Thursday, 23 July 2009

FO: Liesl

Wow, I have a lot to catch up on all of a sudden...


Pattern: Liesl by Ysolda Teague
Web Link: here
My Rav Link: here
Size: Large
Yarn: Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed
Needles: 7mm

This was a really fast knit, until I got to joining for the sleeves, and then I had a bit of an ARGH moment, because it's not explained all that well how to do it in the pattern, and magic loop and I aren't the best of friends yet, but I plowed through it. The finished object looks better on a hanger than it does on me, sigh.
But I am not sure if it was just a bad combination, or the lack of shaping in the pattern added to the problem, or my gauge was off, or I made the wrong size, or what. But it really doesn't fit me as well as I'd like it to. The underarms pull, and the yoke bunches - whenever I move my arms, and I really should have done the sleeves a little longer. I figured that they would grow and stretch, since that's what this yarn seems to do, but instead they bunched up and became shorter. Just can't win lol.


The yarn was a disappointment. I got it in a destash, for quite cheap, so I'm glad I didn't pay full price! It seems to lose it's shape very easily, and is lumpy and uneven, and has a lot of grass/vm in it. It's also weak and breaks very easily.

I'm hoping I will like it more with wear, we will see...


Saturday, 4 July 2009


wow, I think I almost forgot that I had a blog to update. *blush*

I have been working on a few things knitting wise, but no photos or rav projects yet.
I will share some of my latest handspun, instead!








Friday, 5 June 2009


Originally uploaded by Lis_
superwash merino from Ewe Give Me the Knits.
love love love!

Friday, 29 May 2009

FO: Sage Remedy Top

...aka: Purple People Eater.


The sicky bugs have been traveling around our house the past week or so, and I haven't had a chance to put this up on my blog yet. It took me just over a month to complete.

Pattern: Sage Remedy Top
Web Link: n/a
My Rav Link: here
Size: Medium
Yarn: Moda Vera Bamboo/Cotton
Needles: 4.5mm

This was my first finished adult sweater/garment. The finishing was very tedious, but I am glad that I persisted! I won't retype everything that I wrote in my rav notes, you can go there and read them yourself.



Saturday, 23 May 2009

They deserve to be on display!

Originally uploaded by Lis_
Some of my yarn stash. (the pretties lol)
I have about 5x this in other places- the boring commercial yarn, or odd balls, or no-name yarns that I seem to collect :P

I had this toy storage that wasn't being used, so I cleaned it out and made a lovely decoration for my bedroom wall :-)

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Music to my ears. erm, I mean eyes.

I just read a wonderful post on a blog @ St. Seraphina Knits

"I need 2,000 yds for the shawl I want to make. I am making this yarn one strand at a time on a tiny drop spindle....
But some of us like the process as much as the result. We don't count the hours other than to count them as hours well-spent making something beautiful with our hands.

...I have no idea how many hours it took! When I work with fiber I feel like I am outside of time.

Those of us who love to spin don't count the hours. We count the pleasure, and we count it as a very high pleasure indeed!

....We modern people spend far too much time counting the time. If you spin, don't spin in a hurry. If you're thinking about learning to spin, I'd encourage you to do so, and discover what it means to live a few hours each day outside of time."
So true, so true.
I <3 my spinning wheel. In the few short months I have been using it, I've really had many pleasurable, relaxing hours lost in the "outside of time".


Originally uploaded by Lis_
coffee on the beach... :-)


Here are two more things that I've been working on:



These are some handspun fingerless mitts that I have been working on. I spun and dyed the yarn myself, though the colourway was a bit of an accident. The pattern is based on the Monkey sock patter from Knitty. More details when they are done ;-)

My other main WIP is the Sage Remedy Top aka the Purple People Eater in a bamboo/cotton yarn. I love the colour, and love these 2 colours together even more.



Thursday, 30 April 2009

FO: Handspun Feather and Fan Shawl


Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl
Web Link: here
My Rav Link: here
Yarn: My own handspun and Lion Brand Nature's Choice organic cotton in pink and natural
Needles: 6mm

I love how this turned out. The colours all go together so well, and it is soo soft and cuddly. I have left it unblocked, so it's thick and squishy. (albeit a little curly at the edges :P)
I wasn't sure about the fringe, but decided to go with it, as the shawl turned out a little smaller than I would have liked. The fringe suits it, I think!


Something has happened to our Autumn weather, it has decided to still travel along masquerading as Summer. Caitlyn wouldn't model it for more than a second, and threw it on the ground declaring it was much too hot and itchy :-)
Good thing I have appreciation of my projects around here LOL.

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Shawl is done!

Originally uploaded by Lis_
Finally finished! It took almost a month, but I have my first 'real' item from my handspun.
I love it - it's so soft and snuggly and (hellishly on this disgustingly hot autumn day) warm.
Will post more details later.

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Frank the frog

Last Friday Caitlyn spent half the day in hospital having a small operation.
She was not a happy camper for awhile, and Grandma gave me some money to buy her something - so she'd have something to look forward to when it was over.

This is what she said she wanted lol.
Frank and Fifi the frogs. I must admit, I think I will be passing Fifi onto Grandma to knit ;-)




Lachie has claimed it for the moment. Gotta be a part of everything!
Rav link

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

more handspun...

Originally uploaded by Lis_
my first 3 ply yarn.
80% merino/20% silk
approx 100g/75m.
heavy worsted weight.


Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Third handspun + WIP

*warning, photo heavy lol*

My third handspun yarn was the same fibre as the first/second lot, which I dyed with food colouring again.


It turned out a lot better than I expected it to. I spun and plied it with a commercial yarn, into about a DK/8ply weight.

handspunfingering springtimeplied3

I matched it with some organic cotton to make the feather and fan shawl.
It's a very enjoyable, relaxing project.
After all the excitement and seeing everyone at Easter, on Sunday afternoon while everyone was still down at the beach, Lachie had a 2 hour nap at my sister's place while we watched Bruce Almighty and I knitted.



That photo is from last week sometime, I haven't taken another updated one yet.

Pattern: Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl
Web Link: here
My Rav Link: here
Yarn: handspun and Lion Brand Nature's Choice organic cotton
Needles: 6mm

Handspun love + first project

I have no idea how many times I have sat down to do this and been distracted by something (or a child :P)
I have become fairly obsessed with the spinning wheel, and creating my own yarn. There is a fair amount of cheap thrills involved in knitting something that was made with fibre that you dyed, spun and then created something with.

First up is my very first project made with my second ever handspun. I am way too proud of something that is so ugly, but, meh. :-)

Here is the fibre, after I dyed it with food colouring:


After spinning:


Pattern: my own improvised design.
My Rav Link: here
Yarn: Approx 35g of DK/sport weight single ply yarn
Needles: 4mm (I think?)



As usual, more photos on my flickr.

Saturday, 14 March 2009

First Handspun

Originally uploaded by Lis_
I finally got the spinning wheel up and running. This is my very first hand spun yarn!
It's not all that even, and there are a few lumpy bits lol, but hey, at least it actually looks like yarn.

Thursday, 5 March 2009

FO: Revontuli/Northern Lights Shawl

I'm all done!


Pattern: Revontuli -huivi/Northern Lights
Web Link: here
My Rav Link: here
Yarn: Kauni Effektgarn 8/2
Needles: 5mm


More photos on my Rav page, or in Flickr
I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, especially after all the problems I had with the yarn. Great pattern~!

Monday, 23 February 2009

Here's the top that Grandma just finished making for Caitlyn. It's very cute!




Pattern: Tropical Lily
My Rav Link: here
Web Link: here
Thanks Tikki!

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Yes I'm a slack blogger...

I have actually been knitting in my absence though :-)


I have been working on this shawl for a few weeks, on and off. I think I am almost near the end, I only have one repeat of the chart left to do... but each row seems to take forever. I never thought I would enjoy purling 100s of stitches back but I like not having to count the purl row ;-)


Pattern: Revontuli -huivi/Northern Lights
Web Link: here
My Rav Link: here
Yarn: Kauni Effektgarn 8/2
Needles: 5mm

I found this pattern a bit hard to get my head around at first, probably because the author is from a non-english speaking background, I think. Not her fault anyway :-)
After a few repeats I didn’t really have to look at the chart anymore, so this shawl has happened rather quickly! It’s a lot of fun watching the colours play out, and I’m finding it pretty addictive.

I am seriously not happy with this yarn though. I just wound it into a ball to check for joins/knots and found one knot, and then another join where GREEN was joined with PURPLE.
Then I had to somehow work out where exactly I should cut and rejoin it.

After knitting with the 2 part balls that I have rewound, I have completed the purple section. I have noticed that the purple - instead of gradually fading to the next colour, (like the other colours have) - is plied with a light blue, creating a tweed effect that is completely different to the rest of the yarn. It appears that there is no dark blue at all, just purple that is plied to light blue, which then fades back to green.

I am pretty bummed at how the colour sequence had to turn out (no choice after removing all the knots and dodgy joins).
I’m sure I’ll be more happy with it after it’s done and blocked.

Monday, 2 February 2009

Thursday, 29 January 2009


Originally uploaded by Lis_

Saturday, 24 January 2009

Happy Birthday Lachie!

I can't believe he is 2 already! ... I really, can't... believe it.
I don't have a baby anymore :-(

Don't have much time, just a quick photo of the birthday cupcakes. It is so hot and humid here today, the icing is melting within minutes... I had to go put them in the fridge...

Lachie's birthday cupcakes

Thanks Lesley for your great recipe!

Lachie's birthday cupcakes

(no comments about my crappy icing techniques please LOL)

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Chocolate Milk...


How do you like Caitlyn's choice of nicely matched PJs? haha.

Saturday, 10 January 2009

"I wanna press the cook button, Mummy"

Originally uploaded by Lis_

Overdue photos part 1....

These photos are all from the couple of days that we spent at the Kalahari indoor waterpark/resort.
You would not believe how strange it is to be swimming and riding water slides while looking out the window and seeing snow falling.
We had a really great deal on the room that we stayed in, and it was amazing, we had an electric fireplace, and 2 bedrooms... ours had a king size bed, and ensuite with a spa, and there was a big LCD tv in the living area. (and a tv in each of the bedrooms- which I don't think were used once!)