Friday, 21 September 2012

FO Friday and a Catch Up

I've been rather quiet this week. Not been getting much sleep as Ava seems to be going through a difficult phase where she cries as soon as she knows she's going in her cot but refuses to sleep if we keep her in our bed. It's been draining to say the least!

Today I've got two FO's to show off. Firstly is this lovely Bloom dress I made for a friend's daughter. I love this pattern, it's quick to knit up, the lace is very simple and it looks fab. Plus the same dress fits my 6 year old as a top. I think I'll have to knit up some more of these for my girls

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My other FO is the Mystery KAL shawl I was working on. The pattern was Out of Darkness by Boo Knits and I knitted it using the recommended Tussah silk lace by Dye For Yarn. Oh my word that yarn is stunning. The shine of the silk and the richness of the colours are beautiful. I've got some more skeins of their yarn in my stash and I can't wait to knit them up

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I love the beading in the top stockinette section. I used the same silver coloured beads I had for my wedding shawl and I think they look really sparkley against the dark yarn. It's hard to tell in these pictures but the yarn itself is actually a deep purple colour. The colourway was called "Dark Damson Falling off a Leaf".

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I did the picot edging on the advice of Mr Soaring Sheep. It took a while but I think it was worth it :-) Here's a quick shot of how I've mostly been wearing this shawl now the weather is getting cooler. Please excuse the bags under my eyes and the bizarre expression I'm pulling, I'm not really with it today!

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I'm really enjoying wearing my lace shawls at the moment, it's good to be wearing something no one else on the school run has lol.


As for my current WIP's, I've got another Milo on the go, this time for Eli with the oxoxox cable. It should be finished by now but I seem to be having a bit of a mental block with the cable and keep crossing it the wrong way, it is very frustrating! I managed to fix one mistake by dropping the stitches and then picking them up again using a crochet hook but I found another mistake last night so had to frog another inch of it. I've just got the last "x" to go and then it's the border and casting off. A nice little stash busting project

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The yarn is Twilleys of Stamford Freedom Spirit and was given to me by a friend.

My other on going WIP is my granny stripe blanket. I'm onto the border now but the yardage is getting a bit tight! My little boy chose the colours he wanted for the border so first it's the yellow and then we'll have pink, blue and purple. I'm eager to get it finished as it feels like I've been working on it for ages. Weaving in all the yarn ends took aages, I must make sure to weave them in as I go in the future!

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If you've got to the end of all that then thank you :-) I'll try to blog more frequently from now on ;-) For more FO Friday posts please check out Tami's Amis

16 comments:

  1. That shawl is stunning. Love the beads you've chosen.

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    1. thank you :-) it was a fun knit and the nice thing about Boo's patterns is that they are deceptively simple

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  2. These are two very nice finished objects. And the two wips are great too. Have a nice weekend!

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  3. That's a stunning shawl! So beautiful with the beads!

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    1. thank you :-) The beads were very time consuming to do but I love the weight of them and the sparkle

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  4. So many pretty knits! All the beads on your shawl are beautiful!

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  5. So many projects and I love each of them. You must be quite an efficient knitter, even without proper sleep. I love shawl the best, the beading just makes it gorgeous, when you wear it, it almost looks like you are wearing the night sky with the beads like stars! It is such intricate work, your patience is amazing.

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    1. I'm more of a bad blogger than an efficient knitter, I finished the shawl a week or two ago ;-) Have you tried any of Boo Knit's patterns? They're surprisingly easy considering how complicated they look. I think the most complicated stitch is slip 1, k2tog, psso

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  6. That shawl is absolutely stunning!

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  7. Your Bloom is very pretty and the shawl is stunning. lovely work on both! :)

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