Happy Birthday, Marie!

What do you give the woman who has everything for her 50th birthday? That’s easy! You knit her a Jean Greenhowe clown, holding a paint brush and a tube of paint to represent her love of art. Then you knit a string of bunting, which reads ‘Happy Birthday, Marie’ and wind it around his hat.


Skinny rib jumper – finished!

Skinny jumper

Just in time for the snowy weather, I’ve knitted this 70s throw back, skinny rib polo neck jumper. It was an ‘in between’ project, the kind you can pick up and knit whilst watching TV, reserving the aran patterns for quieter moments when you’re more able to concnetrate. The wool is James C Brett marble chunky. The self striping colours are perfect for me. The jumper is warm and snuggly and also very flattering.

A new tweedy knitting bag

In homage to Fabric Affair, whose beautiful Donegal tweeds I always drool over when I visit their stand at every craft fair I go to, and roughly following a pattern from Cath Kidston’s ‘Patch’, I am pleased to present my newest completed project, a handy shoulder bag for holding (what else?) a knitting project.

The bag is made from tweed fabric samples and scraps from leftover blankets, lined with some brushed cotton from my stash. I didn’t have any webbing in stock in my haberdashery box for the handle, so I improvised by covering some rufflette tape with more of the brushed cotton to make it nice and sturdy as well as comfortable to carry.

Thank you for the inspiration!

Tweed bag

First project of 2018 complete!

OK, so this is actually a big cheat, but I’m so pleased that I have finally finished knitting my 2017 Christmas cardigan.

I used Sparklz yarn, doubled, and adapted the Mirasol Tuhu Cardigan pattern by Jane Ellison, making my button, button hole band and neck wider. As this is self striping yarn, I didn’t follow the stripe part of the pattern, but I really wanted my ‘random’ stripes to match up and I think I almost achieved that, with a bit of swapping around of skeins.

Doubling the Sparklz yarn, which is supposed to be DK weight, for what is after all a DK pattern, was a bit of a risk, but the first trial, with only single yarn, was disappointingly thin, so had to be frogged and restarted. Luckily, I had enough yarn to finish it and I really like the ‘chunky’ look of the finished cardigan.

So, although it isn’t Christmas any more, I might be wearing my cosy new cardi with its cheery sparkles just once or twice more this winter.

Sparklz jumper