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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Yarn Along and February Finished Knits


I'm reading To Kill a Mockingbird again. I first read this book at 14 as part of theach English Junior cert curriculum. At the end of first year our English teacher had told us to read it over the summer to be ready for study in September.  I'm fairly sure I was the only one that did! But I've read it nearly every year since. The one on the left is my original copy. It was second hand when I got it over 20 years ago but in excellent shape. But over the years and the many, many times I've read it the cover has come off and taped back on, as have a few pages. But yet I never wanted to replace it. But finally somewhere along the way, the loose binding and pages resulted in therror loss of the last 10 or so pages 😟. That was several years ago now and I haven't replaced it. Something didn't feel right about getting a new copy. But I came across a copy in the local second hand shop and decided to give it a new home. I still won't be getting rid of my old copy though. It may be coming a part and have a few lost pages but it's like an old friend. So it will sit on my shelf along aside it's newer version a day they can get old and crumpled together!


On to the finished knits!

First up a chunky boomerang shawl. I'm not all that fond of working with chunky yarn, even though I love how squishy it is! Maybe I just haven't found any patterns I really like? I had 6 balls of Debbie Bliss Rialto Chunky in my stash for a long time. I spotted Shades of Wicklow on Ravelry a while back and as I'm from Wicklow I just had to give it a go. The first section was fine but we I completed the single coloured textured second section I didn't really like how it looked so I ripped back and replaced it with garter stitch. The pattern requires 100 g/110 m each of 3 colours which I didn't exactly have. I had 100 g of A, 150 g of B and 50 g of C, so while I did keep the colour changes almost the same as the pattern I had to change things around a little to work for what I had and to use up all I had!of course I didn't take notes!


Pattern: modified Shades of Wicklow by Martina Patricia Munroe
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Rialto Chunky
Yarn amounts: 100 g/110 m chocolate (43004), 150 g/165 m rust (43005) and 50 g/55 m of ecru (43003).


Next a quick baby hat for a soon to be born first baby of my husbands coworker. I finished it up last minute so I only had time to take a very quick photo on my phone.

Pattern: Little Harvester by me! (RavelryLove knitting)
Yarn: Bumblebirch Forage in Rosemary
Yarn amounts: 24 g/48 m
Size: 0-6 months

Some matching booties (again dreadful phone photo!).

Pattern: Cozy Toes by me! (RavelryLove knitting)
Yarn: Bumblebirch Forage in Rosemary
Yarn amounts: 26 g/52 m
Size: baby

I did a 2x2 rib on the cuff to match the hat ribbing and as I was stuck for time I crocheted a chain for the tie rather than an I cord. 

My cousin recently had a baby too so more baby knits! I'm working on a fingering weight Ballinakill hat (RavelryLove knitting) and I've already whipped up some booties with a matching mock cable detailing. I'm checking the numbers but I'll hopefully be releasing that pattern this month, in fingerings weight and hopefully dk and aran too.  As she shares the grandmother that inspired the design I thought it was an appropriate design to knit!