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2013: I did achieve something!

Well the year is almost over, what did I get done this year?

The first thing I completed was a summer tunic that I really enjoy wearing.  I have received a number of compliments and even had people suggest I make them to sell.  I tell people to go to Dairing to get the kit when they say that.

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There were a number of scarves, knitted and woven, a couple of cowls and a couple of hats.

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I worked with silk, stainless steel, linen, cotton, alpaca, wool, soy and mohair.

PhotoGrid_1388289299171[1]I also learnt to weave with 2 heddles to make a 2×1 twill.

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So what will 2014 have in store? Maybe a few UFOs completed, some knitting, some weaving and some embroidery.

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Black & white

I’ve finished 2 shawls for myself recently.

The first one is a black woven shawl. I doubled the warp but not the weft and used a slubby cotton rayon. This took me a few days to make.

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At the other end of the scale is A Handsome Triangle from Victorian Lace Today  that I started on new years day 2010. Yes, it took nearly 3 years to finish it.  This pattern has patterning in every row. I found the only way I could keep track of where I was up to was to knit back instead of purling so that I always had the right side facing.  It was worth it, I love the final result. This was knitted in 4ply bamboo.

Ravelry link.

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Its been a while…

I haven’t written a post since October so here is a bit of an update. First up I got out my bamboo shawl that has been on the needles for 2 years now. I managed a fair bit of it during a week of train travel a few weeks ago.

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Also on the needles is a Dairing tunic. I’ve finished the first piece and blocked it and I’m now onto the second piece.

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On the weaving front I made a scarf for a friend for her birthday. She loved it and was thrilled to get a hand made gift.

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I also made a woven bag. I used a clasped warp method to add the yellow on one side. I’m now knitting a cabled strap to go on it.

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My latest project is another summer wrap. I have been wearing cotton and linen scarves on hot days and they have been really good so more variety is needed. This one is black.

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Winter has arrived

Its the season for scarves, mitts and hats.

I currently have 2 berets, some beanies and 2 felt hats, I think I need some more as the colours I have are not right to wear with a lot of my clothes.  I need some different ones.  Maybe a rasperberry beret to match my new raspberry wrist warmers?  

I made these recently with the raspberry I used in my woven wrap. I like colour co-ordination.  I have enough left for a matching beret.  They go really well with my plum jacket ( the other yarn I used in my woven wrap).

Also on the needles are another pair of mitts using the leftovers of my saxon cable shawl so I will be able to wear those ones with reds unlike the raspberry ones.

On the loom is an offwhite scarf using multiple textures to add a bit of interest.

It doesn’t show up particularly well in photos but it is mohair on one side and a 2ply wool/alpaca blend on the other with a random zigzag where the fibres change over.  You can see the smooth yarn in the bottom left hand corner.

With the weaving I have been doing this year I have a good variety of scarves to choose from.

Now to get some more mitts and hats…