Windswept

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As soon as I saw this book I wanted it. Windswept is a wonderful range of patterns in a range of Rowan yarns designed by Marie Wallins.
I am lucky enough to have yarn in my stash for some of the designs but I was lacking in enough Cocoon to knit  Dill the first design of the second row. I really want to knit this so I used my initiative and  remedied the problem by swapping some Tumble from my stash for the same number of balls in Cocoon. I decided on the chocolate brown as I feel it will be more versatile.

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I like all bar three of these designs and want to knit the stranded work dress , sweater and cardigan. I may need to buy a couple of balls but am lucky enough to have most of it in my stash. It is hard deciding what to knit and too often I end up knitting something I quite like that I can wear for work,  but don’t wear much outside. These designs I would wear every where. 

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Too Much Choice

I have finally finished Santorini from Rowan magazine 53. I cheated slightly and didn’t knit the flower on the front as I intend to make fabric corsages from Rowan fabric and wear these with it.
Time to choose a new project and I am so torn , there are so many patterns I want to knit and 4 I have organised the yarn for. The problem is I keep changing my mind on which one to knit first.
The first of the four options is Eldorado from rowan magazine 55. You can follow my progress here. http://www.ravelry.com/projects/flickchickknits/eldora/photos like Santorini this is the cover knit. I will still be using Rowan Cotton Glace but these colours.

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My second choice is Kiki from Kim Hargreaves amazing new book Honey. In my opinion this is her best book for a while and there’s a few in this I want to knit. Again Stash will be used and slightly different colours. The yarn the pattern calls for is the dreaded Kidsilk Haze which I have a love hate Relationship with. My progress can be found here. http://www.ravelry.com/projects/flickchickknits/kiki

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The third of the four comes from this months Knit Today in which there are a few patterns I want to knit. I was very nearly tempted to subscribe as they have a great subscription offer but thought to myself I can’t cope with the amount of patterns I have so NO. As soon as I saw Clementine by Sarah Hatton I knew I had to knit it, in red. This one hasn’t made it to my project page yet.

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The fourth is from Marie Wallins Windswept, which needs its own post, so more on that next time.

Follow the Arrow

I finished Ysoldas follow the arrow mystery knit a long a week or two after the deadline. I really enjoyed knitting this especially having one clue a week.
The result was lovely and if I ever get spare time and have knitted all my patterns I may knit another one.
I used The Natural Dye Studio Precious 4ply 100% silk. I am not normally a fan of silk but this was so soft and silky it was a real pleasure to knit with. I used most of the two skeins

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Destashing First Quarter

Destashing is still going well but not as strongly as I want.
I have made Evalyns first cardigan using Rowan Baby Merino Silk. I only have a button to add. I really enjoy knitting with this yarn it’s one of those yarns that feels as if it’s knitting itself. The pattern is Sabrina from a Patons booklet.

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I have 8 squares to knit for her blanket. I started off so well but as usual fall at the deadline. I have six weeks to finish it which sounds like plenty  oftime but I also have to knit six squares a week for the Rowan Mystery Afghan KAL. This I have fallen behind with, only managing 2 squares a week so far.  This week is a lace square so I should be catching up soon. I really like the Pure Wool Worsted. The colour range is fantastic and it knits properly. I can’t wait to knit some cables in it.

YARN TOTALS
Yarn in 600g
Yarn out knitted 300g
Yarn out sold / donated 2500g
Total 21910g destashed