Completed Projects in 2018

It is nearly the end of the year and I have not been too productive in 2018 compared to previous years, but I have knitted a couple of jumpers and achieved some things such as learning new techniques and designing my first jumper from scratch.

Below you can see the completed projects of 2018. I have two pairs of socks on the go and am nearly finished with a cardigan but I am moving house this week so am unlikely to finish anything before the end of the year.

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In my previous round up of 2017 I noted some highlights and new to me yarns and techniques so will try to do the same here.

Makes of 2018

3 selfless knits:

  • 1 pair of mittens to go with a hat from last year.
  • 1 cabled hat for my friend in Vienna
  • And a test knit which became my guide daughter’s

I have also donated some previously made items to charity.

The other things I am most proud of are the self designed jumper (writing patterns and grading them is hard!) and I loved making the Boko Boko cowl as that was a knit-along with 2 amazing ladies here in Brighton.

I also learned to call it quits and sometimes just rip back and frog a project. There may be more of that to come in the future. I think I have one more WIP to rip back.

Techniques of 2018

  1. Sock knitting  – top down
  2. Designing a jumper and grading the pattern
  3. Experimenting with 3D knitting
  4. Knitting cables without a cable needle
  5. More Marlisle

Not sure if it counts but I also used mohair for the first time and it is currently a WIP.

 

Looking at the plans for 2018

If I look back at my Make Nine plans for 2018 I have been quite bad and only completed 2 of those. But then bad may be the wrong word. I am still happy with what I made and where the year took me. 🙂

I managed to make the Boxy and Brackett hat. There are still items on this list I want to try and make in 2019 but I will make plans in another post.

How was 2018 for you and your knitting journey? I hope you have a lovely break over the holidays and have a wonderful start to the new year. 🙂

FO: Askews me shawl

I have finally done it and finished the Askews me shawl by Stephen West. This DK squishy brioche wonder of asymmetricalness alluded me for a while. Once I knew a bit more about brioche, I had the confidence to start the project but then didn’t know what colours to make it in.

I am trying to be better with my stash and not just buy things for new projects all the time but see what I have and what I can make from it. I realised I had a fade from madelintosh in white and speckles that I wanted to make a cardigan from but never did and I had some more DK colours in tonal variations in Brooklyn tweed arbor. I felt like both yarns were special and needed a special dedicated project and I nearly did not use them but in the end it is better for something to be used and hopefully then be loved than sit in a box forever. At least that was my thinking and I cast on.

Then I cast on several more times because I did not understand the brioche garter tab. If you can call it that but eventually it made sense and then this project is a breeze. I do suggest using markers to mark the sections where you increase and later decrease to make sure this is a mindless knit.

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I took this everywhere even though it grew so big and heavy. I must have looked crazy with my massive back pack and then getting this project out of my fringe field bag. The bag wouldn’t even close. Overall this was a simple and fun knit and I love the result. The wrap is squishy and warm and lovely to use.

The edge is finished with an icord which is a new to me technique and I loved it. It made for a great finish and I have seen some versions of people using bits of random bright colours in the icord. This is really effective.

Do you ever block brioche? I did not block this wrap,… well yet anyways. I am worried about the colourful underside leaking and staining the other bits of the wrap. I would not pin this but wondered if it could use a little relaxing bath.

I will ponder and then decide. I’ll be sure to take before and after pics.

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Those are before pictures. What happened when blocking? The wrap grew massive. It hardly fits on my double bed now. It’s also less squishy and the brioche has sort of expanded.

You can see in these pictures that there are now gaps between the ridges. For me that works quite well as now the shawl drapes more for wrapping myself in and I like the colours showing through.

For the actual blocking process I only soaked the shawl in luke warm water for about 20 mins with a bit of Soak in it. I like using this because it smells amazing and you don’t need to rinse it out but you can use whatever you prefer. I used to use softener and rinse it out.

I then rolled the wet shawl between two towels and jumped on it to get some moisture out and then laid it gently on a towel on my spare sofa bed. The shawl was gently placed and not pinned or stretched in any way. I just laid it flat. Two days later it was dry and wearable. 🙂

How do you wear your askews me?

2017 Round up

I love using Ravelry and storing my makes and tracking my stash using it.

2017 saw a productive and technically ambitious knitting year for me. I stopped commuting half way through the year which meant I tackled some bigger more complex projects rather than more portable mindless ones.

I made 4 pairs of socks (1 as a gift), 3 jumpers, 6 hats (2 were gifts) and 3 scarfs/shawls and one steeked cardigan.

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New techniques and skills I tried:

  1. Tubular cast on
  2. Sewn bind off
  3. Three needle bind off
  4. All the cables
  5. Sock knitting – toe up
  6. Steeking
  7. More colour-work
  8. Seaming a sweater
  9. Making up my own hat pattern
  10. Brioche

New to me yarns I fell in love with:

  1. Shetland DK by Blacker Yarns.
  2. Stone Wool Cormo which I posted about here.
  3. West Yorkshire Spinners 4ply
  4. Blacker Yarns Samite silk blend

All in all it was a great year for me, exploring more challenging techniques and realising you can just do it and if it does not work out, unravel and start again. I think I am definitely a process knitter. It is all about learning for me.

I am hoping to share more of my journey in 2018 and it may include some other learnings, such as business related ones, but we shall see, 🙂 Happy New year!