Archive | January 2018

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

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A chocolate hit

We’ve all been very good since Christmas, so I felt the ladies of the Fenton Knitting Group deserved a little chocolate hit last night in the form of a Chocolate Drizzle Party Cake. The recipe is from the ambitiously titled Best Ever Book of Cakes!

The verdict – chocolatey!

New members always welcome. We’ll just make bigger cakes!

Chocolate cake

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

New Year’s resolutions from handmadebyso

This year I decided to make (and keep!) some very serious knitting resolutions. Let’s see how many of these resonate with other knitters.

  1. I will NOT BUY any wool for an entire year. That includes resisting all the special January sale offers, so please stop tempting me right now!
  2. I will finish ALL my WIPS, including the ones where the pattern seems no longer to be in the same bag as the knitting!
  3. I will knit down my STASH! There is quite a way to go. This over spill hamper hidden under my desk doesn’t come near!

stash

Wish me luck!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!