2015 round up

Here’s everything I knitted and crocheted in 2015, complete with links to patterns. As I haven’t updated for a while there are several new finished objects towards the end of the post, including Wee Lima and some baby hats, as well as an ‘ugh’ and what I’m working on now!

No-purl ribbed scarf:

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A nice ribbed sock:

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Crochet baby hoodie:

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Ode to pinstriping:

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Floral slouchy hat:

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Wee lima:

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Purl stripes baby hat:

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Strawberry (or blueberry) hat:

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This is my recent ‘ugh’, which was based on Chanelette but with a waffle stitch pattern instead. I gave up on it because it came out completely the wrong proportions. I’m kind of heartbroken about all the time I put into it. It was meant to be for my niece:

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As my niece’s favourite colours are pink and yellow, my replacement project for her that I’m now working on is a rose cardigan in this lovely buttercup yellow cotton:

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The other special project I’m working on is also coming along nicely. Just one more month to go!

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Happy new year and happy knitting xx

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Ode to Pinstriping and much more!

It’s been a while so I’ve got lots to show you! A finished object, projects on the go, a knitting book and a new cardi for me!

I’ve finished this sweet little blue cardigan for my newborn-to-be and I’m delighted with it. The pattern is Ode to Pinstriping and it is free on Ravelry.

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I’ve got a few other projects on the go at the moment as well. A crochet blanket and a little knit sweater (wee lima) also for the baby:

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What else? Oh I got a knitted doggies book for a friend which has these gems in it. It’s Knitted Dogs and Puppies by Sue Stratford and includes these bizarre delights:

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I also treated myself to a maternity cardigan off eBay which I scandalously did not knit myself but has beautiful lace edging. It’s this one.

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I hope your Christmas knitting is going well. I haven’t got ANY Christmas knitting planned this year because I am all about the baby knitting and crochet in preparation for February!

Knitting Injury

I can’t knit or crochet :””””'(

I’ve got some sort of repetitive strain injury which they thought was tendonitis but after two weeks of unsuccessful treatment for that decided it is a nerve problem. So I’m on medication to treat it and FULL REST – no knitting, no crochet, until it’s better. It’s hell!

It’s been about 8 weeks of this. What if I’ve forgotten how to knit?

So I’ve been doing fun stuff like trying to wind this nice yarn into a ball and getting completely tangled up for hours. (There was a lot of swearing involved):

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And I’ve made some things in pottery class and I sewed a dress for my niece:

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So that’s why I’ve been a little quiet on the knitting front lately. Hopefully in a couple of weeks I’ll be able to start knitting a little again! I’m supposed to start with 15 mins at a time so it’ll take me about a year to make a newborn cardigan 😥 slow updates in the future!

Frog or Finish ’15: The results

Frog or Finish ’15* is complete! I’ve either finished or ripped the majority of my current projects. There is one remaining that fits in neither category, as it should be. I’ll come back to that later.

Finished!

This scarf, which I made with two strands of DK held together and cast on 31 stitches which was PLENTY. I used 4.5mm needles. As I’ve mentioned, it’s for my mum.

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It’s a beast, at 6 ft 1 inch (that’s 73 inches or 185.5cm).

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And these socks (‘A Nice Ribbed Sock’), which I’ve been knitting since LAST JULY. The curse of second sock syndrome.

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They look even better on Nath’s feet, which is who they were made for:

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Frogged!

This jumper (‘Poolside’) which does not work as well with acrylic as it does with alpaca (funnily enough). I was in the process of trying to undo the cable cast-on to re-do the neckline. Don’t do this. It is better to give up on the whole thing than try to undo the cable cast-on. So fiddly. I wish I’d done a provisional cast-on just in case!

I was getting fed up of knitting the rest of it and I’d only got to the armpits. It had to go.

A moment of silence for Poolside please

A moment of silence for Poolside please

This sky scarf using this scarf pattern. A sky scarf was a lovely idea when I began this project in January 2013, but it has lost it’s charm somewhere between the tiny rows of lace using 4 ply yarn, the tangly balls and the endless pages of sky colours waiting to be crossed off.

So long, sky scarf. It was good while it lasted.

So long, sky scarf. It was good while it lasted.

Wildcard!

As with most supposed dichotomies, there are things that fit into neither camp. This sock yarn blanket is a project that I’m not planning on finishing any time soon, but I’m happy to have it ticking over between other projects, using leftover yarns and giving me time to ponder the next project I want to tackle. It was a project passed on to me from the talented cartoonist Cassian who makes Poly in Pictures.

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So… what next?!

*I got this idea from here, and I’ve no idea where it originates. Anyone?

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Latest finished objects and a list of what I made in 2014!

Now the festive period is out of the way I can show you some things I made people as gifts.

I knitted this hat and mittens set for my niece, who is two and a half. They’re too big for her but she tried them on straight away, hopefully she still likes them next winter when they might actually fit her!

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I also made a baby blanket and bootees set for a friend who had a gorgeous baby girl in 2014:

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Last year in total I made two baby blankets, one pair of bootees, two pairs of mittens, one hat, one cardigan and a crochet ninja, and I started on a blanket, a jumper, a pair of socks and a scarf!

Finished! Dorchester Countryside Mitts

I just finished these and I am really excited about them for several reasons!

Reason the first – They are for ME! I very rarely knit things for myself, so it seems surreal but very satisfying. I was able to weave the ends in and slip them straight on!

Reason the second – I think they turned out super pretty:

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Reason the third – They are a really nice fit and just perfect for what I want them for because I made a couple of adaptations to the pattern:

I made them skinny through the wrist so that they actually hug my arms, which feels lovely and warm.

I made the hand part short, switching to ribbing almost immediately after the thumb so I can wear them while knitting without all that extra material getting in the way. Hoorah!

Oh, and Reason the fourth – They almost match exactly and that was totally a happy accident.

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