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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

More In March

I really need to post more so that I stop coming up with these stupid titles.

I finished four things this month but I won't be posting photos of two of them as they are for gifts. I also have three projects that are close to finished: one needs blocking; one needs seaming; and the other is a few rows from the end.

Firstly we have the usual charity project. The suggestions for this month were scarves but I didn't feel like making a scarf, plus I have a few balls of bulky yarn so I opted for another hat.

The pattern is Cupcake by DROPS Design.

I used just over 70 meters of Bernat Softee Chunky Solids on 8.0mm needles. I decided against the big pom pom.

I also made some socks for the Sock Knitters Anonymous challenge. These have a little bit of a story. I bought the yarn - self-striping from Trailing Clouds - especially for their self-striping challenge last month. After trying various patterns, either I didn't like them or they were originally allowed for the challenge and then removed at the start of the month, I gave up. But I wanted to work with the yarn so rather than wait for the self-striping challenge to come up again, I cast on with the yarn this month.

The pattern is Hazelia by Mary Hough, one of the featured designers for March. I changed the heel to a Fleegle heel; which was easy to work but is not the best fit for my feet.

I did not want these socks to match but I did not want them to be completely random either so I worked the second sock in the opposite direction with the toe starting where I had finished the cuff in the first one.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

February Is For Finishing

I haven't posted in a while but at last I have some photos to show as February was a good month for completing projects.

First, photos of a hat finished in January. As usual the delay is because I wait for the recipient to receive the item.

The pattern is Little Knight, Newborn Purple Hat that I knitted with some Vanna's Choice that was in my stash. It used just 23 grams of yarn and is very stretchy so will fit for a while.

My first finished item in February was this.

I started it in June last year and all the knitting was finished by July; it's just the sewing of the different pieces to the body that took the time. My aim this year is to finish projects that have stalled mostly for finishing reasons. That's not going quite as fast as I aimed as the pig was my January project.

The pattern is from Knitted Farm Animals by Sara Keen, a book I got from the library and as I had pink yarn in my stash, decided to cast on. The brown was also in my stash. All together I used 50 grams of DK weight yarn plus fiber fill for stuffing.

Another of my aims is to knit something with sock yarn every month. And in February I finished this project started in January.

The pattern is from Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders another book I got from the library and I used two balls of Patons Kroy Socks.

And as usual there is an item for charity. I decided to make the crochet pattern suggested in February.

The pattern is Mint Chocolate Beanie (Crochet) currently available on Ravelry. I used Red Heart Soft that I bought last year when it was on sale.

Also off the needles was a shawl I knitted from yarn left over from a different shawl that also hasn't been photographed. And I undid an item. It was close to being finished and I could not think of an edging so I just frogged the whole thing but I cast on a new project immediately as I knew if the yarn went in the stash it was likely not to be touched for a long time. I started a pair of socks but didn't quite manage to finish them in February.

I have updated yarn in/out and knitted/crocheted as at the end of February; it is looking good so far.