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Wool Week 2014

Did you know that it’s #woolweek this week? Due to my constantly temperature being that of freezing, I absolutely love wool. While it’s been lovely having summer and the sun shining, I’m more than happy to now wear lots of wool jumpers, wool tights, long socks and wrap myself in blankets on the sofa and at my desk. Hello scarves, hats and gloves, I’ve missed you!

As it is Wool Week, I thought I’d do a little round up post of some of my favourite knitting pins that can be found on my Knitting Pinterest board. There’s a mixture of items to buy and bits to make, depending on whether you’re a knitter or not.

Wool Week 2014

Hidden Heart Mittens from Not on the High Street // Giant Infinity Scarf by SoSatsuma //  OhLaLa cardigan pattern // Hat Most Likely to Succeed pattern // il grande favorito jumper pattern // Giganto blanket pattern //
{All images found on Pinterest, via their respective sources. Original images can be found by clicking on the links above.}

Wool is my favourite. It’s soft, squidgy, comforting and, most importantly, warm! I wish I knitted quicker, as I’ve love to make more things for me to wear. Though, I will admit, I like projects with instant gratification, so I tend to stick with smaller items that hold my interest. That being said, I’m halfway through a jumper that I plan to finish over Christmas and I have wool and a pattern for a fair isle one, which will be interesting as I’ve never knitted fair isle before.

The other thing I love about wool is that you can get such a huge variety of types, colours, styles and thickness. Long gone are the days of knitting yourself something scratchy – there’s lots of alternatives. I have to admit that I do prefer knitting with chunky wool as it grows so much faster. But that being said, if I go anywhere near a wool shop, I’m pretty much going to ooh and ahh over every ball! I’ll probably squeeze a few too!

My happy place? Curled up on the sofa, under my Laura Ashley blanket, next to the fire, knitting away, watching a Walking Dead/Gilmore Girls/Harry Potter box set with a pot of tea and a bit of cake on the go. This is why Autumn and Winter are the best – hibernation!

Tuesday Treat

Knitting Iceland

Last week I discovered a new knitting website – Knitting Iceland. This pleases me for two reasons. 1: I love to knit. 2: I LOVE Iceland. We went to Iceland a few years ago & I would go back in a heart beat. It’s a great place to visit during the winter, where they only have daylight for a few hours and it snowed on Christmas Day! It was one of the best holidays I’ve ever had.

Knitting Iceland

Plus, one of my favourite jumpers is from Iceland and I’d love to be able to knit one. I’m pretty sure that this website, and the tutorials on Ravelry and Craftsy will help make that dream happen! A must site for all Knitters!

Lazy Lace Snood

Lazy Lace Snood

A while ago, I saw Deramores tweet about a free snood pattern. Always up for a freebie, I downloaded it. It’s by Rowan & is currently only available on Ravelry. I think it was meant to be a knit-a-long, but I can’t seem to do them! If I’m in the middle of a project, then I can’t leave it to do something else!

Lazy Lace Snood

I really wanted a snood. For anyone who follows my Twitter feed will know I feel the cold like an old lady. No exaggeration, even when it was really hot a few weeks ago, I’d still put the blanket on in the evenings. I realise this makes me look like a freak of nature, but hey, that’s me! Anyway, I thought that a snood would be a great addition to my wardrobe & help keep me warm.

The pattern calls for 2 50g balls of Rowan Alpaca cotton. Now I have a huge stash of wool so couldn’t really justify buying more. Plus I wanted to use wool that I received for Christmas. The wool I ended up using is pretty chunky & it’s just as well I did use wool I already had, as I needed 4 balls. I can’t remember what wool I used, as I threw the labels away but it’s really lovely & proper toasty. Perfect for this summer weather!

Handknitted snood

The snood had to be 160cms long & is the longest item I’ve knitted to date but it was really easy to do. When I started I wasn’t sure if I was doing it right, but when it got longer it looked like the picture. Brilliant! I’m so happy with it & can heartily recommend it!