Tuesday, 11 November 2008
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
Saturday, 11 October 2008
Getting in the spirit of Hallowe'en. A time for mischief and magic and little pumpkins socks.
::Regia Silk Sock Yarn::
::55% new wool::20% silk::25% polyamide::
::2.25mm Knitpicks dpns::
::Knitpicks small ridged cable needle::
Pattern free on Ravelry by Sheepaints (Sabine Rupert). The link to her site will give you the option to print the pattern as a pdf file in American English.
I heard about this pattern whilst listening to the Stash and Burn podcast and when I saw this lovely pale pumpkin coloured yarn at my local yarn shop I knew I was going to cast on.
Wednesday, 8 October 2008
This was a wonderfully quick project to knit. The yarn is soft and warm and the design is fun and different. I think I may have enough yarn left to make a second to give away this Christmas.
Pattern instructions were easy to follow and the only changes I made were to use a smaller needle for the frilled edge on one edge and to pick up on the wrong side for the second edge so that when folded the picking up would not show.
Wednesday, 1 October 2008
Friday, 12 September 2008
Thursday, 11 September 2008
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
Monday, 8 September 2008
The lure of a new yarn: Savannah from The Fibre Company in pecan.
The lure of a new pattern: Riding to Avalon by Connie Chang Chinchio for Fall 2009 Knitscene.
The lure of new techniques: Tubular cast on size 3.75 mm addi circular needles. Knitting in the round. Knitting a hood.
Monday, 1 September 2008
Thursday, 28 August 2008
Saturday, 23 August 2008
This week I have been shopping over on Etsy and found this seller after seeing her work on Lime & Violet's Daily Chum. I sent off for the two smaller pouches which are perfect for knitters. They arrived the next day and were absolutely beautifully made. The smaller one I will use for stitch markers. It has a metal clip which will make it perfect for clipping onto jeans or my workbag so that it is always there ready to be used. The larger pouch has all my accessories for the current project: scissors, row counter, nail file, hand cream and other bits.
Then as I was so pleased I went back and saw this perfect small project bag and had no hesitation in hitting the put in cart button. When it arrived it was every bit as good as I had hoped.
You must go and see her etsy shop and visit her blog at www.cottonandcloud.blogspot.com - what a great bit of online shopping this week.
Wednesday, 20 August 2008
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
I finished two projects so it was time to cast on again. I have chosen to make a pair of fingerless mittens in bright, cheerful colours. The wool is Sublime extra fine merino wool double knit and it is knit on 3.75mm dpns. I have had the pattern for some time now but you have to wait for that moment when you get inspired. The pattern was from Karendipity and will eventually have some embellishments in the form of embroidery. I am enjoying this project so much.
Saturday, 16 August 2008
Saturday, 9 August 2008
As well as membership of The Natural Dye Studio Sock Club which is detailed in the previous post, I bought a set of Pattern Tamers in the chocolate colourway as you can see above. They are magnetic strips covered in material which you place either side of the page of your pattern book and that way you can easily keep your place. They feel slightly unwieldy to use but I think they will become easier the more they are used.
The second purchase was a beautiful set of Destiny Ebony circular knitting needles by Lantern Moon. I adore using Lantern Moon needles and decided to add to my collection as these were in a summer sale.
Tuesday, 5 August 2008
Sunday, 20 July 2008
Well now there is the taxing question of what knitting projects to take on holiday. There is absolutely no point in trying to smuggle knitting onto an aeroplane for a 2 - 3 hour journey. So I am thinking of a small project whilst we are there.
The second thing to think about is where we are going: Italy. So it will be hot, hot, hot. That means I will not want some huge project draped over my lap. I am thinking the free gift that came with my Rowan subscription will be perfect. It is a small denim bag that is easy to knit and will not require very much concentration and will be easily done round the pool or during the car journey.
I am also thinking of a second project because I will get bored with only one. This will be a small drawstring pouch from Joelle Hoverson's Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I am going to knit it in the Rowan Cashsoft DK I recently bought:
Well now that's sorted. Roll on holidays!
The 30th Anniversary edition of the Rowan Magazine #44 has three stories: 'Nostalgia', 'Renaissance' and 'Elegance'. The photography is as sumptuous as usual and there are some very inspiring pieces. As usual there are a variety of techniques and a range of skill levels required.
There are articles about the designers who include Sarah Dallas and Kim Hargreaves whose designs I have knitted and loved. There is a very interesting article about the new yarn Purelife which is all about home grown and produced wool with the emphasis on quality which I am afraid will equate to price but the article does explain why. There will be new ranges of colours exclusively for Kim Hargreaves.
There is also an updated Rowan website which is worth a visit.
So I am more than happy with the new magazine and am looking forward particularly to making most of the Clever Ideas which is biased towards Christmas. I think I will be inspired to start with this knitted and felted swag:
Friday, 18 July 2008
I was very pleased when this book arrived recently from Amazon. It is Nordic Felted Knits by Gerd Fjellanger and it is published by Search Press.
There are some very inspired projects here in this book and I am especially delighted that the Christmas ideas are suitable for anyone. I think I'm going to make the angel and probably the mat and container.
I've bought some red Rowan Pure Wool DK which you can see over in my stash on Ravelry.
The bags and hats in this book are beautiful and look easy to make. I would recommend this to anyone who would like to try some felting projects.