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onsdag 4. september 2013

On the needles recently

Soundtrack: wood pidgeons outside my kitchen window.

 It's been a while since I did a post about my knitting adventures, so I thought I'd share some of my most recently finished projects with you. I've knitted LOTS over the summer and it's been so fantastic to knit completely guilt free (as any student who loves to knit might empathise with).

My most recent project to come off the needles was this lovely cardigan:

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It was knitted using Eden Cottage Yarn's Langdale Aran weight merino wool in the colourway Clematis. It created a lush, drapey and heavy weight fabric - perfect for the winter. It was knitted using Pickles' Plain Cardigan pattern, which you can find here, in the 3-4 year size.

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A close-up of the buttons. More details on Ravelry.

Before the cardigan I knitted this hat - modelled after the one worn by Bill Murray, Owen Wilson et al. in The Life Aquatic:

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It taught me how to do a tubular cast on which looks very professional and creates a very stretchy edge. It was knitted in Cascade 220 Solids, in the colourway Christmas Red. More on Ravelry.

Before I returned from my holiday in Norway, I knitted myself a Betty sweater, another Pickles pattern:

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The only modifications I made was to omit the rib collar to make the fit more relaxed. It is very warm, so I haven't been able to wear it yet, but I'm really looking forward to wearing it from now on. It was knit in Drops Nepal in a mustard yellow colour I absolutely l-o-v-e, and I got it at an incredible price! So happy about this one.

Right now I've got lots of planned projects in front of me, as well as a couple recently started ones. I'm testknitting a pattern for the first time in my life, which is very exciting; more on that when the pattern has been published!  I've cast on a Divison Cardigan in a DK weight yarn made from 50% Jacob wool and 50% mohair, from Blacker Yarns - find the exact one I'm using here (it's on sale!!), and here's a photo of the first sleeve:

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Not only do I love the yarn, it's so sturdy and lovely to knit with, but the pattern is one of the clearest, most concise patterns I've ever come across. Amy Christoffers - you have convinced me that all the hype about the excellence of your patterns on Ravelry, and elsewhere, is completely warranted.

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