Friday, 13 April 2012

FO Friday 82: Quick, Quick, Slow
















Well, not only is it the Easter holidays coming to an end - boo, hiss and boo again because I have really enjoyed having the kids at home - but I have two proper FOs to share today while they are boogying, grooving and generally getting on down with their bad selves to the UK Top 40.

Firstly, I finally finished the Candleflame Shawl, which I started ... umm ... an embarrassingly long time ago (July 2011, can you believe it ?!) but then again, there was no deadline for it. I will replace this rubbish photo if I can find someone to take a decent one for me:


And to show the detail of the flames with beads:


I altered the top edging to moss stitch from ribbing because I wanted something a little  firmer. This was made using BFL Laceweight in the colorway 'Fire Festival' from Laura at the Abstract Cat, on 3.25mm needles; I used about 600m, and have approximately 210m left for something. Dunno what the something is yet, though ...

And recently I had a request to make something specific; I was wary to start with, because who knows what an incautious 'yes' might have committed me to. But it turned out to be a hat for my young nephew, as his original had fallen into Dover Harbor and, when last seen, it was floating its way to France; the deal was sealed when I was told that my hat was the only one he'd wear - well played indeed, clever SIL. So here it is, another 3am Cable Hat, modelled by Mini Diva:



I even had enough of the original yarn left to complete it, Stylecraft Extra Special DK in 'blue marl': soft, machine washable, easy to knit with. And whilst searching for this half-ball in the yarn tub, I came across another yarn I'd forgotten about which I think will be just right for my next project ... more of  which another time.

Don't forget to check out all the other lovely FOs today over at Tami's Amis ...



16 comments:

  1. Cool! :) You could do a candle flame cowl with the leftovers :)

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  2. That shawl is absolutely stunning :) Beautiful colour and pattern.

    Love the hat too - well played by your SIL indeed!

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  3. Imagine finding that hat as you're swimming about at the French shoreline. Like a message in yarn!

    I absolutely love your Candle Flame shawl - the pattern looks totally amazing in the close up photo and the yarn you've used is perfect!

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  4. That shawl is lovely and better late than never...I have some WIPs I started years ago ;)

    Aww your poor nephew-hurrah for you saving the day!

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  5. Very pretty shawl also great hat, I'm sure your nephew will love it.

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  6. you shawl is so beautiful, the beading is so gorgeous - i love it. like the hat too, so cute!!!

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  7. Love the beads in the shawl!

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  8. I love the hat and the shawl is really striking. I love the way the orange yarn combines with the beads and flames.

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  9. That magnificent shawl has gone from candleflames to wildfire in that gorgeous yarn. It's nice to know that one's knitting is appreciated, isn't it? Makes it easier to forgive his losing the first hat. Will you also be sending a railroad spike to secure this hat safely on his precious head?

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  10. Love, love, love the color of your shawl! And hopefully I'll have a close-up of the blingy yarn next week. :)

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  11. The shawl looks beautiful. I love the colors. I like cables. I may have to check out that hat pattern.

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  12. What a gorgeous shawl! So flamey! And your nephew will definitely love that hat more than the original! I can tell these things. ;)

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  13. FLAMES! Love it. I also like to hear that it takes other people a long time to finish their projects sometimes, because I'm the slowest knitter ever.

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