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Showing posts from January, 2013

Finishing things; a progress report

My efforts to finish almost-there projects started well over the last fortnight. Some of these projects required just 5 minutes of weaving in ends & a quick bath to finish them.

These baby hats were knit over the festive period; I wanted a project that would travel easily & require little concentration while visiting relatives; with all the babies due next year, some hats seemed ideal.

3 versions of Woolly Wormhead's Tubey knit in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran.

Woolly Wormhead's Buzzbee also in Cashmerino Aran

Multiple Devils' Caps by Irene Birk - I've been knitting these over the last 4 or so months, whenever I wanted some no-think project. They are knit in leftovers of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK & Rialto DK. These just needed some weaving-in & an occasional iCord tie.

The most labour-intensive project I have finished this week was to try finish some amendments to my Marlay Park Hoodie. About a year ago, I pulled this out of my wardrobe & put it to …

New Year, Same Mess

The new year is generally considered a time for reflecting on the year passed, and planning for the year to come. A time for finishing old & starting something new.  I start the new year with a massive pile of neglected knitting works-in-progress.
There are multiple baby cardigans (9 due this year, that I know of).... Baby hats... Sock-yarn squares intended for a blanket (originally started in 2009)...
And a number of items intended for me;
A lace cowl
Kate Davie's Hazelhurst cowl (I messed up the grafting & ripped out several rounds, though I have no idea which colour strand belongs to which round now)
A cabled hoodie, which started life as a Heather Hoodie but is destined for many modifications.
Anyone would think that this would be enough on my crafting plate. But no, I feel the urge to cast on something new (a back-up sleep-time blankie for the toddler niece).

I'm also obsessing over the idea of cot-sized patchwork quilts. And over blue / green shades. Better get …

Making Christmas

So I may have been a bit too distracted by the food & the tea & the sitting on the bum to post over Christmas, but here's a little catch up of my festive makings. Of course, I decided, again, to make various gifts at the last minute. This would have been fine if I hadn't made a terrible error with one of the knits, which resulted in ripping back 4 whole days of knitting. 
The obligatory mound of iced gingerbread cookies: After browsing on Pinterest I was inspired to try some toadstool shaped cookies; after attempting to cut one out I was inspired to stick with the cookie cutters.
Tea Cosy in Studio Donegal Aran Tweed;
This was knit for a cousin as a belated house-warming gift. Two shades of the deliciously rough Aran Tweed, in stocking & reverse stocking stitch, with a wee i-cord edging. I'm toying with the idea of refining this & writing it up as a pattern. I hope it insulates many pots of tea for the recipient & family.

Ravi Junior by Carol Feller, kni…