Finished Object: My Aunt Doris

I’ve been a busy busy knitter over the last week – I have a bunch to show you.  Each project deserves it’s own time in the spotlight, so expect some more posts over the next couple of days!

First off the needles was Lilith’s birthday cardigan – My Aunt Doris (pattern by Kelly Brooker).

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This is so cute, bright and soft that I want to snuggle with and do nothing else, ever.  It fits Lilith’s blooming personality to a tee and I’m excited to surprise her with it for her birthday.

It was hard to settle on buttons.  I had a few options in my button collection and I was open to buy something especially, if some just screamed to be the cherry on the top of this project.  The key contenders were some cute wooden buttons shaped like apples, small clear (boring) ones and the little black ones I opted for in the end.

I’m totally happy with my choice – I think it finishes the cardigan well.  I would usually avoid using black anything on baby clothes, but I think they keep the garment sophisticated and clean.  They’re not standing out as a show piece, so don’t draw your attention away from the star of the show – the yarn (okay, and the baby).

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Sadly, her birthday isn’t for another couple of months so I may well buckle and give it to her before then.  I just want to see her cute-as-a-button face giggling in this cardigan!

But, it sits sensibly in wait for now.

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Upcoming Project: Looking Forward on my Looking Back

Once my Drachenfels is off the needles, I’m casting on my next sweater project; Looking Back by Joji Locatelli.  This is a seamless cardigan that buttons up down the back and has a lace panel down the front.

I’ve never knit one of Joji’s patterns before, but I hear good things.  I’ve had a read of the pattern, and I think it’s going to be a good mix of thinking and mindless stockinette knitting.  Perfect.

I wanted to extend my dyeing experience, too.  So last weekend I did some dyeing.  A sweater load of dyeing!

And I’m really happy with the results:IMG_7816

An experiment of greens!  These are bright, deep colours which hopefully won’t pool on the sweater.

There’s 600g of this yarn – DK weight.  I should have plenty left over, so I can play around with shifting the place of the skein I’m working from if pooling becomes an issue.

Like most hand-dyed yarn, there’s a bit of variation between the skeins (there’s 3 of 200g each), so I will be alternating skeins.

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This was my first attempt at using powdered acid dyes – until now I’ve just been using food colouring – which was a pretty ballsy move… I’m not sure what I would’ve done if I hadn’t liked the results.  I’ll be doing some more single-skein experiments at some point so I can get wild with the colour experiments.  Because socks in any colour are always awesome.

All swatched and ready to cast on.  The yarn is superwash which will be helpful once it’s finished and, you know, life happens.  There’s still quite a bit of dye that runs out when washing, though… so it’ll be a handwash (and black underclothes…) until that’s all gone.

You live and you learn.

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I can’t wait to see how the final cardigan turns out!

On My Needles: My Aunt Doris

This is one work in progress that I’m really excited to share with the world.  A quick knit that I am desperately trying to slow down.  To delay the cast off, and savour every stitch.

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I’m knitting this with yarn I dyed myself.  It’s a reddish pick with splashes of purple and flecks of orange, just when you thought it couldn’t get any better.

This yarn is the star of the project.  None of these photos have been edited – these colours are captured perfectly already (at least, on my computer…)

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The pattern is beautiful; a very sweet knit for a very sweet little girl.  It’s  My Aunt Doris, by Kelly Brooker of pekapeka design studio.  There are 3 versions of the pattern, depending on the weight of yarn you’ve got – fingering, sport or DK.

This project is fingering weight, but I bought the ebook with all three weights because I plan to knit this over, and over, and over again.

Lace on the front and plain stocking stitch on the back – this is a fantastic compromise of pretty and practical.   It shows off the colours in the yarn, and keeps enough interest in the patterning to be fancy.

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This particular cardigan is going to my niece, Lilith, for her first birthday.

If I can bear to part with it, of course.   (I kid. I think).

First Post Goodness; Obligatory Introductions

Woah, first post.  The pressure is on.  I’ve got to be clever enough that you want to come back… let my personality shine through, so you feel like you can get to know me, and I should probably wow you with some pretty sweet photography skills, too.  You know, for good measure.

I’ll try my best, but promise me you won’t hold your breath – okay?

Who the heck am I?

I’m me.  Amy.

I’ve been blogging over at peonut.com for a while.  It’s my personal blog with a focus on my attempts at healthier living.  That blog’s still going, so if you’re after insight into my personality I recommend you head over there.  Expect sarcasm, disturbingly personal details and – at times – a scary positivity toward ‘fitspo’ that can only be described as ‘fake it ’til you make it’.

I’m much better at knitting than I am at sport, or anything that requires speed with my co-ordination.

Broadly, I’m a twenty-something female in Wellington, New Zealand (in the south Pacific) who has an accounting-based desk job during the day.  I turn to yarn and fibre to feed my creativity in the evening.

I also watch a lot of television.  A lot.  It’s best we don’t talk about that.
(But it also means I have a lot of knitting time, so really… it’s all a solid investment in my personal development and mental health…)

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So what’s going on here?

Right now? Not a lot.

Ultimately, this is intended to be my outlet for yarny adventures that just aren’t suited to my other blog (not all runners want fawn over my hand knits).

What are my ‘yarny adventures’?  At the moment, mostly knitting.  In the short term I also want to get into hand dyeing my own yarn.  And learn to crochet.  And design my own patterns.

Longer term?  I have my eye on weaving (mostly, I just want to weave a scarf… I’m not too fussed beyond that), and ultimately – when I win the lottery – I want to buy a spinning wheel.  I don’t know what kind yet… when I research something I tend to get carried away and my credit card suffers.  I’ll save for one first.

What am you supposed to do with that information?

Read or don’t read, all the power is with you – this blog is really just another creative outlet for me; a place to collate my photos, stories, planning and whims in a way that my Ravelry projects page doesn’t really do.

Sound like something you’re interested in?  Follow along!  And while you’re waiting for the next post, head on over to Ravelry and add me as a friend – I love seeing what other people are up to.

Not so sure?  That’s cool, but try to check in again later – things will keep getting better and better!