Finished: Owls

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Woohoo, it’s finished!  This jumper took a lot longer than I expected… but i suppose it’s because I redid it so many times, I think i must have knit the equivalent of two jumpers.314s

Yes, this is the best photo I could get of me wearing it.  Everyone else was at a fencing competition, taking the camera with them, so this photo was taken on my phone, which was balancing on my chair with a timer on which I had to reset for every photo.

I really like the owls pattern, but even after all the modifications, it’s too tight because I didn’t check the gauge.  So as I said in my last post I’m thinking of making an owls cardigan and I have started it but pretty much lost interest in it… we’ll see how that one turns out!

Now I’m wanting to knit something small, probably mittens because all of the gloves that I have knit are fingerless. and I’ve got another finished project to show you soon, I just have to sew the ends in and photograph it.

Because I’m joining in with Yarn Along today I’ll tell you that I’ve started reading I am Malalala.  I have only just started reading it but it’s proving to be really interesting.

Hope you’ve had a good week :)

Jumper or Cardigan?

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For Christmas I got enough yarn to knit a jumper…or a cardigan.  I mentioned this in my last post but at that time I had no idea what I wanted to with it.  Now I have decided I want to knit another OWLs (Yes! I have finished my first owl jumper, but that is another post :) but I can’t decide whether to knit it as a jumper again or as a cardigan… decisions decisions!

 

I’m trying to join in with Hannah‘s #homebakedgoodthings and posting a little accomplishment; I tidied my room!  I have no idea how to use a hashtag though.

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And just to prove that I do actually wear my jumpers, this was me yesterday :)
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This was going to  be a short post but oh well… Spot the kitten!DSC_0297s

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!

Gloves and a Cushion

Hello! I have two projects to show you today.

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This is my new glove. You may have seen my first glove in this post. I have started these in a different yarn, Mirasol Kutama. I love this wool and the colour, it’s 50% alpaca and it’s very soft. This is shade 1904 warm grey.  Dad and I think it is more like brown though, it’s a different colour than it is in the photo.  I decided to use a more chunky yarn this time because I think my first attempt was going to be a bit on the small side. Since I took the photograph I have almost finished the first one!

The other project I have started is a crochet cushion for Gran’s birthday.064s

I’m using the Summer Garden granny square pattern from attic24 and I think it looks very pretty when each round is a different colour.  I usually try not to change colour much but I was inspired by some lovely blankets I saw on ravelry and I’ve found that it’s not as much trouble as I thought it was.

I’m going to make sixteen squares for the front, but i’m not sure what to do for the back.  I think I’ll see how much time I have left, her birthday is in two weeks time.

Today a friend showed us how to make paper with flowers in it, maybe I’ll post about that another day.

Thanks for looking :-)

Crochet Again

Hello!

I have a confession to make; since I started my Hexagon Blanket I have lost interest in it. I think I’m going to make a kind of hexagon mat instead. I have got four more hexagons to make and then I’ll sew them all together into a big hexagon :)

However, I have started another blanket. I know this sounds a bit ambitious seeing how my hexagon blanket turned out, but I think I might just persevere with this one. I’m calling this my Oddment Blanket because I am making it from all the little bits of yarn I have that are too big to throw away (I don’t throw away yarn much, especially if it’s nice yarn) but too small to make much out of. IMG_0699s

So far I have made five squares – I have now finished the incomplete square in the photograph. It’s a basic granny square with four rounds. I only wanted short rounds because I’m working with small amounts of yarn and I wanted them to go all of the way round!

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At the moment I’m using the yarn in the photograph but when I’ve used that up I’m going to leave this project until I have some more bit of yarn and then I’ll make some more granny squares, maybe that way I won’t get tired of it. I hadn’t made a granny square for ages and I forgot how addictive it is!

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Also this week I have started knitting myself a pair of Junin gloves. This is how far I got before I realized I had read the pattern wrong and put the cabling in the wrong place had to undo it all, I’ll be more careful next time!

Thank you for looking :-)

Knitting in the Sunshine

Yesterday spring came again! Me and Mum cycled into Skipton (our nearest town). we did some shopping and I went to Purl&Jane and I bought three balls of ‘essentials soft merino aran’ it’s gorgeous and soft and it’s superwash, so I can put it in the wash and hopefully it won’t felt! I’m going to use it to make a pachwork blanket, I had already made one square but It was with dk wool and it took me longer than I wanted. I am still going to use it though!

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