my blanket.

The tutorial can be found here.

Rainbow Squares Blanket - bobble edge
Rainbow Squares Blanket – bobble edge

This has been once of my quickest blankets to make to date taking around 15days to make. It was a fun, bright and cheery project and I hope it brings joy to the little one it’s intended for.

Project notes can be found on Ravelry here.

Rainbow Squares Blanket
Rainbow Squares Blanket

Ruth x

YOP – Year 4 week 8

charly

The new projects this week that have been started have been worked on in bursts where the time has allowed.

Project wise what has happened is Drops of Firelight has been finished and blocked and is ready to come off the blocking mats today. There will be a FO post this week about it and about the Rainbow Squares blanket which got finished but time just didn’t allow a FO post. I did get a FO post about Caoimhe’s Sunday Sweater in here if you want to read about that.

Some new projects were cast on such as the Eole cardigan for Evelyn. I started off good until Friday night when it was one of those nights where whatever project I worked on mistakes were made. I forgot to put in a buttonhole on Eole which required some tinkering back and fixing on Saturday evening, it is now all fixed but not much progress got made on it. I’m using a light pink dk tweed for this cardigan, it’s the same type yarn as the purple I used in Caoimhe’s just a pale pink.

Eole for Evelyn
Eole for Evelyn

The second project cast on was the rainbow blanket, this is the second one I need of three. For this I opted for a corner to corner type blanket. I haven’t done a corner to corner blanket before and I didn’t realise how quickly it worked up. This is the progress after only a few hours one of the days during the week.

Rainbow Corners Blanket - Rainbow blanket #2
Rainbow Corners Blanket – Rainbow blanket #2

When visiting friends this week I made some lovely tea light holders for them, I forgot to take pictures of those four ones but I loved them so much I decided to make some more. This is a fifth one I made. For next week I’ll find the link to the site I used for these.

Crochet thread tealight holders
Crochet thread tealight holders

On Friday evening I got some interesting and exciting news which although I can’t share right now it did mean the start of a new project that again I can’t show right now, what I can say is it’s for A Land Close By. That doesn’t sound very exciting or interesting for you all does it but I’m quite excited about it It will be listed under my design section as secret project until I can share it.

This week the plan is to work on the Eole for Evelyn, the Rainbow Corners Blanket and the Secret Project. I am hoping to fit in another tea light holder or two, actually this might make some great gifts so I may need some more of them. With this being the last week of August I’m not so sure we shall fit in many more finishes.

My Ravelry project page is updated and can be found here

To read about the group and others taking part or to join in yourself, we love new members at any stage through the year, you can read all about it here.

My updated list looks like;

YOP- Year 4- Jul 14/Jun 15- List

Garments :-

  1. Sunday Sweater for Caoimhe – started 5th July 14- finished 2nd August 14
  2. Miss Marple for Elizabeth
  3. Eole for girls for Evelyn – started 19th August 14
  4. Gathering Stripes for Ruairí
  5. Gathering Stripes for Benjamin
  6. Featherweight wrap to knit 
  7. Ravello
  8. Paulie
  9. Old Romance
  10. Idlewood
  11. Old Town
  12. Lawrence

Shawls :-

  1. Drops of Firelight – started 31st October 13 – finished 19th August 14
  2. Carradal
  3. Ishneich
  4. Sonetto Shawl
  5. Kir Royale
  6. Dark Champagne
  7. Malgven
  8. Morvarch
  9. Taliesin
  10. Nine Maidens
  11. Ocean Breeze
  12. Kyna

Crochet Blankets :-

  1. Rose Gingham Blanket - started 19th May 14- finished 27th July 14
  2. Flanders Poppies Blanket – started 18th April 14 – finished 26th July 14
  3. Sam Entrelac Blanket – started 27th June 14
  4. Hills of Home Blanket – started 19th April 14
  5. Lavender Blanket
  6. Dahlia Blanket
  7. Sunflower Blanket
  8. Blackberry Salad Stripe Blanket
  9. African Flower Blanket
  10. Crayon Blanket
  11. Superhero Dreamcatcher Afghan
  12. Tetris Blanket

Designs :-

  1. Flowing Uphill – started 4th July 14- finished 29th July 14
  2. Equinox Stone – started 6th July 14
  3. Secret Project – started 23rd August 14

Gifts :- 

  • Rainbow Blankets x 3-
  •                                               a. – Rainbow Squares – started 2nd August 14 – finished 17th August 14
  •                                               b. – Rainbow Corners - started 20th August 14
  • Dishcloth sets x 6 –
  •                                         a. – Vintage Strawberry Ruffle Set – started 14th July 14
  • Baby Blanket
  • Purple, Black and Cream Blanket
  • Apple Ruffle Cloth - started 7th July 14 – finished 8th July 14
  • Tea Light Holders – started 20th August 14

Ruth x

Caoimhe’s Sunday Sweater

Let’s take a look at the finished piece of Caoimhe’s Sunday Sweater.

Caoimhe's Sunday Sweater
Caoimhe’s Sunday Sweater

The pattern I used was Sunday Sweater by Ginny Sheller, the pattern can be found here.

Caoimhe's Sunday Sweater
Caoimhe’s Sunday Sweater

This cardigan is a seamless knit in the round top down cardigan with very little finishing off to do once you reach the bottom.

Caoimhe's Sunday Sweater
Caoimhe’s Sunday Sweater

Not having any worseted weight yarn at hand for this cardigan I used a dk purple tweed yarn that I had. I had to do some playing around with figures as Caoimhe only measured to the size of the 6 year old in this cardigan. That’s not the cardigan she measures that small on all cardigan and sweaters, she’s just so slight for a 10 year old. After browsing through the notes for this cardigan most people who used a dk weight yarn knit two sizes bigger and all had success with it fitting their intended size. So I cast on for the 10 year old with the hope that it would indeed fit nicely and not just look like a tent on her.

Caoimhe's Sunday Sweater - Pre Blocking
Caoimhe’s Sunday Sweater – Pre Blocking

This is the sweater before blocking, where it just fit nicely for now so the figures did indeed work out. I decided to block it out to gain just an extra inch or two for growth over the winter months.

This is the fit after blocking -

Caoimhe's Sunday Sweater - after blocking
Caoimhe’s Sunday Sweater – after blocking

As you can see just enough to not swim but to get her through the winter.

Thank you to all who wrote notes on what they did when they started their projects on Ravelry they really were invaluable and something I must make a conscious effort to do myself especially when making changes to an item, it may help someone else in the future.

While knitting this I wanted a pop of colour to happen in the buttons and after consulting with Caoimhe on what colours she might like and a browse in my lys I found these bright eye-popping yellow, which I zoomed in on immediately. I just love the pop and zing of the yellow against the purple.

Caoimhe's Sunday Sweater
Caoimhe’s Sunday Sweater

This is a pattern I’m likely to come back to again and again for the other girls and couldn’t recommend it enough

My notes and project page on Ravelry for this project can be found here.

Ruth.

Sam Burrow Pattern Release

The dashingly debonair Sam Burrow pdf pattern has gone on sale.

Sam Burrow
Sam Burrow

You can read about Sam on the A Land Close By blog

The pattern is also available for purchase on Ravelry here.

It is also available on Etsy here.

Sam is now my 5th pattern in the A Land Close By series that has gone on sale and he was my first character created so he’s rather close to my heart.

Enjoy.

Ruth

YOP- Year 4 week 7

charly

This week has been a hodge podge of available time for working on projects. Some days it’s been late evening when I get to work on a project other days I’ve had most of the day. This is our last week before the children start heading off back to school, Dominic has two induction days one at the end of this week and that means this week I need to finish all those back to school chores I’ve been putting off in favour of crafting time.

On Monday we headed off to the beach, now as we live in the middle of the country this means a drive and really East or West it’s pretty much equal time. This time though I opted for something different and headed North West to Sligo and the Enniscrone beach. I’ve a cousin who lives up there (can’t tell you how I envy where she lives) so we met up with her and generally had a ball.

Enniscrone Beach
Enniscrone Beach
Family Balance
Family Balance

Project wise this week though I did photograph and release my Flowing Uphill cowl, which is now for sale in my Ravelry store here.

I’m really excited about having this pattern out, it’s been one in my thoughts for some time and it really is easier than it looks, even my testers were surprised and the story also is true.

Flowing Uphill
Flowing Uphill

I also got some shots of Caoimhe’s Sunday Sweater which came off the blocking mats on Monday, just in time for the shawl to go on them :)

I need to do a FO post for this also during the week.

Caoimhe's Sunday Sweater
Caoimhe’s Sunday Sweater

I’ve been working pretty much non stop on the Rainbow Squares Blanket with all the pieces now joined and the border is started. I’m hoping to finish that off today. For the border I’m using  ayarnyrobin ‘s bobble tutorial.

This week should see a FO post for this.

Rainbow Squares Blanket Rainbow Trio #1
Rainbow Squares Blanket Rainbow Trio #1

I’ve also pretty much been working on Drops of Firelight and this will be the last time for it to be pictured on the needles. I’ve a couple of more rows and a ton of beads to put on and then I can bind off, block and wear, just in time for the Autumn.

Drops of Firelight Shawl
Drops of Firelight Shawl

Today I’m hoping to get both the Rainbow Squares Blanket and the Drops of Firelight finished, meaning tomorrow can be a day of new starts, I like starting off the week with new starts, who am I kidding – I just like new starts.

Haven taken a look back at my mini list for August and seeing as we have only two weeks left in August I’ve had to review it to what will be possible to get done.

AUGUST MINI LIST

  • Eole for Girls for Evelyn ETA – will cast on this week with the hope it won’t take long
  • Drops of Firelight shawl- wip ETA – being cast off hopefully today and with luck on the blocking mats by end of the week
  • Kir Royale ETA – Will work on Eole first then see what time remains this month, if it becomes a WIP that will be good
  • Sam Entrelac Blanket- wip ETA – won’t be worked on with the rainbow blankets taking preference
  • Swatch and cast on for a new Celtic Knit design ETA – should finish the swatch this week, then to work on numbers
  • Trio of Rainbow Blankets ETA – First one should be done today, second to be cast on this week
  • Last cloth in the Vintage Strawberry Ruffle Cloth ETA – this doesn’t seem likely this month even now.

So it looks like this week I’m finishing up the last of this weeks projects and casting on the Eole cardigan for Evelyn and starting the second Rainbow Blanket.

I’m also doing some FO posts this week on Caoimhe’s Sunday Sweater and the first rainbow blanket – Rainbow Squares.

In other not so important news, my husband converted over a den the children were no longer using into a design space for me. I can head out there now to the peace and quiet and work on ideas that have been swimming round in my head, if you’re hooked up with me on Facebook you will see random check ins from the Design Den as I’ve affectionately called it and my faithful dogs (Jasper and Dexter) who come with me everywhere and sit in the doorway guarding it. It needs some crochet colour in it now and then I do believe it may just be perfect.

Let’s hope many a design that comes out of there that inspire people to knit or crochet.

If you want to read more about the YOP group or read other blogs taking part then do check out the group on Ravelry here.

My project page is up to date (hoping to keep that up!) and can be found here.

My list for the year as always is updated and looks like this;

YOP- Year 4- Jul 14/Jun 15- List

Garments :-

  1. Sunday Sweater for Caoimhe – started 5th July 14- finished 2nd August 14
  2. Miss Marple for Elizabeth
  3. Eole for girls for Evelyn
  4. Gathering Stripes for Ruairí
  5. Gathering Stripes for Benjamin
  6. Featherweight wrap to knit 
  7. Ravello
  8. Paulie
  9. Old Romance
  10. Idlewood
  11. Old Town
  12. Lawrence

Shawls :-

  1. Drops of Firelight – started 31st October 13
  2. Carradal
  3. Ishneich
  4. Sonetto Shawl
  5. Kir Royale
  6. Dark Champagne
  7. Malgven
  8. Morvarch
  9. Taliesin
  10. Nine Maidens
  11. Ocean Breeze
  12. Kyna

Crochet Blankets :-

  1. Rose Gingham Blanket - started 19th May 14- finished 27th July 14
  2. Flanders Poppies Blanket – started 18th April 14 – finished 26th July 14
  3. Sam Entrelac Blanket – started 27th June 14
  4. Hills of Home Blanket – started 19th April 14
  5. Lavender Blanket
  6. Dahlia Blanket
  7. Sunflower Blanket
  8. Blackberry Salad Stripe Blanket
  9. African Flower Blanket
  10. Crayon Blanket
  11. Superhero Dreamcatcher Afghan
  12. Tetris Blanket

Designs :-

  1. Flowing Uphill – started 4th July 14- finished 29th July 14
  2. Equinox Stone – started 6th July 14

Gifts :- 

  1. Dishcloth sets x 6 – a. – Vintage Strawberry Ruffle Set – started 14th July 14
  2. Rainbow Blankets x 3- a. – Rainbow Squares – started 2nd August 14
  3. Baby Blanket
  4. Purple, Black and Cream Blanket
  5. Apple Ruffle Cloth - started 7th July 14 – finished 8th July 14

Ruth x