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46: Martinmas Shawl

For this I used a skein I got for my birthday way back when I just started knitting and then some yarn I got for Christmas one year. I love it, it looks so firey. It really needs another good block. There are a couple of memories for this one – first is a holiday in France right after I cast it on and the other is short days in work when I cast it off. I should probably wear this more often. I’d like to knit another one actually.

Stats
Started: June 6th 2014
Finished: Nov 6th 2014
Yarn: Abstract Cat BFL sock
Needles: 3.5mm

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45: First Jumper

This. This was a loooong languishing project. I wanted to knit it for my dad’s 61st birthday (I started it days after his 60th so thought I had loads of time), he instead received it for Christmas just before his 63rd. Whoops! I got the back and one half of one sleeve done really quickly! I started the front but I just got lost. I wasn’t experienced enough and I put it down a few rows in and gave up. A couple of years later I picked it back up, ripped back the front, put my own cable designs on the front and flew through the rest of the jumper. My dad was on the phone when he opened it and was really surprised when I told him I’d knitted it! He absolutely loves it and it lives at the cottage he has in Donegal where the wind blows across the beach and you need something warm to venture out. I’m so glad he likes it, I’m just embarrassed it took so long!

It also probably doesn’t help that it’s HUGE. I made it probably 3 sizes bigger than it needs to be.

Stats
Started: Jan 18th 2012
Finished: Nov 1st 2014
Yarn: Hayfield Bonus Aran
Needles: 4.5mm, 6mm

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43 & 44: Mum’s Christmas Potholder and Spiral Hat

More fair isle practice! This time I think my floats were a bit tight but it was definitely worth the practice. Luckily for my mum it was not the only Christmas present she received from me that year.

To go with my practice I asked my mum what kinds of hat she liked and she sent me some pictures. I found this pattern on Rav and thought it was perfect. Mum loves it, she wears it all the time even now years later! I am so happy she likes it so much. The yarn is pretty lush too, I find the way it striped really pleasing

Stats

Potholder
Started: Sept 14th 2014
Finished: Sept 27th 2014
Yarn: Drops Karisma
Needle: 4mm

Hat
Started: Sept 27th 2014
Finished: Oct 7th 2014
Yarn: Rico Design Creative Poems Aran
Needle: Unsure

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42: Offhand Lace

I cast this on and then put it down for months. I took it with me to my in-laws for husband’s birthday and remember basically getting a bit fed up with it and just deciding to cast it off. It’s a bit small but not too bad. I really need to block it but because it’s acrylic I was always a bit scared too. I know what I’m doing a bit more now though so maybe I’ll finally do it soon.

Stats
Started: May 27th 2014
Finished: September 7th 2014
Yarn: James C Brett Marble Chunky
Needles: 8mm

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41: Deathflake Chart

Husband and I were at my in-laws for his birthday and I had decided I really wanted to try colourwork. The Reddit knitting community suggests the deathflake as a decent chart to try so I got on the train and cast it on. It was interesting, frustrating and nowhere near as difficult as I thought it would be. As you can tell, I had no idea about yarn dominance yet. Not bad for a first try I think!

Stats
Started: Sept 5th 2014
Finished: Sept 6th 2014
Yarn: Robin double knitting
Needles: Unsure

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40: Magic Hat

My fascination with granny squares clearly continued. I’d seen a few patterns for hats using them and loved them, so I used a drops design pattern. I had to fudge it because I find crochet patterns difficult to read at the best of times, not to mention drops patterns can be a bit of a faff. Anyhow, it worked and it’s pretty and I discovered it is so much easier to do anything with granny squares if you block them before doing anything else. I actually blocked a bunch of them together on the same pins at once to make sure they’d all be the same size! This reminds me of my old flat as we’d just moved in when I started it.

Stats
Started: August 23rd 2014
Finished: Sept 2nd 2014
Yarn: Drops Delight
Hook: 3.5mm

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38 & 39: DS Game Bag and DS cover

I found myself on holiday without a project to work on but luckily I had some yarn and a crochet hook so I made myself a little bag to hold my gameboy games. I also crocheted a cover for the gameboy itself. It has really specific memories of the house we stayed in, the Lego movie and green swimming pool. Good times.

 

Stats

Game bag
Started: July 25th 2014
Finished: July 27th 2014
Yarn: King Cole Wicked
Hook: 4mm

DS case
Started: July 27th 2014
Finished: July 29th 2014
Yarn: King Cole Wicked
Hook: 4mm

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36 & 37: Slouch Hat and Gloves

I bought this yarn with some vouchers I had leftover from work and pretty much picked it because it was colourful and soft. I had no idea what to do with it, so I just improvised a mega slouchly crochet hat. It’s pretty good for those nice cool Spring days.  I also crocheted up a quick pair of gloves to match.

Stats

Hat
Started: June 6th 2014
Finished: June 6th 2014
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Paloma
Hook: 10mm

Gloves:
Started: June 6th 2014
Finished: June 6th 2014
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Paloma
Hook: 10mm

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35: Holden Shawlette

This yarn was a birthday present from my mum and it is luuuush. 50% merino and 50% silk, it is so soft and buttery and drapey. She found it at a market stall in Belfast. It took a while for me to figure out what to do with it but the Holden shawlette was perfect. I was really happy with how it turned out and I think it might actually be the first item I ever blocked (but I’m not sure about that). It has nice memories of husband and I’s first flat together.

Stats
Started: Mar 13th 2014
Finished: May 21st 2014
Yarn: Coolree Soca
Needles: 4mm