[Started 26th December: :Completed
Amnesty International are running their card campaign for
El-Khiari in Morocco. I made a knitted card decoration
this year from the Debbie
Bliss magazine No 5 for Winter 2010. I used oddments of
red and white yarn - probably Phildar Luxe.
[Started 19th December: :Completed
This is a simple 1960s hat which is surprisingly flattering
and quick to knit in bulky wool. I used several strands of
2 ply handspun to achieve the right tension on 7mm needles.
The fibre was mostly Norwegian Spelsau combined with a merino/silk
blend. Pattern available at POM
Chickens and Charted Chicken
[Started 17th November: :Completed
Once I had seen Alison's fabulous knitted
chickens in the flesh (wool) I just had to make some myself.
This charted chicken is for my sister for Christmas - it might
be a little like her prize Croad
Langshans - apart from all the white bits, (but I'm claiming
artistic licence). The thumbnail shows the striped version
of the chicken; the pop-up shows the fair-isle version. The
chicken is a slightly tighter tension which worked well
making it more substantial; if I were to do one of the plain
ones again I would use thicker yarn or smaller needles. Yarn
220 plain and tweed effect, [100g; 220 yds], 100% wool,
which I bought it in the US at Yarn Dogs in Los Gatos. There
are now some UK stockists and Yarn
Canada provide good shipping rates all over Canada..
Emergency travel-knitting gift socks
[Started 13th November:
:Completed 22nd December]
Sock yarn purchased at IKnit weekender, which I decided to
knit on the plane to the US - this was an experimental venture
but the bamboo sock needles appeared to pass the strict security
screening at Heathrow - I was, however, fully prepared to
forfeit the needles had it proved necessary. Fortissima
Socka Mexiko in colour 9042 Wine/Black [100g; 420m], 75%
wool, 25% polyamide.
[Started 6th November: :Completed
This is more lovely yarn spun from Lavender
Cottage Fibres. As usual I had some trouble with consistency
trying to spin an Aran weight, but they seem to have worked
Man's Guernsey in DK
[Started 14th October]
More stash wool from a sale of sadly defunct Jaeger brand.
This is Jaeger Extra Fine Merino, [50g; 137yds/125m], 100%
wool, in the rather uninspiring colour 973 "Biscuit".
The most annoying thing is that despite for once in my life
buying a Jaeger pattern, using the recommended yarn, buying
the right amount (!) for a medium size and
knitting the small size - I HAVE RUN OUT OF YARN!
Thanks goodness for Cucumber
Patch who came up with an extra ball in the right colour
(unsurprisingly not the same dye lot).
Man's Aran Cardigan
[Started 14th October]
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!
[Started 3rd October: :Completed
My original idea for an Aran clock which came to me "the
day the French kitchen clock stopped working".
Yarn used is a vintage Aran wool blend of unknown origin.....
See how I did it in POM
for October 2010.
Socks for Peter
[Started 22nd September: :Completed
Definitely "art" spinning and dying. I used one
ply as purchased variegated green merino and the other ply
was a mixture of Peter's Suffolk sheep fleece and some acrylic
green fibre. I thought the skein was a bit dull so I streaked
it with Kool Aid in Morello Cherry and Grape, wrapped in cling-film
The resulting colour is very... original.
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 every expectation of finishing it soon...
[Started 20th August: :Completed
Cleaning out the attic I found some of the projects that I
acquired at the Full Thread Ahead knitting retreat in 2007.
This was the short row exercise - and I decided to complete
it rather than leave it to gather dust.
Purple dish cloth for Deborah methinks....
[Started 10th August: :Completed
Ava's Fetching mittens have worn out! So I quickly knitted
another pair in time to take to France. You can spot that
these are again from the original handspun wool from her sheep
- or you will be able to once I have a picture!
In 2006 I made Deep
(a cardigan) in Rowan's Summer Tweed. The colour really suits
me but I never wore Deep very much. So I am reinventing it
in a new shape. It's an Aran, so knits up speedily. The
pattern is by Marie Wallin from Rowan Magazine 47 - and
it is really awful; I am a pretty experienced knitter and
I could not work from the chart at all. In the end I resorted
to someone else's drafting of the stitch pattern - and thank
heavens for Ravelry for pointing me at it - and made the rest
[Started 24th June: :Completed
In response to their request this is my offering to add to
the Woolfest 2010 knitted bunting. I made it from my own very
first handspun and dyeing efforts - which seemed a perfect
idea. I completed it on the car journey up to the Lake District.
(No I was not driving the car!).
20th June: :Completed 8th July]
This is Puzzle
another cardigan from a Louisa Harding book, the Alice in
Wonderland themed, Queen
of Hearts. The yarn is Sirdar Peru
[50g; 99yd/90m], colour 305, wonderfully named Blanket
Blue, 50% wool, 40% acrylic, 10% alpaca . It knits to
a chunky tension of about 14sts to 4 inches. Sirdar Peru is
discontinued - I picked up a pack at Ally Pally in 2009; my
ambition is to complete this before the show comes round again!
[Started 3rd June May: :Completed
In celebration of World Cup month - not exactly football socks
but - red and white - which are sort of England colours!
The pattern is available in Pattern of the Month for June
2010 (from June 10th - opening ceremonies!).
4th May: :Completed 3rd June]
This is Anais
another cardigan from Louisa Harding's book Nouveau.
If there were a prize for the most time spent reknitting a
cardigan, I surely would have won it for this one. No reflection
on the pattern - I just kept trying to adapt it. In the end
I simply made the sleeves a bit longer - to suit me - and
I knitted it in a single colour. The yarn is Phildar
Canasta [50g; 108yd/100m], colour 15, Café, 21%
acrylic, 79% viscose - I love the rich brown colour and slight
sheen. It knits to a double knitting tension of about 22sts
to 4 inches.
[Started 24th April: :Completed
A gift for Toria's new baby William. The pattern is a sweet
little "Raglan Reefer" knitted in Debbie
Bliss Baby Cashmerino.
The pattern is available in Pattern of the Month for April
2010. William is not small and also a summer baby, so
I have knitted a the larger size hopefully to be OK for him
to wear in the autumn.
socks (for Terry)
[Started 20th April: :Completed
from the Toe Up in my own handspun from my sister's
brown sheep (Celendine). The pattern is a mock cable. I have
used 2¼ mm needles and the knitting is quite dense;
however, I suspect it will wear through pretty quickly. My
spinning is very woolly so with that and the dark colour the
cables are not shown to their best advantage.
[Started 20th March:
:Completed 2nd April]
Zimmermann's Baby Surprise Jacket in Wendy Happy,
colour 2503 Pisces - colours seem to be named after signs
of the zodiac and planets - (75% bamboo, 25% nylon: 420m/455yds
This yarn is slippery and does split - but that can be an
issue with all bamboo yarns. The jacket has turned out quite
tiny (in line with the yarn) and no photo of FO as I have
sent it right away to Toria - baby William has arrived already
and is not so small....
pattern socks (for Terry)
[Started 11th March:
:Completed 16th April]
from the Toe Up in Regia Color, colour 1932
Jeans Blue, (75% wool, 25% polyamide: 210m/227yds per 50g).
The many sock books in my possession have interesting stitch
patterns which are masked if knitted in highly ornate hand-painted
yarns, so I bought this yarn on a whim in Canterbury - knowing
that Terry will need yet another pair judging by the number
of socks being returned for repairs!
:Completed 28th February]
I loved this
design from Rowan book 46 in Cocoon,
colour 812 Bilberry, (80% merino, 20% kid mohair: 115m/126yds
per 100g) . I have wanted to knit something in this yarn for
a long time and it does not disappoint - it's lovely and silky/soft
in texture as well as available in a great colour range. (Narvik
is in this yarn and I am tempted to abandon my handspun attempts
and go straight for the real thing!).
[Started 5th January:
:Completed 26th February]
An amusing whimsy which occurred to me when my French kitchen
clock stopped working one day. The original idea evolved considerably
and this is the result of my first project, during which I
learned a lot about mechanics - and cheap plastic clocks.
Yarn used is a vintage acrylic of unknown origin.....
See how I did it in POM
for March 2010.
[Started 2nd January: :Completed 1st March]
A planned gift for Toria who is shortly expecting a baby.
It will not be a really soft baby blanket as it is made with
100% my own handspun from Felicity
the sheep (who belongs to Toria). I have used natural
colour plus some fleece dyed using our own walnut husks, and
a commercial reactive dye for the blue grey.
pattern adapted by Carol Rasmussen Noble for Knitting
Daily - originally published in Piecework magazine.
Father George [Started
30th December 2009: :Completed 18th
George's Father complained 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
d'est vent d'ouest
[Started 30th November 2009:
:Completed 11th March 2010]
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" for Sheila
[Started 25th November 2009:
1st February 2010]
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
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).
[Started 4th October 2009:
18th April 2010]
This is a skein of yarn that Alison gave me - I think from
Stitches West. It's a wonderful colour combination - but I
was a bit taken aback that when G said he was very keen to
have socks from it. It is so bright I thought he might be
joking. Anyway - here they are finally, and he is very smitten
by the fact that the pattern forms a spiral - not simply stripes.
[Started 30th April 2009: :Completed
20th March 2010]
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 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: :Completed
25th July 2010]
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.
7th April 2008: :Completed 25th
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.