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FO: Brandywine Shawl

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Brandywine Shawl is one of those patterns in my one-day-I-will-knit-this list. I coveted the pattern ever since I laid my eyes on it and was lucky enough to receive it as a gift from a swap I participated in ages ago, (thanks, Susan!) but just never found the drive to actually knit it.

I hand-dyed the yarn I used for this project, originally planning to use it for colourwork but I was itching to cast on a shawl in this yarn. The pattern is a gift from SusanFromAthens during a Sundara swap. 🙂

My original cast on date was actually the 12th of August 2011. Yes. So long ago. I was in the middle of Chart B, that much I remember, and I made the mistake of not marking my place in the chart. So when I dropped the project to work on something and then came back to it, I could not read my work! I had no idea where in the chart I was.
modelled by marina

So nearly 3 years after that original cast on, I frogged what little progress I had and restarted the shawl. The years between had hopefully given me enough experience to know better than to rely on my own (failing) memory.

I did 12 repeats of Chart B since the skein is quite generous and I think I could have added one more repeat and still have leftover to contribute to my sock yarn blanket.
brandywine

It was fun while it lasted but I am glad to finish this shawl. Seems like ages ago when I first had the desire to knit this complicated-looking shawl. I struggled with the i-cord bind off and even thought of doing just a regular stretchy version but it looked untidy and out of place. So I persevered until I got the hang of it, which was quite satisfying because now the shawl has a nice neat top edge.

Thanks to the ever gracious Marina for modelling the shawl for me.
brandywine shawl

Raveled!
Cast on: 27 July 2014
Cast off: 2 January 2015
Needles: US 6 – 4.0 mm / US 8 – 5.0 mm
Yarn: Wollmeise “Pure” 100% Merino Superwash, Natural
How much: 0.9 skeins = 473.2 meters (517.5 yards), 135 grams

Knit workshop

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It’s no secret that I am a knitter and I love yarn.  It gives me something productive to turn to when I’m not at my day job. Dyeing yarn is something I also do in the side but not on full-time basis just yet. The lovely Theresa of reMADE DXB approached me a while ago to ask if I was interested in doing a knitting workshop. I could hardly contain my excitement but had to play it cool, as you do.

I’m not a very good teacher, in my opinion, because I would expect you to follow my exact instructions and if a finger flicks the wrong way, I might start to get a twitch in my left eye.

Seriously though, I think it will be just fine. Theresa will be there to support me so I’m certain I won’t make such a mess of things.

Without further adieu, here are the details of the Knit Academy – Cable Workshop from reMADE DXB: clicky.

The workshop will be held on the 21st and 28th Nov from 11am at the reMADE studio in Al Barsha.

This is perfect for confident beginners and intermediate knitters who want to learn cables, seamless knitting in the round and other new techniques to add to their knitting arsenal. All materials will be provided, you just need to bring your knit game on!

The Sewing Parlour at reMADE DXB can be found at 1/F Objects & Elements, Opp Al Serkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Socktober

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Eleven days left in October. That’s how many days any self-respecting sock knitter has to finish at least one pair of socks to celebrate this most sacred month: Socktober. In the knitting world, this means knitting socks all month long. In the real world, it means collecting pairs of socks and donating them to homeless shelters, as in the USA. Either way, it’s all about socks.

It’s not too late to cast on a pair now if you haven’t already done so. And to help you along, here’s my top picks for sock patterns that will surely tickle your toes.
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A parade on Sunday

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A parade, that is, of recently finished knitting projects!

I have been on a good finishing streak so this post is all about glamour shots of said FOs.

Who needs a cowl in Dubai? It might surprise you to know that it does get cold here, in the desert, despite over 360 days of glorious sunshine every year. Yes, we get an average of 5 days a year when the mighty Sun is obscured due to heavy fog or sandstorm, or heavens forbid we get rain! Out of the 360 days, about 60 of those are the actual proper “winter” when the temperature sometimes hits single digits. You can never go wrong with a cowl tucked in your handbag for the rest of the year because of over-zealous air conditioning everywhere. I mean everywhere! So yes, cowls in Dubai are a thing.

This one was a test-knit. It was more like a recipe because it’s brioche stitch and if you haven’t tried knitting brioche stitch then you are missing out on the fun, big time! However, the ever-talented Dieuwke has added an amazing twist to this cowl. See that braid of squishy goodness? Yes, that! Do you think you can figure out how to get that? Ha! Maybe you can after studying it and doing a trial-and-error for the next few weeks or months, but why bother when you can grab the pattern from Ravelry? I present to you my Experioche, knit in my own hand-dyed Dubai Knits Luxe DK. Well, the white yarn is undyed. I’m a bit partial, but I just love this yarn.
brioche
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Wordless Wednesday 4.2015

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squishy

Yarn is serious business

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These ladies take their yarn the same way they take their superheroes, scifi TV, food, fitness, work and pretty much everything else: seriously!  Just look at the level of concentration as Ruth tries to make a decision between those two skeins!
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To Argentina with love

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It doesn’t happen very often, but when it does I continue to be amazed at how much smaller this world is when knitters are involved.

I have recently started following Joji Locatelli on Facebook, having been a fan of her designs and her knitting for a while now. Joji is an Argentinian knitwear designer based in Buenos Aires and has some of the most practical yet beautiful designs around. There is obviously another reason why I gravitated towards Joji – my dear friend Nadia lives in the same country, not quite the same city but still Argentinian!

Joji’s brother Marco posted a request on his sister’s Facebook page for knitted hats. I answered the call, along with a few other knitters. It’s just that my hats arrived in BA first…by way of China! Long story, frustrating experience with my local courier so I will spare you the gory details. You can read Joji’s version of events on her sweet blog post here.

I took some photos of the hats before sending them off. Here is my husband modelling the first three hats.
stack of hats
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If I may be so bold

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Have you seen the new colourways of Squishy available from Dubai Knits? Click on the image below for more details. Thank you.

FO: Finishing streak

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I don’t know what I did before I discovered knitting. But I am so glad I did! Otherwise there won’t be any bunnehs!
bunnehs

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Dubai Knits Yarn Club

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I am slowly building up a separate site for Dubai knits, with the helpd of Emmylou (thanks!).

It’s still a little bare but the latest happenings are on there, including news about next year’s yarn clubs. Yes, plural. Two clubs instead of one. Shorter duration but the same number of skeins, but also with a twist because you now get to choose between the Sock Club and the Silk Club.

Oh and did I mention you can also choose between semi-solid or variegated colours. Or a mix of both!

Interesting enough for you? Head on over to Dubai Knits to read more about it.