I completed two projects over the summer. The first is a present for avid golfer and dog-lover, my sister-in-law, L. It’s a cover for her driver – and my first animal knit.
I’ve had a few projects on the go this summer. In the lead-up to Christmas I was busy knitting up Christmas baubles from a kit which my sister-in-law, L, had given me earlier in the year. The kit had 23 different designs so I got to try a few! The baubles went to different homes at Christmas time.
I also knitted up another Milo vest – my first in Bold Bamboo! This went to my friend’s baby son, K. Although he’s not even 6 months old at the moment, I knitted a size 1 as babies seem to grow so fast…
Finished knitting projects for this winter were both for me! One has to be a bit selfish sometimes.
The major project this winter was this cabled jumper from a Pom Pom Quarterly pattern called Jean. I named it my Fisherwoman’s Jumper. The pattern wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be and the jumper is very comfy to wear.
My travelling project were another pair of Fika socks using some variegated yarn that I bought in Tokyo last year. These were some well-travelled socks, having travelled with me to the Kimberley and South Africa!
Time for a knitting update. I’ve caught ‘lace fever’! All of my late spring/summer projects have been lacy neckware gifts. Scarves/shawls/cowls aren’t things that I’m inclined to knit for myself, I must admit, but I’m happy to knit them for other people.
Mother-in-Law, H’s favourite colour is blue, so this lacy botanical scarf was great for her.
T’s present is this great lace shawl/cowl. Long enough to be able to wrap around your shoulders or neck. One for a cool winter’s morning in Sydney.
I have finished a few things this spring. These socks I knitted for my good buddy, N. They’re in 8 ply and so nice and warm – perfect to wear around the house next winter.
My friend M’s son has just turned one, and that warranted another go of this quick project. Since the last time I knitted beanies I learned how to sew in a lining, and so this beanie has one. It’s now toasty enough to wear to the snow!
My sister-in-law, L, gave me some wonderful wool/alpaca yarn for my birthday last March from this great shop in London (gosh, I wish I had a shop like that up the road). With all my other projects it’s taken awhile to get to the yarn. I wanted to make a garment that I haven’t got yet, and this cowl/capelet/poncho in alpaca would keep my top half extra warm on these cool days.
I learned a new stitch (slip stitch smocking), practised a new way to cast on and off (tubular provisional method), and got a good looking garment at the same time.
It’s certainly very warm for its weight. It would be a good piece to take on future urban travels into colder climes.
I like sock projects because they’re very portable. I took this project with me to Running Waters, although I didn’t end up doing very much because I was busy doing other things. I ended up finishing it back at home.
I used up some of the sock yarn left over from other projects here. They’re wool with a bit of nylon for strength, and have been great to wear this (unusually cold) winter around the house and while taking the dog out for her afternoon walks.
I haven’t abandoned my knitting over the winter. In fact, I have been rather busy. This boy’s jumper was knitted up in late autumn/early winter for my friend’s son E. It has many variations but I chose to do a collared jumper as I don’t think three year old boys like hoodies very much!