FO: Small Socks!


I started these just before Christmas 🎁 for my little niece, but never quite finished them.  She’s just over two years old and I have absolutely no idea about toddler foot sizes so there was quite a bit of research done on the length and width of the socks that would best fit her.  Honestly though, I finished the first sock and thought ‘No way! That’s going to be huge on her!’ I’m still not sure if they’re the right size. 😊

The pattern itself is made up. I cast on 16 stitches for toe up and increased to 44 and started working in seed stitch for the main pattern. As always, I used a German heel.

Yarn: Superba Bamboo Superwash in 013
Pattern: Seed Stitch Toddler Socks by me
Needles: 2.5mm Knitpicks Harmony Circulars
Notes/Modifications: I made the pattern up as I went along and added seed stitch in the mix to liven it up a little. I made these toe up and used my normal German heel.

Hopefully they’ll fit my little munchkin and she enjoys them!

This year has started well and I’m relatively happy with how the crafty side of it is going. I don’t like making resolutions because they eventually become obligations and tedious and would hate to give up on something just because I’ve made myself do something that I’m just not enjoying. So this is not a resolution, just something I want to keep in mind before a start anything new. I want to try and finish each if the projects that I have on the needles. Over the last few years I’ve had a tendency to start multiple projects and then get bored and start something new. That means I have plenty of WIPs sitting in my multiple knitting baskets just crying out to be finished. Poor things. Now I know that just plugging away at each of the projects that I have already cast on isn’t going to work for me. I’ll get bored again and then just not knit. So, I’m going to try and finish off one WIP and then when it’s done, I get to cast on a new project. Finish that and then move back to another WIP.

That’s the plan anyway. Let’s see how it goes!

And in theme with that, this is the WIP that I’ve picked up and want to finish before casting on a new project.


This is a beautiful scarf that I started in Winter 2015. It’s a Houndstooth Scarf for Ollie.

He picked the colours when we visited a lovely yarn shop, called Fies Strik on Aero Island, Denmark 🇩🇰 (it’s the island where we got married in 2013!!)

So far I’ve struggled a little with this pattern. I’m finding it hard memorising the 4 rows making up the pattern and this is leading to some very slow knitting! It was the reason I put the scarf down and cast on a new project. Since picking it back up after finishing the little socks, I’m finding that I’m liking the pattern more. Still haven’t memorised the pattern but I’m not worrying about that!

Slowly, slowly but I’ll get there!

As expected though, I already have a list of patterns that I want to cast on next.

There’s Water from Sylvia McFadden. Then there’s the Linney Cardigan by Amy Christoffers and finally there is Constellate by Hunter Hammerson.

Choice, choices!

Let me know what you’re knitting and what you want to be knitting next!

FO’s: A Cosy neck and very warm feet

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The cowl is finished! And it’s just in time for this forecasted very cold snap that’s supposed to be coming in tomorrow. Yay!! This makes me feel more prepared to face cold weather. 😊

It was a very easy knit and just flew off the needles. The pattern was fun and the different sections definitely made for a more interesting knit. It kept me very entertained from start to finish! And now I can’t wait to show it off.

Yarn: Sweet Georgia Party of Five Tough Love Sock Mini Skeins in Golddigger
Pattern3 Colour Cashmere Cowl by Joji Locatelli
Needles: 3.5mm, 3.25mm and 3mm KnitPicks Karbonz Circulars
Notes/Modifications: I used 5 colours instead of  3. I didn’t have enough of some of the yarn to follow the pattern exactly, so I knit until the yarn ran out and then moved on the the next section. I used three needle sizes so that the cowl is tapered at the top, making it fit better around the top of the neck. I think it also makes the whole cowl sit better.

The pattern is a joy to follow. It reads well and there wasn’t a section that I didn’t understand. I will say though that I still can’t do jogless colour changes.  I followed the instructions in the pattern and it most definitely didn’t work for me. I think  it’s something that I’m going to have to practice some more to perfect!


The second (but actually the first, as I finished it before the cowl!) finished knit is a pair No Purl Monkeys.

I like having a pair of socks on the needles all the time.  It’s something I can pick up and when I want to knit something easy and small and on the go and put down when a pretty something catches my eye! (Like the cowl. 😜)

The No Purl Monkeys by Cookie A. is a fantastic pattern and so easy to memorise. I’ve made a number of these and so far I haven’t tired of them.

Yarn: Superba Bamboo Superwash in 013
PatternNo Purl Monkeys by Cookie A.
Needles: 3.5mm, 3.25mm and 3mm KnitPicks Karbonz Circulars
Notes/Modifications: Just knit as written until the heel and I did my normal German Heel and normal toe.

That’s the rundown on the finished projects, but obviously, I have other knits on the needles.. don’t I? Well, of course I do. 😁 

Now I know you can’t really tell what this is, and I’d love to enlighten you all, but it’s a little under wraps at the moment until it’s finished and published.  It’s a new design I’ve been working on and I’m hoping it’s a hit!

Also on the needles is a little something for my niece..


They’re toe up and I’m using seed stitch as the main pattern. Nice and simple and good for TV knitting. 😊

Now I just need to start and finish the second sock.

There are a number of WIPs that are lounging around or in hiding somewhere, but if I start cataloguing them, I’d never have time for the actual knitting! So, on that note….

What projects have you finished so far this year? What do you have on the needles?

Happy New Year! (2017)


Well that was a little hectic!

The run up to Christmas (like every year) is full of crafting for presents and each year I think I have it all in hand and I most definitely won’t be knitting/crocheting up until the very last moment. And each year, I’m wrong.

Well, guess what??!! This year I wasn’t! 😊 I actually had all the gift knitting finished a few days before Christmas and the pressies that needed to be posted were finished at least a week and a half before! Yay!


I made all the ladies in the family a Daisy Stitch Facecloth and then bought a few other bits and pieces to make up a little pampering kit. I love the facecloth pattern. They were so easy to make and knit up really quickly. And the plan is to make some for myself in a whole rainbow of colours! Daisy Stitch Washcloth project details here.

There were a few non knitting related pressies received, but of the knitting related, there was a gift from Diane that I fell in love with straight away.


I knew exactly what I wanted to make as soon as I opened the present 🎁 the 3 Colour Cashmere Cowl by Joji Locatelli.

I’d seen the cowl that heathwitch made in person at our weekly knit night and decided that as soon as I could, I would be making this stunning cowl.


It was all going so so well, until I decided that I didn’t quite like the way some of the colours were working up, so this happened…


Thankfully, it was only a small amount to take back, and the new colours are working so much better


Just a few more sections to complete and then I can use it for the rest of the winter! I’m off to knit some more now..

So tell me, what’s on your needle(s)? How’s your new year so far?

Ravellenics….

The last two weeks have been absolutely amazing. I have been glued to the TV in between work and sleep and I have loved every moment of it.

The Olympics in London 2012 have been absolutely fantastic. I am proud to be British and extremely proud of all the participants in the Olympics. From the volunteers & Olympians through to the general public. Everyone has made it one of the best Olympics ever hosted.

As part of this fabulous event, I joined a team on Ravelry to knit a whole sweater in those two weeks of events. Well. I started off fine. I even knit for the first few days, continuously. Then my mojo went on holiday. For the rest of the games.

This has been my progress:

Baggy Sweater

Unfortunately, definitely not in medal contention. Ah well. I’m hoping my mojo comes back soon, I really want to finish this sweater.

Lazy Sunday..

Filled Puff Pastry

I have spent today doing absolutely nothing important. And I mean absolutely nothing. I have spent the WHOLE day in my PJ’s and in front of the TV catching up on some of my favourite shows and knitting.

We did do some cooking, if you can call filling puff pastry with a little salami, ham and cheese and baking it in the oven, cooking.

Filled Puff Pastry

Nice and simple, and oh-so-tasty!! Just perfect for a simple lunch.

Filled Puff Pastry

As for the knitting, well, I finally seamed the shoulders for my Montview and picked up all those sts for the button band and collar. I’m struggling finding fasteners for this, so I may just add buttonholes and pick out some lovely buttons. If I have any gapping, I can fix it with some backing, I’m sure.

Montview

And I bet you’re thinking ‘Well, if the Montview hasn’t been giving you some knitting love, what have you been working on??’

Rocky

About a week ago (aropund the same time I started blocking my Montview) I received a wonderful pattern book. Coastal Knits by Alana Dakos and Hannah Fettig. I flicked through it a few times and started planning and plotting about what I was going to make next (aka avoiding Christmas knitting) and decided that I wanted, no NEEDED, a Rocky Coast Cardigan for myself. And, seeing as Montview was blocking, I decided to cast on.

Rocky

Umm… more cables. 🙂

This is a very easy TV knit and really works up quickly. It’s top down and the only issue I had is that I’m making it in a Sport Weight yarn (Brown Sheep’s Lanaloft Sport), which means I’m going up a size to get the right size. So far, it looks like it’s working. I’ll really know when I pick up for the collar and front bands.

Anyway.. two cable cardigans on the needles.. naughty me!

Let me know how your Sundays are being spent.

WIP: Montview Progress

Rowan Fleted Tweed Aran

For a while now, I’ve been hoarding some lovely Rowan Felted Tweed Aran in my stash. Every now and again I wandered past the little cubby hole where it was stashed, stuck my hand in and had a bit of a feel. I love the squishiness of the yarn and the fact that it’s not all soft. There’s a texture of a little roughness too. And, to me, it’s always felt like the yarn would knit up into one fantastic, cosy and luscious piece of clothing.

I wasn’t wrong.

Montview for Me

For the last few weeks I’ve been working on Ruth’s fantastic Montview Cardigan, which was published in Knitscene, Fall 2011. I saw the pictures for this cardigan on Ravelry and knew that I wanted it. I mean WANTED it BADLY. This went straight to the top of my queue and as soon as I had the pattern I cast on.

I love the structure of this cardigan and I love the way the cables are worked up the front and back, making it very symmetrical. I like symmetry.

Montview for Me

The cardigan is currently blocking in my office and once it’s dry and ready, I’ll work the collar and button bands and then with whatever yarn I have left, I’ll make the sleeves. This is were the project might become a little tricky. I like 3/4 length sleeves and that might be the option I have to take because I have 2 balls less than the recommended amount listed in the pattern (eek!). But, I have to say that with this cardigan I really want full length sleeves. I will probably end up searching for those extra couple of balls closer to the end of the sleeve knitting.

Montview for Me

Can’t wait to complete this… It’s going to be perfect for the cold weather we’re going to have this Winter!