Vix Knits… and crochets and sews…

My adventures in the wonderful world of arts and crafts

Cricket Jumper – finished!

I finally finished it! And have been wearing it ever since!

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I really love the way it turned out but it is definitely a little big.

So, the pattern came from Knitting magazine issue 101 from August last year.

I used Stylecraft Special in cream for the main and James C Brett Twinkle for the accent.

I think the overall effect is really nice, the style is very classic but the sparkle gives it that little extra something.

The yarns are both easy to work with and the pattern was fairly simple to follow.

Typically, though, there were some issues. The pattern placements for the sleeves have been written wrong so if you’re making this, check them first so you don’t have to rip out a row (as I did).

Apart from that and some minor confusion over increasing, all was fine.

I found the back quite a trial because the pattern isn’t challenging and cream DK has never been my favourite yarn. But when I eventually got started on the front, because I knew my row count, I skipped through it and finished it up in about three weeks.

I mentioned before that when I started (all those many months ago) I was a bit bigger than I am now so the jumper is a bit too big.

I was hoping that the rib pattern would help it to mould to my shape and I think it does but the pattern also means the fabric is quite bulky so it’s not a slimming as I would have liked.

Overall though, I’m a very happy Vix and I might even consider knitting this again… just not in cream!

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Love it!!

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Obsessive, compulsive

It’s a well-known fact that crafters can be obsessive hoarders, the famous ‘yarn stash’ is a much written about topic and can be both a source of pride and frustration.

I’ve planned a post about it myself but a new obsession is clouding my brain… books and magazines!

I’ve always been a big reader but now I’m struggling to stop myself from buying any and every knitting and crochet book and magazine I come across.

Fortunately (for once) I’m a crafter on a budget so I have to rein myself in.

I’ve recently become tired of knitting magazines like Simply Knitting and Knit Today (too many tea cosies) in favour of more advanced magazines such as The Knitter and Knitting.

The problem I have is waiting a month between issues. So I sat down with all my latest copies and figured out that my three favourites (Inside Crochet, Knitting and The Knitter) all came out at different times so I could buy one a week for three weeks and not get too impatient.

Unfortunately, Inside Crochet isn’t very easy to find. I can’t get it in my hometown or my boyfriend’s hometown six miles away. I haven’t often found it in the major supermarkets we visit on a regular basis, which are around 20-25 miles away, or the large WHSmith in my local big shopping town (also 25 miles away)

I can usually find it in Woodbridge, which works out well since it’s one of my favourite places to visit. It’s only 15 miles away, an easy drive, easy parking, contains my favourite coffee shop, my favourite haberdashery shop and a lovely bookshop.

Well, the latest issue of Inside Crochet should have been out on the 30th of April but the WHSmith in Woodbridge haven’t even got an old issue or a gap for it!

Needless to say, it’s getting me down as I’m running out of options. I’ve looked everywhere I can think of. I was going to subscribe and hope I could still start with the latest issue but the website is, frankly, rubbish and tells me there are no printed copies of anything. On the Inside Crochet blog, they had details of a new digital version being released but that too is no more.

So, the options I’m left with are: go without; keep looking; telephone every newsagents in a thirty mile radius to try and find it; or order the digital version from Yudu and hope I can a) send it to my Kindle and b) enjoy it properly on said Kindle.

None of these options are thrilling me but the latest issue of Knitting was released today so I’ll just have to content myself with that for now…

I’d love to hear from anyone who knows Yudu better than I do, I’m not sure if I can return the magazine if it turns out to be too tricky

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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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