TEST KNIT Clayoquot Hat by Tin Can Knits

I mentioned before that I’ve been working on Secret Test Knits, some of them have been for Tin Can Knits, this one, a cute little hat, I can share with you already. I found the perfect yarn in my stash.  The pattern called for DK yarn and 3.5mm and 4mm needles to knit the hat.

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I made size Adult Medium and it’s shown here on a 10 year old.

The yarn used is Rowan Pure Wool DK in:

Main colour: dark grey (shade 00002)

Contrast colour 1: light turquoise (shade 006)

Contrast colour 2: petrol (shade 007).

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TEST KNIT – Somar by Madeleine Nilsson

As mentioned in my last post, I successfully tested the mini version of the Somar cardigan designed by Madeleine Nilsson. But I’m also testing an adult version in my size. I decided to use the Garnstudio Drops Cotton Light again as it gave me the right gauge with the larger needles.

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Not gotten too far just yet as I also have some other items that need to be finished quickly.

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TEST KNIT – Somar Mini by Madeleine Nilsson

I’ve been working on several Secret Test Knits which I can’t show off until the pattern is published, but here’s one that I can show. I’m testing two sizes, that’s to say the smaller size I’ve finished, I’m still working on the one for me.

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The pattern called for DK yarn and wanting to work from stash, I ended up with some Garnstudio Drops Cotton Light which gave me the gauge I needed for the pattern. I had initially signed up for the 10y size, but ended up doing the 12y size instead, this way the recipient would get a lot more wear out of it.

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The picture above was after a half day knitting, after dividing for the sleeves it’s a lot faster going.

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As you an see, the recipient was more than happy with her new cardigan, and quite rightly said that it even looked good wearing it back to front. I’m sure it’s going to get plenty of use over the next couple of years.

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Vila de Conde – Part 3

These photos were taken after walking around the art fair, I was by now making my way slowly back to the metro station, as I’d decided to not bother with the car and come by metro. I can highly recommend taking the metro, it only took roughly 25 minutes from Sra. da Hora to Santa Clara, Vila de Conde.

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Knitting Get Together – July

Last month we had another great knitting get together. Sharing our expertise, chatting, knitting, crocheting and chatting, just generally having a really good time.

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Vila de Conde – Part 2

Part two of walking around part of Vila de Conde. I still hadn’t reached the art fair by this time, I was thoroughly enjoying just walking around and taking in the sights.

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Knitting at the Beach

Here’s some pictures of me and a friend knitting at the beach enjoying the sun, sand and sea. I was still sewing in a couple of ends on the shawls and then I worked on my new summer top.

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Vila de Conde – Part 1

When I attended the 37th Art Fair in Vila de Conde I didn’t only go to the fair, despite the grey foggy weather, I decided to have a walk around.

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2014 Westknit Summer Shawl KAL – The photoshoot

Last month, I went and spent an afternoon knitting at the beach with a good friend of mine, and towards the end of the afternoon, I asked her to help me do a photoshoot  of the finished shawls from Stephen West’s 2014 KAL.

And here are the results. First up Smooth Move made with Yarn Adventures Sock in the Linen, Smoke and Olive Tree shades with a Winery trim. I would recommend using a larger needle to do the Icord bind-off to make it a bit stretchier.

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Next up was Lumpy Space using the left over yarn from Smooth Move and some from last year’s Westknit KAL in Chartreuse, Linen (lighter) and Fireplace.

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And lastly Vertices Unite using the yarn I won from the Giveaway hosted by Stephen and Penelope Crafts Amsterdam, Madeline Tosh Merino (lightbulb & white wash), Baa Ram Ewe Titus (yorkstone & coal) and Malabrigo Sock (natural)

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And finally here’s one of me pretending to be freezing cold and swaddled in all three shawls. Truth be told I wasn’t at all cold, there was quite a strong breeze which helped immensely with creating these fantastic photos.




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37ª Feira Artesanal – Vila de Conde

On the 26th of July the 37th Edition of the Vila de Conde Art Fair was opened. I remember going to this fair when on vacation in Portugal, but since I’ve been living here, I’ve never actually gone. This year I decided I needed to go and have a look around.

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The fair will be open until Sunday August 10, 2014, so if you are in the neighbourhood, do go have a look, it really is worth it, as you can see hand made items from knitted items to leather goods, things made from clay, glass blowing and the traditional Bilros Lace.

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