Updated: 14-01-2019
© Christina Coutts 2007

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Fairy Lights Christmas Socks [Started 11th January]

This is the WYS limited edition colourway for Christmas plus a pattern from West Yorkshire Spinners. I love this yarn: WYS Signature 4 Ply [75% Wool / 25% Nylon: 100g=400m].
I bought 1 ball of the Fairy Lights (colour 849) yarn and am using it to make 2 pairs of sock (for my small feet), as I already have a ball of red yarn in hand from last year with which to knit the contrast heels and toes. [I have "Cherry Drop" (529) from last year but the recommended contrast for Fairy Lights is "Cayenne Papper" (510) - a blind man would be glad to see the difference - as my Mother would have said].

Mallard socks [Started 20th December 2019]

This is another "birds" colourway in WYS Signature 4 Ply [75% Wool / 25% Nylon: 100g=400m] I bought (see below), which I bought at John Lewis in Kingston. This sock, along with the seemingly endless mending of sock heels, (essentially reknitting the heel and grafting it in) will see me through to the end of the year - and beyond.

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.

2019 - update - I haven't wanted to do this pastel version enough it seems - so this year it's love it or frog it....

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.

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 every expectation of finishing it soon...