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Joining the gang

Last week was my birthday and my lovely mum bought me something I’ve been lusting after for ages – a Wool And The Gang knit kit.  I could’ve chosen any number of their kits – but I settled on the one that first brought them to my attention – the Giles EEK Hat.

The kit came in the post in a giant paper bag, containing three balls of the gang’s lovely Crazy Sexy Wool (100% Peruvian wool) and a pair of rosewood knitting needles (12mm).  It should have contained a pattern too, but sadly this was missing.  Still, as soon as I let them know, they emailed the pattern out to me right away.

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Unfortunately, there isn’t much of the winter left for wearing lovely warm snuggly hats, so I wanted to get started on it straight away.  And after two evenings, one at my new knitting/crochet group with some fellow military wives, it was done.  With huge needles and lovely thick yarn, it worked up really quickly.  And embroidering on the eyes was speedy too, once I’d got the hang of the technique.

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My lovely EEK hat had its first outing today for a belated birthday lunch in Oxford – it was lovely and warm and I definitely didn’t see anyone else wearing the same one.

hat on

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Now I just need to decide which Wool And The Gang project I want to make next…

NYC wristwarmers courtesy of Purl Soho

Remember a few days ago when I said I had too many projects on the go and I wanted to finish one?  I’ve finally managed it – and I’ve now got a lovely pair of wrist warmers to keep me toasty for the rest of the winter.

At Christmas, we went on our honeymoon to New York City – and high on my list of things to do was to check out at least one yarn shop in the city.  Before we went, I’d knitted my husband a scarf using a pattern from the Purl Bee blog and when I realised the blog was linked to a shop, I decided that would be the place to go.

So before we travelled, I chose two other patterns from the Purl Bee blog and made a list of the yarn I’d need to buy in the shop, Purl Soho.  I knew there’d be such a huge choice of new and exciting yarns that I’d be better off knowing what I was looking for rather than browsing aimlessly (and I think my husband was grateful for it!).  Here’s what I came away with:

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I liked the idea of making a couple of things that would always remind me of my honeymoon and that I would wear a lot.  So it’s lovely to finally have one of them finished.

The pattern I’ve just finished was for Colorblock Hand Warmers and it involved knitting with fine yarn using double-pointed needles.  This was a first for me and took a fair bit of getting used to – at first there seemed to be points sticking out everywhere, and it was really fiddly.  But as with most things craft-wise, it just took practise.

Here’s the finished article (well, one of them – I needed to hold the camera with the other hand):

wristwarmer

I am notoriously cold-blooded, and am always shivering at work – so today I took these along for the first time and they kept me lovely and warm, especially as they almost reach my elbows.

The next target is to finish my other New York project – this lovely Herringbone Cowl using a nice soft alpaca yarn.

Very long time, no blog

Well, it’s been a year since I last said ‘I haven’t posted here for ages, I should definitely start again’ and then totally failed to do so.  My excuse is that last year became something of a crazy year…  shortly after my new blogging resolution, I started an exciting new job (with a 90-minute commute), then my boyfriend proposed and we had a mad few weeks of wedding planning before he left in March for four months serving in Afghanistan.

He duly came back in one piece after four eventful months, and we got married three weeks later.  Shortly after that we moved into a married quarter (eliminating the massive commute), adopted some kittens, made our new house into a home and went to New York for a Christmas honeymoon.  That brings us almost up to now, and the revelation that yes, like I said a year ago, I really should start blogging again.

2015, thankfully, looks set to be a far less eventful year than the last one, and with more time to devote to messing about with yarn, I genuinely do want to start keeping the blog up to date again.

Since last January, there have been many crochet projects (most of which were wedding related), and a few knitting ones too (mostly because I was sick of crochet after all the wedding projects), which I will probably post about in the coming days and weeks.

But for now, here are my current works in progress:

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A doll I started making to cheer myself up while recovering from the flu

cowl

A herringbone knitted cowl using yarn from Purl Soho, NYC.

wristwarmer

A pair of wrist warmers, again using a pattern and yarn from Purl Soho, NYC.  I started making the second one after this picture was taken, only to have it unravelled by two cheeky kittens…

Three works in progress is too many, so my next job is to get one of them, any of them, finished.  Before the kittens can get to them, that is.

Monkey in a jumper

This week I have picked up my knitting needles for the first time in months. I decided the big monkey I’m making needed a woolly jumper (obviously). And he now has one. But before the jumper, I gave him a heart:

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All he needs now are some legs. Long floppy legs to match his long floppy arms:

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My other half likes this one so much he’s claimed him for his own.