What's On & Off the Needles

 
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It has been SO long since I've mentioned anything about my knitting projects and I really think it is very overdue.

Right now I'm working on the Milo vest by Georgie of Tikki Knits.  It's the first in my list of Christmas making!!!  I know, I know.. did you just gasp?  Don't panic, this is how I roll - I start very early because a) I am a painfully slow knitter and b) I get overwhelmed easily and the Festive Season didn't get nicknamed the Silly Season for no reason.  Getting an early start is my way of managing those inevitable stresses.  Plus, it's winter and what's not to love about cosying up next to the fire each night plugged into a Podcast with knitting in hand?  The other thing is that Milo is perfect for where I'm at right now.  Really it's an easy knit and I need easy these days.  I haven't got the head-space for sitting down to a complicated pattern at the end of a long day but yet, Milo offers just enough interest within the design to not get bored.  Another great thing about this pattern is how other knitters have placed their own spin onto Milo with some incredible designs.  Have a look at this Raveller's page - Milo gets colour-worked!  And as for the yarn I'm working with, oh goodness me, it might just about be my favourite to date!  I purchased a bunch of single skeins when at The Craft Sessions last year, each one in a different colour.  I couldn't choose between them at the time so made the decision that I would use them for small projects.  Now that I know how divine the yarn is to work with I may just have to purchase a number of skeins in the one colour and put them towards a sweater project.  All that and I still haven't actually told you the details... the yarn is Shilasdair luxury DK (10% cashmere, 10% baby camel, 40% angora and 40% merino lambswool) in Bracken.

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Off the needles is a simple chunky knit cowl.  There's absolutely nothing complicated or fancy about this one (except the yarn of course but I've lost all details of what it is hmm?  I'm pretty sure it's a 100% Merino?).  Here's a confession... I'm a bit of an Outlander fan!  I know, does it change your opinion of me?  The thing is, the costume design in that show is to die for!  Claire's in particular.  Her knits are just gorgeous and this cowl is loosely based on something I saw in one of the earlier episodes.  Without the buttons it's actually a bit dull, but oh, those buttons!!!  I went hunting on Etsy and when I came upon those ones, I knew they would be perfect.  Now, how to make the most of them is a decision I have not yet come to.  I can't quite settle on how I wish to wear this cowl and I need to do that before I fix the buttons.  Any thoughts...?

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No knitting talk is complete without a mention of Silvia.  Silvia and I began our relationship well over a year ago now and probably about six months or so ago she got put away... unfinished!  I love Silvia, really I do, but we're having a break.  Our relationship was getting intense and she was sucking far too much brain power with her sleeves.  Her front is done, her back is done, even one sleeve is done.  But then there's that other sleeve, that one is not done.  And I'm quite at peace with saying that it will not get done any time soon.  I'm putting her away for now because I simply do not have it in me to concentrate on the lace design of that final sleeve.  For a more experienced knitter, that level of stitching probably is not a big deal, but for me, well, Silvia and I are happy to take the breather. 

Next up on the list after I've finished Milo is a couple of toys for the kids.  They've each selected their favourite from our book and their choice of yarn from my Shilasdair stash, so without any angst, I shall happily move forward onto those.

So what kind of knitting or crafty project are you in the works with?

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