[Started 3rd September]
Lyn took the unprecedented step of presenting me with the
gift of a (signed) knitting book. She had been to a Arts Alive
open workshop which turned out to be hosted by Alison
Ellen. This was a coincidence as I had borrowed the same
book from Kate the week before. Lyn also pointed out to me
the "sort of thing she really liked". So here it
I was very surprised to find that the instructions include
dyeing your own yarn to the right shades - so I followed them
using my new dye bath acquisitions, and managed to produce
something like the right colours. The yarn is Laughing
Hens undyed superwash merino.
Socks - "in hand"
[Started 21st August]
One more of the bulk-buy balls of Austermann Step from Love
Knitting [100g=420m; 75% wool/25% nylon with Aloe Vera
and Jojoba oil] - truly the best sock yarn in the known Universe.
This one is Rauch 136 - a conservative combination of blues
and greys - all ready for another round of Christmas gifts.
[Started 7th June: :Completed
Another pair from Coop Knits.
The yarns are from a KnitPicks rainbow pack.
Although I am taking the idea of asymmetric socks to my heart,
these are a little less asymmetric than the actual pattern.
[Started 11th May: :Completed
Another pair from Coop Knits.
The yarns are cream Sunbeam St Ives [80% wool/20% nylon] and
vintage blue Diploma Gold 4ply.
I am taking the idea of asymmetric socks to my heart.
tale of Felicity's blanks
[Started 30th April: :Completed
... a modern cautiionary fable for adults.
Felcity put her blanks in the washing machine for a short
extra cold rinse and spin. Her husband did the weekly wash
at 90 degrees without checking. Result: everything dyed to
a muted purple shade. This was a blank I liked in its new
colours so she gave it to me.
one was in the 4ply
Superwash Merino from Laughing Hens, [100% Merino; 100gm=400m
], and I have to say apart from slight fluffiness it seems
to have stood up to the washing process very well - unravelled
ok without apparent felting (although I would not recommend
[Started 8th April: :Completed
Another pair from Socks
Yeah - Coop Knits.
The yarns are cream Phildar Baby [70% wool/30% acrylic], Pink
Knitpicks [80% wool/20% nylon], vintage grey Phildar Lux
Matching my latest Hobbs sweater.
[Started 6h March: :Completed
23rd March and 8th April]
Another pair from Socks
Yeah - Coop Knits.
The yarns are pink Phildar Baby [70% wool/30% acrylic], cream,
navy Sunbeam St Ives [80% wool/20% nylon], black Jaeger, and
lime Knitpicks rainbow pack.
I saw many
of these on Ravelry - I like the different interpretations
especially black and white with lime toes and heels - may
have to make another colourway myself! (And so I did).
[Started 28th February: :Completed
While at Unravel
I was very ipressed with a set of socks I saw on display rom
what turned out to be Coop knits - and I flagrantly copied the
design using some archaic yarn I had squirrelled away somewhere.
It's a clumsy copy so my advice is at least splash
out on the book - but for the best results,
her yarn is lovely too!
The yarn is grey Heritage Little Dorrit [90% wool/10% nylon],
cream Beehive 4 ply 25% wool, and gold no-name 100% acrylic.
more Holly Berry Christmas Socks
[Started 26th February: :Completed
Another pair of Christmas design socks from the free
pattern from West Yorkshire Spinners, using the seemingly
inexaustable supply of Holly Berry WYS
Signature 4 Ply [ 75% Wool / 25% Nylon: 100g=400m]. I ran
into them at Unravel
this year and was able to look at all their colours up close
- excellent choices and wool quality.
Gusset Mittens (for me)
[Started 12th February: :Completed
As I my have mentioned - I really like the Hidden
Gusset Mittens though I admit I was not planning a pair
in every colour. I was looking for some grey leftovers to
combine in a shawl project - Alison gave me some leftover
Tosh Sock [100% merino] in "graphite". I tried it
several times and it just did not work for the shawl - but
it is so lovely I thought it deserved better. The question
was finding a pattern that needed so little yarn - and here
we have it - a very adaptable pattern for my tiny hand (which
will clearly never be frozen). To economise on the yarn I
made the mitten version - without all those separate little
fingers - and I cast off with a contrast colour.
more home-made sock blanks
[Started 5th February]
I dyed two sock blanks in preparation for the class in a couple
of weeks. I wanted to test out the dyes that I had mixed up
last time around - what is now 5 years ago - and they seemed
to work just fine, (though I will be mixing fresh for the
class to be on the safe side).
yarn is 4ply
Superwash Sock yarn from Laughing Hens, [75% wool / 25%
nylon; 100gm=400m ]; I have a choice for the class between
this and Laughing Hens Superwash Merino [100% Merino; 100gm=400m
], knitted on my vintage Bond knitting machine. (Very hard
to keep a consistent tension I found).
used the Kemtex
dyes from P&M woolcraft exactly as we did before -
I have added 3 more colours, and have almost the set now -
all very vibrant. I notice they have some "all in one"
colours in more appealing pastel shades, which I may be temtped
to try in the future.
I steamed the blanks for about 40 minutes to set the dye;
in the class we will be using a microwave.
may be a while before these are complete as I want to leave
the blanks half knitted for demonstration purposes - probably
until after the Guild Open Day in October.
[Started 20th January: :Completed
George always liked the Noro Sock yarn Ibought at Yarn
Dogs in Los Gatos all those years ago, so I bought some
from Phillipa in the Grand
Stash Sale last October. These seem just as popular -
and everyone seems very keen on the sober colours, especially
G who might be a bit relieved not to have another wild colour
combination to deal with. [I have not yet broken the news
about the Sock Blank class I will be running this year.]
Holly Berry Socks
[Started 24th December: :Completed
My final project of last year..... soon to be complete - one
I bought 2 balls of WYS
Signature 4 Ply [ 75% Wool / 25% Nylon: 100g=400m] in
this limited edition Christmas colour and the pattern barely
used half a ball, so I am using one ball to make George some
socks - he said he like the colour but now he thinks it's
"a bit too bright".
[Started 23rd November: :Completed
While digging out the Ishbel pattern I found another Ysolda
offering from the same era which I would like to make.
I am again using up some acrylic but in truth it will not
be "lovely" (allthough it will be very "practical"!).
I'm using DK and trying with double the number of stitches
but I may start again and double the yarn to get the bulky
effect. However the original is squishy and luxurious - an
effect I do not think I can quite achieve with my synthetic
yarn. [Now complete and has adapted rather well - soft and
squishy as described]
cardigan for a little person
[Started 24th August 2016: :Completed
Cardigan based on a shape from the Rowan book "Winter
Kids". I wanted to use some of the bright colous
I acquired in Stylecraft (and other) acrylic yarns. I tried
out a "synchopated" pattern of stripes - the principle
for which I learned in my weaving course - and after a couple
of trial runs I quite like the result - a bit reminiscent
of a liquorice allsort.
[I found the sleeves of this cardigan to be much too long].
[Started 23rd May 2015: :Completed
30th September 2017]
I am knitting this Erika
Knight classic in Robin Chunky [100% acrylic; 100g=153yds/140m].-
pistachio, 079. You need a lot of yarn and I could not contemplate
spending a great deal on a whim. I am expecting it to turn
out perfectly practical and soft - and it's a lovely colour
to go with my work room colour scheme.
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.
[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
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...