Updated: 04-05-2016
© Christina Coutts 2007

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Laura's Vest [Started 3rd May]

This is a Ravelry pattern by Trudy Moss, which I identified to use some disontinued Noro Kogarashi, colour 1, [51% Silk / 49% Wool; 100g=165yds/150m] that I bought some time ago. The yarn is lovely but the colours are a bit dire (or the ones I bought are!). I may need an extra ball to complete the vest and I'm not sure if its "good money after bad" - but I think the pattern looks good and is highly wearable.

Acrylic Blankets - brown [Started 15th April 2016]

I have now begun the third of my own Kaffe blanket project - the brown colourway which I used for my original cushion (2 years ago!).
This one is in crochet - and I have now moved so far away from the Kaffe original that only his colour combinations remain - which I have tried to stick to - using 4 colours per square and his choice of adjacent colours. These will have to be sewn up at the end (or possibly crocheted together but I'm holding fire on that decision; a crocheted join creates a "window pane" quilt with a lattice of one of the colours - which may dominate the design, and could be good or bad). So I will experiment with the final layout once the squares are done.

Acrylic Blankets - blue [Started 28th January 2016: :Completed 20th April 2016]

I have now begun the second of my own Kaffe blanket project - blue colourway. Again it misses the design elements that Kaffe intended - this one I am constructing in true domino style ie with a one way orientation and no sewing up. I am still piecing it using the layout in his instructions but has little relevance to the pattern - however, for Domino you do have to have the layout defined at the start because you join the pieces as you go.This has been the most enjoyable construction technique attempted to date, and consequently I completed it (9 x 7 with an edging) slightly before the red one.

Coatigan [Started 23rd October 2015: :Completed 10th January 2016]

There is a lot of 70s style knitwear about at the moment - and admiring one such I decided to make up my own version of a blanket coat - soon to be featured in Pattern of the Month for January 2016. The original pattern is written for a man in a worsted/aran weight all in garter stitch stripes - it has its own charm but I am trying to emulate a woven look as the commercial coat that I saw, and also use vintage yarn. So I am working in chunky Sirdar Peru - colours Llama and Tailor, (yes I have an endless supply of it) on smaller needles using a stitch pattern borrowed from an early 1960s pattern book to give a more tweedy look.

Acrylic Blankets - red [Started 22nd October 2015: :Completed 23rd April 2016]

As I said below - the Kaffe blankets project did not begin well. I do not enjoy working the stripes on the machine any better than by hand. So I began revamping the other 3 colourways in my head. [Giving up not an option - I am awash with acrylic yarn]. Somehow I got the idea of making them as domino squares - I always liked the technique - so I have kicked off the red colourway like that - and it is lovely both to knit and to look at. Of course it misses one of the design elements that Kaffe intended - even though I am piecing it using the orientations in his instructions (so not quite domino) - but it keeps the major design element: COLOUR. So successful that now I plan the blue colourway in "true" domino and perhaps the brown one in crochet.
Using this technique and layout means that the pieces are joined in blocks of 4 - so I have added an extra row of squares on 2 of the sides to make an 8x10 blanket, and have dispensed with any form of edging (the cast on edge is quite neat). I still have not achieved the level of perfection in the sewing up that I would have liked.

Aran Chair Cover [Started 23rd May 2015]

I am knitting this Erika Knight classic in Robin Chunky [100% acrylic; 100g=153yds/140m].- pistachio, 079. You need a lot of yarn and I could not contemplate spending a great deal on a whim. I am expecting it to turn out perfectly practical and soft - and it's a lovely colour to go with my work room colour scheme.

Acrylic Blankets - pastel [Started 15th May 2015]

I have finally begun my striped Kaffe blankets project. I am working on the knitting machine and I have to say it has not begun well. I have already had to change the method in the same way as I did for the hand knitting - that is starting each diamond in the middle and decreasing to a point, as this is the only way I can get a neat edge. It is easier to effect this on the machine though, so I am steaming - very slowly - ahead... I plan to make all 4 colour schemes and think they will end up as charity blankets - but it's just something I want to do.

Lisa Richardson's Crochet Along [Started 7th April 2015: :motifs completed 10th June 2015]

Well I couldn't resist could I? Rowan have started a crochetalong - this time in a summer yarn Rowan Summerlite 4ply [100% cotton]. Again they have a choice of projects but I am doing the (baby) blanket. Needless to say the yarn I am using is not Rowan but a mixture of Katia Saigon (100% acrylic) - which as others on the web say is excellent for crochet but thicker than a 4ply - and vintage Sirdar Soft Cotton 4ply (100% cotton) - which is a nightmare to crochet - and Phildar Partner Baby (25% wool; 25% acrylic; 50% nylon) - which is a 3ply.
An interesting mix.... all quite different thicknesses and constituent materials.

Alma [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).
I have to say the resulting top is..... pretty horrid? (sorry Carlo - it needs a younger model...).

Rowan 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.

Snowflake cardigan [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.

Bella Blouse [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 the sweater.

Rowan 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!

Two [Started 22nd August 2010]

This is Two - not another cardigan! But it is, like Puzzle, from Queen of Hearts - in fact, the cover design. The yarn is Patons Misty [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...