Knitting catch up

I realise I haven’t mentioned knitting in quite a while. Last time I showed you, I’d finished the back and knitted this much of a sleeve of my Heartfelt cardigan.

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Normally I knit two sleeves together, but for practical reasons I’m not on this one. This prompted me to ask if other people knitted both sleeves together. I was amazed from the comments how many different orders a sweater/cardigan can be knitted in. More amazingly everyone had perfectly good and logical reasons why they did things in their  order.

This made me ask if I’d be happier knitting a cardigan/sweater in a different order. I came up with a resounding NO, particularly, because I now realise I also like to knit the front(s) last, because they’re the most interesting and quickest bit – which is just how I eat a meal; from least favourite food to the most favourite!

Anyway, I’ll shut up now and show you I’ve now finished both sleeves.

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Hurrah!

Until next time,

Bekki x

Cable Catch Up

The great thing about going on a road trip is having lots of time to knit in the passenger seat. I did so well on my Heartfelt Cardigan last week, I decided it was time for a catch up post to show you my progress.

Two weeks ago I’d done this much of the back…

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The back is now finished…

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And I’ve done half a sleeve.

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I usually knit both sleeves together, but didn’t because I’m knitting from a cone and didn’t want to mess about winding wool off.

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When I knit a sweater or cardigan I like to knit both sleeves together after the back and before the front(s), because I think it leaves the easy more exciting bit i.e. the front(s)  to the end. Knitting both at once ensures both sleeves are the same and makes it feel as if the knitting goes quicker, so I think knitting one at a time will make it feel as if it’s taking longer.

What order do you knit a sweater/cardigan? And why do you do it that way?

Until next time,

Bekki x

A Small Ta Da!

Hello!

Hope you’re having a great week. I’m just dropping by to show you a small finish; a very small sweater our new great nephew due in June.

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I’m still not sure about the break in the dark blue part of the pattern at the top caused by using self patterning yarn to cheat and have an easy knit. But I’ve got a few months to decide if I’m going to do anything about it. Although I am thinking it definitely looks better now it has sleeves.

Until next time,

Bekki x

 

Heartfelt Revisited

Nearly two years ago – Yes! Nearly two whole years ago – I finished my Heartfelt Cardigan. I’d designed it to replace my incredibly old and dilapidated cream Aran cardigan that I wore practically all the time around the house.

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I knitted my new cardigan in grey to make it wearable with pretty much everything in my wardrobe, given I wear a lot of blue…

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…but somehow, although I love it, although I wear it, it doesn’t get the wear the cream one got. In fact I still wear the cream one occasionally, even thought it’s so manky.

When I finished my tuck stitch sweater a couple of weeks ago I started looking for a new  knitting project.

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I looked at loads of patterns and finally decided I’d knit Heartfelt in cream and when it’s finished I really will through my old cream cardigan in the bin. Decision made that only left the problem that I never finished writing up the pattern – have you forgiven me for that yet Lynn? So I took out my tape measure and notepad and started measuring and counting.

I’ve started the back, and this time I’m going to write the pattern up properly as I go along!

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Until next time,

Bekki x

 

Tuck Stitch Sweater Finished

Yay! I’ve finished the tuck stitch sweater….

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Tuck Stitch Sweater knitted in Dartmoor Yarn Company DK Ryeland pure wool

 

It’s very bulky – takes up the room of two sweaters when folded up in the wardrobe – which is going to be great for keeping me warm, but does make one look rather bulky. I think for this reason I’ll stick to cables in future.

I also don’t like the neck, but I can wear it with a scarf to disguise that. (Yes, I know I could frog the neck and do it again, but you know how I feel about frogging.)

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Until next time,

Bekki x

In the craft room

Thought I’d have a wee roundup of the small, crafty jobs I’be been working on over the last couple of weeks.

Not very taxing, but definitely well over due,  I meant to paint our old tired old nest of tables 5 years ago when we moved here…

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They’ve definitely seen better days

Here they are painted and waxed..

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I’ve also made some dryer balls – I have a few orders for them, but have made some extras too if anyone else wants some .

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Drying beside the aga

I’m not knitting as much as I used to as my thumb’s still not great, but I have knitted two sleeves for my sweater…

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As I say, nothing amazing, but satisfying to be getting jobs crossed off the list and the sweater nearly finish.

Until next time,

Bekki x

 

 

 

Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated

To paraphrase one of my dear blogging friends…

I’m wondering should I mention my absence and apologise for it?  Or do I just crack on and bombard you with photos of some of my knitting since I blogged last? Yea, I think I’ll just do that.

There’s not a lot, since knitting has been on the back burner too. I only picked my needles back up at the beginning of December to continue my tradition of giving my daughters a homemade Christmas ornament. For some reason I thought they’d like Christmas elves…

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I made two of these

… then I went and bought a card for lovely littlest that mentioned Christmas elves and Christmas fairies, so I made a fairy too…

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I’d bought two egg cups to put in Lovely Littlest and her boyfriend’s Christmas stockings, so I knitted them two egg cosies…

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Lovely Eldest didn’t like the innovative pompom I put on the hat I knitted her last year, so I swiped that one and knitted her a new one with a traditional pompom…

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I also knitted two baby berry hats for two babies that arrived in January…

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I’ve also knitted half of this, which I’d started just before Easter last year…

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For now that’s it. I’ve missed my blogging buddies, but I can’t possibly catch up with all your posts I’ve missed. But if anyone has had any big happenings in their life or you want to share a particular post with me, please put a link in the comments below.

Bekki x