Vix Knits… and crochets and sews…

My adventures in the wonderful world of arts and crafts

More craft room crochet – finished!

Now that I’ve got the freedom of a dedicated craft room, I’ve gone a little crazy for making little pretties to jazz it up
Here’s the latest
WallTidy (1)

 

Please excuse the fairly dodgy looking wall behind – we’re not decorating until we’ve knocked some walls down, put some more walls up and replaced all the windows…

WallTidy (2)

 

There are supposed to be buttons on the top tabs but I quite like it without and it was far too difficult to decide what kind of buttons to use so mummy and I decided it should just go up as it is. 

The plait for hanging was made in a bit of a rush too but I think if I trim the straggly ends, it will look quite nice

WallTidy (3)

 

They haven’t photographed very well but I’m pretty chuffed with the colours. I used the recommended yarn – Rico Creative Cotton – but had to choose colours online (always a risk)

I’m not sure how actively useful it will be but I love it

I originally saw the pattern in an issue of Crochet Today (an American magazine, now out of print I believe) but it was recently published in an issue of Homemaker as well (issue 21 off the top of my head… okay I checked)

I’ve heard a lot of good things about the yarn and it comes in an amazing range of colours but I wasn’t overly impressed with how it handled. I found it quite splitty and the stitch definition isn’t as good as some other cottons I’ve used.

However, I would use it again because, lets face it, I’m a bit cotton obsessed

On a completely different note, is anyone watching The Great British Bake Off right now? I feel sick just looking at that Swedish princess cake but I’m suddenly desperate to go and buy eggs!

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Perseverance pays off

Or maybe it was stubborn-ness?

Either way the fur section of the scarf is finished! I ended up knitting it instead of fighting to crochet it and it was so easy and quick, I may actually use the yarn again or maybe make another scarf using the remaining yarn (that’s right, there’s plenty left over)

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Obviously it doesn’t look like much without the pretty ends.

Unfortunately, they’re being a little problematic too. The first issue was that the tension instructions don’t give a stitch pattern so I couldn’t do a proper swatch. Not too much of an issue, being a scarf and all.

However, the pattern is essentially crochet cables which require quite a bit of concentration. But once you get the hang of it, the effect is really nice so I’m willing to put in the extra effort.

My main issue now (and the one that I can’t see a solution for) is that my treble-clusters aren’t as… ‘bobbly’ as they should be, they’re pretty much flat

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I’m also wondering if I should go up a hook size since the ends don’t quite match and the existing blue piece is quite narrow (about 10cm, as opposed to the pattern which says 11.5cm)

I did try a little piece with a 4mm hook but I thought it looked a little loose. Now, looking at the existing piece, it’s quite holey when you hold it up but looks good when you lay it down so maybe I should switch back up after all…

At the moment, I’m thinking the solution is to try a couple more repeats with the 3.5mm hook AND start a piece with the 4mm hook so I can compare the two.

In other news, today is six months to the wedding and I’m so excited I can’t quite contain myself (hence, perhaps a slightly garbled post!)

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The frumpiness of knitting – debate

I’ve got absolutely no idea what happened but WordPress decided to delete the contents of that post as I was publishing it…

I’ll try again

So, debate has been raging in my house lately and I was literally laughed out of my own kitchen

The cause? Two potential knitting projects, one which I think is too frumpy and one which the others think is too frumpy!

The first is a cardigan from the latest issue of The Knitter (issue 44)

When I first saw it on the cover I thought it was nice if a little… dull I suppose. When I read through the magazine and discovered it was a lovely cotton long-line cardigan, I was quite excited.

The problem with cotton and cotton-blend yarns is the price and, as I knit on a budget, I had to spend a few days looking into the pricing.

Everything came up at around £30, which I guess isn’t bad for what it is but it is a little beyond me (especially compared to £8 for my favourite acrylic yarn!)

I decided to look online since I was struggling to get some yarn that I need for another project and I spent a happy few hours browsing www.deramores.com.

The next problem was choosing a colour. I had a couple in mind but didn’t really trust the screen or the printer to give me an accurate representation.

After all this trouble and roping in Mum and Steven to give me some advice, we all decided I obviously don’t love the cardigan enough to spend the time and money knitting it up.

The more I look at it, the more frumpy it looks to me. I still really like it, I just think it’s slightly too old for my 26 years.

Later, I happened to mention that I already had the pattern for a nice lacy jumper that I’d pointed out to Steven over the weekend.

I was so excited by the discovery that I showed them both the magazine (Knitting issue 101)

I think my mum laughed the hardest, saying that it was even frumpier (if that’s a word) than the cardigan and Steven soon joined in (I think he just doesn’t like it).

I pointed out that I thought it was retro, not frumpy before dejectedly leaving the kitchen to go and sulk in the living room.

Thankfully, I’ve got some other projects lined up (if I can just get the yarn!) so I’m trying not to think about either of these for a while…

Let me know what you think

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