Monday, 25 July 2011

Little Bit Purple!

Remember this? I gave a sneak peak into something I was working on a while back. It was something that I had been taught to do by Donna at Gartmore using the granny square stitch.

Well it's finished. It's a granny triangle or half granny square shawl. I used cotton in two different shades of purple. It was fun and fairly easy to do (thanks to Donna's lessons). I will probably use it as a scarf come winter.

I also finished this months socks. It's been a very purpley month. I used Zauberball sock yarn in the shade blackberry. I had planned on using a pattern rather than doing a basic sock. However, I had started knitting with it a long time ago, forgot where I was and unravelled it. It got a little bobbly which made it difficult to knit a pattern with. So whilst this is a lovely yarn to knit with I don't recommend it if you think you might have a lot of frogging to do.

I can't take credit for these. Remember the sock classes I gave? One of the girls finished her first pair. I can't take much credit for the lesson either. She had been taught to knit socks the year before. I just started her off again. She pretty much followed the pattern herself. Looks good though.

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Learning Something New!

I had a fun day yesterday with my Knitting group. We decided to get together for the day at the weekend in order to learn some new things. Not of it knitting related this time. We had a quilting demo which I plan to have a go at eventually. We were also taught how to make draw string bags. My sewing machine and I are not the best of friends so it was nice to learn to make something with it. Isobel who was teaching us even brought along some pre-cut material and I made the bag above. It's so pretty I don't know what to use it for.

We even got our very own pin cushion made by Isobel.

We also got a demonstration on how to stitch Japanese folded bags. I didn't have a go that time but took notes. I made this one today. It's great to use as little gift bags. One friend even suggested using them instead of an advent calendar. Mine is on the small side so plan to make a larger one in the future.