Striped shawl

Last year I went to visit my Grannie when I was wearing this shawl, and she said “that’s lovely”, so my mum wrapped it around her, and my Grannie said, “for me?! Thank you!”. We had to prise it off of her before leaving.

This year, I picked up rather a lot of Rowan Colourspun yarn at The Wool Croft‘s incredible sale for £2 a ball. So I decided to make a shawl like the last one for my Grannie. Here it is:

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The pattern was free on Ravelry but knit in much larger yarn, and with bigger gaps between the eyelet rows.

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It’s so so soft! Parting with it is a sweet sorrow.

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Here comes the sun

I am ridiculously pleased with this shawl. I started knitting it on the plane to Istanbul in February, and it’s finally done! I still need to block it, but that can wait. It’s a birthday present for my mum, and her birthday isn’t until September. So for the time being it’s living scrunched up in a bag in my room.

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The pattern is Girasole by Brooklyn Tweed. With apologies for getting technical, the only weird thing in the pattern was the way it told you to do ssk (slip slip knit) which left odd twists in the decrease. I did the normal ssk instead.

The yarn is Malabrigo Sock in ochre. It’s 100% merino wool, and really great yarn to knit with. I love the slight colour variation that come from kettle dyeing. I used 3 skeins. For some reason the fnal skein was broken and knotted in several (my which I mean, EIGHT) places, which was incredibly annoying. But it’s all done now, and I love the shawl. Can’t wait to see what it looks like when I’ve blocked it.

Knitting Girasole involved some pretty hair-raising moments. The worst was when I realised I had shifted the pattern half a repeat to the left for a couple of repeats on the round where the points of the outermost petals of the flower design were formed. Here’s a pic of the rescue mission:

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I’ve moved on to knitting my first ever baby cardigan, for a friend who’s having a baby. How scary is that?! Only 4 years ago we were at uni together. I feel so old… I’m making the brand new and brilliantly-timed Wowligan cardigan by Kate Davies. She released the pattern only last week, and it’s perfect. I’m knitting it in teal with thin white stripes. It’s a helluva lot less complicated than Girasole!

Indian Summer

I started knitting up this lovely autumnal yarn from The Wool Croft in Abergavenny a month ago, so I’d be prepared when cold October came. But it’s been hot all month, and now in November it’s still not cold enough to wear this. Outside my window the lilac tree is budding, so maybe there will be no winter at all.

The yarn is Debbie Bliss Riva, and the pattern is free on Ravelry here. At some point I’ll need to block this, but not today 🙂

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The Grand Reveal: Christmas 2013

This year I only bought one Christmas present – and it was a bit of an afterthought anyway. The one bought present was a pack of 6 Le Corbusier notecards, for my dad to send me letters with, purchased from an awesome little shop in Abergavenny called FortySix. Incidentally, they also had a big book of treehouses from Phaidon, but I resisted the temptation and turned my energies towards my own gingerbread treehouse instead.

Here’s what I made for people:

  • A dress
  • Several ties
  • Two bobble hats (the pompom was added later to one…)
  • Change purses
  • A reversible bow-tie
  • A pair of socks
  • A shawl/collar thing
  • A skirt
  • A long scarf
  • Coffee cup sleeves

And here are some photos of the above:

I’m looking forward to being able to make some stuff for myself, finally! And get a move on turning some of the stacks of Liberty fabric I’ve accumulated this year into clothes, especially now that the Spring/Summer 2014 collection of prints has now launched. Luckily, I don’t truly covet any of the ones I’ve seen – so far!