[Started 26th May: :Completed
I have to confess the Latch-hook cushion
below was not actually "completed" on the date shown
in that I never quite got round to sewing it into a cushion
cover - this was mainly due to not having a small enough cushion
pad to hand - but also indecision as to a suitable backing
fabric. Not sure when the idea first came to me but I decided
to weave some squares using a weaving frame made for me a
couple of years ago by Father George. Serendipitously, four
squares are exactly the right size, and I am very pleased
with the result. Yarn was some Gotland handspun given to me
[Started 22nd April: :Completed
More of the knitted letters from the Debbie
Bliss magazine No 5 for Winter 2010. Once again I used
the red and white 5ply guernsey yarn which I have re-plied
to 3ply and 2ply on the spinning wheel - then I felted the
fabric by hand to shrink it nicely to the size I want. These
letters are for Woolleymoose (Sara), as I am not sure she
will have time to knit them herself for about the next 20
years. (Baby Florence - need I say more?)
[Started 14th April: :Completed
This is a kid's dress inspired by one in Debbie
Bliss Magazine No 10. Indeed the bodice is taken directly
from the pattern in the magazine, albeit in a different wool
weight. I'm using a Rowan
Cashsoft 4 ply in colour 428 "Spring" - a pale
green, [10% Cashmere, 57% Merino, 33% Microfibre; 50g = 160m/175yds].
The rest of the dress, (skirt and, I hope, little sleeves),
is made of Liberty Tana Lawn with matching fabric covered
buttons. This is an idea from a picture I saw in another magazine;
I like the idea of combining cloth and knitting, so we'll
see how it turns out.
[Started 10th April: :Completed
Another sweet little boy's wiastcoat from Debbie
Bliss Magazine No 10. I'm
Partner Baby [25% lambs wool, 25% acrylic, 50% nylon;
50g = 192m] for the two main colours - and yet again I can't
seem to get myself sorted with respect to finding the right
wool weights - this is really almost a 3ply equivalent and
the pattern calls for a 5 ply. However, my mistake over this
means I can use all my (synthetic) 4 ply oddments for the
colour variations, which is useful, and economic.
[Started 1st April: :Completed
A sweet little boy's wiastcoat with a cowl collar from Debbie
Bliss Magazine No 10.
Super Baby [30% lambs wool/70% acrylic; 25g = 107m] as
a 4ply equivalent, though it may be a bit finer; the colour
is Eucalyptus (50) - a slightly bluey grey/green. Another
nice practical Phildar baby yarn but with less wool than Isobel's
cardi (below) and very similar to their Luxe yarn. I did love
Luxe but this yarn does share that slightly synthetic sheen
in bright light.
[Started 26th March: :Completed
Pretty white cardigan for a little girl from Debbie
Bliss Magazine No 10.
I've started this as a project for my Easter holiday in France,
so I'm using Phildar
Lambswool in white [51% wool,49% actylic; 50g = 134m]
as a quickerknit type yarn (26 sts to 4 inches or thereabouts)
in place of Debbie Bliss Eco Baby yarn. Being in white I think
a stoic machine-washable wool blend is called for.
[Started 17th March: :Completed
I started another pair of classic plain (mens) socks as they
make a simple TV/knitting combination. (And I have a lot of
This is Regia
Snowflake Color in colour "Skate" 7711, [75%
wool/25% actylic; 100g = 460yds/420m]. This really can't be
beaten as a sock wool - the yarn seems indestructible, as
well as being machine washable at 40 degrees,
(I did think the colour "Skate" might be a misprint
for "slate" which is after all a more plausible
name for a colour - but no - the German name is "Schlittschuh").
[Started 6th March: :Completed
Turban headband for Alison from Debbie
Bliss Magazine No 10 which has a whole feature inspired
by 20s styles. Knitted in Cashmerino Aran in a soft almond
shade of pink, with matching pearl beads on the knot. Cashmerino
Aran, [55% Merino Wool / 33% Microfibre / 12% Cashmere : 90m
= 50g], knits to a tension of 18 sts x 24 rows to 4 inches.
This design is simple to knit and can be completed with a
Vest for me
This is my "allotment" vest (yes I need special
designer knitwear to go digging - you have a problem with
pattern is from Interweave Knits and was designed by Hana
Jason for the magazine in 2008. I am using Rowan Felted Tweed
Chunky in colour 289 Wode [50% wool / 25% Alpaca / 25% Viscose
: 50g=55 yards], which is now discontinued - but curently
available from Janettes
Rare Yarns on the web.
[Started 6th January: :Completed
I still have a lot of knitting projects to occupy me but they
all need "attention", so I have started another
pair of socks simple enough for TV knitting. I bought the
yarn at Ally Pally last October; it is Lang
Jawoll Magic Sock Yarn in colour 65, Ruby, [75% wool /
25% nylon : 100g=400m].
and Yowes Cover
[Started 2nd January: :Completed
Davies Rams and Yowes Design is such a delight
that I have adapted it to make a Kindle cover for Helen (who
wants "something unique"). I originally intended
to felt the cover, and have the design symmetrical about the
base; however the uncertainty about the final size with felting,
(no I did not do a test swatch and in any case the yarns are
all sorts), made me review it as I knitted. Thus it evolved
to having yowes on one side and rams on the other, and then
finally I had to add a ram to the yowes side to increase the
length.I do like the yowes' (with one ram) side best, and
if I did it again I might do this on both sides - or I might
try and choose a more inspired set of colours for the rams'
[Started 31st December 2012:
:Completed 3rd January]
This is a kit which was given to me by Alison for Christmas.
She purchased it at Lambtown and the yarn is all Jacob sheep
fleece. I dug out my old latchhook - cleaned it up with WD40
(!) - only to find there was a hook as part of the kit - everything
you meed to get going.
The kit was put together by Meridian
Jacobs (Vacaville, California), and is available
on their website.
[Started 22nd November 2012]
I saw this cardigan displayed on the Rowan stand at Ally Pally
this year - and, though the photo in the mag is appealing,
it looks so much more wonderful in the flesh. So my old knitting
machine is having another outiing with this project - so far
the back is complete and looks wonderful. The pattern is from
Knitting & Crochet Magazine 52, and uses felted tweed
DK in quite a lot of colours - but only one ball of each.
I was confused by two things (zero points for initial observation):
sleeve pattern - and in one case colour - totally different
from body - plus - one of the pattern sequences involves 3
colours in one row (contravening "rules" of fair-isle??).
Carousel Tea Cosy
[Started 1st November 2012: :Completed
This is Kate
Davies Sheep Carousel tea cosy pattern. Alison and I bought
the yarn at Uncommon
Threads in Los Altos **.
I made mine in black and white. Alison chose Brown and dark
red. They have come out well but Alison's seemed a bit smaller
than we imagined - being serious tea drinkers, our pots are
family sized. My cosy has turned out hard to get on and off
my teapot but seems to fit well once in place.
**The yarn is also available
mail order from Jamiesons as a kit.
- all over again
[Started 30th September 2012]
I seem to have caugh the disease from George's Mother and
accidentally felted my lovely Rowan
over-sweater. G was somewhat less than sympathetic (after
he had heard about it for the umpteenth time) saying "get
over it, you can knit another" - so I am.
Knitted as before in Rowan
colour 812 Bilberry, [80% merino, 20% kid mohair: 115m/126yds
almost Shetland Mens
[Started 3rd August: :Completed
after rework February 2013]
Christmas Cardigan was so successful with George (he is
still wearing it in August) that I thought I'd make a non-seasonal
version. I love the "Shetland"
(mens version) pattern from Rowan
Knitting & Crochet Magazine 46. It is made from Felted
Tweed - but it's Aran weight, and the popularity of the Reindeer
is that it's light weight. So the result is that I am knitting
the basic reindeer pattern again - which is free
on-line, and substituting the fair-isle pattern given
for Shetland Mens (not free). It is the colour mix that I
like so much so I translated all the colours very successfully
into DK equivalents - had a bit of trouble with the main sage
green but Rowan have obligingly brought out a new colour Celadon
this August which is pretty well perfect. Colours are: 184
Celadon, 175 Cinnamon, 177 Clay, 159 Carbon, 165 Scree, 152
[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...
[Started 18th January 2009]
Alison gave me this exquisite fibre for Christmas along with
a pattern for a beautiful scarf. She saw the finished item
knitted up but there is no photo included, which adds to the
pleasure, because the surprise continues as you knit. The
yarn is Artfiber's
Tsuki , 60% Kid Mohair, 40%Silk, [40g skein; 515yds],
and the pattern is Artfibers Vertical
Drop Stitch Scarf.