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First project of 2018 complete!

OK, so this is actually a big cheat, but I’m so pleased that I have finally finished knitting my 2017 Christmas cardigan.

I used Sparklz yarn, doubled, and adapted the Mirasol Tuhu Cardigan pattern by Jane Ellison, making my button, button hole band and neck wider. As this is self striping yarn, I didn’t follow the stripe part of the pattern, but I really wanted my ‘random’ stripes to match up and I think I almost achieved that, with a bit of swapping around of skeins.

Doubling the Sparklz yarn, which is supposed to be DK weight, for what is after all a DK pattern, was a bit of a risk, but the first trial, with only single yarn, was disappointingly thin, so had to be frogged and restarted. Luckily, I had enough yarn to finish it and I really like the ‘chunky’ look of the finished cardigan.

So, although it isn’t Christmas any more, I might be wearing my cosy new cardi with its cheery sparkles just once or twice more this winter.

Sparklz jumper

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New Year’s resolutions from handmadebyso

This year I decided to make (and keep!) some very serious knitting resolutions. Let’s see how many of these resonate with other knitters.

  1. I will NOT BUY any wool for an entire year. That includes resisting all the special January sale offers, so please stop tempting me right now!
  2. I will finish ALL my WIPS, including the ones where the pattern seems no longer to be in the same bag as the knitting!
  3. I will knit down my STASH! There is quite a way to go. This over spill hamper hidden under my desk doesn’t come near!

stash

Wish me luck!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

A fluffy pink imp!

Pink imp

Just what the world needs – well, my small corner of Lincolnshire, anyway.

Having completed my original, appropriately stone-coloured version of the Lincoln Imp some time ago, thanks to the amazing pattern from The Old Toy Knitting Shop, I’ve now made a fluffy pink version, which sits on top of the hall cupboard.

You can read the story of my first attempt here.

imp at the castle

 

A welcome woolly visitor

As fog and frost continue to shroud Fenton with only an occasional burst of watery winter sunshine to dispel the general January murk, this little woolly bird has arrived in handmadebysoo’s garden to cheer us all and remind us that Spring really is just around the corner.

Pattern source

blue tit: 75 birds, butterflies ans beautiful beasties to knit & crochet, by Lesley Stanfield

garden spade: handmadebysoo original!

Country Living Christmas Fair, Harrogate – free ticket available!

The members of the Fenton Knitting Group will be travelling to Harrogate on Sunday 4 December to visit the Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair.

You could join us, completely free!

handmadebysoo has a free ticket to the Harrogate Christmas Fair to give away to any new member of the Fenton Knitting Group who attends a meeting before the end of November.

Simply contact us at enquiries@handmadebysoo.co.uk for details, attend your first meeting, any Tuesday evening, and the ticket is yours!