I'm back with two FO's today, they were both extremely quick knits and are patterns from issue 6 of Pom Pom Quarterly magazine. They are perfect for Autumn, which has suddenly arrived here in the UK, not that I'm moaning, I love our seasons.
I had heard about this magazine before but it wasn't until I saw a post by Mel from Single Handed Knits, that really made me want to purchase it. Issue 6 has eight beautiful, autumnal knits and I plan to knit the majority of them, all the patterns are fashionable, up to date and wearable. They deliver worldwide but if you don't want to pay shipping, there is a digital download, too.
It arrives like this, wrapped in tissue paper, with a hand written message, it's all the little touches, that I love!!!! I was so impressed with this magazine, I back-ordered issue 5, which also didn't disappoint and have now subscribed to future issues. I think what actually sold it to me was, as well as receiving a copy, printed on good quality paper with great photography, patterns, how-to's and articles you also get a unique Ravelry code to download into your library. What a great idea, I've also stored it in my iBooks, so I now have access to it at all times.
The first project I started was the Ardvasar hat which I wanted to knit for Jodie, she's sold her car so has to walk to work. She loves hats and this Aran knit will keep her toasty through the winter months, I knitted it in Drops Nepal from my stash, which is a wool/alpaca blend. I love how this pattern has knit up using this wool, it gives a nice firm fabric but still has drape at the back.
I started it last Friday and it was finished by the Sunday evening, that did include two hour car knitting, when we went to Bicester. I added a couple of extra rows before decreasing to give it more drape. I always thought hats didn't suit me but I really like this one so I've started to knit myself one.
Another thing I would like to say about this magazine is their tutorials, they are very well written. This hat uses Kitchener, which for some reason, I have always struggled with, even after watching video's, so up until now, I have avoided it but the way it was written in the pattern, I got it, straight away,
something just clicked in place.
It is another cable pattern and after reading a recent post on Sarah's blog, Crafts from the Cwtch, cables are very on trend, and this issue is full of texture and cables.
When you look at this pattern, it looks like a forest full of intertwining trees. I'm not sure whether you are seeing the true colour, on my iPad it looks correct, the colour of the yarn is Chicory, a light green but on my PC, it looks a straw colour.
Both of these patterns would make great Christmas gifts but before I start knitting them as gifts, I've bought some new yarn to knit myself them, first.
The beige one is Malabrigo Rios in Sand Bank and is a pure merino superwash, I've started the hat in this yarn. The rusty/rose colour, which is perfect for Autumn is Dream in Colour, Classy in Rosalita, they have a beautiful selection of colours in this range. This is also a superwash merino and are both Aran weight. I bought them from Tangled Yarn, a UK shop, they have some beautiful yarns and their service is second to none, with very quick delivery, they also sell Pom Pom Quarterly.
The next project, after my hat, I will knit these Hierro Mittens, for Paige, aren't they gorgeous, Jodie will also get a pair to match her hat. I feel as though I've had my money's worth from this magazine, normally I will only knit one, maybe two projects from other magazines, I've already done two from Pom Pom and plan on doing more plus I'll be repeating the patterns, which I've never done before.
Check out Tami's blog for more Finished Objects.
As I was looking through my favourite blogs, I saw that Stephanie from Knitspiring Odyssey, was having her own personal Beanie-a-Long, her goal is to finish five beanies through the year, she is inviting others to join in the fun.I think this is a great idea, so I'll be joining in, if you're interested in joining her, leave her a comment, here and she'll set up a link. She has even designed this fabulous logo for the occasion.
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you all have a great weekend. I'm off to the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London, tomorrow, this was one of Paige's 18th birthday presents and she has been really looking forward to this day.