Saturday, August 19, 2006

Yipee - FO's!!!

We had a great time in Coniston & got home this afternoon. Living in a confined space for two weeks really makes me appreciate my home, modest it may be but I don't have to share one of two washing machines with 315 other 'units' some of which may contain 6 people!!! Yes you've guessed it the machine has been on almost constantly as has the drier since we got home & there will be lots of things to put away tomorrow. But thats for tomorrow & is housework so enough said.

I've finally got some FO's to show Lady Eleanor has been OTN it seems forever but has finally been cast off, washed & blocked.

Lady Eleanor blocking
Lady Eleanor blocking on the spare bunk bed mattress in the awning of our caravan

Lady Eleanor Entrelac Stole
DD modelling Lady Eleanor

Lady Eleanor Entrelac Stole
DD modelling Lady Eleanor

DD enjoyed her photoshoot in the woods behind our caravan & had fun swirling around as DH clicked away.

Yarn used: Noro Silk Garden shade 232
Amount of yarn used: 6 1/2 50g balls without a fringe.
Needle size: 5mm
Pattern from Scarf Style edited by Pam Allen
Dimensions pre blocking: 37cm x 107cm
Dimensions post blocking: 43cm x 139cm.
Started: 10th May 2006
Finished: 8th August 2006

I enjoyed the pattern but my disaster with the yarn early on in the project tainted it for me. I haven't added a fringe yet as I'm not sure which type I want if any. I know that I don't want standard tassels like a scarf & am not sure re a knotted fringe or a beaded knotted fringe so for now it's staying as it is.

I've also finished the headband for DD:

Lace headband with i-cord
DD's Lace Headband

Pattern: Molly's Headband from Interweave Knits
Yarn: Rowan Hand Knit Cotton
Amount of yarn used: 31g out of a 50g ball
Needle size: 4mm
Started: 26th July 2006
Finished: 10th August2006

I had intended do do two more for my nieces but it took too long so I made them a quick substitute. Too be honest this pattern is better for them as they're younger & the pattern above would be too wide for their heads.

Headbanger head band
Niece 1 in blue Cork Headbanger

Headbanger head band
Niece 2 in red Cork Headbanger

Pattern: Headbangers
Yarn: Rowan Cork from my stash.
Needles: 8mm
Modifications: The original pattern calls for a different yarn on smaller needles with 14 stitches. As Rowan Cork is thicker & I didn't want to make the bands too wide I worked on 8 stitches.
Made on 10th of August: each band took about half an hour.

I have a LOT of photos from our holiday so will start another post tomorrow, get ready for loads of shots of the English countryside as DH had fun with his camera!


Devorah said...

Lady Eleanor is lovely. How well do the headbands stay put?

sandra said...

I wouldn't have patient for LE! What a great knitting! Congratulations!

scarletprincess said...

Lady Eleanor looks fantastic! Well done on finishing her, I hate it when something seems to spoil the fun of knitting an otherwise good pattern.

Bryony said...

That's beautiful! Well worth the problems you had I think. How many balls of yarn did it take in the end?

blueadt said...


Sorry for not putting yarn amounts in - I've ammended that now. It used less than I anticipated & with hindsight I would have made it wider & longer.


The black lacy headband with an icord stays in really well & my DD loves it. The Headbanger headbands stay on just like a normal shop bought one. Niece 1 made the comment that nobody else at school has a handknitted one & that she & her sister will be starting a new trend!

Thanks for the comments re Lady E - I did enjoy the simple pattern. My SIL has put in an order so I may make her a smaller version with the yarn reminding but first need to decide what I'm doing regarding a fringe.

Iron Chicken said...

That Lady Eleanor is lush! The colours look amazing in blocks like that. Big up to you!

Monika said...

Wonderful Lady E! Your pics are nice and sharp, a pleasure to look at!

C x said...

The pics on your blog are always exceptional. Its really good to finally be back online and able to pay you a visit!

I love Noro Yarn so much, probably more than it is healthy to do so. Eleanor is quite simply a beauty.

Gill said...

Lady Eleanor is gorgeous - lovely colours and looks really snuggly.

RoxyKnits said...

Lady Eleanor looks stunning! Just love those colours ;)

Bagpuss said...

I've just made the Booga Bag with Noro Kureyon and am really pleased with it. There are pics and links on my blog. Its a great bag, easy to make and easy to block once felted. Hope this helps.

Becky said...

Lady Eleanor is absolutely stunning I am very jealous of her indeed. I think she looks just fine with no edging at all - very elegant - less is more !

I was going to post a comment on here earlier, but I got so carried away with you excellent idea of knitting headbands that I went off and knitted myself one and totally forgot to post my comment !!! I'm well into knitting headbands now - they are such an excellent way to use up stash and original too !

Love your holiday shots by the way - England is so beautiful isn't it.