Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Best Intentions....

I have been thinking a lot about knitting garments lately, like actual jumpers and cardigans (and dresses - but even I'm not delusional enough to think I'll finish a knitted dress anytime soon!) and not just socks, hats and mittens. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE knitting socks and I'm really busy designing them at the moment which I'm really happy about but I see the lovely things that Saz and Mooncalf produce and there's a small part of me which keeps internally nagging me to knit big scary garments

What I should do is finish one of the 3 garments I've already started. I should, but I'm not going to. I have considered this carefully but one of them is an Aidez, which is in chunky wool, not ideal for the impending summer months. One is a Hey Teach, this is finished except for the seaming but......... I don't like it. And I won't wear it. I love the yarn, it's Rowan Summer Tweed in a lovely rusty brown colour, but I just don't like the combination of this yarn and pattern, so I'm going to rip it out and use the yarn for a Hawthorne Wrap. The last one is a Jada Shrug, I haven't got a good excuse for ignoring this one, it's in a lovely linen yarn and I will definitely wear it, but I want to start something new, don't tell the knitting police........

This is what I'm going to make...


It's The Jan Sweater from A Stitch in Time 2, the book isn't out yet but I got the pattern with my copy of The Knitter this week and I LOVE it, I can't stop thinking about it. In my stash I found 6 balls of Rowan Pure Wool 4ply which were the subscriber gift a few years ago, the colour is Eau de Nil, its a slightly greeny blue.

I'm casting on tonight, this time I will finish a garment..........probably

Saturday, 7 May 2011



This is the Mabelle Beret, it's a light, lace beret - perfect for spring and summer. Thank you to the lovely Emily for modelling it for the photos!


The multicoloured one is a size large, knit with Three Irish Girls Westerly Sea Sock in Aurora which was a club colour from a while ago, the colours are gorgeous, greeny blue (or is it bluey green?) pinks, purples and flashes of yellow. It's a lovely yarn to knit with, soft with a little shine from the seacell.


The blue hat is a size small and I used The Knitting Goddess 4ply silk & wool in semi solid blue, I love this yarn, it's so soft and silky (that'll be the silk in it...)


You can buy the pattern on Ravelry or here:


I've got another one on the needles and I'll show you soon...

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Mixing it up

There are lots of lovely Mixalot Socks in progress on Ravelry, seeing them all is making me plan many more pairs for myself! These are the ones which have finished photos (of at least one sock!) All of these lovely knitters used The Knitting Goddess Take 5 yarn

These are DottyLadybird's in Mellow Yellow colourway, the colours are lovely and very spring like!

This one belongs to Crochet-y-Knitter, it's in Deck Chair, I'm a sucker for anything green and greeny-blue in these socks is gorgeous, the grey heels and cuffs make them very sophisticated, I love them!

Last but not least, these lovely Daffodil ones are KnittyWench's, greens and yellows, zigs and zags and a nifty little heel flap modification - what more could you ask for??

There is nothing more lovely than seeing finished items made from your patterns, it makes me really really really happy!

Monday, 2 May 2011

It's a mystery....

There is mystery in the air... I have designed a mystery sock for the Knitting Goddesses and Gods group on Ravelry, all the proceeds from the pattern sales are going to Macmillan, I know from personal experience how important the work Macmillan do is and I'm proud to be supporting them.

The pattern is designed with self striping yarn in mind but the pattern will look great in pretty much any yarn, there are some pictures of the first clue in the group, come and have a look! If you buy the pattern you will get the first clue and the next 3 clues will be set out as updates on the 8th, 15th and 22nd of May - I love a mystery KAL! You can buy the pattern here.

In the absence of photos I have decorated this post with my favourite detectives.....