Thursday, 3 October 2013

African flowers

As well as frantically knitting my mossy, zesty green cardigan for autumn, I've been making a few African Flower hexagons.

I have the back and both front pieces of my cardigan complete now - the shot above shows my placements for the buttons using pins (you can just about see) so that I know where to make corresponding button holes on the other front half.

These are the african flowers. I do love them, but I'm not sure what to do with them. I have about 20 at the moment, and I'm not sure I can summon up the motivation to make enough for a blanket. I'm also not sure I can summon up the motivation to figure out how to make half hexagons for these so that I can make squares for a cushion cover.

The thing is, all I seem to feel like doing at the moment is knitting, knitting, knitting! I think it is the change in seasons and feeling like I want to be able to surround myself in hand knitted sweaters! I don't know why, but there is something so much more comforting about wearing a sweater you have hand knitted yourself. It somehow feels like a coat of armor - and makes the day and the world a little easier to face!

I think I might finish my green cardigan soon - only the sleeves to go and they are 3/4 rather than full length, so I'm well away. I always feel like I'm in the home straights on knitting a jumper or cardi when I get to the sleeves!

I'm contemplating this pattern for my next knitty adventure. It's something I already made a few years ago and really love. Then I saw recently that Rowan have a gorgeous red shade of this yarn out now, and I think this jumper would look gorgeous in that colour.

Apart from that I have been painting chairs in preparation for my flat! But more on that next time....when the paint has dried!


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  1. love the colour of your green knitting - so pretty. the African flowers are stunning - I'd go for a blanket if I were you.

  2. Love the colours of those African flowers, they are gorgeous...would make a really beautiful blanket I think. Look forward to seeing your finished cardi.
    Marianne x

  3. Oh you are making quick progress with that lovely green cardi and I love those African flowers - if knitting is 'in' for you right now then the flowers will surely wait for you while you put together your Winter wardrobe. I had a look at your other knit pattern, following your link, and that is such a smart garment Jen, and in red it would be a WOW!
    Happy days to you,
    Joy x

  4. I think the hexies would make a lovely colourful scarf if you don't want to make too many of them. So bright and cheery!!

  5. Beautiful hexagons. I too am making them. I have almost 17 and I'm not sure how many I can make to try and put together a throw.

  6. The African flowers are gorgeous!

  7. You could always make a purse with the hexies ( you don't need to make half ones to make those), and there's lots of new stuffed animal patterns that use them, if you're looking for something different.
    I love the colors you used and can't wait to see your finished sweater! Just crocheted my first sweater for myself, and I agree, it's just cozier/more comforting.

  8. Love your African Flowers! Can you tell us what yarn you used? The colours are gorgeous!

  9. You have exactly enough hexagons to make the african flower soccer ball. You only have to make 12 more pentagons to complete the ball... The colours you used are gorgeous. Looking forward to see what you've made with them.


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