Cowl Number Four + Owls Progress

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My cowl is finished!  I started it about three weeks ago. However, since then I have messed around with it quite a lot.  I was worried that it might be too big, so I tried changing to a smaller needle, but it didn’t look right, so I pulled those rows back and tried to work out how to decrease it.  In the end I did something similar to this, except that I did the decrease rows every other round, so its more gradual. 003s

It is bigger than I intended it to be, but I kind of like it like that, it’s all drapy and I can wear it indoors.  I’m thinking of making another smaller one, for the winter.  Yes, I am thinking about winter!  I don’t want to be cold this year.

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I finished my owls sleeves.  Bring on the owls!  Actually, I’m thinking of adding another three centimeters to the body, just to make it that big longer.  I’m also going to have to do something about the sleeves, they have exactly the same number of rows (95) but somehow one of them is slightly longer that the other.  I’ll either make the other one longer, or maybe I could block them and make them the same size? Yes! I’ll try that first.

I’m joining in with yarn along today, but I haven’t been reading books for pleasure this week (essay writing) but I’ve still got lots of books that a friend lent me, so I’ll probably try them soon : )

Yesterday I had the house to myself for five hours, so amongst other things I went outside in a handmade skirt and my cowl and took some photos of them (hence the first photo).  I’ll show you my skirt soon, watch this space!

Another Cowl and Knitting Sleeves

Hello everyone, it’s Yarn Along time again!

I’ve made progress on my jumper since my last post about it:  I’ve started knitting the sleeves, although there seems to be a theme going with this jumper.  I’ve adapted the sleeves too!

The sleeves in the pattern increase gradually so that they are slim fit.  I knit this first one following the pattern up to about 15cm (6″) and tried it on.  I didn’t like it, it was really fitted and I don’t usually mind that, in fact I love long, slim sleeves.  What I didn’t like about this sleeve is that the rib kind of stuck out.  Not like in the photo below, the cuff was just thicker than the rest of the sleeve.

However rather than undoing all of my work I cut the yarn and took it off the needle so that if I changed my mind I could always go back to where I was.  It was a good thing I did!  I tried casting on the number of stitches after the increases and knitting like that, but after 2cm it was clear that the ribbing was too loose.

In the end I went back to my original sleeve, undoing it to the ribbing and then increasing every two stitches for the next row.  The rest of the sleeve will be knit straight.  I like it now, it’s the same shape as my other jumpers sleeves :)

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The other thing about this sleeve is that I’m using the magic loop method to knit it because I don’t have the right size double point needles.  I had to stop knitting my jumper for a while because I didn’t have any needles to knit them with.  My local yarn shop didn’t have any 6.5mm dpns,  but Gran came to the rescue again and gave me her 6.5mm 80cm circular needle.  Using the magic loop method is hard work though!  I’m hoping to find some dpns at yarndale this weekend.

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As an in between project (for when I get bored of sleeve knitting) I’ve started a cowl!  It’s the lovely ribbed cowl pattern by purl soho.  According to my ravelry notes I started it a week ago, but I re-started this too!  I was knitting it on a 4mm needle with dk yarn, but I quickly got bored with it.  I want this to be a long/tall snugly cowl to keep me warm in the winter, so I decided it was worth re-starting this on a 6mm needle with 124 stitches, so that I would finish it quicker.  It really was worth it, I’m still using dk yarn and I thought it might be a bit too loopy, but it just makes it super soft and scrunchy.  I’m using two different balls of yarn.  one is rico essentials merino, and the other I think is lang merino 120. They are very nearly the same colour so I don’t think anyone will notice!

There hasn’t been much book-reading this week.  A friend lent me a few books, mostly by Sarah Dessen.  They aren’t the kind of books I would normally read (maybe thats why i’m not picking them up..) but I’m sure I’ll enjoy them when I get around to reading them!  I really want to re-read Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman sometime soon, it’s one of my favorite books :)

In My Yarn Bag

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A pile of things to show you!

First, my little bag!  I haven’t taken a proper photo of it but you can see it in the one above.  I really like it and I’ve been using it a lot to carry things in the car – a book, phone, earphones, sometimes a sketchpad and pencil, and of course, knitting!

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First, my gloves! I finished these nearly a month ago and I have worn them quite a bit since.  I used Mirasol Kutama in shade 1904, warm grey.  I used one hank (the pattern calls for two)  so they were shorter than the ones in the pattern, but I edged them with some white wool that I had so now they are just the length I wanted them to be!

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And my cowl!  It’s a simple moss stitch worked flat, then joined with a twist.  I originally knit this too small, so I had to knit another 5cm piece to make it go over my head!

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Last Wednesday I was given some chunky wool.  This was an attempt at making a pouf (a bit like these) before I realized that the yarn wouldn’t be suitable.  Now mum has yet another useless mat!

I’ve moved on from the idea of crocheting poufs to sewing beanbags now, I’ve even made two mini beanbags and a pattern!

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My sock! I re-started this at the start of July.  I originally got it as a kit for a birthday present a couple of years ago, I’d knit about two inches and then got bored with it.  A lot of it got knitted in the car on the journey to go camping in Lincolnshire.  I’ve turned the heel now and I only have about 10cm before I get to the toe!

Thanks for looking!