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OWL Planning

Over on Ravelry there is a group known as the HPKCHC (Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup). This group runs classes which are basically themed knitting prompts. The year is divided into terms (just like school) and there are different kinds of prompts/classes you can do to earn points for your house.

This coming term I am planning on completing an OWL. This is a project that requires 2-3 months of continuous crafting effort. My plan is to knit a sweater for myself. The pattern that I am going to use is Hearthstone by Ysolda Teague. I love this pattern because it is very simple but has beautiful details. Since I will likely have a few Uni commitments during the time that I’m planning on making this it should be a challenge but still hopefully achievable.


The wool I have to knit this in is a lovely dark jade green from Skeinz. It is their Southlander yarn which is a little scratchy but should be fine for wearing over a long sleeved top and could even soften up after a bit of wear.


I thought the combo was great and I would love to have a nice new hand-knit sweater to wear and layer with all my other knits. I’m having to stop myself from starting right now because term doesn’t start till next month. I’ll just have to try and satisfy myself by swatching and writing up my proposal for it instead. So stay tuned for swatching, blocking and measuring excitement in the near future 🙂


The Month of WIPS

I have a terrible habit of starting way more knitting projects than I finish. I have an embarrassing number of WIPS sitting in various boxes, bags, and shelves around my house. I am not going to list them all here because it would take far too long and I might realize just how many I actually have eek!

As I have a 3 week semi-holiday from University I have decided that April will be the month of WIPS. I have managed to finish two, read that two!! whole projects in the past few days. The ends are yet to be sewn in but I’m saving that for tonight when me and Cam are sitting down watching a movie.

My first finished object (minus ends) is Stephen Wests Dotted Rays-Speckled Fade. I made this in a variety of baby wool from Spotlight and i am so super happy with how it turned out. The end rows were so much longer than I had anticipated and it turned out way bigger than planned but it will be a nice warm shawl for the upcoming winter.


The second project which just got bound off is another Stephen West pattern: Boardwalk. I made the small size and it is the perfect size to wrap around my shoulders.


The next WIP in my sight is another Stephen West pattern! It must look like I only knit his patterns but I swear I am more adventurous than that 🙂 My Building Blocks Shawl is nearing completion but the rows are just getting so long and boring. it has not been one of my favorite knits so it will be good to get it off my needles. There is one more block to go before I am going to bind off so hopefully today will be the day I finish.