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First projects of 2018

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Hello, welcome in 2018! I’m really amazed that it’s already this year, I remember thinking as a child how old I would be in 2000, much less 2010 or later – yet here we are!

I hope you are entering this new year with great plans, ideas and in awesome moods. To be honest, my beginning of the year wasn’t the best, but not the worst either so I’m trying not to complain. I have some goals for this year, mostly related with my professional and financial situation, but who knows if I manage to achieve them… Well, at least I’m going to try! Beside that I’m still recovering from the bronchitis, and I think I can finally say that it’s almost fully over. Still coughing a little, but it’s really just a residual dry cough, nothing serious. Worst thing is that my Boyfriend is sick now, and he is in Greece visiting his father who is going through chemotherapy, which means he can’t see him! That sucks. I’m beginning to wonder if there is something wrong with our house, because as much as I can somehow justify my own illnesses (due to meds I’m taking because of my chronic intestinal disease my immune system can be weakened), the Boyfriend being sick so often is really unusual. I have actually spent the last couple of days disinfecting, bleaching, and laundering in hot water everything around the apartment (although I didn’t dare to bathe the cats, but luckily they take care of it themselves ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). If there was some bug hidden in these walls, no chance that it survived this purge!

Anyways… at the end of the last year I have started knitting my second Lotus Shawl. I made it differently than the previous one, because I needed a longer scarf rather than a shawl this time. So I made more pattern repeats but less rows of repeats. Since it’s a scarf and will be worn wrapped around my neck once or twice, I didn’t bother blocking it very carefully. I just washed it and blocked lightly on the dryer, but I skipped careful pinning, so as a result the edges curl a little. It doesn’t really matter. I used exactly the same yarn as previously so knitting it was a little boring – obviously I’m not a fan of repeating the same projects, especially without yarn variation! The yarn however is just as soft, squishy and cozy and previously and I love it.

Here is my new Lotus Scarf:

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After the scarf I decided to use up all the leftover yarn from my Happy Cardigan and finally try my luck with fair isle knitting. I decided to knit a simple hat with basic motifs from the fair isle book. It wasn’t difficult at all and I never had to unravel more than one row due to mistakes ๐Ÿ˜‰ I like the final result, even though I’d prefer reversed colour scheme with rusty orange background and light beige pattern, but I didn’t have enough darker yarn. I also love how the strands of yarn at the wrong side add an extra layer and make the fabric thicker:

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I wore the hat today when I went groceries shopping and it kept my ears and head warm despite the very cold wind (Ireland has been hit by a series of storms in the recent days and today is still very windy).

I still haven’t blocked the hat because I really wanted to wear it already, but I think it’s essential for fair isle. If you look below, you can see where the stitches are pulled too tight and too loose in other places – I think blocking is going to relax the strands of yarn and make it look more even. At least so I was told when I asked at my knitting group.

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I also went over the top with the size of the pompom and I’m so glad I did! I love it this way! I think it’s going to be a great hat for walks, and I’m taking it with me to Wexford if we manage to go there this time – as I rebooked our stay for the second weekend of January.

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The noble art of pompom making.

It’s also going to work well with the Lotus scarf, even if the style is so different, but due to the rusty colour I think it will look fine. I have a light beige jacket so all of it together should match.

And what are your first projects of the year?

11 thoughts on “First projects of 2018

  1. Goodness you’ve been busy ๐Ÿ™‚ I love your hat. I want to increase my Fair Isle ability. I have created a lot with the intarsia method in the past but very little FI. Have you got enough yarn to make yourself such matching hand warmers too? ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ

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    1. I have some cream/light beige left but no other colours so no handwarmers. But that’s fine since I’d bought nice fair isle gloves in similar colours last year before I started learning to knit!
      I’ve never tried intarsia yet and this is my first Fair Isle project – I would love a jumper or cardigan in this technique! Maybe one day… ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Hope the thorough disinfecting killed all bugs dead – maybe it’s the extra cold winter that’s the problem, and spring will be better. All the same, a healthy new year to you folks, and hope you accomplish your goals.
    Congratulations on the fair isle! It’s such a pretty hat, and I love the pompom. โ˜บ With the beautiful scarf, you’re all set with matching accessories for your vacation!

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  3. I love the hat! I would love to knit Fair Isle one day – it seems so intimidating!

    My first project of 2018 was finishing up some neglected crocheted Christmas ornaments :\ LOL

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    1. I have a few Christmas ornaments on display all year long so it’s never too late to finish them ๐Ÿ˜‰
      I was it was super intimidating too but simple motifs where the strands are not carried for more than 3 stitches are not so difficult!

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  4. What a wonderful job you did with your Fair Isle!! It’s looks terrific! I totally understand not being able to wait to block something because you’re so excited to wear it. Haha! It’s one of the best feelings ever. I’ll be sending lots of healthy vibes your way and your boyfriend’s! Wrap that beautiful scarf around your neck, and wear your hat, and the elements won’t stand a chance against you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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