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115, 116: Colour Burst Cowls

This one is exciting for me! My husband and I went to Iceland for our first wedding anniversary which, if you’ve never been, is the land of knitwear. It’s amazing. Knitwear everywhere! And yarn too! I, of course, had to pick some up. When I got home I wasn’t sure what to do with it so I looked through my books for inspiration and decided to make a colourwork cowl – the Colour Burst Cowl. My first project got so much attention as I was knitting it I decided to write it up as a pattern and put it on Ravelry, it’s available through the first link above. Because it uses four colours, sometimes all at once, it is incredibly warm. Perfect for cold winters and windy days! I also love a long cowl so you can scrunch it down or pull it up to cover your nose and mouth when it’s so cold and windy it hurts to breathe. I posted FO pictures online and my mother in law mentioned she liked it so I then cast one on for her for Christmas! It’s not quite as vibrant colours but it still came out very nice. She was really happy when she opened it. My in laws are keen hikers and also run Duke of Edinburgh groups so something warm and comforting was welcome, I think. I get comments on this pattern every single time I wear it.

Stats
Started: October 24th 2016
Finished: November 4th 2016
Yarn: Istex Lettlopi
Needles: 3.5mm, 4mm

Started: November 6th 2016
Finished: November 30th 2016
Yarn: Hayfield Bonus Aran
Needles: 3.5mm, 4mm

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114: Baa-ble Hat

And so the Christmas knitting began! I bought a lot of yarn intending to make loads of these but realised after making the first they may not go down so well with everyone. This one for my brother in law went down very well though! He wears it all the time, I’m so so glad he likes it. My husband was convinced he wouldn’t but I was pretty sure it’d be ok. I was right!

Stats
Started: October 16th 2016
Finished: October 23rd 2016
Yarn: Hayfield Bonus Aran and Hayfield Bonus DK
Needles: 3.5mm, 4mm

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113: Chai

I picked up this skein of yarn at Ginger Twist Studio at the Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl 2016 and knew I would use it for a Tea Collection hat – especially as I purchased a hard copy of the Tea Collection at the same time! I decided on Chai to see how the yarn and pattern would interplay. I actually really love the effect, it’s subtle but also striking at the same time. A great winter hat.

Stats
Started: August 26th 2016
Finished: August 27th 2016
Yarn: Ginger’s Hand Dyed Flumps Chunky
Needles: 5mm, 6mm

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112: Simple DK Hat

After the marathon of Hapisk I needed a quick gratification project, so I cast on a simple DK hat in WYS Aire Valley. The yarn is so pretty and I couldn’t decide what to do with it, so when the idea of a vanilla hat came to me I knew it would work really well with the colours. I have 30g of the yarn left so I might make myself a pair of fingerless gloves at some point. The yarn is too nice to waste.

Stats
Started: August 12th 2016
Finished: August 18th 2016
Yarn: West Yorkshire Spinners Aire Valley DK
Needles: 3.5mm, 4mm

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111: Hapisk

This knit was a marathon. A true marathon. I did it as part of the Bookofhapsalong and the hapsarehappeningkal and had a deadline. I moved house in the middle of it, went on holiday and also ran out of yarn a couple of times and had to order more from Shetland, the full notes are on Ravelry. It’s amazing. It is the most gigantic garter squish hug. The yarn is gorgeous and warm and soft. It was so relaxing to just work on and oh my goodness the sense of achievement at the end! I love love love it and I often sit at home wrapped up in it. I even managed to take it to Iceland with me which was so exciting as the designer is Icelandic. One of my favourite knits ever.

Stats
Started: June 16th 2016
Finished: August 7th 2016
Yarn: Jamieson’s Ultra
Needles: 4mm

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109 & 110: Horseshoe Grove

My first true pick-a-stitchdesign-a-crown design! I am so, so proud of this hat. I picked up some Tamar from Blacker Yarns at Edinburgh Yarn Festival and didn’t know what to do with it. It reminded me of moss and pine tree forests and I found a stitch that worked really well with it. Horseshoe Grove the name came to me as I pictured a small clearing in a pine forest with a meandering stream. I knit two version of the hat to show it in a rustic, halo-y yarn and a smooth yarn. It also shows the different between a slouch version and a more fitted version. I am really proud of this hat.

Stats
Started: June 5th 2016
Finished: June 11th 2016
Yarn: Blacker Yarns Tamar 4ply
Needles: As pattern

Started: June 11th 2016
Finished: June 15th 2016
Yarn: Easy Knits Deeply Wicked
Needles: 3.25mm, 3.5mm

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108: Snell

This pattern had been on my radar for a while and I had some stash yarn I knew I was going to use with it. I finally found the time to cast it on and it flew off the needles. I absolutely love the texture of the fabric. I knit it really long so I could pull it right up on freezing windy days to protect my nose and mouth and when I don’t need to do that it scrunches up around the neck for extra warmth. Perfect for Glasgow.

Stats
Started: May 27th 2016
Finished: June 1st 2016
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Rialto DK
Needles: 5mm

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107: Crofthoose Hat

This was another Shetland Wool Week pattern which I managed to pick up at Edinburgh Yarn Festival. It’s so cute, I love it! Again, like the Baa-ble Hat, I knit this using Shetland yarn. I made a couple of changes – I knit an extra row of hooses and changed the beginning of the crown slightly because I didn’t like the continuous row of the dark stitches. I really love the colourwork ribbing, it was the first time I’d ever come across it. This hat lives in my backpack so it’s always on hand in case I need it.

Stats
Started: May 23rd 2016
Finished: May 26th 2016
Yarn: Jamieson’s Spindrift
Needles: As pattern

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106: Frances Herself

I bought the yarn for this specific pattern at Edinburgh Yarn Festival. The yarn is absolutely gorgeous, so lustrous and soft. It does slide around the needles so you need to be careful it doesn’t slip off but it’s absolutely stunning once you’ve finished. The pattern itself is really simple but so striking and such fun to knit. It also grows like hell when you block it! I almost didn’t have space! It feels like wearing a hug around your neck.

Stats
Started: April 23rd 2016
Finished: May 23rd 2016
Yarn: Ginger’s Hand Dyed Splendor 4ply
Needles: As pattern

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105: Lush

I. Love. This. Cardigan. I had admired so many of these over the years and decided finally that I was going to make my own. I am so glad I did. It fits so well and it’s so flattering and I love the colour and the buttons and basically everything about it. I wear it on those lovely mild summer days when you still want something to layer but it’s too hot for anything like a hoodie. I am so proud of this knit. It did go through a bit of a hibernation phase when I was working on the body because long rows of purling are not my favourite things in the world but I’m glad I pushed on and finished it. It was definitely worth it.

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Stats
Started: December 14th 2015
Finished: May 4th 2016
Yarn: Drops Merino Extra Fine
Needles: 4mm