Complete: Bull City Shawl

Bull City 4Hello lovelies.  Another completed project for you.  My first ever shawl.  I made sure I picked a smallish one, and this turned out even smaller than it should be because of my poor planning.  The phrase ‘failing to plan is planning to fail’ comes to mind.  One day I’ll learn that an actual full size gauge swatch is needed, especially when the yarn you are using has no convenient tag telling you “Hi, I’m a DK weight. Nice to meet you”.    The pattern called for a worsted weight so I compared it to some of the DK yarns in my stash and it just seemed a bit bigger.  But no, it’s not.  Clearly it’s just a less tightly spun DK, so now I have a shawl that doesn’t quite make it all the way around my neck…

Bull City 1But do I care?  Nah.  Because look, I can just do this,

Bull City 3So that’s alright.

The yarn is a lovely lovely tealy green colour, which I don’t think these pictures are really showing off properly.  I bought it on my trip to the Isle of Skye a few months ago, which you can see pictures of here.  The yarn shop was in Broadford and sells lots of lovely hand dyed yarns dyed by the owner.  It’s well worth a visit if you are in the area, although I have heard on the grape vine that it may not be around much longer.

The pattern is Bull City Scarf by Sarah Sipe.  It was my first time attempting a lace pattern and I really enjoyed knitting it, it was fairly quick and the chart was easy to follow.  The only thing I would change – other than the silly sizing – is the bind off which it said to do tightly.  The tightness does mean that you get that lovely crescent shape but there is no stretch and so sits a bit oddly around the neck.  This of course is only highlighted it being being too small so maybe it would less of an issue if it was full size.

Bull City 5Sorry for the crappy photo above, I just wanted to show  off the crescent shape.

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Completed: Hermione Hybrid

Naomi Socks5These socks were made for my lovely friend Naomi, a regular recipient of my hand knits including a hat for last years birthday and I think the first ever project I finished, a pair of unrecorded mitts.  As any knitters reading will agree, it is only worth giving knitted presents to people you know will appreciate the time, effort and love that goes into them.  The months of forward planning, picking out something you hope they will cherish for a long time.  These people are few and far between so well done Nom, you rule!

Naomi Socks1They were knitted with an opal sock yarn I picked up in Belfast when I was visiting this summer.  I was trying to find some Irish wool but to no avail but this yarn with its subtle colouring called out to me.  The pattern is Hermione Everyday Sock.  I really liked the basic pattern but I changed the number of stitches to 48 instead of 64 and knitted them on 2.5mm needles.  I found the pattern instructions quite hard to follow because of this so I ended up going back to the Simple Skyp Sock pattern which I know works really well and just supplemented the texture pattern.  I did go back to the pattern for the heel flap and really liked the outcome, the stitches were really easy to pick up for the instep and I like the look of the garter stitches it.

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Naomi Socks2I’ve been really slack at posting recently but I do have a few more projects that are ready to post up so stay tuned!

 

 

Complete: September Fingerless Gloves

SeptMitts2At the end of August I did a test knit for Courtney, the designer behind Pink Brutus Knits.  These mitts are her September Fingerless Gloves pattern knitted in Malabrigo Sock yarn in the colour Ochre.  These were a breezy quick knit and I had no trouble with the pattern at all.

SeptMitts3This was my first time using Malabrigo and it definitely won’t be the last.  Just look at that subtle variegation, and its just so soft!  I can imagine knitting up a whole jumper in this and never wanting to take it off.  I don’t think I would use it for socks though, I don’t think the soft drape would stand up to being trodden on all day.   Not that I’m not willing to experiment, and I do love a good house sock.

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SeptMitts4It’s a thumbs up from me.

 

 

Complete: I Knit Socks

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Socks socks socks, I don’t know when my sock obsession will end.  I think one of the biggest reasons for my love of socks is the need for only one ball of wool.  No need to worry about how many balls to buy  and also the colours and patterns are so diverse and I can pick out things I would never want to use for anything bigger or more visible.  These are my newest addition.  They are another version of the Skype Socks which was the pattern I used for my Opal Fruit socks. but this time I included the slip stitch pattern.  Iknitsocks3

The yarn is hand dyed merino wool from I Knit in London.  I love the vibrant colours but paired with the pattern they kind of make my head hurt.  I made a couple of mistakes, can you spot them…?

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Complete: Alska Cardigan

The moment you’ve all been waiting for… My Alaska cardigan is finally finished!

Alska1Knitted with Debbie Bliss tweed this cardigan was inspired by Rillie’s version.  I knitted the small but wanted it slightly cropped so I started the armholes after 12 1/2 inches instead of 16 1/2.  I also made the bottom rib slightly shorter.  Apart from those alterations and the fact that my mistake rib was so much a mistake that it ended up as a normal rib everything else is the same.

Alska3Alska5Thanks to my lovely friend Kate for taking these photos for me.  Considering it’s been so hot here lately I’ve already worn this several times.  The evenings are getting cooler.  I don’t want summer to end!

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Checked Out

Although knitting is my biggest creative outlet I have been known to also dabble in a bit of sewing.  It’s something I would definitely like to do more of and I am constantly being inspired by what I see others making online via some of my favourite blogs and now on Kollabora.  Feeling recently inspired by the warm weather I decided to do a re-fashion of a checked shirt of mine which has been sitting around for years, hardly ever being worn.

This was it before.

Check shirt 01It was a fine shirt but just slightly too baggy to ever feel like it was the right occasion to wear it.  I wanted to wear it in a ‘look I’ve made an effort not to wear a t-shirt’ kind of way but it was just a bit shapeless to ever fit the bill.  So, I used a refashion tutorial from one of my favourite blogs Grainline Studio and chopped it up!  I missed out the fancy scalloped edge and shoulder cut-outs and just took in the side seams, added bust darts and finished the arm holes off nicely.

Check shirt 03It feels so much more fitted and comfortable now I’ve already worn it loads.

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And as for my Alska cardigan, it hasn’t been left on a train, or dropped in the sea.  I have been slowly slowly working my way through it I’m just having a hard time getting it out when it so so sunny outside, it just feels wrong.  However, here is a sneak peak, I only have the collar and the button band to go!

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Opal Fruits (Starburst)

Do you remember when Starburst used to be called Opal Fruits? 2983b9a6-5721-40ae-b450-c7bad2359296

It seems I have some kind of packaging problem and threw the packet for this yarn away so yet again I have no idea what this is.  But  from various investigations on Ravelry, I think it might be Opal.  This yarn winged its way to me all the way from Canada a couple of months after I left last year.  It’s a pretty uninteresting story to be truthful, something about left over money, closing bank accounts, yawn.   Long (boring) story short, I was sent this yarn as a surprise, all I had stipulated was that I wanted sock yarn.  So this turns up and to be honest it isn’t what I would have been drawn to if it were me.  All I had previously know of self-patterning sock yarn (the first socks I ever made were made in an ugly regina yarn) is that the pattern usually comes out a bit busy, too much going on all at once.  So I assumed this would be the same.  I clearly don’t have much of an imagination, because I absolutely love how this came out!   Big bold stripes is much more up my street.a0296e77-d840-411b-856e-e9f6acbd118ba5662690-65da-4c4b-866b-422124858122

The pattern is by Adrienne Ku, called Simple Skyp Socks.  I actually started out knitting the pattern proper in a different yarn (it will feature as something else soon I’m sure) but the colours weren’t coming out right and the pattern was being lost so I made the brave decision after knitting half a sock to give up on it.  I did however enjoy the heal flap technique, which I haven’t done before, so I just did exactly the same basic sock, but without the pattern, et voila…  I did the extra small version as they are intended as a men’s pattern and they are a perfect fit.  Hurrah!  I knitted the first sock in a day because I’m a mad woman, and the second is now done in not only under a year, but under a week!  Holy mackerel, someone call the papers!a5f424ab-b80b-4af4-b501-afb517cdf113bdda90b2-afad-4692-b75a-3e9686af7403dad7ed1d-9b07-4a09-b12b-bad812c1bb7a

The Last of Winter

f1a7cce9-64ec-481a-a5a6-95a6ea048162When I presented my housemate Justine with this hat for her birthday I was berated by my other housemates that winter is over, why am I still making woolly presents?  I love that as soon as February is over we all think Spring has sprung.  No it hasn’t!!  We still have weeks and months of more rain to enjoy before the spattering of sunshine in June, then back to rain.  And if I know Justine, this hat will get plenty of use rain or shine.  bcbce83b-8731-4138-bc1e-3aa19f1b95740183b37a-566f-412c-9ab5-2880f632bbd7The pattern is another popular Ravelry number, this time by Gralina Frie called Advanced Beanie.  It is free to download and I love the simple travelling cable pattern.  It was complicated enough that I didn’t get bored but easy enough that I didn’t have to keep referring back to the pattern to see what came next.  The pattern also comes with directions outlining how to move the cable stitches without having to fiddle about with a cable needle.  I ended doing it a slightly different way than described, but using the same theory of holding the stitch.  I used up the Debbie Stoller yarn I had left over from my Short Row Sweater and it was a perfect match, although I can only imagine that it may accidentally become a bit felted if rained on too much.  We will see how long it lasts.  All in all a great pattern and I think Justine likes it.

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A Short Row Sweater

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Presenting… my Short Row Sweater.  It’s backless and made of wool, not two things you’s normally put together I think but I really liked the look of this pattern when I saw it.  The pattern is a freebie on the Purl Bee blog and has a really interesting construction.  This is another project that has been sitting around for almost a year and I’m glad it’s finally off the needles.  I got this 100% Peruvian wool on sale in Fernie last winter especially for this project.  It probably wasn’t the best match, I had to use needles two sizes smaller than recommended to get the right gauge so the fabric is pretty dense and isn’t as drapy as I would like BUT it fits well and I like the colour.

fcc7b0b6-7ba4-46aa-9a55-72b4848c7a722be785f1-b047-48e3-86c6-533265bd8aa8I don’t have anything else in this sleeveless style and I can’t really imagine putting this on when I get cold so I don’t know how much use this top will get.  But we will see, it could turn out to be my spring-time essential.