Friday, 3 July 2015


I had fun with my innocent minihats last month. I already posted about the ice-cream themed ones, but as well as those, I made another which was an experiment: I miniaturised a colourwork hat I made previously.

Here's the original hat (photo was taken on my phone):

The hat was a pattern from the Lucinda Guy book Northern Knits. I am very fond of her patterns, and it's where the Marta bag that is currently on my needles comes from. If I was making that hat again though, I'd go up a needle size. It is a little snug, so I'm planning to offer it to my niece, but I digress...

Here's the mini version as an innocent minihat, just for fun.

I used the same yarn. The full size hat is in the pic for scale.

If you're a new reader and you don't know about the minihats, there is information here.

Stashdown#6 June 2015

My yarn stash is going down again. Although I'm not back in negative numbers yet, I made fair progress in June. And I did not buy any yarn.

I finished six projects during June: three innocent minihats, a pair of socks, a tea cosy, and a pair of mittens. Yarn out looks like this:

53 yards assorted dk on minihats
97 yards 4ply on tea cosy
232 yards 4ply on mittens
285 yards Artesano sock yarn on socks
Total out 671 yards

Year to date:
CF from last month +818
+0 in
-671 out
Net YTD +147.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Fancy a cuppa?

I have made the pattern affectionately known as the Sheepot!

Oooh, I love a tea cosy. I usually make them with the intention of giving them away, but when I've finished them, I like them so much, I want to keep them.

This one is a spectacular learning opportunity. The sheep are knitted in the round in stranded colourwork and the spout and handle opening are then steeked (cut open!).

I was a little anxious about taking scissors to my knitting, but following Kate Davies's excellent instructions for crochet reinforcements means I will have no qualms at all about doing this in future. It's easy, in fact!

The pattern also had corrugated rib, provisional cast on, vikkel braid and icord bind off. Advanced techniques in a tea cosy. It's a lovely knit, and so if you feel like making it, you can find the pattern on Ravelry. You have to pay for it, but I assure you, it's worth it!

I used about 97 yards of 4-ply, in case you're wondering about the yarn requirements.

More tea, vicar?

Friday, 26 June 2015

Summertime knitting

Ever feel like your completed projects are really complementary to the season?

That plate I used for background to these little knitted toys belonged to my granny. Bridlington was a favourite place of hers. I'd love to take the little bunnies on holiday there myself. 

This picture was spotted on Rav by the editor of the magazine from which I used the pattern, and was featured in their magazine. So if it looks familiar, perhaps you saw it in Knit Now?

I'm also back on the minihats! Here's two I made in early June:

The ice cream minihat is a free pattern, although I have to say, sewing that icord in place (for the whippy ice cream effect) is quite fiddly.

Gratuitous photo of ice cream being eaten at the seaside! This was at Boscastle in Cornwall in April.

Wish I was back there! I'm having to work extremely hard at present, hence the lack of regular blogging service.

Stashdown #5: May 2015

Like Alice's rabbit, I'm late! Here's a quick summary for May stashdown.

During May, I knitted a hat for dh, using up most of my first skein of holiday yarn I bought in Cornwall, and made a couple of little toys out of Rico cotton in my stash.

I also bought two balls of KP Palette, again for my OWL plans for Spring term.

Yarn in

Yarn out:
176 yards on hat
53 yards on toys
Total out 229

Year to date:
CF from last month +585
+462 in
-229 out
Net YTD +818.

I need to get that down by 1500 yards approx to meet my year target, and I'm nearly half way through the year. Must knit more...

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Stashdown #3: April 2015

I was away in Cornwall on holiday in April and I went to the yarn shop there, in search of souvenirs. So yarn came into my stash! And, I also bought yarn for my next term big project. I imported it from Sweden. So yet more yarn came into my stash. Oh dear.

Yarn in:

1017 yards Ullcentrum 2-ply wool (for making a Marta colourwork bag next term
220 yards Alpaca aran yarn, hand reared and spun in Cornwall
445 yards Alegria sock yarn just because I liked the colours

Total in: 1682 yards

Yarn out: 129 yards. I finished my colourwork hat I started in February, and wore it on a windy day in Cornwall. But most of the time, we had great weather and I did not need a hat!

Month end update:
CF from last month: -968
Yarn in +1682
Yard out -129
YTD new total: +585

Let me make a start on getting that back down again! I cast on for a hat in the grey alpaca already!

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Stashdown #2: February and March 2015

Oof. I have been too busy to post in my blog. That's sad. But in February and in March, I did not buy any yarn.

Yardage out in February:

391 yards - Hogwarts express shawl
90 yards - soft lace edged hat
Total out: -481

Yardage out in March:

994 yards - Lazy Sunday jumper
17 yards - a pair of minisocks
Total out: -1011

What a lot of yarn out. Most of it in this sweater:

Brought forward from end Jan +524
Yarn in 0
Yarn out -1492
New total -968

I shall need to buy yarn for next term's big project, so this is about to go up in April, but still, I'm doing well to have got the totals down so much for the year already. And if I continue to work from stash for everything except a single large project, there will be further reductions, I hope.