Knitters of Mumsnet...

(74 Posts)
Madratlady Wed 19-Jun-13 21:59:27

I thought we needed a thread to chat about our current projects, future projects and obscenely large yarn stashes!

I'm working on some lace gloves and a jumper for when the gloves annoy me too much. I've realised that the last 5 projects I've made have been purple so clearly I need some non purple yarn asap!

I am currently working on a jumper for DH that I'm anticipating will take around 19 years to finish. I am also making a cotton shopping bag for a friend. It is her birthday in a week so it better be finished soon!

I just moved house and now pretty much have a whole room for my yarn! grinblush

Madratlady Thu 20-Jun-13 11:51:06

Susu A whole room for yarn? That sounds amazing!

The jumper I'm working on is for me, unfortunately I'll probably be too pregnant to wear it when it's done sad

I would love to have a whole room for yarn. I have actually considered moving ds1 (19) out to the shed, so I could have his room - but apparently that is considered unreasonable. confused

I'm in the middle of a couple of projects at the moment - I am knitting a tunic jumper, in cream aran weight yarn, making the pattern up as I go along, but I've put that aside for the moment, in favour of crochet - I am making a patchwork, random blanket in purple, lime green, rust, cerise, turquoise, teal and yellow. It is quiet and shy. Like me. grin

My next project will be a waterfall cardigan in King Cole Galaxy yarn (the one with the sequins already threaded on). I won a yarn stash from Knit Now magazine, including 12 balls of the Galaxy in cerise, and I am going to knit the cardigan to go over my favourite maxi dress, so I can wear it to my nursing course reunion in the autumn.

fairisleknitter Thu 20-Jun-13 12:46:24

I namechanged this week to prompt myself to get on with a jumper for my son. It's my ever first fair-isle pattern so my new name is a total fraud!

I will follow this thread for encouragement!

Well, it's really the study but seeing as no one will be doing any work in there I have claimed it as my knitting room.

Good luck with the fair isle! Sounds a bit too complicated for me still. This jumper is the first "big" project I've attempted so hopefully it goes well!

Purlesque Fri 21-Jun-13 18:50:45

I'm knitting a shawl for my niece which taking forever. I have just finished a game for my friends ds, finished the pouch this morning.
I'm knitting a scarf for my partners dad, but I have until winter to finish it. It's garter stitch so I get bored with it quickly.
Next I'm practicing some lace patterns so there will be plenty of lace bookmarks for christmas presents.

I want to do my leg warmers but have had to give up because I keep forgetting where I am with the rib stitch (very sleep deprived).

I just finished the bag (it's a "market bag" apparently) so back to working on DH's jumper. I need something else to do when the jumper gets tedious, any ideas? Some patterned socks maybe.

Tell me about this game Purlesque <intrigued>.

I am currently knitting 2 sets of angry birds for Team Survival on behalf of Woolly hugs. I'm one red bird in. 5 to go! I need to have them finished early August.

I tend to stick to short patterns because I lose interest quite quickly.

I do, however have the yarn and pattern to do an elizabeth zimmerman baby surprise jacket. Baby due in October.

My stash isn't quite a room full, but I've only been knitting for 18 months and my stash is rather large.

Brillig Sun 23-Jun-13 14:43:57

I'm trying to psych myself up to finish a 'boneyard shawl' knitted in denim yarn which I didn't remember I had (I know I bought it years ago because the price ticket says £1.95 per ball). It's easy to do but for that reason, slightly boring. The bigger it gets, the loooooonger each row is. I'm tempted to call it a day as it's probably big enough, but the yarn will shrink, possibly quite a lot, so I'm slightly nervous about stopping too soon.

I don't have a wool room but I do have a rather large laundry basket full of yarn and a subsidiary one, plus odds and ends secreted around the house

However, in my defence I have almost finished a ripple blanket and made a baby quilt for a friend...

Brillig Sun 23-Jun-13 14:45:56

Oh, if anyone's interested in the shawl pattern, it's here

I like that shawl brillig!
But does look like that kind of thing I would get bored with.

Just started the back of the jumper, already done the hood, this will be the longest part so getting it out of the way ASAP.

FeegleFion Tue 25-Jun-13 11:52:21

Can I join?

I'm not actually a knitter but I've just got some needles and yarn and have bought a knitting for dummies book so I'm hoping to learn. grin

Any helpful tips will be gratefully received wink

You tube is your friend! Knit with Judy is one I've used. Take things slow.

I started by signing up for one of the woolly hug blankets in February last year. My squares weren't square nor very good, but were done with love.

Now I'm knitting angry birds! I'm an addict!

Dutchoma Tue 25-Jun-13 20:51:41

It's very easy to get addicted to knitting. grin

FeegleFion Tue 25-Jun-13 21:06:37

Ooh thanks Glaikit I'll look at look at knit with Judy now, thanks for the tip!

I bet your no really Glaikit wink

I have my moments!

Can I join too? I have jut started knotting for te first time in almost 30 years. I an knitting an owl- following a pattern in a knitting mag I bought at the weekend. I am on attempt 2- the first one went very wrong.....

6 rows in, going quite well!


ShotgunNotDoingThePans Tue 25-Jun-13 21:55:00

Oo if we can ask for tips - anyone any hints on how to make a chunky knit cushion, something like this?
Or this?

Or even this? shock

Actually, I'm pretty sure I can figure out the pattern, but it's years since I've knitted and I'm out of the loop with regards to suppliers etc. and I've no idea of the weight of wool I'd need, or needle size. I just know the chunkier the better and I suspect standard 'chunky knit' wouldn't cut it!

Any clues?

Argh! I just wrote a huge post linking you to patterns on ravelry of similar cushions. But as I was flicking between pages it all went! Patterns usually give a recommended wool and needle size. So it's a starting point for you. Be careful, time moves faster when browsing ravelry! Best thing is many patterns are free! smile is a good online retailer, if pricey. And and are two others I would recommend. And then there is good old eBay too. Aileens wool shop in there is also very good.

FeegleFion Wed 26-Jun-13 07:06:41

That's a gorgeous cushion cover and the colour's lush!

outtolunchagain Wed 26-Jun-13 08:00:17

I am currently knitting Peerie flooers which is a Kate Davis pattern, I want to start the mittens but am a bit scared of the beginning bit!it includes the words "provisional cast on", am going to have consult youtube again!

littleomar Wed 26-Jun-13 08:13:42

I'm making 6 yo son a jumper using Elizabeth Zimmerman percentage system. Nearly finished the body and thinking about a pattern for yoke (maybe peerie flooers pattern).

Madratlady I dare you to steek it and make a cardigan instead

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Wed 26-Jun-13 22:20:34

Thanks Glakit - should be able to find something there!

Marking my place as I think I need to join somewhere to chat about my projects so that they are actually worked on! I have just put up 4 shelves in my corner in mine and DP's room which are stuffed full of yarn like you'd see at a yarn shop, I love it, so colourful and my yarn is ready to be used. All cheapy acrylic on the shelves for toys though. ealous of susu's whole room sad

Currently working on/starting:

Pterodactyl: for a Mnetters little boy. I promised her this back in February blush Got disheartened by the colour scheme and gave up. I want to redo it this week.

A giant Plesiosaur: for DP and I blush

A crocodile: for my 2.7yo charge who is obsessed by them confused

I have a load of stylecraft special too which I'd like to start knitting a Woolly Hug with but still haven't really managed to crack larger items yet.

feegle I second Knit with Judy, she's brilliant!

I like texereyarns for supplies. They always get yarn to me quickly. They do good deals on my toy yarn though, I use Deramores for other bits and pieces as texere don't have a massive range unfortunately!

FeegleFion Thu 27-Jun-13 23:36:57

Confused I'm in awe at your skills!

I've been watching Judy and thinking that's easy...then I just can't do it sad

Is it perhaps something to do with me being left handed? Do I need to do everything in reverse IYSWIM?

I'm embarrassed to admit, I'm even struggling to hold the needles without them sliding all over the place sad blush

I'm usually quite crafty. I can't draw for toffee but crafty pastimes are usually something I pick up really easily.

Oo, yes, I think being left handed may make things a bit more difficult! Have you got a knitting group nearby? You may find somebody there able to help. Have you got any chunky needles? I learnt on 10mm needles and a super chunky yarn which made things so much easier. Easier to hold the needles as they're so big and easier to see the stitches and distinguish them from one another. I tried to learn on smaller needles before that and really struggled too. Didn't touch anything smaller than 10mm for three years once I got it though!

If you mean the skills to put up the shelves I'd have to say I was impressed myself at how perfectly straight they are thanks to my anal measuring over two hours wink but the knitting is not so skilful, just reading patterns!

FeegleFion Fri 28-Jun-13 08:43:32

Balls confused

I will not give up! I'll find my way grin

roguepixie Fri 28-Jun-13 08:50:05

Oooooh, what a lovely idea - a wonderful knitterly thread. My heart actually skipped a beat there (obviously don't get out much confused).

I am currently making squares for the woolly hugs blankets - another two to go and then I'm sending them off.

Also on my needles is Ysolda's 'Blank Canvas'. Her pattern is in DK but I have a really lovely Artesano Alpaca 4 ply so am using that - the resulting 'fabric' is a little looser but I think looks very nice. Have an idea that I'll be making a few of these - will make the next one in DK.

I'm also thinking about knitted presents this year so will start to put ideas/patterns/yarns together soon.

Am I the only one who has multiple projects?

Good luck fairisle. outtolunch - I love Kate Davies - I have her paper dolls pattern to do at some point in the future.

Can also agree - youtube is brilliant for knitting advice, techniques etc.

roguepixie Fri 28-Jun-13 08:53:11

I knew it was a stupid comment to make about single/multiple projects - have just re-read (properly) and see that the mere thought of a knitter having a single project on the go is almost as rare as unicorn poop grin.

Am going to re-read (again) to make sure I haven't made any more even dafter gaffs.

Hello ConfusedPixie - do you think we might be from the same pixie family?? grinwink

FeegleFion Fri 28-Jun-13 08:59:08

Feegles are a type of fairy grin

roguepixie Fri 28-Jun-13 09:02:31

Ok, third post (then I'll go away for a while, promise).

Feegle, I am left handed but knit right handed. Have you maybe thought of learning the right handed way? I did, many many years ago and, although it seems to go against the way our left handed brains are wired it does make things easier in the long run.

Also, and I am sure this coming remark is akin to teaching your granny to suck eggs...but Ravelry. is an absolute god send and a gold mine - lots and lot a of ideas and many patterns are free as downloads. Easy to buy those that have a price attached to them. Excellent source.

Some good blogs are:

roguepixie Fri 28-Jun-13 09:03:12

Ok, I lied ... fourth post. grin

You must be my cousin feegle grin

FeegleFion Fri 28-Jun-13 09:16:42

Well you need to google Nac Mac Feegles because no self respecting pixie would admit to being our cousins grin

I am going to try the right-handed way, it seems to make sense.

I'll take a look at those sites, thank you! though I think I need to learn how to keep the first stitch from slipping before I look at any patterns

GroupieGirl Fri 28-Jun-13 09:18:26

I'm STILL knitting (and crocheting) bloody flowers. BUT the wedding is in five weeks, after which I'd like to make a Woolly Hug, having been following the project for ages.

I also have a cardigan for a friend's new baby that needs making up. I hate making up.

rouguepixie: Quite possibly ;) Pixies are in abundance round these parts of the internet!

The blank Canvas is pretty nice, might have to try that one day!

I have loads of half done projects, some I need to unwind, so I need to put together and some for a few months time! I think every crafty person is the same surely?! Who finishes projects these days?! wink

Ravelry is heaven. I have over 600 favourites on there blush Getting into wedding-related knits too now so that upped it by 100 recently!

Groupiegirl are knitted flowers featuring promenantly in the wedding? It's something I'd really like to start doing and have in my wedding, huge garlands of knitted flowers and a bouquet of knitted flowers that mean something to the women in mine and DPs life. Not sure how it will tie in with other aspects but oh well!

Ekka Fri 28-Jun-13 10:17:45

Ooh, can I join in please? I learnt to knit when I was little, but have only just rediscovered it! And now I have a huge box of yarn and loads of projects I'd love to do, but we are moving to Canada in 5 weeks so most of my stash is going to have to be shipped and I'll be without it for at least 8-12 weeks shock.

I'm currently spending most of my time trying to work out which yarns/projects I can take with me, rather than actually sorting out all our belongings/organising dd's birthday party that's next weekend or doing any of the other 1001 things that I really need to do before we move...

My current project is to finish some yoga trousers for ds2 before he gets too big for them and then find something else to use up my gorgeous Milla Mia yarn.

roguepixie Fri 28-Jun-13 10:17:59

Feegle, I have googled!! However, I still claim you!!! I may be a pixie but self respect went out the window years ago gringrin. Good luck with the right handed knitting - once you've 'got it' then it makes everything so much easier

Confused, I think there is something about knitting (and crafting in general) and the fae grin. Perhaps it is in our DNA?? hmm

I recently had to frog an item. It was hard but I did it. It was strangely liberating grin.

roguepixie Fri 28-Jun-13 10:21:52

Hi Ekka. Love the sound of the "yoga trousers"?? And Milla Mia yarn is lovely.

I would love to move to Canada!! Not sure why, it just sounds like my kind of place. Good luck with the move. Check with the airlines about taking needles on as hand luggage - some of them won't allow it - either wood or metal needles. Having your project confiscated would be even worse than not having some knitting to do shock. And remember, you can then justify hitting your new local yarn shop because, you know, you would be a wreck if you had to wait that long for your supplies to get to you. grin

AhA! I knew I recognised ysolda. I have her pattern for Elijah the Elephant waiting around for somebody I know to have a baby! & have quite a fe of her other patterns on my favourites list on Rav blush

GroupieGirl Fri 28-Jun-13 10:29:12

Confused yes, between my partner's mum and myself we've knitted five bouquets, hair accessories, and buttonholes. I'm hoping to make enough in the next few weeks to decorate the chapel too.

The original plan was to do it (at least in part) because it's cheaper. But I'm not sure now!

GroupieGirl Fri 28-Jun-13 10:31:14

Oh, and we haven't bothered tying anything together. So as well as lots of knitted/crocheted flowers, there will also be comic books and owls!

Wow, that sounds like a brilliant wedding grin How long have you been working on the flowers? I have to years from now really so think I'm behind already... grin

Jaynebxl Sat 29-Jun-13 05:44:42

Great thread - can I join?

Started knitting as a kid because my mum has always been a compulsive knitter but only managed a couple of half finished projects. Just came back to it at Easter after buying one of those mags with the needles, wool and patterns for a project to keep myself busy on holiday and now have the same addiction as my mum, which she finds hilarious! I've knitted various little bits and pieces while all the time in the background I've been making squares for a blanket. I'm doing this using knitting techniques and different stitches I wanted to try out plus lots of crochet granny squares in between after my friend's sister taught me to crochet a few weeks ago. All so relaxing and portable ... Does anyone else carry their latest project round in a nice little toilet bag in their handbag??? ( had to buy a new, bigger handbag specially - I mean you never know when you're going to get stuck in a traffic jam or something! ).

Pic of my blanket on my profile if anyone wants to see it.

FeegleFion Sat 29-Jun-13 12:25:49

I can't knit. I just can't 'get it' sad

I love the Techknitting blog and she talks about left handed knitting here.

Hi Ekka, I am in Canada! Where are you moving to?

Still working away on the jumper. Almost finished the hood and plodding away at the back. Thinking about starting a slouchy brioche knit hat alongside that though. Just need to decide on a colour, it's for a friend with very bright red hair so don't want it to clash!

ouryve Sat 29-Jun-13 20:56:36

I've not knitted nearly as much as I'd like, recently. Went to woolfest, today, without any knitting, not even a simple sock, to do because my thumb's locked up. Typical!

Purlesque Sun 30-Jun-13 08:25:58

Susu sorry I hadn't noticed you asked me a question.
The game is just Find the Fish. It's six knitted fish in a knitted pouch. It's for a 3 year old, someone hides the fish then someone else has to find them.
Each fish is a different colour so easy to identify.
It took a couple days to make.

I learnt to knit a few years ago and I really love it. My current projects are a jumper for dh with a geeky Lord of the Rings pattern in the front and a leaf-patterned scarf for me. Both going very slowly atm though...

roguepixie Sun 30-Jun-13 12:07:50

Susu - what about green? I know it is a little cliched but green would look good.

I am looking at patterns for a shawl/cowl for a present for my DMum at Christmas - thinking about Ysolda's Barley Sugar Cowl Also going to do some thrummed socks for my DDad - have to source roving but he suffers terribly with chilblains so think this might be a nice Christmas present for him. Seems strange to be thinking of Christmas when we finally have some sun but, hey, I'm not the fastest knitter around grin.

Feegle, keep going, you will get it. It takes time. I learnt to knit when I was quite young (6 or 7) and I am thankful that time has dulled the sheer horror of the items I knit then grin grin. Because many of us learn as children we forget the learning process/curve - keep going and it will fall into place and then, when it does, you have a talent you can take anywhere.

Sounds cute purl!

pixie green was my first thought too but I was hoping to use something I already have lying around. I have an aqua/turquoise, a royal blue, a pale grey spun with white or just plain white.

I really like the look of this cowl.

Also, susuwatari are aka soot sprites. Does that mean I can be part or the fairy/pixie crew?

Feegle, pop a thread on looking for lefty knitters, I know ther is at least one on here.

madamginger Sun 30-Jun-13 19:05:57

Ooooh can I join. I am doing a test knit ATM for a designer called anadiomena, when I've finished that I have a nearly finished pair of socks to make for dh.

GroupieGirl Mon 01-Jul-13 14:20:46

Confused - two of us have been knitting flowers idly for about six months, with more effort for three or four. We've probably got over two hundred. It depends what flower you want. For example, a crocheted daisy takes about ten or fifteen minutes, whereas a sunflower might take a few hours. Two years will be plenty of time!

Jaynebxl Mon 01-Jul-13 21:30:29

Oo Groupie where do you get your flower patterns from?

That sounds brilliant groupie, would you mind sharing pictures of them later on? I've seen loads of pictures of peoples knitted bouquets but very few of much else knitted at a wedding!

Are you sticking to a colour theme or a flower theme at all our going all out on a birt of everything?

roguepixie Thu 04-Jul-13 06:55:10

Why, oh why oh why do I never have enough yarn hmm[confused[]grin?

Such lovely lovely yarn out there ... have just bought 3 skeins of the new Rowan sock/shawl yarn, 3 balls of Rowan Kid Haze, some worsted weight yarn for thrummed mittens and some more for narwhal mittens plus extra dpns!!!

Have found the most beautiful shop/website: for those in London visit Loop (Angel, Islington). They have an website

GroupieGirl Tue 09-Jul-13 20:09:42

Jayne Patterns are nearly all from a Lesley Stanfield book. 100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet.

CP I keep meaning to put pics up! I tend to MN from phone though, so next time I'm on laptop I'll try to remember.
I haven't stuck to a colour/theme, we've made flowers of all colours, types and sizes <inclusive, me>.

How is everyone getting on with their knitting? I, rather ambitiously, tried a bit of double knitting. It is fun to do but I fear the outcome will be very amateur looking.

TobyLerone Tue 13-Aug-13 06:38:56

I like the look of this thread.

I am an amateur knitter. Currently making a lacy, stripy blanket and a baby cardigan for when the blanket gets boring (which is often).

I'm getting back into knitting after a long break. I made a cardigan for DS while I was pregnant, but I must have gone wrong as the proportions are all out sad
Lots of friends are having babies at the moment, so I'm getting back into practice with some hats / booties / mittens. If I can manage those without cocking up, I will try a cardigan again!
Knitting only happens in two 25-min train journeys at the moment...

I have discovered a love for knitting and have been making hats, mittens and booties for my bump due in December. I am now going to attempt a cardigan, but I cant find a pattern I understand. It just makes me frustrated sad

TobyLerone Tue 13-Aug-13 15:38:07

I'm doing this baby cardigan because it looks quite easy. I have only done about 10 rows, though!

MOSagain Tue 13-Aug-13 22:15:23

Yay! After a year of knitting lots of squares for various 'team effort' blankets, I have FINALLY finished my very own one and sewn it together. It isn't brilliant but hopefully it will be ok

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Tue 13-Aug-13 22:19:10

I have been making bunting triangles - nice and quick and easy.

ooh thanks Toby. I shall give that a go.

JulesJules Fri 16-Aug-13 15:45:55

I am making a sweater dress for dd1. She is 11, I'm making the biggest size because God knows when I'll finish it! I'm not very good at knitting big things, because I get bored.

Inbetween I'm knitting from these books Knitivity although I'm only half way through Mary blush and Knitlympics Adapted a pattern from this to make my Mum her very own Bradley Wiggins.

cake wine

Those look like a lot of fun Jules! I also have to have a lot of things on the go at once otherwise I get bored. I'm planning on making Sheldon for DS for his birthday. That will be my first attempt at a stuffed toy.

Purlesque Fri 16-Aug-13 21:12:17

I just finished making a cashmere lace cowl for my sister, it's so pretty. I'll try and post a picture.
I'm doing another one for a friend now.
I love lace!

AlyssB Sun 18-Aug-13 18:23:14

I have a shoulder injury and have been told not to knit until its fixed sad would now be the time to learn crochet? I don't know if that would still be bad for my shoulder (damaged muscle). There is so much yarn waiting to be squished loved and made into something and not being able to pick it up makes me sad!

I like that sweater dress JulesJules I have never worked in crofter before but got some recently to do myself a cardigan.

Debbie Bliss Bunny

This is my latest thing I have finished. I do the knitting and my mum does the stuffing as she used to do loads of stuffed toys years ago. I used Drops Muskat wool for this, it is for a colleague for her nephew

JulesJules Sun 25-Aug-13 10:18:20

The Crofter yarn is very nice to work with and the pattern it creates is lovely.

I'm about to get distracted though... by knitting little Innocent smoothie hats for Age UK DO NOT click if you don't want to be distracted! I'm finding this impossible to resist. Just one little fox!

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