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Projects in progress

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I have started a few bits and pieces of knitting this past week – mainly because we have had a week of unseasonably cold weather in Canberra and going outdoors is just plain unpleasant. Also I have been feeling like getting on with making some winter woolens now so that when the weather really does turn cold I am well on the way to being ready. The kids have outgrown their hats and gloves and I like to have a new hat and scarf for the winter.

The above pic is a second pair of Wabi mitts that I started while watching season 4 of Downton Abbey last weekend. I am using the Amuiri Possum Merino again but this time the second yarn is King Cole Mirage in the Helsinki colourway. It has created a really pretty effect. These ones will most likely be a gift.
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These are some socks that I have had the yarn sitting there gathering dust for a few years (It is Moda vera Sock yarn from Spotlight) – somehow socks always just seemed to be in the too hard basket – the yarn is so fine and there was always the mysterious talk of ‘turning the heel’. Now I haven’t gotten up to the heel turning part yet but I am quite enjoying the process so far. There was the small problem of the 3 year old pulling out a needle when I was about 3 inches in and I tried to salvage it but just couldn’t. So I pulled it out and started over. I find the sock  just so easy – there is no pattern so it is basically just knit knit knit  – so when I don’t want to think – this is the knitting I pick up.

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This is the beginning of a Yowza Weigh it Shawl 2 – I decided to join the Susan B Anderson shawl knit-a-long and this yarn has been sitting around my house for ever. It is Cleckheaton California 8 Ply in the ocean colourway- although it is a very thick 8 ply. I have to say that i’m not loving it – I think it is mostly the way that the colour development in the yarn is working with this pattern. I’m a bit dissapointed about that because I thought that this would be the project for this particular yarn. This is the second time I have tried to knit it up into something when it hasn’t really worked.- so perhaps I need to give up on this yarn!

What are you working on at the moment?

Andjxx

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Wabi Mitts for me

Wabi Mitts

I have been looking for a great fingerless mitts pattern for sometime now and when I found the Wabi Mitts pattern by Karen Templar on Ravelry over the weekend I cast on right away. I have been knitting things lately that take some time on the one project so I was glad to have something to knit that would work up fast – a little bit of instant gratification.

I have had two balls of Naturally Amuri DK Possum Merino blend sitting in my stash, waiting for the perfect project for some time.  While the project notes suggest using a fingering weight yarn, this Amuri is more of a light DK weight so I thought I would give it a go. It wasn’t long into the knitting process that I decided these gloves were quickly going to become my very favourite things. As the fabric was created, the soft, cozyness of the yarn appeared and I fell in love. So much in love that I cast on a second pair almost immediately – these ones as a gift for a friend though. I just can’t tell you how much I love wearing htese mitts – but to give you an idea – I have been wearing them and it is still summer here….

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Knitting has become my most used craft skill over the christmas holiday period as I can knit at the same time as supervising two boisterous boys who are on school holidays…although I have to make sure that I hide the project away from the littlest ones inquiring mind and he can unravel knitting project faster that you could possibly imagine…I know this from experience.

xx Andj


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How extraordinarily Adult of me…

Mitette Cardigan

Miette Cardigan

On the eve of my 35th Birthday, I spend the night knitting and watching the 1999 movie Election- I think that is an exceptionally adult thing to be doing. No alcohol or parties here….not through lack of desire for such things…simply because now those things make me tired. But hey – the knitting WAS exciting because this is the first Adult sized garment that I have managed to pull together on the knitting front. I’ll grant that it’s not finshed yet but it is about half way there and I am making good progress.

It is the Miette pattern by Andi Satterlund and I have been really impressed by how relatively easy it has been to knit up. So far the hardest thing was finding some Aran weight yarn that I liked. It appears to be very difficult to buy Aran weight yarn in Australia in real life. Well at least in Canberra. I was nervous about buying yarn on the internet because I am a very tactile person and I like to touch these things before buying them. There are only two physical Yarn stores in the ACT that are a giant chain store (and they don’t have aran/worsted weight yarn anyway) – so that left me a little limited in  choice. I went with a Naturally Loyal 100% Machine Washable Wool in Red. I am really happy with how it is knitting up as well – although I think that I would like something softer next time.  I have been using this handy ipad app to keep track of my notes and where I am up to – It looks like a real mess but it has been really helpful (Excuse the extra colouring – my children find this app particularly fun).

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On the who I am really enjoying knitting my Miette and hopefully I will have a new Cardigan before the cool weather really hits in Canberra.