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Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Knitted partridge

From The Twelve Knits of Christmas book, and yes, he does have a pear tree to go with him lol

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Funny card

Love this, got it this morning , makes me smile

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Vintage bunny

A friend of Bean's is having a baby, and wanted a bunny toy like the ones she's been knitting, so I was asked to step in and help with bunny prouduction. Nice project, the vintage toys are well constructed, pattern-wise, enjoyed doing this in a day or so. Might do some more!

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Solstice hat

Ex wanted it, so I knitted it lol

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Hugh's jumper

I was commissioned to knit a jumper in the style of the one that Hugh FW has been wearing recently in his TV series

This is the one, you can see the top of it here - a plain sleeveless jumper, but knitted in beautiful wool, possibly dyed with natural dyes - it has that air about it and I love it.
This is my version, soon to be en route to my customer:

Worked in Manx Loughtan wool, produced organically here in Dorset, just up the raod from me. I used a truly vintage pattern, and am delighted, and I think it will become one of my standby patterns and get a lot of use - very versatile, lending itself ot all sorts of variations, colour and pattern wise.

Monday, 21 November 2011

On the needles right now

Various things are, but this is what I'm working on at the moment- a sleeveless jumper ( think HFW) in the lovely brown Manx Loaghtan organic wool I bought a couple of years ago at Dorchester show - produced only a few miles away from my home. It's a commission for a forum friend, easy to knit, so can do it while waiting for my turn on  Scrabble etc. Have knitted other things, but don't seem to have managed to link them up with the camera and blog, must try harder lol

I've just bought and printed off the pattern for Tiny Owl's Beekeeper quilt too, so would like to make a start on that as a new pick up and  put donw project, ideal for travelling too. I'm sure I can find some bits to use for it!

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Another rare breed hat!

North Ronaldsay hat for a friend. I hope to get a post/some posts up here on rare breeds soon, and a pet project of mine concerning them - watch this space.

Friday, 9 September 2011

Sheep - from lamb to loom, by Kate Lynch

I bought this book on Monday at the Glastonbury Wool Festival. I was lucky enough to meet Kate Lynch herself, who happily signed my copy. Lovely, lovely book,can't wait to get stuck into it. Above is my favourite picture from the book - Christine knitting - the original of which was on show at her table. If I'd had the money, I'd have bought it there and then. Will report back when I've read it - shouldn;t be long!

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Rare breed beanie

Man's knitted beanie in North Rondalsay wool. I knitted this for my online blogshop Pocaid (, but I posted a pic up on River Cottage forum in the craft thread and sold it literally in five minutes.It never even got as far as being listed on Pocaid lol I also got two orders for slelveless  sweaters ( a la Hugh) as well. A good morning's work :)

Sunday, 28 August 2011

National wool week

Not just for knitting, ofcourse!

Glastonbury wool festival

I'm lucky enough to be going to this - anyone else?  Will give a full report with pics, I imagine :)

Friday, 26 August 2011

Rainbow hat

Just finished this off tonight for a ranibow themed swap over at the Creative Living forum:

I've not been a huge fam of knitting 'tape' yarns before, but this one was really nice to knit with, slightly stretchy, so will keep its shape really well. Still have another ball and a bit left, not sure what to do with it, might knit a hat for myself! lol

Feather and fan scarf

An old favourite of mine, knitted many times; this in a shaded pure wool, lovely to knit with. For sale in my online shop Pocaid:

Sunday, 21 August 2011


This is a beautiful pattern from Louisa Harding's new book 'Knitting in the Details'. I started it eysterday, too it out in the car, and due to a fortuituous very long detour, got the body of it done before I got home, and the crown last night; embroidered the daisies this afternoon. Very pleased with it :)

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Nettle dyed shawl

Finally got around to finishng this today lol Typical of a UFO, all it needed was the ends of the border joining and the ends darned in,now done. Elizabeth Zimmerman pattern from her Knitter's  Almanac. It's almost 30'' across. I knitted it in lamswool, gleaned from a long ago visit to the Scrapstore, then washed it, and dyed it whole with nettles, alum mordant. Lidght unevenness due to dyeing it whole instead of yarn first, but not unattractive, and an intrinsic part of the process of handmade. I love it. :)

Sunday, 3 July 2011

The irony of summer knitting..........

Designing a pattern for a winter hat, now on the needles................

Thursday, 16 June 2011


Well now. Yorkshire didn't work out, ended in tears and bitterness, none of my doing. In a nutsehll, back in Dorset, sorting out an off-grid living space for myself, on my own. In the meantime, knitting socks until my stash reappears from Yorkshire, hopefully quite soon!

Monday, 4 April 2011

I'm still here!

I'm still around, still knitting, ofcourse. Private life has undergone major upheavals - marriage over and I've moved up to Yorkshire. I'm afraid blogging has taken a bit of a back seat up until now, but I'm getting back in the blogging groove, and want to get all my blogs and things updated as soon as I can. I'm busy knitting away for stocking an internet shop -possibly Etsy or Folksy, but haven't decided for definite yet, or it might be something independent of them. I've also got a meeting soon with a local knnitwear company to enquire about handknitting for them, will see what transpires with that. Watch this tension square-shaped space lol