My Three Projects

There always has to be three. I’ve tried to be good and have one project at a time and it never works. I’m not a very patient person and I’m easily distracted so when I get bored of one project I can focus on the other for a time and so the circle goes on until all three are (eventually) finished!

The Sock/s

So I should probably start with the socks because I started them first…in December. I had an idea of making a pair of sparkly, Fairisle socks. I’d just gotten into Fairisle and knitted myself a sparkly Christmas Jumper so I tried to keep that momentum going but it made the socks all tight and the pattern didn’t lend itself very well to being knitted in the round. So I unravelled the whole thing and decided to go for the more simple version. Call me the Coco Chanel of knitting.

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These are for my sister and considering I started them in December, I’m hopeful to have them finished by her birthday in late August (goals)! Of course the problem with socks is that you always have to knit two (or hopefully, anyway) so the sense of achievement in having finished a project is relatively short-lived when you realise it is, in fact, only half done.

This is the only kind of sock I’ve ever knitted. It’s from a Let’s Knit magazine (issue 121), is called a “simple first-time sock” and generally is. It uses and ‘afterthought heel’ technique and I plan to do the toe and heel in the sparkly wool of the ribbing. After this pair is finished I have some lovely hand-dyed wool and a traditional pattern for a sock (which was kindly given to me as a Christmas present) so I will then venture forward into a non “simple first-time sock”.

The Cardigan

This I started second, after I finished my lovely cable-knit jumper. I’m crazy about cables. Can’t get enough of them. Unfortunately this is currently what the cardigan looks like:

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Distinct lack of cables! It’s one of those annoying patterns where the back is plain and the real action doesn’t get started until the front. Unfortunately (and rather ironically) the back always comes first in knitting. This is a King Cole pattern from the Aran book no. 1 (some really lovely patterns in this book, especially for children) and with 5mm needles I thought it would be a nice change from the 3mm needle cable pattern, with intricate beading, that I recently completed. That was a very short-lived thought…

The Vest

A Fairisle vest, made with 2.75mm and 3.25mm needles – and includes beading. I’ve been excited to start this project for ages! Full disclosure: I’ve bought two sets of colours and plan to make my husband a matching one, you’ll understand when you see the picture…

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Now if that pattern has taught me anything it’s that holding a chicken will make you very, VERY happy. It was also a lesson in patience when it comes to ribbing. 34 rows of ribbing on 2.75mm needles is excessive if you ask me. This is the first time I’ve ever knitted with 100% cotton yarn and it’s coming out a wee bit on the lumpy side but I think that suits the look of the piece – can’t be too smart when you’re holding a chicken.

So those are my current three projects! I’ll keep you updated as and when I finish them, or indeed start another one – it has been known…

It’s Been A While!

The problem is that when it comes to finding a moment to write a blog or finding a moment to knit, knitting usually wins!

I’ve been meaning to write a blog because I finished a major project last month. Something I’d been knitting for nearly two years!

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This pattern is from the Rowan Summerlite 4ply book. It’s a complicated cable pattern jumper with beading. I knitted it in the Rowan Baby Marino wool because that’s what I had to hand when I started it and it’s worked out really well. Its soft, comfy to wear and surprisingly toasty.

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This was also my first time blocking anything, which was a bit nerve-wracking when it’s with pieces that have taken you MONTHS to knit, but it all worked out for the best and now I’m a blocking convert. I can’t believe I didn’t block my Fairisle Christmas jumper but as my grandfather used to say: “experience is a hard school but fools will learn in no other!”

Every time I wear this jumper I get a compliment about it and I do keep meaning to take a picture of me actually in it but I always forget. I know the weather looks great now but this is Britain, the cold weather will come again, and very soon (“winter is coming…”) so next time I wear this to work I’ll make sure to get a snap. I’m actually really proud of myself! I’m not a patient person so this was a hard slog but I stayed the course and am really pleased with my efforts. Might be staying away from 3mm needles for the forseable future though!

I also finished another project last month! My nephew turned one in May and the theme for his first birthday party was Rainbows. I decided to knit him a rainbow themed present. I had no luck in finding any patterns for little ones that included rainbows (something you’d think would be easy to come by – if anyone does know of any patterns please let me know!) so I had to make one up. I bought a simple pattern for a vest and a simple pattern for a rainbow and merged the two together. I considered myself relatively adept at Fairisle, still learning but getting there – until I started knitting a rainbow. It took me FOUR TIMES to get the floats right and I ended up with several smaller balls of yarn getting perpetually tangled in a most irritating fashion! The end product is wee bit on the lumpy side, as you can see, but there is a lot of love knitted into those stitches (and a little bit of swearing).

My next blog will be less about finished projects and more about the projects I’m currently working on, which include a pair of sparkly socks and cable knit Aran jumper for a 6ft5 man – that’ll only take me about four years then…

Extreme Knitting!

Well, I say extreme, I don’t mean like knitting whilst skydiving, that would be stupid…and difficult to organise. But, technically speaking, I have now knitted whilst flying!

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I’ve been lucky enough to fly to some amazing places in my life so far and it always seemed to me that a long-haul flight was wasted without knitting. When else do you have seven hours or more to just sit, watch films and knit? Never! That’s when! However, I was under the impression that one was not allowed to take knitting needles on an aeroplane. I mean, if you’re not allowed to take your own water or sandwiches on a plane, why would you be allowed to take long, stabby metal sticks? I’ve stabbed myself (and on the odd occasion other people…by accident…mostly) with knitting needles quite a few times during the course of my knitting obsession and they can cause some serious damage! However (and I know I’m a little late to this party) you can! You can take knitting needles on aeroplanes!

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I FINISHED IT!

AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

This Christmas I finished my first jumper ever. Ever! I’ve started loads of jumpers, they all now happily live, resting still on their needles in a small suitcase that I much prefer to pretend doesn’t exist. They have formed a small colony called “The Unfinished” and one of their favourite pastimes is to haunt my dreams. BUT I was determined that my Christmas jumper would not join their ranks and my determination payed off! If, like me, you are an impatient knitter who struggles to finish larger projects then I urge you to make something with a very real and specific deadline, like Christmas.

Not only did I finish a Christmas jumper, I fashioned a Christmas hat to go with it! I got a bit hooked by Fairisle to be honest. I had to watch quite a few YouTube tutorials (over and over again) but I think I really got it by the end so wanted to a) keep practising and b) make a matching outfit that would make me look like a character from a 90s Christmas film. So I did!

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It’s Nearly Finished!!!!

In my last post I said I always have at least, at least, three projects on the go at any given time and I have had to be so strict with myself not to start another because I am on a mission. A very serious mission. A mission to finish my Christmas Jumper (in time for Christmas, obviously – that’s Christmas 2016 not 2019…).

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I’m so close! I’ve done both the back AND front AND one whole sleeve! I am aware that a jumper needs two sleeves (most of the time) so I am currently racing through the second. I’ve never knitted so fast in my entire life! And I have a secret: despite the fact that I’ve done a lot of knitting, this will be my first finished jumper.

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So Many Projects, Still Starting More!

Hello! First blog post on this blog! I’m excited! I have another blog but this one is going to be knitting specific.

Knitting is a big part of my life, I actually can no longer just watch TV, I have to watch TV and knit, it means missing shots of Poldark shirtless but that, ladies and gents, is how committed I am to this craft. I can’t go on car journeys without my knitting, I recently discovered that most airlines let you take knitting in your hand luggage and nearly cried with the relief of it (I have been through not one, not two, but nine long haul flights without my knitting and it felt like such a ridiculously pointless waste of prime knitting time). I think it’s relatively fair to say I’m somewhat addicted to knitting but as far as addictions go I think it’s a good one so I shan’t be attending any Knitting Anonymous groups for the forseeable future.

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