For the love of knitting

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Friends, I miss sewing. I am on day 27 of the Whole 30, so in 3 long days, I will finally be able to take my measurements and get back to my first love (after Shane and the boy and the kitties, that is). I have been going a bit stir crazy at not hobbying for a while, so I decided that it was high time I knit myself something. Anything, I don’t care at this point!

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You may remember a few years ago I took up knitting and made a few little scarflets like the one below.

Made in 2012

Made in 2012

This was gifted to my mother in law at Christmas 2012, and she seemed to really like it. I have found that I go in spurts where I will knit tonnes of stuff for a few weeks, and then all of a sudden go months without touching my knitting needles. I’ve never really done that with sewing except for in the last little bit because babies be stealing all my nerding time, yo!ย 

Over the past few years, I’ve basically knit scarves and hats. And two baby blankets. Here are a few of the things I’ve knit:

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My first scarf for me, an easy Jane Richmond pattern.

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Bittersweet cowl, made for my lovely friend Theresa.

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The Honey Cowl, a Christmas gift for my mom.

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The Rivoletto, one of my all time favourite cowls.

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Baby boys blanket. Where he goes, it goes.

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His and hers scarf and cowl for my brother in law and his fiancee. No pattern used, just based it on a broken rib stitch.

After this, of course, were the hats. Oh lord, I knit so many hats in the span of two months.

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Above are what I call ‘The Aytenfisu Hats’. That is, the hats that I knit for my best friend, her husband, and four kids for Christmas. My original plan was to only knit for the kids, but once I finished their hats, it just didn’t seem right for me to leave my friend and husband out. So I made them some too.

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I knit baby boy a hat. Unfortunately, he hated it.

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I also knit Shane a hat for his birthday. Fortunately, he liked it.

These hats were done from roughly the beginning of November to December 23, when I finished the last Aytenfisu hat. I also managed to knit a hat for my friend Linda’s new baby in that time, but I didn’t manage to get a picture of it. All that knitting in such a short time span, along with taking care of a newborn, totally burned me out. My hands were sore and I’d had enough for a few months. Now, I’m ready to jump back into it with something simple, a shawl.I have been wanting to make a shawl for so long, but I’ve never found the instructions that intuitive, so I pledged to just blindly follow the instructions, come what may. Very miraculously, it’s going well! It’s actually starting to look like it’s supposed to!

The yarn is Madelinetosh tosh merino light that I bought in New York a few years ago. I had originally bought it to knit myself some socks, but after attempting to use a similar weighted single ply yarn with disastrous results, I figured that it was destined to become something that wouldn’t need to be quite as durable as socks are meant to be. I think I made a good decision, as the pattern I’m using is so simple that it really shows off how lovely the yarn is. There is a slight problem in that I may not have enough yarn to finish the project, but I am hoping to score some off of someone on Ravelry or somewhere on line. If you know of anyone who has a hank of Tosh Merino Light in the Fjord colour way, and is willing to sell it, please let me know!

So there you have it, a sizeable chunk of my knitting projects to date. I hope to do a better job of documenting these in the future, especially as I plan on knitting baby boy a sweater. And also a sweater for me, because why not? Nothing like knitting a winter sweater in the summer! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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