It’s That Cowl Again

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I’m drawing your attention to the photograph of the cowl I’d completed but gifted before taking a snap of the finished item from the last post.

Some of you will have no doubt seen me knitting it and a good few of you were surprised to hear it wasn’t for me as they’re definitely my colours, so much so that I was a little tempted to keep it 😉  Dina and I purchased the yarn from The Knitting Goddess stall at Yarndale last year after spotting their pretty sample garment, which was in very different shades and of which they’d sold out 😦 Undeterred we opted for something different, me thinks years of living in my technicoloured world might finally be having an affect (step away from the black and grey clothes).

The pattern is called the Mirrored Linen Stitch Cowl by Joy McMillan, who owns The Knitting Goddess with her husband Bobbie.  The yarn I’ve used is their Hand Dyed Chunky Roving which is 100% Blue Faced Leicester.  It feels as soft as it looks too and the striking contrast in colours really makes the Linen Stitch pop.

Red

The beautiful shade is called Semi Solid Red

Turquoise

and this even more gorgeous one is called Turquoise Haze

Fortunately, the lovely Dr. Sock had recently knitted a scarf in Linen Stitch and we had searched for the best cast off method to use at the time, so I was ahead of the game and knew to go with a sewn cast off.  225 stitches and a couple of hours later (at least it seemed like it), the cowl was complete.

The eagle eyed amongst you may have noticed that there’s a twist in the cowl and if you look at the pattern on Ravelry there isn’t.  I was horrified 🙈 when I noticed and even took it off of my needles and tried it on to see what it would look like.  By happy coincidence, it’s probably made it sit a little better, making it snugger and as a result cosier 👌

The recipient agrees – but she would, wouldn’t she?

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What do you think?

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Sirdar Ophelia

 

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I’m not usually too much of a fan of furry yarns, but of late I’ve noticed there are changes underfoot.  I even caught myself pondering colours for a project and warming to mint?  Those of you that know me, will know I’m not really a pastel kind of girl, quite the opposite usually, but combine the mint and my new found amour with fur and it’s fair to say I’m concerned 😮

In fairness to myself the fur I’m alluding to is in colours more to my usual taste and it is so incredibly soft, that I’d defy any of you not to be smitten too.

The yarn I’m referring to is Ophelia from Sirdar.

Each 50g ball contains 95metres/104yards of this yummy yarn which also has a glimpse of lustre from it due to the metallic thread running through it.  Ophelia knits to a tension of 14 stitches by 19 rows on 6.5mm needles and is perfect for making garments and accessories, as well as gifts.  Ophelia is machine washable and easy care.

opheliaOphelia is available in 10 shades including white and cream which could also be useful to those of you considering making cardigans for Communion and while we’re thinking along those lines, what about a cover up for a Winter wedding too?

Despite how busy things get round here when Winter hits, I did manage to find the time to have a play and whipped up a really quick hat – beautifully modelled by Dina my ever suffering daughter.

Her co-operation, as you can see was very forthcoming….

I’d caught her off guard when she was sweeping after we’d closed on Saturday, hence the broom.

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Me being me, couldn’t resist popping it on her head – oops, I slipped 😉

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Not sure exactly what she was about to say, maybe it was Festive or Fluffy? 

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Come to think of it I’m rather lucky she didn’t bop me with the broom.

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Still smitten I used another colour to knit my Heart Decorations

One ball for all 3 and they’ve already been referred to as boudoir hearts.  Wonder if I’ll get away with giving them to my Secret Santa recipient?

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Kye Made This

Just a really quick post to show you what Kye made for his favourite resource hours teacher, Mrs McCarthy.

This week is his last at  National School (primary) and he will be starting secondary school in September.  There have been a lot of changes at the school since he began in 2006 but Mrs McCarthy has always been there and he’s grown very fond of her.

We’d be looking for something nice to give her as a gift and had found loads of ideas on Pinterest (who doesn’t?), so we narrowed down the list and finally decided on this.  He did everything himself including putting it together.

 

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Brief Instructions (very brief)

We bought a frame in Tesco for €10.50, it’s slightly bigger than A4.

I got Kye to check in his thesaurus for words that have the same meaning as teach and favourite and make a list of words he preferred.

Using word he then selected fonts, sizes and colours for each word and he printed off a test sheet so he could tweak the design a little and then when he was happy he did it again on ‘posh’ paper.

It looks lovely and I’m really proud of him for writing exactly how he feels about her on it too.  Especially as he’s at that age where it’s important to be cool.

Happy Crafting!