Monday, 30 March 2015

Throw together outfits

With spring coming and the seasons being a bit weird, stupidly cold in the morning with 20 something degrees in the afternoon, my habit has become throw together outfits. Jeans, t-shirt, it's raining today so I'll wear a jumper or hoodie under my biker jacket and I'm gonna wear my converse.

I've got a few t-shirts for this but they're all pretty similar. A white one with a dinosaur on it, a green Slytherin one, a grey Pink Floyd shirt, you get the picture. My jumpers are all pretty vague apart from the Hogwarts one. I've stopped wearing fair isle though because in the spring it gets a bit weird, however for the autumn and winter it's a go to staple.

I was doing a course called a BAFA for the last two weeks too, meaning I needed to wear shoes I could run in. And subsequently sprain my foot in. I can't wear a nice shirt with my beaten Converse. Aaaanyway.

The other thing I've found useful is a lightweight scarf, if I've not got a hood and it rains. But it's not as good as a hoodie.

So this is a basic throw together here. I really want to buy this shirt. New Look thought this through well.

My fake leather jacket is a staple. I wear it all the time. I do have a coat, it's just this is better, it works with everything, it's practical, I can dress it up or down. It's great.

This shirt describes me. I want it. It's grey so it's easy to wear. If you want to add colour do it with accessories, if you don't want colour you're good to go! Blue jeans and black jeans will look great.
And a basic pair of skinny jeans. If you want to dress them up a nice shirt and shoes will do it, but they can be worn causually so easily. Brilliant staple for a lazy day. Without resorting to the dreadded jogging bottoms.
And the shoes of all shoes. Great for nearly everything. Going for a walk? These will do it. Going to see a film? Converse. I'm always wearing mine. The winter I put on some ski socks, the summer I wear low tops. They're a great shoe.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

I went shopping!

I have now moved and I've got my own room and more space, but I also had a huge clear out of things. So today I went out to get some new jeans and possibly a new outfit.
I only went to two shops but I still managed to spend 50€. I got paid a couple of days ago though. 
I treated myself to some new tea and a new infuser because my old one is falling apart. The infuser looks like a leaf which is cute and my mum has the same one. The tea is a black tea infusion with almonds and pistachios. I loved the smell of it so I thought I'd try it. I'm not great at drinking water. 
This is my much loved, used and abused infuser. 
And from New Look I got a pair of blue jeans that are a bit faded with a T-shirt with a dinosaur in it. I liked it because it's like the things I draw in class. And a little springtime scarf. It makes a nice outfit as is and in very pleased with it. 

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

The Big Book Of Knitting - Review

I got this book from a discount book store in the UK, my first thought when I picked it up was something along the lines of "this is huge! It's not a bad price, there has to be at least one good pattern in it!"

Amazon say it's 320 pages long, but it's a hugely thick book, heavy too. I awkwardly flicked through it and found a few patterns I'd like and some I thought my mum would, there were also many that would work as stable gifts. Some cute or quirky things that really appealed to me and a nice explanation of the basics that I don't seem to need. 

There's meant to be over 100 patterns. Off the top of my head I remember two baby-toddler dresses, a snake that I think was a scarf, some cushions, a few hats, at least one shawl, socks, jumpers. There's a bit of everything which is why I found it a useful staple. Sometimes Ravelry is too vast, so a book like this while limited can be a blessing for finding a pattern in a hurry. Although plus sizes are left out that's kind of normal.

The pages are very clearly and attractively laid out, with level and yarn amounts included. I found them easy to read.

From what I saw most things were in the books, from the basics of garter and stocking stitch, moving onto moss stitch and rib then cables and double pointed needles. Other ways to cast off, different ways to cast on, and all with photographic instructions. At the end of the day if you're still stuck there's YouTube to help out.

The main downside I've heard is that there's a few mistakes in the patterns. I guess it's a good idea to read any pattern from start to finish but for a more experienced knitter these will be easy enough to spot and correct. But because of this I'd avoid the book for newbies. 

I feel it's great value for money if you're looking to add to your knitting library with a staple. It's a very big attractive book, filled with brilliant information and modern or timeless patterns.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Scandiwegia Revisited

You may remember when I was doing handmade gifts for everyone for Christmas. I made this beautiful hat. I wished I could have kept it. I did write about it here, if you want to read my blog on it.
I promised myself I'd remake it once I had a chance. I was considering what I could change about it, and how to make it more interesting, and then I had the idea of doing it was a rainbow. One day I probably will.
The thing is, I'm not a fan of beanies. However I love berets. So that's what I did, I tweaked the pattern to make a beret, by doubling the stitches and then following the instructions.
There is a possibility that I'm selling this too. While I was knitting it a friend came up to me and started complimenting it, asking if I'd be willing to sell it. I need money but at the same time I don't. The real thing is though if I do sell or give away something as simple as a hat I can remake it, I did remake this. And it's interesting to do a pattern again.
The big rib against the fair isle. I love this.
I love how the grey sets a nice subtle background against the brighter colours. All the yarns are acrylic DK. I used a King Cole Baby Comfort for the grey and the other three were remnants of Phildar Charly, in red, orange and yellow. I used all of the yellow, orange and grey, but still have some red.
I made the rib longer because it was a beret, other wise I followed the pattern almost as printed. When I ran out of grey I used the colours in five row stripes and then finished in red for the decreasing.
The pattern is free from Ravelry, and I really recommend it if you're looking for a new project. These always come out pretty. It's here if you're interested.
I've not really got anything else to say, if I've forgotton anything it'll be in my notes. Otherwise you can ask in a comment. Thanks for reading. Enjoy the photos below.
Here you can see the stripes and the top.
And here it was really taking shape.
And an early photo of the fair isle.

Monday, 2 March 2015


I really want this scarf but otherwise I've not been up to much. I've been listening to Led Zeppelin on Spotify because they're awesome. And obsessively wanting a tartan scarf, but otherwise no real changes.

The centre I'm in will be moving into a new building on the 18th of this month. Cool! So I'm trying to knit up as much as humanly possible and get rid of my stuffing. It's gone I just need to sew up my dinosaur. And I want rid of as much yarn as possible... So knit knit knit.

I don't want them saying I have too much! They mustn't know about my addiction.
I'm pretty. Pretty vain.
I also want this scarf. They'll probably say I've got too many hats/scarf too. I have loads. I love them.
I'm trying to get into more mainstream fashion.

I also have an iPhone so I've been selfie-ing a lot more than normal.

And Alexandros had his first hair cut! This is a terrible blog post with no point.


I want a scarf.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Naughty nautical nautilus

Just a silly post with a funny title. I'm moving soon, the centre where I live has been deemed unsafe so we're all moving out. I'm trying to use up odds and sods of yarn that are left over, and entire balls that were bought for small projects. I also want rid of all of my stuffing. They will think it's weird, and they're already saying I have too many things, so I'm looking to get rid of that. That's where this came in. Odds and sods of yarn with more stuffing.
I'd had the patterned queued for quite a while and I was looking for something fun to make.
A weird sea creature.
So this is it. A nautilus, a strange creature that's been around since the time of the dinosaurs pretty much in its current form. They're in the same family as octopuses, which is funny. And they have a shell. Most people know of ammonites, which are also in the same family.
The pattern is free on Knitty, you can find more info here, it's a bit weird to begin with, but once you've started turning the shell it's very simple to continue. I cast on one morning and just went for it. Everyone was confused about what it was and it only took me two week days with classes to finish it. It's a very quick project.
Propped up just after being finished.
I'm not sure how many facial tentacles I did, it said to do 8 but I just kept going until it looked right. People keep thinking it's a snail though, which is weird.
It's a hat for my beer!
Both pieces look weird when knitting up, the face worse than the shell I think. Although it's a great stash buster using minimal amounts of yarn. You can find my full notes here from Ravelry.
I have two more stash busters on the needles too, and I think I've not got enough stuffing! It's almost gone!

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Valentine Hat

Valentines day really isn't my thing. Love should be for every day. Hah, I just don't see the point of having a special day devoted to tat with hearts and stuff on it, so I made myself a hat, with hearts. That after tomorrow will go away until next winter. Maybe. Nobody seems to associate it with Valentines day, which is awesome. So I'm free to wear it as I please apparently. I've been wearing it all week.
So this is that hat, with the hearts, and a pompom.
I used a purple acrylic as a maincolour, I think it's King Cole Big Value but I can't be sure. To be honest most acrylics are pretty much the same. And for the hearts I used King Cole Baby Comfort, in the purple colours, it has white, a dark purple and a light purple. Both yarns are acrylic DK weight.
I have a light weight scarf that goes really well with this. The thing behind.
I used to wear this colour a lot which is why I wanted it. The pattern was free from Ravelry, and can be found here, it's called From Norway With Love. The whole thing is worked on 4mm needles, but I actually worked the main bit in 4.5mm needles because I find sometimes my fair isle is a bit tight. It's quite a popular patten too, there's over 1400 projects! Although very few have pompoms, that's just me being weird again.
I shared this on Facebook and got a very positive response, people really seemed to like it.
And this is my only in progress photo of it. It was a really basic fair isle pattern. If you're looking to get into colour work and can already knit in the round this would be a good start. I'm tempted to do another one, but I doubt I'd wear it. I'm really not a fan of beanies, and I've been forcing myself to wear this a bit to try and get into liking them.
This is my fourth hat of 2015!
And if you want to see my Ravelry notes, they can be found here! I didn't finish it as quickly as I'd have liked, but three days isn't bad with work/classes/social life.