You know how you see a pattern, and it's gorgeous, and you think "that would be a challenge", and you make it, and you learn new knitting skills - then you never wear the bloomin thing?! Well, I have collected mine together and have had a frogging party.
It really all started with a vest top I was making (it's at the bottom of this post). Well, it was too big so I had to frog it. Then the yarn needed soaked to get the kinks out, so I thought I do some more. Here are the results:
- The multi-coloured purple is Twilleys Freedom DK, which was a waistcoat. It was lovely, but had no shaping, so looked a tad square-shaped. I'm thinking of turning it into this.
- The black with green and purple through it is King Cole Mirage DK; this is the above-mentioned vest top.
Both of these have been soaked and dryed, I haven't done the rest yet.
- The small amount of white, and the light purple are Rowan Little Big Wool. This was a lovely waistcoat/body warmer thingy from Domiknitrix. It was lovely, it fitted perfectly and the increases and decreases were gorgeous (even if I say so myself!). But I never got around to putting a zip in it.
- And finally, the darker purple is Sirdar Click DK. This was a Sirdar pattern 9104. But it was too big across the back.
I have to say all that frogging was quite liberating!
I was afraid that the above would apply to my lovely shawl from my last post. Then I saw this on Stefanie Japel's blog. It was the third photo that made sense (and isn't that shawl beautiful!). So I ordered some shawl pins on ebay, and here's the result.
I mentioned in a previous post about making some wristwarmers like one's I saw in an expensive shop in Belfast. I started them - twice, but I was having trouble with the thumbs. Then I had a brainwave. I had wanted to make Ysolda's Snapdragon Flip-tops but they would have been too big for my wee tiny hands. So I experimented, and made them with the 4ply for my wristwarmers. Here's the left one:
I changed the thumb a bit. The original was a closed thumb, but I left mine open at the top so it can be folded down. It fits perfectly (like a glove you could say!). It's size is 6 inches around the palm. Here's a photo of the right one. I'm a bit further along with it though. The thumb is finished, and I'm about half way through the flip-top.
Now I'm left with a dilemma. I now know what I want to do with the thumbs on my own wristwarmers, and have enough of this yarn to make them. But, since I now have a pair of gloves in this colour, I think I may (ahem) have to buy some more single-coloured 4ply...