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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!

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Wish me luck!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Christmas distractions #3

In the run up to Christmas there are always so many last minute gifts to make and stock to replenish for all those festive craft stalls. My last remaining Christmassy characters, courtesy of Jean Greenhowe’s traditional patterns, now resemble nothing more than a group of drunken carol singers as they lean against our mini tree.

knitted characters

Christmas jumper … slow progress

Here we are in the mid winter gap between Christmas and New Year, the prime time for some cosy knitting, and I’m still trying to finish my Christmas jumper.

There have been so many distractions leading up to the festive season. I guess that once again knitting for myself took a bit of a back seat.

The back and two fronts are finished (it’s actually a cardigan!). So now it’s just the sleeves to go. Phew! So nearly there. Maybe it will be finished by New Year’s Eve?

Christmas WIP

 

That moment when your heart sinks …

You’ve chosen the perfect yarn from at least 50 shades available online. You’ve had the adrenalin rush when the parcel arrives and you get to rip open the paper and feel the texture, followed by the tinge of guilt as you realise there is still so much yarn in your stash, but, hey, you’re over that already!

Then you’ve downloaded your chosen Pdf pattern and printed it off, selected your needles, plumped up the cushions in your favourite knitting chair, drawn up an appropriate foot rest (mine tends to be the dog and his bed – so warm!). You’re all ready to begin and then you read …

… cast on 376 stitches! What?!

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So here they are – my 376 stitches. And I’m already on row 16. Yay!

handmadebysoo visits The Wool Loft

I can’t believe I left it so long before I visited The Wool Loft in Gainsborough.  But I’m so glad I’ve finally been.  The shop is an Aladdin’s cave of wool.  I went along with a specific project in mind ( a cardigan in a neutral colour) and, with lots of help from Liz, found the perfect yarn and pattern.  I couldn’t resist getting started straight away.  It’s so rare I buy myself new wool as I’m always trying to think up new projects to work through my stash of yarns.  How’s the project going?  It’s knitting up a treat.   I started it a couple of weeks ago now.  Then I did a little bit more on the train down to London yesterday.  The back is complete and I’ve started knitting the two fronts together – it saves thinking about all the shaping twice, plus you have the impression that your project is nearing completion that much quicker.  I also knit both sleeves at the same time.

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So, thank you, Liz and your lovely shop!

Wobbly Wednesday is coming soon

Wobbly Wednesday

Wobbly Wednesday 4 November 2015

handmadebysoo is knitting lots of wobbly jelly babies using the pattern from Jean Greenhowe’s Little Gift Dolls to help raise awareness of nystagmus ahead of Wobbly Wednesday on 4 November.

Nystagmus, also known as Wobbly Eyes, is a complex condition where the eyes move involuntarily. This makes it harder to see. Few people with nystagmus drive and most face difficulties in everyday life.

Every year hundreds of children are born with nystagmus, often with no known family history. Adults can develop nystagmus too, due to accidents or illnesses like stroke or MS.

Nystagmus Network funds research into nystagmus, provides information and support, raises awareness and educates people about the daily impact of nystagmus.

Find out more, here: http://www.nystagmusnet.org