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{ MMMAY’13 } Week 2 & other questions…

I sucked so bad last week with the me-mades….Bloody hell, I managed one day…

& if I have to be 100% honest, it wasnt even a full day because I took the darn pullover off half way through the day because I got itchy hot!

{ Day 7  } mmmay2013_day7{ PULLOVER/JERSEY } : Me-made  Smoulder 

 Moving swiftly on from the { FAIL } of last week…

Its been 16 weeks since I broke my ankle & as you know, the recovery was slow & believe it or not my ankle is still not 100% recovered. I still have swelling & dull ache especially in the night but its bearable & I know its not going to be completely healed for quite some time. Irrelevant, I had to start my exercise routine up again so I started jogging & Ive found that its working wonders for both my mind & my body.

It got me thinking about how to handle my sewing. How am I going to keep sewing & maintaing a good fit with my weight loss? Do I need to give up my sewing until Ive reached my goal? Should I sew for the size I am at that particular time & then do alterations? Do I sew for my goal size or do I resort to baggier me-mades until I hit my goal?? the mind boggles.

The DKNY V1027 I made a few weeks ago is already too big! Ok, it was roomy when I finished it but now that Ive shed a few, its already fast becoming unwearable.

So I would love to hear if any of you have had to consider these thoughts before & how you dealt with it. Any tips/tricks are welcome…

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{ SIZZLE TO SPRING }

Hey lovelies –

No sooner had I completed Smoulder, I decided to start on Sizzle 🙂 As you know, I was very tempted to purchase the Enchanted book however I decided to wait on this because its quite pricey for only a handful of patterns that I really like or could actually attempt due to my skill level.

Sizzle_KimHargreavesAnyway, Ive gone with the classic white as shown in the Whisper book. I was { VERY } tempted to go red, I just couldnt find the perfect red yarn so I resorted to the very close second. White looks so pure & clean – perfect for spring teamed with some pastels or brights.

Cast on last week & completed the ribbed band but was a tad confused as to how the pattern was meant to start as the pattern was mentioning WS, RS but WS is RS – oh boy, I just started & then after 20 or so rows, realised something was wrong so had to frog back down to the ribbed band & start again only to have more problems & had to frog back twice more. I still dont think Im knitting it the correct way, especially when I compare mine to the other Ravelry members but I actually prefer the RS to show the KNIT instead of the PURL so Im just going to continue this way, complete the front & then decide on whether I scrap it or resume.

Now that Im settled on the knit vs purl RS facing, I am enjoying the stitch especially the {YRN2} and {YRN3} producing the lovely ladder effect. Clever!

So, thats where I am at the moment on this…

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{Knitting alert}

I have almost completed the knitting up of the Smoulder pulli I mentioned in the last post. Coming to the end of any project gets you thinking about the next project. I know I have quite a few projects on the go at the moment, some of which I can get back into, some I cannot until my ankle is feeling a tad bit better.

For starters, I still have the leather handbag I started a few weeks ago but had some difficulty with the stitching. I emailed Husqvarna all the details they asked me for in order to help but I have not heard a peep from them since. I will have to remind them I am waiting….{PATIENTLY}. You can visit the leather handbag post here should you need to catch up.

I am also aware of the V8550 in the works….but this project I know needs special care & long hours so I will need to give it a few more days until my foot can cope with the strain.

So, back to knitting & selection of my next project :

I really love the Kim Hargreaves patterns. There is something so ethereal about the Whisper book so I think I might just pick another. Ive got my eye on the following :

KH_whisper_Bianca_1

KH_whisper_Sizzle_2

source : kim hargreaves

The first design is the {BIANCA} which is a lovely ribbed pulli with amazing cowl neckline and 3/4 sleeves. Yum. The second design is the {SIZZLE} with a clever stitch to give a great effect. I would have to do test swatches of both of these stitches before I attempt the actual project because Ive never knitted anything quite so adventurous before. I love them both in white {SURPRISE SURPRISE} but I would be open to making Sizzle in red too. What do you think ?

Anyway, I do hope that by the middle to end of this week I will be a little more mobile & able to withstand a few hours at a time with my foot down. Even with the new cast, as soon as I let my foot down the blood rushes down & it feels tight & still swells some. Every day is better than the day before so it really is a patience game. Moving around on the {STICKS} was hard at first & Ive realised I have much better balancing skills than I thought :-). On the up side, sleeping has become easier too which helps alot. Ive read the majority of recovery happens in the night between approximately 12 and 4am. I wonder how how much truth there is to that!?

Ok lovelies, its time to love & leave ya. In a few days I will have a great review on a sewing DVD so be sure to check it out.

Thanks for stopping by x

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{Smoulder away…}

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source : Kim Hargreaves

Ive been a couch potato for a week & a half & its driving me crazy. My foot is still not able to take full weight so Im giving it the time it needs to recover…{PATIENCE WON}

I simply could not waste the time just sitting there watching movie after movie, so I picked up some knitting I had started during the relocation phase & its going wonderfully. This is a Kim Hargreaves pattern called Smoulder from the {WHISPER} book. I purchased my book & yarn from Deramores UK but you can try Amazon for a slightly cheaper option. The Whisper book is filled with lovely patterns. Please feel free to check out the patterns on the KM link above.

I, of course, am using {BLACK} yarn which as mohair does, leaves its sticky little hairs everywhere!

I had completed the back piece end November & now, after 2 days, I am almost finished the front. Its an easy {NOVICE} pattern to knit….Im hoping mine fits though because it aint looking as loose as the sample above. Next up, the sleeves, some construction & then Im ready. Terribly excited since this is my {FIRST} “big girl” knitting pattern. Up until this project, I had only ever made scarf after scarf, after scarf!

Trust  you are all well & thanks for stopping by x