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I finished knitting my Shore Street hat while travelling northern India.

I initially got near to finishing the hat on the way to Jaipur. I’d been attempting to gauge the length by trying on at different points, but the hat still ended up way too long because of the way I did the brim. I eventually followed the shaping for the smallest hat using the stitch counts for the largest.

The next challenge was deciding what kind of pompom should adorn my new hat. I had an idea of making a giant rainbow pompom (see this post for more details) but I was unhappy about the idea of using up all of my remnants (I actually had enough for another Shore Street if I wanted).

I did end up making the pompom, but probably should have listened to my gut feeling that the colours weren’t quite right together. I might switch out for a plain yellow pompom one day, but wearing as is for now and I think it looks pretty cute.

An advantage of the extra size is that it fits all my hair!

 

Yarn: Leftovers of Baa Ram Ewe Titus and Jamieson & Smith 2-ply Jumper Weight

  • Main colour- Endeavour
  • Red, orange, blue- Gobstoppers
  • Yellow- J&S 91 Pumpkin
  • Green- J&S 11FC

Pattern: Sraid A’ Chladaich (Shore Street) by Kate Davies

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The knitting project on my needles at the moment is this beautiful hat, featuring the same slipped stitch pattern as my beloved Port Charlotte. I spent some time thinking about travel knitting projects that I could make from yarns and patterns I already had. I was mindful of how much money I have spent on knitting and sewing this year. Even though I don’t mind spending on my passions, it’s been a little bit ridiculous. I also don’t like having too much yarn or fabric lying around the house.

While glancing through Inspired by Islay for ideas, this hat jumped out at me straight away. I’d totally forgotten it existed after my initial perusal of IBI, but I knew it was perfect. I already had the rainbow colours from Port Charlotte, plus I still had plenty of dark blue left over from my League. I was so excited that I cast on before going on holiday. I had a very long car journey and wanted to spend the time productively.

From someone on Ravelry, I borrowed the idea of knitting the ribbing longer to wear it folded double. I think this will suit me better.

I had just started the orange teardrops when I tried the hat on and realised something. I wanted the brim to be even longer than I had made it. Sadly there was only one solution- frog all of the colour work and re-knit the ribbing to be twice as long. I will now be playing yarn chicken with my navy blue colour!

Although it was sad to undo my work, I am confident that this way I will end up with a finished item that I’m really happy to wear.

I will knit the brim to 5″/11cm. I also got to weigh the yarn I used for each colourwork section and it’s 5g.

Yarn: Leftovers of Baa Ram Ewe Titus and Jamieson & Smith 2-ply Jumper Weight

  • Main colour- Endeavour
  • Red, orange, blue- Gobstoppers
  • Yellow- J&S 91 Pumpkin
  • Green- J&S 11FC

Pattern: Sraid A’ Chladaich (Shore Street) by Kate Davies

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I already wrote about the substantive making of my Port Charlotte jumper, but I added a few elements to make it ‘more Christmassy.’ Even though I knit this sweater specifically for Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas, I was very clear that if I was going to invest so much time (and money) in a project, it had to be something I would love in its own right.

The words on the front are simply some chain-stitch embroidery. A top tip that really helped with this (thanks Jane) was to baste on the design with cotton first, to give myself a guideline. The only time I had to do it was on the train from London to Dorset, hence the uneven appearance. I’m definitely going to remove the embroidery once Xmas is over and done with.

I wore my jumper out and about on lovely day out in Bristol with my friend Jane to get some pictures. Here we are being geeks on the open-topped bus tour.

The yoke looks just as beautiful from the back.

I think this jumper fulfils its purpose of looking good with waisted skirts and dresses.

I STILL cannot pose for pictures.

Something that I wish I’d had some more time to work on was the light-up element of this jumper. I’ve been interested in incorporating lights into my knits for a few years now- this was my reason for backing a project on Kickstarter about making light-up cards.

The card kit didn’t really translate into wearable tech, but I backed another TehnoChic project that came with a load of cool LEDs, which were perfect for this. If I’d had more time, I would probably have knitted little pockets behind the sweater to hold the batteries. In the end, I just slapped them on using Velcro! I’ve been too lazy to get the LEDs out again since the filming, so they’re not pictured in this post.

If you want to see more about this sweater and see how I got on in the Christmas jumper knitting competition, you can see my second small screen appearance of the year at 5pm on Thursday 14th December on Channel 4. I imagine it will be available on demand after that (I hope so because I won’t actually be home when it’s on).

Pattern: Port Charlotte by Kate Davies. I made size 4 and my gauge was pretty much spot on.

Yarn: Titus by Baa Ram Ewe. Around 2 skeins White Rose, Gobstopper mini skeins and some Jamieson&Smith jumper weight from my stash

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My Xmas-loving aunt requested another pair of socks for my uncle this year. I have a feeling she asked me last year as well, but I never got around to making them. My uncle is a slightly grumpy Scottish guy (note: I like grumpy people, I think they’re funny) but I think he quite likes having really bright socks hidden beneath his dull work uniform. I’m sure there’s a metaphor in there somewhere. For this year’s ocular assault, I decided to dive into my stash rather than buying a new ball of sock yarn. I’m using leftovers from my various skeins of Stray Cat Sock yarn.

I’ve just been going with my gut with the colour progression. I’m not sure this was the best idea as I feel my colour selections have been a bit off all year. I hadn’t realised that the tone or warmth of the four balls of yarn is quite different. I’m still going to keep going as I don’t think this will bother my uncle.


Making a sock seems so quick after months of working on fingering weight jumpers. I’m really enjoying this project at the moment.

Pattern: Vanilla Latte Socks (FREE on Ravelry)

Yarn: Stray Cat Sock yarn, various colourways

Needles: 2.75mm

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I took a massive hiatus in knitting this hat after initially being thrilled with the result. The problem was that the beautiful pattern stretched out on my big melon head and it slightly spoilt the effect for me.

Princess of Power HatIMG_3657

If you are not an insane perfectionist, lucky you! You will not notice that the pattern looks less poppy and vibrant when worn as opposed to when flat. I envy you.

My wish to make the best version of this hat I could led me on a fascinating fact-finding mission in which I learned a lot about self-striping yarns and pooling effects. I also learnt that there was no way I could re-knit the hat to be bigger while maintaining the pattern. The only option left to me was blocking.

I grit my teeth. I sewed in the million ends I had because I wanted to maintain the colour blocking in the crown of the hat. Did I mention that I am crazy?

I also went and purchased a balloon. I have always blocked hats flat in the past. Well, I really seldom blocked them, but on the rare occasions I did, they were flat. I measured my head (I think it was 23 inches in circumference for anyone who is interested, which should be no one). I blew the balloon up to 25 ins. I thought it might be better to overshoot, and also balloon geometry meant that it worked better- the balloon is spherical while the human head is an elongated spheroid.



I think I made the hat slightly too big, but I can’t be bothered to try and fix it again. Lesson for next time. I also should not have blocked it with the brim folded. However, I am happier with the look now.


The final finishing touch is a giant pompom.


Et voila!


Overall this hat has been a reminder of the way in which my perfectionism can prevent me from taking pleasure in the things I make. Although I’m trying to work on this trait in myself, it continues to be a problem.

Pattern: Classic Cuffed Hat (free)

Yarn: Sparkle DK in Princess of Power by The Lemonade Shop

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I’ve had the yarn for this sweater in my stash for over a year, and I’ve had the pattern saved on Ravelry for about five. So I’m pleased to have finally cast on. This is how I’m hoping the jumper will look when it’s finished.

Credit to Emmygram on Ravelry.

I plan for this to be my version of a novelty Xmas jumper. It will combine many things I love- Studio Ghibli, knitting and kitsch.

I had initially planned to use K2P2 corrugated rib on the hem, sleeves and neckline because it look so cute on my Peerie Flooers hat. However, after consulting Ravelry I was worried it might look messy so stuck with K1P1 as per the pattern and sample pic above. I think I made the right choice.

The red is my provisional cast on. This will be removed at the end and finished with an I-cord bind off either in the dark green or perhaps dark blue. I’ve got a bit of a rainbow motif going on and I loves me some rainbow.

I used the crochet method suggested by Kate Davies in the pattern and it worked really well. However, I was terrified that I might have accidentally twisted it!

I’m really proud of myself because I’ve been knitting  the colourwork two-handed! I remember reading about ‘two-fisted fair isle’ in Stitch and Bitch when I first started knitting and thinking I would never be able to do that.

Look mum, two hands!

I’m on to the endless and dull stocking section now.

Check out my floats! There are a few little mistakes I can’t quite figure out, but overall I think the wrong side is looking good.

Pattern: Paper Dolls by Kate Davies

Yarn: Titus by Baa Ram Ewe.

The green, yellow, blue and purple are Jamieson & Smith 2-ply jumper weight.

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I’ve been wanting to make a hat for a while. I love knitting hats, but I try not to do it too often otherwise I would have hundreds of hats. As much as I would love that, I live in London and thus have limited hat storage capacity. First world problems.

Anyway, I decided to treat myself to a new hat. I am obsessed with the yarns dyed by The Lemonade Shop, so new American yarn was part of the treat.

Yummy. I couldn’t resist winding this yarn straight away.

I had intended to make a beautiful cabled Vogue hat, but lovely textures tend to get lost in crazy yarns, so I decided to keep it simple. I cast on and was a little worried the cuff was tight.

I always look grumpy on the bus.

I also wasn’t happy with how the colours were pooling. I had imagined large sections of white and turquoise, and this had an air of clown vomit to it. Disappointing given how excited I had been. I decided to press on and experiment with striping the yarn from each end of the ball to see if this improved the pooling.

As you may be able to see, the pooling improved a bit on the ribbing section, but looks a bit funny again once I switched to stocking stitch. I tried on the hat at this stage and was happy with the size, so I decided to rip the hat out and start again. I did go up a needle size for the ribbing.

I won’t keep you in suspense.


YES!

This is exactly what I had in mind when I bought this yarn. It puts me in mind of a super cool comic book about a badass magical girl.

Here’s what I looks like with the brim flipped up, which is how I will wear it.

Update before publication: I’ve finished the knitting on the hat and now I’m a little uncertain. It’s slightly too small and I don’t know if I like the contrast stripe.


To re-knit this to fit I think I would have to add eight stitches, which I think would throw off the awesome pooling.

I’m a bit annoyed as my gauge is exactly correct, but then I do have a big head. Maybe I need to do the finishing before I decide as a massive pompom hides a multitude of sins.

Pattern: Classic Cuffed Hat (free)

Yarn: Sparkle DK in Princess of Power by The Lemonade Shop

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