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Polly Pullover

Spud & Chloe Pullover

I have achieved something that I never thought I would – I have knitted myself a jumper. Yep, I’m ready for Winter! Ali over at Domesticali recommended I try knitting the Spud & Chloe Polly Pullover. She assured me that it was easy & I’d be fine. She wasn’t wrong! I ordered my giant needles & lovely yarn and set about to making my jumper. I wasn’t really sure how I would get on, but it was really easy and grew really quickly.

Spud & Chloe Pullover

The wool is gorgeous, soft and warm. It’s lovely to knit and the whole jumper grows really quickly. If you want to knit a jumper, this is definitely one you should try. It’s not cheap – I used just under 7 skeins of yarn and they cost £12.99 each. But this is something that will keep forever – as long as I’m careful how I wash it!

Polly Pullover

The pattern is really easy to follow and the whole thing was really great to knit. I only had to undo it once & that’s because I’d missed a stitch. If I can find a cheaper alternative to the wool from the pattern, I’d happily have another go at this jumper. It wouldn’t take long and looks great! Have a go – you won’t be sorry that you did! x

Rock + Purl Mystery Knit a long

sock knitting

As you know I like challenging myself when it comes to my knitting. So when I saw this knit along by Ruth Garcia-Alcantud of Rock + Purl a few months ago, I signed up straight away. Sadly, I didn’t get involved in the knit along at the time, but I’m doing it now – better late than never eh?!

sock knitting

So I’ve finally started, using some lovely sock yarn that I won on Twitter from Pip at the Sock Yarn Shop. I’m half way through week 2 so thought that I could update you with my progress. I’m hoping to finish my Spud & Chloe jumper soon too, as I don’t like having more than one project on the go at a time. It’s quite tricky as I have to knit with 5 double pointed needles and I’ve learnt how to make a new stitch right and left! I’m really enjoying it and hope to knit them well enough so that I can give them as a gift! Check back for updates on these new socks! x

Crafty Resolutions – Half Way

Polly Pullover

At the start of the year, like a lot of people, I made some resolutions so I thought it would be good to see how much I’ve achieved & what I have left to do before the end of the year comes around.

1. Knit a pair of socks. I’ve managed to do this & plan to knit more. I want to knit a pair in the round so that’s my next sock challenge.

2. Knit myself a matching hat, scarf and gloves set. I’m a third of the way with this one, having knitted a lovely hat. I plan to alter the pattern from the hat & use it to start off the hat & the gloves.

3. Knit myself a jumper. I have just completed the neck area on my Polly Pullover & hope to finish it within the next two weeks! In addition to this, I have knitted a snood too so I will be super warm come Winter!

4. Make Mollie Makes kits. I have about three kits left to do & have enjoyed using the ribbon that came with a few different copies. Fab!

5. Scrapbooking. This isn’t something I’ve been doing regularly, partly because the work in the garden has been quite sporadic due to the weather. I’ve taken a few pictures so just need to sit down for an afternoon & get on with it.

6. Write my own knitting pattern. Done! I’ve written 3 now, though only published one. Is Polly Pulloverit worth putting them on Ravelry? Not sure if they’re good enough!

7. Make more silver jewellery. I did quite a bit of this in preparation for the Bake-Off but haven’t done much since. I’ve got a few things that I want to make so just need to schedule it in!

8. Sew more. Can’t say I’ve done much more sewing really, although I’d really like to make myself a few new clothes. I’ve got an idea for a skirt so will have to get on with that!

9. Make candles. I did do this & it was great fun. I’ve got some wax left over & I’ve got a container in mind so am going to make a few more.

10. Bake healthier cakes. To be honest, I haven’t done much baking recently. As I work on my own, unless I eat all the cakes myself, it’s not really worth baking a batch. But I’m happy to eat cakes when I go out!

11. Get organised. Still working on this one!

12Make time for craft! I am much better at this one, as I knit most evenings & don’t feel guilty about spending time during the day knitting or crafting.

It’s been quite useful to reflect on how I’m getting on, especially as I know what I want to do, craft wise. I just need to get on with it now!

 

Polly Pullover

Polly Pullover

I have been wanting to knit myself a jumper for ages, but I’ve always been put off as thePolly Pullover patterns look difficult. A fellow knitter, Domesticali, recommended the Spud & Chloe Polly Pullover, as you knit it in the round. No problem. That I can do. So I equipped myself with all the lovely yarn & appropriate needles & set to work. (Huge thanks to everyone who bought me something to use with this pattern for my birthday!)

Casting on using the backwards loop cast on. Oh. What is that?! I had no idea. Hello Google! It came back straight away with this video from Knitting Help. They aren’t lying when they say it’s easy – it really is. I only started over the weekend but am making progress. I’ve been told it’ll grow quickly & an is an easy knit. I’ll let you know how I get on. Fingers crossed!