Finished Object of the Month

Trying a new feature this year – featuring a finished project each month.  Fingers crossed I finish something each month…  So, without further delay, this’s month’s project is….  The Guernsey Wrap!!!!!

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It needs just a touch of blocking but I usually use my futon to block on and it’s covered in a mix of Christmas decorations and stuff that needs to be stored in my attic so as soon as I dig it out I will block this.  It turned out so amazing!!  I love it!!  I did a prior post about the yarn and pattern – you can read it here.

The Zealania Tui was amazing to knit with and is so warm and snuggly.  This project helped improve my chart reading skills.  I’m not much of a visual learner and would prefer to read and write words, not pictures so charts are sometimes a challenge for me.  The other interesting thing about this pattern was that it called for a sewn bind off.  I had to do a little research to find a tutorial.  I always find the ones on Knitty.com to be really helpful, especially because I do prefer the written instructions as opposed to videos which I find hard to watch and do the technique at the same time.  The sewn bind off is a little kitchner like in it’s rhythm but with only one row of stitches, not two and not even remotely as painful as the kitchner.  It comes out looking just like the long tail cast on edge.  I had to mark the cast on edge to tell the difference.

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Long tail cast on edge

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Sewn bind off edge

I would definitely use the sewn bind off again, especially for something that needs loose bind off – it worked great!  I’m so glad I got this done and we still have plenty of winter left during which it will gets tons of use!

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What’s on My Needles This Weekend?

I recently revisited a project that had been set aside due to other pressing knitting needs.  I only had a chance to work it on one night, then I got sick and it required too much attention, then I got a request for Halloween hats and then I was determined to finish my Wiggle Wrap which is going to be a Christmas present (so more on that after the holidays 🙂 )

After all that, I was finally able to pick up my Guernsey Wrap again!  I love this project for so many reasons.  Everyone in my knitting group either has knit one or has one on the needles.  Patterns run through knitting groups like a flu virus – everyone ends up getting it at some point!  This one, we found when a new member of the group was working on hers one night.  Everyone wanted to start one right away – my problem was that is called for a large quantity of worsted weight yarn which is something I don’t have a lot of in my stash.  But the yarn gods were smiling upon me and I came into possession of a large quantity of worsted weight yarn while volunteering at the church rummage sale (if you want to read all about it, my rummage sale post can be found here).  Of all the yarn I brought home from the sale, the Zealana Tui yarn really wanted to become my Guernsey Wrap, that was in June.

We had a short cold snap in October and that led me to bring it back out and I had forgotten how much fun it is to knit.  It is based on different patterns used in traditional fisherman’s sweaters.  The best thing about it is just when you get bored with a section it is time to move on to the next section.  I think the sectioning also makes it seem like it is going faster.  I’m about halfway done.  The Tui yarn is amazing!!  It is so soft and such a joy to work with.  The oatmeal like color really shows off the pattern work.

The fun thing about a pattern running through a knitting group is being able to see all the different colors and yarn types everyone uses for their wrap.  The original we saw was in a brown tweed, another friend used a blue Cascade and I believe another friend is using a yellow Cascade.

Here’s how mine looks so far – can’t wait to finish it!

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