Wednesday, 15 October 2008

October Ipswich Knitterati/Felted Yoga Mat Bag

Another meeting of minds, swapping of news, ideas and a sharing of knowledge. Various yarns, various needle sizes, various skill levels. Warmth and happiness shared around a common table.
::Felted Yoga Mat Bag::
::Last Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson::
::crystal palace daisy 6.4mm circular needles::
::manos del uruguay 100% handspun kettle-dyed wool in three colours::
Easy and quick project to last me over the winter months - especially for evenings like this when you want to absorb the atmosphere and each stitch becomes a memory of Lizzie's sister's newborn, her pending marriage, Anne's search for yarn for a teddybear, another's success with a baby tee, someone's beautiful sock, an adorable white hat with pompoms worn by it's owner, a broken needle, yarn for stitchmarking, laughter, the cheery goodbyes and the promise of just such a meeting again soon.


::oddments of wool::gauge doesn't matter::needles dpns roughly size 3 or 4 mm::
Anna Hrachovec in New York brings us this delightful Halloween character which appeals to both children and adults and is drawn from the Japanese Kawaii culture.

Saturday, 11 October 2008

Little Pumpkins Socks

Getting in the spirit of Hallowe'en. A time for mischief and magic and little pumpkins socks.

::Regia Silk Sock Yarn::
::50 g::
::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.

From ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Boucle Neck Warmer - finished project

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

Boucle Neck Warmer

Another project for the needles::bright orange size 8mm::rosewood Lantern Moon size 7mm::handturned Brittany 5mm::
Juju Vail's Boucle Neck Warmer from Pretty Knits 30 Designs from Loop in London
To celebrate the arrival of October I need a quick and stunning project and this simple neck warmer will see me through to the colder months ahead.

September Natural Dye Studio Sock Club

Tipsy Knitters Socks from Socks Socks Socks by Elaine Rowley
Yarn::Blue faced Leicester 4 ply sock from The Natural Dye Studio
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