Friday, 20 April 2018

April update

This is my first post for the month and the month is almost over! As I have been incredibly busy at work, training a new staff member and trying to cope with my own work, I have not had the time to post here.
After I had finished my crochet blanket, I cast on a pair of bed socks. I am using the  Blueberry Waffle Sock pattern, one I have used before and find very easy to follow. The pattern calls for 8ply/ DK yarn , which I have used previously, but this time I am using Regia 6 ply sock yarn in a lovely shade of blue. The first sock is done and I am now knitting the heel on the second sock.

I have also cast on a shawl, but have only worked a few rows, so have not as yet taken any photos of it. The yarn I am using for my shawl is Skeinz Heritage Alpaca, which is made right here in New Zealand and the pattern I'm using is the Easy Peazy Shawl, a free pattern which I downloaded from Ravelry.

Saturday, 24 March 2018

My crochet blanket

I started this project in September 2017 and have just finished it, so it has taken me about six months to finish. I worked on it quite consistently, but also took a couple of breaks to work on a few small knitting projects.
The completion of the project, which was quite time-consuming, involved joining squares together to form rows and then joining the rows together. At the moment the weather isn't cold enough for the blanket, but I couldn't resist putting it on my bed and taking a couple of photos.

Friday, 2 March 2018

February / March update

 The 2nd February was my late husband's birthday, the first one since he passed away and I marked the day by memorialising his Facebook page. I posted a short message, saying that he had celebrated his 60th birthday last year and that a few short months later he passed away, having lost his battle with cancer. DH's eldest brother and his wife rang me from South Africa that evening and it was lovely to talk to them and remember my DH together.

I have been very busy at work, as usual, but on Saturday I enjoyed a day out with some of my work friends. We all travelled by train to central Auckland and then boarded the ferry to Waiheke Island. It was a glorious late summer day, so there was a long queue of people waiting to get on to the ferry, but after waiting patiently, we boarded as well and sat up on the top deck in the fresh air. The ferry was very full and the trip took about 45 minutes. Once we arrived on the island we took a bus out to one of the vineyards. It has a restaurant, but as the tables were all booked, we could not have lunch there, but were able to get some light snacks and drinks, which were rather overpriced, I thought.

After spending some time relaxing under the trees, we then walked back to the bus stop and waited for the bus which would take us back to the ferry terminal. As we hadn't eaten much at lunchtime and were all quite hungry, we decided that we would have a late lunch at one of the restaurants on the wharf. The place we chose is called The Crab Shack and we found the food very good. I had fish and chips aka 'fush 'n chups", which is the way many Kiwis say it!

I enjoyed spending the day with my colleagues, but I was disappointed that I didn't get to see more of Waiheke Island, given that it was my first visit. I would like to go to the island again and would like to use the Explorer Bus, which is a hop on/ hop off service and I am sure that I would get to see much more of all that Waiheke has to offer.

It's now early March and the weather is still warm during the day, but the early mornings and late evenings are cooler and it is less humid, which is a relief, as the humidity was very high in January and February. I am still working away at my crochet blanket and am hoping to finish it within the next few weeks. Easter weekend is in another four weeks and I have set myself a bit of a goal; my aim is to get my blanket finished and then start on some winter knitting.

I recently bought some Regia 6ply yarn online from the Loveknitting website; I have cast on the first sock, but have only completed a few rounds thus far. I have a fair amount of yarn in my stash at the moment, including some Heritage Alpaca yarn, which is made in New Zealand and is beautifully soft and squishy! I originally bought it intending to use it for a sweater; I did actually start the sweater and got as far as completing the back and starting one sleeve, when I frogged it and put the yarn back in my stash until I could decide what I wanted to do with it. I did think of using it for a shawl, as it is so soft but now I am more inclined to want to use it for a sleeveless vest/ waistcoat which I could wear as an extra layer over my long sleeved tees when the weather is cold, but not cold enough for a long sleeved jumper or cardigan.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Another dishcloth

I recently completed this dishcloth to match the hand towel I made for my kitchen.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

FO: Yellow hand towel

I used some of the double knit cotton which I bought from Spotlight, to knit this hand towel for my kitchen.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Holiday FO's

I knitted these two cloths during the Christmas / New Year break and am very pleased with them. The yarn I used is Caron Cakes, which is a soft worsted weight cotton, which makes it ideal for either washcloths or dishcloths.

Some FO's from 2017

I really enjoyed working on my cowl, as the yarn is so soft and knitted up really nicely.

The socks were a quick and easy project, as I have used this pattern a number of times and as the yarn is DK, they knit up very quickly.

The pink washcloth was also a quick and easy knit; it was a project I started more to keep my hands busy than for any other reason and I ended up using it as a Secret Santa gift at Christmas.

I also knitted myself a red beret to go with my red winter coat, but never got around to taking a photo of it. It's packed away with all my winter clothes at the moment, so it will probably be a while before I do manage to photograph it. The hat itself  turned out well, but I am still not sure as to whether or not I will actually end up wearing it.