I know that its been a while since I last dropped by. About this time last year actually. There must be something about spring and the increasing light that spurs me into action. I’ve been around, knitting, cooking, gardening and all the usual things, just haven’t had the time to write about them. Work had been quite demanding, and when it all evened out just before Christmas I thought that then, I would find the time to get back to things but you know the best laid plans and all that.
I came across pictures by Sam Toft a while ago and have a couple with plans to collect a few more. The thing I love about some of them is the sheep..
and the dog…
..who is called ‘Doris’ – Grumpy Doris as far as I know. It’s a bit of a family joke but it makes me smile every time I walk past.
I have just finished a cardigan by Justyna Lorkowska called Alecia Beth. It is yet to be blocked and this picture was taken very quickly so forgive me for the quality.
I used a John Arbon yarn called Viola in the colour way Unpredictable. Lovely yarn, the bottom picture is closer to the actual colour. It knits up beautifully and is very, very soft. I loved knitting this, it was one of those projects that you don’t mind taking a while. The original pattern has short or three-quarter length sleeves and although there are rough instructions for making them longer I did do a little maths myself to get them the way I wanted. Justyna’s patterns are very well thought out with lovely details and fitting, I’m already looking at her pattern Fickle Heart for next autumn but knitted with a bit more ease so that I can get my beloved long-sleeved T’s under it.
I also recently finished a pair of Welsh Country Stockings by Nancy Bush. They are from the book Folk Socks, the history and Techniques of hand knitted footwear. I’ve had this book for years and have knitted several of the patterns. There is a huge section on all the different types of heels and toes. These were supposed to have Welsh heels but I just used my standard heel and toe for them. I also adapted the pattern to fit my very narrow foot. The yarn is Drops Fabel sock yarn. I’m sure this is now thinner than it was a few years ago but still knits up nicely and wears well. At just over £2 a ball you can’t complain and I’ve recently bought sock yarn for three times the price and not been overly pleased with how it knitted up. This will probably be my go-to sock yarn for a while.
As you may have noticed, I have slightly increased the price of my patterns. This is partly due to the new EU Tax on digital downloads that I mentioned in my last post, and partly due to increased selling costs. Most patterns have gone up by 50p (not a great deal) but the good news is that if you are in the EU, including the UK, you will pay the same price as everyone else as I will cover the cost of the VAT for you. I don’t like having to do this, and don’t want to bore you with the details but overall I don’t think that a 50p increase is too bad.
As a sweetener, I am offering a 25p discount, half of the increase, for the next week on all patterns with the promotional code spring25, enter this at the checkout on Ravelry and your discount will be applied. This code will run from 8th to the 14th April 2015.
Well, I hope you all had a good bank holiday. I hope it isn’t another year before I manage to post again.