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This took a few months to photograph and write up. There has not been a lot of opportunities for the recipient to wear the Christmas necktie. I finished this back in November as an early Christmas gift to my other half. He requested a knit tie and I was able to use the recommended yarn. Overall, I made the tie less long and wide than the pattern. It helped that I modeled after a tie…

This winter has been a slower knitting one. I still have a knit tie that I haven't posted about because the recipient has not been wearing it much. I'll have to get that one out in the next few weeks. After finishing my wedding shawl in September, I was inspired to plan for more lace shawls and sweaters in my future. I took stock of my large yarn stash and realized that if I wanted…

This lace pi shawl was my heirloom knit. How do I define an heirloom knit? I think it's one that I wanted to invest a lot more in terms of the material and the time. I did invest more in the yarn and pattern, but I had to rush to finish it as my September became hectic. I was knitting it everyday for about a week to finish it. I even had a little cramping.…

Socks are a good projects. Very straightforward and useful results. I have enough sock yarn stash for more than half a dozen pairs of socks. Even though I've stopped making my Barn Raising Quilt, I need to keep using sock yarns. I wear them a lot when running in the cold months. I actually need to darn some handknit socks at some point. The pattern is interesting with the Guernsey pattern. I did not memorize…

Originally, I had bought this yarn for Sylvi, a big cabled coat. I started it, but it was on hold for years. In the end, I decided to frog it and use the yarn for other things. I usually think of sweaters first when I have an abundance of yarn. I wanted a cozy, easy house sweater. This is an easy and straight forward pattern. It's a top-down raglan with pockets. I even made it…

This project took me nine years to finish. I knew that it would take awhile going in as it's made completely from scrap sock yarn that I either used myself, were gifted, or samples. I made 57 squares for this blanket. I used 54 in a 9x6 quilt. Many of the squares were doubles and they are represented twice on the quilt. All of the yarn had a wool or alpaca percentage at 75% or…

A fingering weight top-down raglan that took many months as I expected but could have been done faster if I didn't have a lot of other things going this past winter. I usually choose more fitted sweaters but I wanted to go out of my comfort zone and Veera is one of the few pattern designers I trust with sweaters. Originally, I was going to make a Featherweight Cardigan with this yarn, but I thought…

I am knitting a lot of socks lately and will continue too. I do have a lot of great sock yarn including this one that I one from a Ravelry group in 2013. The tweed and yellow colour is sweet. I do like some yellow socks. Eternal Spring Socks, started May 1, 2018, finished June 18, 2018. Pattern: Eternal Spring Socks by verybusymonkey Yarn: Younger Yarn Shire String in Second Breakfast - 85% Merino, 15%…

Awhile back, I made my friend Mark a cowl and for his May birthday, I would knit him a hat in time for the Australian winter. I had three skeins of this Briggs & Little yarn creating two mens' hats and one cowl from it. I love a nice blue. The knitting of this project did not take three months, but I did put it aside for some socks in between. I modified it to…

Having knit almost 30 pairs of socks in the last ten years, I had never actually knit a pair of socks for a man. My father didn't really want a pair and his wearing of the knit hat has been sporadic at best. Other than him, there was no man in my life to knit socks for until recently. This was the Christmas present I gave my partner. He selected the yarn in a wonderful…