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

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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

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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

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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

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114: Baa-ble Hat

And so the Christmas knitting began! I bought a lot of yarn intending to make loads of these but realised after making the first they may not go down so well with everyone. This one for my brother in law went down very well though! He wears it all the time, I’m so so glad he likes it. My husband was convinced he wouldn’t but I was pretty sure it’d be ok. I was right!

Stats
Started: October 16th 2016
Finished: October 23rd 2016
Yarn: Hayfield Bonus Aran and Hayfield Bonus DK
Needles: 3.5mm, 4mm

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113: Chai

I picked up this skein of yarn at Ginger Twist Studio at the Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl 2016 and knew I would use it for a Tea Collection hat – especially as I purchased a hard copy of the Tea Collection at the same time! I decided on Chai to see how the yarn and pattern would interplay. I actually really love the effect, it’s subtle but also striking at the same time. A great winter hat.

Stats
Started: August 26th 2016
Finished: August 27th 2016
Yarn: Ginger’s Hand Dyed Flumps Chunky
Needles: 5mm, 6mm

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112: Simple DK Hat

After the marathon of Hapisk I needed a quick gratification project, so I cast on a simple DK hat in WYS Aire Valley. The yarn is so pretty and I couldn’t decide what to do with it, so when the idea of a vanilla hat came to me I knew it would work really well with the colours. I have 30g of the yarn left so I might make myself a pair of fingerless gloves at some point. The yarn is too nice to waste.

Stats
Started: August 12th 2016
Finished: August 18th 2016
Yarn: West Yorkshire Spinners Aire Valley DK
Needles: 3.5mm, 4mm

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111: Hapisk

This knit was a marathon. A true marathon. I did it as part of the Bookofhapsalong and the hapsarehappeningkal and had a deadline. I moved house in the middle of it, went on holiday and also ran out of yarn a couple of times and had to order more from Shetland, the full notes are on Ravelry. It’s amazing. It is the most gigantic garter squish hug. The yarn is gorgeous and warm and soft. It was so relaxing to just work on and oh my goodness the sense of achievement at the end! I love love love it and I often sit at home wrapped up in it. I even managed to take it to Iceland with me which was so exciting as the designer is Icelandic. One of my favourite knits ever.

Stats
Started: June 16th 2016
Finished: August 7th 2016
Yarn: Jamieson’s Ultra
Needles: 4mm

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109 & 110: Horseshoe Grove

My first true pick-a-stitchdesign-a-crown design! I am so, so proud of this hat. I picked up some Tamar from Blacker Yarns at Edinburgh Yarn Festival and didn’t know what to do with it. It reminded me of moss and pine tree forests and I found a stitch that worked really well with it. Horseshoe Grove the name came to me as I pictured a small clearing in a pine forest with a meandering stream. I knit two version of the hat to show it in a rustic, halo-y yarn and a smooth yarn. It also shows the different between a slouch version and a more fitted version. I am really proud of this hat.

Stats
Started: June 5th 2016
Finished: June 11th 2016
Yarn: Blacker Yarns Tamar 4ply
Needles: As pattern

Started: June 11th 2016
Finished: June 15th 2016
Yarn: Easy Knits Deeply Wicked
Needles: 3.25mm, 3.5mm