Friday, 27 January 2012

11 in 2011 done!

Hoorah and huzzah, last years challenge is a little photo gallery of 10 out of the 11 (I've just realised I don't have piccies of the summery cardigan, and frankly its far too chilly to model it today!).

Number one: The plain and simple pullover. Love this pattern, and loved this top. Sadly it came to a sticky end when accidentally put in the wash.....fits me like a cropped top now which does not go well with my physique. Haven't decided whether to recycle it into a cushion or pass it on yet!
(Out of order now, getting blogger to upload these in the right order is far too much for my whisky addled brain to handle!).
The bramblewood vest, coincidentally I am wearing it as I write  - I love this top and am very tempted to make another one soon. Never thought I'd be a lime green kind of girl, but this yarn can make anyone fall in love with bright colours, its Punta Merisoft, my favourite!
Next up we have an Owls sweater, you can't quite see it in the photo but there are cabled owls all around the top. Designed by the fabulous and inspirational Kate Davies, this is another one that will almost definitely get made again.
Yummy yummy. This ones from a design called Irish Coffee, and has become another of my wardrobe staples. The colour is scrummy and it fits great too. I am very fond of several other of Thea Colman's designs - who'd have thought I'd have a soft sport for snuggly sweaters?!

(You may have noticed that all of my efforts have had short sleeves thus far - this is NOT cheating! Why? Because I said so!).
The first of the baby sweaters now - and look long sleeved!
This one hasn't been gifted yet, it was made with a little boy in mind, but sadly he was inconsiderate enough to keep growing while I was knitting - how rude! If anyone has a littl'un in need of a cotton baseball style stripey tee - let me know!
Dodgy quality photo, but this one was late getting to the post office so this had to do. It was my birthday present for my Mum last year, the pattern is the Sage Remedy Top, and (yet again) I quite want one for myself too!

Three more baby sized offerings: Dance of Robots for my nephew; a Sunnyside cardigan for my cousin's newborn and a Little sister dress for my niece. All great free patterns, well-written and with lots of scope for playing with colours.
And last, but definitely not least - number 11. This was a beast of a knit, cast on last May and finished on Tuesday this week. The pattern is Shalor by Penny Straker. And the finished sweater (if I do say so myself) is fabulous. I wore it to work on Tuesday just to pretend that it was mine, before handing it on to the lucky recipient. Obviously it can't possibly look as good on him, cos all sweaters look better on women (its a boob thing
!), but I think he'll love it nonetheless. He'd better!

And yes, those of you paying attention will have noticed that I none of my 11 were for Paul. No, he hasn't fallen out of favour......his new cardigan is number 12, and hopefully will be done before winter passes so he can get some use out of it.....

Right, back to the needles. Night all. x

PS. If someone can let blogger know that 'snuggly' and 'scrummy' are definitely valid words that don't require spell-checking that would be lovely.


  1. Well, congrats! :)

    It's a lovely gallery! Btw, I'm currently going through an intense phase of falling in love with light blues and greens (cobalt blue, turquoise blue and apple green in particular) and I absolutely LOVE the colours of the first two projects (pullover and vest)!!!
    (Maybe you could try blocking the blue one to enlarge it a bit).
    And that tweed yarn (Irish Coffee) is jaw-droppingly beautiful!

  2. Thank you! Both the first two projects are made with yarns from the Punta company. Gorgeous to work with and such great colours. I used to be very muted in my colour choices, but their colourways just force you to be more adventurous. The Irish Coffee sweater is made with Knitpicks yarn - their city tweed. Excellent quality for such a cheap yarn, I'm not always fond of their stuff, but the tweed ones are really nice.
    As for the blocking tried it.Afraid 'enlarging it a bit' isn't going to be enough. ..... :(