So it begins…

Summer is long over and quite frankly totally forgotten about. It was a fleeting thing that we all loved for the few weeks, alas memories are fading along with the dropping temperatures. Today it was really cold, 8c outside, which is so far away from the other month when we had 32c. The weather forcasters say that this winter will be the worst in 30 years, which will be interesting as near 10 years ago it was -17c at night and a few feet of snow, so god help us. The joys of living so far north.

Anyway, less of the weather and more of this…

So it begins; knitting

Now the weather has turned my knitting is out and off we go again. I am doing a circular blanket which will be in three colours, cream, brown and grey. Cream being the major colour and grey will be mostly edging.

I love knitting in the round/circular knitting. My mum, who has been knitting longer than I have been on the planet thinks knitting in the round is some sort of witchcraft. I have tried to show her that it is just standard knitting with 5 needles until the circular can be used, but she just does not get it. Although I did freak her out with 9 needles just to prove it does not matter if it is one needle or nine, it works just the same.

The pattern I am using is Stephen West’s “A Bit of Iceland”. The yarn I am using is the Womens Institute Aran (Cream) and Hayfield Aran (Grey & Brown), all knitted on 5.5mm needles. This is the third “Iceland” blanket I have knitted. The first is on the headboard of our bed and is in the original Iceland colours. The second is in Ireland as I made it for M’s mum, and done in creams and greens with the edgework in a sage green hank of merino that was rediculously expensive, but was lovely when finished. This new one will be used in the bedroom too. When we decorated the bedroom I did it in suble greys and browns, so this should look really nice when finished.

I have an idea for a hat I want to make for winter after seeing it on a film. I have checked and it is not a commercially available pattern or hat, and was made just for this film and sold at auction for £240. Once I have worked the pattern out and got to making it I will share it with you all. Just have to work it all out as it is not just a standard hat.

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  9 comments for “So it begins…

  1. September 9, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    I know where your summer went: straight to Florida. 😆

    It’s still hot as hell here, and of course we had a close call with the hurricane last week. In all fairness, it won’t start to cool off here for about a month.

    That looks like quite an intricate project and you’re on #3?! I’m impressed. Have fun with it! I’ve got my Neapolitan to keep me company for now.

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    • September 10, 2019 at 3:20 pm

      Yes we sent our weather south west to you guys lol. I love the pattern so making it again is great.


  2. September 9, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    Oh that blanket is going to be stunning and with the expected cold very necessary:)
    It’s fun to knit in the round and amaze people. I tried to teach someone once and she just could not get it. She thought of it as magic.

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    • September 10, 2019 at 3:22 pm

      Same as my Mum then LOL. M is usually impressed by complex knitting as he cannot do it, and he looks at some of the complex patterns I use as hieroglyphs lol

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  3. September 9, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    That looks a beautiful blanket in the making. Can’t wait to see it finished. Thank you for sharing the pattern.

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    • September 10, 2019 at 3:23 pm

      Thanks Lucy, I will keep posting as I go. The end part of it is 600 stitches per round and it usually measures 5.5 to 6 foot wide.

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  4. Sonja
    September 19, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    The blanket is wonderful! I think it would take me years to finish it…

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    • September 22, 2019 at 6:04 pm

      The last one took me about 6 weeks


      • Sonja
        September 29, 2019 at 8:06 pm

        That’s quick! I just saw that I’m working on a simple scarf since 2016. I used to cast on another one, and another, and none of them is ready yet. But I’m willing to change this. Autumn is near, I could need them to warm my shoulders. 🙂

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