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Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Wee mat

This is a pattern for a small jug cover from the book Traditional Lace Knitting by Furze Hewitt.  I knitted it as a doily/mat, in a variegated green cotton from my stash, only using half a ball. Pleased with this :)

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Even more................

.............. blankets lol   In tandem with the ongoing crochet ones, I've started a knitted one in more sombre, rich autumnal colours. The pack is another one from a seller I use regularly on e-by. Great packs of multi tones on a colour theme, excellent value and top quality yarns

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Wedding notions

My daughter is getting married next month, and as we're both avid knitters, I want to include knitting/wool/crochet somewhere in there!  She is having her bridal bouquet wrapped in handspun (by me) Dorset Horn wool, and I cam eup with another couple of ideas today.  I'll knit the 'congratulations' bunting in purple (part of the colour theme), and the rainbow cotton will be crocheted into little jackets for an assortment of jam jars for flowers on the tables at the afternoon tea reception.  Will need to get a crack on tomorrow though, wedding is 19th April!

Driftwood and knitting

I found this on FB, by a talented lady from Shetland called Julie Irvine and had to share. Simple Shetland lace and driftwood - not seen anything quite so naturally pretty in a long time.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

New needles

- have arrived!  The full set of  double pointed needles in bamboo.  I bought them from e-bay for £9.99 , p&p free. Very pleased with them, looking forward to using them very soon.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Stripey pinky socks

For me this time!

Knitted in Crofter Baby, that I found half price in the local wool shop, so came in under £6. Pleased with them, will be lovely and warm.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Emergency knitting

My friend's lad needs a Where's wally hat for Thursday, so she messaged me on Fb and here it is. Stayed up late to get it finished for tomorrow when she comes over for coffee, but found a fascinating old documentary from the 70s to watch whilst knitting :)

Saturday, 22 February 2014

New vintage pattern

Well, new to me, that is; picked up a really useful pattern for three styles of mens' gloves in DK for only 20p.  Although I know I can knit gloves without a pattern it's always useful to have a good apttern of a basic such as gloves for basing my own designs on. Very pleased :)

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Monday, 17 February 2014

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Steaming ahead

Been getting a lot of knitting done in among other things, and am pleased with the finished waistcoat; it needs buttons,  but that will involve a trip to town. In the meantime, I think it's turned out beautifully, and I love the colours and self-striping.  Will post a pic when completed.  The natural dyed fulled gloves turned out not quite how I was hoping, but I still like them. The hot wash for fulling did take its toll on the subtle vibrancy of the colours, but I like the way they've ended up. slightly too large, but nice and chunky and very warm, so definitely ones for the coldest of days to come :)


The old rose pink wool has arrived for the cabled cardi I posted a picture of, so will be casting that on soon I hope :)

Monday, 10 February 2014

Now on the needles

I started this on Saturday night. The pattern is from a Peoples' Friend magazine, but I wanted something a bit brighter than the grey in the original.  I bought some half-price Adriafil  Lunare in a self-striping turquoise with a slight sheen to it - hence the slightly odd pictures of it, the camera didn't like it at all!  Have finished one of the fronts, and cast on for the other, and am pleased with how it's going. The fabric is not as open as the first picture would suggest, ad the colours remind me of tropical seas :) I'm looking forward to choosing some special buttons for it too.

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Fishtail cardi

This one is for me :)  Finished it at last, and am very pleased with how it's turned out. Moss stitch borders and collar, stocking stitch short sleeves with picot edgings, body worked in a simple fishtail lace design.  Knitted in a beautiful cherry red shade of Rowan Cashsoft.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Heart over head - again!

Found this pattern when I was haunting Hansons this morning; sometimes it all just comes together in a perfect knit - the shape, the colour, the cables, everything for this one. I bought the pattern book, but had to order in the wool, so this will be a project for next month now. A thing of great beauty - often not found in commercial patterns. Deep joy :)

Monday, 20 January 2014

Gorgeousness through the post

This little bundle arrived today via e-bay - it really can be a treasure trove of beautiful woolly bargains if you take time to have a thorough look. This is five balls of pure wool, 2 ply, Sunbeam, made in the UK. Such pretty colours, I have no idea what to do with it yet, but was a snip at £%5.75 including p&p.  It arrived in the same delivery as the beautiful acorn earrings, thought I'd share them too

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Progress in red

Have reached the armhole on the back of the cardi; once into the pattern it's not difficult, and only 6 rows.  Hope in to get the back finished in the next couple of days or so, there are so many other things I want to knit at the moment too! It really is a lovely wool to knit with, beautifully squooshy and luxurious feeling, and I an deeply in love with the colour now :)

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Gloves for Helen

My friend is a great photographer and admired my Catching Butterflies fingerless mittens I made recently, saying something similar would be great for her outdoor photography. Got these knitted in the car today on the way to and from Winchester; nice chunky pure wool, knitted up quickly. She'll need the warmth they'll offer, she lives in north Argyll!

Sunday, 5 January 2014

More dishcloths

I love knitting dishcloths, especially to give other folk. They provide easy knitting while working at the computer, or watching a film, and I can pick up and put them down at will. This is a couple I've done for Paul, who is in the process of moving into his new home. Knitted in organic cotton  from my stash, bought from e-bay last year. It's lovely to knit with, and has produced some very good cloths. Very pleased with them :)