Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Favourite Heel Please?

Sock knitters out there?  What's your favourite heel please?  I like to knit toe-up and I want to make a contrasting heel on my current pair of socks - which heel would you use for that?  I'm a big fan of the Fleegle heel but because the gusset is incorporated, I don't think it would work for a contrasting heel. The other one I use is a German short-row heel with re-inforced back and that doesn't work either for contrasting.  Can someone recommend a heel that would work?

So I finished the pair that I had started on the previous blogpost.  The wool is by West Yorkshire Spinners and it's from a bird series... this one is "pheasant".



The next pair is already started as you can see.
It's a bit of a mad fun wool by Opal.
I'm going with red toes and heels.
Hence the enquiry about the best heel.

I decided not to start these at the same spot on the repeat...
I just went with where I was after I split my 100gm ball in two.




And lastly, I was in need of a quick gift today
so I made this small Lavender sachet.
I was pleased to find a perfectly matching button
for the centre of my flower in my button box.
The sachet I made up as I went along.



Best wishes,
Frivole

Thursday, 11 January 2018

The Joy of Socks

After the slipper madness... I'm back to socks.  I have a couple of birthdays coming up and socks it's going to be.  I've really fallen in love again with knitting and wearing wool socks.  And I also really like giving them away as gifts.

But first, just one last photo of the slipper madness!



And this is the pair of socks I've just finished for a friend.
They will be in the post tomorrow.

She likes khaki.


I've used this pattern before - it's "Herringbone Lace Socks"

Except I've done them toe-up instead with a re-enforced,
German-short row heel.

I also made myself some coat-hanger sock blockers,
they're not perfect but not a bad idea I can improve on 


And I started already on the next pair as
I have another birthday next month.
This time I've gone for a plain knit with a self-striping yarn.

I took the time to wind my one ball into two
centre-pull balls to make sure both socks match.
I punched two holes in my ziplock bag for the yarn to come out from
which keeps everything really neat and tidy and easy to work with.



Apologies to those who like to come to my blog for tatting as I've still not got back into it after my Christmas snowflakes... but I'm sure it won't be long before inspiration strikes and I pick up my shuttles again.  For now though, I'm enjoying knitting.  The West Yorkshire Spinners wool I'm using for the current pair of socks is really lovely and a joy to knit with.

Best wishes,
Frivole

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

An Idea

Well here we are:  the first post of 2018.  Another year gone by...

I wish you all a wonderfully Happy New Year!

Just before Christmas, my friend sent me a photo showing what she does with the snowflakes I send her every year...


She puts the snowflakes away after the Christmas holidays and then the following year, she takes them out again and hangs them from her lamp, adding the new one she has received.  I thought it was a nice idea.

I hope your new year is off to a great start!

Best wishes,
Frivole

Monday, 25 December 2017

Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas everyone!  

I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful day with your loved ones.



We don't get around to it every year but we do like making a gingerbread house for Christmas.  This recipe is my favourite gingerbread, it really tastes great.  This year, our eldest took over and the house became a more elaborate castle with port-culiss, ivy on the walls, and even a well (which unfortunately you can't quite see in the photo).


Our tree with lots of tatted snowflakes.




And two more pairs of felted slippers which ended up under the tree...


Very best wishes for a great 2018!

Frivole

Monday, 18 December 2017

Holidays!

Time is flying!  Seems like ages since I last posted.  I've been away to visit my family which was wonderful.  I'm now back but it's so close to Christmas and so much to do!  I'm sure many of you feel the same.

I've not been tatting much after the flurry of Qaniks.  I have been giving them away to friends and family to put on their trees.

Instead I've been knitting presents!

I made two pairs of socks for my father and then whilst home, discovered this great pattern for knitted felted slippers.  I just had to give them a try.  They have a great shape and are so comfortable to wear.  A real winner!

This was my first pair, to see how they worked out.
I had to have three goes at the washing/felting process
before they came out right.



On this photo you can see what it looks like before felting:


I just finished a pair for my Mum
which have gone in the post this afternoon.
She said she liked burnt orange and grey.
I added some decorative buttons.


I'm quite behind with everything (that's what happens when you go away at the beginning of December!) so tonight is Christmas pudding making... and more knitting!

I hope you are all enjoying the build-up to the festivities but also having time to relax and spend time with friends and family.

Very best wishes,
Frivole

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Dog & Sunflowers

A bit of crochet fun for this post.  These are the things I've been working on lately.  It was a nice change from tatting so many versions of Qanik!

Do you remember the Dachshund?  I helped a friend who wanted a Black Labrador version.  Here it is.


He's a bit hard to photograph as he's so dark!


And I've also made some sunflowers for my daughter.  They're coasters.  I know young people don't need/use coasters, do they?, but my daughter really likes sunflowers so I thought she'd like them for her room.


Best wishes,
Frivole

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Qanik... and the generator says?

7, 13, 21, 11,  and 22.  That's the order in which the numbers came out and they are:  Sillystring, Joschaocchi, Jenn, Margaret and Bernice.  Please kindly send me your email using the link on the right column ("Contact Frivole") and I'll send you the pattern.

Added 20.11.17:  I decided to draw one more name as Joschaocchi (one of the winners) had been one of my testers so she already had the pattern.  Number 10 came up, that's Janemactats (pattern already sent!).



I really fiddled a lot with this pattern, making very small changes right up until today.  But that's it now.  I'm sending it out so this is the final version.

I must admit it's not that easy to get the long chains perfectly even.   It is so easy to pull them just a bit tighter or looser and they really need to be as much the same length as possible.  Still, even with a bit of unevenness, I hope you'll still enjoy how it looks and enjoy making it.    I also ended up adding picots in the very centre and I think that marries better with the look of the picots on the arms and between them.

Getting chains the same length is one reason why I like tatting them with unflipped stitches:  when I tat this way, I pull each stitch as I make it but I do not snug the chain at the end (like I do when I tat chains with normal, flipped stitches).  I find this makes my stitches, and my chains, more even.

During tatting, the points end up leaning a bit and I find this design and its long chains benefits from blocking to get it looking its best.

I've made so many samples of Qanik now that I have plenty to gift in my Christmas cards to friends and family.  I think I'm happy to move on to the next project.


Best wishes,
Frivole