Friday, 19 August 2011

FOs - Gretel and Citron

So today I have not one but TWO finished objects for you! Quite amazing. Admittedly one of them was finished a few weeks ago and I only recently got round to photographing it (and still the pictures are rubbish…oops!) but the other was a reasonably recent FO.

Whilst I still seem to be busy busy busy I am managing a bit more knitting time and am hoping to really be able to get some more things done. It helps that I have absolutely no plans to knit any gifts for that thing with the C word that is 4 months away so I can concentrate on my favourite recipient of knitted things, me! I am such a selfish knitter it’s true but at least I know if I am knitting for myself I will love and use the item. That has not been true for some of the gifts I have knit for others in the past.

On to the knitting as I know that’s what you’re here for :-)

I finished my Gretel




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This was a fun knit, being a worsted/aran weight hat it didn’t take particularly long to do and the cables were interesting enough to keep me hooked whilst being perfectly manageable without a cable needle (always a bonus!) Absolutely none of the pictures I have taken have really been able to capture the colour though. The colourway is “Frank Ochre” but in photographs it comes out either with a strong green tint or a much more mild yellow and I’ve tried every type of lighting. It’s clearly just one of those colours a camera can’t pick up. The picture above is about as close as I got but it’s yellower and not so bright as that. I love it anyway and that’s what matters, it should keep my head nice and cosy through autumn and winter.

As for the FO from a few weeks ago, it’s my Citron. Definitely a slice of orange rather than a lemon or a lime. I knit it in Kidsilk Haze after seeing one on Mooncalf’s blog (which I know was sadly lost to the washing machine so mine will NOT be going near the machine!) and thinking KSH worked so perfectly with the pattern.




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I think it was Josiekitten who said that she’d heard this took people ages to knit (sorry if that was someone else, I know someone said it!) Well on my project page it looks like it took me ages to knit, in reality I knit like mad on it when we went to Edinburgh in March then didn’t pick it up again until July! The first few repeats absolutely flew by but I’d agree the latter ones seem to take ages due to the stitch count. Really though it’s mindless stockinette so it doesn’t take that long, it just doesn’t have a lace pattern to add interest which often makes it easier to deal with the big stitch counts in lace projects. If you’re a fast knitter I would say it’s a quick enough project and it’s good TV knitting. Also the end product is so worth the possible boredom!

Thanks for dropping by to look at my FOs, not sure when I’ll have any more to show but it does feel good when I am able to get an FO Friday post in. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

23 comments:

  1. Wow, your Citron is stunning. Love the colour :) The KSH does really seem to work in that project too. The cables on your hat look great, I love that pattern

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  2. Both projects look fantastic, I am with you on the selfish knitting, only a few people get knitted gifts

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  3. I love the Citron, it's looks so cosy and soft, I am imagining myself snuggled up in it.

    Your hat looks like it's going to get plenty of use when the weather turns.

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  4. Oh both lovely FOs. Gretel is probably my favourite hat ever and I do love the Citron in Kidsilk Haze. Maybe one day I'll knit myself another.

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  5. The Citron looks so soft, I just want to wrap myself up in it. I'd never dare put that anywhere near a washing machine!

    The hat is also lovely. The cables radiating from the centre and crossing at the edges make it very striking.

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  6. These both look amazing! What great colours you have chosen! I also think there is nothing wrong in being a selfish knitter!

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  7. I love Citron, and yours is just perfect. The ruffles are beautiful, and the yarn really does have a great slice-of-orange look.

    And the Gretel looks so snuggly-wonderful. Those cables are such a great, intricate texture.

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  8. I love Gretel. It's such a great pattern and the colour you chose is lovely.

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  9. I love both your FOs! The kidsilk haze really does citron justice. I'll have to make that one some time, I think.

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  10. Both are fabulous. Ohhhhhh I can feel the shawl from here. It looks softer then anything I've ever seen. What an awesome color! Congrats x 2, 2 projects finished, it's a banner day.

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  11. Oh well done for finishing Citron! It does look fabulous! The colour is just perfect for cheering up dull autumn days. I hope you get lots of wear out of it! I like the beret too!

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  12. that green and the cables are to-die-for!!! i love the orange too, what pretty yarn choices!

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  13. Both are gorgeous! I loved the cables on Gretel too, and the colour and yarn on Citron are beautiful.

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  14. Both are fantastic! I love the color of your Gretel. It's beautiful.

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  15. wow these are both beautiful and the colours are amazing :)

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  16. Beautiful FOs, both. I love my Citron and I even did 8 repeats before the ruffle. It was very good for times when I couldn't pay close attention to it. Love that orange!

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  17. I love them both! I'm totally a selfish knitter most of the time as well - but you're right, if people aren't going to appreciate what you make them, you might as well keep it for yourself!

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  18. Those are just stunning ... you knit so perfectly even!

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  19. wow they are both beautiful, i love the hat but it looks too hard for me lol

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  20. I love the hat, but DPN's scare me

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  21. Both projects look fab in the citrus brights

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  22. Beautiful FOs! Citron has been on my list, maybe I will do it, but I know it'll take a long time to finish if its endless stockinette, LOL! Congrats on your great finishes.

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  23. Gretel is LOVELY! Green or yellow, doesn't matter. It's fab.

    If you find your citron is suddenly missing, erm, it's not with me. Nuh-uh. Nope. Not guilty ;)

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