Sunday, 21 April 2013

Second Year of Projects Week 43

So I have got a bit of knitting done this week. I actually worked on my socks, since I spent 4 hours on a train last Thursday.

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It's a really easy pattern to memorise, and I think it makes a nice effect out of the semi-solid yarn, because it adds a bit of interest without detracting too much from the lovely colours in the yarn. The pattern is also really well written, both charted and written out for people who don't like charts. The only thing I've found is that being a tight knitter strikes again, but since I know I'm a tight knitter, I know what needle size and number of stitches I need to make a sock fit me, so I'm making the large size, and I went up a needle size from what the pattern called for, and they seem to be fitting really well.

However, I'm in the grip of exam work (3 weeks left, eek!), and I needed something even simpler to knit in breaks, so I cast on a preemie cardigan, since I know the pattern off by heart by now

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The yarn I'm using has big colour changes, so it looks a bit silly right now, with the one white arm. I'm planning to knit two more sleeves and another body, but in the opposite order to the way I knitted this one, so I can mix and match to have one cardigan in light blue and white, and the other in light and dark blue.

We got a new washer/drier on Friday, which is very exciting as a) I haven't been able to wash for two weeks, and had to take two loads of laundry to my friends last weekend so I had something to wear for placement and b) I have a drier for the first time! I decided to wash and dry my Honka scarf, as I had heard that it softens acrylic slightly, and it came out silky soft, which is amazing as I have quite a sensitive face, and it was a bit itchy before.

We've been enjoying the sun here, and decided to go wonder round a little town centre near us, as I had found out there was a LYS. It was very nice, and Connor was flicking through pattern books, and found a book with not one, not two, but three jumpers he wanted. Since he's never expressed any interest in a hand knit jumper, and they were all made in bulky wool, so it won't be too big an undertaking for a 6'3" guy, we bought it, so one of them will probably feature on my list next year.

Not sure much list knitting will happen until after my exams, but I should have quite a collection to donate to the NICU by then!


  1. Nonononononononononononono. First rule of knitting: never knit your boyfriend a sweater (or anything big, really) unless you want the relationship to end. Period. Now, if you have a ring on your finger, knit to your hearts' content :)

    Okay, I'm kidding. Kind of.

  2. I like the diamond pattern on your socks!

  3. Love the sock and as you say just enough of pattern to add interest but not detract from the yarn. I just love your premie cardigans and you are going to have a huge donation for the NICU. Love getting new appliances, my hoover packed in couple of weeks back and this past week I've gotten a new one and it's just lovely. I loved your Honka scarf last week, I didn't get replying on the post but I sure did see it and it was fab, the colours amazing. Best of luck with exams.

  4. Love the sock and the cardigan. Good luck with the exams.