I never thought Knits and Purls would be so hard to knit, but in this one, you are using Fisherman’s Rib, and it’s a nightmare! especially if you drop a stitch. I have lost count on how many times I have ripped it all out and restarting it, probably 11 times now but I will make it, I will win this fight. Now I’m putting in lifelines every 3rd or 4th row so I don’t have to rip it all out if it happens again, but it goes so slowly and the lifeline mess the look of the stitches up but it might sort itself out after light blocking.
Yarn used: Leftovers fingering & Cascade Yarns Heritage Needle: 4.00 mm Re-Started: 28th March 2021 Finished: Will it ever? Pattern: Bits and Bobs Cowl Designer: Kay F Jones
These socks have been on my needles for a long time and that’s down to me forgetting to use the lilac on the heels, because I knew that the gray wouldn’t be enough otherwise. But I didn’t realise my error until the first sock was finished, so I started to look for the yarn and then to my horror found out it was discontinued!! I kept looking for some time, from 1st of October 2020 till i finally found it in a group on facebook 2nd of January 2021. So on 14th of February (Valentine Day) i finally finished them.
Yarn used: Mayflower 1 Class (grey) & Opal Needle: 2.50 mm Started: 4th June 2020 Finished: 14th February 2021 Pattern: n/a Designer: Kay F Jones
Now this I couldn’t resist to try out. I love Bullfinches and I want to learn colourwork knitting and fair Isle knitting. So I just had to give in and ordered the yarn in November 2020. I had other things already on my needles that I wanted to finishing first before I stuck into these beauties.
But now I have started them and so far so good. I just hope that I will manage to finish them, so wish me luck!
The first thing that I finished this year is The philosopher’s Cowl by Kay F Jones of the Podcast The Bakery Bears. It was a lovely and relaxing knit and all I need now to do is to block it. I used 10 different yarns to make this one And I think I might make another one at some time.
Yarn used: Fingering weight Needle: 2.25 mm Started: 31st of December 2020 Finished: 10th of January 2020 Pattern: The philosopher’s Cowl Designer: Kay F Jones
This knit has been fun but it has also been a bit of a struggle to find all the colours and the right amount of it. But now the spare bed has it’s blanket that my husband ordered for it. He sleeps here during the days when he’s working nights and also visitors uses it.
Yarn used: Fingering weight Needle: 2.25 mm Started: 18th of June 2020 Finished: 29th of December 2020 Pattern: Stitch In Time Designer: Kay F Jones
It’s finally finished and now on the blocking mat after a good soak. I still think that I should have done it in all blues first from dark to light and then from light pink to the darkest. I just have to make another one because I have enough yarn left.
So it has started and I have been working on it very hard so now the Stitch In Time Blanket has to wait till this is done and it will be by the 24th of December (hopefully). So this is how far I have come and I did what the designer Kay Jones is doing, and that is starting with the darkest of the two shades of colours (shade 1 = Blue, Shade 2 = Pink), and my two colours are blues and pinks. So Starting with the darkest pink and alternating every section with the blues from the lightest and ending with the darkest. Meaning that both lightest will meet in the middle and both darkest will be at the end. I thought that could be really nice, but after a few sections, I realized that I should have gone with my first thought and that was to start with the darkest pink to the lightest and then from the lightest blue to the darkest. Why? because my colours are not as subtle as the designer’s choice so it will be hard contrasts between them all and not the soft overlapping that I was first hoping for. So I guess I have to make another one and do what I first thought of.
The nice thing with this pattern is that every section is inspired from different christmas books/stories and she reads that part from the books that inspired into the pattern for each section.
I’m looking forward to see it done and it’s a cowl. I have learned some new pattern and that’s always fun. section 4 (Happy Christmas Harry (Potter)) was really fun to knit and also section 6 (Flaming Pudding).