Wednesday, May 07, 2014

In April I was knitting

After hardly knitting for ages, April suddenly saw an explosion of knitty activity - I wanted to knit all the things, and knit them now (well, then). I guess it was a combination of the chilly weather on the horizon after the longest hottest summer, the fact we were taking an Easter road trip (8ish hours of knitting time in each direction!) and of course having my own little one to wrap up in warm hand knits.

Here is a little round up of where my knitting projects are up to now...

 

I started two little coffee bean cardis - one for miss A, and another for her cousin due to arrive in October. Here is A modelling hers before the button bands went on. They have since been added, it has been blocked & dried and is ready for buttons.

The second one is navy blue and white stripes - I managed to knit the whole body in the car on our way to mum and dad's house, only to realise on finishing the first ball of navy wool that I had left the second ball at home. I figured I could pick up a replacement at the local spotties (the wool is cleckheaton country naturals) but was surprised to see they had quite a different range of colours than my local lincraft, and the closest to navy was a different colour way which is a much brighter blue, somewhere between navy and royal blue. Luckily I had packed another project, so this could wait until I arrived home ;-). I'm now working on it during nap times and evenings, in between reading A Game of Thrones (which I am LOVING, by the way!) . I am halfway down one sleeve, with the other sleeves and one button band left to knit. I should be able to finish up in the next few days, then if think I will have a button sewing on marathon on the weekend - I have a couple of little Boheme cardis also just waiting for buttons =)

The third project currently in action is an EllaFunt cardi, also for A. I bought a gorgeous little kit of hand dyed yarn for this from the lovely and so talented Penny at Happy Spider Knits. The construction of the cardi in this pattern is interesting - to me anyway! - you knit the back flat, and each sleeve in the round separately, then join them all together and knit up the yoke. I haven't knitted anything with this kind of construction before, so I am excited to see how it comes together. I worked on this on the drive home after Easter, and have finished the back piece so am ready to start on the sleeves. The yarn is knitting up so beautifully - it is making a lovely drapery fabric, and the gentle colour variation is really pretty.

Of course having two projects almost finished means I'm already planning what I'll cast on next. I have some yarn set aside for a Gidday Baby cardi - there was a knit-along for this free pattern run by the designer, Georgie of Tikki Knits, over the Easter break, and I just think it is adorable (photo from the tikkiknits blog)

Georgie is also the designer of the super popular Milo vest, and each May runs a Milo knit along - I have had the pattern for ages but haven't made one yet, so I think this might be the time =)

Xo

 

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