As a Christmas surprise for my daughter, I made her a crochet throw and cushion to cosy up her leather sofas for the winter weather. The stash was raided for greys and taupes to match her colour scheme, with a few pinks and mauves to petty it up a little. The cushion cover is just two giant granny squares crocheted together over a washable feather pad and the throw is 12 giant granny squares, each of 9 rows of colour. Every single square is different, thanks to the stash!
My little cat, Milly, was a huge help during the creative process and my daughter’s cat, Gatsby, clearly appreciates the result!
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.
This year I decided to make (and keep!) some very serious knitting resolutions. Let’s see how many of these resonate with other knitters.
- 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!
- I will finish ALL my WIPS, including the ones where the pattern seems no longer to be in the same bag as the knitting!
- 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!
Wish me luck!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Just what the world needs – well, my small corner of Lincolnshire, anyway.
Having completed my original, appropriately stone-coloured version of the Lincoln Imp some time ago, thanks to the amazing pattern from The Old Toy Knitting Shop, I’ve now made a fluffy pink version, which sits on top of the hall cupboard.
You can read the story of my first attempt here.
If you’re in the area, please drop by at the Village Hall, Sturton by Stow for the ‘What’s its story?’ event. Vintage and craft stalls, refreshments and you can even get your heirlooms valued.
As fog and frost continue to shroud Fenton with only an occasional burst of watery winter sunshine to dispel the general January murk, this little woolly bird has arrived in handmadebysoo’s garden to cheer us all and remind us that Spring really is just around the corner.
blue tit: 75 birds, butterflies ans beautiful beasties to knit & crochet, by Lesley Stanfield
garden spade: handmadebysoo original!
handmadebysoo is currently on holiday in Yorkshire, walking on the moors and doing lots of knitting, too. The Fenton Knitting Group will resume next Tuesday at The Barn. Till then, keep knitting and Happy New Year!
The members of the Fenton Knitting Group will be travelling to Harrogate on Sunday 4 December to visit the Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair.
You could join us, completely free!
handmadebysoo has a free ticket to the Harrogate Christmas Fair to give away to any new member of the Fenton Knitting Group who attends a meeting before the end of November.
Simply contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details, attend your first meeting, any Tuesday evening, and the ticket is yours!
Halloween is a fairly big occasion in Fenton, so it’s fun to join in with a display. We have chocolate eye balls and other ghoulish treats all ready for the trick or treaters. The trumpkin carving went quite well and at handmadebysoo towers we managed to work in quite a lot of wool, too!
In memory of Meka.
Today’s handmadebysoo cake for the Fenton Knitting Group members to enjoy is my take on Gretel Beer’s apple slices. Very continental, but without Gretel’s sultanas as one of our ladies doesn’t eat dried fruit. A sneaky taster as they came out of the oven reveals however that they are still delicious!