2011 · Finished Object

6: Super Chunky Scarf

For Christmas my dad had obviously picked up that I was knitting and rather enjoying it, so he got me some yarn and some needles. Some super chunky yarn and giant needles! He got me two balls of Gedifra Easy Wear and 19mm needles so I decided to knit myself a super chunky scarf. It turned out too short to really wear and also curls, in retrospect I’d probably have been better making a cowl, but I was a baby knitter and I had yarn and needles and nothing else to knit so I just cast on pretty much straight away. It’s still nice to have in my wardrobe as it reminds me of that lovely Christmas at home.

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Stats
Started: Dec 25th 2011
Finished: Dec 26th 2011
Yarn: Gedifra Easy Wear, 2 skeins
Needles: 19mm

2011 · 2012 · Finished Object

3,4,5,8: Kindle Covers

This is actually 4 finished objects: My 3rd, 4th, 5th and 8th. They are all the same – kindle covers. I got a kindle for my birthday and Sam got one for Christmas so I knit them for us. Then other people started asking for them so I made 4 all in all. I would knit a square and a simple triangle decreased flap at the top, fold it and sew 2 edges. They were really simple and pretty quick. Again, I don’t have great photos of them. The first 3 are in the same colourway and the fourth is a different one which was specifically asked for. I don’t use mine anymore because I got given a hardback cover. I think Sam’s is around somewhere but he only uses it if he’s traveling with his kindle (he’s very good at smashing screens). I’m not sure if the other two are still used but the recipients were very happy when they got them.

Stats:
Started: Nov 27th 2011
Finished: Nov 30th 2011
Yarn: Cygnet Seriously Chunky Macaw
Needles: 9mm

Started: Dec 7th 2011
Finished: Dec 10th 2011
Yarn: Cygnet Seriously Chunky Macaw
Needles: 9mm

Started: Dec 10th 2011
Finished: Dec 13th 2011
Yarn: Cygnet Seriously Chunky Macaw
Needles: 9mm

Started: Jan 21st 2012
Finished: Jan 21st 2012
Yarn: Cygnet Seriously Chunky Nightjar
Needles: 9mm

2011 · Finished Object

2: Chunky Fingerless Gloves

My second FO is a pair of mega chunky fingerless gloves. I found this mega colourful yarn and bought a bunch online and then had to figure out what to do with it. Unfortunately I have since lost them so I don’t have any decent pictures but I hope the terrible ones I took in bad light at least get the point across.

They are 100% acrylic so not the most pleasant feeling compared to wool but they were warm and got me through a couple of cold winters. These were also the first time I got a compliment on my knitting out in public! I was buying something and the cashier asked me where I got them. When I told her I knit them she was amazed and told me she loved them. It was a huge boost to my baby knitter self! To make them I used the same 9mm clover bamboo needles and basically knit a square and sewed up the sides, leaving a hold for my thumb. Mega simple.

Stats
Started: October 7th 2011
Finished: October 10th 2011
Yarn: Cygnet Seriously Chunky in Macaw
1.75 skeins, ~85m
Needles: 9mm clover bamboo

Ravelry notes
Cast on 25
Knit 20
Knit/Purl 11
Knit 6
Cast off

2011 · Finished Object

1: The First Project

I recently decided I’d like to revisit my old FOs. Luckily I am a bit obsessed with keeping everything up to date with as much information as possible on Ravelry and my wonderful friend Cia (who taught me to knit) introduced me to the site on Day 1 of my Knitting Adventures. My aim is to go through my FOs in chronological order of finishing.

The Scarf
It really is quite big

My first project was a scarf. I picked up seven (yes, seven) balls of Drops Eskimo, cast on and basically just knit garter stitch until I ran out. I used 9mm bamboo needles and I remember sitting in the armchair in the lounge at my husband’s grandparents house slooowwwwly working away at each stitch. As you can imagine, it turned out to be far, far too big to actually wear day to day. It is brilliant, however, if it’s an absolutely freezing clear day in winter. If there’s any hint of rain it’s not so good as my goodness, the yarn is felty. It’s a super chunky single ply so it’s to be expected really. Very smooshy.

What I love about this project is that you can see my tension and my knitting improve from one end of the scarf to the next. Sometimes when I look at something really technical or get scared of something knitting related I like to think back at it and remind myself that once I even struggled with the knit stitch. Even if I never really wear it, it’s still lovely to have in my wardrobe reminding me of a great day learning a new skill (which quickly became an obsession) with a friend.

Stats
Started: September 1st 2011
Finished: September 24th 2011
Yarn: 2 balls of Drops Eskimo in Pink/Brown Print
5 balls of Drops Eskimo in Khaki/Lime/Purple Print
345m yarn overall
Needles: 9mm Clover Bamboo