[Started 30th December]
George's Father complaned about his fingers being cold when
working in the garage. A perfect excuse for another pair of
"Dashing" mittens - pattern from Knitty.com
- brother to the famous "Fetching".
used some vintage wool from my stock room... Pingouin Star+
(50% Wool/ 50% Acrylic: 85m/93yds per 50g: 18sts x 24rows
to 4 ins on 4½mm needles) in a practical working shade
[Started 28th December]:Completed
A quick fix birthday gift of "Fetching"
dashed off in time for Cathy's birthday. I used one 50g ball
of Rowan Tapestry,
(70% Wool, 30% Soybean Protein Fibres; 120m/131 yards; 22sts
x 30rows to 4 ins on 4mm needles).
d'est vent d'ouest
[Started 30th November]
I have finally found a lovely scarf pattern in the right gauge
to use the beautiful cashmere yarn that Alison bought me as
a gift (some time ago now). It always seemed just too special
to start anything with. Anyway - here it is - a
smoke ring cowl in 100% cashmere yarn from Nash Farm Alaska.
jacket" - by special request
[Started 25th November]
An excellent opportunity for me to make a Fiona
Morris jacket using her special techniques; lucky I had
recently been on her workshop. Sheila met Fiona at Ally Pally
and chose this cardigan. We then went to great lengths to find
the exact same colour as Fiona had on display - in the discontinued
Fusion yarn (50% Wool/ 50% Acrylic: 16sts x 20rows to 4
ins on 5½mm needles). This loose fitting style and random
colours would be great for handspun (albeit a bit thick).
Swirl Beret [Started
22nd November: :Completed 23rd
From Ysolda Teague's collection Whimsical
Little Knits 1. It's called a slouchy hat - and it
Peru (which I think is now discontinued), colour 302 Pablo.
It's a chunky yarn, 50% wool/10% alpaca/40% acrylic, and knits
to a tension of 14sts and 19rows to 4 inches on 6mm needles.
matching mittens [Started
21st November: :Completed 22nd
I devised these mittens to go with Featherbed
from Louisa Harding's Little
Kid Classic, colour 852 Peat (as below) with 4mm
needles and cable lace stitch.
Pattern available in Pattern of the Month for December
19th November: :Completed 20th
This is Featherbed
from Louisa Harding's Little
Kid Classic, 70% Lambswool 26% Kid Mohair 4% Nylon. Knits
to a tension of approximately 18sts x 24 rows to 4 inches
using 5mm needles. I was very smitten with this rich dark
brown colour 832 Peat (with a hint of burgundy).
I would have preferred to use the recommended Thistle
yarn but there is no chocolate brown (requested by user) in
[Started 12th November: :Completed
11th and 29thDecember]
I picked up two colourways (5207 and 5202) in this lovely Italian
wool at Ally Pally from RKM
wools, who could not have been more helpful vendors. It
looked wonderfully rich in the ball but I am slightly less smitten
with this first one - very manly, but the colours do not seem
to set each other off very well when knitted into bands. I am
hoping the other colours will prove to be better. Lana
Grossa Meilenweit Solo (80% wool / 20% nylon) is a 3ply
yarn but it is a little fuzzy to knit on fine wooden needles;
with the next pair I shall use steel pins with blunter ends,
Bedsocks for Father George [Started
24th October: :Completed 6th
Recently I was handed back the bedsocks I gave G's father
as they had holes in the heels. I dutifully mended them, but
thought this a good excuse to give him another pair. These
are double knit socks in the "antibacterial" Phildar
Oxygene, colour Neptune, - 25% wool, 35% chlorofibre,
40% acrylic - and knits to a tension of 23stsand 30 rows to
4 inches on 3½mm needles.
Christmas Socks [Started
23rd October: :Completed 10th
Whether he needs them or not. Well - all the other cyclists
I know like them :o)
Regia (75% wool,25% polyamide) 4 colour yarn in shade
5180 "Oslo". This is a fine weight sock yarn which
knits to a tension of 30 sts and 42 rows to 4 inches, and
has a yardage of 210m to 50g.
[Started 30th September:
:Completed 22nd October]
Admiral Ringel (75% wool,25% polyamide). This is a fine
weight sock yarn which knits to a tension of 30 sts and 42
rows to 4 inches, and has a yardage of 210m to 50g. The yarn
is beautifully soft and the self-striping pattern seems to
be simple stripes in shades of grey. I purchased the yarn
in a bargain box at IKnit.
[Started 3rd September:
:Completed 1st October]
The Knitter magazine, supported by Rowan, have set up the
Comfort Blanket campaign. The idea is to knit blanket
squares with your knitting group, - in my case, just me. Knitted
Oxygene and Frenesie wool blends.
The blankets will be used to support and raise awareness of
Macmillan's campaign to freeze out fuel poverty for cancer
patients. I am an enthusiastic supporter of Macmillan and
other cancer charities involved with care of cancer sufferers
September 2009 for more details.
[Started 1st August:
:Completed 2nd September]
Knitted by special request for a light-weight cardigan to
wear on summer evenings in France. I have been planning this
for some time, selecting a vintage pattern about a year ago,
not daring to show it to G as the styling on the cover beggars
belief. The yarn used is 25 year old Phildar
Luxe which knits to a 3ply tension (32sts to 4 inches).
Luxe is a "baby" yarn - 85% acrylic, 15% wool [50g;
201m/219yd], but beautifully soft, yet robust and practical.
I originally bought the yarn to make myself a sophisticated
knitted sweater and skirt in fine wool - so I have plenty
left - and the buttons are also from my collection- though
simple modern plastic ones.
[Started 1st August:
:Completed 10th August]
Cover photo from Debbie
Bliss Magazine No 2. Knitted in Prima
in colour 07 Pink (one shade darker than the one on the magazine
cover). Knits to a DK tension. Yarn is 80% bamboo, 20% merino
wool [50g; 115yd/106m].
[Started 9th July:
:Completed 16th July]
I used some pure silk yarn [100g skein; 600m], that I purchased
Witches at Woolfest. The colour is "stormy skies"
which has turned out to be a little more purple than I was
expecting - but lovely nonetheless. The tension is fine and
Ishbel scarf has turned out a little smaller than the
pattern intended, perhaps - but fine for me. The skein should
be sufficient yardage for 2 scarves (which is why I did not
attempt to increase the size to match the gauge).
[Started 24th June:
:Completed 3rd July]
I am using handspun Southdown (Felicity
was the donor), dyed with KoolAid in bright colours - just
because Felicity's owner admired the Traffic light socks...
Pattern based on the "Fetching"
pattern from Knitty.com.
[Started 7th June:
:Completed 20th June]
[Started 3rd July:Completed
Vintage knitted doilies using Anchor linen No 20 in shade
920 and Coats Mercer Crochet 20 in white.
pattern available in Pattern
of the Month August 2009.
[Started 4th June: :Completed
1950s sports socks knitted using Sunbeam St Ives Sock wool
in Navy shade 3110, 80% wool, 20% nylon [50g; 200yd/182m],
and Jaeger Baby Merino 4 ply in Princess shade 126, 100% merino
wool, [50g; 200yd/183m].
pattern available in Pattern
of the Month June 2009.
[Started 4th May: :Completed
I am using handspun Suffolk, dyed with KoolAid in bright colours
- just because I can! George surprised me by demanding that
these are socks for him - I wonder of he regrets it now?.
The gauge works out to a "4ply" weight (about 28sts
to 4 inches). Pattern based on the Web
of Wool sock pattern.
[Started 30th April]
This is Anouk
(longer version) from Louisa harding's book Nouveau.
I took some trouble selecting a neutral shade that might suit
me, and go well with my summer clothes. This is shade 100
Old Cream in RYC
Bamboo Soft, 100% bamboo [50g; 112yd/102m]; I like the
slight sheen, and soft texture of this yarn. It knits to a
tension of 25sts x 30rows to 4 inches.
[Started 4th April:
:Completed 11th April]
I am using handspun Suffolk, dyed with KoolAid, and blended
with a proportion of acrylic fibre (20-25%). Mainly this was
a colour blending experiment. The yarn is a little hard due
to over spinning, but has worked out well. The colour scheme
is muted. The gauge works out ot a fine double knitting (about
26sts to 4 inches). Pattern based on the Web
of Wool sock pattern.
[Started 31st March:
:Completed 14th April]
I am using handspun from a bag of lama
fleece that my sister bought for me at the Royal Show
last year from Catanga
Llamas; due to my variable spinnning, it varies in gauge....
The pattern is from A
Fine Fleece, and is clearly very adaptable, though I started
with the colourway shown in the book and then had to reverse
my colours as the brown is spun thicker than the cream - the
pattern works better with the garter bands thicker than the
[Started 21st March:
:Completed 28th May]
A neat summer top from the 1980s. As I remember the styles
from the eighties, I remain uncertain as to how it will work
out; it may be a little bulky for a summer top - but that's
what it's meant to be. I am using Rowan
Wool Cotton, in shades 901 Citron and 909 French Navy;
50% merino wool, 50% cotton [50g; 122yd/113m.
On-line pattern available in Pattern
of the Month May 2009.
[Started 28th February: :Completed
These are Meida's Socks by Nancy Bush from the Interweave
Knits Sock book. I usedthis pretty pattern to knit up
what can now be referred to as stash yarn (as I have had it
for over a year); it's Phildar
Lambswool [50g; 145yd/134m], which is a fine DK, in colour
Printemps 221. The gauge is right for the pattern and I like
the result but I think they look nicer in the suggested cream
[Started 20th February: :Completed
I really love this pattern by designer Evelyn Clark from the
Knits Sock book. I have used it to knit up my Knitpicks
Sock Blank yarn, which I dyed using Dylon all purpose
dye in shade of lavender. The socks used 70g of the 100g [462
[Started 15th February: :Completed
I have had 2 balls of Phildar
Préface [50g; 211yd/193m] in 43, Gris Moyen, and
108, Bourgogne, waiting to become socks, and this seemed the
perfect pattern from the Interweave
Knits Sock book. One ball was not really enough for the
uppers, especially since I used some of this dark grey to
make the Railway
socks last year, so they are a little short in the leg,
. Other than than the pattern worked out fine - and resoling
is an option - though being in Phildar yarn they will never
[Started 9th February: :Completed
I so much like the Wildfoote
yarn that I could not bear to waste a scrap of it so I knitted
these socks (improvising) from the Interweave
Knits Sock book. They are Ann Budd's Lace-Cuff Anklets.
The toes and heels are in left over Sirdar Town and Country
sock yarn, the ribbed ankle is in "Midgely and Catton
Ltd Homestead (90 % wool)" and the lace part is in Jaeger
Botany 3 ply - all black shades..
[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.
[Started 2nd January 2009]
Another pretty top from Kim Hargreaves' book Nectar.
Intended to be knitted in Rowan 4 ply cotton, I am using some
"Seriously Gorgeous" yarn, 35% Baby Camel, 35%Silk,
[100g skein; 400m], that I purchased from Knit
Witches at the Ally Pally show last year.
It seems to be working out to the right size so far, but I
never quite know until the item is finished. I seem to have
problems with things for myself that are intended to be tight
fitting, in that I knit them in too large a size.
[Started 14th November 2008:
:Completed 1st January 2009]
Delightful Kim Hargreaves cardigan from her book Thrown
Together. Intended to be knitted in Rowan
Felted Tweed, 50% Merino, 25% Alpaca, 25% Viscose/Rayon,
[50g; 189yd/175m]. I am using a pale grey vintage DK Jaeger
Lambswool Tweed that I have had in my possession for about
20 years. It is a pure wool which is much denser than the
Rowan, so 10 balls was just enough to complete it. I think
the result does not quite have the ideal drape for this design.
[Started 20th August 2008: :Completed
18th January 2009]
Requests for a "lighter weight cardigan" have resulted
in my knitting this light grey ribbed example from the book
Knits for Men. It is in a DK yarn though - so not
so very light weight - RYC
Cashsoft DK, in shades 518 Thunder and 523 Lichen, 57%
extra fine merino, 33% microfibre, 10% cashmere, [50g; 142yd/130m].
As always there is a tiny though elegant single row of another
colour (black) - so I used an oddment of Patons Clansman DK
(100% wool) for this.
7th April 2008:]
This is an original design by "Amelia
Raitte" (Anna Bell). She offers some great patterns
- some even for free. I am using Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino,
as suggested in the pattern, in colours 3, and 101. I really
love this mixed fibre yarn, which is 55% merino wool, 12%
cashmere, and 33% microfibre, [50g; 136yd/125m]
was published on Magknits - but unfortunately this site is
no more and the patterns have disappeared with it; hopefully
Anna will post the pattern again on her own site.
[Started 22nd March 2008, restarted
January 2009: :Completed 2nd
Socks for me, using yarn that I purchased from Yarndogs
in Los Gatos, while staying with Alison in 2007. The yarn
is the Brown Sheep Company's Wildfoote
[50g; 215yd/197m], colour SY-300, Ragtime, 75% wool 25% nylon,
and knits to 28sts to 4 inches on 13 (2¼mm) needles.
I was seduced by the colour, and would have bought more and
knitted something larger than socks, but they had only two
balls left - so socks it is. Finally they have turned out
to be... the Mock Wave Cable Socks from the Interweave
Knits Sock book that I was given for Christmas 2008.
[Started 26th August 2007:
:Completed 18th October 2009]
Bliss design from her "Simply
Soft" book (2005). Cowl-necked plain cardigan knitted
Astrakhan (50g balls; 70m/76 yards), shade 06 (dark red).
This is a soft blend of Merino wool (60%), microfibre (30%),
and cashmere (10%), which knits as an Aran weight. I actually
adapted this pattern to knit a straight front edge by combining
it with "Shawl collared jacket" from the same book.