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Time for purple!

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First of the Christmas sets for the male part of my family is finished, washed and waiting to be packed and posted! And I loved knitting it!

The first great thing about these small projects is the yarn: seriously, Malabrigo Rios is a knitter’s dream. I love most of their colourways, it’s super soft, smooth and at least in theory machine washable, which was one of the main requirements for me. I don’t want to give anything that would require hand washing, even if after some bad experiences I’m still skeptical about superwash wool. But the truth is, I can’t imagine my brother even remembering to wash stuff by hand, same with my dad or nephew, and my mum has a degenerative illness in her palms and definitely shouldn’t be forced to wash anything by hand either. Hopefully with wool programme in the washing machine nothing will get felted and damaged.

Now on to the elements of this set.

The hat is Declan’s Hat pattern by Samantha Kirby. I really like it and the project itself was a fast, enjoyable knit. I added a pom pom but I think I might remove it after all – I think it actually looks better in the basic version. Or maybe I will detach it but give it as an optional part of the set.

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Work in progress…
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…and the finished hat πŸ™‚

For the neck I chose Stephen West’s Purl Ridge Scarf pattern. Very basic and simple, and so cute! I really like how the colour changes show in this cowl, it’s a perfect pattern to show off an interesting, variegated yarn.

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And finally my first gloves with one finger! I’ve knitted fingerless gloves before, so this project has been a step up for me. Maybe next year I’ll knit real gloves with 5 fingers, who knows? πŸ˜‰ For now The World’s Simplest Mitts by Tin Can Knits was the prefect choice: they were really super easy to knit, and in worsted weight yarn they knit up very quickly.

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This is exactly my size and I hope they’re going to fit my nephew as well.

I loved the yarn so much that I ordered some more in a different colourway for my Mum’s gift. Unlike the others, she’s already chosen one of my earlier knitted hats and a matching shawl for her birthday in September, so for Christmas I want to knit a Madigan top for her, and I think Malabrigo Rios will be perfect for it. Meanwhile though I’m working on my brother’s gifts in gray and loving this project just as much as the purple set for the nephew πŸ™‚

And since I’m officially off my awful meds now it was the perfect opportunity to celebrate! On Sunday we went for a nice walk around the Dun Laoghaire Harbour and then had some unhealthy but super delicious fish and chips. And mulled cider – I think I will stick to mulled wine in the future though πŸ˜‰

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Christmas carousels in Dun Laoghaire
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Dun Laoghaire Harbour just before sunset
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And a little pub classic πŸ˜‰

That’s all for now, if you’d like to share in the comments what you’re working on these days I’ll be happy to read!

12 thoughts on “Time for purple!

  1. I’m loving the purpley colours. My tastes are definitely changing. The recipients are going to love these beautiful gifts πŸ™‚
    I’m planning to write a crochet post tomorrow πŸ™‚

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  2. This set looks wonderful! The colorway is just gorgeous, and I’m surprised that you aren’t tempted to keep them for yourself. 😜 Looking forward to seeing the other gifts.
    Congratulations on the gloves – I have no doubt that you’ll make five-fingered ones next year! πŸ˜‰

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  3. Here, we would call that shade of purple “plum” or “plum purple” — (“plum” is a purple with a high ratio of red to blue). It’s a gorgeous color. I just finished a shawl in a variegated (self striping) yarn that had plum as the base color. (https://knitsfromtheowlunderground.wordpress.com/2016/10/26/malguri-morning/) and a pair of slippers (https://knitsfromtheowlunderground.wordpress.com/2017/11/12/knitted-baffies-slippers/) in plum. Right now, I’m doing crocheted snowflake tree ornaments (https://theowlunderground.wordpress.com/2017/11/23/a-small-snow-flurry-at-my-house/). Thirty of them.

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    1. It is called plum in Polish language too and it really looks like plum, I actually kept thinking about plum cake all the time while knitting it ☺
      I love your projects, and your current WIP reminds me that it’s time to take my crochet snowflakes out of the closet and decorate the house!

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  4. Also, since you don’t care for mulled cider, you might try filling a soup pot or stock pot or crock pot with half apple juice, half cranberry juice. Add pieces of cinnamon (stick, not ground), whole allspice, and whole cloves.left . You can also put in orange slices or lemon slices, or lime slices, with the peel left on. Cook covered on low heat for two or three hours, stirring it from time to time and adding in more juice or water as necessary. You can drink it hot (with the solid bits strained out!) as it comes from the pot, or cold over ice. You can add in some white wine, or champagne, or Asti wine or ginger ale. It’s a good winter drink rich in vitamin C. It will keep in the fridge and reheat in the microwave. Making it will fill your space with a spicy holiday scent, too!

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  5. There’s always time for purple πŸ˜‰ I’ve used Malabrigo Rios and liked it too, but I don’t know how it behaves after a machine wash.. (sorry) Hope you don’t get rid of that pompom!

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    1. Pompom stays, unless my nephew decides to remove it πŸ˜‰ as for machine wash… let’s hope it’s indeed superwash. Guess they’ll let me know after first wash!

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  6. Oh I love mulled cider! I’ve even made my own a couple of times.
    What a fabby looking set, I love the colours! I’m very impressed with the mittens, I’ve only ever made fingerless as well. Is it very much more difficult?

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    1. Not really, as long as you’re fine with double pointed needles. The thumb is a little fiddly but it was definitely easier than I expected!

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