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Hello! Knit’s Been a While…

…I’ve missed you! Regular readers will know that just one post a month is not unusual for me but in between I do try and keep up with reading your lovely blogs and I’m sorry I have been MIA and not stopping by to say hello. I had every intention of checking in after hols but the longer I left it the more I put it off as I knew how much I had to catch up on…But it’s time to bite the bullet and jump back in!  So I hope you will forgive me if I haven’t stopped by for a while, I hope to rectify some of that over the next few days.

So although I have been out of action in blogland I can assure you my knitting needles have been very much in action. Do you want to see what I have been working on? Yes? Oh good, I hoped you would say that!

First up – holibobs! We had an amazing  2 and a half weeks on the beautiful Greek island of Alonissos. It was pretty much the perfect getaway with lots of sunshine, reading, beach times and of course, knitting 🙂 I got into a lovely routine of getting up each morning and spending an hour or so knitting on the veranda. Bliss…

Morning Knitting

I took 4 projects with me, the Ilene Bag that I didn’t quite manage to get finished before we went away, the Happenstance Shawl, the double knit Kitty Cushion and a new design that I had started working on.

Ilene Bag

The Ilene Bag by Hannah Ingalls is a great pattern, it’s a simple k2tog, yo lace pattern worked in the round and the finished bag was perfect for beach essentials! And it’s a free pattern on Ravelry too 🙂 I just had a few rows at the top and the handle to finish when I got there but that only took a few mornings to do.

Ilene Bag

Knitted Bag

I would have preferred a slightly longer strap, but I ran out of yarn – but it has stretched a bit with use. This is a great pattern, well written and easy to follow. I already have another one on the needles which will be a Christmas present 🙂

Happenstance

This is a lovely pattern by Romi Hill from the Kate Davies Book of Haps. I cast on using Moorfields Alpaca yarn and it was my travel project for the journey to Greece. As soon as we arrived, instead of unpacking we headed out to the veranda to take in the last of the evening sun over a glass of wine – and a few more rows 🙂

Evening KnittingOver the next few days I even managed to knit some of it in the paddling pool!

Pool KnittingUntil disaster struck….and I ran out of yarn!

IMG_0323So then it was onto the next project, and time to learn how to double knit!

Kitty Cushion

As soon as I saw this super cute pattern by Nicky Barfoot I knew it wouldn’t be long before I cast on. The only thing that held me back for a while was the fact that I had never done double knitting before but I figured that holiday would be the perfect time to get to grips with it . Armed with a free Basic Double Knitting Ravelry tutorial by Cassie Castillo I cast on a small swatch to practice on first. It turns out it was nowhere near as complicated as I had built it up to be, so I jumped in and before long this little face began to emerge.

Kitty Cushion progressI I found it helpful to place stitch markers at each colour change, just to keep track. He is now off the needles and ready to be blocked and sewn together this weekend.

As for my new design, that didn’t get very far…it wasn’t going to plan and I didn’t have my laptop to work out the changes so this is now frogged and its back to the drawing board!

IMG_9828So that’s what I have been up to. What about you? It’s time to put the kettle on and find out!

18 thoughts on “Hello! Knit’s Been a While…”

  1. Your holiday spot looks idyllic Jem! The projects are mostly on the very practical side – I have never heard of double knitting, but what an adventure it must be! The cushion is fabulous, do you put the inner between the two faces? Your latest pattern is being knit up in beautiful colours. I was intending to knit up ‘The Moon and Sky’ pattern this past winter, but didn’t have enough of the same yarn to make it up, so I made smaller shawls – one day I’ll get to it!!

    1. Yes it really was lovely, I miss the routine of getting up each morning with a cup of coffee and working a few rows, it was the best way to start the day! Double knitting was new to me too, but both sides are worked together – the hardest part is going to be choosing which kitty face to have on the cushion….but then I could just make another!

      Haha, I know what you mean, I have so many projects in my queue that I hope to get round to one day!

      1. Good for you. I can’t bring myself to book anything abroad at the moment – The stress of Hicks constant rollercoaster health making me worry he’s going to be ill while we’re away, destroys the enjoyed too much. Although now Littlest has established her freelance work she’ll have him for week, so I may pluck up courage, if I can leave him with her.

  2. Looks like a great vacation, and productive, too! Can you get more yarn for the hap? Love the colors in that new shawl, and of course the kitty is adorable!

    1. It really was! 🙂 I ordered more yarn but I must have ordered the wrong colour as it was a lot darker…and now I’ve lost heart with it a bit. It’s gone on the ‘think about’ pile while I decide what to do…

  3. Welcome back! I can understand why you wanted to hold on to that holiday feeling for a little longer… That looks like heaven. And so… Much… Knitting! I love your bright, sunny beach bag, and that kitty cushion is superb 😀

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