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Quick Knits

Quick Knits

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While recuperating, dealing with laceweight yarn was just not on the agenda.  So I pulled out some of the Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury that I got for Christmas last year.  Some of it was earmarked for a hat, so I decided that a little beret would be perfect.  And given all the cold weather we’ve been having, and because I have really short hair now, my neck is exposed and requires something toasty around it.

So I did a search through Ravelry, and found two cute and quick little knits.  Bubble Hat is cute, top down hat, with enough interest in the seed stitch that it wasn’t a boring knit.  I wanted something floppy, but I ended up making it HUGE.  So I had to rip back about 2.5″ and reknit the band.  I eliminated the button bits, but I am considering a little bow for it.

The Bow Knot Scarf looked like a very quick little knit, and indeed only took me 2 days. Loads of garter stitch and a tiny little bit of ribbing, and while the pattern calls for a Worsted/10ply yarn, I found the Luxury more than lofty enough to make it big enough for me, and nice and toasty.

The two knits took less than a ball of yarn and about 2 weeks all up, with my somewhat limited crafting time.  I’m sure someone who wasn’t recovering from surgery, or doesn’t get distracted by the “shiny” as easily as I do, could knock them over in a week.

It was good to get something that I can wear done in time for winter.  I love that they’re a little vintage looking, too.  I’ve worn them quite a bit already and they are LOVELY to wear!

80’s Flashback! Knitted Legwarmers

80’s Flashback! Knitted Legwarmers

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Wagons are meant to be fallen off, right?  Good.  While I haven’t started any of my big 3 for 2012, I have joined in a small KAL on Ravelry in the Tiny Owl Knits group.  The free pattern “Some Cloudy Day” is a pair of legwarmers, knit in smaller gauge and meant to be a little more fitted.

I really enjoyed making these, they were really good to do while I was dropping my son off to, and picking up from school. I modified these a little, I made them shorter, used a 1×1 rib and ended with a hemmed picot bind off.

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I just wanted something to stick into the tops of my boots or over my ankles if I was wearing other shoes.  As I’m not really a “sock knitter” I thought this was a great way to use some fun yarn and patterns without worrying too much about fit.

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So whilst on a roll, I decided to quickly cast on another pair.  Using another sock yarn, I cast on with a few extra stitches and continued with the 2×2 ribbing.  At the top, I decided to add some eyelets to my ribbing so that I can put a ribbon through the top.  Cute, right?

The comments I’ve received while knitting these, however has been most amusing.  I usually get asked what I’m knitting, and when the response is “legwarmers”, I get a range of reactions.  Everything from a raised eyebrow accompanied by a slightly derisive “Oh.”, to being asked if I have a daughter.  Apparently one must be a girl of a pre-teen age to wear legwarmers.  Nevertheless, my ankles will not be freezing this winter. BWAHAHAHA…

Will I make more?  Probably, but I’ll try different stitch patterns though.

When Knitting Mojo Dies…

When Knitting Mojo Dies…

At least once in a Knitter’s life, the desire to continue with or start a new project just disappears.  There is NOTHING on or around my needles at the moment that I am inspired to pick up and knit.  But I really dislike having nothing to do with my hands, so I turned to some crochet.

I have two skeins of Malabrigo lace that I’ve been searching for a good pattern… no .. the perfect pattern for.  The Malabrigo is so smooshy soft and the colourway (Paris Nights) is just gorgeous, it needed something to really compliment it.  I’d tried starting a couple of knitted shawls with it, but it just wasn’t right.

So I, rather out of character, started looking at some crochet patterns.  I only crochet occasionally, so I don’t often go looking for patterns.  I found it amazing how many patterns I just really did NOT like, or that would just suit the yarn.  I wanted something simple, but effective.  something that was lacy and would work up fairly quickly.

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Thankfully I found exactly what I was looking for!

The Thistle Stitch Scarf ticked all the boxes.  Easy stitch construction, customiseable width, and nice and airy.
I wasted no time in starting up.  I managed to get half the length I wanted in just a few days.  I’m now over 2/3 through, picking it up in those moments when a little crochet is what I need.

The plan is to finish and block the scarf, then pick up through the middle, and stitch up a generous hood.  It will be light enough to wear in all but the hottest months of the year, but still cosy enough that it will be appropriate during the harshest part of Sydney’s winter.