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FO: Raindrops for Pixie

After finishing my Cadeautje Slippers I went looking for my next project. My yarn lives in project bags and I add patterns etc to them as I get closer to using them. In theory this means I should be able to just grab a bag a go but because I can’t see what’s in the bags I tend to have to hunt through them a bit to find what I was after. I was looking for the yarn I had for brioche hat but on the way found two balls of fingering yarn I had purchased intending on making a jumper for Pixie before she was born. Clearly I didn’t actually manage that and as she is getting bigger I thought I had better get on with that jumper before she was too big to fit in one made of 100g of yarn.

I restricted my search to patterns I already own and the yarn I had and came up with TinCanKnits Raindrops pattern. The 1-2y size used exactly the amount of yardage I had (but does have a 3/4 sleeve option) and seemed like it would fit Pixie both now (a bit big) and in autumn (hopefully just right). The sweater is worked from the top down with increases worked into the eyelet patterning on the yoke. It was a quick knit and I was carefully weighing my yarn on the sleeves a week after starting. I ended up with just the right amount to get full length sleeves and still had a couple of metres leftover. I really like how it came out and hope that Pixie likes wearing it too.

Raindrops by TinCanKnits in SMC Extra Soft Merino Fino (5488) - little grey hedgehog

Pattern: Raindrops by TinCanKnits (1-2y)

Yarn: SMC Extra Soft Merino Fino in 5488 Blue, 100g (350m)

Needles: 2.25mm and 3.25mm

Ravelry Page: here



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FO: Marley – Blue Ocean

We got caught by sickness bugs again, Wee Man had a cough then Pixie had a cold followed by a Husband with tonsillitis. But we are on school holidays now and nobody seems to be sick (today at least) and despite it snowing again yesterday today we have lovely sunshine.

I made rapid progress through the second Marley blanket thanks in part to sizing up the needles a bit. I’m happier with the size of this one and the fabric is still a good gauge. This is otherwise pretty similar to the previous version. I didn’t get as many repeats in each section but due to the gauge change the blanket is a bit bigger any way. It’s waiting now until the baby it’s intended for is a bit closer to arrival.

I’ve now turned my attention to my sneaky socks – they’d stopped getting any attention hiding away upstairs and I’d like to get them off the needles and onto my feet. I’ve turned the first heel in the last 24 hours so making progress, hopefully it will continue as next I get to cast on something new.

Marley Blanket by TinCanKnits in Stylecraft Batik Swirl Blue Ocean - littlegreyhedgehog

Pattern: Marley by TinCanKnits

Yarn: Stylecraft Batik Swirl in Blue Ocean

Needles: 6mm

Modifications: I wanted a squarer blanket than the pattern is written for so worked extra repeats of the increase sections, weighed my yarn then worked straight repeats until I had only enough yarn left to complete the decrease section.

Ravelry page: here

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FO: Marley Blanket

My cousin and his partner are having their first baby in May. They’ve found out it’s a girl so girly colours for the blanket. The pattern is by TinCanKnits and is written for varying yarn weights and amounts. I have the Mad Colour ebook in which this is included. It was a fun knit once I had the edging pattern memorised and I’m knitting it again for another baby in a different colourway.

Marley by TinCanKnits in Stylecraft Batik Swirl in Foxglove - little grey hedgehog

Pattern: Marley by TinCanKnits

Yarn: Stylecraft Batik Swirl in Foxglove

Needles: 5mm

Modifications: I wanted a squarer blanket than the pattern is written for so worked extra repeats of the increase sections, weighed my yarn then worked straight repeats until I had only enough yarn left to complete the decrease section.

Ravelry page: here

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FO: Estuary Shawl

Estuary Shawl by TinCanKnits in Wollmeise Pure in Poem - little grey hedgehog

Pattern: Estuary Shawl from Handmade in the UK by TinCanKnits

Yarn: Wollmeise Pure in Poem (139g/488m)

Needles: 4mm

Modifications: Added extra repeats of the straight section to use up as much yarn as possible.

Ravelry page: here

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Too many WiPs or not enough knitting?

Funnily enough I’ve not been spending much time knitting lately. I find knitting harder to do in 5 or 10 minute bites and so I’ve been putting more effort into sewing lately. At the moment naptimes are inconsistent and the big kids are on school holidays for another two weeks. Once they go back to school there’ll be a block of time in the mornings where it’ll be just me and baby. While I’m not expecting miracles and there’ll be household stuff to do too I’m hoping that I’ll be better able to manage some knitting time then. (More sleep would help too.) In the meantime I feel like I have too many projects on the go.

I have a pair of sneaky socks. Sneaky because they are living upstairs and I’m squeezing in a few rows here and there. They are plain socks in yarn from Flying Tiger. A black yarn with bits of several colours through.

Sneaky Socks with yarn from Flyer Tiger - little grey hedgehog

I’ve cast on a shawl, the Estuary shawl from Handmade in the UK by TinCanKnits. I’ve only just got started and hope this will be easier to make progress on once I get past the increase section and there is more repeating of pattern. I’m using Wollmeise yarn from EYF2016.

Estuary Shawl from Handmade in the UK by TinCanKnits in Wollmeise Pure - little grey hedgehog

I’ve had a pair of gloves on the needles since April last year. I was making progress before we moved house and I got pregnant when complicated projects stalled. I haven’t made much progress recently but am trying to knit a few rows here and there. The cabling is fiddly and currently there is much looking at the charts. I’m working up through the thumb gusset now though so I’m slowly getting somewhere. The yarn is Cascade Heritage Silk in the denim colourway and the pattern is Glacier by Julia Mueller.

Glacier Gloves by Julia Mueller, Cascade Heritage Silk in denim - little grey hedgehog

Sometime towards the end of last year I started a cowl for Wee Man out of handspun blue merino. The pattern is the Honey Cowl which I’ve used before for Hobbity-boo. I think I mostly got distracted from it because I was making baby things and then have not picked it back up. Hopefully I can manage to get it done for him for this winter.

Honey cowl in blue merino handspun - little grey hedgehog

Also on the needles are two long term blanket projects. The first is using up my leftover sock yarn. Each square takes about 9g so this is a slow process as I have lots of scraps to use up. I’m knitting centre-out squares with kfb increases. I don’t know how I’m going to join them together at the moment but while the squares are fun to do this is low priority so that’s a problem for another year.

Leftovers blanket from sock yarn scraps - little grey hedgehog

The other blanket is an ongoing pile of Vivid squares. Vivid is a blanket pattern by TinCanKnits and I’m making the squares out of JC Rennie 4ply. I’ve 6 colours that were originally going to be a Fair Isle vest so I’m working through those getting 6 or 7 squares per ball (some yarn was lost in the frogging). I’ll have a reasonable idea of how much more yarn I’ll need to get a bedsized blanket once I’ve knitted the current yarn up. Squares are taking 7.5g so this would be a good use of miniballs.

Vivid by TinCanKnits in JC Rennie - little grey hedgehog

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FO: Gather Hat and Cowl

My Scoopmas partner has received her swap package so I feel safe posting photos of this now. I had 3 balls of New Lanark DK in Blueberry left after knitting my Windswept Pullover and the colourway seemed a good match for my swapee. The pattern by TinCanKnits includes both a hat version and cowl version. I originally intended on just the hat but had sufficient leftovers to almost make the cowl too (I left out one repeat so it’s a little narrower). I worked the large adult hat and the small adult cowl. I used 4mm needles.

Gather Hat and Cowl by TinCanKnits in New Lanark DK, blueberry - little grey hedgehog

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FO: Rosewater Hat and Flexure Mittens

I might be avoiding working on the long rows of the Camellia Tee by working on other easy projects instead.

The other skein I picked up from NZ was 50g of fingering weight merino possum blend. It’s a lovely purpley colour and so soft. I planned to make a hat with it but didn’t at the time have a pattern in mind. The possum makes the yarn quite light for it’s yardage so there’s 240m of yarn in the 50g skein. Rosewater is a hat by TinCanKnits from the Handmade in the UK book which I’d purchased back when I knit my Lush Cardigan. I’d have thoughts of making it a some point and when the yardage matched up (requires 200m in the Adult S/M) I thought it’d be perfect. I didn’t swatch and used the needle sizes in the pattern (3.5mm and 4mm) and was a little bit worried about how small it looked when I finished it up a couple of days after starting especially as I used just under half of the yarn which was a lot less than expected. But blocking sorted it out and it’s a nice loose hat which comes down over my ears and despite the lace will be nice and warm.

Rosewater Hat - TinCanKnits

The other project that I’ve been working on are the Flexure Mittens by K.M. Bedigan. They are mitts rather than mittens being fingerless but have a cool top down construction which incorporates the thumb by means of a flap that then joins up with the rest of the hand stitches. They look as though they fold over and button together but the buttons are actually decorative (mine came from Textile Garden). The yarn I used for this was two 50g skeins of BFL sock from Lofty Fibres which I received in my Fishmas swap package. The yarn is a lovely mix of greeny blues and purples and very soft. I’ve still got at least 35g left so will have to think about what to do with the rest. I made the medium size but went down to a 2.5mm needle as I know that gets me the desired gauge when I knit socks.

Flexure Mittens - K.M. Bedigan, yarn from Lofty Fibres, buttons from Textile Garden

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