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28: Mum’s Wingspan

I knit this one for my mum for Christmas. I’m not sure she ever wears it but it was fun to knit so I don’t mind. I remember curling up at husband’s grandparents place in the sofa and knitting away on it during the dark Scottish evenings. I used some lovely yarn I found at the Hobbycraft Expo. I just wish I’d alternated which skein I used in the green for each triangle as one was a lot more variegated than the other but I still like how it turned out. It is SO WARM because the yarn was such beautiful smooshy single ply DK.

Stats
Started: Nov 24th 2013
Finished: Nov 30th 2013
Yarn: Louisa Harding Yarns Grace Hand Dyed
Needle: 5mm

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26: Criss-Cross Cowl

This was a test knit for a friend. My gauge definitely changes from the beginning to the end up but I love how it’s tighter in the middle so it hugs your neck but flares at the top and bottom so it can go right up to over your ears. The eyelets also mean you can breathe without it starting to feel really stuffy. This was my first ever encounter with braids, too. It sort of blew my mind you could ‘knit sideways’ like that! I wore this all winter on the way to work.

Stats
Started: Nov 3rd 2013
Finished: Nov 11th 2013
Yarn: James C Brett Marble Chunky
Needles: 5mm

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25: Coral Wingspan

My second shawl! This one flew off the needles, truly a ‘just one more row!’ project, the short rows are so addictive. The yarn is absolutely gorgeous to work with and I love the colours. This shawl still needs blocked and I don’t wear it much but I still love to look at it. It’s such a great pattern for showing off yarn!

Stats
Started: Oct 24th 2013
Finished: Nov 3rd 2013
Yarn: Yummy Yarns UK Goya Sock
Needles: 4mm

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24: Warm Basic Hat

I whipped this hat up really quickly for a birthday trip – my in-laws took me and my husband up to Pitlochry to see the Enchanted Forest. It was amazing! I had bought the yarn at Glasgow School of Yarn a few days before and knew I needed a nice, simple warm hat for my trip so it was perfect. This one holds a memory of a not so great knitting interaction – I was knitting it at work and a colleague I had never interacted with asked me knit him one. I told him if he paid for it, advised a price (considering the yarn wasn’t cheap to begin with) and I remember him getting really angry at me and saying he’d be better just getting one at Primark. It shook me quite a bit at the time! Luckily the brilliant memories of the trip far outshine this interaction and I had a lot more responses ready for the same questions from then on.

 

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Stats
Started: Oct 21st 2013
Finished: Oct 22nd 2013
Yarn: Malabrigo Chunky
Needles: 4.5mm and 5.5mm

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22, 23 and 27: Fish Hats

I knit these for husband’s cousins and my step-nephew for Christmas and I loved them! It was my first foray into short rows and picking up stitches and I just love the concept. They were also great for using the leftovers from my granny square blanket. I thought the boys might enjoy them too – and I was right! As they were gifts I don’t have decent pictures of them but I have seen them being worn and they are great. One day I want to make a magikarp one of my brother-in-law who loves Pokemon. These still make me smile.

Stats
Started: Sept 25th 2013
Finished: Oct 13th 2013
Yarn: Robin Double Knit
Needles: 4.5mm

Started: Sept 26th 2013
Finished: Oct 20th 2013
Yarn: Robin Double Knit
Needles: 4.5mm

Started: Nov 15th 2013
Finished: Nov 23rd 2013
Yarn: Robin Paintbox, Robin Double Knit
Needles: 4.5mm

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21: Belle Cable Hat

This was another frog-and-restart project. I got the kit for this the first Christmas I started knitting, tried to start it with the help of my Fairy Knitmother (hence being taught how to cable) but it was a total mess and I got frustrated and put it away for almost two years. Eventually I rediscovered it, pulled it out and reknit it (correctly this time). I remember it being somewhat of a triumph for me! The yarn is so unbelievable soft, it’s like wearing a warm hug from a cloud on your head. It love it and wore it everywhere for weeks. It still gets worn here and there when it’s cold and I’m looking for something stylish and soft. The pattern is knit flat and I remember knitting it at work in the break room and people not believing me that it was going to end up being a hat. There’s a pattern for matching mitts in the kit, I might need to dig it out sometime.

 

Stats
Started: Sept 6th 2013
Finished: Oct 6th 2013
Yarn: Rowan Lima
Needles: 5mm

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20: Granny Square Blanket

So I discovered granny squares. Then I went a bit granny square mental. I really love this blanket even though I have managed to avoid weaving in the ends even after four years. It was an experiment in colour and cheap yarn (5 skeins for a fiver). I did half in solid colours and half in mixed colours and each mixed colour square is unique which took a fair bit of planning. I had originally planned to randomise the squares but when I laid them out in a stepped rainbow I decided it looked WAY better! I still need to figure out a way of blocking this somehow but it’s just a blanket so it’s not really a big priority.

Stats
Started: June 7th 2013
Finished: August 31st 2013
Yarn: Robin Double Knit
Hook: 4mm

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19: Hitchhiker Abstract

My first ever shawl! I knit this with a skein of Abstract Cat that I picked up at the first Glasgow School of Yarn (which fell over my birthday weekend, mwahaha). The yarn is absolutely stunning and the pattern was really simply but showed off the yarn spectacularly. It was my first major project so I remember taking a bit of a break before picking it up again to finish it. It was also the project I made my first project bag for, just a simple fleece drawstring bag. I vividly remember sitting in the garden of my husband’s grandparents house in the beautiful sun binding it off. I still don’t have good pictures of it because four years later it still isn’t blocked. Oops!

Stats
Started: Oct 28th 2012
Finished: July 15th 2013
Yarn: Abstract Cat merino sock
Needles: 3.5mm

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18: Neck Warmer

This is the companion to the earflap hat, again I lined it with fleece. I just wish I made it a little longer but I remember getting annoyed with it and just wanting it to be finished. It’s a little short so you are definitely aware of it at all times, but it did it’s job. I love the big wooden buttons. Again, fantastic memories of an amazing week at Loch Lomond with friends.

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Stats
Started: April 2nd 2013
Finished: May 11th 2013
Yarn: James C Brett Passion
Hook: 6mm