Drumrolls and fanfares

It’s FINIIIIIIISHED!!

Almost 9 months after casting on I finally have a complete Flax Light!

It’s kind of hard to tell with my rubbish camera, but this thing is gorgeous! And, more importantly, IT FITS!

This is my ill-but-still-super-happy face

Maybe one day soon I’ll make a friend so I can get a full-length photo of me wearing it…

The pattern is Flax Light, which is a free pattern by Tin Can Knits. I made the Large size, which used up less than 2 skeins of West Yorkshire Spinners Exquisite yarn. I chose the Emerald colourway because…well, look at it!

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This is my first ever knitted garment for myself so I’m pleased (and more than a little surprised) that it actually fits me really well.  I learned so many new skills making this; how to put the sleeve stitches onto waste yarn, the backwards loop cast on, how to pick up stitches, how to sew up the massive underarm holes left after picking up stitches, how to recognise whether the previous round was knit or purled, how to undo a cast off, and finally how to cast off loosely.

Undoing the cast off isn’t part of the pattern, I just discovered that my usual cast off is no match for my hips and had to redo it. You live and learn.

I would definitely recommend this as a first jumper for anyone (although maybe go for regular Flax rather than Light if you want it to go a bit faster) – I am not a confident knitter but I managed this with very few problems, it’s easy, it’s comfy, and it looks really good.

I can see this becoming my favourite jumper, and I’m already itching to cast on another one!

Hannah

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FO Friday 02.02.18

I don’t seem to have very many FOs at the moment, not sure why.

All I have to offer this week is my second granny square for Yarn4Less

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Apologies for the photo quality, I spent 15 minutes trying to get a decent one and it just wasn’t happening!

This square is made up of 2 rows regular dc alternated with 2 rows fp/bpdc, which makes a pattern far more interesting than I can get my camera to show.

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Just trust me, it’s amazing 😉

So they’re on their way to be added to the big blanket. I can’t wait to see the end result.

I’m feeling sad today, I was with one of my best friends last night when he got some awful, awful news. So I’m going to curl up under my duvet and not move unless I absolutely have to, and hopefully that will help.  Then next time I see the people I love I’m going to hug them extra tight, especially my friend.

How’s everyone’s week been? Got any FOs to share? Let me know in the comments (and then go hug someone).

Hannah

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