2015 · Finished Object

93: Lapsang Cowl

I frequently post in a forum (rather, a subreddit) which is a fantastic community of supportive women and memes. It’s absolutely hilarious and wonderfully supportive. They usually have a yearly secret santa and this was my first time participating. I got my giftee a few wee bits but I also like to add something crafted into my gifts. The person I was gifting to lives by the coast where it’s windy and cold so I decided to knit her a cowl to keep her warm and cosy. She loved it and I was so happy.

Stats
Started: December 12th 2015
Finished: December 13th 2015
Yarn: GGH Camello
Needles: 6mm

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2015 · Finished Object

91 & 92: Bam Pow Mitts and Fightin’ Words

My first knitted mitts/gloves! I don’t know why I thought they would be so scary but I needn’t have been worried. I took part in the indie gift-a-long with these and I actually won a prize! My first pair didn’t come out with much contrast but I still like how they turned out. Husband adopted them quickly but unfortunately since we moved one of them has disappeared. We remain hopeful it might show up sometime. My second pair were infinitely more successful and I LOVE them. It’s like having a comic on my hands. They are always in my backpack in case I get a little chilly (which happens all the time) and they are also perfect for when the aircon is left on at work on the arctic blast setting (which is often). Such a fantastic wee pattern.

Stats
Started: November 26th 2015
Finished: November 30th 2015
Yarn: Malabrigo Sock, Old Maiden Aunt Merino Superwash 4ply
Needles: 3.25mm, 3.5mm

Started: November 30th 2015
Finished: December 6th 2015
Yarn: Jamieson’s Spindrift
Needles: 3.25mm, 3.5mm

2015 · Finished Object

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

2015 · Finished Object

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

2015 · Finished Object

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

2015 · Finished Object

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

2015 · Finished Object

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

2015 · Finished Object

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