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Sunday, 29 January 2012

Thursday, 26 January 2012

New crochet (on the ) block

Made a start on another blanket this evening; just a grannysquare blanket, one great big square; it's to use up the odds of chunky I have. I tried a ripple pattern with some of it, but it was too chunky to be successful, so will use odds of DK for that instead. I like the colours so far, but this one's for warmth, so there will be no colour scheme as such, just a  cosy use it up one

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Very taken by this too...........

Isn't that beautiful?


Novel Knits

Some lovely patterns here, very insipring...................

Gave me an idea too.........................


Sunday, 22 January 2012

Another one towards the Ravelry 12 hats in 2012

Like this one - nice and chunky in Sirdar Click, and random textures, with  three rows of left over Cashsoft being used up; rather unique pie lid shaping on the crown ! lol Great fun to knit :)

Also started - a new  crochet block project to try and get through some stash; small square this one, but would like each one to be different , that's a challenge in itself lol Will see how I go. I've also started a riplle afghan throw in shunky/aran to use those bits up, and the Sanquhar gloves are well on their way too. Busy times :))

Friday, 20 January 2012

Fusion hat

Another candidate for the 12 hats in 2012 I'm doing on Ravelry no 4 this one. Crochet  crown is based on TEchnolace hat by KN designs, the brim idea and design is mine, just done on the needles as I went along; very pleased with this, it's different. Used just one ball of Rowan Cahssoft, bought half price out the bargain bin at local wool shop - very nice to knit with, very soft, and a rather gorgeous shade of  cherry red :)

Monday, 16 January 2012

Barter hat

Knitted this this morning whilst on teh computer - it's for a barter I did for a weaving book and a book of WW2 ration cooking, and will be off to Kent soon :)  The wool is Creative Poems aran, 100% pure wool, and beautiful to knit with, lovely colours and shading.I think she'll like it...............

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Friday, 13 January 2012

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Just arrived today in the post :)

A rather lovely looking booklet on Sanquhar knitting, complete with wool and needles - a wee treat for myself :) (end of resolutions, then lol). I picked this up on e-bay last week, £26.95, which I thought wasn't bad- the needles are even in authentic paper wrap, which I love. I've been a fan of Sanquhar for many years now,a nd started a group on Ravelry last year which is proving quite popular, and has diversified into various other traditional glove knitting detours- great stuff! Just about to cast these on whilst waiting for the sprouts to cook:

A quick trawl around the net resulted in the discovery of Traditional Scottish Knitting Masterclasses being held this year, so am waiting to hear back on details of thsoe - very excited; I might even be bale to go!!! Will keep you posted :)

Monday, 9 January 2012

Peerie beanie

 - as it turns out, not a tam after all lol

 Peerie patterns are small geometric patterns in Fair Isle knitting, used on borders, or filling in between larger motifs on bigger garments. Patterns taken from the invaluable 'A Shetland Pattern Book' by Mary Smith and Maggie Twatt. This one is done in Shetland and lambswool, loved knitting it and am quite pleased with it :)

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Peerie tam

I love all knitting, not a thing I can think of that I'm not keen on, but this is what I love most - designing on the needles as I go, intricate and small patterns, choosing colours as it knits up. Peerie means small, and I'm choosing peerie patterns from the wonderful book  'A Shetland Pattern Book' by  Mary Smith and Maggie Twatt. This is a tam in lovely Shetland and lambswool, a mixed bag bought from e-bay just before Christmas; knitting up nice and quickly - but maybe that's because  I can't put it down.................

Project Bear completed

Here's the final thing at last! Handspun from Alaskan Malamut hair from Kent; blended and spun with Dorset Portland bought in Glastonbury; dyed with acid dyes bought from e-bay, using citric acid to fix it bought in Stirling;  knitted in Dorset, and now on its way to its recipient in Cumbria.
I loved this wool to knit with, very much my type  of woolly spinning, and the colour is wonderful, a nice shade of woodland green. Very pleased with it.

Friday, 6 January 2012

Well, so much for good intentions!

Have to report that my sort of resolution to use up my stash went spectacularly out the window this afternoon. Ah well :)

I bought the Rown Lace book, and 5 balls of their rather lovely lace wool to knit a wrap from the book.

This one, the Glorious Wrap

Sigh and lol

Thursday, 5 January 2012

First off the needles in 2012

Nice and easy, simple fingerless gloves as part of a rpesent for a special friend :)

The wool is Bergere du Nord, first time I've knitted with it; found it nice to knit with, although it does contain acrylic, but I think mans' glvoes need to be washed easily, so thought this would be fine. I like the one row contrast at the cuff, sets them off well I think.