Music Monday: Royal Blood (and a swatch) edition

Music Monday: Royal Blood (and a swatch) edition

TURN IT UP TO 11!!!!!

I’m on one of my semi-annual METAL phases and I love, love, love Royal Blood. I’ve listened to their self-titled d├ębut album 4 times since I bought it last week (possibly 5 times when this post is published).

Over the weekend I swatched for a new project; a summer-weight cardigan for my mum. Which she requested! I’m glad I was sitting down when she asked! I normally just say “Would you like me to knit you something?” and she’ll say yes or no, but a request is new!

I chose the Honeybee Cardigan by Laura Chau partly because I’ve owned the pattern for years, intending to make one for myself. I’ll be modifying it (obviously) by doing stocking stitch panels at the sides and adding pockets.

Honeybee Cardigan swatch in Patons Cotton 4ply
Ooooh, look at that lace!
Practice buttonholes to the left.

As you can see from the swatch I’m also doing the ribbing/welts in a contrast colour (both colours picked out by my mum).

The yarn is Patons UK 100% Cotton 4ply, a lovely mercerised cotton.

 

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FO Friday: Cria cardigan

FO Friday: Cria cardigan

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Pattern: Cria by Ysolda Teague, from Little Red in the City.

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Yarn and needles:

Debbie Bliss Prima (DK; 80% bamboo, 20% merino) purchased from Black Sheep Wools*. Unknown yardage used, but I bought 14 balls and used most of them!

3.25 mm needles.

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Dates: November 2012 – April 2013

Notes/modifications:

  • Although I love the finished object, I hate this yarn. There were at least 2 knots in every single ball, it’s pilled horrendously ever since it was first washed and it takes an absolute age to dry. Over all, really not happy, and I’d have been even more upset had I paid full price for it. Although I now know why it was on sale! (It’s since been discontinued).
  • Made lined pockets.
  • Well, my mum likes it, so I suppose that’s the main thing!

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* not affiliated, just a satisfied customer.

Mostly armless

Mostly armless

BOOM! The Pun-meister General is back!

Left half (including sleeve) completed
Left half (including sleeve) completed

Re-wrapped cardigan is progressing nicely. The left half is now finished.
I worked the sleeve flat (rather than in the round) because I wanted to match my tension from the body, which was also worked in rows.

Left sleeve: worked flat. Red circle indicats thumb slit.
Left sleeve: worked flat. Red circle indicats thumb slit.

One rather nifty aspect of the pattern are the thumb slits which mean the cardigan has built-in wrist warmers, should you need them.

Bits and bobs: 2014 edition Part 1

Bits and bobs: 2014 edition Part 1

I’ve been knitting on things old(ish)

Re-Wrapped Cardigan has part of a sleeve. Terrible quality photo due to poor light conditions
Re-Wrapped Cardigan has part of a sleeve. Terrible quality photo due to poor light conditions

and new

Torirot Mystery Mittens January 2014 - Clue 1 complete
Torirot Mystery Mittens January 2014 – Clue 1 complete

and crocheting up old yarn into something new

Crocheted Spiral Motif bag
Crocheted Spiral Motif bag

and I dug up some washcloths that I don’t think have seen the light of day before

Mysterious slip-stitch bias knit cloth - pattern unknown
Mysterious slip-stitch bias knit cloth – pattern unknown
"Domino" Washcloth. I can't find a source for the pattern anywhere.
“Domino” Washcloth. I can’t find a source for the pattern anywhere.
I made it out alive (just)

I made it out alive (just)

…from my first trip to Ikea.

I made it out!
I made it out!

I had to go along in person because the things I wanted weren’t available to buy online. And, despite having checked stock levels online before I went, one of the items I wanted wasn’t available. I was told they’d have stock at the end of January. Luckily, there was an alternate colour available that could work with my existing stuff.
Anyway …
Before my “experience” I had finished the border for the 12 Days cross-stitch, and started on the boxes.

Frame done and dividers in progress
Frame done and dividers in progress

I just need to print out the symbols key and off I go on week one. Week 2 is released tomorrow!
Here’s progress on the Re-Wrapped cardigan

Cardigan in progress (waste yarn for armhole in white)
Cardigan in progress (waste yarn for armhole in white)

and measured against my favourite cardigan (Sesame – Rav link) to I know when to stop knitting!

Comparing the fit from my favourite cardigan
Comparing the fit from my favourite cardigan

I’m going to have a lie down now …