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Striped uventet strukturklut (washcloth)

 

img_20180908_160709Project 12 (2018): Summer striped uventet strukturklut
Pattern: Uventet strukturklut by Bittami
Yarn: Sirdar Summer Stripes (60% cotton, 40% acrylic, 50g = 158 metres)
Yarn purchased: online in Italy
Colour: 0308 (olive-rust-yellow-pink)
Difficulty for me: easier this time
Needles: circular needles 3.5 mm
Stitches: 57
Knitted where: at home in Accra, September 2018
Final size: 20×30 cm
Final weight: 27 grammes

The pattern is a lot like the Silacruz sukkertøyklut, just with three vertical stripes not three. Uneven row: Three knit stitches for edge each side.  Then main pattern: * purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 3*, repeating  * to *, and ending with knit 3. Even rows: knit all.

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Unblocked and a little uneven. Below, a sculpture I find quite cheerful, at the National Theatre here in Accra.

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Grey bow-knit scarf

grey bow-knit scarf

Still knitting, still waiting to see how much longer I’ll be in Accra. Almost three years now, though it was only meant to be two years. I don’t mind Accra, but living away from my husband is tough. Stressful too, not knowing how long this will continue, though I am lucky to have a job I like. Knitting helps, and I am  getting back into daily exercise. No challenging knitting though, just easy meditative projects.  This is the Bow-knit scarf by Katherine Burgess, which I knitted in plum once before.

grey bow-knit scarf

Project 12 (2018): Grey Bow-knit scarf
Pattern: Bow-knit scarf by Katherine Burgess
Yarn: Drops Alaska, 100% wool
Yarn purchased: online in Italy
Colour: Light grey, 04
Difficulty for me: easy
Needles: circular needles 4.5 mm
Starting stitches: 3
Knitted where: Accra, October 2018
Final size: 14 cm wide at widest, 80 cm long  (10×40 cm for mid-section around neck)
Final weight: 81 grammes

I made the mid-section longer, this may be a Christmas present.

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Fresh coconuts for sale, observed as I walked to work this week.

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Two striped summer Garbaklut washcloths

Garbaklut

Project 11 (2018): Striped summer Garbaklut washcloths
Pattern: See below, Garbaklut.
Colour: 308 Safari: green purple sand
Yarn purchased: online in UK
Difficulty for me: easy
Needles: circular needles size 3.5 mm
Stitches: 50
Knitted where:  at home in Accra, watching Alias season 2
Final size: 23 wide x 20 high
Final weight: 25 gr each

I had already knitted several similar washcloths in Drops Paris, last one in grey, and I like the structure. This time I tried seed stitch for the border, and used 50 stitches for the stitch count: three stitches for border, then the main pattern (44), then three stitches border again. Not yet blocked.

Garbaklut

50 stitches overall:
ROW 1: Border knit 1, purl 1, knit 1. Then *knit 2, purl 2* repeated. Last three: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1.
ROW 2 Border knit 1, purl 1, knit 1 Then *knit 2, purl 2* repeated, ending on border knit 1, purl 1, knit 1.
ROW 3 and 4: Border: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1. Then knit across. Last three: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1.

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Downtown Accra: Oxford Street on a Friday.

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Black and grey Cupido Cowl

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A stash-busting project: I had bought a selection of yarns before moving to Accra, with no  specific plans for some. Now in the rainy season I find mildew on hanging T-shirts, faded skirts, bags: so far the yarn has held up well, but a good reminder to use up the yarn collection in baskets and bins. Knitting anything warn and woolly in a tropical climate is a bit strange, but this will be a present for someone living somewhere colder. There are limits to how many slightly lumpy knitted projects family can get as Christmas presents, but they have been patient so far.

Project 10 (2018): Black and grey Cupido Cowl, short
Pattern: Cupido Cowl
Yarn: Garnstudio DROPS Big Delight Print (190 meters per 100 grammes, 100% wool)
Yarn purchased: online in Italy
Colour: 13, grey-black
Difficulty for me: medium
Needles: circular needles size 5 mm.
Stitches: 100
Knitted where: at home in Accra
Final size: 27-232 cm wide x 22 cm high
Final weight: 32 grammes

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This was my first time knitting with slipped stitches, which is interesting. Nice effect. This is the short Cupido cowl, it is a little tall and the yarn is a little scratchy, but normally you would not be wearing this with only a tank top below.

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A little street shop in Jamestown, Accra last month.

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Knitted linen summer hat

linen knitted hat

This was interesting knitting: I wanted a knitted summer hat, and had linen mix yarn handy. This is a chemo cap, and very nice. Knitted with adaptations from Jessica11865 on Ravelry: modified brim decreases in an attempt to make it less ruffly. The hat fits me really well, but the hat brim does flop down, too much to wear for shade. I tried ironing starch, who did not work: maybe some kind of light wire might work.  So I have left this in Rome and will knit this again with a wider brim and some adornments, maybe in time for summer 2019 if I find the right wire?

Project 9 (2018): Knitted linen summer hat
Pattern: Floppy Brim Hat by Kraemer Yarn Shop  (also on Ravelry)
Yarn: Drops Bomull-Lin, 53% cotton, 47% linen, 50gr = 85 metres (brown 5)
Yarn purchased: online in Italy
Colours: brown
Difficulty for me: easy
Needles: circular needles size 4.5 mm
Stitches: 88
Knitted where: At home in Accra while watching “Cordon”, the Belgian series.
Final size:
Final weight: 53 gr

A little uneven but that was my knitting. Yes, more adornments next time but it was light and nice to wear. Maybe in blue next time.

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Summer Stripes White Birch washcloth

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Project 8 (2018): Summer Stripes White Birch washcloth
Pattern: Bittami White Birch
Yarn: Sirdar Summer Stripes 60% cotton, 40 % acrylic 50gr = 158 metres
Colour: 308 Safari: green purple sand
Yarn purchased: online in UK
Difficulty for me: easy
Needles: circular needles size 3.5 mm
Stitches: 51
Knitted where: at home in Accra
Final size: 22 wide x 20 high
Final weight: 23 gr

This pattern is from Bittami, a Norwegian knitter, who has some lovely patterns and knitting books. Quite a few are free. I had knitted a similar one ages in green  (Goat Willow) which is also very nice. I’m trying to use some of the yarn I brought to Accra, and washcloths are very manageable.  This will be part of the simple summer series I was knitting as housewarming presents, all roughly the same size. Ten stitches fewer and larger needles than original pattern.

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A goat in Jamestown, Accra. It’s not all poverty and shacks, there are also very modern areas and fancy restaurants here (though knitting yarn, hmmm, I have only ever seen Chinese acrylic yarn here.) After almost three years in Accra, it feels like home but I am still hoping to move next year to be able to live with my husband again. So I am looking at my things and wondering what to ship, what to give away, what to use up: hard to know when I could be anywhere next year. I still have lots of knitting yarn I brought here, which has been very nice indeed. Cotton, wool, alpaca: I look at the three plastic bins of yarn and see months of potential projects, especially at my glacial knitting speed.

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A simple summer washcloth, #4 of 4

simple summer washcloth #4

Last of the set of four washcloths. They will be housewarming presents I think, but the size I do like. This will work well in a humid tropical climate, where bigger wet washcloths can dry slowly. I’ll look for a better picture of all four, here I was just measuring them all.  Clockwise from top right: #4, #1, #2, #3.

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Project 7 (2018): A simple summer washcloth, #4 of 4
Pattern: Garnstikka: 4 kluter med variasjoner over rett og vrang
Yarn: Sirdar Summer Stripes 60% cotton, 40 % acrylic 50gr = 158 metres
Colour: 308 Safari: green purple sand
Yarn purchased: online in UK
Difficulty for me: easy
Needles: circular needles size 3.5 mm
Stitches: 50
Knitted where: on holidays in Italy
Final size: 24 wide x 20 high
Final weight: 27 gr

This pattern is from Garnstikka, a Norwegian knitter, who kindly collected four simple washcloths in variations of knit and purl on one place. I am knitting all four, to make some sets for housewarming presents.

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Street food vendor, Accra, near the US Embassy.

Translated from Garnstikka: 4 kluter med variasjoner over rett og vrang  Cast on 50 stitches. Row 1: *knit 1, purl 1*,  repeat. Row 2: *knit 1, purl 1*, repeat (knit over knit, purl over purl.) Row 3: *purl 1, knit 1*,  repeat (purl over knit, knit over purl). Row 4: *purl 1, knit 1*,  repeat (purl over purl, knit over knit). Row 5: *knit 1, purl 1*,  repeat (knit over knit, purl over purl.)  Knit until desired length.