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

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?

We are family – I got all my knitters with me

You know that feeling you get when you talk to other people that love what you love? It makes you love it more, it boosts and inspires you, you get advice and get to share some tips of your own?

Today was one of those days and I feel super lucky that I have people like that in my own family. Me and my mum and my sister were dorking out about knitting and my mum’s yarn delivery unexpectedly arrived, so we crowded round oohing and aahing while she opened it. #nerds

It was lovely 100% cotton to make summer tops for her granddaughter (my niece), I can’t wait to see the results.

Here’s me and my sis clicking away on the needles:

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My sister is working on a sweet spring/summer dress for the little one. This photo doesn’t do it justice, it’s a lovely shade of green.

Why yes, this scarf IS coming along nicely, thanks for noticing! It’s just the last little bit that seems to be dragging. I knit another 5 inches and then decide it needs at least another 5 inches.

My mum tried it on today and the colour suits her beautifully. Hopefully that’s given me the motivation I need to finish it pronto so she gets it before this cold snap is over.

Speaking of cold snap, I had a fun time today with the boiler packing up right at the start of one of the coldest weekends in the last year. Thankfully someone came out quickly and got it going again! So relieved! I thought for a moment I was going to have to burrow into my yarn stash for warmth. Who knows when I would have been seen again…

 

New Year, New Yarn

Well, congratulations. If you’re reading this you survived the festive period, and who knows – in few months it might even start getting warmer and you can say you survived winter too! So that’s good.

Here’s my cute new felt covered diary and a sneak peek at a scarf I’m currently working on. It’s an awesomely textured no purl rib pattern and I’m knitting it holding two strands of DK yarn together for extra squidge factor.

2015 blue felt covered diary with an owl on it and a textured corrugated effect scarf in light blue folded over and still on a long circular needle

I cast on just 31 stitches which I’ve found to be plenty wide enough and I’m using 4.5mm circs. Circs forever! It’ll be for my mum if I don’t curl up in it and hibernate before it makes it out of my clutches.

Christmas was a success because I got new yarn. As I live in England and it’s New Year’s Day (I stayed up wayyy past my bedtime) I wasn’t awake for enough daylight to take good pictures of it. Luckily for you I have a horribly bright fluorescent kitchen light which is very unflattering but great for taking knitting photos after dusk.

one ball of king cole glitz in silver and two balls of light blue dk baby yarn

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A skein of purple peruvian cascade yarn

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That King Cole Glitz is utterly fabulous and is likely to become a sparkly beret. That Cascade yarn is Peruvian wool from my sister, she knows the way to my heart ❤

New year plans: Read more, knit lots, blog when I remember 😉

Occult Scarf Pic and A Mitten Update

I have managed to find an ‘in progress’ picture of the elusive and recently completed black ribbed scarf for your viewing pleasure, hooray!

 

Now for an update on the mittens!

The pattern I’m using (girl gift mitts) says they are a suitable size for 6-10 year olds. Apparently my hands and wrists are smaller than a 6-10 year old’s because I have been stealthily* reducing my needle size every few rows as I progress towards the hand of mitten 1 and keep trying it on and keep finding it too large.**

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Isn’t it pretty? I love the way the yarn is striping.

I’m loathe to rip back, as I ripped back the start once already and this yarn (adriafil knitcol) does NOT like being ripped back and reknit. Merino is hoity toity like that.

*Maybe ‘stealthily’ is a little optimistic, but I’ll make the other one match and we’ll tell ourselves it looks like part of the pattern, okay?

**Just to clarify, as far as I can tell so far this is a very good (and free!) pattern and I honestly do have very tiny hands and wrists – I don’t want anyone to think I’m dissing the designer!

The Bread and Butter of Knitting

My latest completed project is a black 2×2 rib scarf (knit 2, purl 2). I haven’t got any photos of the finished item, because I often forget with gifts to take some before I give them away! I’m sure you can use your imagination for this one. The ribbing made the knitted material nice and cosy, and the final object was a good length for wrapping round or pulling snugly through in a loop.

I think scarves and ribbing are like the bread and butter of knitting. There are so many possibilities with a scarf, ranging from complex lacy works of art to the simple but precious first knit of a garter stitch project or Doctor Who themed labours of love.

Photo credit: Koocheekoo on Flickr

Photo credit: Koocheekoo on Flickr

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Photo credit: operatingmanual on Flickr

Photo credit: bad bad magpie on Flickr

Photo credit: bad bad magpie on Flickr

Photo credit: Jorth on Flickr

Photo credit: Jorth on Flickr

I admit that there were moments partway through my own recent scarf knitting that I felt as though I had fallen down the knitting rabbit hole. I was working away at it but it seemed like the scarf was staying the same size. Due to this and its dark hue, my friends and I started calling it the occult scarf, as it appeared to have magical stitch swallowing properties.

Ribbing and simple scarf knitting at it’s best though can be rhythmic and soothing, the perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee and a chat with friends.

Photo credit: hurrayic

Photo credit: hurrayic

Sky Scarf and Tangly Balls

At the start of 2013, I decided to knit a ‘Sky Scarf’, using the same lacy baktus pattern that this person chose for theirs.

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Not all of the items in the picture are knitting related. Our house is a mess.

It’s probably too small to see, but that checklist says May 2013. Yes, I’m aware it’s now October. Yes, I’m five months behind on knitting this.

At the start of the year I had a lovely routine in the morning of looking at the sky, choosing my colour, and knitting my two rows for that day. It took the place for me that meditation occupies for some people. I had a chance to ease myself into the day with some calm, fairly easy knitting.

The fairly easy part was deceptive. The pattern I’m following is simple enough, garter stitch with eyelet rows and gradual increases then decreases to create a triangular scarf. The difficult part is the sheer number of colours I have hanging off this thing, and carrying up the side.

Next time I decide to knit something with five colours at once somebody stop me! The sky scarf is currently around 50% knitting and 50% detangling my balls (lol). So it is frustrating and slow progress. Hence, May 2013.

My strategy is to knit on it until I feel like sticking pins in my eyes and then put off any work on it for as long as possible, by which point the yarn is more tangled than ever. I don’t know how it gets tangled just sitting there on the corner of the table, I think perhaps the knitting elves tangle it while I’m sleeping to punish me for not working on it. I will aim to complete it by the end of next year. Sky Scarf 2013 2014.