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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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I enjoy making things -mostly!- so there’s a lot of love in with the usual frustration and perhaps puzzlement at patterns and ideas that perhaps don’t always pan out the way I thought they would. But every so often I find myself making something special, something to give a little warmth in more ways than one, hopefully. This cosy headband fell into that category: a great free pattern from Susan Hummel called the Wishbone Headband which knit up really quite quickly. It used two techniques that were new to me: a provisional cast on and the use of the kitchener stitch, or grafting, at the end to join the live stitches together. This was pretty faffy, but I got the hang of it and the results weren’t too bad.

Grafting on the right side

Grafting on the right side

And on the wrong side

And on the wrong side

I bought more yarn than I needed for this wee project, so I might just have to have another go at those sweet little cables and spread a bit more knitted cosiness around…

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Cosy up into the sunset

Really, my husband’s cousin Polly should start her own crafty blog, but to be honest I rather hope she doesn’t, as then I would have much less to blog about myself. She recently made this absolutely fantastic blanket in exchange for the two big tea cosies I made.

I now feel terribly guilty that she got two sets of, basically, ruffley pants for teapots, and I got this gorgeous lacey blanket. It’s so far out of my league knitting-wise that I don’t even know the names of the techniques used.

Suffice to say it is just stunning. Very sadly, I parted with it and gave it to friends as a Christmas present. Luckily they are the sort of friends who won’t mind me sitting beside it and stroking it lovingly when I visit. And if Polly is feeling benevolent I might try and trade her again (with something more worthwhile!)

Happy New Year, all!

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