I know what you must be thinking, TWO posts in a week? Let’s say that Clark has been sleeping enough this week for me to finally finish my second jumper of the year, the striped spring shirt by PurlSoho! Yay! I’ve modified the pattern slightly by adding larger strips at the bottom of the body and on the sleeves and by doing a 3×3 ribbing on the sleeves cuffs.
Excuse the messy bed and poor lighting, we’ve had a dreadful stormy day. I’m very pleased that I managed to cast this jumper off before Christmas, it is so warm though that it will have to wait a bit later in the year to be worn! I have already plenty of ideas of what I want to make next, I’m thinking using up some stash yarn and possibly making a fade jumper. But first I will try to finish or frog all my current yarny WIPs/UFOs. I will round up all my projects (if I can find them!) and make a stocktake post soon to have a fresh start in the new year.
I hope the last weeks of December are treating you well and that you are excited for Christmas!
Happy Wednesday everyone!
I hope you’ve all had a great week so far, I’ve been pretty good since last week one of my friends lent me her spinning wheel so I’ve been having fun with it 🙂 I can’t remember if I told you but when I was over in Queensland I got gifted two beautiful bags of alpaca fleece and I’ve started spinning the dark fleece.
What I really want to show you today though is my current progress on a Purl Soho Spring shirt I’ve started a few weeks back. It’s an A-line sweater knit bottom up in the round (which I’ve never done before) and it’s been a bit boring so far but I’m sure it will get much faster once I divide for the back and front. I still have about 4 inches to go on the body so I’ve done most of it, yay!
I really love the colours I’ve chosen, they are nice and bright and will be perfect for spring 🙂
What projects are you currently working on?
Happy Friday everyone!
I have finished it! My first jumper of the year, and I’m so so in love with it! I’ve started the Arwen jumper (designed by Isabell Kraemer) at the end of April and I’m so pleased that I have finished it finally as the weather really is getting cool now. I have to say I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t be able to wear it this year, as I thought my bump wouldn’t fit, but the loose fit of the jumper actually makes it perfectly fine to fit my expanding belly.
I really loved working on it, I think that the lace detail at the top is beautiful and I’m very happy with the softness of the yarn I used (called Fiddlesticks superb 4). It’s a machine washable acrylic too so it should make washing the jumper easy (which is great because the colour really is quite pale).
That was my achievement of the week, I hope you all had a great creative time and that you have a fabulous weekend (I know I’m looking forward to my last spinning class!)
Happy Wednesday everyone!
As promised here is a progress shot of the newest project on my needles, my first jumper of the year! I’m super excited about this jumper, I’ve had my eyes on this design since it came out last year and I’m happy I’ve finally started it 🙂
The name of the pattern is Arwen by Isabell Kraemer and I think it’s just so beautiful. I’ve chosen the yarn for it with my family over at Christmas and it’s super soft so I can’t wait to be able to wear it.
This is the second time I make a jumper from Isabell Kraemer and I really like her patterns. it’s a top down jumper and as you can see I’ve hit the pattern already. I’ll try to share progress update when I separate into the main body and sleeves, hopefully before the end of the month!
Do you have a new project you’re excited about too?
I hope you guys all had a great week, I sure have! I have finally finished my colour block jumper, and what an adventure it was!
It all started when my nana sent me some chunky yarn from France (Cheval Blanc Kinna in case you’re wondering). The yarn was super squishy and lovely, but the only issue is that she sent only 2 balls of each colour (although she did send 6 different colours). What could I do with that? I really wanted to make a jumper so I searched Ravelry for a pattern and fell in love with the textured jumper with stripes from Isabell Kraemer. The only issue was that I did not have enough of the main colour, and I was afraid that the colour change and the texture together would look weird. Because I had set to use the yarn I had, I though I would make a colour pattern and give up the texture effect. I’m super glad I took that decision as that section of the jumper would have been way too busy otherwise.
I was actually knitting at a pretty good pace until… I ran out of yarn! 😱 I was missing about 15 rows of the dark blue on the second sleeve! (can you spot it?) So the jumper sat 95% finished for almost a month as I was away. I knew that I wouldn’t have time to reorder the same yarn online before the move, so instead I went to my local yarn store and found a similar weight yarn in a colour that was pretty close. Then I had fun taking selfies to show you the jumper, as my photographer (also known as my husband 😂) has already moved in our new house and so wasn’t available to take the pictures.
I’m super happy with it, the fit is super comfortable and I really like the colour blocks. I actually had a lot of fun knitting this and I’m looking forward knitting more jumpers!
In other news, I think I’m going to attend a craft fair this weekend, and I’m pretty excited about that! I’ll keep you guys posted 😊
Have a great weekend!
Happy Wednesday lovely readers!
In view of my move to Melbourne in a couple of months, I have decided to start crocheting and knitting more winter wear (it’s really cold down there compared to Brisbane). I haven’t knitted a full jumper in a few years and I though it was about time to get to it again. My nana recently sent me a parcel with some lovely aran weight yarn, so I decided to go with a chunky jumper. The pattern is the textured jumper with stripes from Isabell Kraemer, and I already have my eyes set on other patterns from her (I honestly love most of her patterns, I’m going to have a hard time choosing the next one!). Because I haven’t knitted anything big in a while though, I decided to go with one of her free patterns first, just to get back in the swing of things. Also, the jumper is meant to be textured but I decided against. I am adding a few extra colours to my jumper, and I thought it would be too busy if I added a pattern on top of that.
I’m pretty happy with how it’s going at the moment, I am making stripes on the main body of the jumper as well (white and light blue), but I want them to fade, so I had some maths to do, we will see if it turns out okay!
I also want to crochet another shawl from Addidae Designs, Swaye. It’s so beautiful, and I have chosen those three colours, with the pink as my feature colour.
What do you think? I’m probably going to start this on my way to Europe next month, I might as well make use of the 26 hours of flight!
It’s all in the title, I’ve finished my crochet jumper! The pattern is really great and I might make more jumpers like that in the future. It worked up super fast and I really liked that there was no seam. The only slight issue I had was that I stupidly decreased stitches without noticing ( I somehow missed the last stitch each round) but I was able to fix my mistake pretty well in the end.
I blocked it during the day and wore it all tonight and it’s super comfy and warm, which is perfect for winter!
I liked making the twisted cord for the neck part as well, I think it gives the jumper a cool look. Oh and I got a haircut too 😁
I hope you all have a great weekend 😊
Happy Wednesday readers!
I have finally finished the body of the crochet jumper. I’ve had some issues to get there, somehow I managed to decrease the number of stitches and it felt really tight. I was already pretty far gone so I frogged a bunch of it but not all and I’m actually pretty happy with it, as it is body hugging but not too tight.
I still need to do the sleeves, and then to finish the trims with my contrast colour. Good thing I still have 30 hours of plane to finish it! Wish me luck 🙂
I can’t remember if I have mentioned it yet, but we are off to Europe pretty soon, and from Australia we have around 30 hours of flight (so around 60h to go there and come back). I thought it would be the perfect time to start another project, one that doesn’t require 40 skeins of different yarns! Because it’s always cold in planes and it’s winter here in Oz, I have been searching for a jumper pattern.
So off I go to Pinterest, browsing for styles I like. A hood? why not. Good length? For sure! I definitely also want long sleeves. Baggy? hum, not really, I’d like something more fitted this time.
I found a few free patterns that I liked.
One from Drops Design
One from Patons
And one from Bernat
The only issue I had with all those patterns was that they all use cotton, which is nice but I feel like winter in a bit cold for a cotton jumper. In the end, I decided to browse Ravelry. And there, I fell in love!
The name of this pattern (My favourite crochet pullover) was perfect as well, and I am sure that it will also become my favourite jumper pattern!
You can buy the pattern on Ravelry and you can go check out Katy’s blog as well, it’s pretty cool, with a great gauge tutorial and some very cute free patterns, as well as the links to all her paid patterns.
I’ve already done my gauge, and I only have to go get my yarn before we leave 🙂 So excited to get started on this one!
I wish you all a smashing weekend!