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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!

SusuwatariToes Thu 20-Jun-13 03:34:16

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

SDTGisAnEvilWolefGenius Thu 20-Jun-13 12:34:03

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!

SusuwatariToes Thu 20-Jun-13 16:04:55

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).

SusuwatariToes Sat 22-Jun-13 02:59:05

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>.

GlaikitFizzog Sat 22-Jun-13 10:24:38

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

SusuwatariToes Sun 23-Jun-13 19:33:19

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

GlaikitFizzog Tue 25-Jun-13 20:06:42

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

GlaikitFizzog Tue 25-Jun-13 21:49:03

I have my moments!

QueenofLouisiana Tue 25-Jun-13 21:50:02

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!

GlaikitFizzog Tue 25-Jun-13 21:51:26


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?

GlaikitFizzog Tue 25-Jun-13 22:12:01

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!

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