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Knitting Ready For Fall & FQ Bundle Giveaway!

Hey, would you like to leave a link on Manic Monday Linky Party? It’s still open. 🙂 Or perhaps you’d like to get in on the Table Runner/Wall Hanging Swap??? It’s gonna be fun!

Plus, you should totally get in on our fabulous 12 FQ Bundle Giveaway, sponsored by the lovely Q of JAQS Fabrics! Just head over to the Facebook page and Like us for a chance to win! We’ll draw when we have 250 Likes, so tell your friends!

I can’t remember when I told you guys, but I know I’ve mentioned that I’ve recently learned to knit. I’ve been wanting to learn for a long, long time (in a galaxy far, far away…Ahem. Sorry.) and my friend Chris showed me the basics (thank you Chris!) I also had my BFFs Bonnie (check out Bonnie’s awesome tute here!) and Shanna who answered my stupid questions and encouraged me all the way.

I LOVE knitting. If you don’t knit, learn how. It’s easy. You’ll never be bored again. I carry a knitting project everywhere I go, which means I get a lot of knitting done. So here’s my quasi-fashion show showing some of what I’ve knitted over the last couple of months to get us ready for colder weather:
Infinity Scarf (Ravelry) Here’s a  lacy infinity scarf I made using the softest merino yarn. Savi was so impressed with it that I gave it to her. I used a tutorial I found on Ravelry.

Easy Peasy Knitted SocksI admit I’m a bit more selfish than this photo implies. I started those blue socks for myself. What I didn’t realise when I bought the yarn is that worsted is not the same as aran and I live in a mostly worsted-free country. I didn’t do a full swatch, and after I had done the heel and gusset I realised the sock was way, way bigger than I had expected. So they became Buzz’s socks. Just so you don’t think those are my hairy legs. Mine are worse. 😉

That said, it was a brilliant pattern by Stacey Trock that really was like taking a lesson from a friend, and it’s free on Ravelry!
my socks1 I went to John Lewis in Southampton hoping to find worsted weight to make a pair for myself; the first ones were so quick and easy. They had ONE worsted weight in the whole yarn section. Sheesh. So this is the pair I made for me. They’re house socks, not ones you could wear with shoes, but I have hypothyroidism so I’m always cold. Ah, socks.
melon scarf 2 This is Savi modeling my basket weave infinity scarf. I love infinity scarves so just had to make one for myself. It’s Amy Butler for Rowan yarn, and so nice to touch. I got the pattern for free from Ravelry but I changed it a bit.

Savi's navy wristwarmers Last but not least, I made a pair of wrist warmers for Savi. She wanted navy blue ones so she could wear them under her school blazer and no one would know. I used this little project to teach myself the Continental style of knitting, and boy am I glad I did! Thank you so much Bonnie – that 2×2 video you made for me way back inspired me to do it for myself! You can get the pattern for free from Ravelry.

Celebrate Color

I’m entering this into Rachel’s Celebrate Colour yarn section – go check out the fabulous prizes you can win!!

© J C Excell, 2011

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6 thoughts on “Knitting Ready For Fall & FQ Bundle Giveaway!

  1. Jenna, thank you so much for the link for the wrist warmers. My daughter has just been diagnosed with Raynauds and these will be a godsend for her. I’ve downloaded the pattern and just need to get my knitting needles out of retirement

  2. Erm, you don’t live in a worsted free country at all. We call it DK. This country is full of DK!

    UK term US term
    1 ply lace weight
    2 ply baby weight
    3 ply fingering weight
    4 ply sport weight
    8 ply / DK / Double Knit Worsted
    10 ply / Aram Fisherman / medium weight
    12 ply / chunky Bulky

  3. wow, for only knitting for a couple of months you are AMAZING! I love the color of your infinity scarf 🙂 I haven’t knitted in almost 6 months because of my hands. I miss having tv work to keep me busy at night, hopefully I will get to start again soon.

  4. Busy little bee! My mum knits kilt hose, and the occasional jumper (and teddy bear outfit), but having a wool allergy, I can’t. I think that would be a good thing, I don’t need ANOTHER thing to get hooked on lol

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