[Started 29th December 2011]
This is another of the Fair-Isle designs (Boyfriend Jacket)
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 (or Ex-husband Jacket)
as well as George.
[Started 22nd December::Completed
I found these candy
stripe socks at the Purl Bee, having seen them on Ravelry.
I bought 2 remaindered balls of Phildar
Castel yarn [80% acrylic, 20% wool; 50g:101m] in red and
white; I rate this as a DK yarn - though others suggest more
of an Aran weight at 19 sts to 4 inches. The pattern is for
a finer yarn - so I am adapting. They are tube socks with
no heel - but I added an "afterthought heel" as
I needed to gauge how far the yarn would go; it worked out
with the heels completed in a synthetic Hayfield DK.
[Started 12th December]
Another free download from Rowan's
on-line collection. They look really cute and fun to make.
I considered making them on the knitting machine (the snowflake
sections); however the pieces are not large, and the thick
boucle linings will be hand-knitted, so fiddly work like this
probably best all done by hand.
The outer yarn is Rowan
Felted Tweed DK [50% Merino Wool 25% Aplaca 25% Viscose:
50g=175m/189yds], in colours clay 177 and pine 158. I replaced
the pine colour with Maritime 167 - a pale blue more like
the photo on the Rowan site. The linings are in Rowan
British Sheep Breeds Bouclé colour 220 [100% wool:
[Started 14th December::Completed
free pattern from Drops
Designs - I knitted 2 as gifts using the recommended yarn
in the recommended colours: Eskimo (100% wool; 50g:50m) and
Puddel (94% mohair/6% polyamide; 50g:50m) - the latter being
"Poodle" I suggest (I am a natural linguist). Yarn
supplied by internet order from The
Woold Shed in Aberdeenshire.
I loved this sweater the minute I saw it - and in 4 ply it
makes a potentially ideal candidate for knitting on my machine,
(took enough of my patience knitting all the welts in preparation).
The pattern is from the latest Debbie
Bliss Magazine 7, which has a number of great modern takes
on Fair-Isle designs - I had trouble deciding which one I
wanted to make for myself but settled on this balck and white
number in Rialto
4ply (100%wool; 50g/180m).
I also love the legwarmers but am concerned I might look something
other than trendy if I wore them.
[Started 27th November: :Completed
6th December 2011]
A delightful vanity item and makes for a quick knit to give
as a gift - if unlike me you want to make sure the baby in
question receives it before she graduates. One has to question
its general usefulness, but with patience I am sure you could
persuade your baby to sport such an item!
Yarn is vintage Phidar Anouschka (a fluffy 4 ply acrylic/wool
to be available as Pattern
of the Month in the future.
at the O2
[Started 24th November]
I started this - which is "Hitchhiker",
a narrow scarf or shawlette pattern available on Ravelry -
as a simple pattern that I can execute hopefully with ease
while watching the tennis at the O2, where I am off to with
Helen today (24th). The yarn is some lovely Malabrigo in colour
Prussia, that Alison bought me as a gift. This seems the perfect
pattern for it.
[Started in 1982? and restarted 22nd
November: :Completed 29th November
This is a pretty little vintage pattern for a baby smock.
I uncovered the item - knitted up all but for the sleeves
- while rummaging in the attic; I started it about 30 years
ago (I know this as my niece for whom it was intended is now
that age...). Now Ava has a beautiful little grand-daughter,
it will not be too challenging for me to complete it. Yarn
is vintage Phidar Anouschka (a fluffy 4 ply acrylic/wool mix)
with a Twilleys fine cotton.
to be available as Pattern
of the Month in the future.
[Started 21st November::Completed
25th December - 4am]
An ambitious project to start at this point for Christmas
but I am trying it on my knitting machine. Although this could
be deemed to be cheating, my machine is so basic that I have
to coax the pattern out of it, as well as knitting all the
ribbed welts and front closings by hand. It does produce a
beautifully tensioned result - but down side is looks like
a machine-knitted item (which it will be!).
concern with it is that the yarn (Rowan
Felted Tweed DK in colours rage and clay)
is a little thick for my machine though the tension stated
is appropriate. This Martin
Storey pattern (who else?) was a free download from Rowan's
Christmas collection 2011, but it is now (annoyingly) removed
from their website, and seemingly not available anywhere else.
George requests more bedsocks
[Started 20th November::Completed
These are "sideways socks" of my own design so I
can use several diffferent colours of yarn (left overs); I
used mainly Phildar
Oxygene, a double knitting weight, (40% acrylic, 35% chlorofibre,
25% wool), with some decorative matching Phildar oddments
which are no longer available.
to be available as Pattern
of the Month in December 2011.
[Started 14th November: :Completed
This is a pretty little granny square pattern which I have
wanted to make for some time. Its desigend for a chunky yarn
- I used Patons
Pompero [50% acrylic; 30% wool, 20% polyamide; 50g/75m]
in colours plum, lime and cream, and used a 7mm hook. Tension
quoted as 16sts x 22rows to 4 inches on 5½mm needles
- which is a bit thinner than intended but matters less for
a little blanket or cot cover.
Planned to be available as Pattern
of the Month in January 2012.
striped baby bag
[Started 10th October: :Completed
Charming baby sleeping bag in pastel stripes. I am using King
Cole Comfort yarn ("a soft and practical blend
of 60% acrylic/ 40% nylon, machine washable at 40 degrees"),
in white 421, pink 425, and sky 424. Knits to a tension of
12st and 16 rows to 10cm on 8mm needles. The bag is knitted
on smaller needles giving a tighter fabric.
Available as Pattern
of the Month October 2011.
Pot Cabin Fever
[Started 5th October: :Completed
I just love this thing - I guess it's because I have the oak
beam (albeit in France) to hang it from - just like the dressed
photo. Pattern is for Rowan
British Sheep Breeds Chunky, but I have used some of my
vintage Guernsey 5 ply, used double.
The students of Nottingham Trent University were tasked by
Rowan to produce a design using British wool, and April McCarthy
has designed this pot
holder with cable pockets (available free from Rowan site
if you register).
[Started 27th September: :Completed
Another opportunity for me to make this Fiona
Morris jacket using discontinued Wendy
Fusion yarn (50% Wool/ 50% Acrylic: 16sts x 20rows to
4 ins on 5½mm needles). The original had a slight
washing accident which has produced a delightful (but tiny)
felted jacket which luckily fits Sheila's grand-daughter,
NB - this cardigan worked out a shade too big for Sheila but
fits my friend Helen quite well - so I am now committed to
making a smaller version for Sheila.
Cabin Fever Throw
[Started 6th September]
From the new Rowan book Purelife
Home which has lots of appealing projects using British
Sheep Breeds Chunky and, in this case, the recycled yarn
[270m/296yards, 93% recycled wool, 7% Polyamide]. The vibrant
tweedy colours are quite irresistible.
[Started 30th August: :Completed
Who needs two peg bags? Well it is destined to live in France
- where we really do need a peg bag! - and I always meant
to knit this
one, loosely based on the one in Rowan Magazine 45, using
a substitute yarn in the shape of Sirdar
Wash 'n' Wear Double Crepe, [100g; 270m/296yards, 55%
Acrylic, 45% Nylon]. You may wonder why, but basically it
was price and colour - and practicality (clue's in the name).
alterations led to careful reading of the pattern, and examination
of the photo - and given that Rowan Denim (the intended yarn)
shrinks - I would query the instructions given for the length:
knit 34cm at 28 rows to 10 cm = 95 rows - but photo shows
14 pattern repeats = at least 112 rows?
Dorrit 3 ply Socks
[Started 1982?: :Completed
I hardly like to say when I started these - or who they were
for.... however, they are finished now, and George is in possession
Family Socks - copies often available on eBay - using
vintage beige King Cole "LIttle Dorrit" yarn.
This is a fine 3 ply wool-rich sock yarn: wool (75%) and nylon
[Started 12th August: :Completed
My own design copying the one I had that was broken. Yarn
is discontinued Sirdar Peru - a chunky yarn knitted on smaller
than recommended needles. See Pattern
of the Month August 2011 for the simple pattern.
[Started 2nd July: :Completed
I made this felted case using my own "design". The
yarn is some that I dyed at our Guild dyeing workshop - the
idea was to see the different take up of the same dye by different
yarns, so we only used a scrap of each. The body is in wool
and the top border is mohair/silk mix. I swatched a little,
then calculated how many stitches I needed based on 85% width
and 75% length shrinkage. I knitted a rectangular base, then
picked up sts all around it and knitted upwards on 4 needles
until I had sufficient length (30% more than the camera).
I then felted the resulting pouch by hand.
[Started 9th June]
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
[Started 3rd April: :Completed
The last of the small bag of fleece that came from the Coutances
hand-clipped sheep as below. The pattern is the Ribbed
Scarf by Ann Budd which I knitted until the last of the
yarn was used up. I cast on only 25sts (Aran weight) instead
of the 41 needed for the fingering yarn of the original.
a lovely pattern and I plan to make it again in finer softer
yarn in the future.
[Started 20th March: :Completed
28th March and 2nd April]
I have finished spinning the small bag of fleece that came
from the Coutances hand-clipped sheep last year. It is (not
too) soft and very springy. I made it 3 ply and it's somewhere
between double knit and Aran weight. I am making a fisherman's
rib beanie for Roul who does the clipping - along with Lloyd
for whom I feel there may also be a hat... Took a couple of
attempts to get the sizing right.
[Started 12th March: :Completed
12th & 28th April & 8th June]
Nothing like starting early. I bought 3 balls of Austermann
Step basically in any colour I could find for next year's
gifts. After my experiences in terrible service from Web of
Wool last year I have had to look elsewhere. Lots of suppliers
have it listed but when you look, many of the colours are
out of stock. So
I chose colours 43, 44, and 54.
[Started 12th March: :Completed
Yet more "Fetching
mittens - this time, made from Felicity's handspun Gotland.
These were intended as a gift to for a Guild speaker but ended
up in our AGM raffle. They were won by Maureen, who made it
very rewarding for me as she was so pleased with them. I am
thinking that the Dashing may go to her husband George who
is an enthusiastic gardener.
[Started 3rd February: :Completed
From the Martin Storey book "Nordic
Knits" given to me for my birthday. Knitted in Rowan
Felted Tweed Double Knitting; colours: Rage 150 and Clay
177, [50g; 175m], 50% Merino Wool 25% Apaca 25% Viscose.
I really love this yarn - it's very soft and light.
[Started 28th January: :Completed
This is my second capelet from the Kim Hargreaves book - Amber,
A Winter Gathering - the one I planned to make for myself
in 2008! I did not spin my own yarn for the project, but purchased
Bliss Como in colour Teal 27, (90% Wool 10% Cashmere).
This yarn has a finer gauge (10 sts x 15 rows to 10cm), than
Rowan Big Wool so I knitted the largest size to compensate;
I worked out the tension before I started, and used the recommended
needle size. It took 5 x 50g balls (5 x 42m).
[Started 27th January - abandonned
More vintage 5 ply yarn making a striped Breton style guernsey
using the vintage Emu family guernsey pattern.
I think the red shade may be a little on the bright side (where's
view of unfortunate shades of colour used I found this very
unappealing and it has been frogged - some of the cream yarn
already used (double) for the Rowan
"flower pot" decoration, and the red yarn is
in plan to make the Debbie Bliss fair-isle seasonal lettering.
[Started 22nd January: :Completed
I bought some Noro Sock yarn at Yarn
Dogs in Los Gatos last year. And also some teeny tiny
(9 inch - and there is an option of 8!) circular needles -
so now I have put the two together. The needles are difficult
to knit with but lend themselves to "continental"
knitting which means I am encouraged to practise the technique.
I expect this to be a long but transportable project.
[Started 19th January: :Completed
Second set of covers in red and green versions this time -
again from the Debbie
Bliss magazine No 5 for Winter 2010. I used left over
vintage guernsey 5 ply (Wendy) with vintage Phildar Brisants
and Pronostic - these were done on my knitting machine
which works well with this lighter weight yarn, but worked
up to be smaller cushions.
[Started 1st January: :Completed
I am making more winter cushion covers well ahead for next
year (my resolution every January - although this year should
have been a table runner!). These are from the Debbie
Bliss magazine No 5 for Winter 2010. I would have used
the recommended Rialto DK but the store was out of stock -
so I went for Patons Diploma Gold DK which is not such a luxurious
yarn but on the plus side is much less expensive. Colours
as depicted in the magazine but worked up to a larger cushion
Man's Guernsey in DK
[Started 14th October 2010: :Completed
10th August 2011]
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 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...
9th August 2010 :Completed 2nd
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
The photo itself does not do the yarn justice as it is a wonderful
turquoise colour with flecks of pink and other colours, and
I had trouble deciding on the perfect buttons - I hope these
are they - lovely wooden buttons with faded stripes.
Spring Top (with detachable vestee)
[Started 9th August 2010: :Completed
7th July 2011]
knitting the back of this retro sweater, it was obvious that
I would run out of yarn so I abandoned it - that's one of
the problems with using vintage patterns - even when you think
you have bought twice the amount stated, (!). I had resolved
to start again with different yarn, however I finally found
a source for more and picked it up again. The main shade is
Avanteguarde (100% wool) in turquoise. Stated as a 3 ply
- which it is not in the literal sense - and knits up more
to a 4 ply tension. Available as Pattern
of the Month May 2011.
[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.