Friday, 28 July 2017

Still Here

It's been a very long time since I posted here, that's mainly because I've been knitting and focusing more on YouTube. I have been contemplating whether or not to keep the blog, and decided to keep it. Even though there a probably fewer people reading them, I think it's still a great avenue to keep in touch with people.

Though I wont be posting regular full on posts, I'll link to my YouTube channel and try and keep you updated on what I'm doing in between podcast  episodes. I have moved my podcast notes to my Ravelry Group, where you can also find a link to previous episodes on YouTube. Alternatively, You can check out the YouTube tab at the top of the page.

I hope you (if anyone is reading), enjoy reading and watching me talk about my crafty makes. Any support is always an encouragement.

Stay Blessed

Friday, 20 January 2017

That's So You - Episode 1: New Beginnings

Featured Patterns

Blue Sand by La Maison Rillilie
Penant by Laura Aylor

Featured Yarns 

Third Vault Yarns
Lamingtonlass Yarns
Debbie Bliss Eco Baby, used in the Blue Sand cardigan
Baa Ram Ewe, used in the Penant Shawl

Other Mentions

LyraandCo, where I purchased the Traveller's Notebook

Monday, 2 January 2017

Mrs U Makes November & December Round-Up

Mrs U Makes a November Round-Up Mrs U Makes a December Round-Up


Apologies for not getting round to posting the notes for November, December was a very busy period. So here you'll find the link to the video. Details of the projects I worked on can be found on my Ravelry project page.

The featured projects bags can be found at EboniePearl


It's the end of the month and the end of the year. December had been a very busy month in the U household, not just because of Christmas but also due to the projects I've wanted to finish. So let's have a look at my last finished projects for the year,  the one WIP I'll be taking into 2017 and the goodies that December has brought.

An accompanying video can be found at the bottom if this post.

Done and Dusted

My first FO for the Month was spoken about in the November Round-Up, but it's the same as the second December FO. They're both Atlas sweaters, the first was made for Jimmy Jnr (in red) and the second for Mr. Man (in grey. Check out the November Round-Up to see Mister's Atlas, in orange).

They were finished in time for the boys to wear them to school for Christmas Jumper day. As mentioned previously I worked the pattern as instructed except for the cast off which was done using Jenny's surprisingly stretchy bind off (the pattern calls for a tubular cast off).
Sometime in the future I will make one for Little Miss, I might even do the cardigan version.

My final three FOs for the year were all socks, the first was my November socks. I wasn't able to finish these in November, the pattern is the Blueberry Waffle Socks by Sanddy Turner. The yarn is Drops Fabel Print in Blue Sea and Drops Fabel Unicolour in Mustard.

The second sock was made in West Yorkshire Spinner Signature 4ply in the Holly Berry colourway and Drops Fabel Unicolour in Red, these were basic vanilla socks as the yarn is self patterning and I wanted something very quick.

The final sock is my March makeup socks, the pattern is Hermoine's Everyday Socks by Erica Lueda, or as I like to call them, Hermoine's Half-A-Day socks because the pattern is only worked on the front of the leg. I've use the same yarn that I used as a contrasting colour in the November socks plus an unknown ball I received as a swap.

For all these socks I've used an adapted version of the German shortrow heel.
I now have my 12 socks for the #boxosoxkal hosted by Kristen of the Yarngasm podcast

On the Needles/All Hooked Up

Ideally I would have liked to have all my needles free of projects, but spending most of my time working on the Atlas jumpers and completing my socks has meant that I'll have to finish the Blue Sands cardigan in the new year. I don't really mind as it gives me something to work on before I cast on the next project. I'm still working in the sleeve,  but don't imagine it will take too long to finish.

Goodies Galore

Now on to my favourite part, the goodies.  First this month I picked up yarn to use in my next design project. It's this gorgeous deep red, from Lamingtonlass yarns. It's a 75/25 SW Merino/Nylon blend with 425m/100g. I'll talk more about what I'm doing with it in the next section.

The next goodie was the final club skein from Third Vault Yarns, this time I only went for the main skein and not the whole club package. It was themed on Lord of the Rings, and though I'm not a LOTR fan I think Lola has done an amazing job. Click here to see what else was in the club package.

The last set of yarn goodies were from a  destash, I was able to get seven skeins of Cascade 220, 4 in Mallard and 3 in Burgundy.  I'm not entirely sure what I'll make with them, either a sweater for myself or something for the kids.

My non yarn goody was a knitters graph paper note book. It will come in handy with all my design ideas, and it's also great for doodling when I want to pass the time and don't feel like knitting.

Waiting in the Wings

As mentioned earlier I have plans for a new design project to, this will be a cowl made using the mini skeins from the first Third Vault Yarns club package inspired by Fiefly, I will pair these up with the Lamington Yarns skein. I've finalised the layout of the colours but haven't decided on a stitch pattern, if all goes well the pattern will be finished before the end of the month.

What's on Valerie

This month's feature for What's on Valerie is the Ijeoma Ruana Wrap, check outhe the Ravelry project page for more details.

Word for the Month
The word for the Month of January is Habakkuk 3:17-19
I go into more detail in the video, but basically this reminds me that even though things aren't going the way I expect them to,  nothing will stop me praising the Lord.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

October Round-Up

Can you belive we are now in November, the year is almost over. it's time for those handkintsto come out of hibernation and be shown off. For this round-up, there's the usual array of fibre goodness. check out the accompanying video at the end of the post to see both Valerie and Little Miss.

Monday, 7 November 2016

September Round-Up

Apologies for the late posting of the September notes. Let get straight to it, the accompanying video can be found at the end of the post.

Done and Dusted


For my September Socks I again used Rico Design Superb a Poems and worked the Bodie Socks pattern by Rachel Coopey. I madecided them shorter than the pattern and used DY Choice 4ply for the cuffs, heels, and toes.

On the heels I worked a German short row, which I absolutely loved. There are no wraps and it's so easy to remember. 

Kid Makes


My cousin gave birth in September and I had the pleasure of making a few items for her new arrival. The cardigan is the Chicory Top by . For this I used Adrifil Azzura, this is a really nice pattern and the subtle chicory motifs soon became intuitive.

I also made a pair of socks and a hat. The hat is a design project called Ruffalo (the pattern isn't available yet) and the socks are the Circle of Hearts socks, but I omitted the hearts and just used the pattern as a guide. For both I used James C Brett Supreme Soft and Gentle Baby 4ply and Wendy Roam in the Heathrow colourway.

On The Needles/All Hooked Up

My main WIP was the Sunwalker Shawl, by Melanie Berg. It's a pattern I've made previous in Fyberspates Vivacious 4ply. This time I'm using Fyberspates Scrumptious 4ply/Sport in Gold. 

The other WIPs I have are the Atlas jumpers that I'm making for the Tripolatas, but there's notuing really to show there.

Goodies Galore


September was a good month for goodies, the yarns above were all from destash, they are: Debbie Bliss Eco Baby, Araucancia Lace Merino DK, and Knitted With Shine

Picture from the Third Vault Yarns group

My favourite goodie for the month was the ThirdVault Yarns quarterly club package. The theme for this quarter was The Hunger Games and included 4 minis, stitch markers, beads, a Humming Jay key ring, and the main club skein in The Girl colourway.

Check out my stash page for details on these 

Waiting In The Wings

The only planned project I hashould at this point was the Blue Sand Cardigan by La Maison Rillilie. I'm going to use the Eco Baby yarn I received from the destash as the main colour and use a turquoise and grey and contrasting colours.

Word For The Month
“Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ Matthew 25:24-25

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

August Round-Up

September is finally here, which means the kids are back in school, whoop, whoop, whoop. I have a good horde of FOs to show including two new designs.

I'm having technical difficulties so I'm unable to film a round-up, so it's just this blog post for now.

Done and Dusted

Saturday, 13 August 2016

July Round-Up

Summer is finally here, since the end of July the weather has been great and I'm hoping it continues throughout the summer holidays. As it's the holidays and I have a house full of kids and haven't done much yarnie work since they finished school.

For this round-up, I only have two FOs. but there are a handful of WIPs, a pinch of goodies, and as always the word for the month.

As always you can find a link to the video round-up at the bottom of this post.