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 :)

Must I do this with every project?

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I’m joining in with Yarn Along again today.

I’m still knitting my Owls and on the bright side, I’ve made progress from last week.   My jumper is now about 35cm (13 ½”) long.  However, this is jumper number two.  This last week I knit jumper no.1 to 16″, tried it on, and realized that it didn’t really fit me.  It fit me fine on the waist, but after the increases above the waist it was a bit loose and baggy.  I wouldn’t mind, but seeing as it was fitted on the waist it just didn’t look right, and it might have put me off wearing it.

I decided to start a whole new jumper so that I could make it longer.  I knit nearly twice as much ribbing and put an extra 5cm of stocking stitch before the shaping.

I have also changed the shaping around;  I’ve put the decreases and increases at the sides rather than at the back (so if it doesn’t work out it won’t show as much!), decreased 4st less than the pattern says, and more gradually – over 24st rather than 16st.  I really hope it works after all this, I tried it on after the waist decreases and it fit, so just hoping that the increases are gradual enough!

Again, I haven’t been reading much (apart from study) this week, but I’ve dipped into Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon.  I really like this book.  Mum bought it for me whilst she was in the Barbara Hepworth gallery, while my brother was at a fencing training day near there.

Thank you for looking!  I’m still enjoying knitting my jumper, it’s all part of the learning process I suppose. Even so, I hope that your knitting is going better than mine!