Time for hand-knits

Just what every knitter wants – a weather fit for your own hand-knits!

It’s cold enough now for me to wear my shawls and scarves and hats and fingerless gloves. And I love it! It’s nice to get compliments on something that I made with my own hands. Makes it all worthwhile, plus it keeps me warm too!

This blog post aims to show you two FOs of recent months which to my surprise have not been photographed properly. First up is Liesl, a cardigan I knitted back in July, right smack in the middle of summer. I have worn it a few times already and it is pilling :(. I do love this garment and maybe I will knit it again in a different, more durable and easy care yarn.

This is my Liesl with my godson, Jon Eduard in his super cute Santa’s Little Helper outfit.
Here’s another project I am proud of, and incidentally designed by Ysolda Teague again just like the Liesl. This is a scarf/shawl with lace edging knit out of silk and alpaca blend yarn. I have worn it a couple of times already and have fallen in love with it!Moving on to more recent FOs, this is my Lacy Baktus which I finally finished the other day. It felt like a battle with this one but I hope it pays off.Project: Lacy Bella
Pattern: Lacy Baktus by Terhi Montonen
Yarn: Socks that Rock Mediumweight
Colourway: Bella Coola (from a trade with Liette)
Needles: 4mm
Cast on: 27 Oct 2009
Cast off: 4 Jan 2010

In the spirit of challenging myself, I am learning how to double-knit. Yay! The instructions in this Knitty article is so easy and simple, it was only a matter of doing it. So Igrabbed two contrasting balls of leftover sock yarn and 3mm needles and just went for it.

After two attempts at the fiddly cast on, I had this on the needle yesterday before going to work. Fun!
I have since completed the cast on and have started knitting (gasp!) the first round. It’s a bit crazy with the yarn ends all over the place but there is a sense to all the madness. I will keep working on it and show you my progress as I go.

Hopefully later this year I will use this technique to knit actual adult-sized socks. šŸ™‚

By the way, you mayhave noticed I do post more regularly now on theblog. It doesn’t mean I sit on the PC all day typing away. I do write up the posts and then save them in draft scheduled to post at a given time. That way I don’t have to worry about not having a blog post for days on end ever again.

Thank you, Blogger!

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