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Finally! The laying and sanding of our sitting room floor has unfortunately eaten up rather a lot of knitting time, but after a few hours in the car last weekend visiting friends and the odd row snatched here and there, my Jared Flood shawl is at last finished.

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It consisted of three sections, all knitted using different techniques, which kept it interesting, although I was ready for it to be over with by the end!

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I did try take some photos of it without the use of children and dogs as props, but the colour just didn’t look right. It’s a gorgeous Shilasdair yarn dyed using tansy flowers. My sister is the recipient- I hope you like it Sophie!

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After some long, long rows, my Mousse et Vagues shawl is finally finished! It’s the last knitted request from a friend and it has been great to try something new. I was a stranger to shawls and the garter tab cast on, but thanks to You Tube, no longer.

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I loved how the garment is knit from the top down, and so is always a triangle, just ever expanding. It starts out as a mouse-sized shawl, then doll, then teddy, then child… you could just go on and on, until your yarn ran out. Or your sanity, which might come first. By the end those 320+ stitch rows were a pain and seemed to go on forever!

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The pattern isĀ  free from French blog Stipa et Alpaca and although not a difficult one, I think I should probably steer clear of patterns that describe themselves as ‘recipes’ as this tends to at best presume some knowledge and at worst be rather waffly. However it’s done now and I’m really pleased with the snuggly result.

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I used a Manos del Uruguay yarn in a silk/merino blend which is just beautiful, not only to work with but to look at. It has a lustre and depth of colour that rendered one of my visiting friends speechless! A bit of a luxury, but worth it. My gloomy photos don’t do it justice and I shall be rather sad to see it go.

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In other knitting news, I bought these gorgeous skeins from my beloved Wool Shed the other day, when visiting with Oli’s cousin who also accidentally bought about 8 balls of Flying Flock.

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They’re from Skye company Shilasdair, and are all dyed with natural plant dyes, which is amazing considering the breadth and depth of colour.

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I should have enough for two Christmas presents out of this, so alas cannot say more just now! Also in the Christmas vein I shall be taking a felt inventory tonight and ordering in what I need for this year’s advent calendars. I’m determined to keep one for the boys this year, so need to make quite a few. Updates to follow!

 

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Aided by some solitary time on a train (I know: amazing) I have finished off the adult owl hat I was commissioned to knit.

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After rejecting the online pattern due to very waffly instructions with some ramblings about how jumbled the designers brain was and how she’d probably made mistakes, I went solo and with the aid of The Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Needlework (an invaluable retro tome) I managed to ‘design’ a hat.

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It has a picot hem (just fancied it) and a band of seven owls, followed by some standard hat-ness.

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But I’m rather pleased with it and hope the recipient is, too. Here it is, modelled by Sol- I can assure you not only is it loose on him, he is well-blessed in the head department and it’s definitely big enough for the adult woman it is intended for!

Yes, pjs and wellies. And no bottoms in Otis' case. Love summer!

Yes, pjs and wellies. And no bottoms in Otis’ case. Love summer!

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Cowls, snoods, neck warmer, call them what you will, they make cosy and quick knitting projects and are ideal presents. This pattern only uses one 50g ball of double knitting yarn, and I picked two up from my local charity shop for 50p each, a lovely soft wool and alpaca blend. They’re for Sol’s teachers and nursery nurses, as they spend so much time outside with the children and it’s chilly up here!

I lined them in white fleece, as precaution against itchiness (although I don’t find them itchy, some people are very sensitive to wool) as well as an extra warm layer. The lining has the added bonus of showing up the lace pattern nicely. Two more to go!

Free pattern from The Knitting Bee here.

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So excited was I to get knitting with my lovely Flying Flock yarn, I was very unadventurous and plumpedĀ  for a modified version of Jared Flood’s Shale Baby Blanket. I really struggled with this pattern the first time: it was only my second ever knitted project and it nearly drove me to despair. With slightly more experience, this time round had me wondering what all the fuss had been about. Fewer repeats across and a longer length turned the blanket shape into a cosy winter wrap.

Another ball probably would have resulted in a slightly more generous sweep, but it’s not too bad. I absolutely loved knitting this- the wool, the pattern, the happiness of knitting something for someone who would love it too (hopefully!) Next up: another baby quilt…

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