It’s Been A While….

HELLO! Can’t believe it’s been almost four months since I last wrote. Quite a bit has happened since then, which might explain the silence.

I have a new job, hurrah! And then we moved from London back to Derbyshire, hurrah. We went on holiday to Northumberland and to the music festival Primavera Sound in Barcelona, and now three days later, I’m here in Denver, Colorado with work.

I have been knitting through all of these changes, not as much as I’d like, but it’s still been happening. Although I am WAY behind on blogging about the projects I’ve completed so I’d better get a wriggle on.

For now, I thought I would write about the craft shop I visited in Denver. It’s called Fancy Tiger Crafts and it’s AMAZING! I have known about my trip for a while and so made sure that I researched craft shops in the area. Fancy Tiger Crafts stood out as a modern, well equipped craft shop with LOADS and LOADS of amazing stuff to buy and look at, and I definitely wasn’t disappointed.

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I’m not sure if the photo really does it justice, but the shop is really big, and really well stocked. I had previously seen that they sell these really cute embroidery kits, which surprisingly appealed to me, even though I’m really rubbish at embroidery. I had my eye on The Great Outdoors embroidery kit, but when I arrived at the store I changed my mind and went for Walk In the Woods cross stitch kit and the most amazing Meowby Dick embroidery kit.

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These two kits are right up my street; quirky and a little bit weird. I didn’t realise that embroidery could be the things that I like (which is completely ridiculous!) so I’m REALLY excited to start these, although I have to finish my current knitting projects first!

I also bought this beautiful crepe de chine silk fabric in Watermelon, by Rimmon & Co. I’m going to use it to make this Kimono Top pattern. As this fabric is sooo beautiful, and I’m not a very good sewer, I’m going to first create a toil to get the fit right, and then create the top in a slinky black fabric I bought about a year ago and then create the top in this fabric, so it could be a while before I get to wear it!

So far my trip to Denver has been amazing. The people are really friendly and the scenery is incredible. I’m looking forward to getting stuck into work tomorrow and meeting the colleagues I’ll be training with.

I hope you’re all well and have lots of lovely, crafty projects on the go!



New Yarn!

Robin1780Earlier this month I blogged about some vintage patterns I’d found. I’m really keen on making the Robin jumper, so even though I already have two projects on the go I’ve started looking for yarn (one of the projects is almost finished so I think this is actually OK!!).

I want to knit the jumper in a cotton yarn and was thinking about a cotton blend. I know pastels are all the trend this season, but they’re not really for me so I’ve been thinking about doing it in off-white instead.

I was hunting around the Internet looking for potentials when I spotted this new cotton and silk blend yarn from Sublime. A lot of the jumpers I fall in love with, but can’t afford are blended with silk or cashmere, so I was quite excited to find this yarn! At £5 for 50g it was more expensive than I was hoping to pay, but EXACTLY what I was looking for! Luckily for my bank balance I wasn’t too crazy about the colours so I didn’t have to pine too much!

Photo taken from Purple Linda Crafts
Photo taken from Purple Linda Crafts

I carried on searching, and I’m really glad I did, as I then found this Wendy Supreme Luxury Cotton Silk DK. It has 10% less silk compared to the Sublime yarn, but it’s also cheaper, at £4.99 for a 100g ball! I also REALLY like the white. It’s not too white and not too yellow, perfect!

The Robin pattern is for a 4ply yarn, but I think it would take forever to knit a whole jumper in 4ply so I’ve decided to do it in DK instead. The pattern has tension at 30 stitches per 10cm and the Wendy yarn is 22 stitches per 10cm. I want the jumper to be a bit baggier than the picture in the pattern, so I’m going to knit the smaller size in the DK and this SHOULD produce the size that I want. I will also need to keep an eye on the length to make sure it doesn’t end up too long or too short!

When substituting yarn, the trickiest bit I find is deciding how much yarn to buy, especially when the yarn is discontinued. The yarn used in the pattern, Robin Tricel-Nylon Perle came in 25g balls (I had assumed they were 50g balls, which is why I was so worried about the cost!). The modern Robin 4ply comes in 100g balls which have 390m.  The pattern requires 14 x 25g balls, which equals 1365m if you use the modern version as a guide. The Wendy yarn comes in 201m balls, which, based on this calculation would mean I’d need 7 balls.

I’m always sceptical about my yarn conversion calculations, so I found this Wendy knitting pattern which is knit in a DK and is also a bit holey, and this uses 7 balls for the size I’d want, so I think I’ll order 8 for this project just in case!

Exciting! I really can’t wait to get going. I just hope I like it once it’s finished! I shall keep you updated! Let me know if you can see any glaring errors in my yarn substitution calculations!!