Further developments in my “skull project”.

Further to our working on pattern ideas for the skull jumper we visited Stitches ‘n’ Things in Lakes Entrance to choose wool that would be suitable for the project.  Initially we were going to use Cleckheaton Country 8 ply and I did a swatch in some left over wool I had.

We were happy with the motif and the cable extending into the cuff but the wool felt a bit scratchy and we figured if we were going to all this trouble it would be better to spend more money on soft wool so we bought some Bellissimo 8 ply to do a swatch.

I did a swatch first to check gauge and then I started with a practice front panel.

I then skipped up to just below the nose in the actual skull part to see how that looked.

This is the first attempt.

You can see that the cables are not correct as they should be twisted at the beginning of the eye sockets.  The nose is also too high up beside the eye sockets.  I then unravelled and tried again.

I am happier with this version although I think the nose needs to be longer.

I then went ahead and ordered the wool. I received an email saying that they didn’t have the number of balls I wanted and would have to see if their wholesaler could get me the required number.  Since then I received notice that the wholesaler did have the wool and would send it directly to me so it should arrive sometime this week.

I have done a bit more trialing of several aspects of the pattern.

I tried the crossovers on the back panel and I think I prefer the top crossovers rather than the bottom ones.  I also am happy with the extension of the cable into the cuff.  My daughter came up with that idea and I really like it.

I also trialed what we called the big chain.

It is a bit tricky to see here but on either side of the chain is a single brioche stitch and on the right hand side is a double moss stitch. I wasn’t happy with the way the brioche stitch was sitting so I did another sample of just the chain and the chain extending into the cuff.

I tried the small cable first and then the big chain.  I will go with the big chain into the cuff not the small cable.  The brioche works much better with an extra stitch on either side of the big chain.

When the wool arrives I will be able to start work on the back as I have now worked out where in the rib section the extended cables fit.  It took a fair bit of working out as there are so many increases in the last row of rib.  It was satisfying when it all worked out on the practice piece.  It is all squashed up here on the needle but it looks good when extended.

 

Now I have a challenging project to get my teeth into.

On Pinterest there are so many ideas for things to make and do.  My younger daughter found a picture of an Alexander McQueen jumper and thought that I might be able to make it for her as the jumper is no longer available and if it was the cost was excessively high.

I was delighted to be asked to make something similar for her.  We have no pattern so I will be making it by looking at this image and then translating it into the jumper that she wants.  There are a few modifications that she wants me to do so we are going to base the pattern on a cardigan I knitted for my husband many, many years ago.

This pattern will give me a base to work on size.  The front of the jumper will be much the same as the McQueen one and the back will also be similar.

Originally we were going to make the back panel based on one she had seen on Ravelry, called Viking Central Park Hoodie but since our initial discussions we have found another panel that we prefer.

She would also like the cables to continue down into the bands so I will incorporate that into the pattern.

These scribbled notes give you some idea of our thought processes.

There were other pages but this gives you an idea of what we were trying to do. We have come up with a final plan which I will write out neatly.

 

 

Slowly reducing left over wool.

Just before Easter i asked my younger daughter if she had a knitting project I could do as I needed something major to get my teeth into rather than small projects.  She said I could knit some bedsocks for my eldest granddaughter while she thought of a big project I could do for her.

As you know I have lots of small quantities of left over wool so I was able to quickly knit up a pair of bedsocks before they arrived to spend Easter with us.

I have used this booklet many times now for various projects as the book has patterns where you can utilise small quantities of wool.

My granddaughter was delighted with the bedsocks.  Now her two sisters want bedsocks too.

Now this one required little concentration

After my difficult time with the last beanie I knitted I thought I should remind myself that I could knit a beanie without a great deal of trouble.  I went back to a pattern that I had knitted a couple of times before and used up some wool that I had in my stash.  This is the end result and was knitted while I watched the cricket.

The pattern is a free one and you can find it here. It is a lovely warm beanie as it is double thickness over the ears.

I can dream

This arrived in the post some time ago now.  I have been drooling over the amazing pictures of Shetland Wool Week posted on the internet and decided that I would purchase the annual so I could imagine that I had been there. 🙂

These are some of the photos from their Instagram account.

I am planning to get to Shetland this year but we have decided that we will avoid the actual Wool Week as accommodation etc. will be too pricey at that time.  I will still be able to see the fine work and wool just not be able to participate in any classes.

I am so looking forward to our trip.  I will now be dreaming about Shetland but with the knowledge that I will get there one day.

These are some items from the Whalsay Heritage and Community Centre.  I hope one day to make a jumper featuring fair isle.

My next project

On my return trip from Melbourne I stopped off in Yarragon.

It is the ideal place to stop on the way back as it is about half way, at least it seems half way.  There is a lovely shop there called Wardrobe in the Lane.  I always like to check it out as the lady has some beautiful items in the shop.  I bought a lovely top and resisted the temptation to buy a new jumper.

There is also a haberdashery/wool shop which has moved out of the lane and into the main street.  I popped in there as I can’t resist a wool shop particularly when there is a sale on. 🙂

I bought some wool and a pattern.  The wool/acrylic is a navy blue.  I usually buy pure wool so this is a step from the usual.  It will be interesting to see how it knits up.

It is really chunky yarn so it shouldn’t take too long to knit.