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Maker’s Journal : The Colour Affection Shawl

It has been a while since I last posted here.Is it just me or are there a bunch of us who struggle with starting back again after a bit of a break? 

I  find that I’m often overwhelmed by the amount of catching up I have to do after said break. More so when the fog of ill health gets mixed in the lot and the uncertainty of these weird times too. On a side note , How is it even November already?

I cannot complain however, I am incredibly blessed to be doing exactly the things I love , surrounded by creative people, keeping my mind engaged and productive,  while picking up new skills along the way.

I have mentioned it previously that  I finished my Colour Affection shawl a while back. Ethan my co-worker had offered to block it for me.

When I went into work a few weeks back, Ethan had blocked it beautifully and left it on the counter for me. I wasted no time to try it on and Carmin my friend (and co-worker) offered to take a picture for me; so that I can have pictures of my finished shawl.

Given that I’m always awkward in front of the camera, hasn’t Carmin has done a great job of posing me and taking beautiful pictures of an awkward old me ?!

Project Details :

Pattern  : Colour Affection Shawl by Veela Valimaki

Yarn :  Little Bandit by Outlaw Yarn  ( Rogue, Scamp, Scallywag)

Needles: 4mm Chaiogoo Needles

Project Notes :

  • In all fairness, I had no clue this pattern existed and I have to thank Ethan for pointing me to this pattern and choosing the colours for the shawl with me, more because it was going to be a Store sample at Outlaw Yarn HQ
  • As per his suggestion , I also added a YO after the first knit stitch but instead of dropping the YO, when I got back to it on the purl side (the WS) , I unwittingly knitted it as well.
  • Nevertheless the top edge turned out tight , (I am a tight knitter) which through the amazing power of Ethan’s blocking skills looks fabulous now.
  • I learnt to do short rows for the first time with this project and it was n’t as hard as I imagined it to be.
  • The garter rows, the colour changes and a little bit of new technique made this project a very enjoyable one.
  • I also did the Jenny’s Surprisingly stretchy bindoff to finish the shawl.
  • I totally and truly adore how squishy and light this shawl turned out to be.So much so that I want to make another one for me.

Accessories · Crafts · Finished Objects · Handknit · Hat · Knitting · NZ Yarn · Outlaw Yarn · Seasons · Winter

Maker’s Journal : Hats for Jacob

Recently I bound off a few projects off my needles, Skyping Beanie , Rafa’s Hat and the Colour Affection Shawl.

Skyping Beanie :

Winter this year has been hard for specially Jacob,after staying away for three years in the middle east. He specially requested that I make him a hat to wear when he takes Amber for her walks and when he works out in the garden early in the morning or late in the evening.

It always is a pleasure to make things for my family because they love it . They have worn whatever I’ve made them proudly announcing to every one that asked that ‘Pearlin/mumma made it’ . Isn’t that enough to make a maker’s heart itch to cast on things all the time?

I could have finished it long back but as per usual, I didn’t have DPNs to finish the crown part. I had order some online, and by the time they arrived , I had lost track of what I was doing and made a few mistakes before I got back into rhythm with the project.

I used the Vanitas yarn I got in my goodie bag at Craft Camp Nz. It is super soft yarn made with baby alpaca and organic merino from Outlaw yarn again.

Project Details :

Pattern : Skpying Beanie by Halldora J

Yarn: Outlaw Vanitas in Nostalgia

Needles: 4mm Chiagoo Circulars and DPNS

Project Notes :

This was a really quick and wonderful pattern to knit.

Rafa’s Hat

While Jacob really loves his Skyping Beanie , and wears it often, he is someone who doesn’t like wearing too much colour. He requested another Skyping Beanie in some shade of grey or greyish blue or shades of black . When I saw Outlaw Bohemia Worsted in Ebony, I knew he would love it. I did plan to make a Skyping Beanie, with it but then I wanted to try a different pattern and decided on Rafa’s Hat by Joji Locatelli.

Project Details :

Pattern : Rafa’s Hat by Joji Locatelli

Yarn: Bohemia Worsted in Ebony

Needles: 3.75 mm Chiagoo Circulars, 3.5 mm Dpns

Project Notes :

This was a another lovely pattern

I did not have 3.75 mm DPNs for the crown decrease and so used the 3.5 mm DPNs I had on had , it did not make a big difference .

The yarn was a dream to work with . The result is another cozy , warm beanie for the winter cold.

I also finished the Colour Affection Shawl , I was working on. While it seemed like it took forever to finish, it worked up pretty quickly in the end. My co-worker Ethan has offered to block the Colour affection shawl for me and so its with him, until he can find time to block it and finish it completely.

Autumn · Crafts · Crochet · Fingerless Mitts · Granny Hottie Cover · Granny Square Hottie Cover · NZ Yarn · Outlaw Yarn · Seasons

Maker’s Journal : The Crochet Edition

Granny Square Hottie Cover :

Finishing projects has been a struggle for me lately . I had misplaced two works in progress somewhere.That put a damper on my spirits and I kind of lost my making mojo.

The Granny Square Hottie cover came about as a result a scrappy make along. I had a big tangled mess of yarn which I had frogged from an abandoned project . When I found a hottie bottle without a cover , covering it up with granny squares seemed like a great plan. And it indeed was !

So quick and easy, with the granny squares getting done in just three rows each , I kept reaching out to them until it was all done. The Hot pink colour and the cream ( Kan Ten and Curiosity) made it a very bright and cheerful project.

I think the vintage buttons that came along as a free gift with Molly Makes magazine, tied the cover so well together. It is one of my favourite features of this project, on top of how this hottie cover came along.

Moreover ,an added bonus was the immense satisfaction, of pretty much using up all the yarn ,that was a frustrating pile of tangled mess mocking me.

I roughly followed Alexandra Mackenzie’s Granny Square Hottie Cover pattern.

Pattern Details :

Pattern : Granny Square Hottie Cover by Alexandra Mackenzie

Yarn : Outlaw Yarn Bandit DK in Kan Ten and Curiosity

Hook : 4 mm

Project Notes :

A few things I did differently from the pattern first and foremost , were the granny squares themselves . As a result I had to adjust the number of squares I made for the cover. I also joined the squares using single crochet rather than whip stitching them around. I was really happy to have a guideline in the pattern to follow and then make modifications to suit my needs.

Easy Victorian Shell Mitts :

While I do love a quick and easy granny square, nothing makes my soul sing like a feminine lacy pattern . I have made these mitts before in a cotton mix yarn called Main Line from Knit picks, now discontinued , when we were in Kuwait. For the Winters in Kuwait , that was good. After coming to Christchurch, a 70% cotton and 25% merino did not cut it for the Winter chill here. My hands were froze constantly and I have been meaning to make another pair in Merino.

When I first joined the Outlaw yarn team , Deb gifted me a Bohemia Worsted Yarn in the colour Royal and immediately I decided that I was going to use it for these mitts . Only, I never got around to making them. Even though they are a very quick and easy pattern that hardly takes more than an afternoon to finish the pair.

When I finished my granny square hottie cover, I was pumped up to crochet a little more and decided to just get these mitts done too. I had to go up a hook size than the pattern called for as I could not get the gauge right.That took a bit of time , as I started with a size smaller like I had done the first time, then the size called for in the pattern and finally going up a hook size . Yet, it did not take more than an evening to finish the Mitts.

The Polwarth, Possum and alpaca mix in the yarn makes these mitts so cozy , soft and extremely warm to wear. I love how the yarn and the colour bring out the beauty of this pattern. Needless to say , I’m so pleased with how they turned out and have this long overdue project ticked off my list of to do things.

Pattern Details :

Pattern : Easy Victorian Shell Mitts by Bron Green

Yarn : Outlaw Yarn Bohemia Worsted in Royal

Hook : 5 mm

Being able to create these two projects with yarn I had in my stash, after not finishing anything at all for a while ,has truly been a magical making moment for me.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Until Next Time

Happy Crafting

Crafts · Knit · Knitting · Outlaw Yarn · Shawl · Yarny Love

Favourite FO of 2019

Two months have gone by in 2020 already and 2019 seems like a distant past.

Still the fact that I had not not share my favourited Finished Object of 2019 here on the blog was not lost on me.

So to amend the glaring omission, I just wanted to share pictures of my 2nd Avenue Shawl here .

Working at Outlaw HQ, has given me the privilege of being surrounded by very talented makers, gorgeous yarn and so much inspiration.

Initially ,seeing the colours, the different yarns , textures, patterns , makers , enjoying the community and admiring their beautiful creations, I was like a child in a sweet shop, I wanted to make all the things .In the end, I really couldn’t decide what I wanted to make !

When Outlaw October rolled around, it was also around the time , a new limited edition of polwarth/ silk yarn line called NYX Prohibition was released. The colours and the silky sheen of the yarn were too hard to pass up .

So off to Ravelry I went to search for a project that would use as many colours as possible ; which then ended up in me zeroing on the Second Avenue Shawl. I have had this pattern on my queue for a while now but never got around to casting it on.

The Outlaw October Knit along and the irresistible beauty of the NYX Prohibition yarn ,ended up being the creative fuel I needed to cast on this shawl .

This shawl is a really nice, simple pattern with just enough elements ,to keep me interested -with slight pattern changes and colour changes -in the pattern until cast off . So I enjoyed knitting on it and was really pleased with the end product.

Project Details :

Pattern : 2nd Avenue pattern by Amy Miller

Yarn : Outlaw NYX Prohibition

Needles: 4.0 mm ChiaoGoo Needles

Project Notes :

  • I cast on 156 stitches
  • I used 5 colours , Corpse Reviver, Apple Jack,Highball ,Hanky Panky and Whisky Sour
  • I used one ball and a little more of the second ball of yarn of all the colours.
Handknit · Home Decor · Knit · Knitting · Outlaw Yarn

Chunky Cable Blanket

It has been a long dream of mine to make a throw blanket. If you go through my past blog post, you can see how many I have started. The reason there is no finished blanket on here is because I never got around to finishing them.

Honestly, when I started this Chunky blanket, given my previous history of making blankets, I wasn’t sure if I would finish it. The Outlaw Chunky Queen Bee yarn , and the easy and fun Chunky Blanket Pattern , made this blanket dream of mine come true. To my own surprise , it turned out to be a quick knit.

With the little leftover yarn, I decided to make tassels because I just wanted to use them up and also add a fun element to it. I was tossing between pompoms and tassels but then I decided to go with tassels. I am happy with how it turned out.

Project Details :

Pattern : Chunky Cable Blanket

Yarn : Queen Bee Yarn in Smudge, Yara, Titania and Zelda ( 9 skeins in total)

Needles : 12 m.m Knit pro symfonie

Life · New Zealand · Outlaw Yarn · small things · Summer · Yarn Festival

Chat over Chai # 2

Hi Everyone,

Happy New Year 2020

I hope you all are back to work after enjoying lovely Christmas and New Year holidays.

I have been long gone from the blog ,but I have been busy posting on other social media, which is You Tube and Instagram in bits and pieces. If you would like , you can catch up on my 12 days of Vlogmas on my You Tube channel Planetpearl.

The year 2019 seemed to whiz past , mostly because it was a year of huge personal growth for me.

I started working at Outlaw Yarn HQ . People who know me really well, know its a dream come true for me.

Once I read about a research that found ,that people who worked in Flower shops were one of the happiest . I can understand that , because how is it possible not to smile when you are surrounded by flowers, right?

As a fiber craft enthusiast, I feel the same way working in a yarn store( or Wool Shop as some people like to call it here ). It is hard not be happy surrounded by all the colourful yarn and meeting some really cool people , seeing the amazing projects they make. Needless to say, I’ve been enjoying it immensely.

It also opened up the opportunity for me to meet Steven Be . THE Steven Be . Which was one the year’s highlights for me.

He helped me cast on my Pearl Sweater. Which I thought was so cool. Really who would have thought I would meet him right ? And that he would be so down to earth and humble ,to patiently take the time to teach an absolutely beginner sweater knitter , how to do a cast on, explain the garment structure and make sure I got it right. Surely if that is not being generous with one’s time, I do not know what is !

Ever since I met him, I have been fan girling gushing talking about what a wonderful person he is to know! So much inspiration, wealth of knowledge , so positive and funny.

One of the things I checked off my Bucket list in 2019, was attending Christchurch Woolfeast as a stall Vendor ,selling my Hold and Cherish project bags . Two of my close friends and my son gave me so much support and made it a wonderful success.

Another wonderful experience was flying over to Wellington to attend Craft Camp. It was such a well organised camp which helped me meet some amazingly talented women.

I learnt to dye yarn along with Steve, my younger son, which was a great exposure to art of yarn dyeing for both of us.

I also tried weaving which I really loved too.

I’m really proud of myself for getting out of my comfort zone and I’m really pleased with how the year 2019 went for me craft wise.

For the year 2020

Regardless of how my personal life is going, I always get excited about a New Year. It’s always a time to reflect on the past lessons and look forward with hope, to another year of inspiration and learning .

The plans for this year include ,moving towards a more intentional ,slow living and uncluttered lifestyle.

I have already cleared out my closet of clothes that I do not wear, to be donated to Salvation Army. Which does make me feel better about putting my thoughts into action.

I also hope I will be able to keep up with my blog more regularly, sharing more of my creating journey ,towards a joyful life.

With that said,Thank you so much for being part of my creative journey , for your encouragement and support by way of likes and comments. Appreciate you all so much.

Have a very blessed 2020 dear friends.

Handknit · Indie Dyed yarn · Knit · Knitting · Outlaw Yarn · Uncategorized · Unwind · Yarn Festival · Yarny Love

Unwind Retreat 2016 and Queen Bee

Hi everyone

March seems to be marching away at  great speed. Last weekend, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Unwind Retreat 2016 which in my head I renamed as my  Yarn Tasting Retreat 😄

I was more interested in checking out the different yarn available there than anything else!

This was my first time ever at a fiber retreat. I didnot know any one there and was most of the time contemplating reasons to not go.Because I was SO nervous. 

 At the Registration I was  greeted by a sweet lady which kind of put me at ease. Everyone who went there got a nice bag with goodies and lollies from the vendors there. 

The vendors were all wonderful and I got a chance to meet a few of the yarn dyers whose work I have admired online.

I was just overwhelmed looking into the trade hall. So many colours and so much yarn.

I was not sure if photography was allowed inside as I didnot see any boards that said no photographs.Nervous as I was , when I whipped out my phone to get a pic of all the yarny glory spread out in the room,  i saw a lady on the sofa give me hard looks that I quickly put it back in 😊 as fast as I pulled it out. I should have asked at the registration place. Hind sight being 20/20 and all that. Well I’ll live and learn 😄

However, I did come back with a big haul. I had saved all my pennies just for this event ,right from the time J got me the tickets as a birthday and wedding anniversary gift.

I got yarn from Spinning a Yarn, Holly Berry Designs, Feather Brush Yarn , Dark Harbour Yarn, Vintage Purls, Let Them Knit,Natural Star.

Stitch Markers from Ginger Mint, Notions pouch from ShoeBox Sally,and a knitters Accessory Kit from Yarnz.

The yarn that I was most excited about though was the Queen Bee yarn by Outlaw yarns ,that made its debut here even before it made its appearance in the stores.

Isnt that tiara just beautiful ?! It said “Don’t let anyone dull your Sparkle ” on the cover. That was the complement from Outlaw company . So appropriate!

I saw a lot of ladies at the retreat sporting this tiara

This is a chunky 100% NZ wool yarn. Soft and squishy with a lovely spring to to it.

I quickly cast on a seed stitch cowl with 12 mm knit pro symphonie circulars. It would be great for quick projects. Easy on the hands and a generous 200gm/ 67 m ,It took me one and a half skeins and one day to make a luscious  squishy double wrap chunky cowl..

There were colours like a nice leaf green, cream and Ice blue grey on display at the booth. 

This time I was going for neutrals and so got a   Charcoal grey called Define

After I finished the cowl,  I wanted a more snug fit and so I frogged it twice to get the numbers right. The yarn has surprisingly held its shape.It felt so cosy wearing it around the neck  . No scratchiness at all! That made me fall in love!  It’s my favourite now and I want more! I’m particularly eyeing the cream and Ice blue.

Until later, take care

Pearlin