2017 · Finished Object

129: Burnet

This hat. This hat is lush. I used a yarn with alpaca, silk and cashmere as the main colour and oh my goodness it is like wearing a soft, warm hug on your head. I just like to pet it over and over. The pattern is from the first Wool Tribe EYF magazine and is by the ever wonderful Karie Westermann. It’s such a simple but striking design, definitely became a favourite right away. Loving the grey and purple together and the crown is a thing of beauty.

 

Stats
Started: March 13th 2017
Finished: March 21st 2017
Yarn: Countess Ablaze Sovereign, Rusty Ferret Doll
Needles: 2mm, 2.75mm

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2017 · Finished Object

126: Heroes of Yarnia Scarf

I started 2017 saying I wanted to broaden my knitting skills. I am also a DnD/tabletop RPG player. When I saw Heroes of Yarnia I knew I needed to do it. A set of patterns where you create a character and use dice rolls to create your finished object. IT WAS AMAZING! I absolutely loved it! It was my first ever double knitting. It took a while to get my head around it but a couple of charts in it suddenly clicked and I was off! It was an MKAL with patterns released weekly. I seriously, seriously love it. It was a slog at points but it was fantastic double knitting practice and the finished object is just wonderful. I bought the whole ebook and knit a couple more of the patterns soon after, with plans for more to come!

 

Stats
Started: January 1st 2017
Finished: February 28th 2017
Yarn: The Queen of Purls Handdyed Leto
Needles: 2.75mm

2017 · Finished Object

125: Blacker Undertones

And so the Edinburgh Yarn Festival knitting began! I took part in the Blacker Pod KAL this year using some Cornish Tin II I had but wasn’t sure what to do with. I originally cast on a shawl but I wasn’t happy with how it was turning out so I frogged it and started an Undertone cowl from TCK. It turned out to be an immensely satisfying knit. It was quick, it was easily memorable, it was striking and the yarn is so fantastic I just couldn’t put it down. It’s so snuggley, I love it. I really enjoyed taking part in the KAL – believe it or not I tend to very much be a lurker in KALS/groups etc, but I really loved seeing everyone else knitting their own projects using Blacker Yarn.

Stats
Started: January 23rd 2017
Finished: January 30th 2017
Yarn: Blacker Yarns Cornish Tin II DK
Needles: 4.5mm

2017 · Finished Object

124: PussyHat

In January there was an amazing event – the Women’s March. It was phenomenal to see women out in the streets across the world standing up for their rights. I’m a pretty outspoken feminist and wish I could have attended one of the marches. As it is my podcast co-host and I met up and spent a day venting our feminist rage and knitting up our PussyHats. I love this pattern. It’s simple, striking and effective. The amount of hats at the March was a thing to behold! Crafting can be used in so many subversive ways and this was one of the best examples I have seen. I posted a pic on Twitter and actually got accused of being paid off by George Soros because people couldn’t believe that knitters could put out such a huge volume of knitting at such short notice. I love how the hat basically screams ‘DON’T UNDERESTIMATE CRAFTERS!’

Incidentally this was my first three needle cast off, it was so much simpler than I thought!

Stats
Started: January 29th 2017
Finished: January 29th 2017
Yarn: Ginger’s Hand Dyed Super Sheep Aran
Needles: 5mm

2016 · Finished Object

123: Little Lush

My last project of 2016! Fittingly it used some yarn my dad had got me for Christmas a year or two previously. The yarn, although 100% acrylic, is super soft and the colours are lovely and I just knew my friends’ little girl would love it. I wanted a simple, quick project and I thought a little Lush cardigan would work perfectly. It was perfect knitting over Christmas and the recipient loves it, so I’m very happy with it.

Stats
Started: December 19th 2016
Finished: December 29th 2016
Yarn: Ice Yarns Magic Light
Needles: 3.25mm, 4mm

2016

122: Allermuir

This was the last installment of The Neighbo(u)rhood Sheep Society for the year. I cast it on almost right away but found myself floundering during the initial triangle. It was my first hap construction and I don’t know why, but it just stalled. I eventually took it to an ice hockey match with me (‘mon Braehead Clan!) and managed to get the inner triangle done. Then it pretty much flew straight off the needles from there. I love it! The yarn is absolutely lush and I love the colours. It was also my first introduction to the Icelandic cast off and it’s now my go to cast off for garter stitch, it’s fab. I’m glad I managed to finish it in 2016 (just) so I got all of NSS done during the year.

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Stats
Started: June 1st 2016
Finished: December 16th 2016
Yarn: Ginger’s Hand Dyed NSS 2016 Bluefaced Leicester and Ginger’s Hand Dyed NSS 2016 Black Welsh Mountain
Needles: 3.75mm, 4mm

2016 · Finished Object

120, 121: Earl Greys

Yet more Christmas presents! I made these two hats for husband’s wee cousins (who previously received fish hats). I have since received pictures and videos of them refusing to take them off even to go to bed! I am so glad they love them, I decided to go for something less novelty this year so they had something they could wear on more occasions. They yarn is lovely and soft and warm (and washable because they live on the coast) and I thought they might get more wear out of them than something silly in odd yarn.

Stats
Started: December 7th 2016
Finished: December 9th 2016
Yarn: Hayfield Bonus Aran
Needles: 4mm, 5mm

Started: December 9th 2016
Finished: December 10th 2016
Yarn: Hayfield Bonus Aran
Needles: 4mm, 5mm

2016 · 2017 · Finished Object

117, 118, 119, 127: Zag Hats

I made not one, not two, not three but four of these leading up to Christmas and/or photos for the pattern. As someone that doesn’t usually enjoy knitting things more than once it’s a pretty good run! I needed a quick, simple hat that would work for men as I made these for husband’s uncles and my dad and I actually really love how they turned out. The pattern is available on Ravelry and they went down a treat for Christmas (see my dad’s picture below). I really like how just changing the colour of the zig zags can make them look so different! I think the grey and white one might actually be my favourite one…

Stats
Started: December 1st 2016
Finished: December 4th 2016
Yarn: Hayfield Bonus Aran
Needles: 3.5mm, 4mm

Started: December 5th 2016
Finished: December 5th 2016
Yarn: Hayfield Bonus Aran
Needles: 3.5mm, 4mm

Started: December 5th 2016
Finished: December 7th 2016
Yarn: Hayfield Bonus Aran
Needles: 3.5mm, 4mm

Started: March 2nd 2017
Finished: March 3rd 2017
Yarn: Hayfield Bonus Aran
Needles: 3.5mm, 4mm

2016 · Finished Object

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