Monday, 16 February 2015

Keeping the family warm

This winter I have made two knitted items as presents for family members and one for myself.

First up is my second ever pair of socks, the rather cute owl socks made from West Yorkshire Spinners Aire Valley in Pennyroyal.
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Looking back these were possibly a bit complex for my second pair of socks as the wool is the thinnest I have worked with and the pattern uses cables therefore at times I was negotiating 6 needles. I did enjoy making these and loved seeing the little owl patterns develop. I made some adjustments to the toe and cast off, if you would like to see the details visit my project on Ravelry. These were a Christmas present for my sister.

Next was a birthday present for my Dad, a cabled cowl to keep him warm while cycling. This is made with Rowan Pure Wool Worsted, Hawthorn and was fun to knit up.
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This has also come out lovely and soft, the style means that it can sit over your shoulders to ensure there are no gaps for draughts to get in.
To see more details you can view my Ravelry project

Lastly was an item for me. I have been working on this since November and it was a simple pattern to use. It is made with James C Brett Marble dk.
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This was a good yarn to use and the patterning is lovely. I took my time on the seaming and I am pleased with the results, the seams look neat and feel strong. The jumper is a tiny bit short and next time I will take body measurements as I like my jumpers to be a bit longer in the body. My Ravelry project page has more information about the process of making this.

Have you knitted any gifts over the winter period?

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