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89: Mum’s Owligan

When my mum was over for the wedding we stopped in at the lovely Queen of Purls on Saltmarket as part of a day wandering around the city showing my mum the sights. While we were there I picked up yarn to knit her an Owligan as her Christmas present as she’d mentioned she loved mine so much. I chose to do a two colour one for her. This one took me a little longer than the last one! It was all worth it though, she got it in time for Christmas and she LOVES it! It fits her really well too. I’m really happy with this one and how it turned out 😀 The pockets on this one are a little wonky again though. Oops.

Stats
Started: October 19th 2015
Finished: November 23rd 2015
Yarn: Garnstudio Drops Andes
Needles: Unknown

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87, 88, 90: Big Issue Warm & Working

It gets cold in winter in Glasgow. Cold and wet. The Big Issue vendors have no choice but to stand out in the cold and wet to sell the magazine to try and make a living. Every year the wonderful folks at our lovely office run a big charity knit called Warm and Working to donate objects to the vendors to help keep them warm. It’s done in secret and the vendors are then given them as presents. I have it on good authority from the folks at the office that they are always so happy to get them! So for 2015 I contributed a few items to help out the vendors.

Stats
Started: November 16th 2015
Finished: November 16th 2015
Yarn: Katia Montblanc
Needles: 4.5mm, 5.5mm

Started: November 16th 2015
Finished: November 20th 2015
Yarn: Katia Montblanc
Needles: 4.5mm, 5.5mm

Started: November 22nd 2015
Finished: November 25th 2015
Yarn: Katia Montblanc
Needles: 4.5mm, 5.5mm

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81: Acai

Another honeymoon yarn project! I stashed up a fair bit when we visited Strathearn Fleece and Fibre. I thought this project was perfect for the yarn as it was so variegated. Unfortunately the yarn just has a bit too many kempy fibres in it so it’s quite difficult to wear. I think I’m going to have to maybe line it with fleece if I want to wear it in the future. It’s pretty though!

Stats
Started: October 19th 2015
Finished: October 22nd 2015
Yarn: Strathearn Fleece and Fibre Aran
Needles: Unknown

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79, 80, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86: Swatches

So I mentioned breed specific yarn. It just so happened that the lovely Louise Scollay of the KnitBritish Podcast launched a breed swatch-along to encourage her listeners to knit swatches of British breed yarns and review them on a blog or the Ravelry project page. A few projects ago I mentioned that when I get into something I can become somewhat obsessed and so I knit a few swatches in quick succession! Each swatch is reviewed on my Ravelry page and linked below the picture. I have loads more to do, I just need to find the time to actually sit and knit them and take notes at the same time.

Jacob: October 17th

Shetland: October 18th-19th

Welsh Black Mountain: October 28th-29th

Blue Face Leicester: November 3rd-4th

Herdwick: November 5th

Zwartbles: November 6th-9th

Manx Loaghtan: November 10th-12th

 

2015 · Finished Object

78: Elgin

The lovely BritYarn held a socks KAL (GB Socks Away KAL) for knitting socks in British Yarn. So I bought some WYS Jacob aran and knit a second pair of Elgin socks. THEY ARE SO WARM. Such perfect bedsocks. This was also my first real foray into breed specific yarn where I actually really cared that it was breed specific. You’ll see in future posts that this became something I became really interested in. Sure, they’re still aran socks, but it was still good to make a better fitting pair than the first.

Stats
Started: October 12th 2015
Finished: October 16th 2015
Yarn: West Yorkshire Spinners Jacob Aran
Needles: 3.75mm

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77: Brygga

When Karie Westermann released her Hygge collection I pretty much jumped on it. I had bought a skein of mega chunky yarn on honeymoon when husband and I had a chance to visit Strathearn Fleece and Fibre and this cowl was a perfect fit! I bought the buttons at the Hobbycraft Expo I try and get to every year and I love the finished object. It’s perfect for Glasgow – super warm and snuggly but also breathable thanks to the lace middle. Scrumptious.

Stats
Started: October 11th 2015
Finished: October 12th 2015
Yarn: Strathearn Fleece and Fibre Super Bulky
Needles: 9mm

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75: Byatt

And so began my love affair with Karie Westermann‘s patterns. Go check them out if you haven’t, they are all so beautiful! For my Byatt I used yarn I picked up at the Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl – the specific colourway for the crawl itself and a complimentary colour from Ginger Twist Studio. The pattern is remarkably simple but so, so striking. I have great memories of finishing this shawl sitting in a cabin on the shores of Loch Long on my honeymoon, the log burner crackling away watching the Great British Bake Off final with husband and laughing along with Swear Berry’s livetweets. I wear this a lot. It’s such a fantastic pattern.



Stats
Started: August 30th 2015
Finished: October 10th 2015
Yarn: Ginger’s Hand Dyed Swell Ewe Sock
Needles: 4mm

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74: Avengers Blanket

So. When I get into something, I get into it. You could use the word obsessed. It would probably be accurate! I’ve cycled through a few – Star Trek TNG, Hellboy, Supernatural etc. There was also a few years when it was the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I still enjoy it greatly to this day. I had been bored at work between calls and looking for something to so when I discovered pixel blankets. What better way to spend my time than crocheting the Avengers in pixels?! I didn’t realise how much of a slog it would become, but it was definitely a good way to spend time at work. I’d originally planned to include Nick Fury, Coulson and Loki (and I charted them) but after the main six I just couldn’t face any more. Each pixel was individually crocheted, then sewn into rows, then the rows sewn together and finally each character sewn together. It was a lot of work. I still haven’t finished weaving in all the edges! It is also the size of a double bed so incredible difficult to get a decent photo of. I am immensely proud of it.

Stats
Started: April 23rd 2014
Finished: September 20th 2015
Yarn: Robin Double Knit
Hook: 5mm

Notes
Iron Man – April 23rd to May 22nd
Hulk – June 8th to February 28th
Captain America – March 1st to March 21st
Thor – March 23rd to April 13th
Black Widow – April 13th to June 9th
Hawkeye – August 11th to September 7th

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72: BulgurWheat

Another test for OwlPrintPanda and I love this hat. It’s so clever! It looks like real stalks of wheat! The yarn and pattern work really well together even though it’s a subtle play of colour and texture because of the variegation. I actually got the yarn for Christmas the year before and was waiting for a pattern to use it with so when I saw this I knew they would work really well together.

Stats
Started: September 15th 2015
Finished: September 17th 2015
Yarn: Abstract Cat 100% Superwash BFL
Needles: Unknown