Vix Knits… and crochets and sews…

My adventures in the wonderful world of arts and crafts

Current and planned projects

I can’t believe how much I’ve achieved since I started this blog and since my Sew much to do… post. It’s been about three months since I started so I thought it was time for an update.

Of the four projects I mentioned, only one is finished! Another is growing slowly and the other two are still sitting in the same state as before.

In Sew much to do… I talked about designing a little bag using the new techniques I’d been learning. This, too, has been put aside in favour of a different design project (more on that later)

The clip frame purse I talked about is still unfinished and will probably remain so.

I’ve also given up on the idea of making things to sell (for now at least). It’s going to take a lot of time and effore and there’s just too much else to do.

However, in the midst of all this failure, there has been much success!

Among the list of completed projects is ‘Twinkle’ the unicorn, one full Sambuca jacket and two Sambuca shrugs, two bridesmaids boleros, three pairs of Misty Morning Mitts, a chakra neckerchief, a tea cosy, three mug cosies… I’m sure there must be more but I can’t remember them all.

Right now, I’m actively working on four projects, I know FOUR! But there is a very good reason…

So, project number one is my first ever design project. I won’t go into too much detail because I want to blog about it in detail later. I don’t work on it constantly for a few reasons: first, I want to get it right, which means thinking it through properly; secondly, I’m working with lightweight yarn so tension squares take a while; and third, my eye can’t quite stand the intricate work for too long (just another eye-related annoyance!)

Project number two is Mina’s Tuxedo Vest, it had to be put aside to work on the bridesmaid’s boleros and, to be perfectly honest, isn’t much fun to knit. It now acts as a facade so my boyfriend doesn’t know what I’m really knitting during the day.

Which brings us to project number three: the Union Jack Slipover. Unfortunately, it’s not growing as quickly as it needs to, especially with everything else going on. And his birthday is next week! Eeeek!

Project number four is a novelty doorstop. I like to be working on a knitting and crochet project at the same time so I’ve been carrying this around for weeks, crocheting in the car etc. Now it’s time for the finishing touches so look out for pictures later in the week (hopefully)

I’ve also got a long list of planned projects, including: two more crochet unicorns for young cousins; a knitted cricket jumper; maybe something for me to wear to the wedding next month; another pair of Misty Morning Mitts (I just can’t resist that Simply Recycled yarn); a twenties-inspired crochet top; and anything else that takes my fancy along the way!

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Bridesmaid’s Boleros – finished!

I’ve been learning a lot about patience and perseverance lately, as well as exercising my stubborn-ness!

I’m not a big fan of stocking stitch so the bolero cardigans weren’t high on the excitement level. It was definitely improved by the size of the cardigans (the most stitches I was ever working on was 156 and that was only for 14 rows) and the fact that the cardigans are a gift for someone, someone who is often amazed by my crafting and who I know will appreciate them.

So, I’m super excited to see Clare later this week and present her with not only the bigger cardigan but the smaller one AND an unused ball of yarn!

That’s right, I knitted both cardigans using only two balls of yarn, which means they cost just under £6 altogether!

I’ve really enjoyed working on a knitting project and a crochet project at the same time, I’ve loved getting back to some knitting but the portability of crochet just can’t be beaten (because of my eye problems, I can’t currently drive much and I hate to sit idle)

So, look out for an updated post on current projects and maybe a knitting vs. crochet discussion

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Bridesmaid’s Boleros – one down…

One to go!

Well, a week and a half after starting the larger bolero, it’s actually finished! Even I’m a little shocked

I actually finished it yesterday but decided the Versatile Blogger post was more important

As usual, I changed the pattern as I was knitting. The little girl measured small for her age so we went for the 3-4 year instead of the 5-6 and Clare really wanted the cardigans to be short so I altered the length. This threw up a slight issue because I hadn’t factored in the size of the armholes but there was just enough room and the cardigan looks really good.

The border was also knitted a bit strangely – the rib was added to the back after knitting the main part and the front border was knitted in two pieces before being sewn up. None of this made any sense to me so I started the back with the ribbed border and then picked up and knitted the front border all in one (hence reducing the amount of picking up stitches and sewing up involved)

I had some problems with the front border because I had fewer stitches than the pattern called for so I had to figure out my own increases for the shaping. It was a nightmare and I had to take it out and redo it a couple of times but it’s all worked out fine.

It’s quite dinky so really cute and I’m actually looking forward stitching the smaller one.

I think I’ll start with the sleeves this time so I can make sure there’s enough room to sew them in and alter the length accordingly.

It also took less yarn than I was expecting although the ribbed border needs a surprising amount. It means I might have quite a bit left over so I’m already pondering other projects to use it up!

Maybe a surprise for the bride but I’m not sure what yet… any suggestions appreciated!

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Hold the presses!

All other projects are being put on hold in order to help out my friend Clare. She’s getting married in two months and needs cardigans for her daughter and step-daughter who will be bridesmaids.

We’ve been talking about the wedding a lot lately (of course!) and she mentioned that they had found something suitable for her daughter (who is about 13months) but were struggling to find something for her step-daughter (who is five)

I’d mentioned previously that I had a knitting pattern for a bolero for young girls but I wasn’t sure what the smallest size was.

Anyway, shopping for yarn last week, Clare spotted the James C Brett Twinkle that I’m currently obsessed with and proclaimed the white perfect for her step-daughter!

No probs, I replied, let me check the pattern and see how much we need and we’ve got the perfect excuse to come out for coffee again next week!

Turns out the pattern is from one to 10 years so it’s suitable for both girls and I should be able to knit both cardigans from only three balls of yarn which means they’ll cost just under £9 for both.

So now I’ve got a challenge on my hands and I’m already loving it! We bought the yarn this morning and I’m already six rows into my tension swatch.

And I figure I can still do some crochet as well (Mum has requested another Sambuca Jacket for her holiday, which happens to be the same weekend as the wedding) because it travels so much more easily than knitting.

It’s gonna be hard to put away my current projects though…!

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