A Hat for All Seasons

A few months ago, my boyfriend’s mam asked me to make her a hat, which I was happy to do.

It took her a while to figure out what style hat she wanted but this week I finally started working on it.
The hardest part of starting a project for me is often picking out the yarn, especially if I’ve got a lot of choice.

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She had asked for a ‘raspberry red’ colour so I narrowed it down to the four above. After spending far too long deliberating, I ended up just emailing her the picture. She picked the middle of the three shades.

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The pattern I picked out is called A Hat for All Seasons on ravelry – it’s very straightforward. I’m planning on making it slightly shorter in height and leaving off the bobble because I don’t want it too baggy.

It’s a nice change for me to make a hat and I’m happy with how it’s working up so far!
Happy knitting!

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Left test

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This post is a test post to see how good the WordPress app is. I used one before but found it didn’t upload photos properly. This is my leftie shawl. I’ve been working on it on and off since mid September. I’ve only five leaves left to do.

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Snow is falling

Well, not exactly. It’s a little too early for that (hopefully). But it certainly has been snowing some crocheted snowflakes at my house. I’ve wanted to try this pattern for a long long time, right when I started knitting (ok a year ago) but never had the courage/thought I didn’t know how to crochet. I guess that’s still true, I don’t know how to crochet. But with the help of YouTube (looking up each single instruction) and the encouragement of the other women (is it ok for me to refer to myself as a woman, I’m 21 now?) at my knitting and crocheting group, I decided to give it a shot.
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I’m so glad I did. I’m making a “practise” baby blanket for one of my mam’s pregnant colleguges. I began by working on all the white snowflakes at once, later going back and adding the blue. Unlike the pattern, I’m doing strips of 5 and 4 snowflakes to make a baby-ish sized blanket. The pattern calls for strips of 7 and 6, though I possibly think this may be too small for an adult blanket.
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I think it’s just magical how the border really sets the snowflake, I can’t wait to finish this because it’s going to look so beautiful. I’m aiming for one snowflake a day to finish, think I’ve only 12 left to finish the whole blanket, exciting! DSCF5410

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It’s been quiet

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It’s been nearly a month since my last post, and in that time I can’t say I’ve achieved much in terms of progress on my already overflowing WIP sock drawer. Some projects are much closer to completion, whereas others are nearly untouched.
While I’ve been taking a sort-of break from sock knitting, I have made a small scarf/wrap. The pattern is Terribly Simple  by Caitlin French, found on Ravelry. The pattern is so, so easy and done in simple stocking stitch.

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My favourite part of the pattern, are the little curls that magically appear on both ends after casting off. The knitting process took me a few weeks on and off, but probably could have been finished a lot sooner if I had had the time to sit down with it. At one point, near the end, I dropped three or four stitches, and struggled to get a few of them back up, which made me debate frogging back four rows of 260+ stitches. I was going to take a picture for this post of the mistake, which was noticeable at the time, but now it has vanished into the scarf. I’m so glad I didn’t waste my time fixing it.

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DSCF5403The yarn I used was KPPPM, though I don’t know the name of the colourway. I like the yarn a lot I guess, the colours are beautiful, I just found with my two skeins the colours were way off so I had to knit alternating balls, which was kind of annoying at times.
However, I am delighted with the finished product and I’ve been wearing it non-stop since I cast off.
As far as I can tell, posting will resume at fairly regular intervals. I’ve photographed most of my WIPs so I have material to write about, so hopefully I’ll be able to continue blogging a little more regularly.

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Finished Object Wednesday : Week 2 – Very Late post

So, into the second week of my goal to cast off a pair a week and I’ve hit a disaster. 41 hour working week, plus night shifts make it impossible to have any kind of life, let alone knit. Despite this, I’m still making some progress on my projects during my spare time – when I’m not sleeping that is. I expect the posts to be pretty scattered over the next few weeks until things settle down again at work. I sometimes have to remind myself I’m lucky to have a job at all. DSCF5390

Anyway, during the summer on my long journey back from West Cork I visited a shop in the city centre called Vibes and Scribes. I wish I had had longer to be there, because it was a lovely shop stuffed to the brim with material, yarn and god knows what else. I picked up a few random balls of yarn, and one of them was Admiral R Druck, made by Schoppel-Wolle

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The yarn knit up pretty tightly, at least compared to what I’m used to, but I actually prefer the gauge. It was also my first time using this kind of self-patterning yarn, which I thought was entertaining to watch change as the socks progressed.

Pair two of eight finished.. and it’s off to work again!

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Finished Object Friday: 1 – King Cole Zig Zag

So the first pair to be completed during my Cast-Off Mania are my King Cole Zig Zag socks. I used the Vanilla Latte stitch pattern, which I love and will definitely be using again, it gives the socks a lovely rustic and cosy look. One thing I must say is I find it strange that the yarn is named “Zig Zag” when they’re clearly not. I have bought three more skeins of it though because it’s lovely and soft and has great yardage. 

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A close up of the stitch pattern

 

As these were knitted toe-up I centred the stitches to suit the toe, so that two sets of three knit stitches ran down either side. This idea was suggested by someone on the Ravelry projects page, but for the life of me I can’t find it now.

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As you can see I made these socks to match, although in the second sock I did experience a weird break that messed up the yarn colour for a few repeats. Once I removed this section however everything went back to normal, although it meant leaving in the white lines. I don’t mind these little imperfections though.

 DSCF5341Lovely cosy Autumn socks!

 

One pair down, seven to go! Happy Friday!

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Eight On the Needles and the Little One Said “Cast off! Cast off!”

 

 

So I’ve got a lot unfinished projects. A lot. In terms of socks alone I’ve got 8 unfinished pairs right now. 
This includes socks that are hardly past the toe, and socks that only need their ends woven in. 
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Something needs to change.

So I’ve set myself a goal. No more casting on. None. Until these socks are finished and I’m down to about 2-4 projects. Personally, I prefer to have more than one project on the go, I get bored and I like a difference between “hard” and “easy” projects, so it’s not having more projects in itself that bothers me, it’s the fact I have 8 that I’m half-working on right now that is the problem. So hopefully every Friday for the next 8 weeks I’ll be able to show one of these pairs (plus the pair I cast on in the meantime) in all its finished glory!

 

Here are two projects I don’t think I’ve mentioned on the blog before, both socks in King Cole Zig Zag 4ply.

DSCF5333 The pair above in red and grey are for my boyfriend. I’m pretty much to where I would begin the heel turn for my foot, but of course, men have to have such big feet so I’ve still another few inches before I get to that point on these. I like the yarn, but it’s made from a slightly different content to the pair I’m making for myself (below) and it can feel a bit weird when knitting. I think it’s 50% wool 50% nylon. These socks are 3 by 1 rib to make sure they fit!

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This is my pair, one of the two that are nearest completion – Vanilla Latte socks on Ravelry. I altered the pattern as someone mentioned in their projects to centre the pattern for a toe-up version. I really like it and I’ll definitely be using this pattern again in another pair. 

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