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

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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

The Creativity Blog Hop

There is some creativity blog hopping going on right now and I’ve been nominated by

Kepanie over at the wonderful blog of Knitspiring Odyssey

Here are my thoughts on the q’s

Question 1; What have been the doings/makings/scribblings at your desk/making table this week?

Rainbow Squares Blanket
Rainbow Squares Blanket
Drops of Firelight Shawl
Drops of Firelight Shawl
Flowing Uphill
Flowing Uphill
Sam Burrow
Sam Burrow
Cassie Pillar
Cassie Pillar

This week has seen a mixture of projects, which happens most weeks but this weeks all seem to be in the area of designs I’m working on. I have my normal working on projects such as the bright and colourful Rainbow Squares Blanket for a gift and the dark and moody shawl which is a personal project. But this week in particular I’ve been releasing  patterns for my Flowing Uphill cowl (Celtic Knits) , I’ve been sending off my Sam Burrow pattern ( A Land Close By) for testing so it soon can be released and in my newly converted Design Den where there is plenty of hush I’ve been working on some other knit designs for Celtic Knits while gathering up notes on Cassie Pillar the next character in A Land Close By.

In the quiet moments I’ve been writing some stories for A Land Close By but at the moment they are rough drafts.

A Land Close By
A Land Close By

Seems rather a bit busy when you add into it 8 children, a husband and a house but that is what’s happening right now.

Question 2; Where are you currently finding your inspiration?

l-r Cassie Pillar, Rose Burrow, Sam Burrow, Billy McBunny
l-r Cassie Pillar, Rose Burrow, Sam Burrow, Billy McBunny

Right now inspiration for A Land Close By comes from my children and theirs and my own imagination. As it’s a made up land with made up characters my only limit in this area is my imagination. That in itself is a powerful place for inspiration particularly when I’m writing their stories.

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The inspiration for Celtic Knits though is something a lot more close to my heart. For years I’ve grown up with the stories of legends and magic. Everywhere you turn here in Ireland if you look and ask you will find tales of how strong brave warriors and maidens of great beauty and grace loved, fought and lived. This is the Ireland I love, this is the Ireland I put into my patterns and designs. This is my pool of inspiration for Celtic Knits.

Question 3; How important is being creative to you and how do you blend this with your work-life-family balance?

Family Balance
Family Balance

Being creative is very important. I don’t think I can remember a time when I wasn’t creating something, anything even as a child. I come from a family of creative people, people all very talented with their hands in one form or another so I guess really it can be in the genes and it comes out in different ways in us all. So for me being creative is as necessary as eating and drinking during the day but finding the balance between it and family life now that’s the hard part. With 8 children aging from 18mths to 14yrs some days are hectically busy with not a spare moment to give over to being creative and that’s fine as long as you accept that some days are going to be like that  but if I go too many days without doing or making something I have a longing to create, make or do. As being creative is something I’ve always done it’s become a part of daily life so it pretty much slots in here and there as necessary and it’s quite normal for everyone to get involved in what I’m making being either an opinion or an idea or even a request given. Above all else the children are honest so if they don’t like something you know instantly and so you better get changing it! :)

So I think that covers it really, I’d like to nominate iknead2knit and ayarnyrobin , if you ladies would cover,

Mention who tagged you.

What have been the doings/makings/scribblings at your desk/making table this week?

Where are you currently finding your inspiration?

How important is being creative to you and how do you blend this with your work-life-family balance?

Ruth x

PATTERN RELEASE- Flowing Uphill

Today see’s the first pattern go on sale for my line Celtic Knits.

Celtic Knits is something I’ve been dreaming about for years it combines my love of knitting and design with the stories and legends of Ireland that I grew up with.

Everywhere you turn here in Ireland if you look and ask you will find tales of how strong brave warriors and maidens of great beauty and grace loved, fought and lived. This is the Ireland I love, this is the Ireland I put into my patterns and designs.

The first pattern released is a cowl called Flowing Uphill.

Flowing Uphill
Flowing Uphill

The wonder of the water that Flows Uphill.

In the local village of Fore in the heart of the midlands of Ireland there are a number of wonders and one of these is the wonder of the water that flows uphill. This wonder can be seen and visited today from the source right to the mill uphill from the source.

Should you visit I can recommend a tour guide to bring you and talk to you about the wonder and the others in the area, I may even have to drop on by and say Hi!

This cowl was inspired by this local wonder.

From the beginning of this cowl the main colour weaves and winds its way in a path up the cowl finally coming to an end at a gentle roll at the top. With a gentle roll to the top and bottom of the cowl it hugs the neck when doubled offering snugness and warmth. When worn single it gives the appearance of that same water flowing.

Flowing Uphill
Flowing Uphill

Included along with the pattern are more details on this wonder including how it indeed flows uphill.

Flowing Uphill
Flowing Uphill

This pattern can now be purchased in my Ravelry store here

Should you have any questions or queries please do contact me.

Ruth.

YOP- Year 4 week 6

charly

This week has flown by in a flurry of running round doing jobs and preparation for the return to school so not as much progress was made on projects as I would have liked.

The most worked on project this week was the Rainbow Squares Blanket, the first in the trio of rainbow blankets I need for gifting.

All the squares are complete and later today I can start to edge and join them as I go.

Rainbow Squares Blanket - Rainbow Trio Blankets #1
Rainbow Squares Blanket – Rainbow Trio Blankets #1

After checking over my mini list I’m going to concentrate on the rainbow blankets this month in a bid to get three of them nearly done and should by some miracle of time warp I will work on the Sam blanket with any remaining time ;)

In the evenings I’ve worked a bit on my Drops of Firelight shawl, this is strictly an evening project, counting yo’s and adding beads, teeny tiny beads with a 1mm hook is not a project you do when you have active young children about. I have a couple of rows to complete this evening on the third section and then I have one remaining small last section with bind off. It theory is should be complete ready to be blocked by next weekend but well you know theory and practice and all that!

Drops of Firelight Shawl
Drops of Firelight Shawl

I did cast on the swatch for my new Celtic Knits design, note to self I must invest in a ball winder, I did roll these centre pull yarn cakes by hand much to everyones interest during the week but it would be so much quicker with a ball winder, bish bash bosh job done kind of thing!

Anyway, these are the colours and this is about all I can show you obviously for now :)

Celtic Knits Design
Celtic Knits Design

That’s it for actual projects worked on. Behind the scenes I gathered the yarn to start the Eole cardigan for Evelyn (I’m really hoping to get that started soon), I ordered the yarn needed for the Miss Marple for Elizabeth (I now have the yarn for all the projects for the younger children on my list so can now just proceed with them), I wrote up the Sam Burrow pattern ready to get tested, I’ve a couple of other items I’ve done for A Land Close By this week that I can’t mention just yet and I have been playing around with other design ideas for Celtic Knits. I also got Caoimhe’s Sunday Sweater blocked and once it’s dry and the weather clears a bit I hope to take some photos of it. I also need to snap some good photos of Flowing Uphill which is currently at the testers.

This week project work is going to consist of the above projects with all going well a start on the Eole cardigan.

My Ravelry projects page is up to date with all projects and where each is at at the present moment and you can check it out here.

To check out our YOP group and to read other blogs taking part or indeed to join in just check out the group here.

My YOP list currently 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.

YOP – Year 4 week 5

charly

This past week has all been about finishing items. My list lends itself to projects in the categories being finished monthly and with last week having finished the Flanders Poppies Blanket I had a few remaining projects to be completed. This month the only category not worked on was the shawl category but with two blankets this month done I can feel a swap around this month happening just to balance everything.

What I did finish this past week was the Rose Gingham Blanket. The last day of the Tour de France saw that accomplished. As it was a blanket based on Rose Burrow the finished post is located on A Land Close By’s blog here or you can view the project page here.

Rose Burrow Blanket
Rose Burrow Blanket

If you want to read more about the Flanders Poppies Blanket and how it came about and my inspiration I blogged about during the week here.

The last item I got in for July was a new pattern release for A Land Close By which I blogged about here and it’s got all the details mentioned there on how to get the pattern.

So for July my finishes for the month looked like this:

July Finishes
July Finishes

This does not cover other items on the list started in July and these other items that were completed on August 1st and 2nd.

The first item up finished and blocked was the cowl I was designing for my Celtic Knits. These patterns when released will have a story about a legend, or wonder that inspired the pattern. The Ireland I know and grew up in is full of these stories and they are as commonplace as the stone walls and green fields of the island. What I hope to bring to everyone with Celtic Knits is the magic of Ireland that I know and love.

With this in mind the cowl has been renamed Flowing Uphill, the reason why is on the pattern, and I’m hoping to get some dry days this week to take its official shots. It is currently with the testers and I’m hoping to release this one very soon.

If you want to follow Celtic Knits I’ve a page at the top of the blog dedicated to it alone along with a Facebook page which will have all things Celtic Knit related and you can find it here.

Flowing Uphill
Flowing Uphill

I also got Caoimhe’s Sunday Sweater finished. It just needs a blocking now, I needed to wait for the cowl to come off the blocking mats, and buttons sewn on but I’m liking the fit and with some blocking I’ll get a little more room to cover any growth for the year.

Caoimhe's Sunday Sweater
Caoimhe’s Sunday Sweater

So with July finished and gone I think I can cross it off as a success, you will see from the list that lots of items are now being crossed off. This of course now means I can start new items….don’t you just love a bout of startitis and a legitimate reason to start i.e because you have everything else finished.

With half of yesterday free to do this I was in a quandary. It was akin to being put into a sweet shop and told you can have everything! What to start first?  I took a look at the list and thought about what needed doing for this coming month added to this what yarn I had in my stash and took note of what needed ordering and my mini August list looks like this :

AUGUST MINI LIST

  • Eole for Girls for Evelyn
  • Drops of Firelight shawl- wip
  • Kir Royale
  • Sam Entrelac Blanket- wip
  • Swatch and cast on for a new Celtic Knit design
  • Trio of Rainbow Blankets
  • Last cloth in the Vintage Strawberry Ruffle Cloth

That’s quite ambitious even by my standards and with only one smallish item, the cloth which will be my go to apts project the rest are fairly sizeable. The new design for Celtic Knits is the only item that doesn’t have an end of August deadline and I’m a little dubious about the Trio of Rainbow Blankets being done by then but it sort of needs to be. The Drops of Firelight is near finished, it’s got one larger section followed by one smaller with a cast off left to be done.

So with all this sorted out the remainder of my Saturday was spent working on the first Rainbow Blanket, this one is called Rainbow Squares and I started with the red squares and have all 8 complete. These will be edged with white and joined as I go along.

Rainbow Squares - Rainblow Trio Blankets #1
Rainbow Squares – Rainbow Trio Blankets #1

I also got a couple of rows knitted on Drops of Firelight, not enough to warrant a new picture but it was so lovely to be reminded of why I love lace, beads and shawls and why I have 12 shawl projects on my list, bliss!

Drops of Firelight
Drops of Firelight

That pretty much sums up my week so let’s take a look at the list. I’ve updated it with dates and in the crochet blankets category there has been one change. The corner to corner blanket has been replaced by an African flower blanket.

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

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

My Ravelry projects page is here and it has all wips and projects finished with details of each of them.

To see other blogs taking part in the YOP year or to join in, it’s never too late to join in, you can read all about it here. 

Ruth.