Sunday, 28 August 2011

Year of Projects Update - 28th August 2011

Oooh, it is good to be home!

I've got lots done during the last week, two FO's and another well and truly on the way there.... So without further delay.... Drumroll please............................

Introducing Erik!!!! He's finally done!!! I managed to finish the knitting on Tuesday, ten when we got home on Tuesday night the zip was waiting for me, what fantastic service! So on Wednesday the zip was machine sewn in and he's blocking as I type ( I haven't managed to do it before because of those pesky kids), here are the unblocked pics....

Its looking much better blocked, and far less wonky, hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to get a shot of my brother wearing it, hangover depending! (It's Midnight on Saturday and he's just got back from Wembley after watching our team Wigan Warriors beat Leeds Rhinos in the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final) I really love the contrast of the bright orange zip against the natural wool, and most importantly Dan loves it too.

My second FO of the week was finished on Friday after only being started on Wednesday and is the first of two Modern Rib Hats for the boys. Here it is modelled by Alfie whilst watching the aforementioned match on the telly earlier today....

It was a lovely, easy knit which I didn't have to really think about, I'll probably cast on the other one this week so then they're out of the way ready for when the weather turns!

Last but not least I cast on the Owls jumper for Sarah, Daniel's girlfriend. She knows nothing about this so I want to get it finished by the next time they visit (they live 200 miles away near to where I grew up) in 3 weeks for Pewsey Carnival, that shouldn't be a problem! I cast this on on Tuesday before we left my Mum's so that I could knit in the car and managed 7 inches of the body in the dark on the motorway while hubby very kindly drove. I'm now knitting both sleeves at the same time in the round Magic Loop style which does take a fair amount of concentration so is strictly reserved for when the children are in bed!
This is as far as I've got......

I'll soon be done with the sleeve increases so they'll go much more quickly once I don't have to remember how many rows I've done!

I'll probably cast on a baby cardigan for my neighbour who gave birth to a beautiful little girly while we were away (Yes, I know I've got one on the needles on my list but that will be too big!) and I'll hopefully have a jumper to show you next week!

Happy knitting xx


  1. WOW - you are a fast knitter. I'm still working on my tank top that I started July 1.

  2. Gosh, you're whizzing along there aren't you? The sweater looks good even unblocked but will look forward to seeing it being modeled. Have you done much magic loop knitting? I've totally given up trying to use dpn's and was thinking the magic loop was the best option.

  3. Oh My how quick are you at whizzing through your projects.
    Love Erik and can't wait to see the zip against the wool, I think it will look fab too.
    Love the hat and have now added this to my favourites for my boys.
    I can't even get my head around knitting both sleeves at once :O so I'll watch you do it in amazament lol.

  4. I can't believe how much you have done.....really impressive. I love the hoody top and the hat, I've never attempted anything much for my boys as it always looks very homemade, but your things are brilliant. As for knitting two sleeves at once, that is totally beyond me!!!

  5. Lots of great things! Don't you just love hoodies?!

    Awesome hat. That Spiderman suit is awesome too!

  6. aha, that's why there was so much traffic around Wembley yesterday!

    Beautiful knitting, as always. I still can't get over how quickly you re-worked Erik.

  7. Lucky man of yours to receive this project chockful of time, love, and patience.
    One can never have too many hats! What a little cutie.
    Love the colorway of the Owl jumper. Such interesting variegation.

  8. That is fast work. Love the sweaters and the spiderman costume.

  9. you have got to share with me! how are you able to get so much knitting done with your kiddos?! That is awesome!

  10. Erik is amazing. I love the hat. Oh I so need to learn how to do magic circle knitting for sleeves.

  11. Wow you have some serious knitting on the go. Erik looks great and I look forward to seeing the Owl sweater. I'd be over the moon to receive one xx

  12. yes, please share your secret. I briefly considered velcroing Livy's diaper to a chair, but figured that would only encourage her to go around bare-bottomed. I love your hoody!

  13. Hi Becky, long time no see!

    Just found your blog via goodpurlgonebad, have subscribed through my RSS feed. Amazing knitting going on by the looks of it, as usual! Must catch up soon x


  14. I love "Erik". Especially the red zipper.. The hat also gets my vote. Your knitting is a prime example of multi-tasking that I am incabable of doing. Thought this came naturally...

  15. The jumper looks great, the bright contrasting zip is a super idea

  16. Dang! You are doing great at the YOP! Love the hoodie. The orange zipper is just a the perfect accent. Love the Owls Jumper. Totally want to do that one. And the hat is great. Love those easy knits.