I’ve been meaning to post this for a while, but you know. Life happened.  The husband and I moved from the UK to the USA, and now I’m residing in Florida- the land where it’s far too hot knit proper things.

However, sometime between 2010 and now, I DID manage to finish off a few things.

Lakia is finally done!  Actually, she was done a year ago(ish), I just never got around to blogging about her.  I love her. SO SO much! I didn’t bother with the buttons because I rarely use them anyway (and didn’t have enough), but figured I could always hook and eye it later if I so fancied.

I’ve worn her loads, I love the colour, and all in all, I would make one again in a heart beat- something very tempting because I have 2 or 3 skeins of some very lovely Pixie Dragonfly yarn waiting for me- the only question is if I want to splurge on another skein.

Another project I just finished is one I started last year in an attempt to use up my stash.  I had a ball left over from Laika, and maybe half a skein of Knit Picks Gloss in lace weight that I needed to find a project for.  Turns out, I’m a sucker for going back to patterns I’ve already done.  Lace-weight Wicked? Why yes, I’ll have me another.  Problem was, I knew I didn’t have enough for a full jumper.  So I decided to do a few mods.

1) Use a lovely fingering weight yarn for the ribbing

2) Make the sleeves short

3) Throw in what was left of that yellow yarn when I ran out of green.

And so I started it in the UK as something to use up my stash while I watched my favourite Canadian TV shows.  Then we moved to the US and I found a knit group close by.  So I worked on it there, and before I knew it, it was done.

Now, serendipitously, it just so happens that these colours are the same exact ones worn by the local university, USF.  Where my husband works. So now I have some school pride to flash around.

It also grew like a mother when I blocked it, so instead of a tee-like top I thought I had, I now have a lightweight tunic that goes perfect over leggings.  WIN!

Something I can finally wear in the Floridian summer!

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…when you suddenly have more hats than heads. Yeah. You know it’s winter when you can’t stop knitting winter accessories.  And let me tell you, the freezing winds of death that threaten to blow me off my bike everyday in Cambridge have sent me into a knitting frenzy.  Luckily, I have plenty of stash to help me.

First up was a hat.  I thought I had lost all my hats (eeek!) in our move, but then I found my two favourites in…my yarn box next to more stash yarns. Whoops.  But by the time I found them, I had already resolved myself to use up some of my stash on another fake cabled hat.  I love this pattern! It’s super quick, the fake cables give it more interest than your standard knit beanie, and it’s a great way to use up that not quite full skein of Malabrigo.  

But did it end there? No.  The hat didn’t use up all the left over Malabrigo that I had, so not wanting to waste it, I also made an earwarmer/headband for those days when my ears are suffering from frostbite.  Read: EVERYDAY

 

But wait, there’s more!! 

I also talked myself into going to the newly opening and freaking AWESOME Sheep Shop.  This is a small, local yarn store that stocks the good stuff- local British yarns and affordable luxuries (Drops alpaca for £1.50!!) and I had been doing my best to avoid it because I could easily see myself spending hundreds of non-existent pounds on wool when I totally told myself that I had SO MUCH stash to get through.  Seriously! I have half a Lakia waiting for me to finish the sleeves, hood and trim, another fair isle hat that is halfway done, a buttload of fingering/sport yarns waiting for me to tackle more fair isle mittens, and enough sport weight to make Connie’s Mountain View cardigan, which has been in my queue for ages.  

So naturally, I caved in and bought a skein of Malabrigo Chunky because I had NEVER knit with Mal’s Chunky before.  And because I told myself that I wouldn’t buy any more yarn, I had to quickly knit it so that I could tell myself that I didn’t really add to my stash.  If I buy it and use it in one day, it doesn’t count as being bought, right? 

I’ve knit this pattern before and should have knit a few more rows before decreasing because the first hat is just so every so slightly too small. I mean, it works, but I wanted 3 rows more ear coverage to call it perfect.  This one is near perfect!  It eats my ears, covers my head, and fits nicely (if just a tad too big), but I rather it like this than too short.  So the old hat will most likely go to mom. 

So what is on the needles now? Well I just finished the jumper for my Honey, and that I blocking as we speak.  So far, I have used up more stash on a pair of super thick cabled mittens and have one done and one more to go.  Then I suppose I really need to address the fair isle hat that’s been sitting there for months just waiting….or I could start my Central Park Hoodie, or finish my Lakia, or start the Mountain View Cardi, or work on a fair isle cardi….I want to make EVERYTHING that is in Ysolda’s Little Red book….

Yep, the best part about winter is that it inspires so much knitting!

…it makes me knit. A lot. Ah, hooray for the return of cold weather!

First one up is THE STRANDED PROJECT

Whoo hooo! This was the first big stranding project I did. I finished a wonderful, awesome mitten as my warm up, but have yet to photo it/start on the second one.  Which I totally need to do because it’s getting COLD.

The yarn is all from New Lanark.  This was a quick project and totally gave me practice in English throwing knitting. I don’t knit with my right hand. At all.  I really persevered and tried my best to knit with two hands.  I think I’m getting better! I just need more practice in holding the yarn!

Then I went to Brighton to visit my friend and saw her hat.

My friend Kiki has a hat from Accessorize. It’s a simply knit hat and I hate the fact that it cost her so much.  But I loved the style of the hat so much that I wanted to make one myself.

This was super simple and done in a day.

My Anti-Accessorize Hat Recipe

2 Balls of Sidar Big Softie (Chunky)

2 circ 10.5 needles ( because I like to knit hats on two cirs. You could use one 16″ circ or DPNs

1-Cast on 60

2-Knit 4 rows of k1p1 ribbing

3-K one row of  *K2Tog, YO*

4-Knit one row

5- Repeat steps 3 &4 9 more times for a total of 20 rows from ribbed edge

Begin decreases.

6- *K7, K2Tog* repeat to end.  Note: The last repeat only has 8 stitches, so you will have to K6, K2Tog.

7- Knit one row

8- *K 6, K2Tog*. Repeat to end. Just make sure to knit the last two stitches together in the last repeat section.

9- Knit one row

10-*K5, K2Tog*, etc, etc.

Hopefully you see the pattern. Keep decreasing one row, then knitting one row until you get down to the part where you *K1, K2Tog*.  Follow through with the pattern.

-Next row: K2Tog

-K2Tog again. Continue until you get down to 4 or 3 stitches.  You can either break yarn and draw through live stitches, or continue on as I did with a 3 row I-Cord.

 

Whoo hoo!