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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!

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?!

376-stitches

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