Friday, 13 January 2012

Orland FO

A very rewarding knit Orland has been my favourite project to knit in a long, long time! That probably tells me that I enjoy the more intricate patterns, especially anything involving cables. If you are a beret lover than I highly suggest you try this pattern out, it is very well written and flows naturally. The end result was a beautiful hat that is wearable and a welcomed addition to my hat collection. {Ravelry Link}




Sunday, 8 January 2012

WIP Orland

I seem to be in a bit of a hat frenzy at the moment! This is the forth hat in a row I have cast on for. I have chosen to try my hand at this lovely unusual cabled beret. The cables are a little complex and I had to rip out and re-do my cables at first two or three times before I got it down but once I was done with the first round of 'o's things went along much quicker. {Ravelry Link}


Friday, 6 January 2012

For Dad

I have always loved knitting for my father. His taste is simple, he is not fussy and it's always easy to pick colours (anything brown, black or grey). The first ever sweater I knit was for him and this year, for his birthday, I knit him a few warm hats for the Winter. The first was from a free pattern by Stephanie Nicole and the striped hat was something I whipped up using a bit of general knowledge. I used Cascade 220 for both and the yarn was actually extra from a previous project (The cowl).

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Monday, 2 January 2012

Holiday Wishings

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Saturday, 3 December 2011

Ribbed Cowl FO

This would have to be my first FO in around four months! I am so glad the knitting hiatus has come to an end and my needles are once again clicking away as rapidly as possible. Here is a simple cowl that took me a few days to knit up.

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Ribbed Cowl 3
It can be worn looped once or twice depending on how you feel like wearing it... Ribbed Cowl 4
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The pattern was a free design by Amy Christoffers of Savory Knitting. All of her designs are simply wonderful, especially her collection of timeless very wearable sweaters. Some of my favourites include the very popular Acer Cardigan, the Linney Cardigan and the newly released Pinoli Cardigan.
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Don't you just wish you had endless knitting time so that looong list of 'to knit' projects can be completed!?

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Bamboo Needles

Knitting with Bamboo Needles has always been something that I have wanted to try. I have always only ever knit with metal or plastic needles and always wanted to try the bamboo alternative. I read a few reviews before I considered buying some to learn more about knitting with wooden needles. I found a Knitters Review article that I found really helpful especially when weighing up the benefits and drawbacks.

I finally decided to buy a set of mid range bamboo needles, and when paired with the right project an yarn, I have discovered, bamboo needles are a lovely alternative and I suggest picking up even just a pair to give them a go.

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It's been a while

It has been quite a sometime since I have even had the time to think knitting and unfortunately, consequently the blog has been a bit neglected. But, exams are over for now and besides for a large pile of summer homework for the new year, I have nothing to do but think knitting, and oh there is sooo much knitting to think about!

I picked up the needles after a long hiatus a few days ago and started up some simple wristwarmers with some yarn that I actually handyed with some yarn dyes last summer. It is a soft mix of blues, pinks and purples and the colour shows nicely in garter stitch.

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Handyed Wrist Warmers WIP 1

I also cast on for a cowl, in an effort to use up my large and seemingly never ending stash of cascade 220, making a pattern called 'Lilac Wine' by Savory Knitting.

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Ribbed Cowl WIP 2

Happy knitting!