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A knitted scarecrow

I’m hoping that this little chap will keep the pesky slugs away from my delphiniums so that they are still in bloom for my charity Garden Open Day on 24 June.

scarecrow

With thanks, of course, to Jean Greenhowe for the pattern … and inspiration.

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My light as air shrug

Just in time for the warmer weather, I have finished knitting my shrug. The pattern is from Debbie Bliss, Knits for you and your home and the yarn is one of my all time favourites, kid silk haze.

This will be perfect to throw around my shoulders over a summer dress on cooler afternoons or as the sun goes down in the evening. The sleeves are three quarter length and the back reaches down well below the seat.

The whole shrug weighs less than 150g!

shrug

My ‘louis’ jacket is complete!

I began to feel as if this project really would go on forever, but, thanks to some nice long Sunday afternoon costume dramas on TV and some very snowy weekends, I managed to sit still long enough to finish my lovely long aran jacket. I made it in homage to Louis from Gogglebox, whose cardigan I have coveted since first I spotted it! Here’s a picture of Louis in his – and me in mine!

Picture from Gogglebox, courtesy of The Sun

Skinny rib jumper – finished!

Skinny jumper

Just in time for the snowy weather, I’ve knitted this 70s throw back, skinny rib polo neck jumper. It was an ‘in between’ project, the kind you can pick up and knit whilst watching TV, reserving the aran patterns for quieter moments when you’re more able to concnetrate. The wool is James C Brett marble chunky. The self striping colours are perfect for me. The jumper is warm and snuggly and also very flattering.

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

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!