Monday, February 1, 2016

Canning Street Hat


Here's my 2nd design!!!! Free on Ravelry too. It's a hat (just in case you didn't get that from the post title!).

I decided to give mosaic (or slip stitch knitting) a go as it's been on my Knitting Bucket List (doesn't everyone have one of those?) for ages. After a few horrendous attempts I came up with this and I'm pretty happy with it I have to say.

Let me know what you think.....

Canning Street Hat

what you need:

4mm circular needles
2 x 50g DK weight yarn (1x50g in Main shade and 1x50g in Contrast shade)
Gauge = 22sts to 30 rows = 10cm
Approximate measurement – snug fit (not tight though) for 58cm head


sts                   stitches
K                      knit
P                      purl
K2tog              knit two together
RS                    right side
WS                   wrong side

the pattern:

Cast on 120 sts and join in the round. (Careful not to twist the stitches!)
Place a stitch marker to show the beginning of the round.
Work 20 rounds in K2 P2 rib.
Commence brick pattern:
Round 1:               Using M - Knit
Round 2:               As Round 1
Round 3:               Using C - *K5, sl1p – repeat from * to end of round
Round 4:               As Round 3
Round 5:               Using M – Knit
Round 6:               As Round 5
Round 7:               Using C – K2, *sl1p, K5 – repeat from * to last 3sts, K3.
Round 8:               As Round 7

Repeat Rounds 1-8 three more times. (Use the tick boxes to mark off as you go.)

1     2            3            4            5            6            7            8
1     2            3            4            5            6            7            8
1     2            3            4            5            6            7            8

Using M, knit two rounds.
Begin decreases:
Round 1:               *K10, K2tog – repeat from * to end
Round 2 and every alternate round:               Knit
Round 3:               *K9, K2tog – repeat from * to end
Round 5:               *K8, K2tog – repeat from * to end
Round 7:               *K7, K2tog – repeat from * to end
Round 9:               *K6, K2tog – repeat from * to end
Round 11:               *K5, K2tog – repeat from * to end
Round 13:               *K4, K2tog – repeat from * to end
Round 15:               *K3, K2tog – repeat from * to end
Round 17:               *K2, K2tog – repeat from * to end
Round 19:               *K1, K2tog – repeat from * to end
Round 21:               *K2tog – repeat from * to end

Thread yarn through remaining stitches and pull tight.
Weave in ends.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Henrietta Road Shawl

YIPPEE!!! I have published my first shawl design and it's FREE on Ravelry!!!

It's called the Henrietta Road Shawl (the reason for the name is given in the pattern).

You can download it here.

Some pics....

You can use any DK weight yarn and it would be a great stashbuster as the body is a 2 row pattern so can be knitted in different yarns. I used a plain grey alternated with a self striping that I had left over from another project. I love how it turned out.

I really hope you like the pattern and that you decide to make it. 
If you do, please let me know and I'll link your project pages...
Til soon.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Something for a friend....

Hello there! How are  you? I hope well.

All is good on this side of the World, schools are winding down for the big Summer holiday (Dec thru Jan) and as a teacher, I'm looking forward to lots and lots of stress-free, quiet and sun-filled days....sigh.

I thought I'd show you my latest FO. It's a farewell gift for a friend so I can't say much but I don't think she sees my blog so I might get away with it.... Here are some pics...

Isn't she a beauty? A bit of a monster I have to say but a stunning monster! Really quick and easy to knit and the kind of pattern I enjoy because just as I'm getting tired of knitting one section, a different stitch begins and boredom disappears!!! Perfect.

She's the Hiraeth pattern by Rae Gronmark which you can find here on Ravelry and I would really urge you to give it a go. She's a real drapey scarf/shawl/wrap thingamajig (there must a word for that sort of garment - any ideas?) and I know my friend will get a lot of wear from it. I've stuck to the 3 colour option in the pattern but I think you could use more colours if you wanted to. The possibilities are endless!!!!

Anyway, that's me for now. Thanks for popping in.
Til soon.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Bag Lady ...

Hello! How are you? Thanks for dropping in .....

I had a few scraps of fabrics lying around so I thought Amelia (my sewing machine) and I would have a go at making some drawstring bags. What do you think? I'm quite pleased with how they turned out. I made a blue one first. It's small but perfect for a sock knitting project.

It's lined and everything!

Then I made a pink one. This one is 2" bigger all round.

I'm really pleased with them and I'll definitely be making more. If you'd like to give them a go, I used this tutorial from In Colour Order which was excellent.

Have a great week!
Til soon.

Monday, October 26, 2015

The Longest Time....

I haven't been here for the longest time. Sorry. Every time I thought of blogging I just couldn't find my mojo so it didn't get done. No stress.

Been doing quite a lot tho. I made this.

It's my first shawl design so I'm just ever such a bit proud! It's called The Rockey Street Shawl and I'm in the process of writing up the pattern which I'll make available as a freebie on Ravelry. I may get a couple of test knits done beforehand so if you're interested in test knitting for me, please leave a comment and I'll contact you.

I've wanted to try my hand at designing a shawl for ages and I really enjoyed the process. It came out really well and I went a bit mad with pics ....

It's really snuggly and warm and I can see myself making another one soon but bigger. More beautiful woolly warmness.

Til soon.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sew chuffed.....

Hello and welcome! 

I'd like to introduce you to someone. 
This is Amelia.

Now I've had Amelia for 20 years. She was a gift from DH when we first got married and together, Amelia and I have made various soft furnishings including 4 full length fully lined curtains (been there, done that and never again)! We have also made one or two very simple tops for me and the odd cushion cover for friends.

However, Amelia and I have not always seen eye-to-eye. You see Amelia is very experienced. She has gadgets and gizmos and buttons and levers that do all manner of sensational things. I, on the other hand, am a novice sewer and Amelia knows this. Not only does she know it, but she takes great joy in reminding me of it ..... often.

I'll be chugging away on a project when suddenly WHAM! Amelia decides to jam. This is normally right in the middle of a seam or a zip or some other really tricky bit of sewing where I'm sitting on the edge of my seat, holding my breath and sweating like a marathon runner. But Amelia doesn't care. She jams and then makes it very very difficult for me to unjam her. Thread gets tangled, fingertips turn into marshmallows and projects end up being thrown across the room and then pushed roughly down into the depths of the dustbin.

Not today though.

Today, I made this with Amelia's full co-operation.

"Oh!" I hear you cry, "It's a cushion cover. Big deal." Well, actually it's not a cushion cover. It's a rather delectable "zippered pouch" as my American friends call them. (In England we would simply call it "a bag".)

But it's no ordinary bag because it's the first thing I have ever sewn WITH A ZIP!!!! I have to admit that I've tried before but Amelia has always been in "one of her moods" and I've always been at my most nervous. But not this time. This time the zip went in first time, no mistakes, no problems, no jams and no swearing by me! A first in every department.

I even lined it. Aren't you impressed? I am.

So after all my years of fighting with Amelia, how did I manage to complete this project in not only 1 day but in 1 hour???? Well, it's all down to this rather lovely post on this rather lovely blog Melly Sews and I have to say, I couldn't have done it without her. Not only are there pictures (always good for a visual learner like Moi) but there is a video too!!!!!! How cool is that?? Perfect.

More pics? No problem.

The outer fabric.

The lining.

And here it is stuffed with one of my current projects A Log Cabin Blanket from a fab designer Staci Perry at Very Pink

And if I do ever get bored using it as a bag then I could indeed use it as a cushion cover (stuffed with yarn, of course)!

I'm off now to skip into my kitchen for a celebratory cup of coffee!
Life is good.
Til soon.
ps   No sewing machines were harmed in the making of this bag!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Over The Sea To Skye .....

Hello... How are you? Thanks for stopping by.

Remember this?

Well, it's turned into this.

The pattern is Over The Sea To Skye and if you get the chance, please make it because it's easy, rhythmical and a pleasure to make. There are lots of lovely stitch changes to keep your brain happy but it's still great a great TV knit or something for one of those long car/train journeys. Here's my Ravelry link for my project if you're interested.

In terms of the yarn it was spectacular! Everything I wanted and I'd been dreaming about knitting with this yarn for some considerable time so expectations were high. It worked up like a charm, didn't slip and slide on my needles and then blocked quickly and easily with no snagging on the pins. I've worn it twice since making it and it's as light as a feather and very very warm. I can imagine that socks in this yarn would be amazingly warm!

Enough words. Here are some more pics.....

That last pic really shows how the yarn works differently depending on the stitch. I'm always fascinated by how using different stitches can complete the change the look of a yarn. I'll be using this particular yarn again I can assure you....

Til soon.