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My While in Canada Knitting Project

I’m still in Canada and fly back to the UK later in the week.

Before I came over I offered to make my Mom something as a belated Mother’s Day gift. She opted for a woolly hat and some kind of a neck warmer with buttons.

The hat bit was easy so we headed off to buy wool. I had to look into the neck warmer with buttons and came across this tutorial on Instructables.

Everything started off well, the steps seemed easy enough to follow. I’m a super beginner knitter and felt I’d be able to do it.

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I was quite happy with the wool we chose. Once I find the wrapper I’ll let you know what it’s called. The wool was challenging at times as it has a thin thread running through it as well as little thicker chunks of colour every so often. Over all no trouble with it and would happily use it again.

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Other than the occasional hole and picked up stitch my only issue was the buttonholes. Ok, I had the hardest time getting my head around them, but after a couple of YouTube videos I jumped in and just gave it a go and they turned out pretty much ok.

I chose not to place my buttons right at the end of the neck warmer because my mom didn’t want them there 🙂 It was 23.5 inches long (I just measured it now) which is basically what the tutorial called for.
There I am modelling the woolly goodies wearing my “Mom, it’s 34c out could we hurry this photo up a bit?” face. The hat looks small on me, but fits my Mom ok. Really I should have had her model it.

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The tutorial was great. I would totally recommend it and make a similar thing again. I’m happy with how the neck warmer turned out.

I hope you’re all having a great summer so far!

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Continued adventures with a knitting machine

Ok, so I’ve decided that I really want a knitting machine. I’ve had people say they’re too noisy or not relaxing, but I have to say that the small amount of time I’ve spent with one I love them. I know you could simply just knit something, but why not do both? I’d love to have that option!

For anyone who has never seen one here’s a brief video of a woman using one that I found on YouTube. Sorry I totally forgot to take a picture of the one I was using, I was too excited!

Most recently I made a scarf that I planned on felting. I used the exact model of machine used in the video but with a thin wool. I measured a regular scarf and added about 30% to its width and length to find out how big my piece was going to need to be (you lose about 30% when felting wool). I also set the machine up to create ladders and basically I got this.  (This particular photo is of a sample I made on a different machine.)

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And it was pretty long! And wide! I had a heck of a lot of wool to bring home with me!

After washing it at on a regular setting at 40 degrees, bingo bango I had a scarf!
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Considering it was my first attempt at this I thought it turned out well. I’d happily do it again (I’m sure you would have guessed that 🙂 ) Hopefully I’ll be able to get my hands on a 2nd hand one. A woman I know found one at a charity shop the other day for ÂŁ10. Nice.

If anyone is wondering why I took my photos on a flat cardboard box, well it’s because we’re in the process of moving and it seemed like the easiest thing to do 🙂