Monday, December 28, 2009

Winter Beret and Scarf!!!

Just another quick post to show off my super quick hat and scarf, small and very quick but nevertheless pretty. And Warm !!!!
Pattern: Speedy Cabled Beret by Paulina Chin
Size: Extra slouchy
Needle: US 10 / 6.0 mm and US 19 / 15.0 mm
Yarn: Sirdar Bigga
Amt Used: 44.0 yards
Modified to knit in round and added and extra cable rpt to make it extra slouchy. Co 48 sts on 6mm needles inc to 79 sts changed to 15mm needle and follow paterrn, changing k to p and p to k also did 3 rpt of cable rows instead of 2. It took less than 2 hrs to finish. :)

Pattern: Winter Scarf
Size: 6ft
Needle: US 35 / 19.0 mm
Yarn: Sirdar Bigga
Amt Used: 176.0 yards

Happy Knitting however small it may be :)

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Bits and Pieces !!!

These are some of the things I have knitted over the holidays for my friends and family.

Project info
Pattern: Hemlock Flower Tam by Robyn Wade Craft
Needles: US 7 / 4.5 mm, US 5 / 3.75 mm and US 6 / 4.0 mm
Yarn: Forsell Touch of Silk Cone Aran
Amt Used: 175.0 yards (160.0m)
The yarn I used was thicker than the yarn the pattern suggest so I started with the larger needle and graded down to the smaller one for the rib section of the hat.
I think it's a very pretty hat will make one for myself.

Project info
Pattern Dashing by Cheryl Niamath Craft
Needle: US 6 / 4.0 mm
Yarn:Forsell Touch of Silk Cone Aran
Amt Used: 175.0 yards (160.0m)
Small mod did a longer thumb because dh has long fingers and did a chain link to seperate fingers gives a snug fit and keeps out cold air.

Project info
Pattern: Thorpe by Kirsten Kapur
Needle: US 7 / 4.5 mm
Yarn: Forsell Touch of Silk Aran
Amt used: 105.0 yards (96.0m) Colorway
Yarn: Sirdar Peru NaturalsStash
Amt Used 49.0 yards (44.8m)
Using a thinner yarn so made the largest size for a 5 yr old and added pom pom.

Project info
Pattern: Golden Compass Hat by Renee Sparkes Needle: US 19 / 15.0 mm and US 35 / 19.0 mm
Yarn: Cygnet Seriously Chunky
Amt used: 104.0 yards (95.1m)
LOOOVE this pattern so easy ans soo quick I finished this in less than 1 hour :-)
Mods: used a larger needle to bind off and did a 3 strand braid 6 when folded. Also added pom poms at end of braids and a lazy daisy flower on the side of hat.


Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Hemlock !!!!!!

Here it is after talking about it for so long and wanting to knit this for what seems like forever, is finally done. Measuring at 5ft it's the Hemlock Blanket. It was such a nice knit the center motif knitted up pretty quick but as it went along and stitches increased it took a while to knit each row, that is not a complaint that's me just saying. I can see me knitting another one in a super chunky yarn to wrap in during the colder months.Overall a satisfying project.

Project info
Pattern Hemlock Ring Blanket by Jared Flood
Needle US 10½ / 6.5 mm and US 10 / 6.0 mm
Yarn Forsell Touch of Silk Aran
Amt Used 875.0 yards (800.1m)
After deciding which pattern to use as so many other have done mods on the original pattern I choose to to use the Rainey Sisters version. I stopped at row 106 and BO using original Bo which took 8 hours to complete.The color is a deep ruby red color but it was hard to photograph it.

Before Blocking:

After Blocking:

Merrry Christmas !!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Shetland Triangle

Four days till Christmas, YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!! I love Christmas I am like a child at this time of year, and honestly it has nothing to do with gifts I just love what it represents and how it seems to even make the grumpiest person seem even happy :-). And all the lights and decorations and seeing friends and family you have not seen all year, and we can't forget the food; yummy dishes we probably cook once a year and the looks on other faces as they eat it. Decadent desserts luscious hams and stuffing ohhh my mouth is watering LOL. But for me this Christmas will be a bit sad being away from my mum and dad, and close family, but I know I'll be seeing them for Easter so I have that to look forward to.

I posted my Ishbel last week I think which I so so love it is so beautiful, so this week is the turn of my Shetland triangle. here she is.

Project info
Pattern:Shetland Triangle Lace Shawl by Evelyn A. Clark Craft
Needle:US 8 / 5.0 mm and 10 / 6.0 mm
Yarn:Shepherd Baby Wool 4 Ply
Amt used:460.0 yards
I did 10 rpts of lace motif and also 2 extra rpts of edge to give sharper points. Also added beads to edge.

Seasongs greetings!!!!

Saturday, December 12, 2009


Once again I need to apologise for the bad pics but this is the best I can get from my mobile camera.

Here is my Ishbel she is so beautiful and beaded you would have to see it for yourself as these pics do her no justice. These pics where taken in haste to take advantage of the sun which doesn't stay in the sky for any long period, so hence the uncut yarn lol.

Project info
Pattern Ishbel by Ysolda Teague
Needles US 6 / 4.0 mm US 8 / 5.0 mm
Yarn Wild Fire Fibres BFL Sock
How much? 0.8 skeins = 320.0 yards
My first time reading a chart which I found so much easier than the written instructions. I knitted the small st st and the large lace section using about 75g or 320 yards of yarn. 8/0 size Beads placed on the knit stitch between the yo on chart D and E. Cast off with a 5mm needles. :)

I do hope you enjoy looking at her as much as I have enjoyed knitting her. :)

Monday, November 16, 2009

When it rains it pours

I have always heard things come in three and that seems to be the case with me, first my camera broke now both my DH and my computer has crashed awwwwwwwww it is so frustrating not being able to blog or use Ravelry as I need to I have been forced to use my mobile which is a real pain :( I really do hope I get my new laptop soon I have so much to show :) like my Ishbel and my Shetland shawls my blocked hemlock and Wrenna cardigan :) hopefully i'll have finished my Gail shawl as well, I think I have found my mojo back :). Goodnight and I hope to be back soon :)

Saturday, October 17, 2009


Project info

Pattern: Ellen by Heather Douglass
Size 6"
Needle: US 8 / 5.0 mm and US 9 / 5.5 mm
Yarn: Garnstudio DROPS Silke Alpaca
How much? 1.25 skeins = 81.3 yards (74.3m)
Started September 28 2009
Completed October 16 2009

The length of time I took to knit this does not reflect on the pattern which is very easy to follow.

Knitted 4 rpts of 1-8 then 1-5 then 2 rows garter and Bo with US10 needles.

I really love this pattern it is a very pretty knit and the Silke alpaca yarn is so next to skin soft I can't stop cuddling it. I will surely make a few of these as gifts.

A few photos with thanks from my mobile camera for your viewing!!

Off to bed have a great night!!

Monday, September 28, 2009

And the award goes to .......

I have been awarded to lovely awards, The first one came from Carolyn at Two Cables n' A Frapp. Carolyn is a fantastic knitter who makes knitting look so easy she is fearless. I feel like I have know her for ages and yet we have never met we live on opposite side of the pond. But she is terrific.

In accepting this award, first I want to thank my family who have been my source of encouragement and I want to thank God who without none of this would be possible and I want to thank Carolyn a true friend,

Here are the rules for the Box of Chocolate Award.

1. That you must pass this award to others.

2. Link back to me when you have passed them forward.

3. Write a nice post about this award.

4. You must read this award with a southern accent. I call it southern day where we all have to speak with a southern accent. I know that will be hard for some of you, but for the rest of us, we will be fine. So now, ya’ll just enjoy this little ol’ award and have fun with it.

5. And of course let your folks know that they have a nice award waiting for them.

And the Nominees are!!!

2.Sarah's Day
3.Shameka Knits
4.Jane's Probably Knitting
5.Knitting by the ocean
6. 2 Sistahs Knit Together

The second award I also received from Carolyn at Two Cables n' A Frapp. Thanks again Sweetie.
This award asks that I reveal seven things about myself that you may not know and to nominate seven people. I'm not sure I can find 7 things I have not already mentioned on this blog, but I'll try.

Seven Things You May or May Not Want to Know About Alicia...

1.I am 5' 4" in height
2.I absolutely love Cheese with almost anything.
3.I love the film Dirty Dancing and have watched it over 500 times no lie.
4.I have a a large birth mark the shape of a tiger's head on my body.
5.My memory is horrid I don't remember things I even did yesterday sometimes.
6.I was born on a Saturday (ROFL)
7.I am presently having radiation treatment 3 times a week.

And the Award goes to .........

2.Sarah's Day
3.Shameka Knits
4.Jane's Probably Knitting
5.Knitting by the ocean
6. 2 Sistahs Knit Together

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A tale of two socks!

These are my second pair of knitted socks very easy and simple and very similar to the 1st pair.

Project info Pattern Silver's Sock Class
Size UK 6
Needle US 1 / 2.25 mm
Yarn Schachenmayr nomotta Regia Color 4-ply /4-f├Ądig

The end!!!!! Bye

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Hanging in there!

Now where has the time gone?? It's September 22nd already almost a whole year has gone by and am I the only one who thought it when by so fast????

I am now 99.9% recovered from my OP and now recovering a very bad sprained Ankle I fell down the stairs 2 weeks ago while out shopping for a rug, it was very embarrassing and very painful, but the most shocking part of it was they where a few ladies in the shop and after I fell on of them called the shop assistant aside and ask him "are you going be ok" I was in so much pain but I was fuming mad here I was on the floor crying like a child with my poor DH not knowing if he should call an ambulance or just lift me and take me to hospital and she is asking him if he will be ok?? I translated that to mean do you think they will want to sue? How dear she? Anyway I had my first Physical therapy yesterday and the Dr. says it's healing nicely so in about 6-8 wks it should be 100%

I really have no good pics to post because I still have no camera but I did take these pics with a horrid mobile Camera so forgive me. These are a few items I knitted for a friend she wanted gifts for fellow workmates. Since I did these I have not done any knitting I just don't seem to have that drive at all I take up my Shetland triangle every few days and end up putting it back in the basket it's very frustrating, but I am hoping that I will get that buzz back soon because It's getting cold and I need a nice Cardigan and refuse to buy one from the shops because I know I can make a much nicer on for myself. :)
Firstly a shawl it's the same pattern as a shawl I made before Wings

This little hat is a baby size Thorpe I think it's so cute

Also a simple Garter brim hat with a button for embellishment.

Pebble this pattern gets it similar design from Jared's Cobblestone Pullover it is super cute :O) Also made a little hat to match.

Speedy Cabled Cowl quick and easy finished in a few hours.

And lastly Lace brim hat I really love this hat the lace edge gives it a real feminine touch. I probably will make on for myself.

It would seem Christmas has already began here I have seen decorations up and Trees all dress up it's amazing how totally different the cultures of the UK and the Caribbean are back home we don't really start to do the Christmas thing until after our Independence on November 30th, although there are the odd few that would be wanting to but I guess out of respect they don't. I am looking forward to Christmas this year last year we had just moved into the flat and it was a mess we where up to our elbow in paint and cleaning so we spent the day on the living room floor watching TV and eating PIB but this year should be nice my Niece is coming to visit with us and she is bringing Kayla who I have not seen in over a year I can't wait. I have warned her that it may not be the best time to come to the UK but she has her mind made up so she'll have to learn for herself. That should be fun.

Yesterday was the official start of Autumn and if the temperatures are anything to go by Winter is going to be freezing, I am in bed under the Duvet trying to stay warm not wanting to put central heating on (credit crunch) but even in spite of trying to conserve energy the day is so grey and uninviting I just don''t feel like doing anything I got up this morning went to town went to the supermarket did the shopping came back had breakfast and jumped right back into bed, later I will go into the kitchen and make a rich and creamy split pea soup for Supper that should warm me up :)

Well enough of my rambles I am off to think about knitting and hopefully I will get some done today ...Bye