Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Morven - FO

Finally, an FO to share!

I have, at long last, finished my Morven sweater. It absolutely should not have taken me as long as it did. It's knit in the round using chunky yarn and is really very simple but life got in the way and alas, it took longer than planned. Still, it's done now.

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It is SO warm. I love the colour as well, I'm not huge on yarn that has colour changes like that but I like the purple and it was very cheap which is always a bonus!

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The cable on the front was fun to knit and then the plain sleeves knit up really quickly (when I got round to it) Also there's always the bonus with a handknit that it is pretty perfect fit wise. Somehow in spite of being a pretty average 5'6" I apparently have the longest arms ever and most shop bought jumpers, cardigans and other long sleeved tops are too short. Easily fixed when I knit it myself as these sleeves are just perfect for me, even if I lift my arms they stay at my wrist but aren't so long I keep catching them.

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Also length wise I made the body long enough to come past my waist and part way over my bum, I also hate it when shop bought tops ride up at the waist and expose my lower back if I bend at all.

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So all in all I'm very pleased. The pattern was simple and the finished result is great so I am a happy monkey. If we have the temperatures we did last winter at least I know I'll be snuggly and warm.

Pattern: Morven by Sarah Hatton (from issue 23 of The Knitter)
Yarn: Sirdar Peru, 50% wool, 40% acrylic, 10% alpaca (very cheap from Readicut, £9 for a pack of 10 balls I think, I used 7 plus a few metres of an 8th)
Needles: 5.5mm and 6.5mm
Mods: none aside from making it a little longer in the sleeves and body than stated in the pattern
Started: 13th August 2011
Finished: 27th November 2011
Rav link for anyone who wants that sort of thing.

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You may also note I found my camera charger, huzzah! We're getting a new camera for Christmas though so I am incredibly excited about that.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Things that spark my curiosity

Since getting this in my change I can't help but wonder who Amanda is...


Still no cable for my actual camera, still no great knitting progress to speak of, I'm a bad, bad blogger. I do have a very exciting project on the go actually...more on that some other time though.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Tiny quick things - FO

Sometimes all the knits in your knitting basket, even the easy ones, just seem to take too much brain power.  I know I should be finishing the sleeves of my jumper but I need to count every round for that, heaven forbid.  I wanted something truly mindless but also something quick, I needed a bit of instant gratification.

Say hello to the Easy Peasy Newborn Sock Hat it's as easy peasy as the name suggests.  I did a stash dive for some sock leftovers (I have plenty of those!) and found some lovely Claudia Handpainted Fingering left from my Lime Cookies (who said babies must always be in boring pastels!)  Once the yarn was picked and cast on it was quick (though I didn't do it that quickly really, mostly I kept picking up and putting it down) and super simple.  A perfect quick knit should you need a last minute baby gift.


I knit the pattern as written but used a 3.25mm needle instead of a 3mm as I knit tightly and was hopeful there'd be a newborn it would actually fit!  It does rather need a quick bath to even up the stitches but hey ho, this picture will have to do.  As you can see I'm still without my proper camera and am using my mobile phone.  I must have another hunt for that charger cable.

If you want more details on the hat (though really there aren't any I don't think!) my project page on Ravelry is here.

Now I really must finish those sleeves...