…..back in the room….

So, I’ve been away from this blog for a while now. Stuff has been happening, good and bad. Let’s stay with the good stuff for now – we may touch on the bad stuff in a while….

The knitting and pattern designing has been going really well. This is the latest and currently most popular design: Field Flint.

For those of you you who know Norfolk in the UK, you also know many of the buildings are built – or faced with flint. This design is an homage to the local flint architectural style.

The shawl is knitted from 200g of 4-ply/fingering yarn. I have used 100g as a main colour and made up the remaining 100g from a range of colours. You can buy the yarn especially to make the shawl, or have a good rummage around in your stash to see what’s there and will make you feel good while knitting.

In these two fabulous versions, the one on the left is made from 100g of main colour and 5 x 20g mini skeins of contrasting colours. The one on the right is knitted using a MC and one CC.

The pattern and advice on yarns to use, how the colour work is achieved (which, as with many things, is much easier than it looks), is avialable on my Ravelry page: search for Knorfolknots http://www.ravelry.com

Or – as some of you already have – contact me through this blog and I’ll get back to you.

Stay safe in these strange and uncertain times.

…spring cleaning the knitting projects…..

Giza #1 test run complete

The ichord bind-off ran to 700 stitches….I’ve known it be worse! This afternoon, am picking-up the hand dyed yarn for therealthing – very exiting.

Giza#1 modelled by myself and the cat 😉

So, having finished the Giza#1 was feeling a bit knitting bereft and decided to tidy up The Project Cupboard.

The Project Cupboard – which is really my wardrobe. I’m quite good at keeping each project in its individual project bag, but not very good at keeping the bags in the Proper Project Cupboard. Mainly because that involves a climb to the loft.

It’s also pointless trying to explain to a non-knitter (poor craft bereft things), why it’s necessary to have two, or three (or more), things on the go at any one time. That what one wants to knit, in that moment, depends on all manner of things: mood, engery levels, what’s on Netflix – do I concentrate on what I’m knitting, or what I’m watching? So, a project for every eventuality is needed.

And then it becomes necessary to shove projects into the wardrobe, outofsight, so nooneknows just how many are on the go at any one time – even me.

Firstly, I untangled and wound up all the stray and left over balls of yarn in the various project bags. And thought about finishing some of the WIPs.

This has been on going for 18 months now. In and out of various cupboards, at home, at friends (you know who you are), the loft, the wardrobe; but yesterday I finally sewed in all the ends and am now thinking about wearing it.

And this one, I frogged the bit in green and have decided to carry on with the pink only. The green bit was too tight, despite going up a needle size, and it had pulled the whole jumper out of shape.

Never be afraid to frog…

Lastly, for today, mum didn’t like the pic of her dog I’d used in my last post, because you couldn’t see the dog’s face. So, this is a mum approved photo, to rectify the situ….

…and then I got completely side tracked…

I was all set to crack on with my Giza Shawl project, then Spring, dog walking and car brake-downs, got in the way. In the case of the car, it was literally – the brakes. So getting them fixed was a bit of a mustdoasap since, safety aside (hahaha), it can be a bit remote here without transport.

And it’s well known, North Norfolk is only one missed supermarket shop away from the zombie apocalypse. Plus we were running very low on avocados – and the children needed their avocado toast.

Anyway, car now sorted and apocalypse averted – for now anyway.

The dog I’ve been walking is my mother’s and it’s more than a pleasure to be diverted by dog-walking. However, the downside is….or maybe it’s a further upside….I get to thinking about revisions and changes to the projects I’m working on and then think up other things I want to try out.

For example, I’ve been puzzling on how to knit the plants in this pic? How do I get the textures, shapes and delicacy of the layered leaf shapes? I don’t want to do lace – I’m after something more….umm…errr….I’ll get back to you when I’ve thought about it more.

Anyway – back to the Giza Shawl. The first-knit-draft is just about finished.

It’s the first time I’ve knitted a practice piece in prep for the therealthing. The planning – and taking notes, keeping track of how it’s going, have been a very informative learning process. As I have learnt, often the hard way, that although while knitting I am convinced I will remember what I’m doing, what row I am on, where I want to do the increases – it really does need to be written down.

Overall it’s an asymmetric triangle design and I think I will keeping going until I have 300 stitches. The idea is then to do an ichord bind-off all the way round. And, just at the moment, I don’t want to think about how many stiches that will be. Or how much yarn it will take.

I have already underestimated the amount of the gold colour I would need – so I’ve had to use a range of gold/yellow yarns, which, on the whole have created their own very pleasing effect. The other colours are from scrap yarns, left over from other projects.

So – back to the final row – then that bind-off. Next time, I hope to have a pic of the completed shawl and an update on the yarn being dyed for the ‘real’ project…..

The story so far…..and more on the topic of test knitting

Remadebyhand’s Chevronelle Wrap – test knit by Knorfolknots

I’ve been knitting, on and off, since childhood. However, over the past few years it’s become an increasingly more important and absorbing part of my life – knitting for fun, for therapy and for getting out some of that creativity that lurks in us all, somewhere.

The other thing I’ve discovered having ‘come back’ to knitting is, the impact the internet and social media have had on crafting. Not only are there now great spaces to hook-up with other knitters and crafters from all over the world, doing all sorts of amazing and interesting things, but there’s also access to a huge range of fabulous wools and yarns out there – something that’s really made a big impact on me as I’ve been rediscovering my knitting self.

The story of my most recent knitting history is on my Norfolknots Ravelry site – and what it shows is: lots of shawls! There’s a few jumpers and cardigans there too, but really – mainly lots of shawls.

I think this has happened because, there’s only so many jumpers and cardigans family and friends want – and it’s not cheap knitting a large garment in some of the delicious yarns available to work with. Shawls are great projects to try experiments with yarns, colour and stitches – they also make great presents, and it’s much easier to tailor the projects to the personality of who it’s being knitted for – again in terms of colours, style and stitches.

I’ve also sold a few on Etsy and Ebay.

So, I’ve been knitting away and getting bolder with my colour choices and increasingly tweaking and adjusting patterns to better suit the kind of finished item I was after. I also started to be hugely influenced by colours and textures in the natural environment around where we live – the wild and sometimes raw North Norfolk (UK), coast and countryside.

And then friends started to be more interested in the things I was ‘making-up’ myself, than the items knitted from patterns.

Encouraged by friends’ responses – and by strangers’ positive reactions after a bit of puttingstuffoutthere on Instagram, I signed-up for a few test knits. Again, I’ve been really encouraged by the responses from the pattern designers’ I’ve been knitting for. Not only have they been complimentary about my capacity as a knitter, but have also said great things about my colour choices and choice of yarns.

So, having done a few test knits, I’ve gotten up the courage to begin exploring a new phase….blogging…….and working with a fellow crafter, who dyes her own yarns with natural materials from the amazing Norfolk countryside. And this next part of the story is really what this blog is (mainly) going to be about…….tbc….

remadebyhand’s Chevronelle Cowl – test knit by Knorfolknots