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Everyone really is fond of owls...

I've given up on re-knitting my owls jumper for now; I'm just not in the mood for knitting a whole garment at the moment. However, the owls obsession continues, thanks in part to this video. I've also been spotting owls in new & unexpected places... like this strange fluffy creature in a children's clothing shop window...  ... and this bizarre ornament spotted in my local woodies, with added sparkles.
Most impressive of all, the owls gathered by my Knitmas swap secret elf; Irish knitters on twitter recently took part in a christmas, or knitmas gift swap... (check out the fabulous wrapping paper, covered in owls!) ...and I was the lucky recipient of hand-made stitch markers, sweet treats, spinnable fibre, and a fabulous wee owl who's still waiting for a name. Thanks so much to L for my lovely gift, and to S for organising the whole gift swap.

The Haul (RDS Knitting & Stitching Show)

Last weekend, I suspect that almost every fibre crafter in the country was at the Knitting & Stitching show. I recently realised that I had barely knit any of the yarn I bought at the show last year so was determined to not go too mad. In fact I didn't buy any yarn for myself at all. I was impressed with the new pattern kits on sale at the This Is Knit like the Slushie Cowl but decided against purchasing just for now.  I focussed on picking up fat quarters & half metres of fabric for some simple sewing projects.
I think my favourite buy was this set of 4 owl buttons from Pippa Blue. I have no idea what I will do with them, but they were too cute to pass up.
I also hit the Oliver Twists stand and picked up some brightly coloured wool intended for a needle felting project... And some silvery threads intended to become festive decorations. I also picked up some tweed fabric from Magee Clothing - the woollen fabric feels really substantial & weighty to touch. I have no id…

Finished Objects - baby stuff.

The last baby stuff for this year!!! I specify this year because there are already two babies due next year in my 'to-knit-for' list. I have been knitting most of these over the last few months but couldn't post until the gifts had been given.

 Pattern; Lil devil baby hat by Kitty Schmidt
Yarn; Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK
This is the second time I have knit this pattern. It seems highly appropriate for baby girls with rocker parents; cute and a little bit mischievous.

Pattern; Tomten by Elizabeth Zimmerman Yarn; Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK Needles; 4mm Buttons from the Trim Wool Shop I've added an applied icord edging in contrast colour & icord button loops. I really should have measured this before giving it over to the wee child. It's a bit roomy on the wee 15 month old in my life; she is currently wearing 9 − 12 months sized commercial clothes. She's also quite slim for a little toddler. It should keep her snug in the cold winter. Because of the garter sti…

The Fairy Tree...

On a recent gorgeous autumn day we took a walk in Marlay Park & visited the Fairy Tree.

Hilarious. I wonder if there are ninja fairies;

The gifts & notes pinned to the tree are constantly changing; I really think it's time I added my own.

Special delivery...

The results of an excited auntie-to-be clicking away on the knitting needles;
Pattern; Shale Baby Blanket by Jared Flood Yarn; 8 balls of Debbie Bliss Rialto DK Modifications; because I was using DK weight yarn instead of the recommended aran weight, I added in an extra 20 stitches when casting on to allow for one extra lace repeat. I continued to knit until I was almost out of yarn. Finished measurements after a good blocking; 80 cm wide x 101 cm long.

Cardigan Pattern; Offset Wraplan by Sara Morris in 3-6 months size. Hat Pattern; Flame On by Jessy Henderson Yarn; Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK. Buttons are from Studio 54 in Blackrock. The flame hat is an ode to my brother (the daddy)'s past like of flame shirts & boots, and of course, a cardigan to match. The cardigan numbers baffled me a bit; the back of the cardigan was much wider than the two fronts combined. The shape of the finished garment seems proportionately very wide, compared to its length. I do like it though, and …

You must be mistaken - Cowl pattern

After all the recent baby knits I have been itching to knit something for an adult, in chunky weight yarn & with next to no sewing up. It's a chunky textured cowl knit in mistake ribbing, & is ever so cosy. It's simple enough for even conservative wearers, though you could liven it up for more daring types with a contrasting colour in the i-cord bind off & with decorative buttons
The cowl is first knit in the round, & then knit back & forth to make a slit to one side. It's intended to be worn folded down at the top, but of course, you can wear it without the fold & tucked into more layers on cold days. The finished cowl is approx. 23.5 cm high & 23 cm across.

Yarn; 108 g / 130 metres of chunky weight yarn  I used Debbie Bliss Rialto Chunky (50 g / 60 m per ball, recommended tension of 15 st/ 10 cm) The body of the cowl used 2 balls; the partial 3rd ball was for the optional i-cord edging.
Recommended Tension; 14 st/10 cm in stocking stitch.

Baby Boom continues...

I've been churning out the baby knits.  First, a hat & cardigan set for a little boy due in November;

Cardigan Pattern;Sweet Bunting by Laura Chau Yarn; Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK Hat Pattern; made-up. Buttons; from Studio 54 in Blackrock For the cardigan I (obviously) ignored the wee colour pattern. I just wanted a relatively seamless cardigan for an infant. 

I knit a wee hat to match with some of the leftover yarn. It's made from a mixture of previous patterns. I'm usually one for knitting in the round where possible, & avoiding seams. However, I don't like the appearance of coloured stripes when knit in the round.
Yarn; DK weight needles 4 mm ( I used 3.5 mm for my loose tension) Tension; 22 st / 10cm Cast on 74 stitches (2 stitches for seaming); knit flat; knit 2 x 2 rib for 2 - 3 centimetres. Then knit in striping stocking stitch for 10 centimetres. Decreases; Row 1 (RS)Knit 1 *knit 7, k2tog* (across row) knit 1 Row 2 and all WS rows; purl Row 3 Knit 1 *knit 6, k2…

Baby Boom; finished knits

I've recently finished & given some knitted gifts for the bumps-in-progress, so I can now show freely show off my knitting without spoiling surprises!

Bitty Cabled Cardigan by Heather Cabanas 
Yarn; Louisa Harding Kashmir DK

This is a dotey wee cardigan & it knit up in a flash. I knit the largest size (intended for a newborn) & it seems tiny. I would normally knit at least 3 − 6 months for babies, but the mother-to-be really liked this one.
It'll hopefully fit the child long enough for a photo!
Rib-Knit baby hat by Jennifer Sauselein 
Yarn; Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran

A very simple pattern; knit a tube of ribbing & then bind it closed at the top & adorn with button/toggle/beads of your choice. It's very stretchy so I think it will last the wee ones for a while as they grow. I used just under a ball for each hat so it's be a great way of using up those odd balls of aran weight yarn.

Daisy by Stephanie Pearl McPhee
Yarn; (grey cardigan on left) Debbie …

The Frankenshawl

For the last number of weeks I have been struggling with The Frankenshawl. My mother celebrates a big round birthday this coming Sunday & I wanted to knit something special for the occasion. But no one pattern seemed to suit. So I decided to mix & match charts from a view different patterns.
Patterns; Miralda's Triangular Shawl Laminaria Fylleryd Yarn; The Natural Dye Studio Dazzling Sock in Bluebell Needles; 3.5 mm circular
I began with the set-up instructions from Laminaria, & then knit the Star chart from the same pattern, until I had increased to 196 stitches.After much sketching & doodling & charting, I realised that the 3-into-3 stitch in the Laminaria shawl is the same stitch called a gathered stitch in the Miralda Shawl lower border. Starting with a WS row, I knit a modified version of the Miralda lower border chart.Next I knit the Laminaria star chart again, increasing until I had 365 stitches, & then repeated the Miralda border, but with fewer garter…

Indigo woes

One of my most involved recent projects has been a gift knit with 2 skeins of Dazzling 4 ply yarn from The Natural Dye Studio.
Throughout the whole knit I have been frustrated by excess dye rubbing off onto my fingers; I don't mind getting covered in dye but was concerned with the prospect of giving a flawed gift.
 I tried a few experiments with sample sized pieces of the yarn, based on my previous dye-speriments, & on advise from the Natural Dye Studio.

1 Simmering in vinegar solution for 40 minutes; blue yarn was turned grey, & excess dye still marking hands
2 Soaking overnight in vinegar solution (a glug of vinegar in small basin of water); yarn was slightly faded & still marking hands
3 Washing with dish-washing liquid; in this case Ecover; yarn was very faded but did not mark hands anymore
4 Untreated, for control purposes.

After trying these experiments I was livid; with only a week before the gift-giving occasion I had to make this work. I was gutted tha…