Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Sirdar Yo-yo Crew neck jumper – Hand Knit Finish

Hi there, I know I have been away from the blogging world for quite a while now but I finally have a new post up. It is about a knitting project I have talked about here before but i wrote a new post on my new blog.

CLICK HERE to check it out!

Here is a pic of the finished piece to make it interesting. I hope to see some of you at my new blog home!


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Very First HAED Finish!

Hey everyone, I'm super excited to share todays post with you all, it's QS Clara all finished and ready for framing. Go check out the post here!! Also a little preview picture of her in all her glory.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hand Knit Finish - Hermione Everyday Socks

Wow everyone, I have managed to get another post up on my blog! After being away from blogging for so long I have a few things to share over the next few weeks. While I was away, my stitching bug was absent for a bit, but I did do some crafting in the form of knitting. Go check out my blog post on these Hermione Everyday Socks, which includes a link to the free pattern!! Click Here



Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Dimensions Gold Elegance of the Orient - Finished

Well guys it finally happened, I finished Elegance of the Orient. The post on this project is now up on my new blog www.pulltheotherthread.com, so go check it out HERE

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Dimensions Gold - Elegance of the Orient, Nearly There!

Hey guys, I've a new post up on my new blog. I'm very excited. Link Here

Sneak Peek of the piece:

Sneak Peek of Elegance of the Orient Progress. Click the link above to see the rest of this post, including more pictures.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Hand Knit Slouch Socks Finish

Hey everyone, Sunday has rolled around again and that means it's time to share what crafty thing I have been up to. However I would like to start this post with an update on my new blogging home. Last week I set up the hosting and made a start on the layout of the new website. I have kept it quite simple for now but there will be changes to it over the coming months, as I get to grips with the Wordpress software. I would love some feedback from my awesome readers on it, so if you get a chance, check it out and let me know what you think, link here.

So now that is out of the way, we can get back to the fun stuff. While in my local craft shop recently I found a gorgeous yarn call Tivoli Haven. It is super chunky and soft so I bought a couple of balls to make some nice comfie slouch socks. However having gotten my yarn I couldn't find any patterns online that used Aran (8wpi) weight with 8mm needles. At first I was despondent but then I decided I could make them myself, if I knew how to calculate the number of cast on stitches I needed!

Hand Knit Socks, Knitting, Tivoli Haven Yarn, Chunky Slouch Socks

As it turned out there was a bit more to it than that, especially in the heel turn and the toe decreases but all I needed to know first was how to figure out the number of cast on stitches. Luckily the internet came to the rescue and I found  great instructions on how to work this out, here.

So I now knew the cast on, based on the yarn gauge and foot size, was 24 stitches. I was delighted, so I made a start on my ribbing. I decided to go with 2x2 but I think it would have been better to use 1x1 instead, due to the size of the needles.

Hand Knit Socks, Knitting, Tivoli Haven Yarn, Chunky Slouch Socks
These socks knit up extremely quickly and before I knew it I had the the length I wanted and I needed to do the heel flap. So back to the internet I went again to find out how long this should be. I discovered another great site called Hands Occupied, which I would end up using for the rest of the math on this project. Soon I had one fully completed sock, I felt so proud. The second sock was just a matter of repeating the same steps, luckily I had kept notes for each stage on the Knit Tink app, so it was very straight forward.

Hand Knit Socks, Knitting, Tivoli Haven Yarn, Chunky Slouch Socks

Now I am the owner of a crazy comfortable pair of slouch socks, that have been hardly off my feet since they came off the blockers. If I could get away with it I would wear these to work! I was so delighted with the result that I am now making another pair for my OH in earth tone yarn. I can't wait to finish them for him.

This was a tricky project and I did make a few mistakes. When picking up the gusset stitches on one of the socks I didn't pick up one of them correctly and there is a slight hole. The other issue is with the gusset size, I think I made the heel flap a bit too long and picked up too many stitches for my size feet, making them a slightly too big. This is something I will research, but for now the fact that they are a bit large doesn't really matter.

So that's it for my super comfortable slouch hand-knit socks, what do you think? Would you ever try to make something without a pattern? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Lavender & Lace: Celtic Spring Cross Stitch Progress

Hey everyone, welcome to February, hopefully we will start seeing some nice Spring greenery soon. Speaking of Spring, in my continuing attempts to avoid working on Elegance of the Orient, last post here, I have some progress to show on my Celtic Lady! I really do feel bad that Elegance has once again been passed over, however at least I didn't start something new, that makes it ok, right?

I was looking for a project that had some nice areas of block colour and no back stitching that needed to be done immediately. I wasn't really in the mood for a HAED project, even though Bridge of Wings has some large sections of just one colour. I wanted something that made me feel like I was making tangible progress and Celtic Spring fit that requirement perfectly.


I worked on the swirls of metallic stitching, using 1 strand of the treasure braid instead of 2. I started filling in some of the gaps left from my last session with this piece and worked my way down towards the bottom of the gown. I also got to stitch the shoe, which for some reason I really like. I think it's that it really conveys she is in motion.


I also finished all the cross stitches in her bouquet and I love how it turned out. The yellow roses look so delicate. There is still some more beading to do under the flowers but I'm happy with the progress I made. I was very tempted to fill in her head piece but it's mostly beading and I wasn't in the mood for bead confetti so that will have to wait.


These pictures show the colour of the fabric I'm using quite accurately, which was an issue I was having with my other photos. It's a very delicate pink colour and the evenweave is so soft and comfortable to work with. I even find that the metallics don't shred that much with this fabric, making them much easier to use.

When I manage to get around to this project, it stitches up quite quickly. Hopefully when I start the other season ladies, I won't leave them wallow unfinished for so long.

Well that's my cross stitch project post for this week, hope you enjoyed it. Don't forget to follow me on the various social media. I pop up a sneak peep of what my post will be about on Twitter and Instagram on Fridays, so check that out to get an early clue of what's coming up.