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Super fine

July 6, 2011

I have these yummy and squishable skeins to play with, from these lovely people

The yarn is Spud and Chloe Fine, which is a gorgeous sock weight that’s 80% superwash merino and 20% silk. The sheen and squish are just glorious. What to do with them? I can see this making for some pretty lush colourwork, but I can also envision a single, luscious colour splashed across a floating expanse of lacy loveliness. We shall see…

In the meantime, I’m not sure I can bring myself to remove the adorable labels…

Little Green

May 22, 2011

OK, so maybe I love Joni Mitchell a bit too much and need to stop referencing her lyrics in everyday life….

Fangirl or not, I am seriously pleased with this one. The pattern is being tech edited right this second and should be available some time next week – I know quite a few people have been waiting for this one, so thank you for your patience!

The back and front are knitted seperately  – although you could easily make this entirely in the round, and if/when I do a rerun I’ll probably do so. The yarn is a yummy, chunky Cascade purchased in New York yonks ago.

What a lovely colour this is. I picked the name because of the colour, and because this is one of my Joni favourites…wistful melacholy (to quote Bill Bailey) is what I’m all about when it comes to female singer-songwriters. And knitwear, obviously.

The pattern had just been released, buy your copy today for £5 –

This was made from a nicely coloured (heathery purple, hence the name) but otherwise vile acrylic yarn which I bought in bulk while penniless in my first year at university.

Yes, another of those naff 'no one's home so I'll have to take it myself in the mirror' photos

It’s a bit worn and torn now, but I still wear it when it’s cold, I’m not seeing anyone all day, and I need love in sweater form. It was a bottom-up raglan which I cast on without really knowing what it was going to end up as, and then worked out myself. I think it worked out pretty well though. The lower body is a little loose in gauge – I changed needles at the yoke and the fit is much better here. I frequently need to reduce needle size more than I think, partly because I am a loose-ish knitter but mostly because I love the thick, velvety feel of a tightly knitted fabric.

This, incidentally, was my first attempt at designing – an entirely maths-free process involving a lot of ‘will this work? Let’s find out….’

Fortunately, I can live with ripping back. It’s how a girl learns!

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