Bridesmaid invitations

When we got engaged in April 2015, I knew fairly quickly who I wanted to be my bridesmaids and my maid of honour. The opportunity didn’t easily present itself to ask them, and I wanted to ask them all at once, as most of them knew each other. Also, one was busy organising her own wedding, so I didn’t want to add to the stress!
I decided to make their Christmas presents their invitations to be part of the wedding party. As I had so long, I thought I would make them something to wear at the wedding.
I thought I’d make tiny balls of wool with knitting needles – to symbolise the knitting together of marriage – and make them into pendants.

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I got some 10mm polystyrene balls, and some pendant connectors. I pushed the connector into the ball, then took it out again.

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Next, I cut a cocktail stick in half and pushed the two halves through the ball, so they looked like needles through a ball of wool.

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I used thread in a colour that matched our wedding colourscheme, and gorilla glue gel to stick the thread to the balls. I experimented with several glues until I found one that didn’t melt polystyrene!

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Once I has secured the pendant connector in place with glue, and sealed the edges of the needles, I thinly coated the ball in glue using a cocktail stick, and started carefully wrapping the ball in thread.

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I placed the thread carefully, so there wouldn’t be any white showing.

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Once I was happy with the coverage, I could break off the thread.

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I threaded a needle with the end of the thread and sewed it through the centre of the ball to secure it.

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I stuck the drying ones into another ball, that was stuck onto a plaster in its cover (it didn’t need to be that, but I didn’t have a scrap of paper to hand!)

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Once they were dry, I mixed some blue and yellow Sugru until it was the emerald green we are using for our colourscheme.

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I used it to put little ends on the knitting needles.

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I needlefelted a cushion into some boxes I found on ebay, and placed the pendants in there, with a note to the potential bridesmaids…

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…and the potential maid of honour!

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They all got packaged up and tied with string, with name tags. Here are three of the six!

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They all said yes! Here are two of my five bridesmaids, and my maid of honour!

Scarf work in progress

Here is a scarf I’ve been working on since the Knitting and Stitching show at Ally Pally.
It’s not for me, it’s for my lovely fiancé, who picked the colours and stitch pattern. It will match the hat I made him a few years ago.

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The stitch pattern is (even number of stitches):
Row 1 – k
**Row 2 – p
Row 3 – k2tog
Row 4 – k1, pick up from horizontal thread, repeat to end
Row 5 – k until 1 stitch left, pick up from horizontal thread, k.**
Repeat from ** to ** until long enough.

My scarf is 50 stitches wide, and the yarn is Rowan Lima, on 5.5mm needles.
I’m switching the colour after every three iterations of the pattern. I’m leaving loops at the side where I’m not cutting the wool after changing colours – it looks a bit messy!

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A busy summer so far…

So, I’ve been out enjoying the hot weather for the last few weeks, and have not been able to bear knitting anything woolly!

I went to a knitting group two weeks ago, and all we did was sit and drink lemonade and discuss how little knitting we were doing because of the heat. A little pointless, but still good fun!

The blanket is now fully knitted, though it is so big and warm now, I’m going to have to wait for some cooler weather to weave in the ends and start using it. It ended up a little bigger than a double duvet, and the colours just merge and ripple in beautiful ways, especially on the outer edges where the colourways don’t pool as much.

So my current project ( which is progressing very slowly in this heat!) is top secret, as it is a present for someone who follows this blog. They know they are going to receive something, but they don’t know what it is…but there will be pictures when the time comes!

I’m also debating switching disciplines temporarily and turning to sewing to make something for a friend – it’s pretty daunting though, as I haven’t done any proper sewing for about ten years!

Blanket update…

The blanket is growing! It’s currently 54ins across. I’m aiming for 70ins, the same width as a double duvet – so 16ins to go, including hem!
I’ve just recieved some cable connectors from Wibbling Wools ( http://www.wibblingwools.co.uk ), and I’m very excited about making my cable longer (geek alert!) as I’m doing a fair bit of stitch shuffling., Now the only question is how am I going to hem it?! Off to Ravelry…

The blanket project

Yesterday my new 1m50 KnitPro interchangeable cable ( http://www.knitpro.eu ) arrived, so I switched my blanket project onto it. The blanket is hopefully going to be big enough to cover my double bed, so it needs to at least double in size!
The pattern is the Spiral Blanket of Awesomeness designed by Sharon McMahon (of http://www.yarnista.com ) which I found on Ravelry ( http://www.ravelry.com ).
This is probably going to be the last time it lies (fairly!) flat until it’s off the cables, so it was worth a photo! The picture was taken as it was halfway off the 1m cable and halfway on to the 1m50, so it’s fairly big already – 7 skeins and counting at this point!  The yarn is Sirdar Indie shade 160 in super chunky on 12mm needles.

Blanket 17/4/13

Knitting in the dark

For years and years I’ve been knitting in the dark.

I had always thought that knitting was a bit of a solitary activity, and that most knitting patterns were a bit old-fashioned, long-winded and borning.  Having made various scarves and fiddling with my own made-up patterns to make a series of odd-looking animals, I was seized by desire to knit a jumper.

After much asking around various crafty people, I found my local yarn shop, and discovered that their patterns weren’t at all old fashioned and boring!  And this is where the obsession re-started.  So many colours.  So many textures!  Someone mentioned Ravelry ( www.ravelry.com ).

So, a few knitting patterns down the line, I’ve discovered a whole world that I never knew exited – knitting groups, knitting blogs, knitting communities.

I had no idea that knitting could be such a social activity!  I’ve started getting my knitting out at work in lunchbreaks, in pubs, on trains etc, it’s absolutely amazing how many people come over to talk about what you’re knitting.  Especially with my latest project, the Spiral Blanket of Awesomeness from Yarnista – www.yarnista.com – a lot of people can’t get their heads around what it actiually is, as it’s gathered on a cable, and not lying flat (yet!).

So here we go, I’m joining in the social knitting…