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Crossing things off

November 27, 2012

I am making slow, but steady progress on some of my holiday knitting. I managed to pick out and complete a hat for one of my nieces over the four-day weekend. This is the first time I have knit a pattern (not counting vanilla patterns) twice.

Pattern: Boardwalk by Elizabeth Pedersen
Yarn: Impeccable Loops and Thread

It’s a bit darker in real life

The first time I made this hat I opted to follow as is and ended up with a slightly slouchy number. This time around I only did three repeats (instead of the four as specified in the pattern) and the end result is just as awesome as the first one. I ended up using some purple I had in my stash, an acrylic base simply because the intended recipient is a pre-teen and I am sure it will need some regular washing. I really enjoy this pattern and how quickly it knits up. I am hoping it meets the approval of the young lady. This marks one more item off the list (which means I might still have a chance at this thing.)

It has finally snowed here (yesterday) and while we just ended up with a light dusting I am especially glad to have (FINALLY) finished this little beauty:

 

I love love love the way this turned out. This has been languishing in one of my fiber drawers for a while now, but I pulled it back out on Friday once the temperature started to drop and I was once again reminded how I have hardly any hand knits to wear. It was cast on back in October, but since it has been so much warmer out than normal I kept forgetting/lacked the motivation to work on it. I ended up finishing Sunday evening which was just in time for the snow. I adore this scarf.

Using my own hand spun (and my first attempt at making long color repeats out of the roving) and a pattern from The Yarn Harlot. I had originally intended this to be a fall scarf (the colors might have been a dead giveaway) but I think it will go great with my basic black pea coat. The scarf itself ended up being around 4 ft long all knit up which is quite a bit shorter than I usually like for my scarves, but considering I was working with a limited amount of my hand spun (yes I just threw that in again, I am excited) I know I can make it work. I have to say there is something even more awesome knowing that I took fiber fluff and using my own two hands (feet and the wheel of course) I was able to make yarn that I then could use with my two hands (and knitting needles this time) and produce that scarf. Awesome right?

That ends up being one more item to cross off my list (a selfish one intended to procure myself some of my own hand knits.) Progress is happening and right now that makes all the difference.

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6 Comments
  1. Gorgeous scarf!
    I don’t blame you for mentioning that it’s from your own handspun yarn.

    What an awesome achievement! I would be super chuffed too, and probably tell unsuspecting people on the street corners.

  2. I am inspired by your awesome hand spun scarf. That might be my next project!

  3. Amanda Gerodias permalink

    Love both items on this post! I usually tend to like cooler colors myself, so the purple is right in there and it looks like a cute pattern too. Hope your niece likes it. The colors of the scarf are very pretty too, and it is pretty awesome you used your own yarn on it. Keep up the great work!

  4. Super cute scarf.

  5. Your scarf is gorgeous! And I am hoping soon to share in your pride at wearing something I made myself from start to finish… I have the home spun picked out, I just need to find the pattern to rock it!

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