SB Project 2 (100g):
The BSJ has been taking a back seat a little during the month, because I really couldn't decide if I liked it or not. I've finished it now though...
This is definitely one of my favourite patterns, and I love that I can make small changes each time so that each BSJ is completely unique. This time I did the increases by knitting into the front and back of the marked stitch and the one before it on the RS, then purled the marked stitch on the WS rows; that gave a diagonal line of knitted stitches over the garter stitch which was quite effective in the finished jacket. I added a vertical knit line by picking up the stitches for the button band the "wrong" way.
I also cast off a stitch at the beginning of each row after the first neck cast-offs until the button band, in order to get a slightly wider neck. This worked quite well, although the edge would have looked much neater if I'd finished it off with an i-cord edging. The buttons were from my button stash, and were originally salvaged from old clothes - I've no idea what now.
I'm quite pleased with how it's turned out, but I don't like it enough to give to my friends when their baby arrives. It's nice, but not right for their style. I'm planning to give it to a local charity shop instead so that they can get some benefit from it.
SB Project 3 (100g):
I've already written about completing the Chinook Scarf. I did manage to block it in the end, by pinning out each of the points and leaving the straight edge unpinned. That seemed to work quite well, and I was very happy with the finished result. I've already worn it a couple of times for work; it feels lovely and soft against my skin and is warm without being too much.
I've finally managed to get a couple of daylight pics:
SB Projects 4 & 5 (150g):
I made myself a Bandana Cowl to use some of the Debbie Bliss Paloma yarn I bought with a birthday voucher last year. The yarn is so soft and squishy and I'd been waiting for the "right" project to match it with. This cowl worked very well.
I cast on fewer stitches than the pattern said, since I was using a thicker yarn, then did fewer decrease rows so that it wasn't as deep. I liked the simple design and it was perfect for wearing while in town looking around the shops. I gave the first one to my 93-year old gran while she's in hospital, and I hope she likes it. I'd love it to be a hug from me while we're far apart.
So then I made another for myself... I used 3 skeins in total, although perhaps I'd have preferred the 2nd cowl (mine) to be slightly wider - I'm not sure if it was different to the first, but I was so keen not to run out of yarn that maybe I stopped a row or two earlier?
I'm happy with the cosy feel of this cowl - again, it's quite lightweight but it's lovely and snuggly for the recent cold mornings.
So I'm pleased to have completed 4 projects this month, and to have destashed 350g. There's still a long way to go!
Thanks again to Linda for hosting this challenge. I'm feeling inspired by all the creative ways people have found to use up their yarn supplies. And I've enjoyed remembering the stories behind my own yarn purchases.