Andy Pandy Romper
[Started 6th January]
In the 1980s I was never attracted to this romper from Phildar
(maybe someting to do with my childhood phobia of boy dolls)
- but now I find it really cute and am thinking of it for
Lloyd and Wendy (provided their baby proves to be male as
it seems a bit of a boyish thing). I am using wool from my
stash, hoping as ever that I have enough of the "John
Lewis soft cotton DK". For the contrast, I am using a Pingoiun cotton
yarn even though it is not quite a DK. If the white yarn
does not work out, I plan to make the white bib of the romper in diffferent white cotton DK taken "from stock".
[Started 1st January]
I started more socks while at my sister's on New Years Day.
The yarn is from eBay - Tiger sock yarn (25% nylon) in a sort
of "camo" blue..... Next up are 3 bargain balls
of Austermann Step - this has to be the King of sock yarns,
both in knitting and wearing: colours, 04 Nachtblau, 89 Pacific
Ocean, 96 Hunter Green.
30th December 2014: :Completed
(one set) 13th January]
I really like these softer coloured letters in lower case
- again by Debbie Bliss but this time from the book "The
Knitter's Year". I thought I would make some
for my sister and perhaps a set for myself (for next Christmas!).
I am using vintage Hayfield Grampian 4ply equivalent [45%
acrylic/45%nylon/15% wool] in a soft green, and and Patons
Beehive knits as 4ply [50% acrylic/25%nylon/25% wool] in buttermilk.
[I have now finished 3 sets of these - easy to make and very
rewarding. I backed them with card covered in Christmas fabric].
[Started 19th August 2014]
This pattern is Alma from Rowan
Knitting & Crochet Magazine 55, (this summer) and
uses a mixture of Summer Tweed, Revive, and Fine Lace (the
latter I am sunbstituting with something I already have).
In an adventurous mood I seem to have chosen something by
a newer designer Carlo
Volpi who graduated from the RCA in 2012.
I note 2 things - I am unable to distort the colours quite
a much in my photos as Rowan appear to have done in their
magazine shots... and ... despite this being a current season
pattern (I think it is still this summer despite the
cool weather!), John Lewis tell me that Revive and Summer
Tweed are discontinued, (the latter being in their reduced
bucket at only £1.60 a ball but not in the right colours!
- I resorted to eBay).
have to say the resulting top is..... pretty horrid? (sorry
Carlo - maybe it needs a younger model...).
Kidsilk Haze Striped Scarf
[Started 6th July 2013]
Second time around for Arty Fibre Scarf - I started
to knit Artfibers Vertical
Drop Stitch Scarf again in my Rowan subscription free
gift this year (the first one I have been tempted to make
anything with I have to say) - but pattern does not lend itself
to the yarn which is Rowan
Kidsilk Haze Stripe in colour Circus 205 [70% super
kid silk mohair/30% silk; 50g = 425m/465 yards]. So I am now
making it a ribbed scarf without the dropped stitches.
[Started 29th December 2011]
This is another of the Fair-Isle designs from Debbie
Bliss Magazine 7. I am using Amy
Butler Organic Aran in colour Slate [50% cotton, 50% wool;
50g:90m/98yds] as it was on sale - and also as my intended
victim is Rob who is slightly allergic to wool and I think
the wool cotton blend might suit. I think both Rob and George
were slightly dubious about the Sherpa hats - so maybe Rob
needs a fashionable Fair Isle cardi as well as George.
[Started 9th June 2011]
This is the Bella Blouse by Norah Gaughan from the Knitting
Daily Pattern Library. I am using a few balls of Rowan Damask
- a yarn I love but now discontinued - for the contrast and
I found an ecru cotton blend (Patons Washed Haze) which tones
with it quite well for the main shade. As my supply of Damask
is limited I am omitting the contrast band at the bottom of
Man's Aran Cardigan
[Started 14th October 2010]
Stash wool from when I overbought some Rowan Magpie Aran Tweed
for a cardigan for my brother-in-law some years ago (I know
- not like me - large administrative error in translating
2oz balls to 100g balls). I am adapting a cardigan pattern
from the Mens Book which is designed for chunky yarn; I have
not yet made a satisfactory start - every time I knit the
welt it looks too small!
22nd August 2010]
This is Two
- not another cardigan! But it is, like Puzzle, from
of Hearts - in fact, the cover design. The yarn is Patons
[25g; 150m], 70% mohair, 30% polyamide. It knits to a
double knitting tension of about 22sts to 4 inches, but I
am knitting it much looser on 6mm needles. I chose this yarn
also at Ally Pally in 2009; being a dress I thought it would
take for ever but it seems to be knitting up very quickly
so I have exery expectation of finishing it soon...