February 2016 Favourites

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I am back today with another post with my monthly favourites. This is a series I started this year to share my favourite patterns, yarns, notions and all yarn-related things that I enjoyed during the month. If you want to see my January favourites check them out here.

I don’t know about you but for me February started way too slow and then suddenly it went by in a flash. Work has been very busy in the last couple of weeks with no signs of changing in the near future so apologies if posts are less frequent.

Let’s begin with a few stats for this month then.

FOs: During February I finished an Acai hat, a lovely pattern by Clare Devine using Phileas Yarns. I love Clare’s hats, they always fit perfectly unlike every other hat pattern I have ever made, so go check out her Tea Collection if you love hats.

I also finished my Owl jumper by Kate Davies (photos to come after blocking). I do like this sweater but was not very impressed with the pattern, maybe it is because I am a beginner knitter but I found that I needed a bit more explanation in certain parts of the pattern (or at least a link to a tutorial). I also did not like that the measurements for the length of the body or arms were not given by the pattern. I had never done a bottom up sweater and wasn’t sure when to stop for both to make sure it was comfortable to wear (right where my armpit starts or maybe a bit lower?).

Finally, I also finished the sample for my new design and I am very excited with how it turned out. I am currently writing the pattern so it will be a bit longer until it’s published but I will share more sneak peeks soon!

WIPs: During February I also worked on the Missed Kingfisher shawl by The Crochet Project, and it’s still ongoing. I am using some lovely Shilasdair yarn and plan to wear it for EYF if I finish it on time.

Yarn purchased: Z.E.R.O. Ain’t that good? I must plan my shopping for EYF though or it could turn dangerous…!

Now for the favourites for February:

Favourite Patterns

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As I mentioned, I really liked Acai by Clare Devine. I find that I always cast on one of her hats when I want to give myself a knitting treat: quick, uncomplicated and oh-so-pretty.

I am also really liking the Missed Kingfisher shawl by Joanne Scrace of The Crochet Project, it is a crochet shawl using short rows and I have never done anything like it. It requires some concentration and to keep count of your stitches but Joanne did a great job writing this pattern to make sure that you keep track of your work and warns you whenever you may have difficulty keeping up with your count, it is always appreciated when designers take the time to make their patterns user-friendly.

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Tri Cowl by Yulika Tkacheva – © Yulika Tkacheva

I have also been adding some patterns to my Ravelry library this month: I LOVE the Tri Cowl by Yulika Tkacheva, she is always pushing boundaries with crochet so I keep an eye out for her new patterns. Also, The Crochet Project released a new collection called “Crochet Yeah” with some beautiful patterns using Coopknits Sock Yeah yarn, I particularly like the Tenbury hat and I happen to have two skeins of this yarn in my stash 🙂

Favourite WIP 

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Missed Kingfisher by Joanne Scrace – © Kat Goldin

The award for favourite WIP this month goes to the Missed Kingfisher shawl, it has been my train companion during very long commutes during the last month and for that I will be forever grateful.

Favourite Yarn 

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This is an easy one: Wanderer Aran BFL by Phileas Yarns which I used for my Acai hat. My dear friend Sylvie is the talented woman behind Phileas Yarns and this yarn is so soft and squishy it was a delight to knit with. Her colours are beautiful and I loved the subtlety of the Sultanhani colour, it makes it perfect for every day wear.

Other things I enjoyed this month:

Life Favourites

  • Gilmore Girls: I started re-watching the whole series and it goes so well with knitting/crocheting! Lorelai Gilmore, you are my hero.
  • Harry Potter audiobooks: I have read the books many times but started listening to the audiobooks during my commute and I am loving them all over again, they are narrated by Stephen Fry and he does a really good job, also a great knitting/crochet companion if you are looking for one.
  • Lucuma powder: If you have ever been in Chile or Peru you must have come across this particular fruit which is an incredibly popular flavour used in cakes, ice creams and desserts. I came across a powder version during this month and have started putting into my yogurt every morning. It tastes like home 🙂

That is it for this month’s favourites, what have you been loving during the past month? Let me know in the comments!

xx

Sol

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2 thoughts on “February 2016 Favourites

  1. Hi Sol! Been loving all your blog posts this year. So inspiring! Thank you for pointing out the kingfisher shawl….so lovely! I do lots of baby items and baby blankets, but have been interspersing it with a shawl or scarf pattern for me. My favourite this year has definitely been the linen stitch scarf from churchmouse done in misty alpaca hand paint sock yarn. It is a kaleidoscope of wonderful colours and it is just the perfect amount of cozy warmth on my neck during winter. I am working on the Oliena by yarn and style. Love her patterns! So nice when others make crochet look so great! ( like you do!) Love the new one from Ravliki, too… down the River. Can’t wait to see your new pattern! Blessings,
    Cyndy

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