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Is this little scarf I made for a friend’s birthday. I needed a quick knit and found this pattern, which was apparently ‘mindless knitting’. Not mindless enough for me, it seems – I still ended up making a mistake and needing to rip a load out!

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But it was finished and delivered and the recipient was happy, so that counts as a win!

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Knitting update, part 1

There’s quite a bit of knitting I haven’t shown you – some I need to photograph, but here’s some things I did last year.

First, a scarf I made for a friend’s birthday. R. has red hair and suits vibrant colours, so I fished some red yarn from my stash to make a scarf. It’s Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk, which is, as the name suggests, a blend of alpaca and silk. So, as you can imagine, it is soft and lustrous. It is utter, utter bliss to knit with. I did a simple 1×1 rib to show off the texture of the yarn, but wanted to embellish it a bit, so I improvised a flower and stitched it on, and used a button (filched from a friend’s button box) as the centre. I was very pleased with it, and might use the flower for other things, as it used only a small amount of yarn.

The second thing to share is my entry into knitting first aid. When I was at camp in the summer, a fellow camper’s beloved cardigan got too close to the fire, and one sleeve was damaged and threatening to unravel:

So, with some trepidation, because the charring meant I was dealing with lots and lots of loose ends at once, I unpicked the charred section, leaving a row of live stitches:

which I then picked up on a circular, before transferring them to double pointed needles. I knitted a ribbed cuff which matched the uncharred one in terms of stitch, if not colour. The yarn I used looks much whiter than the rest of the cardigan, but it actually matches the original colour of the yarn (which I could see when I unpicked), so I reckon with a bit of time hanging around campfires, it’ll match perfectly before long:

So, A.’s cardigan lives to camp another day.

I have a few more bits and bobs I can show you once I’ve sorted photos – and the freeform knitting I posted about last year is coming on a treat…

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I have some finished projects to show you!

The first is a shawl I knitted for a fundraising auction. It’s the City Shawl (Ravelry Link) which is knitted from one skein of Colinette Mohair. Here it is, on my sweetpeas – the only thing that was big enough to drape it on outside!

The mohair is lovely and soft – and for a fluffy yarn, not annoying to knit with. It’s not huge – if you want a big shawl then I think an extra skein and some more repeats would be in order.

The second is a Drop Stitch Scarf (Ravelry link) which I knitted from a skein of Knitpicks Imagination sock yarn. This stuff is lovely – wool and alpaca with a bit of nylon – and it softens beautifully on blocking. It’s also $4.99 a skein, which is very good, even when you’ve paid your friend to post it to you from the US (Thank you Christina! ) The colourways all have names from fairytales (Gingerbread House, Seven Dwarves, Damsel) and this one is Wicked Witch. I love it.

The pattern is lovely – almost ludicrously easy given how effective it is:

This scarf is for me. I knit so much for other people and this is my new winter scarf. Hoorah!

I have some projects I am itching to cast on, but after the weekword post on my addiction to ‘Beginning’, I have told myself very sternly that I am not to cast anything else on until I’ve finished the cardigan I’m knitting for the Little Girl. If I leave it much longer, it won’t fit her any more!

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Squishy scarf

Another skein of the delightful Colinette Giotto became this lovely scarf:

One skein, in 3×3 rib so it’s nice and squishy. 2 skeins would make a longer and wider one, but sometimes a little skinny scarf is what you need.

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I promised I’d post about my Christmas knitting once the gifts had been given.

So, here’s the first instalment.

I actually knitted three of these – as well as the pinks, there was one in blue, and one in creams and golds – but forgot to photograph them before I posted them off.

Anyway, each scarf is knitted from one skein of Colinette Giotto. I don’t know the shades because they were discontinued ones I bought from their factory shop. Anyway, they are satisfyingly easy and quick to knit. You need 15mm needles, which for those who haven’t used them, feels a bit like knitting using telegraph poles.

You cast on a multiple of 4 stitches plus 2. For the pictured scarf, I cast on 18 stitches. For a wider, shorter scarf, try 22. (Any wider than that and you’ll need 2 skeins. Unless you want a square scarf, I suppose.)

Then it’s *K2, yrn, p2tog* to last 2 st, K2 (the multiple of 4 plus 2 thing should mean that you’re ending each row with K2) until you run out of yarn. Cast off, weave in ends (I suggest weaving in quite a long tail because this stuff unravels really easily).

I love Colinette and I love Giotto. The shininess doesn’t show so well in the picture, but it has a lovely shimmeryness. And the colours are heaven.

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